Biography of James A. Richards
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Richards, James A., Brasher, of Helena, was born in Waterford, Vt., February 1, 1826, a son of Samuel and Rachel (Jacobs) Richards, also natives of Vermont, who came to Brasher in 1839 and settled at Helena. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and died aged eighty seven years, his wife dying at the same age. Our subject grew up on the farm, and has always followed agriculture, having accumulated a fine property. He is one of the most successful farmers in the town. Mr. Richards married, January 12, 1853, Jane Houghtin, a native of this town, whose parents were among the pioneers. They have dad nine children, seven of whom survive: Amelia, wife of Arthur Cunningham, of Tilton, N. H.; ; Emma, wife of Edward Cunningham, of Helena; Philena, wife of Daniel Ward, of Boston, Mass. ; Sarah, wife of C. Turner, of Moira, N. Y.; Effie, wife of Harry Blanchard, of Bombay, N. Y.; Horace, aud James W., who livc at home. Mr. Richards is a Republican, and has held several offices in tbe township.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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