William Lewis Richards

Brief Life History of William Lewis

When William Lewis Richards was born on 22 April 1838, in Prairie du Chien, Crawford, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Milo Richards, was 45 and his mother, Cornelia Lewis, was 34. He married Harriet Melvina Coffman on 26 August 1866. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Jennings, Decatur, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Highland Township, Adams, Nebraska, United States in 1900. He died on 17 May 1905, in Joplin, Jasper, Missouri, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Galena Township, Jasper, Missouri, United States.

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William Lewis Richards
Harriet Melvina Coffman
Marriage: 26 August 1866
Maynard L Richards
Eva C Richards

Sources (10)

  • William Richards in household of Orril Shattuck, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Lewis Richards, birth and death dates
  • Wm L Richards, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

World Events (8)




U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Richard , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. Compare Rickards .

German: patronymic from the personal name Richard .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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