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Ishikawa clan

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The Ishikawa of Mikawa province claimed descent from Minamoto Yoshiie (1039-1106). Yoshiie's son Yoshitoki adopted the name Ishikawa, after a place in Kawachi province. The Ishikawa later moved to Shimotsuke province, and were known for a few generations as the Oyama, borrowing that name from a local family. They moved to Mikawa Province in the 15th Century and resumed the name 'Ishikawa'. Ishikawa Chikayasu came to serve Matsudaira Chikatada and, afterwards, the Ishikawa would be a notable retainer family of the Matsudaira/Tokugawa.

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