Rightmire Family Web Site
Section 2. Daugherty Rightmire and Margaret Ann Ballard
(Daugherty3 Rightmire, John R.2, James1, Sr. )
(3) Daugherty Rightmire was born in Knox, County, Ohio on April 17, 1841. Sometime before the civil war, Daugherty moved to Vandalia, Illinois. The Illinois civil war data-base indicates that "Doherty" was in the 35th Infantry, Co. G, in Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois. Records show that he enlisted on September 1861 and was discharged as a Sergeant on January 2, 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Daugherty married Margaret Ann Ballard on February 24, 1870 in Patoka, Marion County, Illinois. Margaret was born in Patoka, Illinois on September 5, 1850. She is the daughter of Jesse Ballard and Mary Hathaway.
The Federal Land Records and Illinois Land Records show that as of Oct 31, 1882, Daugherty owned railroad land (40 acres in Mason Co., Illinois). In 1900, Daugherty was an Occupation Stockman for the Kansas City Stockyards.
Vernon Vinzant notes that in the 1850 census, the name "Doherty Rightmire" was used, but Vernon thought that "Dougherty was probably how he spelled his name since this agrees with the land record and more closely approximates the maiden name of John Rightmire's mother -- given as Daugherty. Census takers were responsible for spelling, and often did not ask the family for proper spelling." The death certificate spells Daugherty's name as "Daugherty". James E. Rightmire, from Tonganoxie Kansas, is a direct descendent of Daugherty Rightmire. He assures me that "Daugherty" is the correct spelling.
James Rightmire recently sent the following email:
"I believe the 'up' goes something like this: I am James E. Rightmire, my father is James Louie Rightmire, his father is James E. Rightmire and is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas, and James E. Rightmire's father is Daugherty Rightmire, who is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas, and finally, Daugherty's father is John R. Rightmire, who is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri." Most of the Daugherty Rightmire story comes from James E. Rightmire.
Daugherty died of stomach cancer on July 5, 1908 in Kansas City, Kansas; Margaret died on January 22, 1918, also in Kansas City, Kansas. The following funeral notice for Daugherty appeared in the July 6th, 1908 Kansas City Star newspaper:
"The Death of Daugherty Rightmire"
"Daugherty Rightmire, 67 years old, died yesterday at his home, 844 Muncie Boulevard. He had been a resident of this city for the past 21 years. A widow and nine children survive him. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the home. Interment in Argentine Cemetery."
The following funeral notice for Margaret appeared in the January 23rd, 1918 Kansas City newspaper:
"MARGARET RIGHTMIRE died Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Aaron Smith, 1912 Ohio, aged 67. She is survived by five daughters and four sons - Mrs. Robert Kane, Mrs. Frank Bone, Mrs. Aaron Smith, Mrs. Joe Ostertag, Frs. Frank Hermanson, and John, Jesse, Edward Rightmire, all of the Kansas side, and Jerry Rightmire, Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma. Funeral services from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Smith, Friday at 2P.M. Burial, Maple Hill Cemetery."
Daugherty and Margaret are both buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas. The following is a picture of Daugherty Rightmire's tombstone.
Picture by James E. Rightmire
Daugherty and Margaret had eleven children:
"Funeral services, 2 o'clock, Friday, in Eads Bros. Drawing Room, 1416 Minnesota Ave. Interment, Maple Hill. Mr. Rightmire will lie in state at the Funeral Home."
John D. Rightmire is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas. Below is a picture of his gravestone.
Picture by James E. Rightmire.