Rightmire Family Web Site
2. Lewis Critchfield Rightmire and Martha E. Welker
(Lewis Critchfield3 Rightmire, James2, Jr., James1, Sr.)
(3) Lewis Critchfield Rightmire was born in December 2, 1836 in Knox County, Ohio, the third child of James Rightmire, Jr. and Lydia Critchfield. He married Martha E. Welker. Martha was born December 19, 1836 in Ohio and died on December 23, 1868 in Knox County, Ohio at the age of 32. She was killed. She was buried in the Old Jelloway-Drake Cemetery, Howard Twp, Knox Co., Ohio. This cemetery is a 1/2 mile west of Junction of Cornish Rd (Township Road 242) and Magers Rd. (County Road 35). Lewis and Martha had four young children when Martha died.
Lewis C. Rightmire then married Mary Drake in Knox Co., Ohio, Feb 10, 1874. In about 1876, Lewis, Mary, and his four children left Ohio and became early settlers in Pottawamie Co., Kansas. Lewis and Mary had no children. They are recorded in a list of "Marriages of early settlers of Pottawatomie County" in William G. Cutler's book, "History of the State of Kansas". Lewis was a farmer.
Lewis died on January 21, 1923 and is buried in Wamego City Cemetery, Wamego, Kansas. The funeral notice as it appeared in the Wamego Times, Wamego, Kansas is shown below:
"L. C. Rightmire"
"Lewis Critchfield, oldest son of James and Lydia Rightmire, was born December 2, 1836, near Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, and died at his home in Wamego, Kansas, January 21, 1923, age 86 years, 1 month, and 19 days. He was married to Martha F. Welker in 1856. To this union four children were born. Mrs. Rightmire died December 23,1873. On February 10,1876, he married Mrs. Mary Drake. They moved to their present home in Wamego. Mr. Rightmire has been in failing health for several years, and was almost totally blind for two years."
"He is survived by his aged companion, four children, Milton, James, and Porter, of Wamego, and Mrs. Emma Townsend, of Wamego, one stepson, Edgar Drake, also of Wamego, seventeen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren, also two brothers, Ellis and Abe, who still live in the old home in Ohio."
"A short service was held at the home Tuesday, January 23, followed by services at the Methodist church, conducted by J. W. Tanner. The Odd Fellows had charge of the services at the grave."
Cards of Thanks
"We wish to thank the neighbors and friends who so
kindly assisted us during the illness, and death of our beloved husband
A picture of Lewis' gravestone is shown on the next page.
Picture by James E. Rightmire
In spite of the funeral notice indicating that Lewis and Martha had four children, our records indicate they had five children. In addition, Mary Drake had two children prior to their marriage. The seven children are: