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2. William Rightmire and Margaret Ellen Kimmel
(William3 Rightmire, Benjamin2, James1, Sr.)
(3) William Rightmire was the first child
of Benjamin and Martha. He was born on August 10, 1834, probably in Hardin
County, Ohio. He married Margaret Ellen Kimmel on August 10, 1863 in Bureau
County, Illinois. Margaret Ellen is the daughter of Amos Kimmel and Nancy
Hummell. She was born on Jun 12, 1845 in Tuscararus County, Ohio.
William and Margaret Rightmire originally settled in Walnut
Bureau, Illinois, but moved back to Ohio sometime between1870 and 1873.
Their fifth child, Mary Eva Rightmire was born in Hardin Ohio. Also, the
1880 Ohio census listed William and Margaret Rightmire as Ohio residents.
They then moved to Creston, Iowa shortly after the 1880 census since their
last child, Vernon Elmer, was born in Union County, Iowa in 1883. Margaret
died shortly after the birth of Vernon Elmer. She is buried in Harmony
Cemetery, on Pole Rd. near Creston, Iowa. The obit on Margaret E. Rightmire
"Margaret E. Rightmire wife of Wm. Rightmire died at
her home in Union County, Iowa, June 8th 1884. She leaves a husband and
seven children, one a baby only five months old, to mourn her loss. Mrs.
Rightmire was formerly a resident of McDonald township, this county."
Twenty years later, a 1900 Soundex file take from the 1900
census in Shannon City, Iowa, gave the following listing on William, sixteen
years after her death:
Rightmire, William; white, b. Sep. 1834, age 65;
Research records of Alice Beyke recently noted the following:
"William and Margaret Ellen Kimmel Rightmire lived northwest of Shannon
City, Iowa, on a farm. There are no buildings there today. Margaret died
June 4, 1884 and William died Nov. 12, 1914; they are buried in Harmony
Cemetery not far from where they had lived."
William and Margaret had seven children:
(4) Martha Edith Rightmire was born July
10th, 1864 in Walnut Bureau, Illinois. She married James William Miller
on September 12, 1884 in Creston County, Shannon City, Union, Iowa .
Martha Edith died on June 15, 1935 in Wasco, Kern, California. Martha
and James William Miller had seven children. There family is discussed
in Section 5.
(4) Ada Elizabeth Rightmire was born January
1, 1866 in Walnut Bureau Illinois. She married Marion Sylvester
Stradley on December 15, 1885 in Afton, Iowa. Ada died on October
17, 1942 in Shannon City, Iowa. They had six children. Their family
is discussed in Section 6.
(4) Harrison Alden Rightmire was born on March 25, 1868
in Walnut Bureau, Illinois. He married Celia Letita Atha on
December 29, 1892 in Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas. Harrison Alden
died on August 2, 1944 in Shafter, Kern County, California. Celia died
on April 18, 1946 in Bakersfield, Kern County, California.
Harrison Alden and Celia Letita had five children; (5)
Roy R. Rightmire was born in 1894 and died in 1894; (5)
Byron H. Rightmire was born on March 3, 1896 in Keaton, Hardin
County, Ohio. He died on February 2, 1969; (5) Jay S. Rightmire
was born on August 18, 1899 in Keaton, Hardin County, Ohio.
He married Ivah Anthony. Jay died in August 1967; (5)
Walter L. Rightmire was born on January 10, 1910 in Fort Scott,
Bourbon County, Kansas. He married Luica Comm; (5) Velma Fern
Rightmire was born on December 12, 1913 in Fort Scott, Bourbon
County, Kansas. She married Alton Davis Downey on July
(4) James William Rightmire born in Bureau
County, Illinois, March 26, 1870. He married Alice Margaret Usher in
Gosper County in 1898. James William and Alice Rightmire and family
are discussed in Section 7 of this Chapter.
(4) Mary Eva Rightmire is believed to have
married someone with the name Graham. However, I have no other information
on Mary Eva.
(4) Amos Benjamine Rightmire. According
to the 1880 census, Amos Benjamine Rightmire was born June 21, 1879
in Ohio. Alice Beyke, in December 1998, wrote that a relative, Irma
Miller, believes "Amos Benjamin was born in Ohio June 21. He married
Mabel Sears, they had no children. Irma visited Ben in Missouri when
she was a child. They called him their 'rich Uncle' although there was
no appearance of wealth. (If he owned a farm and lumber yard he wasn't
doing to bad). Somehow in her mind he was connected with oil wells and
always thought of him as a batchelor although he had been married. She
says he was a Mason. Mabel died many years before Ben who died April
1, 1964. They are both buried in Wayne, NE, although he died in Missouri.
"My Aunt Mariam also visited Uncle Ben in Missouri
while her husband was going to school there. She thought him to be kind
of a strange fellow. Her way of saying he was kind of odd. My Mom and
Uncle thought that he had taught school also and at the Wayne Normal
College. Perhaps they had him confused with Vernon. The reason I am
so interested in him is that they also thought he had worked on a family
history of the Rightmire's. If he did, it probably got tossed after
(4) Vernon Elmer Rightmire was born on December
26, 1883. He is the youngest of the William Rightmire family. Vernon
married Evangeline Christiansen on August 8, 1908 in Wayne, Nebraska.
Vernon Elmer and Evangeline and family are discussed in Section 8 of