Monday, November 17, 2014

Rightmires to Darraghs to Wixoms

Delia, Elmer and Shirley Wixom abt 1927

While working on my Tucker family line this morning I came upon this photo that for years rested in a box in the corner of my great-grandmother’s barn. The box of photos was rescued by my cousin and delivered to our home in Newtown, Connecticut.

The photo was damaged, so I decided to scan and put it in its rightful place within the Tucker genealogy document.  And that is what brought me back to the Rightmire family, which then lead me to the family of John Darragh.

John Rightmire (who married my great-grandmother’s sister Olive B. Tucker) was born in 1867.  John and Olive had one daughter, Delia born June 1896.  Currently my research goes right to Delia who married Elmer Wixom. The photo shows this couple with their baby daughter Shirley.

As I started to fill in the Enfield, New York family of Delia’s father, John Rightmire, I found that at three years of age, John was living with his mother, Rachel, his sister Ann age 4 and brother Charles, age 1. Where is the father?  By 1880 these three children are living with their grandparents, John and Rachel Kennedy Darragh, Where is the mother?

In the local Rolfe Cemetery I found three children of John and Rachel Darragh that all died in 1858.  To what disease did they succumb?

If I thought this was going to be a quick and easy fleshing out of the Rightmire family, I was way off the mark! I do look forward to solving these mysteries.


  1. Hope this isn't a double post. My Darragh family was also in Enfield, NY and I have been researching them for some time. My gg grandmother Jane lived there with her father William (b1804-Ireland) and mother Mary Leach Darragh. I have some more info if you want to share. Thanks, Larry Usher

  2. Larry: I would love to know more about the Darragh family of Enfield. I have come cross them several times in my research of the Tuckers, but until recently didn't realize where they fit. Thanks for any information you can share.