1966 History of Putnam County (page 397)- "George and Margaret (Sharp) Rightsell, who came to Washington township around 1830, were the parents of the Rightsell clan that settled in the southern part of the township. The majority of this pioneer family were buried in the Grabel cemetary. The names of the children were: William, James, John, Samuel, Howard, Louisa Ann, Matilda, and Mary. John married Mary Neese; Louisa Ann married Edmond Huffman; Mary married James McCullough; Howard moved to Clay County; William, Samuel and Matilda lived on the homeplace."
On page 393 of the same history book is listed some of the gravestone inscriptions in the Grable cemetary: George Rightsell 1800-1865; Margaret his wife aged 69 years - James Rightsell, 1839-1914; Margaret, his wife, 1841-1929; William Rightsell, 1831-1905; Samuel Rightsell, 1839-1914; Mary, wife of J.T. McCullough, daughter of Geo. & M. Rightsell, 1849-1860;
In Weik's 1910 History of Putnam County (page 378) is a sketch on James A. Rightsell son of John Rightsell (1836-1903)and Mary Neese (1834-1905). James A. was born 3/20/1863, lived 19 years in Colorado & west and married Hontas Nicholsan in 1887 at Colorado Springs. Hontas died in 1897 in Denver leaving 2 children: Raymond M. & Ruth who were raised by James' brother Frank Rightsell and his wife Ellen (Rissler) who did not have children of their own. James was still living in 1910 when the history was published.
We are going to have a Rissler reunion in October and some of them intermarried with Rightsells. The original Rightsell homestead is right next to the original Rissler homestead. Several wood frame Rightsell houses built in mid 1800s are in good condition and above average quality. You might want to check out our web site of "www.rissler.org
". I have an good family photo with Frank and Ellen Rightsell and Raymond and Ruth taken around 1904.