I am currently researching the Argabright family tree and can give you and your friend some background on Robert and his family line.Robert was born around 1912 in Pike Co., Ohio.The Argabrights (also Arganbrights) of Pike Co. all descend from one common ancestor who moved his family from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania into Augusta County, Virginia during the mid-1760's.His name was Hans Martin Argenbright and his wife was Susannah Forr.Their second-born son John married Elizabeth Bowen in Rockingham Co. Virginia, on March 28, 1780, and had 4 sons before Elizabeth's death in the early 1790’s.John and Elizabeth's third son William married Susan Snyder on October 8, 1812, in Montgomery Co., Virginia, and had at least 8 children.William and Susan's son William Jr. married Catherine Helm on August 26, 1837, moved to Pike Co., Ohio, sometime between 1840 and 1844, and had at least 9 children.Five of these were boys of which three fought for the Union cause in Tennessee during the Civil War and sadly two of them died in battles at Lexington and Murfreesboro in 1863.Of the three remaining sons, this line continued through William Jr. and Catherine's son Oscar Augustus (Robert’s middle name came from his grandfather Oscar).Oscar married Margaret Smith in Pike Co. on September 27, 1868 and they seem to have had 13 children.Their fifth child, a son named Elmer Elsworth married Carrie Bumgardner on January 22, 1899, in Pike County and had at least 4 children including Robert Augustus. Robert seems to have been dating or may have married a woman named Mary Opal (I haven’t found a marriage record yet).
Here is my transcription of the account of his death from the local newspaper: "Two men from this section of Ohio, one from Pike county and the other from Ross county serving on board the plane carrier, Liscome Bay, reported by the Navy Department, Dec. 2, as having been sunk Nov. 24 in the Gilbert Islands activity, are listed as missing, according to telegrams received by relatives......... Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Argabright received a telegram from the Navy advising them that their son, Gunner Robert Argabright of the U.S. Navy is missing in action as of November 24.He was a gunner first class on the airplane carrier "Liscome Bay" which went down on that day.He had served in the Navy for about 16 years. ......."
Robert’s wife(?)Mary is not mentioned anywhere and they do not seem to have had any children. --GARY ARGABRIGHT