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Franklin "Frank" Rathermel
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1825
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 25, 1892

A resident at Plainfield, Wis., member of G.A.R. Post No. 197, was born April 3, 1825, in the City of New York. He is the son of Frank and Catherine (Mosser) Rathermel, and his father was a musician by profession. He was a native of New York and belonged to the orchestra attached to the theatre, which was owned by John Jacob Astor and his son, and is still in possession of the contracts signed by successive managers of that place of amusement. He died of yellow fever when his sone(sic) was a year and a half old, after which the latter went with his mother to Orange county, New York, where she died when Frank was 13 years old. The latter lived on a farm until he was old enough to learn a trade and set out in life as a blacksmith. He was married in 1846 to Adeline Stage in Duchess County, New York, and they removed west with their two children in 1849, and located in Waushara County. They settled on a piece of new land which they cleared and on it raised one of the first crops planted in Waushara County. In 1851, in company with three companions, he crossed the plains to California, the party drove four yoke of oxen. After a stay of 18 months, Mr. Rathermel returned by way of the Isthmus of Panama. during his stay in Californai, he worked as a blacksmith, and on his return traded off his farm at Wautoma and located in Plainfield where he has resided since.

October 8, 1864, he enlisted in Company I, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery for three years. After the command reached Washington, it was assigned to garrison duty at Fort Lyon near Alexandria, where Mr. Rathermel received infantry equipments and was drilled in that variety of military tactics as well as those of light and heavy artillery as he was likely to require a perfect knowledge of either varity of tactics at a moment's notice in the defense of Washington, or to be ordered to any locality where active warfare was in progress. But Early made it necessary for the defenses of the Capital to retain position in close proximity to the city, and Mr. Rathermel spent most of his time in military drill and garrison duty. After the war he returned to Waushara County and he has reached one of the best positions in this section of Wisconsin as an agriculturist. When he arrived in Waushara County he had just $15 as a cash capital wherewith to begin the world, and when he located at Wautoma to commence farming his resources were considerably reduced. But he and his wife gave themselves courageously to the business of bettering their condition and they own a well-improved farm of 420 acres in Waushara County and a half section in Adams County. The farm in Waushara County is well stocked with all varieties of farm animals, with agricultural machinery and valuable and appropriate buildings. Mr. Rathermel is a Jackson Democrat and believes the doctrine wholesome for the interests of the country. Mr. and Mrs. Rathermel have 12 children, 10 of whom are married and settled in life. They are named in the order of their birth as follows: Charles, Julia Ann, Elizabeth, Catherine, Hannett, Emmett, Deta, Permelia, Frank, Robert, James and Fred; one died in infancy. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Adeline Stage Rathermel (1828 - 1888)
 
 Children:
  Charles Rathermel (1847 - 1925)*
  Julia Ann Rothermel Goult (1849 - 1933)*
  Catherine Rathermel Clark (1853 - 1927)*
  Harriet Rothermel Miltimore (1854 - 1932)*
  Permelia Rothermel Barnett (1856 - 1921)*
  Emmett Rathermel (1857 - 1937)*
  DeEtt L. Rothermel Lane (1858 - 1926)*
  Frank A. Rothermel (1860 - 1948)*
  James H. Rathermel (1863 - 1894)*
  Fred D. Rathermel (1868 - 1891)*
  William Rathermel (1868 - 1869)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Age 72 years
G.A.R. Post 197
 
Burial:
Plainfield Cemetery
Plainfield
Waushara County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Row 3, Lot 9
 
Created by: genealogyfever
Record added: Dec 09, 2009
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Franklin Frank Rathermel
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Franklin Frank Rathermel
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Franklin Frank Rathermel
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