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Marlene Bakken (#47704048)
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Bio Photo I live in south central Wisconsin. I've always loved history. My great uncle traced our Raithel family lineage back to the 1400's in Germany, some of which I have posted at It would just follow that I would end up here at Find A Grave!
I prefer to allow family members control if they wish it.
I strive for quality over quantity, I wish everyone did. I really dislike the fact that we can't edit the memorials that power listers make with no dates or links.
Any of my photos may be used for whatever purpose you wish, I am in no way a stickler for copyrights so feel free to use them! :)

On my mother's side, my lineage includes Raithel, Bienfang, Weiss, Ruckdeschel, Hockett, Stephens, and Repper (Ripper).
The present Raithel name can be traced into the 1400s. In 1987, Max Raithel, a descendant of many generations who lived at Schwingen, Stobersreuth, West Germany, told my great uncle George Raithel that our ancestors received a plaque from Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Behemia and Hungary, who sought to end the great schism which split the Roman Catholic Church.
According to German archives, the Raithel name developed gradually through the middle ages. It is found as Raitell in 1567, Reitel in 1610, Reitl and Radell in 1618, Raidell in 1631, Rathel in 1639, Reytel in 1642, and Raithel in 1714. These names are picked from Church records showing the contributions or taxes of the Raithels and their "subjects" in florenes, guilders and thalers.
The marital records show Raithels (bride or groom) married into families named Greim, Ritter, Fischer, Trampler, Rauber, Neupert, Seiler, Kiessling, Bugrucker and Sack, from 1580 to 1783.
In 1854 our ancestors left their farm near Selb in the Stobersreuth area, journeying to Hof where they stayed overnight, and onward to Bremen where they boarded the sailing ship Hermine, leaving July 12, 1854. After 56 days on board they arrived in New York Port, from whence they proceeded to a relative in Jefferson WI. Another son, Johann Wolfgang had come to the U.S. earlier. He was reported murdered in Hebron WI and robbed of his pay as a wagon maker which he planned to deposit in the bank in Helenville WI. Such history!

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Gary Thom
Adeline Thom Marley 129952595
FYI - Adeline was the daughter of John and Lydia Baneck, both buried in Pioneer cemetery. Her first husband was Marvin Carl Thom he is buried in Bakertown Cemetery in Sullivan. Her second husband was Otto Markley, he is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Atkinson. (Interesting note - there is a marker for Adeline in Fort also next to Otto but after his death she asked to be buried in Pioneer near her parents. Find-A-grave search will bring up both gravesites. But I believe she was buried in Pioneer.) Thought I would share in case you wanted to connect the family graves and to clear up her actual birth/maiden name in the Find A Grave record. I am the son of Marvin Thom and his second wife, Laura.
Added by Gary Thom on Nov 08, 2014 9:44 PM
John M Johnson's stone
Thank you so much for sharing this photo. I imagine the stone is too worn to read but were you able to read any letters or numbers on it? I know he was born in Sussex County, NJ about 1814. And that he moved with his parents and siblings to Pike County, PA about 1830. And I know he and his wife and extended family moved to Jefferson County, WI in Sept 1852. I also have him in several census records but I haven't been able to find his death year. But in any case, thank you for taking the photos and sharing them. Best Regards, Timothy G
Added by Timothy on Oct 27, 2014 7:11 PM
David McNally
Francis Rusk
Thank you so much Marlene for taking the time and trouble to photograph his grave for me.
- Dave
Added by David McNally on Oct 13, 2014 12:57 PM
Adella Gher
Thank you also for Adella's photo in Bovee Cemetery.
It is greatly appreciated!
Added by cfenters on Oct 12, 2014 4:10 PM
Hezekiah Kilby
Thank you for fulfilling my photo request in Bovee Cemetery. I really appreciate the time and effort taken to get this photo for me!
Added by cfenters on Oct 12, 2014 3:38 PM
Photos, etc...
No problem... I just ran across the message yesterday & thought, hummmm.... Did I miss something?!?
Thanks for all you hard work!
Added by MissKitty on Oct 04, 2014 10:38 AM
Foster gravestones in
Hi - did you ever post the photos H.A. Foster (d Jan 4 1878), and Ira Foster (d Apr 25 1878) that you had seen at the Koshkonong Cemetery?
Just wondering...
-Ro Fleury
Added by MissKitty on Oct 03, 2014 11:19 AM
Kristy Gravlin
RE: Alan Lincoln, Oak Ridge, Sandwich, IL
Of course I have to ask "who" you are to Plano. My efforts for the last ten years has been to compile a database for anyone connected to Plano. It dates from the early 1830s to date and I have 50,000 names I think. Some I have a lot on...and some very little. I have 7 direct lines in the area coming between 1837 and 1882. I also do farmers cuz we it includes Little Rock Twp and at least the top half of Fox because many of them shopped in Plano.) My maiden name is Lawrie, and other main lines are Lincoln, Toombs, Greenfield, Springer, Welch, Cook, and then a good connection to Kendall, Hiddleson, Pope, Hengesbach, Bailey, Thorson, Conley, as well as many others almost as close. So I run into my family all the time, plus neighbors, family friends, school friends, etc. I have had a lot of fun! I wondered how you happened to have a picture of Alan and know where he was buried too! Kristy Lawrie Gravlin of Plano
Added by Kristy Gravlin on Sep 06, 2014 5:59 PM
Kristy Gravlin
Alan Lincoln, Oak Ridge, Sandwich, IL
Thanks so much for adding a nice picture of Alan to the memorial. I'm not sure how you found him but am glad you did. It's even a good photo of him! A little while back someone else asked about a Plano military photo book. I have not seen that but I have seen several pages of photos in the Kendall County/Plano News (not sure which it was). They can be found on the computer at the Plano Library, I assume, but that computer is not online. If he would like me to look for the picture of his person, I could do that some day when I am at the library. A note (either real or online) to the library addressed to Jeanne and the cc to me would reach me and get done. Hope we can find it for him! Kristy
Added by Kristy Gravlin on Sep 06, 2014 4:35 PM
K McCarthy
Tried briefly on Ancestry and Can't find them listed on census, nor married. WIll leave unchanged at this time as no proof. I do not make connections with assumptions.
Added by K McCarthy on Aug 19, 2014 9:47 PM
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