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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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Tammy Wolfgram
RE: David Horffman
I think you are maintaining several of my family's grave pages. When I have time to add some additional information to those pages that have very little info, I will do so. I also note that you live in south central Wisconsin. I am in Hartland. Are you anywhere nearby? I'd consider any place within an hour or so driving time to be nearby :) Thanks! Tammy
Added by Tammy Wolfgram on Apr 25, 2015 12:46 PM
Photos of Rena and Dale's Gravestone
Thanks again
Added by flaggtx on Mar 13, 2015 7:13 PM
Photos of Rena and Dale's Gravestone
Great photos. Very much appreciated.
Added by flaggtx on Mar 13, 2015 7:12 PM
Peggy Joy
RE: Mary McNair Matthews add on
Hi Marlene,

I've added some more information on the view photo that you may find helpful. Some the Mathews have obits from the local papers, would you like me to e-mail them to you? Peggy

Added by Peggy Joy on Jan 21, 2015 8:37 PM
RE: Betty Taylor
My family tree thanks you. Becky
Added by Becky on Jan 13, 2015 2:37 PM
L Niedermeyer
RE: Children of Philip & Matilda Hoffman
Thanks so much, Marlene!
Added by L Niedermeyer on Dec 29, 2014 11:57 AM
Jacki Bierma
RE: Rosa Fry
I saw your e-mail - I was just trying to find her. Can't find her under Fry or McSpadden.

Added by Jacki Bierma on Dec 01, 2014 6:54 PM
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
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