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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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Derek Brooks
RE: Stephens Family of Crantock Cornwall
Morning Marlene, just been looking at my Ancestry hints for this John Stephens & Catherine, thought it rang a bell, this John was born in Perranzabuloe Parish, which is one parish down from Crantock. Someone is researching the family and has him and his family, so unfortunately not my clan.
Added by Derek Brooks on Jul 21, 2015 1:56 AM
Derek Brooks
RE: Stephens Family of Crantock Cornwall
Thanks Marlene, will pass on info for now, as it seems this John & Catherine (J&C) are another family. Regards Derek
Added by Derek Brooks on Jul 20, 2015 1:29 PM
Derek Brooks
RE: Stephens Family of Crantock Cornwall
Hi Marlene. Thank you for your quick reply. This is not one of mine that I can see, I thought I had all the Crantock Stephens's in my database but it seems not this one. Will make a note of it just in case a line opens up. Regards Derek
Added by Derek Brooks on Jul 20, 2015 1:25 PM
Derek Brooks
Stephens Family of Crantock Cornwall
Hi Marlene, Found your link of your John & Catherine Stephens headstone via Ancestry. Had a read of the details you have on J&C, it's interesting as my family is the Stephens's of Crantock, Cornwall just a few miles from me. There is two different families in Crantock with same surname, not related I think. Have you by chance the name of John Stephens b1797 mother & father. Maybe I can match it to my tree. Kind Regards. Derek
Added by Derek Brooks on Jul 20, 2015 4:49 AM
RE: Garinger's in Orfordville
Hello, Thank you so much for your kind reply. It is true, I am looking for my 3rd GGrandmother, who would have been Nancy's sister-in-law. Her name is Caroline Garinger, and she was supposed to have died in 1872. They lived near one another with their husbands, Isaac and David. Isaac was one of the founders of this cemetery according to old records. He moved to California to seek his fortune in the 1880s, and died and was buried in Eureka. I so admire the work you do! I still have family in Winona. Take care, and bless you! Donna
Added by Garinger/Estes on Jul 13, 2015 10:28 AM
Garinger's in Orfordville
Dear Marlene, Thank you so much for finding and photographing the graves of my third-great Aunt Nancy Church Garinger, and her children Isaac and Mary Eva. It's funny how I have searched find-a-grave for years, and you just added them this week, and I just happened to do a new Garinger search. Thank you again, you totally made my day! Happy Hunting! Donna
Added by Garinger/Estes on Jul 09, 2015 2:33 PM
Carol Fritsch
James Collins
Thanks so much Marlene!
Added by Carol Fritsch on Jul 04, 2015 5:55 PM
Martha Shanahan
Thank you for getting the nice photo of the Lillian Allen stone. Your volunteer time is very much appreciated.
Added by Martha Shanahan on Jun 28, 2015 4:12 PM
M Konruff
Tombstone for Martin and Dorothea Christian
Thanks for posting the new tombstone in memory of my two pioneer ancestors.
Added by M Konruff on Jun 22, 2015 3:41 PM
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
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