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Tyrannosaurus (#47153235)
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I am interested in the McCauslin, Zepp and Weikert lines in Pennsylvania. Genealogy has become something of a hobby for me, and I am in the midst of putting together a rather extensive family tree. I would be happy to receive any communications on the above family names.
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Wesley Raikes
Chuck, FindAGrave member HistoryBuff (#47478212)left me this message so here 'tis passed on to you:
>>if your Uncle was Wesley Raikes please look for the book Buckeye Blood, Ohio At Gettysburg by Richard Baumgartner. In it he mentions Welsey on pages 113 and 114. Where he came from, what his occupation was, and how he died. It also contains excerpts from the letter his commanding officer wrote to Wesleys wife notifying her of his death.<<

Book is available on for $25.
Added by CryptoGrammy on Nov 21, 2013 4:52 PM
Karl Stelly
RE: Wesley Raikes of the Battle of Gettysburg
Hi Chuck,

I'm not sure what the source was for that quote. I did find it in a book I have on Ohio at Gettysburg. It's called "Buckeye Blood: Ohio at Gettysburg" by Richard A. Baumgartner. It was published in 2003 by Blue Acorn Press in Huntington, WV. Lots of good info in that book. Hope this helps.

Added by Karl Stelly on Oct 31, 2013 12:56 PM
RE: Raikes/Reakes line
Hi, Chuck ~ I did see the civilian cemetery while there, but didn't have time to investigate it. My husband has been back probably three times since, but I have not gone again. You and I must also be distant cousins as the Raikses (specifically from Wesley's brother Franklin) are my people. I have a giant dining table that belonged to my Greatgrandparents Raikes who had a very large family with one child still living.
Added by CryptoGrammy on Oct 28, 2013 12:27 PM
RE: Wesley Raikes of Battle of Gettysburg
That's correct that said letter is not in Private Raikes' file at the National Archives because I've also been there and did not find such.

I believe the FindAGrave member Karl Stelly (#47103588) who has placed some tokens on Wesley's memorial is the one who gave me that information, having found it elsewhere in a book or records of the 75th Ohio.

The Raikes name was originally spelled Reakes in England...seems George Raikes/Rex/Reakes who died young was the immigrant.
Added by CryptoGrammy on Oct 27, 2013 4:30 PM

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