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Pvt. Hans Markeson
Company H

Hans Markeson (also spelled "Marquarsen") was born about 22 October 1839 in Fynn, Denmark. He died about 9 January 1926 in Linden Township, Brown County, Minnesota and was buried on 11 January 1926 in the Rice Lake Lutheran Church Cemetery in Linden. He married Ellen P. ____, who was born in Norway in 1827 and died about 17 May 1917 in Linden Township. She was buried in the Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery on 19 May 1917. Hans and Ellen had five daughters who were all born in Linden Township: Kamilla, Anne Jorgine, Margrethe Bergetta, Christine Wilhelmine, and Hilda Markuline. Hans and Ellen apparently moved away from Linden Township between 1890 and 1895, possibly to Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

Hans was one of three veterans (along with Jacob Jacobson and Hans Jensen) of the 28th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment who settled in Linden Township. All were from Denmark and all were members of the Rice Lake Lutheran Church in Linden. They appeared as godparents at the christenings of the others' children and as witnesses at weddings.

The Brown County, Minnesota, Historical Society has a photograph which they think may be of Hans Markeson. The photograph is filed with the obituary of one of his daughters. It shows a young man in a uniform jacket, which increases, in my opinion, the likelihood that it is a photograph of Hans.

Compiled and submitted by Michael Hobart 9 January 1998.

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