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Re: James T Rape, b. 1816 NC
Posted by: John Reeb (ID *****7361) Date: August 14, 2005 at 22:11:43
In Reply to: Re: James T Rape, b. 1816 NC by Amy Whiteman Sherrill of 247

I may have been the person who caused that information to reach ancestry.com however, I have definately not given ancestry.com anything...they have a big problem as they do not document their stuff and they take a lot of it from different publications and even web-sites which also have not always documented their data. To explain about 1978 I began searching the southern Rape family ancestry. I was very interested in James T. Rape as he resided in Walker County, GA along with my own great great grandfather Archibald Rape. However, I was able to find a court record which provided the names of Archibald's parents but never found any solid evidence as to who were James T. Rape's parents. If I am remembering correctly the only two children of Samuel Rape and his wife, Margaret McKibben are concerned was the two youngest. Two people who were not from the same state but who had visited with each other before, one being a direct descendant of Samuel Rape through his youngest son and he other being the husband of a lady who descends from a Thomas Rape born circa 1812/1813 in Mecklenburg County, NC told me that this Thomas was son of Samuel Rape. I believed them because I found a record where Margaret McKibben the wife of Samuel Rape complained that Thomas Rape failed to make her a legal heir of some land which apparently Thomas was able to get title too. I believe that Thomas was son of Samuel but by a first wife, possibly not Margaret McKibben. I could not find any document to provide James T. Rapes parents so I placed him by some kind of weak circumstantial evidence. That being there was no other logical place for him based upon census studies comparing the ages of men of he name and possible locations to match with the earlier census records which do not provide the names of the children. In Georgia, Henry County, the sons of Henry Rape who were there were Samuel, Peter and John. Peter and Johns sons were accounted for from earlier census but there was space in the numbers for James T. to have been a son of Samuel. Can you please provide me with more details on your lineage ...which child of James T. Rape is your ancestor etc? Where is he buried? Is there a marked grave and do you have any complete dates on him. Do you know for certain who his wife was? Those are all questions which nagged at my mind for a long time. I do know that one of Henry Rape's sons, I believe Peter though, not Samuel, had obtained a grant for some land in Walker County from the so called Indian Land Lottery. John V. Reeb




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