The ancestry of the southern RAPE family has been traced and documented back in time to 1642. The original spelling of this particular RAPE family was REEB, which is a German name pronounced by German speakers in a way that sounds like RAPE to the English or American ear. The immigrant ancestor was Johann Peter Reeb who arrived in Philadelphia in 1752, and had at least two sons born and baptized in the Lutheran Church in PA. In 1766 this family is found in records in Rowan County, PA with the name found spelled as REAP, REAPE, REP, REPP, RAPE, AND REEB. Within generations the family had branches in Tennessee, Henry County, GA., Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois. My research on this family began in earnest in 1979 and in 1983, my research was given to a person who published a book called The Rape Family Tree. In 1994 a small book was then published to contain the European history of the family. I am still collecting as much information as possible as I am able to locate descendants who have not previously been heard from. I welcome hearing from any and all descendants of this southern RAPE family. Write to JonReeb@aol.com.