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Re: Christian REEB, 1860 PA census
Posted by: Roger Nathan Reeb Date: December 22, 1999 at 21:55:24
In Reply to: Re: Christian REEB, 1860 PA census by Richard Rapp of 276

Dear Richard:
I believe that you were trying to get in touch with me about my family tree, as well as the possibility that we are related. It is my understanding that I am a descendant of Theobald Reeb who settled in Cranberry, Butler County, PA in 1802 or 1803. Most of the family members in that area spell the surname as "Rape." My research suggests that the spelling of the original Germanic surname of "Reeb" was changed to "Rape" by early descendants so that it would be pronunciated in the same way as it is in the "old country" (i.e., Germany); that is, it appears that the word "Reeb" would be pronunciated as "Rape" (or something very similar to this) when spoken in German. I believe that, in German, a double e (ee) is pronounced like an English "a" and that a "b" at the end of a word is pronounced like an English "p." Are you related to the Rapes/Reebs in Butler County, PA? Also, I would suggest that, if you have detailed questions about more far-reaching history of the name, you consult John V. Reeb, who has done excellent research (and writing) on the subject over the years.
Good Luck!
Roger N. Reeb

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