From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 326, Jackson Township, White County, Indiana
"J. T. REIFF was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1832, and is the third of the ten children born to CHRISTIAN and ELIZABETH (TITELOW) REIFF, both natives of Pennsylvania. CHRISTIAN REIFF is the inventor of a clover huller, which for years has held a leading position, and he is also the patentee of a combined grain thresher and clover huller. For many years he was at the head of the C. H. REIFF Manufacturing Company, Union County, Pennsylvania, which closed operations in 1878. He now resides in Carroll County, Indiana, aged seventy-nine years. J. T. REIFF assisted his father at farming and manufacturing until 1861; then ran a tannery at McVeytown, Pennsylvania, for eighteen months; then returned to his father's factory near Hartleton, Pennsylvania, and kept the accounts until 1868; then ran a tannery at Hartleton until 1870, when he sold and accompanied his father to Tennessee, and two years later came to this county, and the following spring bought his present farm of 200 acres, on which he has erected new buildings and a wind engine, and a bank barn 40 X 80 feet, containing fifty windows, being the second largest in the county. His real estate is worth about $12,000 and his personal property about $2,000. He was married, May 3, 1859, to MISS ELIZABETH, daughter of DAVID and ESTHER KLECKNER, and born in Pennsylvania October 18, 1834, and by this union became the father of six children, of whom three are still living - MILTON K., LILLIE J. (Wife of FRANK FISHER), and MARY EMMA (wife of PHILIP AMICK). MR. REIFF is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Conservative Branch of the German Baptist Church, of which he was chosen Deacon in 1874."