Good at math? My name is Frederick Cole Rectanus (b.1949) and I am a mathematics teacher in Portland, OR. I found this site through a search of Google under the Rectanus name.
My dad was Daniel Rectanus from Middletown, OH (1918-1991) and his older sister is Sidney DeBlois Rectanus. She lives in Gloucester, MA. My dad worked for Scott Paper and, when he was 30, became a pediatrician. He practiced in the Boston area and was on the faculty at Harvard Med, working with Harvard U Health also. This sounds like another branch of the Rectani because my great-grandparents, Thoeodore R and Anna (?)., are buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY. He was a pharmacist and optomotrist in Louisville for many years with a shop in downtown, his own labels. He was bought out in a trademark dispute with Rexall Drug. (His label was Old Rex.) Our family lore is that he arrived from Freiburg-in-Schwartzwald (?) with medical training and a passion for poetry.
I have three younger siblings: Elizabeth in Peru, VT; Richard in Jacksonville, FL; Ann in Norfolk, MA. (I will let them kow about the site.) Rich and Ann each have two young children. My two sons are in their twenties, Karl in Washington, DC and Tim in Raleigh, NC. This seems to be the far-flung branch.
I am in possession of a family Bible which dates before 1853. Lore has it that their was a family tree in the front as was a common practice, but it was removed by an ancestor who wished to conceal her age. Alas, there is no tree in this Bible.
I am aware of another Rectanus in my area, Howard. I met him and his wife, Linda, many years ago. From time to time, folks around here mention the name to me. They were last living in Battle Ground, WA,a few miles north of Portland.