I'm sorry that I have taken so long to respond to your recent posts; I have been out of town until yesterday, and today I reviewed my e-mail and saw your latest posts.
First, let me express my gratitude to you for responding in such a generous manner. I really appreciate your prompt and helpful posts. I will be forwarding to you my address as you had requested in your July 8 post.
As regards my immediate family on my father's side: My father was Floyd Jacob Rapp (ne Rape) born Aug. 15, 1893 in either Zelienople, PA or Evans City, PA (I have seen both places of birth in different sources). He was one of 11 children born to Jacob Adam Rape and Ella (or Amelia) Rape nee Buehler. Jacob Adam Rape was born in Zelienople, Butler County, PA on July 4, 1862. He died in March 1946 in Edinburg, Lawrence County, PA. I have seen some conflicting data on the first name of Jacob's wife; the 1910 US census clearly lists Ella, but I have seen other records that list his wife as Amelia. The census data lists the place of birth of both of Ella's parents as Germany.
This is about as far back as I have any credible data on my father's ancestry, but I did find a source that indicates that Jacob's father quite possibly was Adam Reeb, born in Zelienople, PA on Sep. 22, 1831 and died Feb 26, 1907. Adam Reeb was maried to Elizabeth Wagner. His father (according to my data) was Heinrich Reeb born in Zelienople, PA on Oct. 9, 1804 and died in Butler County, PA on Oct. 20, 1889. Heinrich Reeb was married to Maria Stautt, born Sep. 14, 1804 in Dauphin County, PA.
I then show Heinrich Reeb's father as Johann Theobald Reeb who was born on Apr. 19, 1769 in Keskastel, France and died on Dec. 20, 1843 in Butler County PA. My data also suggests that there were eight other children born to Johann Theobald Reeb, including Catherina.
Clearly there is some connection between my data and the data that you have collected, and I am delighted that I have found a possile additional source of information that I might be able to use to clear up some uncertainties in my own data which I believe may have erros. I would very much like to continue our dialogue and exchange more information. If exchanges by surface mail are advisable, I would be glad to provide reimbursement for mailing costs that you might incur.
In my forthcoming e-mail message to you I will try to clear up the misunderstanding to which you alluded in your July 11 post.
Again, thanks for taking the time and effort to help me out with my faltering genealogical research.