All came with the name of Reeb and the names of the older two brothers (Peter and Gustavus) changed through preservation of the German pronunciation of REEB, which equates to how the English language spells Rape or something very similar.In the 1780s, records were using the spelling of the name for Peter and Gustavus as REAP and sometimes REAPE. Gustavus (Augustus)died during that time in 1781, so his descendants name has continued to be spelled REAP.Peter had land grant and other papers (civil) where his name was shown as RAPE but in at least one case, he signed Peter REEB just below where they had written his name out as Peter RAPE.The records of baptism for two of his sons has the REEB spelling as does the list of passengers who arrived on the ship Halifax in 1752.Michael,who is Bill's ancestor is found in some records as RAPE and others as REEB or even REB, which is quite common for REEB in early times.The descendants of Michael sometimes signed the name as REEB even as others were signing it Rape in the same papers.This is not unusual for many of our Reeb families in America during the first few generations.In Butler County, Pa. the descendants of Theobald Reeb were sometimes written in the churchbooks as REEB even as late as late 1800s and early 1900s, even though they had come to Pa. in 1803.The same families also were sometimes in the same churchbooks as RAPE. The Reebs in Northampton Co., Pa. began to refer to them selves in writing as REBH, then later as REPH, even while they were still using the old German pronunciation as REEB.If there is any doubts that the Rephs are REEBs, then I suggest that one needs to look into the entire family there on record both Church and Civil in Northampton County. The proof is abundant that the name REPH derived from REEB. And guess what, some of the REPHS who migrated to Iowa, spelled it RAPH.John V. Reeb.