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From: "eamessinger" <>
Subject: Re: [GUS-REEB] Roll Call
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 17:45:03 -0500
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Well, I haven't had time to look up any family tales as John has requested
because I think all of those mentioned had died before I was born, but, I
can relate to two things in this post.
One, my ggrandfather, Nicholas Noesser, who married my Elizabeth Reeb,
spelled RAAB on their marriage certificate, was a founding father of the
German Evangelical Church in New Orleans. It was started in 1850 and I was
born into the Cradle Roll Dept. It later became St. Matthew's Evangelical &
Reformed Church. It is still standing today, even after Hurricane Katrina,
and once again has a German Pastor and even instructions in the German
language. Need I say that in my generation, we were in that church every
time the doors opened!!
Two, I enjoyed your story of Harmony as I have been there. I had friends
in Beaver Falls, PA and while visiting them, we were taken to it. Quite
Keep posting, I may just find a relative!!!
Emma Messinger in Lake Jackson, TX
----- Original Message -----
From: "RC" <>
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: [GUS-REEB] Roll Call
> It sounds like you are within a stones throw of Zelienople, a place where
> there is a lot of family history. I was there a couple of years ago, in
> fact I have been there at least 3 times and always find something new. Try
> going to the Zelienople Historical Society located at 243 S. Main St. in
> Zelienople. You can tour the Passavant House and ask for research help.
> The people that work there are more than helpful. They have a lot of old
> records that may be helpful. While in Zelienople you can visit the
> Zelienople Cemetery which contains the St. Peters section where a lot of
> my ancestors are buried. Walking thru there is almost like a family
> reunion. You will see a lot of familiar names. Don't forget to go into the
> Mausoleum while there.
> After that you can visit the St. Peter's Reformed Church, formerly known
> as St. Peter's German Evangelical Church, and tour the church and look up
> old records in their office..Another place where the people were very
> Then since you are almost in Harmony go to the Harmony Museum, but be
> careful..If you blink you may miss Harmony. Harmony sits on the spot where
> major Indian trails converged years ago. George Washington called it
> "Murthering Town" (Murdering Town). The town disappeared and in the early
> 1800's Father Rapp (no relation) founded the Harmonist Society there. The
> original name was spelled Harmonie. After a while the Harmonists moved on
> and sold the town to Abraham Ziegler for $100,000. The Harmonist Cemetery
> is still there..A little side note..The Harmonist Society, for what ever
> reason adopted a policy of celibacy, which ultimately led to their
> The last time I was there some people had decided to remodel their homes.
> When they pulled off all the old siding they found their homes were
> actually built of logs and may have been built in the early 1800's by the
> Harmonists. There was a move to preserve some of them as historical sites.
> Then you can go to Butler County Courthouse, in Butler, where they have
> tons of information..The Butler County Historical Society is nearby
> located on the seventh floor of the National City Bank building on the
> corner of Main and Jefferson.
> PS..I'm originally from Ambridge..Born In Sewickley.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Pat" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2006 8:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [GUS-REEB] Roll Call
>> I love getting the many emails on the Rape family. I don't live to very
>> far from Zelienople PA and my Sister-In-Law took me past the original
>> Rape farm and for the life of me I can't remember all the roads we took.
>> I did go to the Bury Church Cemetery and got a few pictures of cemetery
>> stones. This was when I first started research and I now know I need to
>> go back and get more. With moving, and now bringing my son back to PA
>> from SC I am in for another busy month. I am not a Rape but married a
>> Rape, this is what led me to research the Rape surname.
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