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From: "Pat" <>
Subject: Re: [GUS-REEB] Roll Call
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 05:57:11 -0400
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I have been to the Zelienople Historical Society. I did get some
information there. I have been to the Zelienople Cemetery also. I haven't
yet made it to the court house, only due to it is open the same hours I work
and closed when I am off work. I have gotten tons of information from the
Butler Library. Rich I have been to the places you have mentioned, except
the Harmony Museum. Not sure why I have checked it out ever, used to go to
Harmony quite often. I do have another trip to the Butler Library planned
I do have a picture of a young girl in a coffin. I believe it was taken in
the early 1900s. I know she is either a Burr or Rape but do not know who
she is. Hopefully someday I will find out.
I wish I would have written down some of the old stories that my
mother-in-law had told me of when she grew up. It would have been nice to
add them to the family history. I feel this family history I am gathering
(doing my family and my husbands) is the greatest gift I can leave to my
children and grandchildren.
----- Original Message -----
From: "RC" <>
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 1:33 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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