Paul, thank you for responding. How are we related? What is the connection?
The following is my direct line:
Christoffel Reiffers 5 Great-Grandfather
Mathias Reiffers 4 Great-Grandfather
Nicolas Reiffers 3 Great-Grandfather
Michael Reifers 2 Great-Grandfather
Came to America in 1850s
Mary Reifers Ruen Great-Grandmother
Frances Ruen Wolke Grandmother
Paul H. Wolke Father
Martin P. Wolke Me
What is your direct line?
Who is the oldest know Reif(f)ers in your line? Where were they born?
Do you descend from Christoffel Reiffers?
Has everyone in your line been Roman Catholic?
Do you know of any non-Roman Catholic Reif(f)ers that are related to you?
You mentioned “a REIFFER was someone who collected wood or shrubs for firewood, making brooms, etc.” What is the origin of this definition? Was it passed down from relatives or generations?
In the German-English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode, Reifer is listed as meaning rope maker or rope merchant.
In the 2nd Edition German-American Names by George F. Jones, Reiff means ripe or mature and Reif means rope.
As like many surnames, it appears that the origin of the surname Reiffers might have more than one source.
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