I was able to make the break-thru a number of years ago on the Rife family. Christian Reif, wife Maria & 10 children left Rueggisberg,Canton Bern, Switzerland & arrived in NY 22 Jul, 1833. The family proceeded to Auburn Twp, Tuscarawas Co,OH buying land. Most of the family stayed in OH & kept the spelling Reif. The four brothers that went west to Wabash Co,IN, John, Rudolf, Friedrich & Samuel changed the spelling of the name to Rife. John eventually ended up in Palo,Linn Co,IA, where his large family settled.
I have a lot of information & pictures on the family & am willing to share & exchange information. Janet Rife Graham