John L Reefer

Brief Life History of John L

When John L Reefer was born on 3 November 1846, in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Nicholas Reefer, was 27 and his mother, Agnes Snyder, was 23. He married Hannah Caroline Smeltzer about 1868, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880. He died on 23 March 1921, in Plumcreek Township, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Gastown Cemetery, Plumcreek Township, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States.

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John L Reefer
Hannah Caroline Smeltzer
Marriage: about 1868
Margaret Agnes Reefer
Elizabeth Ann Reefer
George Elmer Reefer
Pearl Jane Reefer
Carrie Leah Reefer
Frank Clark Reefer

Sources (13)

  • John Reafer, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Reefer, "Find A Grave Index"
  • John Reefer in entry for John R. Thomas and Maggie A. Reefer, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"

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Name Meaning

Possibly a derivative of North German Reef ‘rope’, denoting a ropemaker.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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