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Rapalee

Jeannette Buck (View posts)
Posted: 30 Jul 2000 10:58AM GMT
I live in a tiny town where a road has been called 'the Rapalee, (we spell it Rappilee) for over one hundred years. A family by that name lived there during the late 1870's or early 1880's. I would like to contact anyone that may have researched this name and found a family that lived in Potter County Pa. during those years. Thank you.
Posted: 3 Mar 2001 7:44PM GMT
Edited: 10 Sep 2002 3:30AM GMT
The Rapalee name is quite prevalent in the Finger Lakes area of New York State. There is also a Rapalee Road in Dundee area off Route 14 going to Seneca Lake.

The name originated from Joris Jansen de Rapalie who was among the first Dutch settlers to settle New York State in 1624.
The family settled first in what is today Albany, then to Manhattan Island, then Brooklyn, then the New Brusnswick, NJ area and then to the Finger Lakes area starting at Lake Cayuga.

I can not tell you the particular Rapalee's that your road was named after without more details of the family.

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Jeannette Buck (View posts)
Posted: 5 Mar 2001 7:32PM GMT
Thank you for answering. I know nothing about the family that lived in this area. They must have fallen between censuses, because I can't find them there. My great grandmother remembered going to school with a little girl by the name, and Gram was born in 1870. I will search an 1880 census. They had one son named Levi John Francis James Adams Charles named after several relatives. He used the name Jim. Not much to go on. Jeannette Buck

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Carol Jean Broadway Hittle-Sellers (View posts)
Posted: 10 May 2001 3:03AM GMT
I have "Rapalee" in my geneological line.

My grandmother was Naomi Rapalee Hittle.
(Born around 1905)
Her siblings were: Naomi; Archie (daughter Barbara);
Faye (Faye loved to "fish" (very nice loving lady, her daughter married a very nice Italian man named "Tony";
Troy (from VA- the youngest);
and final brother was
Virgil (highly educated and smart and very kind and loving)who died in the mountain area of CA.
Ruby (who I liked and loved the best)(Married Jesse Wiltse who was a very kind hearted gentleman and father- I wish he had been my father), they had 3 children: Jack;
Robert;
and Karen Wiltse; Karen (married Tom Griffith) and had 2 daughters: Darci Griffith and the other named Arelle Griffith from Nampa, Idaho);
Total of 5 brothers and sisters.

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Carol Jean Broadway Hittle-Sellers (View posts)
Posted: 10 May 2001 3:06AM GMT
Try the Missouri area.

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Jeannette Buck (View posts)
Posted: 10 May 2001 5:33AM GMT
Thank you for answering. Is there any tradition or information about the family living in North Central Pennsylvania in the 1880's or there abouts? There is nothing left here but their name on the road. No one related that I know about. Thank you again, J. Buck

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Carol Jean Hittle-Sellers (View posts)
Posted: 11 May 2001 12:31AM GMT
My grandmother's family (Rapalee) were in the Missouri/Kansas area in the 1920's, but they could possibly have come from PA at an earlier date. I don't have any information on them (has not been researched by me, yet), but I use to have a guncle (Troy Rapalee) now deceased, who lived in Virginia. He still has family (children) who live back there. You might be able to do an email search and pickup Rapalee names and addresses to contact for info. I have other "Rapalee" distant cousins related to the above who live in CA who might be able to help you (Barbara Rapalee) who is one of my second cousins. "Infospace.com" is a good source for names, addresses, and email addresses. I'll try and see if I can find some contacts for you. Good luck to you.

Sincerely,
Carol Hittle-Sellers

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Jeannette Buck (View posts)
Posted: 11 May 2001 3:23AM GMT
Thank you. That is very nice of you. jb
Curiosity killed the proverbial cat, you know.

Re: Rapalee

Debie Stewart (View posts)
Posted: 17 Mar 2003 8:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Roblyer, Robyler, Roblier, Roblyre, Raplee, Rapalee, Rappalee, Rapplee, Rappleyea, Rappelyea, and others
Rapalee Road. The Raplee's that most Rapalee's came from were first named Roblyer. Pronounced at first Ro-bli-ay. It was a french name. The b in the name was rolled as the French pronounce their b's, which is probably where the translation came to be rapalee. The Roblyer name first shows up in New York/Pennsylvania areas in the late 1700's in the Tioga County area. Nehemiah Roblyer (although there are no listings under this name) officially changed the Roblyer name to Raplee around 1810-1820. Some of the Roblyer's kept Roblyer. Most of the James Roblyer's (Nehemiah's grandfather) changed their name to Raplee. Somehow this was changed to Rapalee and Rappalee and Rapplee and even Rappleyea. The Roblyer-Raplee's were very rich and owned lots of land by Seneca lake and the surrounding areas. During all the land swapping of New York and Pennsylvania, there is much confusion as to whether they lived in New York or Pennsylvania. I have even seen them listed as being from New York, PA. James Roblyer-Raplee brought his family to the Seneca Lake area about 1805. A son Stephen was already there. John Roblyer (who kept the Roblyer name) lived in Tioga County PA and was buried in Barrington in 1870. Hiram Lewis Roblyer (who kept the Roblyer name) lived in Tioga County, PA and was buried in Rutland in 1857. William Roblyer (who kept the family name) was buried in Chemung. These three men said they were born in New York. Andrew Roblyer-Raplee said his family was from New Jersey.
They are listed as Roblyer's in the 1810 Census, Raplee's in the 1820 Census and Rapalee's in the 1830 Census. They are basically all the same people. A lot of info is on the Tri- County site and the Yates County site.
Anyway, to make a very long story short, one of the relatives of James settled in Potter County probably around 1810-1830 and is probably where the Rapalee Road name came from.

Re: Rapalee

Larry Clark (View posts)
Posted: 10 May 2004 11:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Do you know if any of the Raplee's or thier wives where native american?....MY mom's line came to New york from New Jersey....There was a Margaret Raplee, Samual Raplee and Nathanial Raplee all came to Ohio around 1810.....I am having a difficult time proving this rumor.....thanks in advance
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