From Ziefen to Sally Run: Swiss Pioneer Jacob Repass (1737-1814) on the American Frontier, by Beverly Repass Hoch, 1993
This popular publication has now been reprinted by the author. The book discusses the earliest evidence of the Repass family and its history in Europe up to the time of immigration to America, follows Reverend Jacob Repass and his family along the American frontier, and their eventual settlement in southwestern Virginia after the Revolutionary War. The study includes the descendants of the family through the first four generations in America. This soft bound edition consists of 110 acid-free 8½"X11" pages, 56 maps, photographs, and illustrations, including sources, bibliography, and a complete name and location index.
To order a copy or to receive more information, please contact the author at P.O. Box 505, Wytheville, VA 24382, or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The price is $32.00 plus $3.00 postage and handling ($2.00 postage for each additional copy ordered at the same time). Please make checks to Beverly Repass Hoch.
Willy Rippas: An Autobiography, edited by Beverly Repass Hoch, 1997
Ever wonder what life would be like today if our ancestors had stayed in Europe? Willy Rippas who died at 82 years in 1996 was the last man in the village of Ziefen, Switzerland, to carry the Rippas name. He shared common roots with all those in the United States who carry the name Repass, RePass, Repasz, etc. But his ancestors remained in Ziefen, the homeland for the Rippas (Repass) family since the 1500s. Read Willy’s engrossing story about growing up in Ziefen, his home life, profession, private life, and ancestry. Includes photographs, illustrations, and a fold-out pedigree chart detailing his ancestry and its connection to John Jacob Repass who immigrated to America in 1768.
Soft cover, 83 pages, $15.00 plus $2.50 mailing ($1.50 for each additional copy).
St. John's Lutheran Church Note Cards
Pin and ink drawing of this important Wythe County, Virginia, church in the history of the Repass family, where Reverend John Jacob Repass established the Reformed Church congregation about 1798. All members of the first Repass family were members here, some are buried in its cemetery. History of the church included on the back of each note. Cream color, eight 4¼"X5½" cards w/matching envelopes.
$4.00 plus $1.00 mailing ($.50 for each additional)
Repass Family Favorites: Recipes From Our Past in Wythe County, Virginia
by K. Dean Repass George and Beverly Repass Hoch, 1994
“The Repass Family loves to eat!” begins the introduction to this book containing recipes used by Repass family members in Southwest Virginia. Many traditional favorites from the best cooks in the family (including their ancestry/kinship to our readers). Breads, main dishes and vegetables, salads and salad dressings, desserts, candy, preserves and marmalade recipes combine to make this 40-page book a perfect gift. Compiled for the 1994 Repass Family reunion in Wytheville, Virginia.
Featured recipes include "Schnitz un Knepp," which are Apples and Buttons or Dumplings. This is a recipe of the late Dorothy Repass Umberger of Bland County, Virginia. Her great-grandmother Repass's Soft Ginger Cake is there too, a recipe that was taken across America with wagon trains as Repass families moved west. "Cousin Olive's Omelette" was included by the late Margaret Cobb Wampler, which is a recipe of Olive Repass Brown from the early 1900s, There are the traditional Sour Kraut, and Baked Eggs with Spinach and Bacon. Desserts include Apple Float, a dish which the late Luther Repass recalled having as a little boy, served by his mother, aunts and grandmother. Anis cookies by Berta Rippas-Rudin is a centuries-old Christmas cookie recipe from the Repass ancestral village of Ziefen, Switzerland.
Softcover, $8.00, plus $2.50 mailing ($1.50 for each additional copy).