Stephen GREIF was born say 1710.1 He was in Philadelphia before
2 Apr. 1734 when he was elected an Elder in the German Reformed Congregation
in Philadelphia.13 In 1736 he received a warrant for 100 acres of land in Bucks
He was on a list of Germans and Swiss of Philadelphia who in 1739 were
naturalized.3 Stephen GREIFFE had a warrant for 100 acres on Conewago
Creek in Lancaster County in 1739. The survey of 95.2 acres was returned
on 8 Feb. 1788, with the patent issued to George ILGENFRITZ.4 His wife
was Sibilla RABENSTOCK.5
Stephen GREIFF was an elder in the Reformed Church in Germantown at the time
his father-in-law John REBENSTOCK died. He entered a caveat against the will,
protesting that the executor Derrick REBENSTOCK was an "irregular Liver."
When Derick died two months later, he withdrew the caveat.12
Stephen GREIF died in York County, PA between 26 Aug. 17656 and 9 May 1766.11
Stephen GREIFF and Sibilla REBENSTOCK had children:
1. Eva GREIFF5,6,7 b. say 1736 PA; m. Christian SCHWARZ 1 Apr. 1755;7
2. Sarah Christina GREIFF5,6,7 born 1738 PA;7 m. Johann Adam SCHWARZ
[BLACK] 8 Feb. 1757;7 living 17968
3. Mary Magdelena GREIFF5,6 born say 1740 PA; m. Peter MUNDORFF
11 Feb. 1766;9 living 181310
1. Estimate from ages of children.
2. Stephen Greiff warrantee, Bucks Co., PA warrant register, p. 175, warrant 8.
3. H. Frank Eshleman, Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and
German Pioneer Settlers of South-Eastern Pennsylvania, (Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969), p. 269 [image 272/389].
4. Stephen Greiffe warrantee, Lancaster Co., PA warrant register, p. 174, warrant 97.
5. Derick Rabenstock (alias Ravenstock) will, Philadelphia Co., PA wills H:76-78.
His will was written 7 Sep. 1745, with a codicil on 11 Nov. 1745, and proved on
20 Nov. 1745. In his will he named the "three children of my deceased Sister
Sibilla," they being Eve, Sarah, and Magdelena Greiff.
6. Stephen Griff original will transcription [signed Greif], York County Archives, York Co., PA.
Stephen Griffe will, York Co., PA wills B:44-45, FHL microfilm 22131.
7. Old Goshenhoppen Lutheran Churchbook, Upper Salford Twp., Montgomery Co.,
PA, FHL microfilm 0,022,073.
Christian SCHWARZ-Eva Greif marriage p. 192, entry 21.
Johann Adam SCHWARZ-Sarah Greiff marriage p. 194, entry 39.
Sara Christina Greif baptism, p. 230, entry 21.
Sara Christian born in 1738, thus was 18 years old last Easter. After previous
instruction she was baptized on October 10, 17 S. a. Trin.; Parents: Stephen Greif;
but she did not know his whereabouts. She was born in this country and brought up by
Mennonites. She desired to be baptized, which was not refused her, after she had
been instructed in the fundamentals of Christianity. Sponsors: Michael Reiher and his
wife Maria Chriatina, also Henrich Bayer, Trustee.
8. Stokes Co., NC Deed Book 2, p. 323.
9. First Reformed Church, York County, PA register 1744-1853, p. 229, FHL
10. Peter Mundorff will, York Co., PA wills N:65-66, FHL microfilm 22134.
He named his wife Mary Magtelana
11. Stephen Griffe recorded will, York Co., PA will book B, pp. 44-45.
12. Hannah Benner Roach, The Back Part of Germantown, A Reconstruction,
(Philadelphia, Penn.: The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 2001), 14.
13. William J. Henke, Life and Letters of the Rev. John Philip Boehm, Founder of
the Reformed Church in Pennsylvania, 1683-1749, (Philadelphia: Press of
Berger Brothers, 1916), p. 249.
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