John Neff

19 September 1794–9 May 1869 (Age 74)
Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of John

When John Neff was born on 19 September 1794, in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Neff, was 25 and his mother, Barbara Herr, was 32. He married Mary Barr on 12 January 1822, in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 9 May 1869, in East Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Neff
Mary Barr
Marriage: 12 January 1822
Barbara Matilda Neff
Franklin Barr Neff
Amos Herr Neff
Cyrus Neff
Mary Ann Neff
Susannah Neff
Benjamin Barr Neff
Amanda Neff
John Neff III
Elizabeth Neff
Peter Neff
Leah Neff

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  • Marriage
    12 January 1822Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 6
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
    1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital
    Age 18
    Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 25
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    Name Meaning

    German and Swiss German: relationship name from Middle High German neve ‘nephew’ (later rather broader in application, like cousin in English), hence probably a distinguishing name for a close relation or familiar of a prominent personage. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). In North America, this surname is also an altered form of the variant Naff .Dutch: variant of Neve , cognate with 1 above.Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Neffe ‘nephew’, cognate with 1 above.

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

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    Biographical Information - Amos Herr, David & Samuel Neff

    David and Samuel Neff are among the largest sheep raisers of Utah. Twin brothers, they were born at East Millcreek, near where they now reside, on the 13th of June, 1871, their parents being Amos Herr …

    Sources (68)

    • John Neff, "United States Census, 1840"
    • John Neff in entry for Susannah Pierce Boothe, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • John Neff, "United States Census, 1860"

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