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J.H. Neff

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J.H. Neff

Posted: 21 Sep 2002 10:20PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 5 Oct 2002 5:33PM GMT
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 646-47

J.H. Neff. A resident of Huntington county since 1900, Mr. Neff has been one of the progressive and successful farmers in Clear Creek township since that time. In the early years of his manhood he began working on a farm, and in addition to experience also accumulated a small capital, was married at the age of twenty-four, and with the loyal cooperation of his wife has steadily prospered ever since. His name in Huntington county counts for good citizenship, for effective business management, and for the honesty and integrity always associated with the best citizens.

John H. Neff was born in Wabash county, Indiana, February 13, 1859, a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Fisher) Neff. The founder of the family in America was a Virginian named George Neff, who lived and died in that old commonwealth. Benjamin Neff was born in Virginia, and was three times married, his first wife dying in Virginia. After coming to Wabash county, Indiana, he married Elizabeth Fisher, and they became the parents of six children, of whom John H., the oldest, is the only one now living. The father brought his family to Wabash county, about 1855, and that locality was his home until his death. He was a minister in the Church of the Brethren, and active in the affairs of that denomination until the close of his life in 1899. After the death of his second wife he was again married, and the one daughter of that union is Daisy May, who is unmarried and living in Chicago.

John H. Neff spent his early years on the old farm and as soon as old enough he began assisting in the duties of the farm, and his opportunities to go to school were limited to the winter seasons. At the age of twenty-one he started out for himself, worked as a farm hand by the month and continued that way until his marriage.

On June 25, 1883, Mr. Neff married Sarah E. Miller of Huntington county. Sarah E. Miller was born February 2, 1861, a daughter of John and Sarah (Seidner) Miller. Her father, who was born in Wayne county, Ohio, October 3, 1827, died at Huntington on March 7, 1912. He was married in Wayne county, his wife being a native of that locality, and they moved to Whitley county, Indiana, in 1856. About 1875 the Miller family moved to Huntington county, and in 1898 the parents retired to a home in the city of Huntington. John Miller by his first marriage was the father of thirteen children, ten of whom are yet living. Mrs. Neff was fourteen years of age when the family came to Huntington county, and her education was acquired chiefly in Whitley county.

After the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Neff they rented a farm in Wabash county, and that was how they got their start. After some years as renters, they were able to purchase a small place, and through their united labor gradually prospered and got ahead in the world, until April 1, 1900, they came to Huntington county and bought the west half of the northwest quarter of section twenty-five in Clear Creek township. This is a farm possessing many improvements and highly valuable. It is located five miles north of Huntington.

Mr. and Mrs. Neff have two children: Mertie M., a graduate of the common schools, is the wife of H.P. France, of Clear Creek township, and they have two children, Mark and Sarah. J. Quinter, the younger, is a graduate of the Clear Creek high school. The family have active membership in the Church of the Brethren, and Mr. Neff is one of the trustees in the Shock church. His politics is Republican. Mr. Neff pursues his farming industry on a common-sense basis, raises much grain, and feeds practically all of it to his stock. He keeps some high grade cattle and hogs, and good judgment and industry are the secret of his growing success.

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