|John Neff’s Family|
Top row, left to right: Barbara Matilda Neff, John Neff, II, Mary Barr Neff, Franklin Neff|
Second row: Amos Herr Neff, Susanna Neff, Benjamin Barr Neff, John Neff, III, Elizabeth Neff
Not pictured: Cyrus Neff, Mary Ann Neff, Amanda Neff
With nine of their ten children, John
and Mary Barr Neff came to live in Nauvoo, soon after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. Amanda had already died young, in Pennsylvania. Cyrus would soon break many hearts, we’re told, by dying of “the fever” in Winter Quarters. The other eight went on with their parents to settle the West, particularly East Mill Creek in the Salt Lake Valley.
Here’s, as far as I know, the only surviving portrait of Mary Ann Neff Rockwell, beloved (second, sequential) wife of Orrin Porter Rockwell.
Alfa Jean Carter’s Big Neff Book gives many fascinating details.
The Neff properties were extensive but all east of Durphy Street. So, no trace remains. That whole area is now a state park and an RLDS campground.
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