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Obituaries - Neff

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(wife of JOHN NEFF)
b. May 8, 1799
d. January 15, 1875
a. 75 yrs. 8 mos. 7 dys.

“Died. At her residence in Frostburg, Harriet A. Neff, wife of John Neff, Esq., aged 76 years.
No member of this community has more deservedly enjoyed its confidence and esteem than this true, good woman. Liberally endowed with those qualities which adorn character, and in early life brought under the fostering influence of grace, for more than half a century she walked with God and in every relation of life beautifully exemplified the spirit of her Master. Liberal and kind to the poor; full of sympathy for and ever ready to minister to the sick; a constant friend; a devoted wife and mother; an earnest and faithful christian, it may be said of her that in every department of duty she did what she could. It would be difficult to speak in terms too extravagant of the virtues which in her life shown so beautifully, and which gained for her the esteem of a large and ever increasing circle of friends. Modest and retiring while she lived, we scarcely knew how large an extent the influence of her life was felt. But now that she is no more, many who have been the recipients of her benefactions and have felt the inspiration of her hold life, rise up to call her blessed.
To the M.E. Church through whose ministry she was first led to Christ, and of which she was for fifty-five years an exemplary member, she devoted the service of her life. Her house was known for years as the preacher’s home, and as such will not be forgotten by those who were privileged to enjoy its hospitality. Of the means with which Providence favored them she cheerfully joined her husband in contributing to the support of all the interests of the Church with a liberality corresponding with its ever increasing demands.
Faithful in all she had to do, when summoned to her account she was prepared to render it with joy. On Friday morning, Jan. 15th, 1875, in great peace and unshaken trust in the Redeemer, she passed to her reward.
As mourners at her grave, with the husband and children who she blessed with her love, stands the Church and community in which her name is as ointment poured forth.” (FMJ, 1-23-1875, p. 3)

b. 1792
d. October 16, 1878
a. 86

“Death of an Old and Estimable Citizen.— Wednesday morning, 16th inst., at 4 o’clock, JOHN NEFF died at his residence in this place at the advanced age of nearly 87 years. Mr. Neff had been for several years past suffering from the infirmities of age, but bore all with great christian fortitude. He was an old and exemplary member of the M.E. Church and died in the faith he had so long professed. As a citizen he was honest, upright, popular, and, in matters of principle, steadfast and immovable. Large-hearted and benevolent, he was a true type of a man in every sense. He was a soldier of the war of 1812 and a member of the Maryland legislature three terms between 1836 and 1844, and held many other prominent local positions during his long life, and came out of all with great credit. He thus leaves a record to his children worthy of pride and emulation. Of these four survive him—John and Charles, physicians of Baltimore; Thomas G., of Eckhart, and Mrs. Peter Smouse, of Cumberland. The funeral took place yesterday at the M.E. Church, Rev. Dr. Edwards officiating.” [FMJ 10-19-1878, p. 3]

“Mr. Neff, an aged and worthy citizen of Frostburg, died Tuesday evening. Mr. Neff was 86 years of age, and much beloved by those who were acquainted with him. His loss will by mourned by many.” [ALLEGANIAN, 10-17-1878, p. 3]

Mr. Neff’s name is very prominent in local history. He is associated with the Neff Meeting House, the exact location of which has never been determined. The original members of the English Lutheran Church used the Neff Meeting House for worship (Scharf, p. 1483). According to Scharf, in 1834, Mr. Neff was a church trustee who received land from the Frostburg circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church for the establishment of the first church in Frostburg (p. 1479). A window in the Frostburg United Methodist Church was commemorated to the Neffs(Methodist Church Anniversary Book, 1982, p. 15). Searight (p. 138) notes that at one time in his life, Mr. Neff was a wagoner. He was also the owner of several military lots in the area (lots 3585-3590 and lots 9591, according to Hansrote [Heritage Press, June 1972, p. 6].

b. January 2, 1815
d. September 26, 1864
a. 49

No other information is available.

b. 1872
d. Aug 22, 1872
a. Infant

These are the same dates as MCMURDO infant. Thus, we are not clear on exactly who is buried in the cemetery.


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Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson


Collection Location:
Frostburg, Md

Original Size:
28 x 22 cms

Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .

Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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