Sunday, October 7, 2012

Summer 1998 Susanna Neff

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Fall 1997 Amos Herr Neff part 2

Winter 1997 Amos Herr Neff part 1

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Fall 1996 Franklin Neff

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Family Search Family Tree available

Family Search Family Tree is available and will replace It is not completely "done" but has been in use since March.  Any one wishing to get on Family Tree need only type the following into the Internet browser address line  (It is an underscore before "tab".)

Instead of opening to a different site, it opens in  From now on every time opens and you sign on in the upper right corner a new tab will be available.   The FamilyTree tab is on the top row toward the left.  You can not see the FamilyTree tab unless you are signed in and have gone through the "invite" process.  It is a bit confusing, since there is already a "Tree" tab. 

Family Search Family Tree has some great features - we can fix things that are incorrect and add sources.

I have been cleaning up the record of John Neff, our pioneer ancestor.  I spent several hours this week separating the different John Neff's in (new.FS).  I then went into Family Search Family Tree (FT) and cleaned up the main record of our John Neff.

Our John Neff has a PID # 94T7-LL9
Mary KWVS-7G9
Barbara KWVL-F5S
Franklin KWJC-58H
Cyrus 2WJ8-DKQ
Mary Ann KWVL-F5L
Susannah KWNR-GXZ
Benjamin KWNL-DKG
Elizabeth KWN4-JR6

I am now going to check some of the other John Neffs.

John KWVS-7G3
Mary KWVS-7G9
Barbara KWVL-F5S  The other children seem to have the same numbers.

I am now looking at the other John Neff's who are the father of Barbara
John MRLG-PWF  - there are children that belong to the Pleasant Grove John.
  I have taken all the wrong wifes and children out.  However, many of them are not gone.  I don't know what to do. 

So, I am deleting John Sr and Barbara Herr.  John Sr has 174 combinations, and many names.  John Moser and Jacob Palmer and others.  Some are married to a Barbara Herr.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Nafenhaus in Kappal am Albis, Switzerland

Here is a picture of the back of the Nafenhaus and below is a link to a map.  From the road you don't really see this magnificient face.  The front looks more like a garage or barn.

The Albis Mountains are west of the Zurich Sea, south west of Zurich.  If you can go and see it, I think you will be impressed.  I have tried to show the house on this map.  Only the west side of the house belongs to the Neff family.  From the driveway, which is on the west, and the back of the house you can look south across open fields to the church.  They have a lovely garden in back and some outbuildings west of the drive.,8.526464&spn=0.007912,0.013604

If you would rather I got there by searching for "nafenhauser 13, kappel am albis switzerland" in Google. 
I have marked the Nafenhaus on the map, the Kappel church which is the complex south of the house and the Zwingli Monument to the east and north, just across Albisstrasse.

The article I wrote on the DNA project for the 2008 reunion tells a little about the Kappel war in 1531.  Some reformers were leading people away from the Roman Catholic Church.  Huldrych Zwingli lead the canton (state or county) of Zurich to become protestant.  The 5 inner cantons of Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden, Luzern and Zug were Catholic and the farmers and herdsmen were told to fight for the church.  There were actually 2 battles.  The first in 1529 ended when the Catholic herdsmen and Zurichers shared their bread and milk across the battle lines.

On 11 October, 1531 the second Kappel war began.  The 7000  men from the inner cantons met the 1700 Zurichers near the Kappel am Albis (church in the Albis Mountains.)  In those days a battle was lost when the standard bearer surrendered the regiment's colors or banner.  The Zuricher banner had fallen and Adam Naf, with a two handed sword, cut off the head of an inner canton soldier to save the banner.  The banner was lifted up and the Zurichers won the battle.

After the Zurichers had left the field, their leader, Zwingli, was found wounded on the battle field.  A priest tried in vain to get him to convert to catholicism.  It is said that he was quartered, burned and his ashes scattered over the battle field.

In 1550 Adam and his children were given houses in Kappel am Albis as a thank you for his heroic act in the battle.  Over the years many of them were sold - as they were historic and could not be updated.  In 1884 his descendents, prominent Naf families joined together to buy the one half house that was left.  It is maintained by an artistic couple.  The second floor is a museum of Naf artifacts and documents.

The banner and Adam Naf's sword are in the Landes (or national) Museum in Zurich.  The couple who take care of the house, last I heard, were Margrit and Claude Gressly, Nafenhaus13, 8926 Kappel am Albis, Switzerland.  Telefon 01 764 1274.  I don't have an email address.  It was about 2003 when I was last there, so things may have changed.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Neff Station and Halfway House (2) Markers

Neff Station and Halfway House (2) Markers

Plaque A: (West side) HALFWAY HOUSE Only a few yards from this monument - to the Northwest - stood the Milo Andrus "Halfway House", a comfortable and convenient two-story pioneer inn. The inn was one of several built along State Street in the 1850-80 period to care for the many south and northbound travelers. The Andrus Inn became known as the "Halfway House" because it was located midway between "Traveler's Rest" at 6400 South State and Porter Rockwell's layout near the Point of the Mountain. If one were walking, riding horseback or in a buggy or ther (sic) horse-drawn conveyance, the Andrus place was always a welcome stop. Built in 1859 and the early part of the 1860's, the Halfway House served as both a hotel and a family residence for 120 years. The structure was moved from here beginning in 1982 to the Pioneer Trails State Park in Salt Lake City after its history was authenticated by the State. The inn was actually a project of Lucy Loomis Tuttle Andrus, one of several wives of Milo. Lucy was a widow with children when Milo married her in 1850 as they were crossing the plains. At the time he was leader of some Church members who were enroute to Utah from England. After the group arrived in Utah, he worked hard to get them all situated. During the 1850's Milo and his families were involved in the great Church colonization program. Locations they helped settle were Green River, Dixie and Cache Valley in Utah, and Oxford and the Salmon River Country in Idaho. They eventually bought 160 acres in the Dry Creek area of the Jordon Bottoms that included this land on State Street. This area is now part of the community of Crescent. (Almost all of the above information was researched by the late Russell Stocking, member and officer of the Temple Quarry Chapter, Sons of Utah Pioneers.) Site #26 Plaque B: NEFF'S STATION The adjoining Benjamin Barr Neff farm - one forth (sic) of a mile north of here - became known as "Neff's Station at Dry Creek" or just "Neff's Station" after Deseret Telegraph established an office here in 1871. Mary Ellen Love Neff, 20-year-old second wife of Benjamin operated the station. The Neff farm was an ideal location for the telegraph station because the north-south line connecting Salt Lake City and east-west lines connecting Alta and Bingham, crossed at that point. With the coming of the cross-valley railroad through the Sandy area in 1873, the telegraph station was moved to that community. Mary Ellen was retained as operator for the new Sandy station. Benjamin Barr Neff, of Swiss ancestry, became a successful farmer owning dairy cows, horses and mules. The well which he dug for the farm was used until a few years ago and remains on the property. Site #27

Site Information
Location: 10500 S State Street
SANDY , 84070

E. of South Towne Center, directly S. of Schlotzki's Deli

Marker Information
Placed By: Sons of Utah Pioneers
Materials: Permaloy
Organization Comments: Temple Quarry Chapter SUP, (2) plaques
Marker Condition: Excellent
Marker Description: Photos of sites

Monument Information
Description: Free-standing
Constructed By: Sons of Utah Pioneers
Organization Comments: Temple Quarry Chapter
Materials: River rock, concrete cap
Dimensions (top): 5.5' H
Dimensions (base): 6' W 16" D
Condition: Excellent

Neff's Grove in Sandy

Hidden among the pavement, shopping malls, and highways in the Sandy commercial district is a small quiet grove with a prominent past.
Currently known as Neff’s Grove and located just west of State Street at 10250 South in Sandy, Utah, this now a hidden nature preserve was once a popular stop for pioneer travelers and pony express riders.
"Neff's Station at Dry Creek,” also known simply as "Neff's Station" became an important telegraph station in 1871 when Deseret Telegraph established an office there in 1871. The area was owned and farmed by Bemjamin Barr Neff but Mary Ellen Love Neff, 20-year-old second wife of Benjamin operated the station.
Just south of this grove (10330 South State Street), in 1859 Milo Andrus and one of his wives, Lucy Loomis Tuttle Andrus, began construction on his two-story pioneer inn and residence. The inn was one of several built along State Street between 1850 and 1880 in order to accommodate the many north-south travelers who would be walking, riding horseback or in a horse drawn buggy.
The Andrus Inn became known as the “Halfway House” because it was conveniently located halfway between Traveler’s Rest Pony Express Station (6400 South State Street) and Porter Rockwell’s station near Point of the Mountain (100 yards south of Utah State Prison, Draper). The structure was moved from this location in 1982 to This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.
Both Neff’s Station and the Halfway House are gone and have been replaced with parking lots and shopping areas but Neff’s Grove is a peaceful reminder about the past.

Pictures of the Grove