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Jacob B. Neff
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Birth: Dec. 29, 1859
Death: Aug. 6, 1947

Jacob B Neff is one of the best known residents of Kosciusko and Elkhart Counties. He is a man who has made his success in life by a tremendous exertion of energy and natural ability. When he married he had little or no property, but at the present time is owner of one of the best farms in Van Buren Township of this county, is also president of the Farmers State Bank of Milford, and is in a position to influence much of the business and community life.

Mr Neff was born on a farm in Elkhart County, Indiana, December 29, 1859, son of Daniel and Lydia (Brown) Neff. His father was a native of Virginia and his mother was born near Toronto, Canada. Their respective families settled in Elkliart County in pioneer times, and Daniel Neff and wife were married there and became farmers in Jackson Township, where they spent the rest of their years.

Daniel Neff was a man of more than ordinary local prominence, was known for his upright and honest character, and for a number of years was a minister in the Church of the Brethren. He and his wife had ten children: William B, now living in Michigan; James, who died in Kosciusko County; Jacob B; Lydia, widow of Jacob R Symensma, living in Elkhart County; Daniel, of Milford; Henry, of Elkhart County; Jesse and Omar F, both of Milford; Frances M, of Van Buren Township; and Susie, wife of Charles Snyder, living in Jackson Township of Elkhart County.

Jacob B Neff taught school for eight years continuously before his marriage. At the age of twenty-eight he married Chloe Dubbs. She was born in Elkhart County. After their marriage Mr and Mrs Neff moved to a farm southeast of Milford, and resided there for seventeen years. Since then they have made their home in Milford, but Mr Neff still owns a fine estate of 270 acres. He was one of the organizers and charter members of the Farmers State Bank of Milford, which was established in 1915. He has been its president from the beginning, and is associated with some of the best known citizens in this part of the state on the board of directors. Mr Neff is also president of the Royal Telephone Company. He is a democrat in politics, has taken quite an active part in local affairs, and is one of the deacons of the Church of the Brethren at Milford. He was nominated for the office of Trustee of Van Buren Township in 1918 by the democrats of the township.

He and his wife have two living children: Gladys is a graduate of the Milford High School and of Goshen College, and is now the wife of Lawrence Dewart, and they live in Van Buren Township. Bertha M is a graduate of the Milford High School, finished a music course in the North Manchester College, and was also a student in the American Conservatory of Music at Chicago.

A Standard History of Kosciusko County, Indiana: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with particular attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Educational, Civic and Social Development.
A Chronicle of the People with Family Lineage and Memoirs
Vol II
L W Royce
Family links: 
  Daniel Neff (1823 - 1904)
  Lydia Brown Neff (1837 - 1915)
  Chloe Neff (1866 - 1942)
  William B. Neff (1856 - 1924)*
  Jacob B. Neff (1859 - 1947)
  Lydia A Neff Symensma (1861 - 1934)*
  Daniel S. Neff (1864 - 1936)*
  Jesse D Neff (1869 - 1928)*
  Susie E Neff Snider (1881 - 1963)*
*Calculated relationship
Salem Cemetery
Kosciusko County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Row 5 #22
Maintained by: Linda K
Originally Created by: Mrs Ward
Record added: Oct 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43702496


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