John William “Jack” Neer

John William “Jack” Neer

Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Death 25 Feb 1910 (aged 80–81)
Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 49758593 · View Source
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"Mr. Neer was born in the year 1829, and is a native of Loudoun County, Virginia. His boyhood days were spent in farming pursuits, and no other advantages were had for an education, excepting those offered by the common schools.

He came to Martinsburg in 1850, and was employed as an engine man on the B. & O R.R., until 1857. He then returned to Loudoun County and engaged in farming until 1863.

Shortly afterward, he served as sutler in the Fourth Brigade of the 19th Army Corps* of the 24th and 28th Indiana, and 26th and 27th Ohio Regiments, commanded by Col. Washburn**.

About the year 1865 he engaged in the coal, wood and lumber business at Harper's Ferry, where he remained until 1870, when he was washed out by the great flood on the Shenandoah River of that year, and incurred a loss of about $3,000. He then commenced farming in Jefferson County, W. Va., and continued from 1871 until 1873, when he again engaged in the service of the B. & 0. R. R., and served the company until 1887. After a service of twenty-one years as engine man on the B. & 0., he decided to permanently locate in business. On the 18th of March, 1888, he purchased the entire stock and fixtures of G. A. Smith, and opened up on King street, near St. Clair Hotel, a first-class general merchandise store. Everything in the line is kept always on hand at the lowest possible figures, and his store is neatly arranged and stocked with fresh goods. He makes a specialty of fine cigars, tobaccos and green groceries. Mr. Neer is a pleasing and accommodating gentleman, and the general public 'will find in him energy and enterprise, - so essential for the requirements of an upright business."

"NEER, John W., a Union veteran and a locomotive engineer for the B&O railroad for many years, died at his home in Martinsburg on February 25. He was a native of Loudon County. During the Civil War, he served 2 years as a scout in the Twenty-Fourth Pennsylvania Inf., under Gen. Geary. After retiring from the railroad, he was in the grocery business in Martinsburg. His wife and five children survive" — WP 26 Feb 1910.

*The Union 19th Corps arrived from service in Louisiana in July 1864, meaning Neer did not begin his work as a sutler with them until after their arrival in the eastern theater of the war. Even so, Neer was serving the Union army as a scout, in early 1862, reporting to Gen. John W. Geary.

** Actually, the fourth brigade of the 19th Corps consisted of the 23rd and 24th Iowa, and the 8th and 18th Indiana, under Col. David Shunk. The 19th Division left the area, in January 1865, for Savannah, Ga.

*** Second marriage to Emma G. Fryatt, 9/13/1904, Martinsburg, WV. Emma Fryatt was 46 at the time; he was 72.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 49758593
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John William “Jack” Neer (1829–25 Feb 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49758593, citing Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Cenantua (contributor 46953050) .