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Neff \ Nave \ Naff \ Naef \ Näf Family Lines

Bill Neff (View posts)
Posted: 1151582188000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Neff, Nave, Naff, Naef, Näf
The following is posted by the Neff Family Historical Society to assist researchers in learning more about their Neff genealogy. This list is current as of the May 2006 issue of NEFF NEWS and will be updated on a regular basis. For information regarding your Neff or related spellings of the this family line, contact our research staff at: <>.



[A1]. Dr. FRANCIS NEFF: Married at Michaelfeld, Germany in 1710, to Barbara Eby, emigrated from the Bonfeld\Dürhen area of Germany, arrived Germantown (Philadelphia) 1719 where he remained until 1728. Moved to Lancaster Co., PA. on the Conestoga Creek south of Dr. Hans Heinrich Neff's [2] lands. Naturalized 1729. Descendants found in Lancaster City; in Strasburg Township; a line migrated to Utah with Brigham Young, and to York Co., PA Mennonite branch migrated to Ontario, Canada in the late 1700's. Mennonite. See NEFF NEWS Sept 1994, Sept 1996, Feb 1997 & May 1997. For German origins and major updates on Germantown and Lancaster years, see May 2005; Feb\May 2006 and Sept 2006 issus. Updated 9-05

[A2]. Dr. HANS HEINRICH NEFF: Arrived Philadelphia 1717, settled in Lancaster Co., then Chester Co., PA by 1722 on the Conestoga Creek north of Dr. Francis Neff's lands. Doctor, farmer, and miller. Naturalized 1729. Son John Henry Neff moved to Frederick Co., MD in 1746 and in 1749 to Shenandoah Co. then Frederick Co., VA. Later descendants migrated to Clark Co., OH. Mennonite family. Relationship to Dr. Francis Neff [A1] and Jacob Neff [D] not established. See NEFF NEWS May & Sept 2003 & Feb 2004. Updated 2-04

[B]. HENRY & BARBARA NEFF; Arrived Sept 1717. First settled in Whitemarsh Twp., now Montgomery Co., PA; by 1723 settled in what is now Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. then Hempfield Twp.; wp 1750. Mennonite. Family lines migrated to Huntingdon Co., PA and Preble Co., OH. Manor Township Neff's of today descend from this family. See NEFF NEWS May 1996. Updated 5-98

[C]. MICHAEL NEFF; Arrived Philadelphia 11 Sept. 1728 from Michaelfeld, Germany on the ship JAMES GOODWILL, Lutheran. Two branches of this family migrated to Hardy Co., VA, now WV and later into Ohio. See NEFF NEWS May and Sept 2002, Feb, May and Sept 2003. Updated 9-03

[D]. JACOB & CATHERINE NEFF; Arrived Aug - Sept 1717 Philadelphia with Dr. Hans Heinrich Neff [A2], Henry Neff [B], and John Martin Funk Family. Settled first Chester Co., PA, possibly Hellem township by 1736 and is the first Neff found in Frederick Co., MD by 1740. Church of the Brethren.
Updated series beginning in Feb 2004 issue of NEFF NEWS.
Updated 5-2004

[E]. JACOB NAFF E-1; First appeared in Lancaster Co., PA, Strasburg Twp. in 1769; Possible brother of SEBASTIAN NEFF [W415]. See Boitnott, Dr. J.W., Naff and Related Families, Swiss Ancestors of Naffs & Neffs in the USA, 1979. A Jacob Naff is listed arriving at Philadelphia on the ship DRAGON on Sept. 26, 1749. Brethren Church. For Sebastian Neff, see [W] line. See Neff News Feb and Sept 2002 Updated 9-02

[F]. HANS CHRISTIAN NEFF; Arrived Philadelphia 19 Sept 1743 on the Ship LYDIA; Settled Lancaster County, PA, Lampeter Twp. Moved to Dauphine (Lebanon Co.) in 1752; Mennonite. Descendants include Neffs of Ronks, PA.

[G & P]. NEFF'S of Canton Zürich, Wallisellen\Kloten, arrived Phila, 29 May 1735, on the Ship MERCURY. Additional family members arrived 30 Aug 1743, on the -FRANCIS & ELIZABETH. Swiss Reformed Church. Includes the Näf line who were very early settlers in Tennessee spelling their name NAVE. See NEFF NEWS of May 1993 and series on this family in the Feb, May, and Sep. 1994 issues.

[H]. JACOB [H1] and RUDOLPH [H2] NEFF; Brothers from Zell in Canton Zürich, Switzerland. Arrived 11 Sep 1749, Philadelphia, aboard ship PRISCILLA; Settled Frankford, near Germantown, PA. Members of the Germantown Reformed Church. Stayed in Philadelphia. Merchants. Descendants migrated to Baltimore, MD and Cincinnati, OH. Family subject of a 1881 book by Elizabeth Clifford Neff. Brothers to Ulrich Neff of our [M] line. See NEFF NEWS Feb 1998, May 1998, Feb 1999, and Sept 2001. Updated 2-04

[J]. MARTIN & SARAH NEFF; now identified as [D11]. See Feb 2004 issue of NEFF NEWS. Updated 2-04

[K]. CORNELIUS NEFFE; will dated 27 Apr 1711, proven Staten Island 1 May 1712. Wife Aichte, children Johan,
Ariantie, Katharine, Martie, and Sarah. May have come from Neuwied, Palatines in Holland in 1709. This family appears to have settled in the Mohawk Valley of New York State. Dutch Reformed. Also a GEORG FRIDERICH NEFF; New York City, NY 1710. A Jùrg Fredrig Nef with 1 child was in a party of Palatines in Holland in 1709 from Neuwied, Germany. Appeared on Gov. Hunter's 1710/11 ration list at New York City. Father and son died by 1710.

[L]. JOHN NEFF; Centre Co.; PA, Howard Twp., Bald Eagle Valley by 1793; Possible son of JOHN NEFF & Catherine GERBER B57; Mennonite; Migrated to Centre Co., PA, at the same period members of the A-line went to Canada and the B-line migrated to nearby Huntingdon Co., PA. Children appear to marry Mennonites wives. Updated 5-96

[M]. ULRICH NEFF; Feb. 1739 Immigrant from Switzerland, Zell; Arrived Philadelphia the Ship JAMAICA GALLEY; Son Bernard arrived 22 Nov 1752 aboard the ship PHOENIX. Settled Northampton now Lehigh Co., PA.; Reformed Church. Son Conrad Neff settled in Trumbull Co., OH, Canfield; SAR. Brother of [H-1] & [H-2]. See NEFF NEWS May 1994, Feb & May 1998, Feb 1999. Updated 2-99

[N]. MICHAEL KNIFFE; Frederick Co. MD & Fayette Co. PA.

[P]. NEFF'S, 1743 FRANCIS & ELIZABETH. See [G & P line Neffs].

[S]. CONRAD NÄF from Canton Zürich, Zwillikon (Albisrieden) formerly [P1]; (m1) to Anna Barbara Kleiner, (m2) to Elsbeth Haller. Conrad died enroute to Philadelphia on the Francis & Elizabeth. Accompanied by 3 sons, Heinrich, Hans Heinrich, and Jacob. Heinrich, [old P13] settled in Baltimore (Carroll) Co, MD. Reformed Church. Descendants migrated to Allegany Co., MD and Belmont Co., OH. See NEFF NEWS May & Sept 1995.

[T]. WILLIAM (Nesse) NEFF & MARY CORLISS: Earliest known American Neff family, they are found in Colonial New England. William was possibly born at Newbury, Essex Co., MA, in 1639, family later moved to Haverhill. Early descendants of this family moved to Rhode Island, Connecticut, and to north western New England. See NEFF NEWS Feb 1999. Updated 2-99

[W]. JOHN SEBASTIAN NEFF; Philadelphia Co., PA, Springfield twp., shoemaker and innkeeper, wife Anna Barbara, had one son Jacob. Belonged to St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Germantown where both are buried. Immigrated from Brötzingen, Germany 1744. See NEFF NEWS Feb 1996 and Feb 2002. Updated 2-02

[Y]. HENRY NEFF (17??-1792) of Cordorus Twp., York Co., PA. wife Catherine. Belonged to the Church of the Brethren and minister of the Cordorus congregation. See York County PA Puzzle, Part IV, Feb 2003 NEFF NEWS


[AA]. JOHANN MICHAEL NEEF & 2nd wife Eva Rosian Thaler. Departed Möhringen, Germany and arrived Philadelphia Sept. 1818 aboard "The Susan." Michael was accompanied by his three unmarried brothers, Lorentz, Abraham, and John (Johannes). Settled in Lycoming County, PA, Blooming Grove, near Williamsport. Church of the Brethren. See NEFF NEWS Sept 2001.

[AB]. JOHANNES/JEAN JOHN NEFF (1813-1889) & Wilhelmine Klehe. Arr. New Orleans, LA, 16 Dec. 1851 aboard the ship "Duc De Brabant" from Klein-Karlbach, District of Frankenthal, Bavaria, Germany. Lived first in St. Clair Co., IL, settled in St. Paul, MN. Naturalized 10 Oct. 1853. Arr. with a Mennonite hymn book. Baptist Church in MN. See NEFF NEWS Feb 95

[AC]. PETER NEFF and Magdalena Krehbiel. Children: Katharina, Johannes, & Jacob. Immigrated from Assenheim Rhine-Pfalz, Germany, 1840/45 settling first in IL and then in Donnellson, IA. Mennonite. Possible member of the [AB] line.

[AD]. ELISA BERTHA NAEF: widow of Kaspar Naegeli, born Buchenegg, Canton Zürich, Switzerland, 20 Feb 1874; Arr. America 13 May 1903 aboard the S.S. Southwark with her son Jakob. Settled in Salt Lake City, Utah.

[AE]. JOHANNES, JOHANN PETER, and ANNA ELISABETHA NEFF: Arr New York 1847 aboard the bark "Lewis" from Gadernheim, Starkenburg, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. Parents: Johann Peter Neff and Rosina Magdalena Goetzinger remained. Children settled in Hancock, Hardin and Crawford Co., Ohio. Evangelical Church. New 5-96

[AF]. AUGUSTUS NEFF: Emigrated from Baden, Germany, about 1832 and settled on the east side of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, OH. Wife's name Francis. Son Francis H. Neff was first child born in Cleveland. Belonged to the Catholic Church. Family genealogy has been compiled by Mary Lou Bregitzer of Mayfield Hights, Ohio. New 2-04

[AG]. GEORG FRIEDRICH NEFF: Born 1792, emigrated from Illingen, Württenberg, Germany, May 1832 with his second wife Eberhardina Catharina Reichard and 2 children by his first wife, Elisabeth Barbara Ernst. Settled in Richland Twp., Marion Co., OH, in 1839. Older son, Tobias Friederich settled in Clark Co., IL and younger son Johnn Christian settled in Logan Twp., Auglaize Co., OH in 1858 Members of the German Zion (Methodist) Church. Possibly came with the family of Gottfried Neff. Possible Geo. F. Neff, farmer, who arrived at Baltimore, MD aboard the ship Weser on 30 Sept 1832. Updated 2-03

[AJ]. Johann Friedrick Neff: Born 1791 Degerbach, Württemberg, Germany, married to Jakobine Rosina Rost, immigrated to Lancaster PA in 1817, Lutheran, moved to Erie Co., NY near Buffalo abt 1825. Moved to Erie Co., PA by 1830 where daughter Susanna was born. Declared "intend" on 19 Aug 1840 & "naturalized" 4 Oct. 1844 in the Court of Common Pleas at Erie Co., PA. Declaration included date of birth and year of arrival. Oldest son Frederick Neff moved back to Lancaster Co., PA and married (1) Johannah Caskey abt 1843. Family lived in Lampeter Twp. Their son Aldus F. Neff lived in E. Lampeter Twp. and were Lutheran. Second marriage to Catherine Meck, Mennonite. New 4-04

[AN]. John Martin Neff: Born in France, possibly Alsace, appears to have immigrated with his wife and family first to Boston, MA in fall of 1841 or 1842, then moved to Lorain Co., OH, Grafton Twp. by 1844. Three members of the family served in the Union Army in War Between the States. Catholic. New 9-03.


The following individuals or families have been identified as family immigrants but there is insufficient information to designate them as a line.

1749, Jacob Näff, arr 26 Sept 1749 Phila, ship Dragon, PA German Pioneers (List 137c).

1751, Johann Jacob Neff?, arr 16 Sept 1751, ship Nancy, PA German Pioneers (List 168c).

1769, Michael Neff, arr 13 Oct 1769 Phila, ship Minerva, PA German Pioneers (List 276c).

1785, Jacob Neff, arr 15 Oct 1785 Phila, brig Betsey, PA German Pioneers (List 331) "consigned to Benjamin Herr of Lancaster, PA."

1802, Hartman Neeff, arr 15 Nov 1802 Phila, ship Jacob, PA German Pioneers (List 462) "consigned to Wharton P. Lewis"

1832, Gottfried Neff, Immigrated from Illingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany in May 1832 with wife Katharina Dorothea, née Gwinner.
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