Neff Lines in Canada

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Index of Canadian Neff Ancestral Lines

The following brief information is extracted from the Neff Genealogy work of Nadyne Neff Gooding. Her research of the Neff name in Canada has been concentrated on the Ontario area as this is where the families from Pennsylvania settled. Provinces west of Ontario were settled much later and most of the Neffs settling there are descendants of OntA1, Abraham Neff (A134). Neff settlements in eastern Canada are not known at this time, but we believe that no Neffs from Pennsylvania settled there. 

For more information about these families write to: Neff Family Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 6664, Harrisburg, PA, 17112-6664 USA 

OntA1: ABRAHAM NEFF (A134) and KATHERINE SCHOEBER/SCHODDER. Abraham was a son of Henry Neff (A13) and a descendant of Dr. Franz Neff (A1) of Lancaster, PA. He settled in the Niagara region of Ontario in 1790. We believe his brother Peter (A131) from York, PA may have followed a short time later, but returned to PA after 1794. Entries for Abraham and Katherine's children were made in a family bible, and numbered 20. In the 1920s or 30s the entry had been torn from the bible and was in delicate condition with areas ripped and smudged. A short time later it was lost. Children: Johannes, Heinrich, Martin, Jacob, Franz, Maria, Peter, Abraham, Daniel, Anna, Elizabeth, Clarissa, Barbara, Rebecca, David, Katherine, and others unknown at this time.
OntB1: CLEMENT NEFF and MARY NEFF. Clement was born in USA, was listed in the 4th Co. Northcumberland County, Ontario, Canada Militia Return in 1828. He settled the first time in the New Castle District, Haldimand Twp., Northcumberland Co., Ontario and is there in the 1848 census. Some time between 1852 and 1861 the family moved to Nottawasaga Twp., Simcoe Co., Ontario. Original spelling of the surname may have been NAPH and tradition says they were Pennsylvania Dutch (a term applied to any German or Dutch speaking immigrant at that time). Children: Calvin, Isaiah, Salomon, Milo, and Clement, Jr.
OntC1: ANSALEM NEFF and GENEVIEVE NEFF. Ansalem was born in 1805 in Germany. He was a Roman Catholic who settled first at Trenton near the border of Northcumberland Co., and Durham Co., Ontario in 1852. The family moved to Arthur Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario in 1855. Children: Clemens, Margaret, and Tobias.
OntD1: JACOB NEFF, a bachelor born about 1838 in Switzerland, settled in the town of Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada. In 1861 he was still single, gave his religion as Lutheran and his occupation as shoemaker.
OntE1: ADAM NEFF and CAROLINE NEFF. Adam was born about 1816 in Hess Darmstadt, Germany, settled in Willmot Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario Caroline was born about 1817 in Cur Hess, Germany. They gave their religion as Roman Catholic in the 1852 census. They had one child: Catharine.
OntF1: JOHN and EMILIE NEFF. John was born about 1823 in Germany and was a Roman Catholic who settled in Sandwich E. Twp., Essex Co., Ontario in 1871. He gave his origin as Dutch. His wife was born about 1822 in Ontario. Children: Alexander, William, Henry, and Sophie.
OntG1: AUGUSTUS and CAROLINE NEFF. Augustus was born about 1833 in Germany. He was a painter by trade and lived in on the Ancaster\Barton town line, in Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada. Caroline was born about 1839. They had one daughter, name unknown at this time.
OntH1: WALBUIAJE NEFF was born in 1834 in Germany. He settled in Hamilton, Ontario and was listed as a widower in the 1891 census. He and his son William were living with a family named Read or Readi.
OntI1: NOAH NEFF and MARY COSSEY were married in 1848 in Waterloo Twp, Ontario. He was born about 1820 near Westminster, Carroll Co., Maryland, USA and settled in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario. He died in Prescott, Ontario, Canada. Mary was born in England about 1823, died in 1893, and may have been Noah's second wife. Children: Henry, Elizabeth, Jane/Jenny, William, John, George, Robert.
OntJ1: HENRY and ANNA NAFE. Henry was born about 1828 in Switzerland and settled in Hespler Village, Waterloo Co., Ontario. Anne was born about 1830 in Germany. Two daughters, one named Clara and one unknown.
OntK1: HENRY NAFF was born about 1819 in Germany and settled in Northeast Hope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada. He appears in the 1881 census as a widower.