He was born on 6 February 1825 (10, 12 (7 February 1822); 3 (40 in 1865), 7 (35 in 1860), 8 (45 in 1870), 11 (25 in 1850). He was born in Nef's Mills, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (7, 8, 10, 11). He was born to Isaac Neff and Susan Neff (10, 12).
In 1850, he was living in West Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (11). He was living with Isaac and Susan Neff (presumably his parents), and with Frances, Isaac, and Susan Neff (presumably his siblings) (11). He was a miller (11).
He had to stop milling because the dust affected his health (10). He became a farmer instead (10).
He married Mary Ellen Harris (10, 12). They had six children (10; see also 12):
In 1860, he was living in Warriors Mark Township, Huntington County, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with his wife Mary and child Wilford, and three other people (7). He was a farmer, and owned $1200 in personal property (7).
He was drafted (1, 3). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 15 March 1865 (1, 3, 5, 10 ). He was mustered in as a private, at Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (3). He was a private in company B (1, 13).
He may have been charged for a lost wrench, tompin, and equipments, perhaps when the regiment mustered out (but the list does not have "to be charged" on his line) (2).
He was not part of any battles, but "was almost in danger of starvation at Appomattox" (10).
In 1870, he was living in Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his wife Mary and children Wilford, Fannie, William, Edwin, and Carrie, along with two other people (8). He was a farmer, and owned $4,000 in real estate and $3,040 in personal property (8).
In 1880, he was living in Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his wife Mary and children Wilford, Fanny, William, Edwin, Carrie, and Susan (9). He was a farmer (9).
On 21 March 1890, he successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 6).
In 1890, he was living in Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (5). He reported no disabilities (5).
He was a Republican (10). He was a member of a Presbyterian church (10).
He died on 28 May 1893 on his farm at Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (4, 10 [27 May 93], 12 [28 May 93]). He was buried in Burket Cemetery, Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (12).
On 17 June [?] 1893, Mary B Neff, his widow, unsuccessfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 6).
On 14 December 1894, his widow, Mary Ellen Neff, died at Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (10, 12). She was buried in Burket Cemetery, Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (12).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Edwin Neff)
2 list of men who owed money [?] (Edwin Neff)
3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 23 June 2004 (Edwin J Neff)
4 pension index, by regiment (Edwin J Neff)
5 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Huntingdon County, Warriors Mark, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 165, page 1 (Edwin Neff)
6 pension index, by name (Edwin J Neff)
7 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Huntingdon County, Warriors Mark Township, microfilm series M653, film 1115, page 695 = 27 handwritten (Edwin J Neff)
8 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Huntingdon County, Warriors Mark Township, microfilm series M593, film 1349, page 852 = 15 to 16 handwritten (Edwin J Neff)
9 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Huntingdon County, Warriors Mark Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 180, microfilm series T9, film 1134, page 7 B = 14 handwritten (Edwin Neff)
10 [biographical note], in A history of the Juniata Valley and its people, ed. John W Jordan. Pages 947-948. (Edwin John Neff)
11 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Huntingdon, West Township, microfilm series M432, film 784, page 88 verso = 26 handwritten (Edwin Neff)
12 Find a Grave, memorial 61220170, created by Clancy Hassler, added 6 November 2010, accessed 1 April 2011 (Edwin J Neff)
13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Edwin J Neff)
|Name||Iaac [sic] Neff||Susan "||Edwin "||Frances "||Isaac "||Susan "|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||Miller||Miller||Farmer|
|Real estate owned|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Edwin J Neff||Mary E [?] Neff||Wilford O||Jacob Emory||Sophia Henry||Isaac A Neff|
|Occupation||Farmer||Farm Laborer||Farm Laborer|
|Value of real estate owned|
|[Edwin's line has an erased '1350' (the totals at the bottom of the page make clear that it was erased)]|
|Value of personal estate||1200|
|Place of birth||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Neff Edwin J||- Mary E [?]||- Wilford O||- Fannie K||- William A||- Edwin J||Neff Carrie May||Henry Sophia||Sharlle [?] Jacob|
|Occupation||Farmer||Keeping house||Domestic Ser||Works on farm|
|Real estate value||4000|
|Personal estate value||3040|
|Father foreign born|
|Mother foreign born|
|Birth month if born within year|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year||1||1||1||1|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old||1|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|dwelling visit #||136|
|family visit #||136|
|name||Neff Edwin||- Mary E||- Wilford||- Fanny K||- William A||- Edwin J||- Carrie M||- Susan|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Farmer||Keeping House||Laborer||At Home||Laborer||At Home||do|
|school this year||1||1||1||1|
|birthplace||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"||"||"|
|father's birthplace||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"||"||"|
|mother's birthplace||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"||"||"|
(II) Edwin John, son of Isaac and Susan (Neff) Neff, was born in Petersburg, Pennsylvania, February 6, 1825, at Neff's Mills, Huntingdon county, and died on his farm at Warriors Mark, in the same county, May 27, 1893. He was a miller by trade, but was obliged to abandon this occupation, as the constant inhalation of the mill dust seriously affected his health. In place of this he engaged in agriculture, of which he made a decided success. During the civil war he was in service for nine months, enlisting in 1864 in the Ninety-first Pennsylvania Volunteers. He participated in no actual engagements, but was almost in danger of starvation at Appomattox. He was a Republican in his political views, and he and his wife were members of the Presbyterian church.
He married Mary Ellen Harris, born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, and died at Warriors Mark in 1894. Her parents were both natives of Ireland and settled at Manor Hill, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, where he was a distiller. They were members of the Catholic church, and he was a Democrat. Their children were: John, a distiller, died unmarried at Monroe Furnace, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania; Catherine, married John Isenburg, at Petersburg; Charles, a farmer of Manor Hill, Pennsylvania, was in service four years during the civil war; Mary Ellen, mentioned above; William, in the provision business, died at Harrisburg; Reuben, a farmer living in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Neff had children: i. Wilfred Osborn, see forward. 2. Frances, never married. 3. William A., was a farmer and married (first) Lettie Beck, (second) Laura Beck. 4. Edwin J., married Annie Fetterhoof, of Huntingdon county. 5. Carrie May, married H. L. Grazier, a farmer of Huntingdon county. 6. Susan E., married Ernest Addleman, a veteran of the Spanish-American war.