Biography of John McNiff
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John McNiff, an old settler, was born in Ireland, March 18th, 1806. Immigrated to Quebec, Canada, and soon after to Upper Canada. During the fall of the same year, removed to Richmond, Virginia; here engaged in different pursuits until the spring of 1840, then went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On May 23d, enlisted in the United States army and after serving one year in the Florida wars, was ordered to Fort Snelling in 1841, serving the balance of his term of enlistment. In 1845, came to Point Douglas, Minnesota, and until 1856, engaged in farming, then came to Hastings, and has since been a resident. Mr. McNiff also served in the late rebellion, enlisting in Company F, Second Minnesota Cavalry in December, 1863, being discharged for disability at fort Ridgely during the winter of 1864. He has been twice married. Margaret J. and Catharine are his daughters by his first wife. His present wife was Mary Perkins of Ireland, married in 1859. Julia A. is their only offspring.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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