Biography of D. J. Neff


Neff, D. J., Tonawanda, was born in Lancaster county, Pa. He is the son of Daniel Neff, a native of Pennsylvania, and the family trace their descent from Conrad Henley, on the maternal side, who came to the United States from Germany in 1804. Daniel Neff married Catharine Henley, and came to Erie county and settled at Williamsville. He was a carpenter by trade. D. J. Neff was educated in the common schools, then learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed up to 1864, when he moved to Tonawanda, and in 1866 established a business of hats, caps, boots and shoes, continuing up to 1883, when he retired. In 1849 he married Rebecca, daughter of William Rickard, by whom he has had six children. D. J. Neff is one of the self-made men of Erie county, serving as trustee for three years, member of the Board of Education, assessor for three years, and is recognized as a man of sterling integrity, whose word is as good as his bond.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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