Obit: Neff, Polly (1793 - 1886)

Contact:  Dave Rudge

----Source: Jefferson County Union 8 Oct 1886, v. 17 no. 32, p. 1


The subject of this brief sketch died in Lake Mills last Friday, October 1st. The cause of her death was not any particular disease, but she had lived her generous lease of life, and having done her full share in the 93 years she has lived, was called away without sickness or pain. Mrs. Neff was born in Blanford, Massachusetts, and was married to Mr. Neff in New York state. During the year 1845 they came to Wisconsin, settling in Racine county. One year later they removed to Lake Mills, where they ever afterwards resided.

Some four years ago Mr. Neff died, since which time Mrs. Neff has resided with her son, Eli. There were born to her nine children, eight of whom are living. Six sons reside in this state; two in Lake Mills, two in Adams county, and two in Clark county, Wisconsin. The two daughters, Mrs. John Young and Mrs. J. S. Jackson, reside in Lake Mills. the funeral services were held in the residence of Eli Neff on Sunday, October 4, Rev. Mr. Patterson officiating.

During all Mrs. Neff's long life she was never once treated by a doctor for any disease, and even at the time of her death she had been confined to the bed but four days. She was a woman who made friends and kept them, and while her large circle of acquaintances deplore the loss to her children, they can but feel how kind it was in Him who rules to let her live far beyond the allotted time, and when the day for her cares and pleasures to cease had come, to so peacefully take her back." (Lake Mills Leader 7 Oct 1886, p. 2) 2ND OBITUARY "LAKE MILLS-Mrs. Isaac Neff, aged 93, mother of Wm., Eli and Bert Neff, one of Lake Mills' earliest settlers, having occupied the same farm for over 40 years, was consigned to the village cemetery last Sunday, the 3rd inst. Her companion passed before her about 5 years ago.

Mrs. Neff, as well as Mr. Neff, will be missed by her neighbors and many friends, for enemies they had none.

OAKLAND-Mrs. Neff, a very old lady who resided near the town line, was buried on Sunday last. The Rev. Peterson conducted the funeral services,



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