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Benjamin Barr Neff

Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: February 18, 1883 (48)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Draper, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Neff, II and Mary Barr
Husband of Martha Ann Neff; Maria Mary Ann Bowthorpe and Mary Ellen Neff
Father of Martha Louisa Dunyon; Anna Bitner Neff; Benjamin B. Neff; John Breneman Neff; Mary Elizabeth Hall and 9 others
Brother of Barbara Matilda Moses; Franklin Barr Neff; Amos Herr Neff; Cyrus N. Neff; Mary Ann Rockwell and 4 others

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About Benjamin Barr Neff

Biographical Summary:

"...Son of John Neff and Mary Barr

Married Martha Ann Bitner, 26 February 1858, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Martha Louisa Neff, Anna Bitner Neff, Benjamin Barr Neff, John Breneman Neff, Mary Elizabeth Neff

Married Mary Ellen Love, 7 October 1870, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Lillian Estelle Neff, Nancy Love Neff, Henrietta Love Neff, Andrew Love Neff, infant son Neff

Married Maria Mary Ann Bowthorpe, 7 October 1870, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Virtue Leonora Neff, William Cyrus Neff, Franklin Tuttle Neff, Deseret Charlotte Neff, Pearl Neff

History - Benjamin was only 9 when his family joined its fortunes with those of the Mormons, and only 13 when they entered the Salt Lake Valley.

He married his first cousin, Martha Ann Bitner, in 1834. Like his big brother Amos, Benjamin remained monogamous through the lifetime of his first wife and then later took two plural wives, as Latter-day Saint men were expected to do, in those days. He had fifteen children in all, five with each wife.

According to his life sketch in "Conquerors of the West", Benjamin "joined a volunteer cavalry to protect the mail and telegraph lines..." He and his family later ran a hotel and "Eating House" called "Neff's Station at Dry Creek" fifteen miles south of East Mill Creek, between present-day Draper and South Jordan.

He was called as a missionary to his native Pennsylvania in 1875. Shortly after his arrival there, however, his health failed, and he was obliged to return home. Rumors persist in the family that when he died eight years later, it was by his own hand, out of despondency over chronic ill health.

Neff's Grove in Sandy

Hidden among the pavement, shopping malls, and highways in the Sandy commercial district is a small quiet grove with a prominent past.

Currently known as Neff's Grove and located just west of State Street at 10250 South in Sandy, Utah, this now a hidden nature preserve was once a popular stop for pioneer travelers and pony express riders.

"Neff's Station at Dry Creek," also known simply as "Neff's Station" became an important telegraph station in 1871 when Deseret Telegraph established an office there in 1871. The area was owned and farmed by Benjamin Barr Neff but Mary Ellen Love Neff, 20-year-old second wife of Benjamin operated the station.

Just south of this grove (10330 South State Street), in 1859 Milo Andrus and one of his wives, Lucy Loomis Tuttle Andrus, began construction on his two-story pioneer inn and residence. The inn was one of several built along State Street between 1850 and 1880 in order to accommodate the many north-south travelers who would be walking, riding horseback or in a horse drawn buggy.

The Andrus Inn became known as the "Halfway House" because it was conveniently located halfway between Traveler's Rest Pony Express Station (6400 South State Street) and Porter Rockwell's station near Point of the Mountain (100 yards south of Utah State Prison, Draper). The structure was moved from this location in 1982 to This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.

Both Neff's Station and the Halfway House are gone and have been replaced with parking lots and shopping areas but Neff's Grove is a peaceful reminder about the past...."

SOURCE: Benjamin Barr Neff

  • Residence: Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Residence: [Blank], Salt Lake, Utah, United States - 1860
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Benjamin Barr Neff's Timeline

May 6, 1834
Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 22, 1859
Age 25
October 2, 1860
Age 26
November 2, 1862
Age 28
Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
September 24, 1864
Age 30
June 11, 1866
Age 32
East Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
August 7, 1871
Age 37
Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
February 28, 1872
Age 37
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
February 17, 1873
Age 38
Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States