Isabella Eleanor Shepherd

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Isabella Eleanor Shepherd

Also Known As: "Mother Neff"
Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Roanoke, VA
Death: May 18, 1921 (90)
Governor's Mansion, Austin, Texas
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward Lewis Shepherd and <private> Kirkwood
Wife of Noah Neff
Mother of Edward Lewis Neff; Charles Deyerle Neff; Samuel Herbert Neff; Benjamin B Neff; Robert Shepherd Neff and 2 others
Sister of Robert Harvey Shepherd

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About Isabella Eleanor Shepherd

Mother Neff, as she is often referred, was born Isabella Eleanor Sheppard in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1830. She was the youngest of 12 children. She married Noah Neff in 1854, and after a few days of marriage, they decided to move to Texas. Because they did not drive on Sundays, it took them 52 days by carriage to drive from Roanoke to Belton, Texas. They lived in Belton for three months, eventually moving into a small log cabin near Eagle Springs. There they reared a family of nine children, who later bore them 18 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. The Neffs were very proud of their youngest son, Pat Morris Neff, who became a school teacher, lawyer, governor of Texas in 1921 and president of Baylor University. In 1882, Noah Neff died before seeing his son in the governor’s mansion; Mother Neff lived with her son in the mansion until her death in May of 1924.

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Isabella Eleanor Shepherd's Timeline

February 28, 1831
Roanoke, VA
December 31, 1855
Age 24
April 7, 1857
Age 26
September 25, 1858
Age 27
November 29, 1860
Age 29
Coryell County, Texas, United States
Age 28
Age 33
October 28, 1866
Age 35
Coryell County, Texas, United States
November 26, 1871
Age 40
Coryell County, Texas, United States