NEFF, Mrs. Rachel

Died, at her residence in Coshocton, on the 7th inst., Mrs. Rachel Neff, aged 62 years, widow of the late Capt. Joseph Neff, of this place.
The subject of the above notice was an old and much esteemed resident of this place. She was born in Cumberland county, Md., in 1796, emigrated to this neighborhood in 1806, and was married in 1817, having been a resident of this place for 51 years. In common with the early settlers of the neighborhood, she encountered the perils and hardships inchlent to the then almost wilderness - when the bear, the wolf, and the savate, held undisputed sway in the forest. But though her early days were spent among hardships and dangers, she lived long enough to see the land of her adoption cleared out with fertile farms and teeming with all the luxuries and blessings of civilization.
Her sickness was protracted and painful - having been confined to her bed for upwards of a year, with a disease which resulted in a softening of the larger bones of her system, rendering them unable to bear the weight of her attenuated frame. But notwithstanding her sufferings, she bore them with all the meekness and submission characteristic of a true christian.
She was ever a kind and obliging neighbor, and a sincere friend. She had few enemies, and many ardent friends and relatives who will long mourn her loss.

[Source: The Coshocton Democrat, Coshocton Ohio; 20 Jan 1858 — Sub by FoFG]


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