Facts and Events
Hans Leonard Nave (Neff, Knave) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Frederick County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants 1742-1775, Vol. 2:
- G-249: Leonard Naff of Frederick County, 432 acres. Surv. Mr. James Genn. Tract No. 11 on South Fork of Wappacomo or Great South Branch of Potomack River. 5 Aug. 1749 [Index - Leonard Naffe.].[Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, pg. 35].
Record in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records: [unless listed otherwise]
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 28, 1750. - (423) Abraham Vanderpool, Mathew Uter, Abell Westfall, Anthony Bogard, George Osburn, Jeremiah Osburn, Jeremiah Osburn, Jr., John Osburn, James Simson, Jacob Westfall, Leonard Neiff, John Westfall, Hermanus Skout, Anthony Reger, Anthony Reger, Jr., Michael Rhyne, Peter Reed, George West, Thomas Iax, Robert Graham, added to list of tithables.
- Page 307.--3d December, 1757. Vendue held at Michael Stump's, on South Fork in Hampshire County, by Anthonv Reager, Peter Thorn, administrators of Christian Dousher--To Peter Heath, Thos. Crawford, Tobias Thorn, Michael Oxer, Lazarus Thorn, Philip Moore, Jr., Jno. Welton, Henry Couchman, Simon Hornback, Philpole Yeokham, Abraham Wise, Jno. Cock, Adam Rutherback, Harmus Hook, Conrad Moore, Thomas Singleton, Martin Job, James Hornback, Adam Harpole, Jonathan Coburn, Leonard Knave, Thos. Parsons, Sr., Nicholas Smith, Gaisper Reed, Michael Earsest, Sr., James Taff, Henry Miars, Ruda Bozard, Wm. Jennings, Jno. Varrill, James Parsons. Solom Hedges, Windle Miller, Peter Hive, Henry Shipler, Peter Andrew, Stophel Hoofman, Thos. Crawford, Benj. Scott, Andrew Byarly, Mary Smith, Henry Mook, Philip Hupp, John Mason.
- Page 459.--16th March, 1771. Settlement of Henry Coffman's estate By bonds of, viz: James Sears and Michael Thorn, David Cradock, Christopher Yeasill and Philip Crites, Mary Tasher and Michael Thorn, Henry Coffman and Michael Stump, Elizabeth Tasher and Michael Thorn, Peter Shook and James Sears, Joseph Wilson, George Yeokim and Michael Thorn, John Rorebough and Martin Jobb, John Higgens and Ignetius Coombs, Danl. McNeil and John Westfall, Michael Moore and Geo. Yeokim, John Spelman and John Roreback, Job Wellton and Thos. Parsons, Thos. Parsons and Robert Cunningham. Jacob Bogard and Michael Harness, Martin Jobb and Adam Rydebogh. Elizabeth Tosher and Michael Thorn. By cash received at vendue as follows, viz: Richard Byrn, Jacob Break, John Our, Philip Crites, Lanie Hire, Leonard Knave, Charles Smith, Lewis Shriver, Jacob Rabuck, Richard Byrn, Michae1 Drum (Dunn?), James Willkie. Conrad Moore, Christale Tasher, Abigail Coffman, John Gradner. Debts due by Jacob Reiger. Debts due to. viz: Peter Haws, Cathrine Stump, Malldlin Break, Chas. Lynch. Cash paid as follows, viz: To Richard Brynns, James Willy, Madlin Coofman.
Hardy County Families
Three generations of Descendants
of Hans Leonard NEFF and Elizabeth Magdalena FEG
Submitted by J. W. "Bill" Neff
263 Lauralin Drive
Logan, Ut 84321
1. Hans Leonard1 NEFF 628, born 8 Mar 1725 in Michelfeld, Baden, Germany; died abt May 1778 in Hampshire, Virginia, son of Johann Michael NEFF 829 and Anna Dorothea SAUR 830 .
He married on 17 Dec 1747 in Tulphocken, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Elizabeth Magdalena FEG 828, born abt 1726 in of, Tulpehocken, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; died abt May 1816 in Hardy, Virginia, daughter of Leonard FEG or FAEG 2278 and Anna Catherine SCHUTZ 2392 .
(Leonard Neff/Nave was brother of Anna Catherine Neff who married Michael Stump in Tulpehocken, Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1739.
The Michael Neff family was from Michelfeld, Baden, Germany and they arrived on 11 Sep 1728 on the James Goodwill and settled in the Tulpehocken Valley. The first Virginia record of Leonard is found in a diary of George Washington. George Washington was only 16 years of age and working on a survey team for Lord Fairfax. According to the diary, they were camped on Michael Stump's place on the South Fork and surveyed 20 lots. On 2 Apr 1748 they surveyed Lot 11 for Leonard Nave (Neff) and Lot 12 for Michael Stump. Since Leonard had just married in late 1747, he and his bride obviously traveled to the South Fork soon after they married. Whether Leonard picked out his land before he married is something we don't know. It appears that Michael Stump arrived as early as 1746, as his name appears on an Augusta County road survey. It is conceivable that Leonard went with Michael and picked out his land and returned to get married. Possibly, the two men went alone. They could have selected their land and built small cabins. Then both could have returned for Leonard's marriage. It is estimated that such a journey between the Tulpehocken valley and the South Fork by horseback and pack animals would take about a week to ten days. Since many of the early settlers of Hampshire County were from the Tulpehocken area and many had family there, there was obvious two-way traffic between the settlements in Virginia and Pennsylvania. --JWNeff)
Children of Hans Leonard NEFF and Elizabeth Magdalena FEG were as follows: (The boys names are found in Leonard Neff's will, however his 2 daughters are unnamed. We get the daughters names from the Yoakum and Alkire family genealogists. We have not seen documentary evidence to prove that these are the daughters. -JWN
i.+ 2 John Leonard2 NEFF 629, born abt 1748 in South Fork, Frederick, Virginia; died bef 1778 in Hampshire, Virginia. He married unknown. (This son was dead before his father made out his will in 1778. We have not found his wife's name or what happened to his son. -JWN.)
ii.+ 3 Henry2 NEFF 631, born abt 1749 in South Fork, Frederick, Virginia; died 16 Feb 1801 in , Hardy, Virginia. He married Elizabeth (---) 699.
iii.+ 4 Michael2 NEFF 632, born abt 1750 in South Fork, Frederick, Virginia; died 12 Oct 1826 in , Hardy, Virginia. He married Mary REED 634.
iv.+ 5 Magdalene2 NEFF 683, born abt 1756 in , Hampshire, Virginia. She married John YOAKUM 2086. (Information on this daughter comes from Everett Yoakum's The Yoakum Book. This book is recommended for anyone with Yoakum family ties -JWN).
v.+ 6 George2 NEFF (I) 630, born abt 1758 in South Fork, Hampshire, Virginia; died abt 1840 in , Pickaway, Ohio. He married Unknown (---) 694.
vi.+ 7 Jacob2 NEFF 110, born abt 1760 in South Fork, Hampshire, Virginia; died Jan 1849 in , Hardy, Virginia. He married Margaret JONES 111.
vii.+ 8 Susannah2 NEFF 684, born abt 1768 in , Hampshire, Virginia; died 12 Jul 1832 in Greenview, Menard, Illinois. She married John ALKIRE 3234.
(The Alkire family researchers believe that Susannah Neff married John Alkire. They also believe that she belongs to this family. Susannah and John gave at least one son the middle name of "Nave" and "N" for the middle initial for others.The Alkires have a record that shows the maiden name of Susannah that looks like "Naffen", the feminine form for Naf. The handwriting is difficult to read. -- JWN)