Lucia Simpson Schooner


The Lucia Simpson was a three masted schooner that was built in Manitowoc Wisconsin by Rand & Burger in 1875. The connection with our family was that it was purchased in 1901 by Martin Sanderson the father of my Aunt Pearl Johnson. It was used between 1903 and 1929 to bring lumber from Escanaba, MI to the Sanderson Lumber Yard in Milwaukee, WI.

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Charles S. Neff Family History

Fred Klein has prepared a pdf file that contains a large number of items related to the Neff and Coad familes who were neighbors in Milwaukee. Charles S. Neff married Kate Coad and the they had three children. His daughter Marcy Neff-Fisher did a great deal of work on Neff family ancestry and I had some of the material she collected and Fred had much more about the Charles S. Neff branch of the family.

Fred agreed to have his report posted on my web page.

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Postcards Collected by Captain Sam Neff

In going though old collections of photos I discovered an album of several hundred old postcards. The ones shown in the gallery were all printed in Germany because they had developed the color printing process. I selected the cards for the gallery that were collected before 1900 by my great grandfather Captain Sam Neff all from Oswego NY.

Oswego NY is a port on Lake Ontario that has a canal that connects to the Erie Canal. I think it is likely that Sam took the canal because he may have visited relatives in New Lisbon, NY where he was born. His family moved from NY to WI when he was 9 years old.

Neff Photos


  1. Captain Sam Neff b: 31 Mar 1842 d: 21 Feb 1904. My great grandfather. He started his commercial shipping business by hauling sand in a log canoe when he was 12. He was able to load 3.5 cubic yards of sand from Lake Winnebago that he sold for 50 cents a yard in Oshkosh.
  2. Captain Sidney Neff b: 2 Oct 1863 d: 17 Dec 1907. My grandfather. He and his father were ship captains of steamships on the Great Lakes his brother Charles Sr. ran the office. After Sam retired the brothers continued the partnership for about a year and then split the assets and formed separate companies.
  3. Lucy Jane Olcott Neff b: 9 Dec 1865 d: 14 Aug 1955. My grandmother who taught school before she married Sidney.
  4. Charles Neff Sr. b: 9 Apr 1870 d: 25 Jun 1940. He move his ship brokerage business to Cleveland OH.
  5. Harold Neff  b: 30 Jul 1901  d: 13 Mar 1954. He was the older brother of Marcy and Charles.
  6. The small tug named Early Bird was the last Neff owned  commercial vessel. Charles Neff Jr. purchased it after he retired and used it to do small towing jobs in and around Biloxi, MS. He said that he moved coal barges for a power plant and there is a coal fired power plant on the Biloxi River. The tug was destroyed by Hurricane Camille in 1969.
  7. Samuel Neff b: 16 Sep 1893 d: 19 Nov 1964.  I do not know when it was taken.
  8. Esther Ann Johnson Neff b: 5 Sep 1896 d: 18 Oct 1950. The photo was taken about 1946.
  9.  Darlyne DeTuncq Neff b: 1 Dec 1933 d: 22 Nov 2015. My wife.
  10. Lucy Jane Neff Kittrick b: 8 Feb 1931 d: 13 Feb 2021. My older sister.
  11. Alton K. Fisher b: 1 Nov 1905 d: 9 Oct 1991. He was the husband of Marcy. He was one of the few person to be both and enlisted man and an admiral in the US Navy. He was also a very important member of our family.
  12. Marcy Neff-Fisher b: 30 Dec 1902 d: 30 Mar 2003 and her brother Charles Neff Jr. b: 27 May 1907 d: 24 Mar 2002.
  13. The photo was taken at the Milwaukee Public Library in the Maritime Section. We were given a special tour so we could see the Charles S. Neff Sr. collection of historical ship material. Included was the bell from the ship named the Charles S. Neff that the Neff family had owned. I was given the honor of ringing the bell.
  14. Fathers Day 2021 John, son Jim, Grandson Justin and Great Granddaughters Henley and Braelyn.
  15. The following photos were provided by Jim Clemmer the grandson of Dorthy and Lou Neff.
  16. 1960 left to right Lou Neff (my uncle), me and Sam Neff (my father).
  17. 1960 me, Mrs. Bradley the mother of Dorthy, Dorthy Neff (my aunt), Jim Kittrick. Sr. behind, Ed. DeTuncq (Darlyne’s father), Anita Kittrick and Meta DeTuncq (Darlyne’s mother).
  18. 1960 Lucy Kittrick on the day of our wedding. She was in the wedding party and the photo was taken probably at the Kittrick’s house. Carol and Bruce were also dressed for the occasion.







Johnson Photos

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  1. The photo is of the Johnson brothers and sisters. We do not know when the photo was taken. However, because Gilbert was in the Navy in WW I is must have been about that time.  From left to right in the photo John, Gilbert, Cora, Esther, Anton and Mable.
  2. The photo is of a Johnson reunion that was held at the home of Frank and Mable Mack near Chicago. My guess is that the photo was taken about 1940.
  3. The third is of Esther, Gilbert, Anton and John. We had that woven piece in our house but did not realize that it was important to the Johnsons. Mable also had a larger woven piece that was also important.
  4. After the death of his second wife John moved to the Washington DC area and decided to learn how to do new things. One of them was painting and the fish is one of his paintings. He also photographed fountains and I wonder if those photos were kept.
  5. The photo is of John’s first wife Amy who died in 1937 and his son John Alvin.
  6. The photo is of Baste Johanneson (aka as Bert Johnson) my grandfather on the left and Uncle John on the right. The story is that when Baste planted an orchard one of the seeds fell into a crevice in a rock and the seed grew into a tree that split the rock.

Revheim Photos

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The Revheim homestead was on the Missouri River near Mobridge SD. It was flooded when a dam was built downstream and the high ground was made into recreation area.

The Army Corp of Engineers put up a sign about the homestead.

John David Johnson and wife. He is the great grandson of John W. Johnson who was born on the homestead.

Left to right Anna Rowett, Janet Revheim Rowett and Cynthia Rowett. Janet is the granddaughter of Mons Revheim.

Revheim grave site the marker on the left is for Mons, the one in the center is for Anton his son and the one on the right is for Anna his wife.

Marker for Anton

Grave site for Simon who died as an infant.



Information for those interested in genealogy

The first record about my ancestor William Neff was in Newbury, MA in 1658. It is possible that he was political refugee from William Cromwell whose forces were killing all of the royalist supporters they could find. In any case he was English not Swiss. His date of birth was between 1639 and 1642.

The Neff Family History was compiled by Dorothy Neff Curry who died when it was near completion and Marcelia Neff-Fisher helped to complete the book and it was published privately in 1958. I am not aware of anything more recent that is as complete.

The book has been digitized and is available at

For those who are members of they have searchable copy at

For those who are members of there are a number Neff family trees but many of them are for the Swiss branch not the English branch. The one I think is most complete is by Debra Kittrick the wife of my nephew. In addition Judy Turner has several extensive trees. It is not possible to give links to those trees from this website. To view a tree on you have to be a member and their fees are large.

My mother was a Johnson and her parents were from Norway. Her father was a Revheim and her mother a Vevle and they attended the same church and school. The left for the US about the same time but not together. Evidently they were corresponding and when he and his brothers had established a homestead in South Dakota he sent for her and they married. My grandfather changed his name to Bert Johnson when he entered the US. Later he used Baste Johanneson.  My grand mother used Julia Johnson after her marriage and her children all used the name Johnson.

I have some of the material about the Neffs, Johnsons, Revheims and Vevles in the links to the memorials.

If you need to contact me use the following email.

The Charles S. Neff Collection of Ship Drawings and Photos

Charles S. Neff was born in Oshkosh, WI in April of 1870 and died in Cleveland, OH in 1940. His father Samuel Neff had been involved in shipping on the Fox and Wolf Rivers but moved his business to Milwaukee about 1880 because he did not think he could compete with the railroads. He formed the Neff and Sons Shipping Company with his sons Sidney and Charles. After their father died they tried to keep the partnership going for about a year but then divided the assets and formed separate companies.

Charles lived during the time of sail, steam power and diesel power. He collected photographs and other material of historical interest. Some of his collection is in the Maritime collection of the Milwaukee Public Library. He also made drawings using color pencils and whatever paper that was at hand. Some were drawn from memory, others from life. Some of the original drawings were given to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI.

Color slides were taken of all of the drawings and Marcy Neff-Fisher, his daughter, prepared notes for each slide. Digital copies have been made of the slides and notes.

Digital copies of the slides and notes were made by Duane Clemmer the husband of Carolyn Neff-Clemmer and distributed to family members. I thought the material was of historical interest and sent a copy to Walter Lewis and he agreed to put them on the Maritime History of the Great Lakes website.

The link to the collection is [View]