John was a teacher in the Muskogee District of Cherokee Nation [OK].He was Killed at Tahlequah, Indian Terr during the Summer of 1872, John Neff had gone there to collect his teaching salary.He had on him 300 dollars at the time of his death.John Neff's body, ie skeleton remains, were found a year later along the banks of the Illinois River by an Indian boy.
Sam Fooey was convicted in Judge Parker's court on 27 Sept 1875 for John's murder and was hung at Fort Smith on Friday, 3 Sept 1875 as part of a sextuple execution. Originally 8 were scheduled to be hung, but one was shot in an excape attempt and the other, an Oscar Snow, was commuted by President Grant to life imprisonment.
Crowds poured in from 40 to 50 miles.The event was covered by the Little Rock, Kansas City and St. Louis Press. Judge Parker was known as the "Hanging Judge."[source National Park Service] and [Judicial Biography of "Hanging Judge" Isaac C. Parker.]
A little added background as we have a John Neff in the area but he died in Feb of 1872 which rules him out.
A number of member of the Nave clan from TN were associated with the Ross family and the Cherokee removal. Following the War Between the States, some changed their sirname to Neff from Nave.Looking at John's middle name of Emmett would imply an Emmett family connection.Besides the Nave line, members of our E line of Neffs who were in the Ponca City area of Oklahoma were associated with the Emmett family name.
William Neff, Neff Family Historical Sociey, Inc.
Also see: Outlaws on horseback: The History of the Organized Bands of Bank and Train Robbers By Harry Sinclair Drago University of Nebraska Press 1964; Page 137.