Samuel BARFF [c.1828-1897]
Samuel Barff was a Hong Kong civil servant, shown living at No.13 Castle Road ("The Hut") in the 1884 directory. He came to Nagasaki, Japan in 1894 with his wife Katherine (Kate) and rented the house at No.15 Minamiyamate in the Nagasaki Foreign Settlement. The couple called the house "Cliff Field." Samuel was bedridden during most of his stay in Nagasaki. He died on August 25, 1897 at the age of sixty-nine and was buried at Sakamoto International Cemetery. In January 1898, Another family tragedy soon followed. Samuel and Kate's son Lionel, an art correspondent with a London magazine, was killed in Tientsin while reporting on the Boxer Rebellion. Kate lived alone in Nagasaki until her death on May 5, 1922 at the age of eighty-nine. She was buried next to her husband in Sakamoto International Cemetery, where the gravestone can still be seen today.