• John Adam Gaar (1711-1793) married Elizabeth Kaifer (1722-1783) • Rosina Gaar (1713-?) married Fawatt Crisler • Elizabeth Barbara Gaar (1715-1721) • Lorenz Gaar (1716-1753) married Dorothy Blankenbaker • Andreas Gaar, Jr. (1718-1727) • Eve Maria Gaar (1719-1724) • Anna Margharetha Gaar (1721-1724) • Hans George Gaar (1722-1724) • John Gaar (1724-1727) • John Leonard Gaar (1726-1727) • Maria Barbara Gaar (1728-1732) • Elizabeth Barbara Gaar (1730-?) married Michael Blankenbaker
Three children died of diptheria in November 1724 and three more children died of dysentery in July 1727. The parents and the five remaining children arrived on the ship Loyal Judith at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732. However, one of the children (Maria Barbara Gaar) died shortly after their arrival.
The voyage was long and dangerous. They first had to wait six weeks at Rotterdam to get on the ship. It took 18 days to bring them to Cowes, England. They then waited 16 days in England before embarking on a seven-week journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, Andreas Gar sent this letter to his relatives in Bavaria: "God changed the wind, so we arrived safely in Philadelphia, and descending from the ship we thanked our dear Lord that He brought us all sound and safe to this beloved land. It is a hard, trying, and long voyage. There died six old persons and 36 children of smallpox." Regarding Philadelphia, he wrote, "The wine is the life of man. Nice flour, dried meat, and dried fruits are very good. The land is good. Plenty of apples, and better than in Germany. One man preserved 25 barrels of apples. There is plenty of fruit, but as dear as in Germany. Cattle are twice as dear as in Germany. There are plenty of forges, smelting-works, foundries, and mills. Everything is free. Anybody can hunt, whatever he wishes, bears, wolves, etc. I belong in Germantown, six miles from Philadelphia. Am living with a weaver, and work this winter for half wages. A good hired man earns 100 florins; a woman forty. Have not yet seen any pine wood, but cedar wood. The most is oak forests. There came more ships with people, some in six weeks, some in eight weeks, and some in ten weeks, but the last one came in 18 weeks. They suffered great misery, and those that did not die on the sea are mostly sick. I advise no people who have small children to come, as the voyage is too trying, but I do not regret it."
After a brief stay in Germantown, the family moved to the Robinson River Valley in what is today, Madison County, Virginia. Andreas Gar was a weaver-master in Bavaria and a farmer in Virginia. Records show that he acquired a plantation in Virginia with a crop of tobacco and corn. Gaar Mountain and Gaar Mountain Road exist today in Madison County, Virginia.
Jacob Crigler (1695-1734) and Susanna Married 1720 in Virginia Jacob Crigler was born in Dittmannsdorf, Silesia, Germany, and died in Madison County, Virginia.
Children of Jacob Crigler and Susanna:
• Christopher Crigler (1721-1810) married Catherine Finks • Nicholas Crigler (1722-1789) married Margaret Kaifer (1725-1771) Jacob Crigler came to America in 1717 as part of the Second Germanna Colony. Although headed to Philadelphia, a raging storm drove their ship southwards and the ship landed in Tappahannock, Virginia. Here the captain of the ship held them for the balance of the monies due for their passage. Originally, the Penn Colony was going to pay these charges, but when they reached Virginia instead, there was no one to pay. Governor Spotswood of Virginia heard of their plight and agreed to reimburse the captain of the ship and arrange their release. In exchange for this payment, Governor Spotswood required the immigrants to move inland to Spotsylvania County. These eighty German immigrants were the first white settlers in this western area of Virginia.
Their new home was called Germanna and lies in what is today Orange County, Virginia. Governor Spotswood required they work in his mines and farm his lands in order to repay him. These immigrants led a harsh life and later had to sue Spotswood in court for monies due them and for the final settlement of his claim against them for passage monies advanced. Instead of giving these people money, he gave them land grants even further in the interior.
These people then moved to the banks of the Robinson River in what is today, Madison County, Virginia. It was here that Jacob Crigler received 400 acres on his land grant in 1726. The land is near the present town of Criglersville, Madison County, Virginia. Jacob hewed a farm out of the wilderness and remained there until his death in early 1734.
Wolff Michael Kaifer (1695-1768) and Anna Maria Blankenbaker (1687-1762) Married 1721 in Virginia
Wolff Michael Kaifer was born in the Ansbach region, Mittelfranken, Germany and died in Madison County, Virginia. Anna Maria Blankenbaker was born in Neuenburg, Germany, the daughter of Hans Thomas Blankenbuhler and Anna Barbara Schon, and died in Virginia. Children of Wolff Michael Kaifer and Anna Maria Blankenbaker:
Anna Maria Blankenbaker previously married John Thomas in 1711 in Neuenburg, Germany, where they had a few children. Both Anna and Wolff Michael Kaifer came to Virginia in 1717 as part of the Second Germanna Colony. It is unknown whether John Thomas came to Virginia or died in Germany before 1717.
Wolff Michael Kaifer's will was recorded December 28, 1768 at the Culpeper Courthouse, Virginia.
The Hebron Lutheran Church is on Blankenbaker Road in Madison, Virginia.