• Michael Gaar (1740-1797) married Elizabeth Wilhoit (1748-?) • Lewis Gaar (1744-1824) married Catherine Weaver (1746-1832) • Benjamin Gaar (1748-1821) married Margaret Crigler (1759-1806), Lydia Fowler • Mary Magdalene Gaar (1742-1820) married Stephen Fisher (1736-1817) • Elizabeth Gaar married Adam Fisher (1740-1812) • Rosannah Gaar married Benjamin Dicken (1736-1804) The will of John Adam Gaar, a plantation owner, paints a disturbing, yet typical picture of life in 1790 Virginia: "In the name of God, Amen. I, Adam Gaar, in the County of Culpeper and State of Virginia, do make this, my last will and testament, being in perfect mind and memory. I give unto my son Michael Gaar two negro boys - Harry and Bob - valued at 95 pounds, to him and his heirs forever. I give unto my son Lewis a negro boy named Andrew, valued at 50 pounds, 30 pounds cash, to him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Benjamin two negro boys named John and Gilbert, valued at 88 pounds, one shilling; likewise that tract of land where he now lives upon, and has in possession at my decease. I likewise give my iron stove, bed and bed-clothes, my wearing apparel, my Dutch Bible and Sermon Book, cow, iron pot, five hogs, and all my household furniture, to him and his heirs forever. I give to my daughter Molly Fisher two negro wenches, named Fanny and Franky, valued at 79 pounds, ten shillings, to her and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Betty Fisher two negroes, Toby and Moll, valued at 102 pounds, ten shillings, to her and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Rosannah Dicken two negroes, Sam and Nanny, valued at 80 pounds, to her and her heirs forever. It is my will that everything exclusive of what has been before mentioned - negroes and land - at my decease shall be divided amongst the surviving children; that is to say, that those children who have more in value, in negroes of the above mentioned valued negroes and cash, must at the division at or after my death pay up to such children cash or property, as can be agreed upon by themselves, to make all their legacies equal; only, as before mentioned, and land and household furniture I give my son Benjamin exclusive of an equal part of the negroes and land at my decease."
Below left is a photo taken in the 1950s of John Adam Gaar's farmhouse at its original location in Madison County, Virginia. This house dates to the 1740s. It was recently moved to Free Union, Virginia and rebuilt using the original chimney and hand-hewn oak timbers, and is called the Gaar Madison house (below right).
Nicholas Crigler (1722-1789) and Margaret Kaifer (1725-1771) Married 1749 in Madison County, Virginia
• Elizabeth Crigler (1750-?) married Adam Crisler • Aaron Crigler (1756-1832) married Catherine Crisler (1754-1807) • Margaret Crigler (1759-1806) married Benjamin Gaar (1748-1821) • Nicholas Crigler, Jr. (1762-1813) • Susanna Crigler (1764-?) • Anna Margaret Crigler (1768-1806) • Abraham Crigler (1771-1847) married Lydia Carpenter (1777-1861)
The Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison, Virginia was established in 1740 and is the oldest continuously-operating Lutheran Church in the U.S. Margaret Crigler's date of birth in 1759 is recorded in church records. Records also show that John Adam Gaar served as a deacon in 1768, and that Nicholas Crigler was one of the church officers in 1776.
Hebron Lutheran Church, Madison, Virginia, December 2012