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John Loar
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1789
Maryland, USA
Death: May 5, 1873
Wind Ridge
Greene County
Pennsylvania, USA


He m1.1814 Hester STEPHENS(1796-?1881 d/o Apollo & Lana ) m2 Emily PORTER

History of Greene Co., Pa. by Rev. William Hanna 1882 Reprinted by Clossow Press Dec 1983 & 1985:
John LOAR Battles a BEAR

John Loar emigrated from Maryland to Whiteley township, Greene county, in 1829. From thence he removed to Richhill in 1850. He and his wife were the parents of fourteen children, eleven of whom are still living--six sons and five daughters. Five of these persons are still in Greene County, viz: Jacob Loar, Esq., Rev. George Loar, Sarah Morris, Martha Loar, (wife of Rev. Jacob G. Loar, a cousin) and Hester Jane Jacobs. The remainder of this extensive family are scattered in different parts of the great West.

Of the portion still in Greene county, Jacob has eight children living; George has eight; Sarah has four, and Martha seven. The ancestors of those still here belonged to that hardy race that were capable of living so long and enduring so much.

The old lady died on the 20th of December, 1881. She was a devout Methodist, of whom it was almost impossible to truly say a harmful word. She had reached the good old age of eighty-six years.

Previous to their immigration to this county the old man(John LOAR) passed through one of those dangerous adventures that were somewhat frequent three-fourths of a century ago, as follows: One night while enjoying that sound, refreshing sleep that only comes to the relief of the weary, he was awakened by the loud squealing of one of his hogs. Suspecting that some wild beast had made a descent from a neighboring mountain, he sprang up, seized his rifle and proceeded to investigate. Dimly seeing some dark object by the light of the stars, he drew the trigger and set a ball through the front leg of a mammoth bear, which immediately let go its victim and departed for the thick woods. When daylight came, his trail was plainly visible. Mr. Loar and a few of his neighbors started in pursuit, some armed with guns, some with axes, and others with pitch-forks. Mr. Loar seems to have been both armed with a gun and a fork. The bushes were dripping with dew, and soon the priming in the pan of his old flint-lock gun had become so dampened that when the wounded bear was at a length aroused, and a fine opportunity presented itself for a shot, the gun snapped. Mr. Loar in his excitement dropped his gun and seized his socket fork, thinking to dispatch his enemy in that way. After pursuing the bear for some distance, they engaged in mortal combat, Mr. Loar vigorously applying his fork; somethimes thrusting, sometimes sticking, until the handle came out of the socket, when Bruin, as though conscious of his advantage, made his last grand charge with rampant body and open mouth. Mr. Loar, seeing that the chances were aginst him, made a spring and seized his antagonist by the lolling tongue, preferring to loose his arm rather than his head. By this means, he kept the wide extended jaws from closing upon him, and as the bear only had one foot that could be used, Mr. Loar seemed to have some chance for his life. But the other paw, applied to different parts of his body, tore off large portions of flesh, almost divesting him of clothing and lacerating him in the most fearful manner, so that death would soon have ensued, had it not been for the timely arrival of two of the remainder of the company, who dispatched the ponderous beast, and carried their bleeding compainon to a place where his many wounds could be dressed, which, severe as they were, fortunately did not terminate fatally, for he lived many long years, and died in a good old age, respected by all who knew him.
Family links: 
  Jacob Loar (1747 - 1827)
  Sarah Eckhart Loar (1766 - 1827)
  Hester Stephens Loar (1796 - 1881)
  Sarah Loar Morris (1815 - 1891)*
  Jacob Loar (1817 - 1888)*
  George Loar (1818 - 1884)*
  Apollos Loar (1820 - 1890)*
  James Loar (1830 - 1894)*
  Hester Jane Loar Jacobs (1836 - 1910)*
  Lana Ann Loar Wilson (1838 - 1933)*
  Elisabeth Loar Allum (1840 - 1923)*
  Elizabeth Loar Funk (1788 - 1874)*
  John Loar (1789 - 1873)
  George T Loar (1791 - 1860)**
  Sarah Loar Humbertson (1794 - 1876)*
  Barbara Ann Loar Beeman (1799 - 1877)*
  Barbara Ann Loar Beeman (1799 - 1877)*
  Mary Ann Paula Loar Staup (1802 - 1866)*
  Margaret Rebecca Loar Dawson (1803 - 1889)*
  Susannah Loar Chaney (1808 - 1881)*
  Jacob Loar (1809 - 1891)*
  Henry Loar (1811 - 1852)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairview Cemetery
Wind Ridge
Greene County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: H BRAUN
Record added: Dec 20, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 121944172

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 Added: May. 30, 2016

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