Rev. John A. VanLear

Rev. John A. VanLear

Death 18 Aug 1850 (aged 52)
Burial Mount Solon, Augusta County, Virginia, USA
Plot J 1 (4)
Memorial ID 24601191 · View Source
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From the Young Virginian Pg. 30

"Rev. Jno. A. Van Lear became pastor June 24, 1837, the Revds, James C. Wilson
and J. A. Steele were the officiating ministers. His pastorate was happy and
prosperous. He died August 14, 1850. In a letter to his Presbytery, written four
days before his death, the following touching sentences occur:

""My days are nearly numbered, and my last remove is directly before me. I trust
in no labor of my hands, I fly to the cross and the covenant. There is my only
hope. There I rest my soul and my heart has peace.
I have come down now quite to the banks of the Jordan of death; but He who has
passed through it for sinners has met me on this side of its dark waves, and all
is well.""

…The present house of worship, built during Mr. Van Lear's pastorate is the
fourth that has been occupied by this congregation since the organization."

"ACHS Bulletin Vol. 15, Spring 1979, Number 1, Augusta Co. Obituaries - Anne
Covington Kidd, pg. 71

Died, on Thursday, the 4th inst., Mrs. VAN LEAR, wife of Mr. William Van Lear,
of this County. (10 April 1850)

Died, on Sunday afternoon last ... Rev. John A. VAN LEAR, Pastor of Mossy Creek
Presbyterian Church, in this County. (21 August 1850) After a lingering and
painful illness of nearly eighteen months, this pious and useful minister
expired, on the 18th ult., in the 53d year of his age .... was among the
youngest of a large family reared ... by pious parents .... joined the
Presbyterian Church under the ministry of Rev. Sam'l McNutt, in that portion of
Montgomery county now forming Pulaski .... pursued his literary and part of his
theological studies at Hampden Sidney College, under the Rev. Dr. Hoge. His
professional education was completed under Dr. Speece ... was licensed by
Lexington Presbytery in 1824 and ordained in 1825 .... married about twenty
years since a daughter of Major Wm. Bell, of Augusta county, whom he has left
with six children .... was first settled with the Church of Locust Bottom, now
in the Presbytery of Montgomery, and for the last thirteen years as pastor of
the Church of Mossy Creek. (11 September 1850)"

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Pastor at Mossy Creek from 1837 to 1850


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 24601191
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev. John A. VanLear (10 Dec 1797–18 Aug 1850), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24601191, citing Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mount Solon, Augusta County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Glenda Lambert-Gibson (contributor 46778727) .