The Rev. John Stanger



Welcome to the New River Tapestry
……………………..The Tapestry
Families Old Chester OldAugusta Germanna
New River SWVP Cumberland Carolina Cradle
The Smokies Old Kentucky

New River


Much of the following information is from the nomination form submitted to secure historic status for the graveyard of the Zion Evangelical Church outside of Wythville. And from Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Wythe, VA Submitted by: Etthan Miller, USGWeb.

Source:Heavener, 1929 provides a note dealing with Rev. Stangers ministery in the Christiansburg area


Transcription:Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Wythe County, VA


The Reverend John Stanger was a Lutheran minister at Zion Evangelical Church outside of Wytheville around 1800, as well as a justice of the peace. The church was established in 1791 to served the extensive German community in the area. Rev. Stanger served as its pastor from 1791 to 1824, and in fact gave the church the land on which its facilities were built.

Rev. Stanger is said to have been born in Kercheim, Germany, 10 June 1765. He studied Theology and Medicine at the University of Tubigen before immigrating to Charleston SC, about 1787. Initially, he served the German community in Rowan County, NC, but by 1790 [1] he had accepted a call from German Lutherans in Wythe County, VA. to Rowland Co. NC to minister to the German Lutherans there. In 1790 he received a call to organize a church among the German community near Wytheville, VA. Among their number he found his wife Anna Magdalena Wampler, whom he married Christmas Day 1791, and by whom he had nine children. He died Oct 14, 1848 and is buried in the cemetry of the Church he had founded in 1791.

Rev. Stanger ministery ended when he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates for four terms beginning in 1824.

See Notebook:Rev. John Stanger for further information.


  1. Need to check to see if this is the Organ Church in Rowan County. See Early History of Organ Church, Rowan County, NC.