I am not researching this family, just entering information from one of my books "Houses Virginians Have Loved" by Agnes Rothery, 1954:
"It was in the early 1800s that Dr. Johann Van Haller, from Philadelphia, in search of a location where he might establish himself in practice and build a house for his bride - when he had won her - arrived late one night at Bowling Green, which probably looked very much as it does today under its trees and beside its stream."
The occupants of the house tried to send him away because of illness, but he explained he was a doctor and wanted to help. They had typhoid and he stayed and used the medicine he had with him. He decided his future lay in that area.
"Thereupon he rode back to York to tell the future bride to prepare for the wedding. Catherine Goering was sixteen and she was terrified at the thought of leaving home and going with a husband into the wilderness of Virginia. Her father had no sympathy with her notions......(she) persuaded a young friend to come along on the wedding trip. They continued to Wytheville and stayed at the Cross Roads Tavern while the doctor - who had changed the spelling of his name and was now John Haller - began to build a house."
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