|"This present document is
intended to be looked upon as a work sheet. If everything develops as I hope, the
distribution of it will bring about a small avalanche of letters to me indicating the
errors that have been made and the additional material that should be added.
Whereupon the new summary that will be based on that new information can then be
considered as the best effort that the current generation is capable of.
So don't be afraid to 'mark up' your copy. If there are a great number
of changes and additions to be made, then return the entire copy to me, otherwise just
send the data- but be sure to indicate exactly where the new information goes. That
is so that it will not be necessary to engage in extended correspondence. You may be
sure that you will receive an edited copy when they are available.
The last ten years has been spent in putting together
what you find here but that is not to say that it has been a chore. It is true that
there has been much frustration and vexation. Even now I am deeply troubled that I
have not been able to ferret out our immigrant grandfather. But for a person (me)
who started out believing that he really had no relatives, the developing record has been
an experience of joy. I am not a very outgoing person but the family contacts that I
have made have made me a warmer and more loving individual. So I have much to be
thankful for and hopefully there will be much more as this material falls into the hands
of those of you who have so much more knowledge that belongs here. Our grandchildren
will not grow up in the ignorance of family that I experienced. For instance I Know
that somewhere in Illinois there is at least one family Bible that is sure to have many
records that belong here- but I don't know who has it. Maybe some one of you can
come up with that information. I will be glad to serve as a collection point for
family data as long as I live. But hurry it up! I am in good health but I will
be 80 next March and I don't need to tell you what time can do to the best laid of plans.
|Jacob Bare, know as Jacob
Bare, Senior was born in 1776 according to the census records but in 1778 according to his
tombstone. He died 13 December 1859 at Hannibal, Monroe County, Ohio and was buried
in the 'Old Cemetery'. He '---came to Ohio from Hagerstown, Washington County,
Maryland--- owned all the land on which the Town of Hannibal has since arisen.'
(Newspaper article published by the Wheeling, West Virginia 'Sunday News' 5 Dec.
1913. This article was found by Eileen King of Prairie Rd, Aurora, Il and
given to Sue Saylor of Simi VAlley CA from whom I obtained it.) The article was in
commemoration of the 98th birthday of Nancy Bare O'Neill who was Jacob Bare's ninth
child. Also from the same sources, '---was Justice of the Peace---teacher'
and'---Father Bare came from Berkeley County, West Virginia'. This from an obituary
hand written by Rev G. F. Jones. Mrs. King did not know the source.
There has, in the past, been some difference of opinion as to the identity
of Jacob, Sr's wife. Consider:
He married (?) Mary Ann Stevens. (ancestor chart
of Sue Saylor)
He married Mary Steele. (Baer Newsletter from
Elaine Campbell in Ramona, CA)
He married Ann---- (Various National Censuses)
He married Margaret Strom (C. G. Barre, Clearwater, FL-
justified by a letter from Zeta (Bare) Nickeson 2 g-granddaughter of Jacob Bare, Sr.
In this case we don't have to pay our money and make our
choice- as I have, in my files, a copy of the Marriage Bond of Jacob and Mary Steele of
Berkeley, West Virginia and Jacob's signature is the one I am familiar with from seeing it
on records of real estate transactions. But what of all the census records that show
the name of Jacob's wife as Ann? Here we have something of a mystery (something not
rare in genealogical research). Perhaps Mary Steele's name was really Mary Ann, and
after their first child was born and named Mary, they thought it would be less confusing
for the mother to use Ann."