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A Little History about Jacob Bare, Sr and his descendants

The following historical account was written by Ken Bare in 1987 in his book entitled Descendants of Jacob Bare (1778-1859) of Baresville Ohio to 1987.  Ken is a descendant of Jacob Bare, Sr's son Jacob Bare, Jr.

A copy of the foreword to his book was contributed to the 'cause' (this site) by Lynnette Johnson, descendant of Joseph Bare, Jacob, Sr's eighth child.  According to the internet, the book is available at the West Palm Beach Library in Florida. I do not have a copy, although I would love to have one! 

I have copied the forward here without permission because I do not know how to reach Ken Bare or his family.  Based on his comments, however, I suspect that he would want this information shared so we can solve the mysteries of our Bare ancestors.  If his family is available I would love to hear from them at mjbare@prodigy.net so I can secure proper permission.  I have included the foreword because it not only has Bare information but it tells alot about Mr. Bare's search for information and his attitude about family and genealogy research.  He eloquently describes the challenges we all face in our Bare research and some of the reasons it is such a challenge... and such a joy. 

Excerpt of Foreword written by Ken Bare 15 Feb. 1987

"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." 

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