This site was created so
Bare cousins everywhere could share their family stories, historical events and even
legends. In fact, this site was created in 2002 as a result of some information that
was shared by distant cousins that 'met' online. When I say distant, I really mean
it! Turns out our common Bare ancestor known as Jacob
Bare, Sr lived over 200 years ago!!
Wow... isn't that a story for
the new millenium! Email enabled what rarely ever happens in history especially in
a transitory people....being able to connect with family from several generations back.
FYI, there's alot of
confusion because of the Bar, Bear, Bare, etc, spelling variations. Refer to
"You know, what's his name" (index left column) for more about our surname as
well as the name 'Hans'... it will help clear up some of the mysteries.
Within these pages you'll meet
Jacob Bare, Sr who had quite an interesting history as one of the original settlers in
southeastern Ohio in the early 1800's. He called his spot on the Ohio River
Bare's Landing. Today its the location of the Hannibal Dam & Locks.
(follow the link to the photo and Bare's Landing was on the north or left side of the
river and New Martinsville, WV is on the south side. (Think they'd consider giving
this beautiful spot back to the family?)
On this website over time you
will find a little bit of information about Jacob Bare, Sr, his
descendants, and his ancestors as far as we know. There are lots of gaps so if you can
fill them we would love your help.
Our ancestors' surroundings
include local historian Henry Burke's fascinating stories of the Monroe County Underground Railroad
(of course the Ohio River was part of the Mason-Dixon line), settling of the wild, often
dangerous frontiers of America in the 18th & 19th century, and about covered wagons of families to new homes and new livelyhoods.
So where did our ancestor Jacob
Bare, Sr (1776/8-1859) of Baresville (now Hannibal), OH come from? A Monroe County, Ohio history
website says he came from Maryland (see First Germans and Swiss). His
marriage is recorded to Mary Steele in 1799 in Berkeley, VA (now West
Virginia). He shows up in historical accounts of Monroe County's "Switzerland
of Ohio" soon thereafter, although these monikers would come later than he did to the
My research so far indicates that his
father was John Henry Bare, whose father was Abraham Bar, who is the son of Jacob Jagely Bar (aka Hans Jacob Jagely
Bar). Bare researchers have indicated that Jacob Jagely Bar, his
wife and 8 children (this number varies) came to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania from
Switzerland directly or after spending some time in the Palatine region of Germany. (You'll
see many of these stories in the Bare Links
Jacob Jagely Bar and
two of his sons, Jacob Bare, Jr and John Bear, relocated
to the Shenandoah River Valley in Virginia as three of its first settlers. My
ancestor Abraham and apparently the rest of the siblings stayed in Pennsylvania. But
where did Abraham's son John Henry Bare live? Where was John Henry's son Jacob
Bare, Sr born? Did he move from Pennsylvania to Maryland to Berkeley, VA (where he
married) to Bare's Landing, Ohio? more mysteries waiting to be solved!
Please bookmark the
site and come back often as more will be added over time. Thanks for visiting and we
hope you enjoy our Bare Family web site!
E Bare Jan 16, 1926 - Jan 17, 1955
This site is lovingly dedicated to all
our family historians and especially to our dad (above at age 6) from my sister Cary and
me. He made alot of history in a very short time here.
A very special thanks to my new cousins
Duward Bare, Jerry Bare and Lynnette Johnson (all if whom I've
'met' online) and who contributed the Bare family histories they have collected from their
ancestors over the years. Our common ancestor is Jacob
Bare, Sr (1776/8-1859) of Baresville, now Hannibal, Ohio. Duward, Jerry
and Lynnette descend from Jacob's son Joseph Bare
(May 5, 1812-Sept 5, 1892) who left Baresville for Illinois in 1850 in a covered
wagon. I descend from Jacob's son William S
Bare (1803-?), whose family stayed in Baresville until the early 20th century
before my grandfather moved to Cleveland and then California (1940).