WAYNE BARE, one of the venerable farmer citizens of East Lampeter township, was born June 5, 1822, in Bareville, Lancaster county. He is a descendant of a family whose members have for years been among the most honored residents of the county, being a grandson of Andie Bare. The latter was born in Lancaster county, and spent his entire life there. He kept hotel at Bareville for some years, was also distiller and farmer, and was a very successful man, owning three farms adjoining. He married a Miss Diller, and they were the parents of four children: Polly, Mrs. Bare; Julia A., wife of Michael Johns; Liddie, wife of Henry Good; and Adam, the father of our subject.
Adam Bare was born in 1784, at Bareville, Upper Leacock township. He succeeded his father in the hotel at Bareville and he was also a distiller and farmer. He died in 1877. Adam Bare was one of the prominent men of his day. He was sheriff of Lancaster county, in 1832, and served as county commissioner for some time. He married Miss Sarah Graybill, and they were the parents of eight children, one of whom died in childhood; Wayne is our subject; Elias, deceased, was a drover and farmer at Bareville; Caroline is the wife of Samuel Groff; Diller resides in Philadelphia; Catherine is the wife of Levi Groff; Adam, deceased, was a carpenter, in Alabama; John, deceased, lived in California.
Wayne Bare obtained his education in the common schools of the county and lived at home until he was twenty-six years of age. He then began farming for himself, in Lancaster county, Leacock township, and continued there twenty-four years. In 1873 he purchased a farm in Leacock, which he sold in 1882, and then purchased the place where he now resides, and which he has since conducted. In politics Mr. Bare is a Republican, and he was inspector of elections for three years. By a life of industry and upright living he has won the esteem of all who know him, and has well sustained the high reputations borne by all members of the Bare family. He is a member of the Old Mennonite Church.
Mr. Bare wedded Miss Mary Landis and to this union were born seven children, one of whom died in infancy; John L. is a farmer in Leacock township; Sarah is the wife of Henry C. Kurts; Emma is the wife of Benjamin D. Rohrer; Milton is a farmer in Leacock township; Ida is the wife of Whitmore Rohrer; and Wayne L. is a farmer of East Lampeter township.