19th c. Mennonite Friendship Quilt Block - Ephrata, Lancaster, PA
Lucy Bare was born 8 Mar 1823 in Bareville, PA. She married "iron keeper" Jacob Groff Wenger on 16 Dec 1841. They had 9 children, 3 of which died as young infants.
Jacob's paternal grandfather, Christian Wenger (1698 - 1772), was born in Emmenthal, Switzerland. He came to Pennsylvania on the ship Molly in 1727.
The Metzler Mennonite Church was founded in 1728, a year after Minister Christian Wenger bought land several miles south of the 1896 Metzler Meetinghouse. Christian Wenger led worship services in the homes of Mennonite families living in the area. Wenger also served as a minister of the Groffdale congregation which is also located in West Earl Township about five miles southeast of Metzler.
Bareville was originally founded by Andrew Bare (6 Oct 1725 - 9 Nov 1815) in 1780. Bare's father, John Henry Bare, received a grant to the land from the Penn family in 1764. Eventually, Andrew Bare bought the Hans Good farm and erected the first substantial house and barn in Bareville. On this property, Bare started one of the first distilleries in the country. In fact, the leading business occupation of the farmers of this township, in the late 1700's and early 1800's, was the distilling of spirits. Excesses of wheat and corn were more readily shipped to market in the form of distilled spirits. (source:https://www.ultwp.com/about-us/pages/history)
Lucy Bare is a descendant of one of John Henry Bare's 5 sons:
Martin Bare, m. Margaret, 2 sons: George B. and Joel, m2. Freany
Andrew Bare, m. Christina Heigle, 3 sons John, Andrew, and Adam
George Bare, m. Magdalena in 1802, 1 son Elias. m2. Polly Swope, 3 sons and 5 girls
Diller Bare, m. Rachel Daller, 2 girls, m2. Mary Groff - 5 girls and 2 sons
Framed with bubble glass.
Frame: 14.75" x 14.5" x .75"
Good. Some discoloration / darkening to ground. No holes. Binding intact except for bottom side.