I found the following in the Frederick newspaper of April 7, 1900.I was looking for information on a William Bear who is buried in Rose Cemetery in Hagerstown, Maryland, who is supposedly a brother to the "Buckeye Blacksmith." Thought you might find it interesting. You can go to fredericknewspost.newspaperarchive.com.I did find some other information there as well.
Mrs. Mary Barrett, of Hattoma, Harrison county, Ohio, familiarly known as '"Aunt Polly Barrett" is a native of Frederick county who went West eighty years ago. She was born on the farm now owned by Rufns K. Day, in New Market district, this couuty. She, with her parents, three brothers and two sisters passed through Frederick eighty years ago on their way to the State of Ohio. Her father's name was Michael Bear. His brother was George Bear, of Middletown, a minister of the German Baptist church. "Aunt Polly" Barrett is now 87 years old and is bright, active and lively as a young person. She has one brother living in Maryland, Mr. William Bear, of Thurston, who is now in his eighty-fourth year and who is well-known to many residents of Frederick county. She also had an older brother, whose name and fame spread far and wide all over this country during his life-time, he having appeared as a Republican stamp-speaker in every State in the Union—John Bear, the "Buckeye Blacksmith." The latter was on intimate terms with Abraham Lincoln and was a frequent visitor at the White House during his presidental term.
Another article re: her borther on 4/15/1905 reads. William Bear, Of Hagerstown Headof Large Family. Mr. Wm. Bear, of Hagerstown, Md., celebrated his 9oth birthday anniversary Maroh 23.Mr. Bear is the father of 16 children. 5 of whom are dead. He has 40 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He was twice married. His oldest child isa 68 years and his youngest 18 years. He has enjoyed good health and has been very active until the past year.. He is a brother to the late noted "buckey blacksmith."A political speaker whose fame spread far and wide during his life.He spoke in Frederick in 1840. Mr. Bear is himself a great politician and is employed every fall to electioner for his party.His father moved west 83 years ago, in a cart, that being before the train service.His father came from Germany and married a Miss Walker, of Mongomery county, Md.Mr. Bear formerly held a position in the onstom house in Philadelphia, having been appointed by President Hayes.He is known over the whole of Frederick county as a stockdealer.