Bear, Jacob a German Reformed minister, was probably born in eastern Pennsylvania, March 4, 1810, and licensed to preach either by the Susquehanna Classis or the Synod in 1836. He was settled first at Spring Mills, Pa., and remained there three years. In 1840 he had charge of twelve congregations in the vicinity of Shanesville, O.; preached there seven years, and then removed to West Point, Iowa Territory, where he died, Feb. 1, 1855. See Harbaugh, Fathers of the Germ. Ref. Church, 4, 488.