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Robert J. Leiby
October 1, 1857 - July 23, 1927

Orpha Edith Fetterman Leiby Martz
February 12, 1883 - 1973

Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa, PA

Robert J. Leiby, 1857 - 1927

Orpha F., 1883, 1973, wife of Robert Leiby and George Martz

Robert J. Leiby was first married to Hattie E. Getkin on September 27, 1885. At the time of their marriage, they both resided in Catawissa, Columbia County, PA. The marriage was announced in the Catawissa News Item on October 1, 1885. They made their home in Catawissa, and Robert worked as a carpenter for the railroad. Two children were born of this marriage.

  1. Ruth E., b. about 1894; and
  2. Ross Edwin, b. 1886, d. November 1, 1891.

By 1900, Robert was widowed, and his mother-in-law was living with him and his daughter.

He married a second time to Orpha Edith Fetterman on October 5, 1905, by the Rev. Alfred M. Schaffner in Catawissa (license #6306). Orpha was the oldest daughter of seven children born to Matilda Rarig and John Fetterman. Of this marriage, two more children were born:

  1. Kenneth Llellwyn, b. November 29, 1906, d. June 30, 1989; and
  2. Margaret Christine, b. February 12, 1909, d. July 1987.

After Robert passed, Orpha remarried to George Martz, also of Catawissa. George was previously married with three children, and he too worked for the railroad.


Pictures taken June 26, 2006.