The Families of Adam Keith



David Leedy Garber [1831-1865]


Ancestry:  Adam Keith1>Adam Keith2>Lewis Keith3>Elizabeth [Keith] m. [John] Leedy4>Catherine [Leedy] m. [Samuel] Garber5>Theodore Leedy Garber6

History of Richland County Ohio from 1808 to 1908, by A. J. Baughman, Chicago, 1908. pp. 1093-1095




When Richland county was a frontier district the Garber family was established in this section of Ohio and in both paternal and maternal lines David L Garber was a representative of early families of this section who established their homes here on the frontier.


David Leedy Garber was born in Jefferson township Richland county Ohio April 3, 1831. His parents were Samuel and Catherine Leedy Garber who were pioneer residents of the southern portion of Richland county. As the years passed they assisted largely in the early development of the county and among pioneer surroundings and environments David L. Garber was reared. He acquired his education in the early district schools although opportunities of that day were very limited. The school buildings were often constructed of logs and were furnished in a very primitive manner. Comparatively few branches were taught at that date but Mr Garber was naturally a bright student and soon mastered the courses that comprised the curriculum at that time.

He early learned what hard work on the farm meant as he assisted in agricultural pursuit developing nnd cultivating new land. He carried on general agricultural pursuits throughout his entire life. He was a very successful farmer and made more than usual progress in his chosen occupation.


On the 8th of April 1852, David L. Garber was married to Miss Susan Leedy, his mother's cousin. She is still living having long survived Mr Garber who passed away April 5, 1865. Mr and Mrs Garber reared a large family who have been a credit and honor to their name. Their eldest son Aaron Leedy Garber was married to Mary Etta Myers and resides in Ashland, Ohio. He is editor publisher author and minister and is well known and honored by reason of his life of general usefulness. Unto him and his wife were born one son and two daughters. Elihu Leedy Garber the second son married Ida Hitter and has one son. He deals in musical instruments teaches music and was for a number of years editor of the Bellville Star. Franklin Leedy Garber married Lovina Carpenter. He has five sons and four daughters and is now engaged in farming and stock raising making his home upon the old farm which was originally the property of John Leedy. He also is known as a writer on agricultural subjects. Levi Leedy Garber wedded Alma Mooman by whom he had one son and two daughters. For years he has been at the head of the normal department of the Ashland College of Ashland Ohio and is the author of a series of study outlines for use in schools and colleges. Martha Elizabeth Garber is the wife of Mr Shireby by whom she has two children and they make their home near Butler, Ohio. Jennie Alice Garber is the wife of Edwin Grain and the mother of eight children. Ezra the next member of the family died when six months old. Mrs Susan Leedy Garber the mother some years after the death of her first husband became the wife of Stephen P Dyer and had one son who is now deceased and one daughter Mrs Bell Keyser who is living in Columbus Ohio. Mrs Dyer is still living and enjoying good health at the age of seventy seven years. Her first husband Mr Garber is well remembered in Richland county where he spent his entire life and where he was widely known as a representative of the agricultural interests He enjoyed the full respect of all with whom he came in contact.


GARBER, DAVID L., deceased ; he was born April 8, 1831, in Jefferson Township, in which he resided till death ; he was married to Susan Leedy, April 8, 1852, who was a daughter of Abraham Leedy, and was born June 7, 1830; their children are Aaron, born Jan. 18, 1853; Elihu, Oct. 6, 1854 ; James Franklin, Oct. 12, 1856 ; Martha E., June 17, 1858 ; Jennie A., July 19, 1860; Levi, Sept. 19, 1862; Ezra, Aug. 15, 1864. Ezra died Jan. 10, 1865, and his father April 5, 1865. Mr. Gerber pursued the avocation of agriculture and stock-growing during his life ; he was member of the church of Christian Brethren. The four sons cultivate the farm known as the John Leedy farm, containing over 230 acres, and are the editors and proprietor of the Richland Star, published at Bellville. Jennie was married to Edwin Crain, Nov. 13, 1879.