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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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PETER M. LEIDICH. No man has done more for the upbuilding of Williams Township, Northampton County, than Mr. Leidich, who has proved a valuable acquisition to the citizenship of this locality. His prompt and methodical business habits, good financial talent, and tact in the management of affairs, have brought him before the public at various times, and in every position he has promoted the interests of his community. Though he has met with reverses in his career, he has by strong determination overcome these, and has worked his way upward to a position among the prosperous citizens of the county. He is a resident of the village of Stouts, in the vicinity of which he owns two hundred acres of well improved land.

Born in Northampton County, August 8, 1845, our subject is the son of Samuel and Sarah (Mitman) Leidich, also natives of this county. His grandfather, Joseph Leidich, who founded the family in this county, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and a son of a Pennsylvanian, a native of Montgomery County. The subject of this sketch was reared to manhood in Lower Saucon Township, where he was born, and the school of which he attended for some years. He was also for a short time a pupil in a private school at Bethlehem, after which he taught school five successive winter sessions. From that time he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and as a farmer has been prospered, meeting with fair success in his work. In 1865 he secured a school in Williams Township, and four years later settled in Stouts, where he still resides.

Taking a warm interest in all public matters, Mr. Leidich has represented his fellow-citizens in numerous positions of trust. For three years he was Auditor of Northampton County, and has also served as Judge of Elections in Williams Township. Politically a Democrat, he is firm in his allegiance to that party, the principles of which he believes best adapted for our country’s progress. Identified with the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Durham, he has for many years been a member of the choir of that congregation. Socially he is connected with Durham Grange, of which he is the present Master.

The marriage of Mr. Leidich and Miss Elizabeth Raub took place in 1868. Mrs. Leidich was born in Northampton County, March 2, 1844, and is a daughter of David and Catherine (Badder) Raub, natives of this county. The Raub family was early established here, and her great-grandfather was a resident of Williams Township. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Leidich were born six children, namely: Catherine E., Otis O., Ida M., Annie C., Sarah E. and Mary R. In religious belief Mrs. Leidich holds membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, which the children also attend. The family is highly regarded socially and is one of prominence in the community.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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