My mother's Ledbetter Family is a very interesting family to follow through history. My interest in this family started not long after I began tracing my family tree in 1973. It was a joy to locate the all but forgotten grave of Lucy (Ledbetter) Harris in the Ledbetter Cemetery in Hardin County, Tennessee, when I first visited Tennessee in 1978.
There are still some unproven links in my Ledbetter line, but I feel confident that the lineage shown here is basically accurate. One thing of interest is that some of the extended Ledbetter family settled in Madison County, Arkansas, where many of my wife's relatives settled. Several of these Arkansas and Oklahoma Ledbetters intermarried with her Callico, Johnson, Roberts, and other families. Although she is not a Ledbetter descendant, this intermarrieage of some of her great-aunts, uncles, and distant cousins with Ledbetters is interesting.
Also, through my research in the Assemblies of God Archives, I have found a distant kinship to Rev. John Wade Ledbetter of Alabama and Florida who was very active in the Assemblies of God in the early days in the South. Also, his sister, Mattie Ledbetter, was possibly the first Assemblies of God missionary to Hong Kong. I have also found a distant kinship with Vercel R. Ledbetter, who was an Assemblies of God minister in Missouri and who lived for many years at Ozark, Missouri, which is a small town just south of Springfield, Missouri, where I live.
I’ve also made contact with Rev. Scott Ledbetter who is the head of Disciples of the Word Fellowships, a Messianic Christian organization. He also is descended from Alsey Ledbetter of Hardin Co., Tennessee, so we are fairly close cousins. Scott in turn shared that we are related to Dr. Vendyl M. “Vendy: Jones of Texas, whose mother was a Ledbetter. He is a well-known archeologist who has searched for the Ark of the Covenant. Some have tried to say that he is the namesake for the world-famous Indiana Jones movies. But there is no documentation to show a connection. Dr. Jones passed away in December 2010 at Grandview, Texas.
In the past, the best source of information on the Ledbetter family was Ledbetters From Virginia, by Roy C. Ledbetter, et al. Dallas, TX.: Wilkinson Printing Company, 1964. xvi, 369 p. : ports, map, 24 cm. + 1 folded map in pocket. This book is still available from:
Also, you should contact:
Much of the information shown in my lineage is documented in the book, The Ledbetters From Virginia by Roy C. Ledbetter, et al.
and in the new book available called Ledbetters Revisited by Kenneth E. Haughton and Relf L. Huddleston, published in October 2000.
Here is my LEDBETTER lineage as far as can be determined (the lineage prior to Thomas, the immigrant ancestor, is not proven):
If you have queries concerning the LEDBETTER surname, you may post these at the Ledbetter Family Genealogy List which is a part of the Rootsweb e-mail discussion lists. It offers free queries and discussion on the Ledbetter surname and variant spellings.
To subscribe, send an e-mail to: LEDBETTER-Lemail@example.com
Leave subject line blank (This will be ignored).
In the body of the message type: subscribe
Then a welcome message will be sent telling how to post messages. Once you are subscribed, you may send a query to everyone on the list by sending e-mail to: LEDBETTER-L@rootsweb.com
Archived postings to the Ledbetter e-mail list can be found on the WEB at:
Post a query (or information from any one of the above categories) on any LEDBETTER name or related family. Please give dates, and locations they lived. Try to give as much information as possible.
An online genealogy forum for posting queries has also been set up specifically for the LEDBETTER family on GenForum. It can be found at the following address:
***Note***During the Fall of 1998, GenForum combined with Family Tree Maker, which means that all queries and information posted to that site becomes the property of Family Tree Maker. This is still a good site to look up information and get contact names for the LEDBETTER lines you are searching, but be advised that if you now post a new query or a response to something on that site, chances are that sometime in the future Family Tree Maker will include that information on a CD-ROM which they will sell for profit to anyone who is interested. I do not like the idea of someone else using my hard researched information and ideas and selling them for a profit without my knowledge. This same practice is evident on all of the Family Tree Maker pages which are found on the internet, if you will read the disclaimer notices on those pages. I recommend the Family Tree Maker pages as good look up pages, but I don't recommend posting information there. Similar things can be said for Ancestry.com and MyFamily.com which are connected to each other and seek to make a profit from genealogical materials on the internet.
Some other Ledbetter researchers and web sites include:
Rick Parker's Web Page
Lee Fowler's Ledbetter Links
Last updated March 29, 2011.
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