Compiled by Glenn Gohr

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:

    Mrs. Ruby Ledbetter Geer
    925 Southgate Dr.
    Cookeville, TN 38501
    Ph. 615-526-3690

    Cost is $28.00

Also, you should contact:

    Kenneth Haughton
    16200 Kennedy Road
    Los Gatos, CA 95032-6478
who updated the Ledbetter book a few years ago--a massive project. He did an excellent job of checking and citing sources. That book information is: Ledbetters Revisited by Kenneth E. Haughton and Relf L. Huddleston. N.p.: the authors, October 2000. [vi], 1386 p.

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):

  1. William LEDBETTER, b. ca. 1543 Norfolk Co., England, d. Unknown; md. __________
  2. Thomas LEDBETTER, b. ca. 1563 Norfolk Co., England, d. Unknown; md. __________
  3. Thomas LEDBETTER, b. ca. 1586 Botolphs, Sussex Co., England, d. Unknown; md. Jane ________
  4. Thomas LEDBETTER, b. ca. 1600 near Durham, England, d. ca. 1655 Charles City Co., VA; md. ca. 1620 Durham England to Mary Thomas b. ca. 1600 near Durham, England, d. aft. 1673 Charles City Co., VA
  5. Henry LEDBETTER, Sr., b. ca. 1625 near Durham, England, d. bef. 1700 Charles City Co., VA; m. ca. 1650 Charles City Co., VA to ___________
  6. John LEDBETTER, Sr., b. ca. 1664 Charles City Co., VA, d. ca. 1730 Prince George Co., VA; md. ca. 1687 Charles City Co., VA to Mary __________, b. ca. 1670 Charles City Co., VA, d. aft. 1727 Prince George Co., VA
  7. Richard LEDBETTER, Sr., b. ca. 1690 Charles City Co., VA, d. 1767 Brunswick CO., VA; md. ca. 1715 Prince George Co., VA to Hanna _________, b. ca. 1695 VA, d. ca. 1775 Brunswick Co., VA
  8. William LEDBETTER, b. 22 Mar. 1740 Brunswick Co., VA, d. 1812 Chatham Co., NC; md. ca. 1761 Brunswick Co., VA to __________
  9. John? (Son who died early in life) LEDBETTER; md. ___________________
  10. Alsey LEDBETTER (grandson of William LEDBETTER; was deeded land from his grandfather), b. ca. 1779 Chatham CO., NC, d. 4 July 1874 Hardin Co., TN; md. ca. 1805 Chatham Co., NC to Martha "Patsy" BRIGHT, b. ca. 1784 VA, d. 15 Sept. 1875 Hardin Co., TN (both buried in LEDBETTER Cemetery, Hardin Co., TN)
  11. Lucy Elizabeth LEDBETTER, b. 14 Dec. 1814 Chatham Co., NC, d. 11 April 1856 McNairy Co., TN (buried LEDBETTER Cemetery, Hardin Co., TN); md. 22 Nov. 1831 Maury Co., TN to Gideon Lindsey HARRIS, b. 12 Dec. 1813 Wilson Co., TN, d. 11 March 1896 McNairy Co., TN (buried at Mars Hill Cemetery, McNairy Co., TN)
  12. William Ashley HARRIS, b. 19 May 1849 Hardin Co., TN, d. 12 Mar. 1916 McNairy Co., TN; md. 18 Oct. 1868 McNairy Co., TN to Sarah Agatha LITTLEFIELD, b. 28 Oct. 1849 Jonesborough, Tippah Co., MS, d. 7 Feb. 1940 Leapwood, McNairy Co., TN (both buried at Mars Hill Cemetery, McNairy Co., TN)
  13. James David HARRIS, b. 9 Jan. 1871 McNairy Co., TN, d. 22 Sept. 1938 Marlow, Stephens Co., OK (buried in Marlow Cemetery); md. 28 Oct. 1894 McNairy Co., TN to Docia Bell PYRON, b. 5 Oct. 1872 McNairy Co., TN, d. 1 Sept. 1944 Lyford, Willacy Co., TX (buried at Combes, TX)
  14. William Earl HARRIS, b. 8 Aug. 1895 McNairy Co., TN, d. 5 Jan. 1967 Cortez, Montezuma Co., CO; md. 12 Dec. 1915 Parker Co., TX to Orpha Antonia Hazel GARVIN, b. 11 Nov. 1895 Jack Co., TX, d. 21 Dec. 1979 Cortez, Montezuma Co., CO (both buried in the Dove Creek Cemetery, Dove Creek, CO) *These are my grandparents.


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-L-request@rootsweb.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:


When prompted, type in LEDBETTER for the name of the list. A second screen will appear where you can choose a year and type in a search word(s). If you type in LEDBETTER you would probably get all the previous postings to the list. You can also type in a person's name instead or a locality to narrow your search. If you wish to do a search by date, try entering it in quotation marks with the day and then the month as "01 Mar" using single digit dates preceded by a zero and only the first three letters of the month.


There are several Message Boards on Rootsweb which are set up for the LEDBETTER surname. These boards are for posting information in the following categories: BIBLE, BIOGRAPHY, BIRTH, CEMETERY, CENSUS, DEATH, DEED, IMMIGRATION, LOOKUP, MARRIAGE, MILITARY, OBITUARY, PENSION, QUERIES, and WILLS. The search perameters and drop down screen on the main page allow you to do a key word search or to view all postings according to one of the above categories. Click on the icon below to access the Ledbetter Message Boards.

Query 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:

    D. Scott Dingler's Web Page

    Rick Parker's Web Page

    Lee Fowler's Ledbetter Links

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Last updated March 29, 2011.

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