Monday, March 12, 2018

Ledbetter Ancestors

Some time ago, I wrote about our direct ancestor Jurita Elizabeth Ledbetter. Since then I found some information regarding Jurita's father's possible siblings and ancestors.

Jurita's grandparents:

Grandfather: Moses Ledbetter, born circa 1813, in Rutheford County, Davidson County, TN.

In 1840*, Moses lived in Georgia in Cumming, Forsyth, Georgia.

Moses moved from South Carolina to Georgia with his uncle Johnson Ledbetter and Moses' mother Mary "Polly" Ledbetter nee Whiteside. Probably, it was before Moses got married.

Grandmother: Mary "Pollie" Hammon - born circa 1820 in NC, died around 1870 in GA.

Moses and Mary married** on July 12, 1831 in Hall, Georgia.

Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967
Name: Moses Ledbetter
Spouse's Name: Mary Hammon
Event Date: 12 Jul 1831
Event Place: Hall, Georgia

Jurita's father Charles, born in 1833, was the first child of Moses and Mary's Ledbetter. Cherles had three brothers and five sisters.

According to the information found on MyHeritage, Charle's father Moses fought in the second Seminole War in 1830s. He was a member of the Beaver Ruin Baptist Church.

Moses Ledbetter was said to be one of those men who were part of California Gold Rush in 1849 and also got rich then. He buried the gold in a secret place not known to his family members.

Later, after 1851, he worked as a lumberjack. Moses died suddenly on Feb. 3, 1855, due to a logging accident, in Hurricane Creek, Forsyth, Cherokee, GA. His family did not have a clue where the family treasure (the gold) had been hidden. Moses' heritage got lost forever.


Great-grandfather : Richard B Ledbetter IV (1779, Montford Cove, Rutheford, NC - Feb. 1859, Harris, NC),
Great-grandmother: Mary "Polly" Whiteside (Aug. 13, 1783, Buffalo Creek, Rutheford, NC - Oct. 30, 1870, Gasper, Pickens, Georgia).

I tried to trace other Ledbetter men (besides Jurita's father Charles) who came to Texas in the 1800s. So far, I "found" only one - Lewis Johnson Ledbetter (b. Feb. 10, 1840 in Alabama), son of Whilliam Whittenton Ledbetter. Lewis Johnson was Charles' second cousin. He lived in Georgia but must have moved to Texas by 1869 as Alsey, one of his daughters, was born in Texas, in 1869. The child did not survive - the girl is not mentioned in the later records.

In 1880 the family of Lewis Ledbetter (a farmer) and his wife Nancy Jackson (35) lived in Precinct 7, in Johnson, TX (Census 1880***). The record says that two of their sons Alvarado (13) and Oswald (11) were farm workers already. Did they have anything to do with the town Ledbetter in Fayette County, Texas? Well, maybe - I found the grave marker of little F. A. Ledbetter, born in 1869, died 1871. The little girl could be Alsey. Anyway, she was buried in La Grange, Fayette County.


* "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 August 2017), Moses Ledbetter, Cumming, Forsyth, Georgia, United States; citing p. 287, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 41; FHL microfilm 7,043.

**"Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Moses Ledbetter and Mary Hammon, 12 Jul 1831; citing , Hall, Georgia; FHL microfilm 424,630.

*** "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 July 2017), J Ledbetter, Precinct 7, Johnson, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 87, sheet 393A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1313; FHL microfilm 1,255,313.

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