Hardin County

John T. Ledbetter

JOHN T. LEDBETTER is a son of D.J. Ledbetter, who was born in Hardin County November 10, 1815, and who was brought up on the farm, which occupation he followed successfully all his life. He was united in marriage first to Rebecca Lane, of Tennessee, August 24, 1838, by whom he had eight children, four of whom are now living; Mary Ann. who is the wife of John Thornton; John T.; Sidney, wife of J.A. Oxford; and D.J. Jr. He was married in 1855 to his second wife, who was the widow of Ambissa Gustin, her maiden name having been Ellen Lyons. She died May 9, 1883.
John T. Ledbetter was born in Hardin County June 7, 1845, and was reared on a farm. August 13, 1862, he enlisted in Company F. One Hundred and Thirty-first Illinois Infantry, which regiment in 1863 was consolidated with the Twenty-ninth. He participated in several hard-fought battles, among which may be mentioned Haines' Bluff, Arkansas Post, Milliken's Bend, Vicksburg, Ft. Blakely, Spanish Fort and Woodville, Miss. He was mustered out at Springfield, Ill., November 6, 1865, and returned home with health imparied by his experience in the army. He then attended school for a time in order to obtain an education, which had been sadly neglected in his youth. He was married February 25, 1866, to Mary Lowery, a daughter of John Lowery, of Hardin County, and by this marriage he has nine children: John J., a lawyer; Rhoda C., wife of S.L. Jackson; Olla J., wife of C.W. Hess; Ida A., wife of William Sneed; Elsie, James A., William R., Q.A. and Herbert. The mother of these children died February 10, 1889, and on July 12 1889, Mr. Ledbeter was married to Julia A. Foster, a daughter of Harris and Elizabeth Foster, and by this marriage he had one child, Henry. Mr. Ledbetter is a very prominent and influential man, and has served as Sheriff of Hardin County two years and as Assessor for one term, also served for one year as County Treasurer, two terms as Justice of the Peace, and his decisions were always sustained when carried up to a higher court. He is a member of Tadmore Lodge No. 754, A.F.& A.M., at Karbers Ridge, and also of the Grand Army of the Republic. [1898. The Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties, Illinois, Chicago, Biograhical Publishing Co. 366]

Submitted by Wanda (Patton) Reed

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