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Re: Merle Ledgerwood, Myrtle Creek OR
Posted by: Scott Ledgerwood (ID *****5536) Date: April 11, 2002 at 11:43:02
In Reply to: Re: Merle Ledgerwood, Myrtle Creek OR by Gail of 225

I'm Jan's brother and have the same Merle Ledgerwood history. I believe this is how our branch of the clan got from MO to OR:

My great grandfather, William Ledgerwood was from Clay County, Missouri. Early in the Civil War, he joined the 1st Missouri Cavalry, CSA as a 2nd lieutenant and fought in several battles leading up to Vicksburg. There, his unit was taken prisoner and he was paroled to Alabama for duration of the war. After the war Wm. and his brother George were in California for a while and then homesteaded on Boomer Hill Ranch, near Myrtle Creek, Douglas County, OR. This homestead ranch is where my aunt Merle and my father, Joseph Oren Ledgerwood, were born and where my dad's ashes now reside.

After starting the homestead in OR, Wm. returned to Alabama in 1873 to marry my great grandma Tabatha Heard, whom Wm. had apparently met while he was a parolee -- that's called taking advantage of your circumstances, wouldn't you say ? Why were they paroled to AL rather than sent home to MO? Remember, MO was one of those border states that had as many men in grey as in blue. And Clay County, MO was right in the middle of all the terrible MO-KS guerilla warfare that had been going on for years before the start of the War. These border wars involved the bushwhackers (MO based secessionists) and Jayhawkers (KS Union sympathizers) and spawned such well-known outfits as Quantrill's raiders, which included Jesse and Frank James, the Daltons, the Youngers, etc.

My two brothers, sister Jan and I were all raised in Myrtle Creek. We brothers have since scattered all over: my older brother, Joseph Grant now lives in England; my younger brother Bruce lives in Boston; I live in Greenville, SC; sister Janet is in Sisters, OR. Coincidentally enough, my daughter Angela is now vacationing in Scotland with my English niece Katie Ledgerwood and the cousins plan to visit the ancestral village of Legerwood, which is about 20 miles south of Edinburgh.

This tale has gotten a bit long-winded, but I hope it clears up some of your questions.

Scott Ledgerwood


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