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Re: The first American Ledgerwood
Posted by: Lawrence Ledgerwood (ID *****0836) Date: July 15, 2009 at 23:11:47
In Reply to: The first American Ledgerwood by Lee Ledgerwood of 225

From research of others, copies that I've aquired, and readings I can clarify some information about one of the first Ledgerwood family to come to the American Colonies. Ken Turner is on the right track in that they immigrated to Virginia about 1738 through the Port of Philadelphia. (I have a copy of the passenger manifest listing Wm Sr, Agnes, and 5 children. In reading about Ulster Ireland where many Scots were sent to farm the land taken from the Irish nobility, the Scotish farmers and their descendants had to live in Ireland for about 100 years before they could go elsewhere. So, that means Wm Sr had fulfilled that and wanted to move elsewhere to provide for his family. What also is noteworthy is that he had some money as he paid for his entire families' passage, meaning he was NOT an indentured servent. A second cousin was able to tie "our branch of Ledgerwood's" to this Wm Sr and Agnes. I've been able to trace the family to a William born in 1802. With the name familiarities plus this William being born in Kentucky I think he is correct in that we tie into this lineage.

So, our "lineage" is William, Sr. and Agnes, William, Jr. Rebecca, Samuel (born in VA), Samuel (born in VA), William (born in KY) and Lucy, Samuel P. (born in IN) and Martha Brown, William Henry (born in MO) and America Matilda Weaver, Marcus Lee (born in MO) and Nova Paralee Smotherman. My father was Lawrence (born in MO), the 4th child of 9.

I heard the stories about Indian blood, but I've not been able to verify that. Nova's mother was Charity Mahan who came from Delaware township near Eminence, MO.

I've been researching of and on for 40 years with many years not able to do much because of full time teaching. Both of my grandfathers Lee L. and Ed Weaver were cousins as their fathers married a sister of the other. My maternal grandfather was able to fill in a lot of info about each of his grandfathers--Samuel P. L. and Samuel Weaver. In May 2008 I was able to take digital pictures of nearly all of the Ledgerwood headstones in the cemeteries around Birch Tree.

I'd like to email each of you to share my info and to see what you have. Although I've retired from teaching I'm still working in the insurance and financial sector with variable hours and can try to get back to you in a timely matter. Renee, have you had the opportunity to look at the material I mailed on 7/6/09?


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