Many thanks for your detailed report concerning the pre-Conquest ealdormen of Mercia.
The pedigree given prior to Leofwine, which you copied from the original message in this thread, was published by Dugdale, in his _Monasticon Anglicanum_, 491 b. 4. George Ormerod, in his monumental work, _The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester_ [London: Routledge & Sons, 1882], 2nd ed., v. 1, p. 166, indicates that this particular ancestry is under suspicion, ancient copies of the false lineage having been deposited in the castle of Chester. As your sources indicate, Leofric's ancestry is unknown beyond his father, Leofwin, who is called the earl of Mercia only in obiter dicta ["in passing," i.e., opinion. Ibid].
Leofric, I might add, did not carry the cognomen "Hereward."
All the best,
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