If you are a descendant of William Riley Ledbetter and his first wife, Parilee Farris, or his second wife, Martha Ann Farris, please contact me. I am working on a family history (with photos) and want everyone to be included. See summary below:
William Riley Ledbetter was born in Tennessee March 5, 1837. He was the son of James P. Ledbetter and Susan A. Smith. Riley was first married to Parilee Farris around 1856-1857 in McNairy County, Tennessee. Parilee was the
daughter of Commodore Farris and Jane Wardlow. She and Riley had two daughters, Margaret Ann Ledbetter and Mary Josephine (Mollie) Ledbetter. After Parilee's death after 1860/before 1864), Riley married Martha Ann Farris. Their marriage license bond (October 4, 1864, McNairy County, Tennessee) gives her name as Martha Ann Bishop. Martha Ann was the daughter of Elisha and Hallena Farris of Tishomingo County, Mississippi, who first married J.M. Bishop on December 30, 1860 (Tishomingo County, Mississippi). Riley and Martha's children were: James David
Ledbetter, John Riley Ledbetter, Rosetta (Etta) Ledbetter, William F. Ledbetter (died young), Samuel Taylor Ledbetter, GEORGE H. LEDBETTER, Dock Smith Ledbetter, and Annie Eudora (Dora) Ledbetter.
According to his military records, William Riley Ledbetter served as 2nd Lt., Co. F,18th
Regiment(Newsom's),Tennessee Cavalry (Confederate). The regiment was engaged in action at Tuscumbia Creek and Brice's Crossroads in Mississippi.
The Ledbetter family left McNairy County, Tennessee, in the early 1870s and settled in Lee County, Mississippi, in the Guntown area. By 1880, Riley's siblings, David Pinkney Ledbetter and Ellen Ledbetter Tanner, and their families had also settled nearby. His brother and sister-in-law, James Monroe (Rowe) and Densy Barnes/Burnes(?), followed
and were living in Lee County, Mississippi by 1900.
William Riley Ledbetter died November 15, 1892. Martha Ann Farris Ledbetter died after 1900.
Riley's children married and settled in northeastern Mississippi. Margaret Ann married Taylor Moore and lived in the
Tupelo area (Lee County, Mississippi). Mary Josephine (Mollie) married John McCarthy and lived in Lee County,Mississippi (Baldwyn). James David (Jim) Ledbetter married Frances (Fannie) Carpenter and lived in Prentiss
County, Mississippi. John Riley Ledbetter married Callie Kitchens (daughter of Lewis D. Kitchens and Cynthia C.Stewart) and lived in the Glenfield community near New Albany in Union County, Mississippi. Rosetta (Etta)
married Empson (Emps)Keeton and lived in Prentiss County, Mississippi (Wheeler). Samuel Taylor Ledbetter, a Methodist minister, married Mary Caroline Surratt and served churches in Tippah, Alcorn, Benton, and Prentiss counties in Mississippi. During the early 1920s, Sam was pastor of several churches in McNairy County, Tennessee
(Friendship,Sandy Flat, and Pebble Hill). GEORGE H. LEDBETTER married Amie Carpenter and had moved from Mississippi to PARIS, TEXAS, by 1933. Dock Smith Ledbetter married Susie Young and lived in the Glenfield
community near New Albany in Union County, Mississippi. Annie Eudora (Dora) Ledbetter married John Young (brother of Dock's wife, Susie Young) and lived in Corinth, Mississippi (Alcorn County).
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