Re: William Ledbetter - Chowan Co. NC, early 1700s
I'm sure the book did confuse two William Ledbetters when it came to the husbands of Sarah and Rebecca. The one who married Rebecca and whose children appeared in the Bristol Parish Register must have been this one.
Leadbiter, William of Prince George Co. grantee.
Land grant 31 October 1726.
Location: Prince George County.
Description: 250 acres on both sides of the western branch of Orocock. Beginning at Leadbiters old corner red oak on the north side the said branch thence south 7 degrees west 71 pole thence wouth 180 poles joining Leadbiters old line to the extant thence to a corner pine in the head of a bottom thence west 118 1/2 poles to a corner pine thence north 312 poles to John Lanthrops line thence along Lanthrops line 8 poles ....
Source: Land Office Patents No. 13, 1725-1730 (v.1 & 2 p.1-540), p. 41 (Reel 12).
Leadbiter, William (no county given). grantee.
Land grant 9 February 1737.
Location: Prince George County.
Description: 142 acres on the south side of the Second Swamp, adjoining his own, John Lanthrop, and John Edwards. Beginning at a pine cornered at the head of the Alder Branch ... John Edward's corner ... John Lanthrop's corner ... to his the said Leadbiter's old line ...
Source: Land Office Patents No. 17, 1735-1738, p. 503 (Reel 15).
The will of John Lanthrop (father of the above John Lanthrop) was written and probated in 1718 in Prince George Co. Sons Joseph and John were left land.
"Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Lanthrop all my Land on the North side of Second Swamp to him and his heirs forever, and to my son John all my Land on the South side of Second Swamp to him and his heirs for ever." .... "Item. I give the first fold that my Mair brings to my son John, and the old horse and Mair I give for the use of the Plantation amongst them all, as long as they Live all together, but my son John shall be free at seventeen if his mother marries again, but if she remains my widow he shall serve till he is one and twenty." ..... "Signed Seald and Delivered in the sight of us.- Moses Beck, Andrew (his AB marke) Beck, Henry (his HL marke) Ledbetter"
The one who moved to Chowan Co, then to Surry, then to Brunswick was the one with wife Sarah. He's supposed to have died in Brunswick about 1743.
In the early 1700's, Chowan Co was quite large. As new counties were created, the land in the Oconeechee Neck where the Jones were granted their land and where this early William Ledbetter lived fell into Bertie Co, then later Northampton Co. You can find the Oconeechee Neck on modern maps in Northampton Co just across the Roanoke River from the town of Halifax. By the 1770's Chowan Co was much smaller, surrounding Edenton in the NE part of the state. So you're looking at later generations living in other parts of the state. J Luther Ledbetter would have been at least 2 generations later, whoever his father was. If he was in fact born in Chowan in 1778, that would have been near Edenton at that time. I don't know anything about these later generations.
Much of the land in the Oconeechee Neck was later bought up by Robert Jones Jr, originally from Surry Co but later the Attorney General for NC. His will mentions land that can be traced back to Henry Jones Sr and George Smith (who left his land to son Jeremiah Smith) and quite a bit of adjoining land, so it's possible that the land that this early William Ledbetter owned eventually found its way into the possession of Robert Jones Jr too.
You might want to order the book or CD for Ledbetters Revisited by Kenneth E Haughton. I believe you can find it on the Ledbetter forum. I'm sure it will have more up-to-date research. I haven't seen it and probably won't order it since my interest is in tracking the Jones.