The first name, Millenton, can be found spelled many ways in the various documents. He was the son of Lewis Ledbetter and Sarah (unknown) who lived in Union Co., SC. More reserch, including DNA testing, is now being done to aid in determining the parents of Lewis Ledbetter.
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Though they were NEVER MARRIED, there is much circumstantial evidence that she and Millenton Ledbetter, did have a bastard child, Solomon James Petty. (Check the chronology, below, for the details).
Catharine was the d/o James Petty and Martha Clanton. She was born about 1763 probably in Bute Co., NC. When she was in her early 30's, Catharine did eventually marry Edward Summerford. He was born abt 1766 South Carolina and died July 1838 York District, Union Co., SC.
Mary Taylor (Wife and My Ancestor)
From the various census records, we get these ages for her birth:
- 1810 - age 26 to 45 - (1765 - 1784)
- 1820 - age 26 to 45 - (1775 - 1794)
- 1830 - age 40 to 50 - (1780 - 1790
- 1840 - age 50 to 60 - (1780 - 1790)
- 1850 - age 68
- 1860 - age 78
- 1870 - age 88
- Tombstone (Nevill Cemetery, Coffee Co., TN)
---- born March 22, 1782 and died September 4, 1871
A recently-discovered affidavit by Millenton Ledbetter was recently found in the 29 page pension application for Celia Taylor, widow of Arthur Taylor of Rutherford and Old Tryon Co., NC. This document was sent to me by Josephine Sparks who descends from Arthur's son, Charles Taylor.
As you can see, this document clearly says that Millenton was the son-in-law of Celia/Selea Taylor. He would have married her in the late 1790's probably in the Greenville - Union Co., SC area.
Unfortunately, the widow's application does not include any name of any child even though it is 29 pages in length!!! She states she has 5 children and was big with one when Arthur died (December 1781). The mentioned affidavit looks like it is written by Millington himself. very interesting! He actually tried to disprove the claim of Celia that Arthur died in the Revolution. However, someone in Arthur's unit disputed this with his affidavit. I do have information on sons Charles and Arthur Jr. My GGG Charles was the older son and is mentioned several times with Celia in documents in Rutherford Co after Arthur Sr.died. I am also related to another branch of the Ledbetters who migrated from Rutherford Co NC to Lumpkin Co Ga. Old Johnson Ledbetter was the father of this clan. Millington stated that Celia did go to Georgia and lived for abt 2 years. However, many of the Taylor family moved to Lumpkin from Greenville Co SC too, so she did not necessarily live with Ledbetters.
Some of her children could have migrated to Ga.Just abt all the family of Arthur's brother James who married Rebecca Childress of Laurens Co SC.migrated to Lumpkin Co Ga before 1830. I have a book of info collected on the Taylor family. Have been doing it for years. I am just trying to find the 4 lost children of Celia and Arthur.Feel free to ask any questions. I wondered if the one who was born in 1781-early 1782 was the wife of Millington. However, she did have another daughter born a little earlier. (NOTE: We now know that Mary was born March 22, 1782 - which does agree with the above)
Millington mentions this in his affidavit, but does not states with whom. Celia ststes she was living with relatives during the time of her application 1805-1807. I have no idea when she died. She never lived with Charles and Arthur Jr. I assume she lived in SC with children there until she died. What is interesting is the fact that she hired Thomas Haslip attorney to represent her in the estate of Arthur in Rutherford 1782-1784, but she ststed she had no land nor any negroes to take care of her in 1805. Arthur had extensive land holdings in Anson and Rutherford.Charles and Arthur Jr, must have gotten all the land in Anson. Charles was listed next door to Celia in 1790 Rutherford Co NC. He married GGG Elizabeth Potts in 1788 Rutherford. Oh yes Thomas Haslip represented her when she applied for the widow's pension. She did receive it plus back pay.
If anyone can help with any additional information on this lady,, my direct ancestor, please write me, Ann (Jobe) Brown
Millenton's Affidavit 1807, Greenville District, SC
Mother-in-law Selea 'Celia' Taylor Pension Application
Special Thanks to my cousin, Randy Jobe for transcribing
Actual TranscriptionSo Carolina ) Pearsinily come Greenville District ) before me Millinton Ledbeter Sun in Law to Selia Taylor now owed a penshon in this State and made oath that he offen and a miney a time heard Selia Taylor Say that her husband Arthur Tayler was kild in his own house by Sum person unknown but Susposd is a Indian __ad__ by the name of Mehapi in Abbevel District is now Then She moved of to North Carolina Ther She Lived Seven or Eight years from there moved to the State of Georgi wheare She Lived till a Bout two years Last fall for this he heard he Says on oath Selia Taylor and Thomas Haselip Inter in agreement conserning Getting this penshon and Haselip was to have part of the money if it could be discovered how is a Resident of No Carolina Sworn to before me me this 30th day of April 1807 Reuben Barrett Jr Millinton Ledbetter
Transcription - easier to understandPersonally came before me Millinton Ledbetter, son-in-law to Selia Taylor, (now owed a pension in this State) and made oath that he often and many a time heard Selia Taylor say that her husband, Arthur Taylor, was killed in his own house by some person unknown, but supposed it is an Indian Guide by the name of Mehapi, now in Abbieville District.
She moved off to North Carolina. She lived there seven or eight years, and from there, she moved to the State of Georgia where she lived about two years until last fall. This he heard.
He says on oath, Selia Taylor and Thomas Haselip entered into an agreement concerning getting this pension, and Haselip was to have part of the money if it could be discovered how. HE (implied) is a resident of North Carolina.
Sworn to before....
"Lewis Ledbetter and wife Sarah paid James and Martha Petty L100 Sterling for 200 acres on Abbington's Creek"
Note: This was a very high price for the time. These were the parents of Catharine Petty, who Millington is beleived to have fathered a child.
"State against Catherine Petty: Bastardy. Ordered by the court that the defendant be discharged on her paying the costs. An individual was not brought to court until the child was weaned, at about eighteen to twenty-four months. Catherine would not have had to pay the fine, if she had named the father of the child."
"Charles Clanton sells land to Lewis Ledbetter.
Witnesses: George Petty, Leon Clanton, Milenton Ledbetter
"Lewis Ledbetter sells land to George Petty"
Witnesses: Philips Petty, Nancy Ledbetter, Millington Ledbetter
"George and Lydia Petty sell to Benjamin Stockton, both of Union Co."
Witnesses: Lewis and Millenton Ledbetter
"Lewis Ledbetter and Sally, his wife, sell land to Benj. Stockton
Wit: Millenton Ledbetter, George Petty, Mary Harrington
my well beloved wife Sarah
my beloved son Milleton Ledbetter and my friend Gabriel Petty, exrs;
my daughter Rachel,
my daughter Bathsheba,
my granddaughter Peggy,
my daughter Tempey
Wit: Drury Harrington, John Guiton, Barshaba Ledbetter
Proved by Barshaba Ledbetter 4 June 1802
Millington Ledbetter 1 male 26-45 2 males under 10 2 females 26-45 1 female under 10.
Names on one side
James West, John Long, James Rollins, John Boyd, Gabriel Bailey, Daniel Hilton, John Hodges, Ragden Langston, Jane (Hilour?), Reuben Allen, Leonard Sale, James Allen, Jeffrey Sanders, George Coventree, John Trover
Names of other side
Henry Wells, Edward Collins, Peter Hansborough, Hugh McCutcheon, John McCutcheon, Sam'l C. McCutcheon, Thomas Lowry, Claudius Duvall, William Hutcherson, Beverly A. Allen, Richard Bibb Jr., Harrison Davis,
Names on one side:
Cornelius Dollarhide, James Faris, John Dougan, James Dougan, James Craton, Harmon Riddle, George Vandiver, George Shankle, John Craton, John Smith, John Riddle, Pleasant Finney, John Cook, John Silas, Richard Forrest, Peter Noah, Isaac Foster, John Travis, William Edgings
Names of other side:
Joshua Dean, John Bean Jr, James Carlile, Benjamin Rice, Samuel Moss, Abraham Womack, Samuel Hillhouse, William Sheals, Jonathan Eaves, Stephen Bab, James McMinn, Thomas Comer, William McBroom, Thomas Gilliam, James Womack, Wyley Davis, William Metcalfe, Alexander Standridge
"Hezekiah Farris sells 140 acres to Milenton Ledbetter, located on dry creek, along the main road from Winchester to Fayetteville."
Millenton Ledbetter: Private
- Russell's Co. Tenn Volunteer Mounted Gunmen
- Joined 28 Sep 1814 at Fayetteville, Lincoln Co, TN
- Discharged 27 Mar 1815
- Resided at Winchester, Franklin Co, Tenn when joined
- Resided in Franklin Co., 12 Jun 1815
Letter dated November 30, 1906 (sent to me by Beverly Little)
--from Military Secretary for the War Department in Washington D.C to John P. Muckelroy
"It is shown by the records that one Millenton Ledbetter served from September 28, 1814 to March 27, 1815, as a private of Captain William Russell's Company, Russell's Separate Battalion of Mounted Gunmen, Tennessee Volumteers, war of 1812.
The records show that each enlisted man of the company 'travelled 35 miles from Winchester, Franklin Co., place of residence, to Fayetteville, in Lincoln Co., place where mustered into service."
Middleton Ledbetter over 45 1 male 16-26 2 males 10-16 1 male under 10 1 female 26-45 1 female 10-16 3 females under 10
"Millenton Ledbetter to Mathew R. Mann, both of Franklin County for $1,000--100 acres on Dry Creek of Elk River "
Millenton Ledbetter 50-60 1 male 10-15 1 female 40-50 1 female 20-30 1 female 15-20 1 female 10-15 1 female under 5Names on one side:
Names of other side:
Aquilla Glason, Simon Stone, Saul Camp, James Stamps, Jesse RUNNELS, Henry Robinson, Thompson Phillips, Elizabeth Stuart, Johnston Phillips, Ciley Lockey, Wiley Harp, Ebenezer Brown, James Lindley
His age is listed as 60/70. Spouse 50/60. (1) Male 20/30. (1)female 10-15 and (1) female 20/30.
-- Coffee Co. is just north of Franklin Co. Tn.
17 795 803 Ledbetter Mary 68 F W 500 NC 18 795 803 Ledbetter Milton 28 M W Farmer Tenn 19 795 803 Ledbetter Mary 22 F Tenn
Josephine Sparks (March 2010) writes:
In 1850 Coffee Co TN. I found the following: Mary is listed as born in NC which is correct and date of birth fits as Celia was "with child" when Arthur died in Dec of 1781.
Neighbors on One Side:
Fulden RICHARDSON, Ransom HAMPTON, Pleasant NEVILLE, Amos AUSTILLE?, Thomas WILSON, William AUSTILLE?, Hosea REYNOLDS, David TATENeighbors on Other side:
Sarah BRADSHAW, Eleanor TUSDUM?, Thomas L. GUNN, Elizabeth WALKER, David ANDERSON, Joseph CRAWFORD, John HARRIS, George ROBERTS,
Mary Ledbetter 78 F W SC Milton Ledbetter 40 M W TN Mary Ledbetter 33 F W TN
Mary Ledbetter 88 F W keeping house $500 $150 NC Milton 51 M W farmer TN Mary 43 F W TN
*Mary and her son, Milton, are buried at the Nevill Cemetery in Coffee Co. TN.
--b. May 23, 1784 Union Co., SC
--d. January 29, 1860 Dickson Co., TN
--m. Jerusha Jane DARWIN
--1810/12 probably York, Union Co., SC
----b. October 22, 1794 Union Co., SC
----d. 1873 Dickson Co.,TN
--b. abt 1800 Union Co.,SC
--d. 1870/80 Probably Linden, Perry Co., TN
--m. Margaret ACUFF
--b. 1800/10 Tennessee
--d. 1842/48 McNairy Co., TN
----buried Thacker Cemetery, McNairy Co., TN
--m. Elizabeth RUNNELS
--abt 1828 vicinity of Lincoln Co., TN
----(abt 1801 TN - 1885 McNairy Co., TN)
------buried Thacker Cemetery, McNairy Co., TN
--b. 1804/10 Unknown
--b. abt 1807 TN
--d. 1850/70 Missouri
--m. Mary ?
----(abt 1809 TN - aft 1870 Pineville, McDonald Co., MO)
--b. August 8, 1808 probably Franklin Co., NC
--d. 1850/51 McNairy Co., TN
--m/1 Martha MEADOWS
--abt 1825 probably TN
----(1810/15 - 1834/36 McNairy Co., TN)
--m/2 Susan A. SMITH
--abt 1835 Unknown
----(1817/18 - August 2, 1903 Lee Co., MS)
1900 Coffee Co., TN Census - shows up in the household of Mary E. (Farrar) Winton, where she is listed as AUNT. Mary was d/o Bersheba 'Beersheba' (Ledbetter) Farrar - (see above).
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