Person Sheet


Name Charles Alvin Ledbetter
Birth 1878, Sullivan County, Tennessee
Death 1951, Mt. Carmel, Washington Co., Tennessee
Father Rev. James Edward Ledbetter (~1854-1894)
Mother Mary E. (Marietta) Whetsel (1856-)
Spouses
1 Susan Elizabeth LIGHT
Children William Roy (Willie) (1898-1967)
2 Jennie Elizabeth RAGEL
Birth 14 Aug 1890
Death 5 Nov 1928
Father William Thomas RAGEL
Mother Ida Jane DAVIS
Marriage abt 1909
Children (Living)
(Living)
Myrtle Mae (1914-1924)
Charles Alvin (1917-1986)
(Living)
(Living)
George McClellin (1926-1945)
(Living)
Notes for Charles Alvin Ledbetter
Charles Alvin Ledbetter and Jennie Elizabeth Ragel bought a 100 acre farm in Hawkins County. They made their living by farming, gardening, and preserving their own food. The Holston Defense Plant is now located on a section of that land.

Charley and Jennie had 8 children: 5 daughters and 3 sons. The family experienced great sadness when the 10 year old daughter, Myrtle died, in 1924. Then, on April 6, 1928, just 3 months after the birth of her youngest child, 37 year old Jennie died.

Charley Ledbetter and wife, Jennie Ragel were among the heirs of Paulser Whetsel and Sarah Dove, who signed a contract with the Kingsport Waterworks, Inc. for the sale of land on Bays Mountain, to be used for a dam. Paulser was Charley's maternal grandfather.

In the 1920's, Charlie developed rheumatoid arthritis, and went to live with his daughter. He lived his remaining days with her, until his death in 1951. (Sources: Ledbetter family records, U.S. Census Reports, and "Ledbetters Revisited", 2000, Haughton, Ken et al. )
Last Modified 5 Dec 2005 Created 26 Apr 2006 using Reunion for Macintosh

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