|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. )