Contributed by Wanda Collins
Richard Ledbetter III was born 1738 in Brunswick Co., VA, the son of Richard and Mary Walton Ledbetter Jr.. He married Nancy Ann Johnson the daughter of John and Mary Fox Johnson. Richard and Nancy applied for a marriage bond in January 1810, Rutherford Co., NC with Jo. Ledbetter listed as bondsman.
On Nov. 28, 1752, the original Richard deeded to his grandson Richard III 100 acres of land on the south side of Rattlesnake Creek patented to the elder Richard October 13, 1727, Brunswick County Deed Book 5, p. 289. Richard and his brother Isaac sold the land on October 23, 1769. Richard, Nancy, Richard's brother George, Richard's sister Mary, the wife of John Bradley and their families moved to Tryon County, NC on the Broad River and settled in the Montford's Cove area.
On pension papers, Richard wrote that he enlisted in 1775 in Col. Andrew Hampton's company for the Seige of 96. His brother George also joined the same company. Richard served first as a frontier guard. He was first under the command of Col. McDowell. They lived some of the time at home and some of the time in the Fort at Montford's Cove with their families.
From 1775 to 1780 he was a general volunteer, and served many of the local battles including the Siege of 96, Shier's Ferry, Thicketty Fort, and the Battle of Blackstock's. While he was called to Col. Hampton's, indians broke into the Montford's Cove settlement and killed his two daughters and a little black girl, his wife narrowly escaped with the baby. After that they moved back to Brunswick, VA.
Early in 1781 Richard was called to to serve under Col. Twigs and Gen. Lawson with the Virginia troops, where he served in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, and was pursuing Lord Cornwallis to Yorktown where Cornwallis would be captured. Much of his property in Rutherford, NC had been seized and sold, assuming that he had deserted. Richard and Nancy returned to Rutherford in 1790, Nancy died about 1820.
In the 1830's, Richard deeded most of his Rutherford County land to his children and moved to Lumpkin Co., GA (To what now is Dawson Co., GA), to the gold, along with some of his children and relatives. He died there January 1841 and is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega. He is listed on the marker at the entrance to the cemetery, although I was not able to locate a marked grave for him in the cemetery. The children of Richard and Nancy Ann Ledbetter were Richard IV, John, Johnson (Johnston), Elizabeth, Martha “Patsy”, Mary “Polly”, Isaac, and Jonathan. The four oldest children all married children of John and Eleanor Kelly Whitesides.
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