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Ledford Family

First Generation

The Ledford family of the Davidson and Forsyth Co. NC area traces its origins to William Ledford (ca. 1724-1798), who immigrated to Virginia in 1738 on the ship Walpoole with his brothers Henry and John Ledford. William married Elizabeth McCurry (1728-1810). Both are buried at Abbotts Creek Primitive Baptist church in Davidson County. There are also descendants of this couple in Rutherford County NC. Henry Ledford died in Virginia in 1755, but three of his sons, Obadiah, Henry and Frederick, came to North Carolina, as did the third immigrant brother, John Ledford, whose land was in what is now Randolph County NC.

Second Generation

Children of William Ledford and Elizabeth McCurry
Sarah Ledford (1747-1829) m. 1) Samuel Spurgeon, 2) Frederick Spoolman (1795); died in Washington Co. IN
*John Ledford (ca. 1750-ca. 1825) m. Grisella McKaughan (?)
Jacob Ledford (ca. 1753-?)
Martha Ledford (1754-1828) m. John Teague
Lydia Ledford (ca. 1755-?) m. 1) John Robbins, 2) George Towry? *
Nancy Ledford (1756-1850) m. Samuel Davis
Squire Ledford (ca. 1757-?)
Phebe Ledford (ca. 1758-?) m. 1) William Simmons 16 Oct 1787, 2) Benjamin Logan 12 Feb 1818 in Rutherford Co.
Thomas Ledford (ca. 1760-?) m. Rebecca Crowder in 1812
William Ledford (1762-1842) m. Jean Hasley in 1789 in Lincoln Co. NC
Rebecca Ledford (ca. 1763-?) m. Nathan Hinkle (1759-1848)
Elizabeth Ledford (1765-1853) m. William McCurry

Previously we showed John's wife as Grisella Buis. McKaughan family information states that she was the daughter of Archibald McKaughan and Jane Mercer, a couple who don't appear on our McKaughan web page. Can anyone supply documentation for either surname?

* We've been told that George Towry (sometimes spelled Towery) died in 1794, and that William Ledford's will, written in 1796, names daughter Lydia Robins. This suggests that either George's wife was a different Lydia Ledford, or that the order of the marriages is reversed, i.e. that Lydia married John Robbins after George Towry's death. Can anyone supply additional information on this?

Third Generation

Children of John Ledford and Grisella
Nancy Ledford (1781-?)
Susannah Ledford (1784-1861) m. Moses Swaim (1786-1849), s/o William Swaim and Anna Robbins
Grisella Ledford (ca. 1787-1864) m. Keehln Peddicord (1783-1849)
John Ledford (ca. 1790-?)
William Ledford (ca. 1792-1825)
Buis Ledford (ca. 1795-?)
Phebe S. Ledford (ca. 1797-?)
Rebecca Ledford
Spruce McKaughan Ledford (ca. 1803-aft. 1850) m. Elizabeth Sell (ca. 1807-aft. 1870)
Elizabeth Ledford (ca. 1805-?)
Martha Elizabeth Ledford (ca. 1807-?) m. David Smith, s/o Moses Smith and Hannah Idol

Fourth Generation

Children of Spruce McKaughan Ledford and Elizabeth Sell
Spruce McKaughan Ledford - probably died young
Deborah Ledford (ca. 1837-?)
John Ledford (1838-1907) m. 1) Jenetta Crews (1833-1857), 2) Clementina Spaugh (1842-1910), d/o John Solomon Spach and Anna Kroehn
Grizilla E. Ledford (ca. 1841-?)
Sally L. Ledford (ca. 1843-?)
Phebe Rebecca Ledford (ca. 1845-?) m. Enos Sell, d/o Moses Sell and Sarah Weavil
Nancy T. Ledford (ca. 1848-?)
William Ledford (ca. 1852-?) m. Martha Jane Reed, d/o Christian Emanuel Ried and Nancy Ann Lowder

Fifth Generation

Children of John Ledford and Clementina Spaugh
Alice Ledford (1869-1930) m. John Henry Parnell (1867-1936), s/o Jacob W. Parnell and Charlotte Elizabeth McKaughan
Lucinda Ledford (1872-1952) m. Charles Thomason (1872-1905)
James Ledford (d. 1943) m. Bessie White
Lula Ledford m. Walker Ingram


Personal communications with Gray Harmon, and Gray's book, Peddicord Junction, published by Family History Publishers, Bountiful UT, 1998..

Stokes, Davidson and Forsyth County cemetery and census records

This page was created on June 3, 2001 and revised on March 2, 2004.

©, 2001-2007 Faye Jarvis Moran

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