Notes for **William L.B. LEDFORD, Sr.: William L.B. Ledford Sr. is my g-g-g-g-g-g- grandfather. (Katie Pickard-Johnston) who had John Ledford had George Towery Ledford had Hiram Asberry Ledford had Noah Curtis Ledford had Martha Jane Ledford that married John Bailey and had Phenettie 'Nettie" Bailey that married Henry Robert Lee Smith they had Hedy 'Kitty' Katie Concus Smith that married Guy Pickard. (my Mother and Father)
William and his three brothers came to American from on board the Walpole in 1740 from Lancaster, England. (1) William Ledford Sr of Generations fame had a lot of chilren: Thomas b ca 1748, John b ca 1752 and William were the sons. William Sr's wife's maiden name appears to have been McCurry, and this McCurry family was closely associated with William's family as far back as Augusta county, VA, having also been part of Ephraim Vause's settlement on the South Fork of the Roanoke. It appears also that William Sr's sons Thomas and William moved to the Lincoln county NC/ Spartanburg SC area, along with Elizabeth Ledford who married William McCurry and Lydia Ledford, widow of George Towery. More of this family may have moved south, there was a Mary Ledford in Spartanburg county in 1790 with one son, Lewis Ledford. They were in Rutherford from 1800 on. Mary's husband name isn't known to me at this time, nor the names of any other children. According to the 1800 census she was born 1755 or before so had to be married to one of the sons of William, Henry or John. (2) I've checked indices for the Ledford surname in Lancashire and it never appears. The Ledford clan was based in SW England, Dorset, Somerset and Warwick. The possibility of the three brothers actually having been born in Lancaster is only a remote one. That's not to say that they DIDN'T sail from Lancaster, but more likely they were born in the south.
(3) As for the 1738 passage, Col. Patton was a member of a rather influential family in Ulster both his mother's and his father's side. The ship Walpole was built by his father. Col Patton served in Queen Anne's War in the early 1700's, then afterwards was given the ship Walpole and began trading goods to and from the colonies. His main port of docking in America was at Hobbeshole, Virginia on the Rappahannock, the area in which the Rev. Matthew Ledford/Lydford (Rev. Matthew Ledford does not appear to be part of the William Ledford's family) lived, and Hobbeshole was settled by the Hobbes family which was associated with Matthew's wife, Lettice Weekes's family. The book Generations makes Col Patton out to be something of a scoundrel, which he may have been to some degree, but he was well liked by the Crown for his services in the War and trading. In the 1730's Ireland was not a very good place to live, many landowners were confiscating properties and raising rents. The holdings of the Patton family came under this kind of condition, and they no doubt considered moving to the colonies before 1738. Well, in early 1738, the King told Patton that he would grant him so many thousands of acres on the conditions that it had to be west of the Blue Ridge and he had to settle it with people loyal to the Crown. This is more in response to French encroachment along the Ohio Valley than the King actually liking Patton. That spring, Patton loaded up the Walpole with his family. Mind you that ship wasn't very large, and I believe this particular trip there were only about 56 people on board, mostly his relation. There is only one single record of the Walpole departing England in 1738 (not from Lancaster), and one record of it's landing in America, I believe three months later. Col Patton then retired and never sailed again. He moved his family west of the Blue Ridge, from Staunton (founded by Patton's cousin Charles Lewis) to Draper's Meadow (modern Blacksburg). If the Ledfords were on this trip they must have been good friends of the family. Between 1715 and 1738 there are some 25 recorded voyages of the Walpole to Virginia, and the three brothers could well have come over prior to 1738, staying in Tidewater until Patton called on them to return the favour and settle in his land. Ephraim Vause was given the original tract along the South branch of the Roanoke to settle for Patton. He built a fort (Fort Vause) and sold the land in the area for Patton. Ephraim was from PA, his wife Theodosia was from NJ (there was a Ledford there too, in the late 1700's) In 1755 Draper's Meadow was attacked, but it wasn't just local natives who did the attacking, the tribes were from the Ohio Valley and led by French forces to eradicate the English loyalists who were getting too close. The next year the French led an attack against Fort Vause which was entirely annihilated, the fort burnt to the ground and only a few women surviving (Theodosia and her daughter among them).
PS: the 1738 voyage of the Walpole sailed from Whitehall. I did a search of that locale and there are five in the British Isles, one in the Orkney Islands (nope), and four in Ireland, counties Cork, *Westmeath, *Dublin and Roscommon; the counties with the asterisk are the most likely to have been the port as they were on the Irish Sea.
More About **William L.B. LEDFORD, Sr.: Residence: 1790, Not Stated, Rowan, North Carolina.465, 466
More About **William L.B. LEDFORD, Sr. and Elizabeth McCurry: Marriage: Abt. 1746, Agusta Co. N.C..466
Children of **William L.B. LEDFORD, Sr. and Elizabeth McCurry are:
+**John A. Ledford, b. 20 Feb 1749, Rowan Co., N.C., d. 27 Feb 1826, Abbott Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Davidson, N.C.466.