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Thomas Ledbetter was born Abt. 1600 in Durham, England, and died Abt. 1655. He married Mary.

 Includes NotesNotes for Thomas Ledbetter:
ID: I80070193
Name: Thomas LEDBETTER
Given Name: Thomas
Sex: M
Birth: Abt 1600 in ,Durham,England
Death: Abt 1655
Change Date: 29 Jan 2000
In books on the origin of names, Ledbetter is explained as a trade name applied to those who made pewter vessels for household use.

"LEBETE" Seems to be the old surname originating in France.
Le Lebete (The Beast) was the emblem they bore on their shields -- in those days of the clans.

The old spelling `Lebete' is still found in some provinces of France and several of the name `Lebete' are or were very recently living in New Orleans, their ancestry being readily traceable direct to France.
The established fact is that the English name `Ledbetter' is a gradual evolution of the French name `Lebete', and that from England one must go to France for the earliest generations of the family.

The spelling Lebete followed by De Lebete, or Le Lebete is, however, the oldest known, followed during the next century by Le Ledbetter, and Le Ledbeter. The Le is dropped during the next hundred years, and the present Leadbetter and Leadbeater date back to about 1530, the change at that time being the introduction of the letter A.

It is said that in the Western and Southern States about a hundred and thirty years ago the family dropped the A because the people of the South persisted in pronouncing the name le-ad-Better very broadly.

Durham County, England, is the ancestral home of the Ledbetter family and the first records that we find locate the family as living near Seaham Harbor.

William Leadbeater migrated from Northumberland into Ireland and there married Mary Shackleton who in 1744 published a short history of the family. She said the family was descended from French Huguenots who had fled France some years before the Massacre of St. Bartholomew in 1572. This specific statement is probably correct but there were Ledbetters in England at least

The Le(a)dbetters have been described as generally vigorous, active and sociable, frequently studious and religious, and of somewhat quiet, unostentatious disposition.

Marriage 1 Mary UNKNOWN
Henry LEDBETTER b: Abt 1625 in ,Durham,England

Children of Thomas Ledbetter and Mary are:
  1. +Henry Ledbetter, b. Abt. 1625, Durham, England, d. Bef. 1700, Charles City Co., Virginia.
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