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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WARREN LEDBETTER. This substantial farmer and worthy citizen occupies one of the valuable farms of Greene County, it being situated two and a half miles south of Xenia, in Xenia Township, and consists of one hundred broad acres. He was born in Allen County, Ky., January 28, 1822, and was brought by his parents to Greene County during his childhood. He was therefore reared and educated here, beginning work for himself when he had reached man’s estate. On April 2, 1849, he was united in marriage with Miss Laner Adams, a native of Pennsylvania, but at the time of their marriage a resident of Greene County. She is a woman of estimable qualities, who has devoted herself untiringly to the comfort and welfare of her household and proved a true helpmate to her husband.

For some five years Mr. Ledbetter lived on the Cincinnati Pike, but about 1853, removed to his present location where he had purchased fifty acres of land. To this he has added, making up the present acreage and placing it all in a state creditable alike to his energy, thrift, and good judgment. He and his wife have reared a family of seven children, named respectively: John S., Arabella, Joseph W., Catherine E., Emma V., Thomas H., and Ida E. Both parents are consistent members of the Methodist Church, and by their neighbors and fellow-citizens are esteemed as those should be who live upright and industrious lives.

The parents of Mrs. Ledbetter were Thomas and Dorothea (Linkhart) Adams, both of whom were natives of the Old Dominion. After having lived in Pennsylvania, where Mr. Adams was occupied at his trade as a carpenter, they came to this State in 1833, and he then took up the vocation of farming. He reared five sons and four daughters. His father’s name was David Adams.

Warren Ledbetter is the youngest of nine children born to Hamlin and Disey (Wright) Ledbetter. His parents were natives of Brunswick County, Va., where they were married, removing to Allen County, Ky., about 1820, and in 1828 coming to this State and Greene County. They settled three miles southwest of Xenia and after residing there eight years sold and removed to another part of the township. The brothers and sisters of our subject bore the names of Stephen, Nancy, Elizabeth, Martha, James, John, Robinson and George. The parents belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church and the father was a soldier in the War of 1812.

The eldest son and child of the subject of this notice was born December 23, 1849, on his grandfather’s old homestead three miles southwest of Xenia. He has lived on the same farm with his father or on an adjoining one all his life. On November 25, 1878, the rites of wedlock were celebrated between him and Mary E. Parlett, with whom he lived happily until March 20, 1889, when the devoted wife and mother was removed by the hand of death, leaving three children — Francie E., Carrie L., and Georgie A. She was born near Ridgeville, Warren County, March 16, 1850, and was a daughter of James and Rebecca Parlett, her father being a farmer in her native county. John S. Ledbetter belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which his deceased wife was also a member. He possesses an upright character, an intelligent mind, and the energy and perseverance which leads to success in business life.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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