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H. A. Ledbetter

H. A. Ledbetter, hotelkeeper and merchant, Newton, Baker County, son of Drury and Nannie (Dodwell) Ledbetter, was born in Dougherty County, Georgia, in 1856.

The family came from middle Georgia and settled near Albany, in what is now Dougherty County, and engaged in planting. Later they moved to Dougherty County, where the father died in 1864, aged fifty-six years, and the mother died in 1866, aged fifty-five years. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and she of the Methodist Church. Nine children were born to them: William A., Albany, Georgia; Alfred M., Albany; H. A., the subject of this sketch; Lizzie, deceased wife of W. W. Dodwell, leaving one child, and five who died when small.

Mr. Ledbetter was principally raised in Dougherty County, and educated mainly in Dawson, Terrell County, Georgia. In 1874, he began life for himself on a farm near Walker Station, Dougherty County, and, later, embarked in merchandising. In 1877, he moved to Baker County, and settled at what is now known as Ledbetter P. O. (so named in compliment of him), where he engaged extensively in farming and conducted a general merchandise store. He continued this about ten years and then went to Decatur, Alabama, where he engaged in business in partnership with J. T. Norris, which, however, had to be abruptly abandoned on account of the yellow fever. Returning to Newton he embarked in the hotel business, and in partnership with Mr. Norris established a general merchandise store, transacting a very large and successful trade. Having ample means, and being of affable manners, sociable and of generous impulses, he is very popular and a leading citizen. When he went to Decatur he resigned the position of clerk of the board of county commissioners, but was re-elected immediately on his return, and holds the oflice now. He is wide-awake and public spirited, takes a deep interest in county affairs, and is active in politics. He is especially solicitous that his chldren should be thoroughly educated.

Mr. Ledbetter was married to Miss Annie, daughter of James C. Lark, formerly of Augusta, Georgia, but now of Baker County. She was raised in the county, but educated at Forsyth and Thomasville, Georgia. Eight children blessed this union: James E., student, Cuthbert, Georgia; Annie Pearl; Adolphus B.; George Lark; Thomas Norris (living); and Lessie, Maude and an infant deceased. Mr. and Hrs. Ledbetter are exemplary members of the church.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume I, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.

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