Friday, October 3, 2008

Pleasant Hillary Ledbetter

On Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., the Sons of Confederate Soldiers will conduct a memorial service at the gravesite of my great-great-great-grandfather, Pleasant Hillary Ledbetter, who fought in the civil war. The SOCS recently erected a brand new marker at Pleasant's grave, which is located at the Ledbetter Family Cemetary at Collins Cove in Overton County, Tennessee. The SOCS will conduct a memorial service in their civil war uniforms. I am greatly looking foward to attending this event, and my sons, J.D. and Elijah, will be there so they may learn more about their great-great-great-great-grandfather. Pleasant Hillary is the grandfather of Josie Ledbetter Speck. Josie was the mother of my grandfather, Cecil Speck.

Pleasant's wife was Icy Ann Collins. Icy Ann Collins's great-great-grandfather was John Plumlee. He was the father-in-law of Phobe Denton, who was the aunt of Isaac Denton, the first pastor of Clear Fork Baptist Church.


  1. Hello! I was searching family information about my great-great-great grandfather, Pleasant Hillary Ledbetter, and came across your blog! Do you have a lot of information on him? I have some but would love to learn more! How could I get in contact with you?

    1. I have a copy of his pension application. Pleasant Hillary Ledbetter was a Corporal with Co. F, 16th TN Infantry. At Camp Trousdale, he took measles, which affected his throat and lungs. That and the freezing of his right foot to the bone during the march to Huttonsville, Virginia in the winter of 1861, wound up permanently disabling him later on. Eventually, he was captured near Loudon, Tennessee and was given a choice of either going to prison or taking the oath of allegiance to the U.S. government. Being in bad health, he chose to take the oath. His pension was denied.


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