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Dean Ledbetter (#47518690)
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Bio Photo "Dean the Marine" phrase is a defining rhyming nickname: U.S. Marine Corps Veteran; Persian Gulf War Veteran (1991); Cold War Veteran; Disabled Veteran; Combat Casualty Assistance Duty (Oct.-Nov. 1983), after the 23 Oct. 1983 terrorist bombing of USMC Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon; 17-year active-service military career (just 3 years from qualifying for military retirement), with assignments stateside & overseas; career cut short by injuries, disabilities & post-war budget-slashing reduction-in-force requirements;
10 years of added inactive reserve service
did not count toward military retirement.

Throughout my lengthy military career in the United States Marine Corps, I sought to patriotically serve in accordance with the following valiant ideals: Faith, Courage, Honor, Sacrifice, and Noble Deeds.

Though divorced, I am a devoted family man: loving father of 6 Dear Children (1 daughter & 5 sons); proud grandpa of 3 Dear Grand-Kids (2 granddaughters & 1 grandson);
4th Grandchild, an angel from Heaven yet unborn, is expected during March 2015.

Love of learning is enriching and central in my life. Learning Foreign Languages and researching Family History are 2 of my Joyful Passions, in addition to cherishing Military History, American History and World History. However, my Persistent Thirst for Knowledge and my Earnest Quest of Family History have come under fire with some sharp criticism. Following are merely 2 examples.

Once upon a lifetime, in my Young Adulthood, I was labeled as a "Professional Student". "Why go to college? It's not what you know, but who you know!" Also, my consistent, weekly Family History Library visits were criticized as neglectful of Living Family, punctuated by a snarling, snide remark: "Family History is Dean's Obsession!"

My answer back then, still rings true today.
"I love to Learn and have done so, since my childhood. Learning should never end.
I acknowledge that networking with other people is helpful and important. However,
I make no apology for seeking knowledge and gaining a College Education, to personally advance and increase my earning potential, helping me better provide for my Family."

"Furthermore, I should not be forced to choose between Living Family or Deceased Family. Love of Living Family and Love of Deceased Family aren't conflicting concepts or competing goals, but can go hand-in-hand.

I love very much my Living Family, as a Caring, Devoted Father. I also love and honor my Ancestors, most of whom died before I was ever born. The only way I can meet and greet my Deceased Family in this Mortal Life is through diligent Family History Research. Family History is Dean's Passion!"

Why do I highly regard Family History with Dignity and Respect, Purpose and Passion? Why do I perform Family History Endeavors? Why do Linking Our Lives, Honoring Our Dead, and Redeeming Our Dead (core objectives of Family History Endeavors), matter so greatly in Our Modern Times?

Malachi, final book of the Old Testament, provides helpful enlightenment.

"5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."
--Source: Malachi 4:5-6
(Promise of Hearts Turning),
Old Testament, Holy Bible

Ever since I was a Child, my Heart, Soul and Mind lovingly have turned to my Ancestors. "The Beauty of Youth is Appreciation" was a guiding principle I learned. During my Youthful Years, I appreciated the many Faithful Labors –-Noble Deeds-- of my Forthright Forbears, to graciously grant unto me a Rich Heritage: Treasured Choice Gifts of Love, Life, Liberty, Learning, and Legacy.

Years later, as a Mature Man, I appreciate my Forebear's Endeavors, even more so than I did as a Child. The Faith, Courage, Honor, Sacrifice and Noble Deeds of my Valiant Ancestors are inspirational to me. Perhaps, just perhaps, an Attitude of Gratitude can become MY Beauty of Maturity.

Respecting, Researching, and Recording my Family History are significant ways, whereby I truly can express my Personal Appreciation
-–and Heartfelt Love-- for Adored Ancestors. Ancestral Life Stories deserve to be told unto a Dreary and Weary World, whose confused and discouraged people are yearning for Heroes and Heroines, Help and Hope, Inspiration and Encouragement.

By telling the Life Stories of Dear Ancestors in an honorable, respectful manner, I better can fulfill God's Ancient Holy Commandment,
"Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Thereby, in an extended sense, I also can honor Ancestral Grand-Fathers and Grand-Mothers.
--Source: Exodus 20:12
(10 Commandments or Decalogue),
Old Testament, Holy Bible

Family History Research, joined with related Journal-keeping, Biographical-sketching and Family History Book-writing, are some of my Golden Opportunities to bring History to Life and to bridge the Past, Present and Future. With the Past being Prologue for Posterity,
I am leaving a documented Heritage Trail and linking the Legacy of Bygone Ancestors with Future Generations: Children Now Living and Posterity Yet Unborn.

Families indeed can be Together Forever. Therefore, with a Perfect Brightness of Hope, I shall Redeem My Vow (Keep My Promise) unto a Host of Dearly Departed Ancestors. I shall do my Sacred Duty of Family History Endeavors, to lovingly support All My Family (Past, Present & Future) in the Worthy Goal of Eternal Family Unity, an Unbroken Family Circle: Family...Together...Forever...

--Dean Ledbetter
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Dianne Snider Erwin
Richard Ledbetter and Mary Walton
I am researching the Walton and Ledbetter families of Brunswick Co., VA. If you have any documentation on these lines and would be willing to share, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Dianne Erwin
Added by Dianne Snider Erwin on Mar 04, 2015 5:00 PM
Laine Appel
Neal Vausbinder was my Uncle. His wife, Elsie, was my Father's sister. Please contact me @
Added by Laine Appel on Feb 19, 2015 7:25 AM
Justin and Kaylen
Hello Dean,

Louisa Ledbetter born abt 1814 in Overton Co., TN was my maternal 3rd great-grandmother. She was the daughter of William Buckner Ledbetter. I have read conflicting information as to who his parents were. Do you have any information on this? Would be much appreciated thanks.

Justin L. Smith
Prestonsburg, KY
Added by Justin and Kaylen on Jan 06, 2015 1:03 AM
Dianne Snider Erwin
Walton, Ledbetter, Williams
I am a descendant of Richard Ledbetter and Mary Walton. I would love to have documentation on this family so I can join Colonial Dames. I'd appreciate anything you can share.

My line:

George Walton
Mary Walton Ledbetter
Elizabeth Ledbetter Williams
Susannah Williams Minter
Othniel Minter
Franciana Minter DeLozier
Margretta DeLozier Hartley
Elizabeth Jane Hartley Dotson
Edwin B. Dotson
Dorotha Helen Dotson Snider
Dianne Snider Erwin


Dianne Erwin
3810 Askins Rd.
Paris, TX 7546
Added by Dianne Snider Erwin on Dec 31, 2014 6:45 PM
Elsie Vausbinder nee: Tevis was my Grandmother's sister. You mentioned that you have Tevis genealogy information. Would you be willing to share?
Victoria Mayhew Kushima
Added by Victoria on Dec 16, 2014 4:11 PM
D Wallis
Catherine Sortor memorial
Can you tell me some of your sources for the info you have supplied to Find a Grave? Particularly, the marriage information and the emigration info.

I am a sixth-great granddaugher.
Thank you.
Diana Wallis
Added by D Wallis on Oct 02, 2014 4:55 PM
Jesse Vastbinder
Hello - I posted a photo of the grave marker I located at the Halsey Valley cemetery for Jesse Vastbinder.
there are differences from the dates you posted - this was the only Jesse Vastbinder I could locate ; if it's not the correct one feel free to remove.
There were other Vastbinders near by - I will post photos of those also.
Added by Fred/Kathy on Jun 04, 2014 2:55 PM
karen ahn
Rebecca & Susan Tucker
Rebecca # 87069063 Susan # 87066952 These 2 children are now located in Ollie Cem. They don't call it the DeArmond anymore. I had made memorial pages on them but if you would like to transfer them to the Ollie Cemetery will delete mine. So far I have not been able to locate a stone. That area has so many empty lots. Don't know if there was one and now covered with sod. I have been digging some of my families stones up. After being down in the sod they are in good shape and are readable. Karen
Added by karen ahn on May 25, 2013 7:22 PM
Sharon Hoerner
Epenetus Gordon
Hi Dean

Epenetus Gordon Sortor Stout is at First Baptist Church Cemetery
Also known as: Old School Baptist Cemetery
Memorial# 53763832.

She is one of my G Grandmothers. It also has her tombstone which I identified. Hezikiah Stout, her 2nd husband, is buried there too. He also has a tombstone picture. Her first husband died fairly young and I would guess he is buried at a Sortore cemetery but so far no one seems to know where. Sadly those old stones deteriorate with time.

Sharon Hoerner
Added by Sharon Hoerner on Nov 13, 2012 7:24 AM
Anne Elliott
Thank you for the information on Adam Vasbinder, I am the grand daughter of William and Bertha Geer Vasbinder. My mother Lois Vasbinder Snyder, her siblings Edward Vasbinder, Curtis R. Vasbinder, Earl, Kenneth and Margaret Vasbinder Afton... I am trying to connect the Vasbinders, Geer, Henderson from Jefferson County Pennsylvania....
Added by Anne Elliott on Jan 10, 2012 11:58 PM
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