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James Franklin "Bud" Ledbetter
Birth: Dec. 15, 1852
Madison County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jul. 9, 1937
Muskogee
Muskogee County
Oklahoma, USA

James Franklin "Bud" Ledbetter was a Deputy U.S. Marshall in the Indian Territory. He was born Dec 15, 1852 on his Grandfather, George Washington Ledbetter's farm at Aurora, Arkansas, seven miles south of Huntsville. Aurora was on the banks of the War Eagle River. When Bud was seven years old, his family established their family farm on Ledbetter Mountain near Drakes Creek, Madison Co, Arkansas. Bud was the son of James Franklin and Sabrina Tennessee Reeves Ledbetter. His father died in 1862 and after his mother died in 1870, eighteen year old Bud went to Indian Territory and worked as a railway guard for Wells Fargo for two years. In 1872, he went back to Madison Co, Arkansas to resume farming. Bud married Mary Josephine Terry June 28, 1874. In about 1876, Bud and his family moved to Coal Hill, Johnson Co, Ark. He was employed first as Town Marshal, but soon became a Deputy Sheriff. In 1894, Bud again moved his family to the Indian Territory and took a job with American Railway Express on the MKT train between Kansas and Checotah,IT. In Nov 1894, the infamous Cook Gang tried to rob the MKT "Katy Flyer" just north of Muskogee. Bud Ledbetter was the only guard on the train but he shot it out with the Cook Gang and forced them to retreat. His bravery and marksmanship caused him to become a local hero. The next year he became a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Territory working out of Judge Parker's Court in Ft. Smith. In 1897 Bud was in charge of a posse that was in a gun battle with the Al Jennings Gang and killed or captured them all. In 1906, Deputy Marshal Bud Ledbetter arrested Mack Alford for the murder of Cicero Davis. This was a part of the Porum Range War that had been raging in Muskogee County for about twenty five years. After many years as a Deputy Marshall, Bud Ledbetter became the Sheriff of Muskogee County. He was an honest man and was respected by the citizens of Muskogee County. In 1928, he retired from law enforcement and lived on his farm in Muskogee County. 
 
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 Parents:
  James Franklin Ledbetter (1827 - 1862)
  Sabrina Tennessee Reeves Ledbetter Clark (1832 - 1870)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Josephine Terry Ledbetter (1856 - 1930)
 
 Children:
  George Washington Ledbetter (1875 - 1943)*
  America Jane Ledbetter Young (1877 - 1961)*
 
 Siblings:
  George Washington Ledbetter (1850 - 1921)*
  James Franklin Ledbetter (1852 - 1937)
  Alfred Payne Ledbetter (1855 - 1940)*
  Jason Abraham Lincoln Clark (1867 - 1955)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Memorial Park Cemetery
Muskogee
Muskogee County
Oklahoma, USA
 
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- K_boodle
 Added: May. 6, 2017
James Franklin "Bud" Ledbetter was a famous U.S. Marshall in Oklahoma Territory.After Bud's parents died when he was about 18, he moved to Indian Territory (1870) where he was a guard for Wells Fargo Company at Webber's Falls.In 1872 he returned to Madiso...(Read more)
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