Capt. James L. Ledgerwood was born in Knox (now Union) County, March 12,1833, the son of Samuel and Sany N. (Rutherford) Ledgerwood, the former of Irish descent, born in Knox County, and deceased in 1885 in this county, aged seventy-two years, and the latter born in Knox County, and deceased in 1869, about sixty years of age, and both members of the Baptist Church. The father was a farmer and magistrate, serving about. fifteen years. The mother was of English origin. Our subject, the third of seven children, received a common education, and August 10, 1851, married Marjaner, a daughter of William C. Hansard. Their children are Samuel J., William C., Brownlow and James N., and those deceased are Lloyd and Ulysses S. He has always been a farmer, and in 1854 bought half and received from his father half of his present land. In August, 1861, he joined Company B, First Tennessee Federal Infantry, and after seven months became captain of Company F, Third Tennessee Infantry, serving at Murfreesboro, Mission Ridge, in the Georgia campaign at Nashville, at Franklin and Chickamauga, and was mustered out in March, 1865. He had been elected sheriff while in service, and on his return his supply refused to give up the office, but everything was arranged satisfactorily, Gov. Brownlow reappointing our subject. He has been magistrate for six years. In 1866 he was licensed as a lawyer, and practiced in Maynardville and Knoxville. He had been a farmer and stock dealer. He is a Mason, a Prohibition Democrat, and a Methodist, to which church his wife belongs. Absalom Rutherford, the grandfather, was a soldier in the Revolution.
Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.