Huddie Ledbetter

Huddie William Ledbetter (1889 - 1949)

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Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter
Born in Mooringsport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USAmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in New York City, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USAmap
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Profile last modified 9 May 2019 | Created 14 Sep 2017
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Huddie Ledbetter is Notable.

Huddie was born in 1889 to parents Wesley Ledbetter and Sallie Brown. The date of 20 Jan 1889 was given by him on his WWII Draft Registration.

Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter was a legendary American Folk Blues Singer. Some of his songs became standards like "Goodnight, Irene", "Midnight Special", and "Rock Island Line".

He received his first musical instrument, an accordion, as a gift from an uncle after he had moved to Texas with his father and mother, and he played on the streets of Dallas with such legends as "Blind Lemon" Jefferson.

In 1918 he was imprisoned for murder, after serving six years, he was pardoned by Governor Pat Neff, who had visited the prison and heard him sing.

He passed away in 1949. He died penniless.


  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 September 2017), Huddie Ledbetter, Police Jury Ward 07, West Feliciana, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 8, sheet 7A, line 34, family , NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 826; FHL microfilm 2,340,561.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 September 2017), Huddie Lebettor, Assembly District 6, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-486, sheet 1A, line 15, family 6, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2634.

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