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John Thomas LEDBETTER
Susan Nancy CORBIN
The issue here is whether John was actually the father of any of these children because Susan begins calling herself a widow as early as the 1900 census, and I don't find John in any census after 1880.
Husband:  John Thomas LEDBETTER
Birth:  1875/6, Rabun Co., GA
Death:  13 Oct 1949, Chattooga, GA
Father: Joseph L. LEDBETTER
Mother:  Elizabeth J. TYNER
Marriage:  24 Jan 1896, Pickens Co., GA
Wife:  Susan Nancy CORBIN
Birth:  13 May 1878, GA
Death:  26 Jul 1958, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH
Occupation:  homemaker, farm laborer, mangler in laundry
Other Spouse:  m2. Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH, George JOSLYN
Father:  unknown
Mother:  Amanda "Mandie" CORBIN
Children:
born in Gilmer Co., GA:
1.  Hurley Columbus "Lumie" LEDBETTER, b. 21 Mar 1900; d. 20 Feb 1971, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH

born in Gilmer or Gordon Co., GA:
2.  Robert John LEDBETTER, b. 14 Jan 1902; d. 8 Feb 1990; last res. Savannah, Chatham Co., GA

born in Gordon Co., GA:
3.  Sybil / Sylvia "Billie" LEDBETTER, b. 11 Feb 1909
4.  Carter Colquitt LEDBETTER, b. 15 Mar 1913; d. 10 Mar 1991, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH
5.  Clara Mae LEDBETTER, b. 8 Nov 1915

born in Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH:
6.  Felton Thomas LEDBETTER, b. 1 May 1918; d. 18 Jun 1934, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH

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Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
John T. LEDBETTER
Marriage: 24 Jan 1896, Pickens, Georgia
Spouse: Susan N. CORBEN
Source: Marriage Records. Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Pickens County)

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  John LEDBETTER (æ 4, b. GA) is living in Clayton, Rabun Co., GA (p. 76B), with his parents (q.v.).  Susan CORBIN (æ 3, b. GA) is living in Pickens Co., GA, with her mother's paternal grandmother, Delilah (WHITMIRE) CORBIN

3.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

4.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 7 indexed "Carlson"):  Ridgeway Dist., Gilmer Co., GA, Roll T623_200, p. 107A, SN 12, SD 39?, ED 44, enumerated 20 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 27 28
201 202 Carbon Mandio?/Mandie? Head W F Oct 1859 ?? Wd 6 6 GA NC GA Farmer 0 N N Y R F 199
    ______ Susan Dau W F May 1878 20 Wd 1 1 GA NC GA Farm labor 0 Y Y Y      
    ______ Joseph Son W M Dec 1884 15 S     GA NC GA Farm labor 0 Y N Y      
    ______ Margret Dau W F Aug 1888 11 S     GA NC GA Farm labor 0 N N Y      
    ______ Henry D? Son W M Apl 1897  2 S     GA NC GA                
    ______ John A Son W M Dec 1899 5/12 S     GA NC GA                
    ______ Hearley? C GSon W M Mar 1900 2/12 S     GA GA GA                
Why is Susan shown as a widow and why are she and her son surnamed CORBIN?  And where is John?

5.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 14):  Coosawattee River Road, Coosawattee Militia Dist., Gordon Co., GA, Roll T624_188, p. 265A, SN 16A, SD 7, ED 92, enumerated 13 May 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28
279 285 Ledbetter Susie Head F W 28 M1 15 3 3 GA GA GA Eng Farm Laborer Working out W N 0 Y Y   R H
    _________ Lumie Son M W 10 S       GA AL GA Eng Farm Laborer Working out W N 0 Y Y Y    
    _________ Robert Son M W  4 S       GA AL GA   None         Y Y Y    
    _________ Syble Dau F W  1 S       GA AL GA   None         Y Y Y    
Again, where is John?  Listed next to Susie's mother, Amanda (CORBIN) GRIFFIN.

6.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20-21 of 27):  Rear of 23 Olive Street, Dayton City (Ward 7), Dayton Twp. (Pct. B), Montgomery Co., OH, Roll T625_1422, pp. 24A-24B, SN 11A-11B, SD 249, ED 141, enumerated 10 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
* Rear 241 267 Ledbetter Susie Head R F W 38 Wd   Y Y GA GA GA Y none    
      _________ Columbus Son   M W 20 S N Y Y GA GA GA Y cutter paper W
      _________ Robert Son   M W 14 S N Y Y GA GA GA Y none    
      _________ Sybil Dau   F W 12 S Y Y Y GA GA GA Y none    
      _________ Carter Son   M W  6 S Y     GA GA GA Y none    
      _________ Clara Dau   F W  4 S       GA GA GA   none    
      _________ Felton Dau   F W 1 6/12 S       OH GA GA   None    
      Corbin Henry Bro   M W 21 S N Y Y GA GA GA Y [indeciperable] [indeciperable] W
      Holbert Maynard Roomer   M W 19 S N Y Y GA GA GA Y laborer ? factory W
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*       Johnson Geo Roomer   M W 40 ?   Y Y OH OH OH Y laborer ? factory W
*Olive Street
If Susie has had three more children with John since 1910, why was John not with her in the 1910 census?

7a.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 26):  South Summit Street, Dayton City (Ward 6; Block 819), Montgomery Co., OH, Roll 1852, p. 160A, SN 4A, ED 57-55, SD 23'd, enumerated 5 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28
* 122 56 59 Joslin Susie Head R $10 F W 51 M 17 N Y GA GA GA Y Mangler laundry W Y
      Ledbetter Carter Son     M W 17 S   N Y GA GA GA   toy maker toy factory W Y
      _________ Clara M Dau     F W 14 S   Y Y GA GA GA Y None      
      _________ Felton Son     M W 11 S   Y Y GA GA GA Y None      
*S Summit St

7b.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image 4 of 68 indexed "Labetter"):  National Military Home, Jefferson Twp., Montgomery Co., OH, Roll 1856, p. 183B, SN 2B, Line 54, ED 57-154, SD 23, enumerated _ 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
5 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27
L?better Sylvia F W 21 S N Y GA GA GA Y Waitress Inst W

8.  1940 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 42):  116 Dudley St., Dayton City (Ward 7), Montgomery Co., OH, Roll T627_3254, p. 1680B, SN 2B, SD 3, ED 94-115, enumerated 4 Apr 1940, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1940 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1940:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean.
LOC HOUSEHOLD NAME RELATION   PERSONAL EDUCATION   BIRTHPLACE   CIT RESIDENCE in 1935   EMPLOYMENT STATUS FS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25   26 27 28 29 30   31 32 33 34
* 116 36 R 25   Joslin Susie Head F W 62 Wd N 6 Georgia   Same Place       N N N N H           0 0 N  
          Ledbetter Carter Son M W 27 M N 8 Georgia   Same Place       Y Y - - - 33 12 Time Keeper W.P.A. GW ?? 480 N  
          Ledbetter Dorothy D-in-Law F W 23 F N H4 Ohio   Same Place       N N N N H            0   0 N  
          Moore Sylvia Daughter F W 25 M? N H2 Georgia   Same Place       Y - - - - 84   Waitress Dayton Soldiers Home GW 52 768 N  
          _____ Consuella GDaughter F W  8 S Y 1 Ohio   Same Place       N N N N S            0   0 N  
          _____ Shirley Ann _Daughter F W  6 S Y 0 Ohio   Same Place       N N N N S            0   0 N  
*Dudley St
9.  Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 (online at familysearch.org):
Name: Felton Ledbetter
Birth Date: 01 May 1918
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
Death Date: 18 Jun 1934
Death Place: Dayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio
Death Age: 16y 1m 17d
Race or Color: Caucasian
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Street Address: 821 Blanche St.
Father's Name: John Thomas Ledbetter
Father's Birthplace: Georgia
Mother's Name: Susan Corbin
Mother's Birthplace: Georgia
Residence: Dayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio
Occupation: Student
Burial Date: 20 Jun 1934
Burial Place: Willowview Cemetery
Montgomery Co., Ohio
Digital Folder: 4001904
Certificate No.: fn38900

10.  SSDI:  Social Security Death Index (online at RootsWeb.com):
Name Birth Death Last Residence SSN Issued
LEDBETTER, Columbus 21 Mar 1900 Feb 1971 45404 (Dayton, Montgomery, OH) 291-10-0194 OH
LEDBETTER, Robert J 14 Jan 1902 08 Feb 1990 31405 (Savannah, Chatham, GA) 092-10-6358 NY
LEDBETTER, Carter C 15 Mar 1913 10 Mar 1991 (not specified) 291-10-3256 OH

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