Sorry I did not see your posting before now. I hope and trust that your visit to Europe was enjoyable and edifying.
As far as the Ledlies go,...I don't know if you're connected to the same bunch that I am,...but my Ledlies were from Northern Ireland. The earliest ancestor that I can mention for sure, was William Ledlie (spelled various ways in the late 1700s in American records.)
The first CONCRETE info. that I have on him at present is in 1784 (there are earlier references, ...but can't say for sure that these are references to my William.) Anyway, in 1784, my William Ledlie (also spelled Laedlie/Ladley/Ledlie/Ledley, etc.)had a land grant in Yohoughiana County, VA. You know who those old records are. It depended on who was spelling the name, and whether they were litterate, or spelled by sound.
Anyway,...my William appeared in what used to be Yohoughiana county (which used to be disputed between Pennsylvania and Virginia (now the West Virginia Pandhandle.) in 1784, when he got a land grant there for 400 and some acres.
I believe that he was probably "around" in PA before 1784,...but haven't found any record for him conclusively.
There were a couple of William Ledlies floating aroung PA in the mid to late 1700s.
My William did have a relative (suposedly) in Washington County PA. James Ledlie. James had a Revolutionary War pension application from Washington Co., PA.
...Well,...long story short,....we'll need to talk more and see if our Ledlies connect.
Andy Miller, Columbus, Ohio
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