Oddenino Family History
Leavell & Hayden

Viewing again the pedigree chart for Martha Frances Ford, wife of John Madison Cook, we find that her paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Leavell and on this page we will look in more detail at the Leavell and Hayden families.

 

Again, with the assistance of genealogist extraordinaire, Therese Fisher, we learned a little about the Leavell family:

 

Here is the Family Group Sheet for Edward Leavell who was born before 1666:

 

From the book Virginia County Records, Volume 1, Spotsylvania County 1721-1800 on page 145, we find that Edward Leavell purchased 200 acres in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on April 6, 1738:

 

Here is a transcription from the Spotsylvania County, Virginia Will Book reflecting the 1746 will of Edward Leavell:

 

Here is an old record that suggests that Edward Leavell could have come to Virginia in 1681 as part of the headright claim of Thomas Fenwick. We don't have conclusive proof that this is our Edward Leavell but there is a strong likelihood based on timing, name, and location.

 

Here is the Family Group Sheet for Benjamin Leavell, son of Edward Leavell:

 

From the book Virginia County Records, Volume 1, Spotsylvania County 1721-1800 on page 234, we find that on September 6, 1763, Benjamin Leavell and his wife Mildred sold part of the land purchased by Edward Leavell in Spotsylvania County, Virginia back on April 6, 1738, which purchase is cited above:

 

From the Madison County, Virginia Deed Book 4, part 2, pages 335-337, we find this 1807 indenture in favor of Benjamin Leavell:

 

Here is the Family Group Sheet for Thomas Hayden (sometimes spelled Haydon), maternal grandfather of Elizabeth Leavell whose husband was Benjamin Ford:

 

From the text below we learn that Thomas Haydon was an active voter in Spotsylvania County in 1758:

 

From the book Virginia County Records, Volume 1, Spotsylvania County 1721-1800 on page 38, we find these property transfers upon the death of Thomas Haydon on June 27, 1782:

 

From the same text at page 239 we find Thomas Haydon giving a Negro girl to Benjamin and Mildred Leavell, Mildred being Thomas Haydon's daughter: