CLAIBORNE FAMILY HISTORY

Col. William Claiborne, born 1587, died 1677.  He married 1st Jane Butler of London, and married 2nd in Virginia Elizabeth _______________about 1644.

 After Col. William Claiborne settled at his plantation, Romancoke, on the Pamunkey (ca1650) he became one of the leading men in the Colony and was named Secretary, and appointed by the King.

 His wife, Jane Butler was the daughter of John Butler and Jane Elliott.  They had two sons at least, William and Thomas Claiborne; two daughters, Jane Claiborne who married Thomas Brereton and Mary Claiborne who married 1st Edward Rice and after his death she married Robert Harris. Clayton Torrance in his excellent article on the English Ancestry of William Claiborne wrote:  "There is no evidence that the Honorable WilliamClaiborne (1600-1677/8) and his wife Elizabeth Butler had other children (at least who survived infancy or childhood) than William, Thomas, Leonard, John, and Jane).  Also Mary married 1st Edward Rice and 2nd Col. RobertHarris,  167__.

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY RECORDS
STATE OF VIRGINIA
Deeds & Orders 1650 ; 1652, pg. 36, William Claiborne 1648

Whereas there are certain debts and other things due to me at Chichecon (i.e. Chicacone) and other places up the Bay.  These presents are to appoint and authorize my kinsman Mr. Samuel Smith to ask and receive as also to implead and acquit and compound for any the said debts with any persons inhabitants or beings in the said places and in particularas being guardian unto my two daughters I do hereby authorize the said Samuel Smythe to take all those cattle at Chiceon into his custody fortheir use and to receive a heifer due from the estate of James Cloughton for a bull he killed of theirs witness hereunto my hand and seal this second day of April 1648

       _______________________________W. Claiborne
Witness:  Christopher Williams _______________________________

 On a brass memorial tablet in Cliburn Church, near Penrith, Westmorelandshire, is the following:  Insuper at in memoriam Guielmi de Cleyborne primie Secretis Coloniae Virgiiniensis qui anno vixit MDCXXVII
See Virginia Carolorum, pg. 43, by Edward Neill
Later translation:  Guielmi (William) de Cleyborne sen. Claiborne primi secretary of the Colony of Virginia 1627.

CLAIBORNE FAMILY HISTORY

Ca 1587 WILLIAM CLAIBORNE  (1810) born Westmoreland, England, son of Sir Edward and Grace (Bellingham) Cleburne of Helsington.  Thisis disputed, and others, e.g..Boddie, give his birth as later, being baptized10 August 1600, in Parish o__ Crayford, Kent, son of Thomas Cleyborne (ca1557-1607) of Borough of Kings Lynn, (Mayor 1592) and Sarah James (Nee Smyth) widow of Roger.  They moved to Parish of Stepney, Middlesex,and then to Parish of Crayford, Kent.

1617 (Boddie) He was student at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
October WILLIAM CLAIBORNE Arrived at Jamestown to assume his appointmentas 1621  surveyor for the Virginia Colony.

March until 1637, and again 1652-1660 WILLIAM CLAIBORNE was Secretaryof State for Virginia.  He later became Treasurer and then, Deputy Governor of the colony.  He patented ma---- tracts of Land, boughtKent Island from the Indians and became involved in a dispute with Lord Calvert in his establishment, -- the dispute as to whether Kent Island was to be part of Maryland or Virginia lasting until his death.  His name is included in many Virginia documents and records and his historyis well worth studying.  His portrait is hanging in the State Capitolat Richmond.

Ca 1635 WILLIAM CLAIBORNE (1810) md. ELIZABETH BUTLER 1811; d.    ,
dau. of John Butler (3622) and his wife, Jane Elliott (36  )
Ch: 1. William Claiborne d. 1682, m. Eliz. Wilkes., New Kent
2. Thomas Claiborne, b. 17 Aug. 1647; d. 7 October 1683 md. Sarah Fenn.
3. Leonard Claiborne settled in Jamaica where he died 16
4. John Claiborne
5. Jane Claiborne m. bef. May 1661 Col. Thos. Brereton, Northumberland Co.
6. MARY CLAIBORNE md. 1st. Edward Rice
  2nd MAJOR ROBERT HARRIS

Ca 1677-68 WILLIAM CLAIBORNE  died 1810, probably at New Kent Co. home at Romanoke (now in King Wm. Co.) completing a very eventful life.  His wife, Elizabeth (Butler) Claiborne (1811) had lived until at least1668/9.

References

21T245 Article by G.H.S. King
IV316-318
56V442-6 Article by Dr. Clayton Torrance
Virginia Historical Genealogies ; John Bennett Boddie p. 36-38
Claiborne Family of Virginia ; Claiborne 1917
Old Virginia and her Neighbors ; Fiske 2 Vols.
Founders of Maryland , Neill p. 38
The Ligon Family and Connections Wm. D. Ligon __ 1947
Col. & Revolutionary Lineages of America Vol. 4, p. 59-64, Vol.1__
              p. 213 , 221
History of Louisa Co., Va., Dr. Malcolm H. Harris p. 348

CLAIBORNE FAMILY HISTORY
 

Col. William Claiborne, born 1587, died 1677, married 1st Jane Butler of London; married 2nd in Virginia, Elizabeth ___________ about 1644. He settled at his plantation, Romancoke, on the Pamunkey River about 1650.  He became one of the leading men in the Colony and became the first Secretary in the Virginia colony, appointed by the King.  His first wife, Jane Butler was daughter of John Butler and Jane Elliott.
 

William Clayborne, Gent. , Recommended as able Surveyors:
 On a sallary July 24, 1621
 Sir William Harris, 75 lbs.
 Sir Arthur Harris ,75 lbs.
  Thomas Harris , 25 lbs.
  Roger Harris , 68 lbs.
  John Harris , 37 lbs.

June 20, 1620 The sums adventured were paid by Sir Thomas Smith, Kut., Treas.
Ref. See pages 203 and 289 of Adv. Of purse and Person
Taken from the Records of the Virginia County, Congressional Library,
Washington, D.C.
Children of the Honorable William Claiborne (1600-1667/8) and his first wife
Elizabeth Butler were William, Thomas, Leonard, John, Jane married Thomas Brererton (Breeton) and Mary who married Robert Harris (Genealogy of the Claiborne Family, pg. 14 for the last marriage.)  Ref.:  Northumberland County, Virginia Deeds, Orders 1650-1652, pg. 36
William Claiborne 1640 – record states he had two daughters.)
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On a brass memorial tablet in Cliburn Church, near Peurith, Westmorelandshire is the following: (Latin inscription) translated:  Gueel M. (William) de Cleyborne senr.  Claiborne primi Secretary of the Colony of Virginia 1627 (See ,Virginia Carelerum,pg. 43, by Edward Neill and pg. 155 in MartinFamilies by Wm. Cross, page 155)  William Claiborne’s daughter, Mary,lst Edward Rice and 2nd Robert Harris (b. 1635; d. 1701).  Her father,Wm. Claiborne was the first Secretary of the Colony of Virginia,  appointed by the King.

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Harris Papers by K. Wiggin

Volume 3, page 29:
To the Glory of God and to the honored memory of William Claiborne,son of Edmund Claiborne and Grace Bellingham of Claiborne Hall, Westmoreland County in England was born 1587 and settled in Virginia 1621; Member of the Council 1623-1660; Secretary of State 1625-1635; 1656-1660; Treasurer 1642-1665; deputy Governor 1653; Commander Expedition against the Indians1629 and 1644 at Kent Island.  He made the first settlement within the present bounds of Maryland.

Adv. Of Purse and person by Hiden pg. 131 stated William Claiborne was the sone of Thomas Claiborne of Kent County, England and that he was born 1600.

For Additional Data See:  Winston of Virginia and Allied Families by Clayton Torrance CS 71 . W782   1927 Complete book on William Claiborne, Secretary of Colony of Virginia and English background; an account of his Pedigree F229, C58; Chapter II page 155

Roots in Virginia by Nathan Claiborne Hale CS 71 #163 pub. 1948 , excellentClaiborne data

CLAIBORNE FAMILY HISTORY

CA1587 WILLIAM CLAIBORNE (1810) born in Westmoreland, England, son of Sir Edward and Grace (Bellingham) Cleburne of Holsington.  This is disputed, and others, Boddie, give his birth as later, being baptized10 Aug. 1600, in Parish of Grayford, Kent, son of Thomas Cleybourne (ca1557-1607) of Borough of Kings Lynn, (Mayor 1592) and Sarah James (Nee Smyth) widow of Roger.  They moved to Parish of Stepney, Middlesex, and then toParish of Crayford, Kent.

1617 (Boddie)  He was student at Pembroke College, Cambridge
October
1621 WILLIAM CLAIBORNE arrived at Jamestown to assume his appointmentas surveyor for the Virginia Colony.

March until 1637, and again 1652 WILLIAM CLAIBORNE was Secretary of State for
1625/26 Virginia.   He later became Treasurer and then, DeputyGovernor of the Colony.
 He patented many tracts of land, bought Kent island from theIndians and became involved in a dispute with Lord Calvert in his establishmentof Maryland, -- the dispute as to whether Kent Island was to be part of Maryland or of Virginia lasting until his death.  His name is included in many Virginia documents and records, and his history is well worth studying.  His portrait hangs in the State Capitol of Virginia, at Richmond.

Ca 1635 WILLIAM CLAIBORNE (1810) m. ELIZABETH BUTLER (1811) daughterof John Butler (3622) and his wife, Jane Elliott (3623)

 Children:  1.  William Claiborne b.__________ d. 1682md. Eliz. Wilkes of
   New Kent County, Virginia
2. Thomas Claiborne, b. 17 August 1647, d. 7 October 1683, md.
Sarah Fenn of New Kent County, Virginia.
3. Leonard Claiborne settled in Jamaica where he died in 1694.
4. John Claiborne
5. Jane Claiborne (      ) before May 1661 md. Thomas Brereton,
Northumberland County, Virginia.
6. Mary Claiborne (905) married (1) Edward Rice
(2) Major Robert Harris (904).

Ca 1677-68 WILLIAM CLAIBORNE (1810) died probably at New Kent County home at
  Romancoke (now in King William Co.) completing a very eventfullife.  His wife,
  Elizabeth (Butler) Claiborne (1811) lived until at least 1668/9.

References

21T245 Article by G.H.S. King   The Ligon Family and Connect
IV316-318         Wm. D. Ligen,Jr. 1947
56V442-6 Article by Dr. Clayton Torrence
Virginia Historical Genealogies  Col. & RevolutionaryLineage of
  John Bennett Boddie p. 36-38     America Vol. 4 p. 56-64
        Vol. 12, pg. 213-221
Claiborne Family of Virginia -   History of Louisa Co., VA.
    Claiborne 1917      Malcolm H. Harris p. 348
Old Virginia and her Neighborns ,Fiske
 2 Vol.      Founders of Maryland ,Neill  pg. 38
 

CLAIBORNE LINE OF DESCENT

William Claiborne

1. Malcolm II King of Scotland, father of:
 2.   Prince Beatrice married Crinan Lord of the Isles.  Their son was:
4. Cospatrick:  Earl of Northumberland and Dunbar
5. Lady Gunilda md. Orme, Lord of Slaton
6. Cospatrick 1st lord of Workington d. 1179
7. Thomas De Workington d. 1152
8. Patrick De Curiven:  of
3. Maldred, brother of Duncan I , King of Scotland
      NOTE:  In wrong order ,8 generations removed ,
9. Elizabeth Curwon: md. John Cleburne, of Cleburne Hall, and Bampton in Westmoreland,
d. 1489.  From them was descended (6 Generations Removed).
10. Captain William Claiborne of Romancoke, King William County, VA.b. 1597; d. 1676;
md. in 1638, in London, Jane Butler.  He settled in Virginia in1621; was Secretary and Treasurer of the Virginia Colony and Surveyor Generalof the Old Dominion
11. Lieutenant Colonel thomas Claiborne of Romancode b. 1647; killed by the Indians in
1683; md. Miss Dandridge of Virginia.
12. Capt. Thomas Claiborne of  Sweet Hall born, 1680; King Wm. Co.,VA.; d. 1732 , md. 3 times and had 27 children.  By his last wife,Ann Fox who died in 1733, he had:
13.  Col. Augustine Claiborne of Windsor, b. 1721; m. Mary, dau. of Buller H. Herbert of Puddlecoke, and had 15 children.
14.  Mary Claiborne: b. 1744 md. Gen. Charles Harrison of , Berkley, d. 1796 (an uncle of    President Harrison).
15.  Mary Herbert Harrison md. Herbert Peterson, of Petersburg,VA.
16.  Lucy Ann Peterson md. William H. Young of Virginia.
 Ref.:   Young Family Records, and Americans of Royal Descent, 1891 ,  Browning
Seventy Five Years in Old Virginia, New York 1904
,William Claiborne of Virginia, by John Herbert Claiborne of VA,191___
,Virginia Venturer, Biography of William Claiborne ,Richmond 1951by Nathaniel C. Hale.

William Claiborne made settlement on Kent Island in Maryland  because of this Wm. Claiborne & the Calverts of Maryland were engaged in the Civil War for many years.  He was born in Westmoreland (shire) North England.

Capt. William Claiborne of Romancoke, King William County, Virginia was born 1587; died 1676; married in 1638, in London, Jane Butler. He settled in Virginia in 1621 , was Secretary and Treasurer of the Virginia Colony and Surveyor General of the  Old Dominion

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Claiborne of  Romancoke, was born 1647. He was killed by Indians in 1683; married Miss Dandridge of Virginia.

Capt. Thomas Claiborne of  Sweet Hill, born 1680 in King William County,Virginia, died 1732; married three times and had 27 children.  By last wife, Ann Fox who died in Puddlecoke, and had 15 children.

Mary Claiborne born 1744 married Gen. Charles Harrison of  Berkeley  and died 1796 (an uncle of President Harrison.

Ref.  A book on & William Claiborne of Virginia by John HerbertClaiborne New York 1917.  He also wrote  Seventy-Five Years in OldVirginia, New York 1904.

Va. Venturer , Biography of Wm. Claiborne, 1951, Richmond by Nath C. Hale
 

CLAIBORNE

The Will of Richard Claiborne is in Lunenburg County, Will Book 2, p.438:  1776

Richard Claiborne's will was probated in Lunenburg County in 1776.  He writes that the tract where he lately lived called Roberts old placeis to be sold and also his rite to the land Samuel Harris now lives on the land  being mine at said Harrises death, but in case money is wanting he gives above land to son John Claiborne his riding chair is to be sold; Edward Dudley of Amelia county is to pay his debts and divide the rest between his three sons, John Claiborne, Richard Henry Claiborne and Leonard Claiborne.  When Richard Henry is 20, he is to have money from plantation sale of place he now lives near Winningham's, it being north of the River; he gives slaves to his daughter Molly Warwick; to son Leonard the land he now lives on that lies south of the Meherrin River; none of his sons is of age; Leonard is to be under management of Edward Dudley; John and Richard Henry are to be under care of Charles Hamlin senior and William Warwick of North Carrolina; Rev. James Craig is to educate Leonard if Dudley should die; also Charles Hamlin would manage his plantations and negroes in this case; Ann Dudley is given a negro girl; nephew Leonard Claiborne son of Thomas Claiborne deceased is left money; he is at law with Philip Whitehead Claiborne about a sale of negroes Col. Phil Johnston claims as his property; Dudley of Amelia Co. and Warwick of NC his executors; witnesses are Henry Pamplin, Wm. Claiborne, Elizabeth Pamplin and John Salmon.

(The Claibornes were a wide-ranging family and other wills and records of the family appear in other county sections of this notebook.)

Lunenburg County Records

Patents and Grants:
Book 24, p. 547; Augustine Claiborne in 1746 patents 656 acres on both sides of the Meherrin River.

Book 26, p. 355:  Samuel Harris in 1748; April 5th, patents land on the south side of the Stanton River at Cargil's line.

p. 357, Samuel Harris patents 252 a. n. side Stanton R. on his own line, same date.

From the notes of Mrs. Anderson. dec'd
Transcribed by Nancy Ridgway