About CGS

People who take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.
— Thomas Macaulay

The Claybourn Genealogical Society (“CGS”) is the world’s leading resource for Clyburn / Claybourn / Claiborne / Clayborn / Claybourne family history research. Although our name says Claybourn, we provide expertise and research for numerous family lines, from eighteenth-century North Carolina through twentieth-first-century biographical research. Founded in 2009, we maintain an award-winning website, Claybourn.org, as the online repository for more than 5,000 searchable names. CGS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that is open to the public.

CGS works to cultivate the ties of friendship among family descendants and preserve and safeguard manuscripts, books, cemeteries, and memorabilia relating to family members. Sources for the history include family records, old family Bibles, court records, tombstones, old family letters, personal interviews, personal correspondence, newspapers, magazines, etc. For the health and vitality of the CGS’ records, we welcome and encourage any information which may be useful.

Although this site contains biographical information on – literally – thousands of people, plus detailed accounts of many of them, it is still only a fraction of what’s available about the Claybourn family. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional inquiries about information not yet added. The health and vitality of CGS depends on updates and corrections from attentive and interested volunteers. Click here for more ways to get involved.

History of CGS

As early as 1906, Verner Marvin Claybourn began collecting data on the Claybourn Family, and on the English family from whom he believed we descended. In about 1935 Harriette Pinnell Threlkeld became interested, did some research, and with Verner collected data on the hundreds of descendants of William Divine Claybourn, her great-grandfather. From their foundational core Joshua Andrew Claybourn created this one-of-a-kind website with an eye toward updating and improving the biographical data on thousands of individuals connected to the Claybourn family.

Using this Site

The site is organized in a hierarchical structure. Click here to learn more about using this site and ways to research your genealogy. If you have further questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us. Please take time to read the CGS Terms of Use.

Awards & Recognition

  • “The Federation of Genealogical Societies is proud to award The Claybourn Genealogical Society an Award of Merit for meritorious contributions benefiting the genealogical community. The Claybourn Family History website is truly indeed deserving of this award.” ~ The Federation of Genealogical Societies
  • “The Claybourn Genealogical Society website is a great example of how a family-oriented website can be fun, attractive and informative.” ~ GenealogyBlog


In their initial compilation Harriette and Verner wished to thank all who have helped in the preparation of the data, but with a special thanks to John G. and Elsie Claybourn who did much original research in Tennessee; to Myrtle Jones, Norah Hunsinger, Eula Osborn, Iona Ranstad, Orla Hawk and Stella Guess. We are forever in debt to them, but in particular to Harriette and Verner for their tireless, lifelong pursuit of the family’s history. Harriette was also an artist, and a number of the drawings featured in this site were created by her.

Privacy Policy

A privacy policy for a genealogical website may appear to be a contradiction of purpose. Our very existence depends on visitors to our site sharing information about themselves and their ancestors. However, the Claybourn Genealogical Society pledges to responsibly handle any personal information you give to us. Please read the full CGS Terms of Use, which contains this group’s privacy policy.