Research Our Genealogy

Joshua Clyburn is the earliest known ancestor of the family. He is listed in the 1790 census as “Joshua Clyburn” and resided in Robeson County, North Carolina. Five years later he purchased land for his son Ephraim Claybourn there. Although much of Joshua’s lineage remains shrouded in mystery, thanks to DNA evidence we know with a high degree of probability that he descended from an English branch originating in Westmorland County in northern England.

You’re invited to begin the journey of our family’s history by reading about Joshua Clyburn and his children, including daughter Sally and son Ephraim Claybourn. From there you can move on to specific biographical sketches of Ephraim’s children, including John B. Claiborne, William Divine Claybourn, James Thompson Clayborn, Luticia Achea Claiborne, Mary Elizabeth Claiborne, and Martha E. Claiborne. The hundreds of descendants from these three sons are chronicled as well and gets progressively more detailed as the generations progress toward modernity. To access descendants follow the links at the bottom and side of each biography. Below is an outline setting forth certain biographies, with numerous additional ancestors set forth therein.

The site is organized in a hierarchical structure and information about individuals can be accessed by following links within their ancestors’ biographies, or using the tree outline below. Also consider using the search engines below. Information on the Claybourn wives can be found on the pages of their husbands. This was done primarily for archival ease, and also because there is simply more historical evidence and information available about men of the family. But there remains a treasure trove of information about the Claybourn women and that is typically included on their husband’s pages.

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The Grand Family Tree

This index uses the d’Aboville System, a descending genealogical numbering method developed by Jacques d’Aboville in 1940 that is very similar to the Henry System. This system assigns the number 1 to the individual who starts the line of descent. The first child of No. 1 is 1.1; the 10th would be 1.10. The first children of the latter would be 1.10.1. This index does not list each individual on this website. Rather, it generally follows the delineation of chapters so that each individual with a unique page is included here. Joshua is the earliest ancestor and his descendants are numbered thereafter.

Using a Search Engine

This site uses Google and MSN to crawl the content offered here. Because of the enormous amount of information held by the Society, we have not been able to place it all online. That is a continual work in progress. If you cannot find the information you’re seeking, or you wish additional information, do not hesitate to contact us and request more info.



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Citing to CGS

If you wish to cite to this website in research, we recommend using the Chicago Manual of Style. For notes, footnotes, or endnotes, use the following format:

“[Insert name of article here],” The Claybourn Genealogical Society, accessed [insert date page was accessed], [Insert specific URL here].

Within a bibliography, use the following format:

The Claybourn Genealogical Society. “[Insert name of article here].” Accessed [insert date page was accessed]. [Insert specific URL here].