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This is the third in the series of articles profiling the four families in the initial Y-chromosome DNA study. The first article was on William Claiborne of Virginia (1600-1676/9), the second, John Clyborn of old Henrico Co, VA (1650/1655-1685).

Dr. CHRISTOPHER JAMES CLEBORNE (1838-1909) Direct Descent from Cliburn, Westmorland

Dr. Christopher James Cleborne was born 16 December 1838 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Christopher and Jane Reily Cleburne of Ireland. He died in 1909. His wife was Jane Elizabeth Emma Parker of Philadelphia. They were married 8 May 1861. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.B. Glover of Atlanta. Her obituary was published in the Atlanta Journal on 24 September 1910.

Dr. C. J. Cleborne graduated the University of Pennsylvania 1860. He was appointed Asst. Surgeon, U.S.N., May 1861; promoted past Assist. Surgeon, October 26, 1863; Surgeon, November 24, 1863; Medical Inspector, January 7,1878; Medical Director, September 18, 1887; retired with rank of Rear Admiral, November 10, 1899; Director Naval Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia (1888-1891 and 1894-1899), of Chelsea, Massachusetts (1891-1894), and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (January-November 1899). [See Who Was Who in America, 1897-1924, p. 229] Dr. Cleborne's first cousin was Confederate General Patrick Ronayne Cleborne of Civil War fame- ironic that the cousins were on opposite sides. Both men must have had considerable leadership qualities.

The Claiborne Society was fortunate to have found a direct male descendant of Dr. Cleborne who was willing to donate his DNA for the study. Below is a simple summary by generation of the direct line back to Cliburn, Westmorland, England. The John Clyborn/Cliborn line of old Henrico branched from this line sometime before generation 18. Generation 29, the donor, his father and grandfather, will remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

GenerationDirect male line to Cliburn Westmorland:
29Cleborne donor of Y-chromosome DNA
28Donor's father
27Donor's grandfather
26Arthur Courtney Cleborne (1863-1896) married Cornelia DuVal
25Dr. Christopher-James Cleborne, Rear Admiral USN (1838-1909). See above.
24Christopher Cleburne (1793-1848) married Jane Reily
23William Cleburne of Rock Cottage & Annahanarig, Ireland married 2nd Phoebe Sharpe
22Edward Cleburne of Springmount & Derrinsilla, Ireland (said to have d. 1819 at age 99 years) married Ellen Palmer of Derrinsalla, co. Tipperary
21William Cleburne of Ballycolitan, Ireland married Grace Woodrife, inherited the Irish properties from his uncle, who died without issue
20Richard Cleburne of Bunadubber, Ireland; new information: christened 12 Nov 1650 St. Peter le Poer, London, Eng; brother William's matriculation record at Trinity College, U of Dublin states William Cleburn was age 16 on 2 Aug 1659, b. Broadstreet, London .
19William Cleborne (abt 1609-1682), born in England, possibly at Killerby, Yorkshire (Herald's Vistation of 1613); married Bridgetta Ward of Kilkenny; their 5 children christened in St. Peter le Poer church, London- 1642, 1643, 1645, 1646, 1649, 1650; lived on Broad Street in London between 1642-1650; seen in Irish tax records 1659 liv. St. John's Manor, Wexford Town, n. ward, co. Wexford; dec. by 21 Feb 1682 when admin. granted on his estate. The Wexford property came to him through the Lowthers sometime after 1653. [note: The christening records are new information.]
18Thomas Clayburne, esq. (1580-1640) of Killerby, Yorks and Cliburn, Westmorland, married Frances Lowther
17Edmund Cleburne of Killerby (abt 1554/5-bef 15 Sept 1590) married Grace Bellingham; new information: Edmund Cleburne of Westmorland gent, matriculated Queens College, Oxford, 1572 age 18.
16Richard Cliburne (All Saints Day 1532 -12 Jun 1588)of Killerby married Eleanor Lancaster
15Edmund/Edward Clyburne (c 1506-26 Dec 1546) married Elinor Layton of Dalmayne
14Robert Cleburn of Cliburn, Westmorland, married around 20 Oct 1505 when he received the marriage portion of his wife, Emma Kirkbride [the Herald's Visitations end here]
13Thomas Cliburn, esq (abt 1468-aft 1523) married Joan Sandford
12John Clebburne (d. 1489/90) married Elizabeth Curwin abt 1468
11Roland Clibburn married Katherine Lancaster of Howgill Castle
10John de Clybourne/Cliburn (d bef Lent 1440), married 1392 Margaret de Salkeld
9Robert de Cliburn- held manors of Cliburn Hervy & Bampton Cundale m. abt 1362 Margaret de Cundale
8John le Franceys de Cliburn- loosely translated as John "the Frenchie" of Cliburn m. Margaret de Bolton
7Robert le Franceys de Cliburn
6John le Frankys de Cliburn m. abt 1317 Beatrice dau of Robert le Boteler of Newby
5Robert le Frances de Cliburn (liv. Cliburn 1332) m. Alice dau. of Adam de Quitlaw
4John le Franceys de Cliburn (liv 1291/92 & 1307) [note: There is a stretch of time between gen.
3 & 4that makes researchers wonder if there is a missing generation]
3Robert le Franceys de Cliburn (liv 1259) m 1235 Elizabeth Tailbois, she brings Cliburn property as dower with her marriage
2Hugh Franceys
1Adam le Frances (Adam of France) listed on Pipe Roll for 1200

Your Best Sources as of this date:

  1. Lolita Hannah Bissell, Cliborn-Claiborne Records (Nashville, 1986).
  2. Rev. Frederick W. Ragg, "Cliburn Hervey & Cliburn Talbois Part II", Transactions of Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquities & Archaeological Society, vol. XXVIII (1928): 178-272.
  3. Sue Cliborn Forbes, Ancestral Lines of Cliburn, Westmorland, 23 page manuscript in draft form, 3rd revision due spring 2003.
  4. John O'Hart, Irish Pedigrees, 5th edition, vol. II, 1888 (reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1967). Be very careful with this material as it has a number of errors, such as a descent to William Claiborne of Virginia which has been proved incorrect.

Written by
Sue Cliborn Forbes