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Subject: Re: [DNA] Questions about alternate means of searching DNAGenealogy-creating a modal haplotype from a few samples
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:17:53 +0000
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Hi Bob,

This is a most interesting find indeed. By the "namesake", I assume that you are referring to Lemuel?

I have studied the Cliborns/Clayborns etc for over a decade now. I can tell you that there are about three major family groups bearing that surname in the US. (Well, caucasian families anyway...). The first group's immigrant was Col. William Claiborne, the first secretary of state of VA. He came over in 1615. He was also responsible for the first naval battle to take place in Americe when he began fighting with Lord Baltimore over what is now Maryland. This family originates near London. Anyway, he's not related to me. My adopted family group's immigrant was Edward Cleburne, who came over Aug 11, 1635 on the "Globe" from London. This family group has direct DNA ties to the Cleburnes of Westmoreland Co (who allegedly descend through the male line from Charlemange). After this family backed Richard III during the war of the roses they fell out of power and esteem. They sold their estate iin England and went to Ireland and America. The paper documentation is a little sketchy in!
some areas, but the DNA is conclusive.

The third family seems to have no relation to either of the other two and just "shows up" in N.Carolina in the early 1700s. No one, as far as I know, has been able to trace their origins with any certainty.

I will most definitely read what you found, and I am VERY appreciative of the help!!! :D. The part that troubles me is this: if Lemuel Croy is the son of William, as the information may suggest, I can still show a paper trail from William back to Edward, and my DNA does not match other, more distant members of that known group. So, someone, somewhere is still off-kilter somehow.

In the meantime I will scour that record for information and get in contact with the Clayborn DNA study group and see if there have been any new contributions from members more closely related to me.

Thanks a million!!! (At this point any scrap of evidence is exciting, no matter how remote. I've been spinning my wheels on this for five years).

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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From: Robert Stafford <>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:01:17
To: <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Questions about alternate means of searching DNA
Genealogy -creating a modal haplotype from a few samples

I found them in Giles County. This may explain why they were not married:

Search Giles Co. with Clyburn. Mary Clyburn sued William Clyburn in 1832 for
separate maintenance. Divorce was very difficult to obtain at the time.

It seems likely that the children were his, especially since there was
nearby a namesake for the son's relatively uncommon name. The timing of the
above separation is compatible with the births of the children.

Failure to find a match may be due to lack of test subjects from the Giles
group. If the family arrived in the mid 1700's in the Scotch-Irish wave, as
some of the given names suggest, they may be the only ancestors in the U.S.
I would try to find a descendant of the elder Lemuel to test. He and William
are both reported to be from NC in the 1850 census.

There may be something in the court orders, if the children were born out of
wedlock. They are hard to search if there is no index or they are not
transcribed. However, they can be a gold mine of information.

The LDS library in Salt Lake City has almost all early VA records on
microfilm. It also has many transcriptions. You can borrow microfilm from
the Library of Virginia through local libraries or LDS through their Family
History Centers. Check the online LDS and LVA catalogs for what records are
available, especially transcriptions. VA counties have death records
1853-1896. They may show the parents of William and/or Christina and are on

I would research the state tax lists 1782-1850. They will show when people
arrived, left or died and may suggest father-son relationships.

Bob Stafford

On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM, Johnathan Clayborn <
> wrote:

> I know through paper trails my ancestors bore the Clayborn surname post
> 1860. (In fact, in the 1860 census for Loudon Co, VA he shows up as a
> Clayborn). Since we are Clayborns now we had no reason to ever assume that
> at some point we were not Clayborns. We missed a vital clue on the 1850
> Census Record where it lists:
> Clayborn, Willima
> Croy, Christina
> Lemuel
> Sarah
> So, having exhuasted all other means currently available to me I turned to
> the genealogy aspect of it.
> My genetic markers match the R1b root model fairly closely with noteable
> exceptions at DYS439, DYS389-I, DYS389-II, DYS458, DYS454, DYS437, and
> DYS464c&d.

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