tary of Virginia in 1626.
This statement is inexact.
The family deduces from Richard Clyborne, of County Westmorland, and his wife, Emma, daughter and co-heiress of George Kirkbred, of County Northumberland, England (Circa, 1530). The name has been variously spelled Clyborne, Cleyborne, Cleburne, Clayborne, Cleborne, Cliburne, Claiborne.
The last form was that used by Colonel William Claiborne, Secretary of the Colony of Virginia, and the first man honored with the title of rebel in North America. General Cleburne was of the family of Colonel Claiborne, but not descended from him. The spelling Claiborne generally obtains in the United States, and the name has been distinguishedly represented.
Dr. Christopher J. Cleborne, Surgeon and Medical Director United States Navy, a cousin in a remote degree of General Cleburne, is another highly worthy representative of the Irish branch of the family.—Ed. His mother was of the lineage of that Maurice Ronayne, who obtained from King Henry t