Col William Claiborne

Col William Claiborne

Kent, England
Death 1676 (aged 88–89)
Romancoke, King William County, Virginia, USA
Burial Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 139615699 View Source

CLAIBORNE, WILLIAM, (1587-1676) Came from England with Governor Wyatt in 1621. Secretary of State of VA. 1625, member of the council 1625-60). Deputy Governor 1653. Had one land grant of 24,000 acres in King William Co. VA. Married Elizabeth Jane Butler, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Elliott) Butler of Roxwell, Essex, England.

Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots
Name: William Claiborne
Cemetery: Family cemetery
Location: Sweet Hall, Rocky MT, King William Co VA 71

A very good biography of Wm. Claiborne can be read in Claiborne, John H, William Claiborne Of Virginia, 1917. In that book one finds that he was born on Creyford, Kent, England, where he was christened 10 Aug 1600. He immigrated to Virginia in 1621
William Claiborne obtained a license in 1631 to establish a trading post on Kent Island (Maryland). He settled the island with settlers creating a Virginia Hundred and a post from which he traded furs with the Indians. Lord Baltimore, Calvert was later granted Kent Island by Charles I, and brought settlers there about 1636 . There was a skirmish between the two sides and long years of legal dispute. Claiborne lost the legal battle with the King after twenty years of claims and settled in New Kent County, Virginia. New Kent became a county under his leadership; it was named for his home county in England. He settled on a land grant of 5000 acres he had received in 1624 from the Virginia Assembly in recognition of his military service against the Indians.
His plantation was "Romancoke", where he was buried, near West Point on York River. He had acquired a total of 45,000 acres by the time of his death. (De Courcy Thom) He was the first Secretary of the Treasurer of the Virginia Colony.
His biographer says of him "He was a clever and resourceful politician, an accomplished courtier who knew how to wear the silken glove over the iron hand; a man of powerful, magnetic and compelling personality , who bound his friends to him with hooks of steel, harrassed and exasperated his enemies with undying pertinacity, and met aggression with aggression, reprisal with reprisal. He was proud, imperious, persistant, indomitable; he loved Virginia with a burning love that still lives in the hearts of his descendants. He was the champion and defender of her territorial rights, of constitutional and personal liberty, and, finally, was essentially and altogether human."

The Knight is dust--
His sword is rust---
His soul is with the Saints we trust. "

This book claims he is a descendant of Malcom of Scotland and of Bardolph, descended from Rolf "the Norseman" who conquered Normandy in 912 A.D.

Biography contributed by Janet S., whose husband is a descendant of Sen. Nathanial Herbert Claiborne.
Son of Thomas Cleyborne and Sarah Smyth Cleyborne