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Augustine Claiborne (1720 - 1787)

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Colonel Augustine Claiborne
Born in King William County, Virginia Colonymap
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Died in Sussex County, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Categories: NSSAR Patriot Ancestors | US Southern Colonist | King William County, Virginia Colony | House of Burgesses, Virginia Colony.

Augustine Claiborne is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: A022034
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Augustine Claiborne of "Windsor," was born in King William county, Virginia, the son of Captain Thomas Claiborne, of "Sweet Hall," (born 16 Dec 1680) and Anne West Fox (born 20 May 1684) both natives of King William Co., VA Around 1740, Augustine married Mary Herbert (born 25 Aug 1728), daughter of Buller Herbert [1]

As early as 18 Oct 1742 Augustine and Mary settled in Surry County giving the name "Windsor" to thier new home. Later, due to changes in county lines, the residence was in Sussex county. Augustine produced a license to practice law in Jul 1742 and again qualified for practice in Oct 1746.

Colonel Claiborne was a Burgess from Surry County 1748-54. He qualified as vestryman of Albemarle Parish on 21 May 1751 and became the first clerk of Sussex County when it was formed in 1754. He served as Clerk for twenty-two years, until 1776, and was succeeded by his son William. He was also a member of the Committee of Safety for Sussex in 1775.

Augustine took the oaths as a Major of foot in the militia on 21 Nov 1749 and again on 18 Aug 1752. On the creation of Sussex County he took the oaths as Colonel of militia on 9 Sep 1754 and as County Lieutenant on 19 Mar 1767. On 29 Nov 1777 he was appointed one of several residents of Sussex County to execute the Act for clothing the troops of Virginia on Continental service.

Apparently, Colonel Claiborne did not engage in combat during the American Revolutionary War, however he is recognized for his patriotic service by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ancestor # A022034, for his Civil Service duties as Deputy Clerk of Court, Member of Committee of Safety, and rendering of material aid. Their records indicate he was born January 14, 1720, in King William county, Virginia and died in Windsor, Sussex county, Virginia on May 3, 1787. [2]

According to the website "Virginians" [] Augustine was head of a household of nine whites and 30 blacks in Sussex County in 1782. He had twenty-five slaves in Dinwiddie County that same year. His will was recorded 17 May 1787.


Husband: Augustine Claiborne
Wife: Mary Herbert
Child: Mary Claiborne
Child: Herbert Claiborne
Child: Augustine Claiborne
Child: Anne Claiborne
Child: Susanna Claiborne
Child: William Presley Claiborne
Child: Buller Claiborne
Child: Lucy Herbert Claiborne
Date: 8 MAY 1744


  1. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Burgesses and Other Prominent Persons
  2. "Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 July 2017), Augustine Claiborne, 03 May 1787; Death, citing Virginia, United States, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.
  • Boddie, Virginia Historical Genealogies, p. 40
  • WPA, Sussex County, Tale of Three Centuries, Page 44, 47, 50
  • Abercrombie & Slatten, Virginia Revolutionary Pub claims, Volume 3, page 893
  • Virginians: The Family History of John W. Pritchet Copywrite 2001-2005, John W. Pritchett
  • Old King William Homes and Families Clarke, Peyton Neale, Regional Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1966

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On 3 Nov 2014 at 09:23 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

attached daughter Elizabeth (m Thomas Peterson). see pp 5-6, & footnote 6

Profile ID is spelled wrong, but it's the right Elizabeth.

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