Lt. Col. William Claiborne, Ill

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Lt. Col. William Claiborne, Ill

Birthdate: (34)
Birthplace: Romancoke on Pamonkey River, King William County, Virginia Colony
Death: January 10, 1705 (34)
Romancoke, King William County, Province of Virginia
Place of Burial: King William County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Col. William Claiborne, Jr. and Katherine "Elizabeth" Claiborne
Husband of Elizabeth "Catherine" Claiborne
Father of William Claiborne, IV; Elizabeth Anderson and Mary Claiborne
Brother of Ursula Gooch and Mary Fox

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About Lt. Col. William Claiborne, Ill

Lt. Col. William Claiborne, III (1671 - 1705), son of William Claiborne (d c 1677) and Elizabeth Wilkes.

His wife was (probably) Elizabeth (or Catherine) Dandridge

Their children

  1. William Claiborne, iv b Between 1689 and 1705 d Aft 1733 married Elizabeth Whitehead
  2. Elizabeth Claiborne b. 1700 d. 1761 married 1) Ralph Crawforth 2) Henry Anderson
  3. Mary Claiborne b. Bef 1705 no further information


Elizabeth was a young widow. Her father was Captain William Claibourne, a descendant of the William Claibourne of "Claibourne's Rebellion" fame. The 1630-1640 rebellion was aganist Lord Calvert, Governor of Maryland, over ownership of Kent Island in Chesapeake Bay. Elizabeth was his granddaughter or great granddaughter.


From Our Southern Cousins/Claiborne Family:

Capt. William (III) CLAIBORNE "of Romancoke" (William (Jr.) ("the younger") CLAIBORNE, WILLIAM CLAIBORNE, THOMAS CLAIBORNE/CLAYBORNE *, Thomas (Sr.)) was born 1671.

"Adventurers of Purse and Person":

"WILLIAM (William, William) born 1671, of "Romancoke," in the Parish of St. John's in Pamunkey Neck, King and Queen County (formed from New Kent, 1691, and after 1702 King William) was of "full age" by 10 August 1692 when he acknowledged a deed to "Bestland" in accordance with an agreement made by his mother and his guardian, John Claiborne, 3 May 1687, when the plantation was sold to Richard Covington of South Farnham Parish, Essex County. He owned 3000 acres in King William County, 1704, was a justice of King and Queen County, 1699, and was named justice and lieutenant colonel of militia on the formation of King William County, 12 March, 1701/2.

"A testimonial to the services of William Claiborne during Bacon's Rebellion, issued at "Green Spring" by Governor Berkely, 29 March 1677, was entered on the records of King William County, 20 July 1703, "on motion of Col. Wm. Clayborne, sonn to within mentioned Col. Wm. Claiborne, Junr., deceased."

The name of his wife is not known. His will, 29 Octrober 1705- 10 January 1705/6, named son William and daughter Elizabeth, sister Mary Claiborne, the eldest son of "Cousin" Thomas Claiborne, son of Capt. Thomas Claiborne, sister Ursula Gough, her husband William Gough and son Clayborne, his cousin Eunice Coakes, and others."

"Virginia Carolorum" ("The Declaration of Ye People") "Thomas Story, Recorder of Philadelphia, and a friend of William Penn, visited a member of the Society of friends, one Edward Thomas at Bangor House on the 21st day of 11th month (O.S.) 1698, accompanied, he writes in his journal, by 'Captain William Clayborne, grandson of Colonel Calyborn who subdued the emperor of the Indians of those parts, and his people between the Mattapony and Pamunkie."

In March 1699 , he went to the house of William Clayborne at Pamunky Neck, and held a meeting at Ramoncock, at which was present Captain Clayborne, Major Palmer and Doctor Walker."


ROMANCOKE, seat of the estate that belonged irom 1653 to 1925 successively to CLAIBORNE'S, Custises, and Lees. The present frame house by the Pamunkey succeeds the ante-bellux house burned in1925. On part of this estate William Claiborne spent his last years. George Washington purchased Romancoke about 177o and in his diary often referred to it as 'my Quarter.' He gave it to his stepson, John Parke Custis, through whom it descended to Captain Robert E. Lee, youngest son of General Lee. Not far from Elsing Green is the Romancoke estate which was granted to William Claiborne, secretary of state of Virginia, by the Assembly in recognition of his military service in the campaign against the Indians in 1624. It was Secretary Claiborne's great-great-grandson who married Mary Burnet Browne and lived at Elsing Green. Romancoke continued to be a Claiborne family seat for four generations. It then passed by purchase to the Custis family, and later became the home of Captain Robert E. Lee. The original house was burned many years ago. William married Catherine DANDRIDGE, daughter of John DANDRIDGE.

From: "Nathaniel B. VanKirk" Subject: RE: William Claiborne


William Claiborne's descendants also served in the House of Burgesses, and most of his descendants intermarried with the descendants of the Lord De La Ware(Governor of Delaware and Virginia), as well as the Randolph, Spotswood(Governor of VA), Beverley(Governor of VA), Dandridge (family of George Washington's wife), Bolling(descendants of Pocahontas), and many other prominent Tidewater Virginian families. My family personally came from the William Claiborne's grandson, William Claiborne III's marriage to Catherine Dandridge, 1st cousins of George Washington's wife.

From: Sherron Westerfield:

I am looking for information about one of my ancient grandmothers, Elizabeth Dandridge (unfortunately, a rather common first name in the family), and her father, John,another common family name. My Elizabeth would have been born c1671, possibly in King William Co., VA. She married William Claiborne III (1671-1705). His family home was "Romancoke."

In my research I've found quite a bit about the VA Dandridge family and have it in my data base, including back into England. Will gladly share what I have with you.

I will appreciate any help you may be able to provide in my search. Many thanks.

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Lt. Col. William Claiborne, Ill's Timeline

Romancoke on Pamonkey River, King William County, Virginia Colony
Age 18
King William County, VA, USA
Age 29
King William County, Province of Virginia
January 10, 1705
Age 34
Romancoke, King William County, Province of Virginia
January 30, 1705
Age 34
King William County, Virginia, United States
Age 34
to sister wife of Wm Gough