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Appendix A

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Tennessee Historical Magazine

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Tennessee Historical Society

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Appendix C
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Bedford's Tour (1807)

Vol. V
Appendix B. — Claiborne Family.

Dr. Thomas Augustine Claiborne was one among a number of brothers who came from Virginia to Tennessee and the further South about the beginning of the nineteenth century — all of whom became social and civic leaders. General Ferdinand Leigh Claiborne, born in Sussex County, Virginia, 1772, died 1813 at Natchez, was noted in military and civic matters. Gov. William Charles Cole Claiborne, after living in Tennessee a number of years was appointed Governor of Mississippi Territory, then later of the Louisiana Territory, born 1775, died 1817. Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne lived in Virginia, served in Congress 1825‑1837.

Dr. Thomas Augustine Claiborne, the companion of Dr. Bedford on his tour to New Orleans, was born in Virginia. Came to Nashville and married, April 20, 1801, Sarah, eldest daughter of William Tirrell Lewis, their children were: Ferdinand, born 1804, died 1832; Mary E. T., born 1806, married Hon. Abram Maury; Micajah Lewis Claiborne, born 1808, died 1878.

Dr. Claiborne was in every way a distinguished citizen and took an important part in public leadership and civic service. In 1806, with others, he served as commissioner to build the new town jail; in 1807 he joined Dr. Bedford in his tour South. On his return, in October of same year, we find his leadership in organizing one of the earliest literary clubs of the town, viz.: "The Nashville Discussion Society."

"On the northeast corner of Market Street and the Square was the first brick 'office-house' in Nashville. This was built by Dr. Claiborne. . . . It was two rooms deep and two stories high, the front room downstairs being used as an office, while the other three were used as his residence." (Mrs. Thomas, "Old Days in Nashville," p13.)

Dr. Thomas Claiborne is not to be confused with his relative, Major Thomas Claiborne, member of Congress and the first Grand Master Mason of the State of Tennessee. He also married into the Lewis family, the daughter of Hon. Joel Lewis, brother of Wm. Tirrell Lewis.

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