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Carl Harry Devine Williams Claybourn
Seventh Child of Reuben and Mary Ann Claybourn
27 May 1888 - 20 July 1941

Biographical Sketch

Carl Harry D. as a young man.

Carl Harry D. Williams Claybourn was born on 27 May 1888 in Kinmundy, Illinois as the seventh child of Reuben and Mary Ann Claybourn. He married on 30 June 1914, to Esther Victorine Slankard.[Esther Slankard was born on 11 June 1897.] On his World War I draft registration card Carl indicated that he worked as an automobile mechanic, and that he was of medium build, slender, and had dark blue eyes and light brown hair. It is not clear that he served in the conflict.

Carl and Esther lived in Mt. Vernon, Illinois but had moved to Springfield, Illinois by 1917. By 1928 they had made their way to Fort Worth, Texas, and then in 1930 they were living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The couple had seven children, listed below. Esther died on 5 May 1937. Harry died roughly four years later on 20 July 1941 and is buried at Chicago Heights, Illinois.

Pedigree Chart

Ephraim Claybourn
1788 - 1850
William Divine Claybourn
1819 - 1876
Mary "Polly" Browning
1792 - 1874
Reuben Cicero Claybourn
1854 - 1921
Reuben Hawker
b. 1794
Frances Alla Hawker
1820 - 1863
Nancy Hawker
b. 1796
Carl H. D. W. Claybourn
1888 - 1941
Rev. James Jackson Williams
Mary Ann Eldorado Williams
1857 - 1914
Sophronia Jane Bryant


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    Carol Louise Claybourn
    Senior H.S. Picture
    Oliver Carl Claybourn was born on 17 April 1915 and lived in Columbus, Georgia. On 13 November 1941 he enlisted in the armed services at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Oliver served as a Private in the Air Corps. His World War II elistment record indicates he had three years of high school, worked as a carpenter, was 6'4" tall, and weighed 159 pounds.[National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.] In 1942, during the height of the war, Oliver married Crystell Keen. They had two children, listed below, and by 1955 they were living in Columbus, Georgia. Oliver died on 11 August 1963 in Phenix City, Alabama.

    1. Carol Louise Claybourn was born on 13 August 1945. She graduated from Fort Myers High School in Florida on 2 June 1964. She later married and lived in Ft. Myers, Florida.

    2. Robert Carl Claybourn was born on 21 December 1946. Like his sister, he lived for a time in Ft. Myers, Florida, but may have moved to Phenix City, Alabama to learn the sheet metal trade. He died in January of 1996 in Alabama.

  2. Esther Eugenia Claybourn ("Jean") was born on 7 August 1916. She was in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. She married (1st) Moran Pierce and married (2nd) Lynn A. Peggy. They had one child, listed below. Esther died on 31 December 1964 in New Mexico.

    1. Denise Lynn Claybourn was born on 6 March 1949. She married, lived in Denver, and had two children.

  3. Juanita Ann Claybourn was born on 28 April 1918, and in about 1934 married (1st) to Jeptha Cecil Triplett.[Jeptha Triplett was born on 8 October 1915. He died on 5 February 1978 in Orange County, California.] They lived on South Talman in Chicago, Illinois, and had four children - Shirley, Jeptha, Barbara, and Harry - listed below. On 28 January 1950 Juanita married (2nd) Walter Scott Wilkes and the two lived for a time at 808 Southgate, McHenry, Illinois.[Walter Wilkes was born on 11 August 1906 in Illinois.] They had two children, Alan and Ann, listed below. Walter died in June of 1985 in McHenry County, Illinois. Juanita died on 6 May 1998 in Wauconda, Illinois.

    1. Shirley Ann Triplett was born on 10 March 1935 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She died on 16 April 1977 in Chicago, Illinois.

    2. Jeptha Cecil Triplett, Jr., ("J.C.") was born on 18 May 1936 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He worked as a veteran of the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant and served in the Korean and Cold Wars. He received his master's degree and was a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. Jeptha married a pharmacist and had at least one child, Amy. Jeptha died on 5 March 2012 in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

    3. Barbara Glendora Triplett was born on 13 January 1941. She died on 3 June 1958 in McHenry, Illinois.

    4. Harry Ross Triplett was born on 3 May 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy for five years and had a successful career in sales. He married and made his home in California for 48 years. He loved baseball and coached Little League. He also loved acting in community theatre and enjoying Manhattans. Harry died on 4 August 2014.

    5. Allan Scott Wilkes was born on 10 June 1950 and later married and had two children. He worked as a telephone repair man and lived in the Chicago area.

    6. Ann Marie Wilkes ("Annie") was born on 30 June 1954. She married and had two children, and lived in McHenry, Illinois.

  4. Victor Noel Claybourn was born on 28 August 1919 in Springfield, Illinois. He was a private in the Air Corps in World War II. On his enlistment records he listed his occupation as a baker. He married (1st) Ruth Martines but they divorced. He married (2nd) on 2 July 1941 to Dorothy Mae Clark.[Dorothy Clark was born on 2 May 1920 in Janesville, Wisconsin.] They had one child, Victor Noel Claybourn, Jr., listed below. He married (3rd) to Rose Marie Schavio and they had two children, Ronald and Kathleen, listed below. Victor died on 10 March 1983 in Los Angeles, California and is buried in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

    1. Victor Noel Claybourn, Jr. was born on 11 May 1942.

    2. Ronald Vance Claybourn was born in April of 1948. He obtained a degree in oceanography from the University of Washington and worked at Lawrence Labs in Livermore, California.

    3. Kathleen Ann Claybourn

  5. Lois Bea Claybourn was born on 7 August 1920 and married on 9 October 1938 to Claude R. Henry.[Claude Henry was born on 8 August 1918.] He graduated from the University of New Mexico and the two lived on Garden Park Drive in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They had two children, listed below. Lois died in 1965 of cancer.

    1. Richard Lee Henry ("Chip") was born on 24 November 1939. He married and had at least one child. Chip worked as a dentist in Denver, Colorado.

    2. Janice Darlene Henry ("Jan") was born in 1942 and married Patrick Sheppard, a Navy Captain. Jan and Patrick had at least one child and lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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    Charles V. Claybourn
    Charles Vance Claybourn was born on 10 November 1921 in Chatham, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was an electrician's mate, 3rd class. He ultimately achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Four. He was taken prisoner on Corregidor Island in the Philippines during World War II in 1942. He was held at Davao Penal Colony #502. Those who survived endured torture, beatings, forced labor, illness, and near starvation. Charles, along with 750 others from the Davao camp, were marched shoeless onto a ship called the Shinyo Maru and placed in its holds. The Allies intercepted a message about the ship and, thinking it was carrying enemy soldiers, fired torpedoes on it.

    The torpedoes caused two massive explosions and massive pieces of the ship to crash down from above. Dust filled the air and bleeding men law all over each other in mangled positions with arms, legs, and bodies broken. Strewn across the deck were mangled bodies of prisoners and Japanese guards. The War Department later com-mended Charles for "great presence of mind" for immediately establishing order among survivors.[War Department, General Orders No. 8 (February 7, 1945).] After lifting a heavy steel beam which had pinned down one man he led the stunned group toward the hatch opening. Japanese guards, realizing the prisoners' attempt to escape, opened fire on the men with submachine guns. The War Department recounted Charles Claybourn's actions that day:

    "Met by a withering hail of rifle fire from frenzied enemy guards on the deck of the rapidly sinking ship, Seaman First Class Claybourn instead of seeking escape undauntedly and courageously braved the fire unarmed in an effort to lead his group to safety. Evading every desperate measure of the frantic enemy to prevent him from rescuing his comrades, he conducted the wounded men to the side of the ship and remained until all had leaped into the water. While maddened enemy soldiers continued to fire on the defenseless and floundering men, he swam about with complete disregard for his life, helping the injured to keep afloat, pushing them toward floating timbers or bits of debris, shouting encouragement, and guiding the survivors shoreward. At length, despite utter physical exhaustion, he succeeded in bringing the group to shore, where they were assisted by Filipino guerrillas and ultimately returned to our forces. Seaman First Class Claybourn's daring leadership, complete fearlessness, and intrepidity in repeatedly risking his life to aid his companions were responsible for saving many lives and were an inspiration to his stricken comrades."

    Of almost 800 Allied prisoners of war, 687 were killed. Fifteen or twenty prisoners were recaptured by the Japanese and taken aboard one of the torpedo boats, where they were executed by firing squad as punishment for trying to escape. Eighty-three Americans, including Charles, survived the blast and subsequent shooting from the Japanese and swam to the shores of Sindangan Bay. There they received aid from friendly Filipino guerrillas and were later picked up by an Amer-ican submarine.

    Charles received the Distinguished Service Cross and two Oak Leaf Clusters for his service. He was one of the very few members of the Navy to earn the Distinguished Service Cross in World War II, and what makes his award even rarer is the fact that very few high awards were earned for actions by an individual being held as pris-oner of war.

    The Saturday Evening Post carried a short squib about him written by Lt. Gail M. Raphael. After the survivors reached Brisbane, Australia, they discovered they had two years back pay coming to them and felt a lively urge to throw a party. Thirty five Americans, joined by several Aussies convalescing in the area, decided to spend their unexpected wealth on a real celebration. The story goes on:

    "But their plan hit an early snag. No place could be found in which to stage it. Party-wise hotel managers shook their heads sadly. No space available for such a gathering, they said, no space at all. The war, you know.

    "And then one night shortly before their departure, they got a break. They met a stranger who didn't merely manage a hotel, he owned one. Furthermore, he was anxious to sell it. The price was 900 pounds, or about $3600. Divided among more than 40 boys, less than $90 each.

    "So they bought the hotel, and the party lasted for three nights and two days. On the morning of the third day, the boys emerged, tired and triumphant, but a little puzzled as to what to do with their hotel now.

    "They were standing in front of it in a group when a very pretty blonde started up the block in their direction. They looked at her, then at one another, then nodded solemnly.

    "As she came up to them, the first man's arms closed around her. He planted a resounding kiss on her cheek and passed her on to the next. One by one, before she could protest, each man gave her a similar token of admiration. And when they were all through, THEY GAVE HER THE HOTEL."

    Charles married Genevieve Martin, who served as a Storekeeper Second Class in the U.S. Navy.[Genevieve Martin was born on 5 June 1924 as the daughter of F. Kendrick Martin of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.] After World War II Charles and Genevieve settled in Kingsport, Tennessee, and had the five children listed below. Charles was a sales manager of a factory which manufactured one-way opaque glass. Charles died 15 November 1986, and Genevieve passed away on 13 February 1992. Both are buried at Beaufort National Cemetery in South Carolina.

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    Genevieve in 1940
    (16 years old)
    Charles and Genevieve in 1945 when they were first married. Charles in 1946

    1. Charles Lance Claybourn (known as "Toddy") was born on 13 July 1946. He attended Holston High School and East Tennessee State University. Toddy served as a senior personnel man during nearly 33 years in the U.S. Navy from 13 January 1964 to 30 September 1996. He served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967, and also served in the Gulf War. Later he worked as a national service officer for AMVETS in Winston-Salem. He married (1st) Mary Waters. They had one child, Jason, listed below. Toddy married (2nd) Delores Trostle, a chief yeoman in the U.S. Navy. They had twins, Charles and Stephanie, listed below.

      1. Jason Claybourn was born in 1969.

      2. Stephanie Claybourn was born on 31 October 1981.

      3. Charles William Claybourn was born on 1 November 1981. He graduated from West Forsyth High School and attended Daytona State College. He served in the U.S. Army from 2005 to 2009.

    2. Suzanne Marie Claybourn (known as "Penny") married George Everett Hutcheson in February of 1967. They had one child, Steven, listed below. Suzanne married (2nd) Edward Upp in October of 1971. He was a glass pattern and mold maker. She and Edward had one child, Jeremiah, listed below.

      1. Steven Vincent Hutcheson was born on 16 November 1967 to Suzanne and George Hutcheson. Steven Vincent had one son, Tyler Steven Hutcheson, born on 30 November 1999.
      2. Jeremiah David Upp was born on 27 February 1974 to Suzanne and Edward Upp. Jeremiah married Stacy Marie Rowley on 23 June 2007. Jeremiah and Stacy have a son, Bridger William Upp, born on 7 September 2010. Their daughter, Annika Louise Upp, was born on 3 May 2012.

    3. Steven Lynn Claybourn was born on 11 April 1949. He attended Holston High School in Blountville, Tennessee and Ohio University. On 24 February 1990 he married a woman named Joan and together they had two children, listed below. Steve worked with various telecommunications companies from 1987 to 2002. Thereafter he formed Masea Motorsports LLC and operated it as president until he sold it to employees in 2007. He and his family resided in Cincinnati, Ohio area.

      1. Andrew Claybourn was born on 22 July 1991.

      2. Hannah Claybourn was born on 7 December 1993.

    4. David Mark Claybourn was born in 1950 and worked as a quality assurance engineer, specializing in nuclear fuel and fossil power plants. He lived in Palacios, Texas.

    5. Anne Michelle Claybourn (known as "Michelle") was born on 29 March 1956. She married Wayne Scott, a warehouse foreman. They had three children, listed below, and later divorced. Michelle worked for the U.S. Department of State and due to this her family moved around between the Philippines, Bolivia, Italy, and Morocco. Later she worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

      1. Jessica Laurel Scott was born in 1977 in Lancaster, Ohio. She graduated from Lancaster High School in 1996 and Ohio University in 2001 with a degree in special education. She married a man with the last name of Lape.

      2. Amanda Scott was born in 1982. She married a man with the last name of O'Dell.

      3. Shannon Scott was born on 27 June 1984. She graduated from Lancaster High School and then obtained a degree in business and religion from Ohio Christian University. She had two children.

  7. Verner Claybourn ("Little Vern") was born on 1 January 1923. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II and was later Ship's Officer for the Texas Oil Company. He settled in Port Arthur, Texas, and married on 29 November 1950 to Reba Mae Suire.[Reba Suire was born on 22 May 1929.] They had two children, Vicki and Sally, listed below. Verner died on 27 September 1994 in Dallas, Texas.

    1. Vicki Sue Claybourn was born on 8 February 1954.

    2. Sally Ann Claybourn was born on 16 January 1958.

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