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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1850 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1860 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1870 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1880 Census, in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about JC Claiborn/ Claibern in Arkansas and Texas. For more information about the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Do you know his occupation? wife's name?
The information that I know:
JC Claiborne, born around 1845, 1880 census in Hood, Texas says he was a farmer
Wife Mary (Cotton?), born around 1841
Children Mattie Louise (married a Richard Hollis, then Walter Meek. Death certificate says mother's name is Mary Cotton, though I have also had problems locating a Mary Cotton in the other census records)
Child Mary Alice, born 1878 (my great great grandmother, married Mose Saxon, then Emmett Robert Wynn.)