Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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RECTOR, CLAIBORNE -- Born in Tennessee in 1805, a son of Rev. Morgan and Amelia Carter Rector. In Headright Certificate No. 21 issued to him for a league and labor of land by the Fort Bend County Board of Land Commissioners, February 6, 1838, it is stated that he came to Texas in January, 1830. He was a first cousin of Elbridge Gerry Rector, who also participated in the Battle of San Jacinto.

In Service Record No. 328, it is stated that Mr. Rector served in the army from March 1 to September 1, 1836. On September 2, 1847 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 87 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. Claiborne and Pendleton Rector are shown on the muster roll of Captain Byrd Lockhart's Company at muster in July 4, 1836.

Mr. Claiborne Rector was twice married. By the first marriage, three children were born, James Rector, Mrs. Emily Rector McClung and Mrs. Eveline Rector Tiner. His second wife was Mrs. Kirkman Milborn, and to this union no children were born. Mr. Rector died at Lavernia, Wilson County, Texas, March 23, 1873, and his wife died shortly afterwards. The two are buried in the Concrete Cemetery near Lavernia, but in Guadalupe County.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. David Murphree

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Clayburn
  • Date of Birth: 1805? 1802 Sept 28?
  • Birthplace: Tennessee? Alabama?
  • Came to Texas: 1830 Jan
  • Date of Death: 1873 Mar 23
  • Burial Place: Concrete Cemetery, Guadalupe County, Texas
  • Donation Certificate: 87
  • Wife: 1. unknown (Bailey?); 2. Nancy (Bailey?) Kirkman Milborn
  • Children: James Rector; Emily Rector McClung; Eveline Rector Tiner
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brother Pendleton Rector, cousin Elbridge Rector fought at San Jacinto.