April 13, 1878, Fayette County, Georgia.

February 2, 1940, Atlanta, Georgia.

Riverdale First Baptist Church Cemetery, Riverdale, Georgia.


Son of George Washington Bottoms and Susan Elizabeth Collins, Claud was educated in the public schools. He began studying music in earnest in 1898 under J. M. York. He later continued his studies under J. Henry Showalter, and after attending two sessions of the Southern Normal Musical Institute (SNMI), he received his diploma at the special session held in Dalton, Georgia, in 1902. He took a post-graduate course from the SNMI in the early part of 1904. He began teaching in 1901, the year his first music was published in Our Thankful Songs.

He married Mary Elizabeth Rivers in 1910 in Clayton County, Georgia.

  1. Aconcagua
  2. Beside the Beautiful River
  3. We Bless Thy Holy Name