||, Rockingham, NC
||24 Sep 2006
||Cantrell John, b. 6 Oct 1724, New Castle, Lawrence, PA
||Wilkens Elizabeth, b. 11 Aug 1771, , Spartanburg, SC
||, Spartanburg, SC
||04 Feb 2006
- William Cantrell was born about 1766 In , Rockingham, NC. "W il liam Cantrell married Elizabeth Wilkens In 1788 In , Spartanburg, Sou th Ca rolina. She was a daughter of Col. William and Elizabeth Wilkens a nd was b orn August 11, 1771. The Wilkens family were among the first setl ers of Sp artanburg,. They settled In the vicinity of Goucher's Creek, bef ore the Re volutionary War and William Wilkens served as a colonel. His wi fe was Eliz abeth, daughter of Edward Terrell, of the Terrell family of Cu lpepper, Vir ginia. William Cantrell purchased land on Goucher's Creek, No vember 30, 17 97, and a few years later on the North Pacolet River, adjoin ing land own ed by William Wilkens. He accumulated considerable proper ty on the fo rk of Pacolet River, adjoining Buck Creek, and it is said th at he was call ed "Billy Cantrell, Gentleman" because he owned so much la nd and so many s laves. He made deeds, November 2, 1827, for over 1300 acr es of land to Wil liam Cantrell The witnesses being Milly Duncan, Cat herine Jones and C ol. William Wilkens. Sometime about 1840, Or later, a ll his children mov ed to Georgia and Alabama." (THE CANTRILL - CANTRELL G ENEALOGY, 1908, by S usan Cantrill Christie, page 122.)
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I thought you might find this info interesting. It is fr om t he book
"Cantrill-Cantrell Genealogy", by Susan Cantrell-Christie. -C AN TRELL-
ORIGIN AND SPELLING OF THE NAME
EXCERPTS OF THE CANTRELL HISTORY
Wherever found, the name can be traced to the original fa mi ly of
Chantrelle Oregon Cantrelle, In France. In Armorial Gen-e ra le by J.B. Riestap,
the name is given as Chantrell, Cantrelle and Canterall; In La Gr ande
Encyclopedia, as Chantrell and Canteral; In LaFrance Heraldi qu e" as
Chantrell(Delaware) and Chantre(le); while In Nobilisse Unive rs ale, by M. L.
Vicomte Magny, it is given as Cantrel. In British Family N am es by Henry
Barber, the following appears: "Cantrell (French), Can-tre l, Ch antrell. The
first mention of the name outside of France is William Chantr el l, who
retained the French spelling of the name In England In t he ti me of King John,
Mark Antony Lower gives the definition thus: "Cantrell, Ca nt rell, from
Cantrellus, the little singer." Charles William Bardsle y, In h is Dictionary
of Surnames, says: "Cantrell, Cantrill, one who rang the Chant re lle.
Chantrelle, a small bell. Chanter, to sing."
The name is spelled In various ways: Cantrill, Cantrell, C an trall,
Cantrelle, Cantril, Cantrel, Chantrell, and Chauntrell. The s pe lling has
always been one of personal taste; even brothers have spe ll ed it differently.
THE FAMILY In ENGLAND
In the History of Melbourne,, Derby, second edition, by J.J.
Briggs, the author says: The Cantrells were a very ancient fa mi ly and are
supposed to have been located at Kings Newton for about five h un dred years.
By deeds ex-tant In the family, we find that they possessed l an ds there as
early as the reign of Henry V, and 1413. Other deeds and sur ve ys show
considerable landed proprietors during the reigns of Hen ry V, He nry VI,
Edward VI and Henry VII."
Ormeod's History of Cheshire says the Chantrells were poss es sed Indiana
Cheshire as early as 1412 and In his History, the pedigr ee is gi ven of John
Cantrell, 1424 (taken from Plea Recog Rolls), with the same co at -of-arms that
is given later In the Visitation of Cheshire, 1580, of Cant re ll of Bache;
Visitation of Suffolk, 1612, of Cantrell of Bury St. Edmond s, a nd Visitation
of Berkshire, 1664, of Cantrill of Workingham. Various histo ri es of Cheshire
have a great many records, covering a period from 1422-1558, s ho wing that the
family of Chantrell was a prominent one and that they were l ar ge landed
proprietors, and speaking of the family as a very ancient one.
The name is enrolled In English records for patriots, sold ie rs, sailors,
college graduates, schoolmasters, barristers, writers, recto rs a nd vicars of
the Church of England.
Hugh Cantrell was an archer In the retinue of Lo rd G rey of Godner
at the Agincourt Battle In 1415.
John Chantrell received special favo rs f rom the
Prince of Wales Indiana
1400 for good service at the Battle of Blorehe th .
William Cantrell, a Master In His Majesty's Nav y, pa rticularly
distinguished himself In Trecomale, In the East Indies, Dece mb er 16, 1847, on
an occasion where few would perhaps have shown the same cont em pt of danger.
In bringing powder from the magazine, one of the boats bl ew up a nd a large
firebrand fell blazing into another boat In which were 45 bar re ls of powder,
covered only by a sail; it stove one of the barrels and mu st ha ve inevitably
sent all of the people employed into the air, had not Mr. Cant re ll taken the
burning brand from the powder, thrown it overboard, quench ed t he remains of
the fire on the sail and restored all to safety.
There are many records In Derbyshire of the Cantrell, Or eg on Cantrill, family
(as the name is alternately spelled), which was closely identi fi ed with St.
Alkmund's Church over a century. St. Alkmund's Church is beli ev ed to have
been founded as early as the ninth century and undoubted ly is t he oldest
church In Derby. In the Register of this church is an autobio g- raphy of John
Cantrell, minister and schoolmaster, covering a period fr om 16 27 to 1656.
John Cantrell had a son Simon Cantrell who was the father of H en ry Cantrell,
a writer and Vicar of St. Alkmund's for fifty years, In who se ho nor there is
a flag within the Commune Rails of the church. There is a ta bl et on the
south wall of the chancel of the same church to Wil-liam Cantr el l, a son of
Henry, who was rector many years at St. Michael's In the bor ou gh of Stamford,
and In the counties of Lincoln and Rutland.
There are also many interesting records of the Suffolk Br an ch of the
family. Ralph Cantrell, Gentleman of Thorpe Hall, Hemingstone,,
Suffolk, was Scribe to the Bishop (Lord Norwich, 1519-79), a nd h is pedigree
is given In the Visitation of Suffolk, 1612, and of Berkshir e, 1 774. Many
records are found of his sons. One son was William Cant re ll of whom we learn
In the Antiquities of the, Suffolk, Vol. 1, page 118.
Prior to being beheaded by Queen Elizabeth, Thomas Du ke of N orfolk put
his vast estates In trust to William Cantrell and others. T he q ueen had the
Duke continue to act as trustee until she sent the Earl of Aru de nl to the
Tower. At that time, she appointed William Cantrell to a ct f or her. Mr.
William Cantrell of Hemingstone was considered a gentlem an of fo rtune and
consequence In the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Eliza be th who granted
him marks of royal favor and confidence. Williams's brothe r, Th omas
Cantrell, was the father of Ralph Cantrell of Hemingstone, w ho w as knighted
March 11, 1623.
THE FAMILY In AMERICA
The name of Cantrell first appears at Jamestown, James C it y, VA. Since then
there have been eight, possibly more, distinct families of Can tr ill, Cantrell
and Cantrelle, who have come to this country from England, Ire la nd and
The first permanent settlement of English speaking on t he Am erican
continent was made at Jamestown, James City, VA, In A pr il 1607. The history of all the
older nations begin with a fable Oregon some mythological s to ry which shrouds
their real birth In mystery. However, the American Republ ic c an trace its
genesis to a definite place.
Captain John Smith was the leader of this first settlem en t. Every
hardship common to human life was met by the men who found ed th is first
colony. They planted the seed from which have sprung not on ly t he nation,
but also its form of gov-ernment. Before 1620 when the seco nd p ermanent
settlement was made at Plymouth, the Virginia Colony had estab -l ished a
number of villages and trading posts; had built homes and chur ch es,
established courts and tried the accused by jury. They had cu lt ivated the
land and started a commercial career which was not confin ed to t he colony, as
they ex-ported produce to England.
From 1608 to 1639, the name Cantrell appears In Virginia r ec ords and
after that date is found In other and newer set-tlements du ri ng that century.
William Cantrill, Gentleman, arrived In Jamestown on Apr il 2 0, 1608, on the
ship Phenix. References are made to the "writings of Willi am Ca ntrill."
Early histories tell us that on June 2, 1608, he was o ne of t he fourteen who
accompanied Capt. John Smith on his "discoverie of Chesapea ke Ba y".
"Cantrill's Point" was named for the discoverer and was "bet wi xt the
Patawomuk and Pamuke", now the Potomac and Rappahannock Riv er s. There is a
tra-dition In the family that the Cantrills went up the Dela wa re from the
east shore of Virginia, but it has not been possible to veri fy t his from
incomplete and fragmentary records. About four thousand Virgi ni ans were
among the first settlers of Maryland and others were scatter ed a long the
Delaware into Pennsylvania before William Penn arrived there.
Early 1660s Hearth Tax Records of Derbyshire establi sh th at there were
several Cantril families living In the shire. Over the yea rs se veral
descendants of the family have traveled to Derbyshire and sear ch ed for
Richard's birth and par-entage. In 1986 and 1987, a family re se archer
located a baptismal record dated May 13, 1666, for Richard Can tr ill, son of
Richard and Alice Cantrell, In Bakewell Parish, Derbyshire, En gl and.
There is evidence that the family was In Virginia, Pennsyl va nia, MD
and Massachusetts before 1700. Unfortu-nately, the relat io n, if any, that
existed among the Cantrells In the various states has not be en e stablished.
Nor has it been possible to find the exact year In which th ey mo ved from one
settlement to another during the 17th and 18th centu-ries. Be fo re the
Revolution, however, a branch of the Cantrell family had le ft Pe nnsylvania
and settled In western Virginia and the Carolinas. It is prob ab le that those
who went to the Carolinas migrated with little bands of Bapt is ts since they
had become identified with the Mother Baptist Church In t he O ld Welsh Tract
of Newcastle, PA. This church sent many branch es o ut into
Virginia and the Carolinas about this time. In western Virgi ni a, there were
but two denomi-nations at this time, i.e., the Church of Engl an d, which was
the first established In the Colony, and the Presbyterian, w hi ch sprang into
prominence when a large emigration of Scotch-Irish settled t he re about 1750.
In England the Cantrells were almost all members of the Ch ur ch of England
and, as previously noted, were rectors and vicars In that chu rc h. Indiana
Amer-ica, they became members of various religious organizati on s, being Indiana
many instances organizers and founders of churches In diffe re nt localities of
the Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Christian and Episcop al de nominations,
and have furnished many church officers and ministers to t he m. Today,
members of the Cantrell family are found In almost every relig io us
The Cantrell name is woven into the histories of many sta te s. Today
representatives of the family can be found In almost every s ta te and
territory. In the South they have been planters; In the Wes t, f armers; and
everywhere merchants, teachers, ministers, physicians, lawy er s, judges, and
bankers plus city,, and state officials. To the credit of t he n ame,
let it be said, we have never found anywhere a single criminal.
In every great crisis from pioneers down, the Cantrel ls ha ve proven
themselves to be patriots as well as pioneers. To the Indi an Wa rs; War for
American Independence; War of 1812; Mexican War; Black Ha wk Wa r; Civil War;
and Spanish-American War, can be added World War I, World W ar I I, Korean,
Viet Nam and Gulf Wars. The muster rolls have been full of Ca nt rells
fighting for what they deemed right. They make a long Ro ll of H onor of
soldiers, sailors, and airmen - both enlisted and officers.
The most prominent characteristics of the family are hon es ty and courage.
As a rule, they are unassuming, conser-vative and quiet In ma nn er. Many of
the men are described as tall, being over six feet In heigh t, wi th Grecian
nose, blue-gray eyes and light brown hair, and many a re sa id to be strikingly
handsome Oregon fine looking.
References: Historie of the Settlement of the Virgin ia s, by Captain
Statues, OR the Laws of Virgi ni a, by Henning
Genesis of the United States, by Alexa nd er Brown
Court Proceedings In Virginia from rec or ds of the
London Company of Virginia
State Papers, Colonial Series, Amer ic an & West Indies
The Cantrill-Cantrell Genealogy, by Su sa n
Pennsylvania Archives, Vol XIX
Cantrell Family History, by Glen da Ru th Densmore
Early Families of the North Carolina C ou nties of
Rockingham and Stokes,
compiled by James Hunter Chapte r, Na tional
Society of Daughters of
the American Revolution, Madiso n, No rth Carolina
1. William Cantrell, born about 1580 In Derbyshire, England. S po use: Mary
2. William Cantrill (William Sr.1)
3. Henry Cantril (William Jr. 2, William Sr.1), born 16 16 In Ja mestown, James City, VA.
Spouse: . Children:
ii. Henry, born 1639, Charles, VA, died 1708
4. Richard Cantril (Henry3, William Jr.2, William Sr.1), bo rn 16 35, Bakewell
Parish, Derbyshire, England, died 1676. Spouse: Alice, bo rn 16 40. Richard
had a number of children also born In Bakewell Parish. Childr en :
5. Richard L. Cantril, (Richard4, Henry3, William Jr2, Wil li am Sr1), born
May 1666. Bakewell Parish, Derbyshire, Eng-land, died May 3 1, 17 53,
Philadelphia, PA. Arrived USA August 24, 16 82 on t he ship "Welcome".
Married 1693 to Dorothy Jane Jones, born 1672 In Wales, En gl and, of
Quaker parents Ellis Jones & Ellen Jane Evans. Arrived USA Se pt ember 1682
from either Flint Oregon Denbigh, Wales, on the "Submission ". Ac cording to
tradition, Richard was a brick maker and a mason who oper at ed a brickyard and
erected the first brick house In Phila-delphia. Pennsylvan ia hi story
indicates the first brick house was owned by Robert Turner a nd w as built on
the corner of Front & Mulberry (Arch) Street.
Richard married Dorothy In 1693. Dorothy, a Quaker, was a pp arently a
very free spirit since Richard was a member of the Church of E ng land and they
were married "out of meeting" meaning not In a Quaker Chu rc h. In 1703 Indiana
Delaware, Dorothy, wife of Richard Cantrell, was accused of "m as king In men's
clothes the day after Christmas and walking and dancing In t he h ouse of John
Simes at 9 Oregon 10 o'clock at night". John Simes, who ga ve t he masquerade
party, was charged with a disorderly house, "a nursery of debo tc hery for ye
inhabitants and youth of this city � To ye grief for and dis tu rbance of mind
and propagating ye throne of wickedness amongst us."
Children of Richard and Dorothy:
i. Mary, born 01-06-1694 and died as an infant.
ii. Joseph, born 1695
iii. Zebulon, born about 1697 In Philadelphia