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William Cantrell (abt. 1580 - aft. 1625)

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William Cantrell
Born about in Bakewell, Derbyshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died after in Jamestown, James, Virginia Colonymap
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William Cantrell/Cantrill was born around 1580 in Derbyshire, England.

He was one of the first adventurers to the New World, landing at Jamestowne, Virginia in 1608. Jamestowne was settled the previous year, becoming the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Captain John Smith noted that In 1608, "Master Nelson arrived with his lost Phoenix." He also provided a list of new arrivals in a note entitled, "Their names that were landed in this Supply." He listed thirty-two "gentlemen," a list which included "William Cantrell."[1]

Among Smith's many duties and interests was Exploration and Discovery , up, down, and around the James River. On 2 Jun 1608, Smith left the fort "to performe his discoveries," with a company of adventurers which included six "gentlemen" (a group which included "William Cantrill"), four soldiers, a blacksmith and two fishermen. The discovery company left "in an open barge of two tunnes burthen, leaving the Phenix at Cape Henry, we crossed the bay to the Easterne Shore and fell with the isles called Smith's Iles." The record of this adventure includes encountering "2 grimme and stout Savages," being taken to meet the "King" of the Werowans, catching more fish than they could cook and eat by stabbing them with their swords, and their captain's near fatal encounter with a stingray.[2]

This second voyage of discovery took the hardy adventurers into modern-day Delaware, to within five miles of modern-day Pennsylvania, and up the Potomac River ten miles past the current site of Washington DC. From June 2 to July 21, 1608, the company of discovery traversed nearly 1,000 miles.[3]

William Cantrill participated fully in this second discovery and Cantrell's Point on the James River, is named for him. Although Cantrill's journals have not survived, in his own "Narrative" Smith acknowledges included material having come "From the writings of Captaine Nathaniel Powell, William Cantrill, Sergeant Boothe, Edward Gurganey."[4]


Name: William /Cantrell/[5][6]


Type: Arrival
Date: 1607
Place: Jamestown, Virginia[7]


No record as yet has been found of the marriage of William Cantrell. The only mention we have of a wife is in a footnote referring to the birth of Henry, son of William and Mary.[8]


  1. Smith, Historie
  2. Smith, Narrative, p 141
  3. Bourne
  4. Smith, Narrative, p 325
  5. Source: #S-1477399581 Page: Place: Jamestown, Virginia; Year: 1607; Page Number: . Note: Note: Data: Text: Arrival date: 1607 Arrival place: Jamestown, Virginia APID: 1,7486::1234129
  6. Source: #S-1441686997 Note: Note: APID: 1,3997::13089
  7. Source: #S-1477399581 Page: Place: Jamestown, Virginia; Year: 1607; Page Number: . Note: Note: Data: Text: Arrival date: 1607 Arrival place: Jamestown, Virginia APID: 1,7486::1234129
  8. McCartney
  • Source: S-1441686997 Repository: #R-1593257507 Title: Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 Author: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.Original data - Venn, J. A., comp.. Alumni Cantabrigienses. London, England: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1954.Original data: Venn, J. A., comp.. Alumni Cantabrigienses. London, Eng Note: APID: 1,3997::0
  • Repository: R-1593257507 Name: Address: Note:
  • Source: S-1477399581 Repository: #R-1593257507 Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Author: Gale Research Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010.Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenge Note: APID: 1,7486::0

See also:

  • Christie, Susan Cantrill. The Cantrill-Cantrell Genealogy: A Record of the Descendants of Richard Cantrill, who was a Resident of Philadelphia Prior to 1689, and of Earlier Cantrills in England and America. New York: The Grafton Press Genealogical Publishers, 1908. pp xix-xx
  • Source: S-1477515009 Repository: #R-1593257507 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: NOTE: Leads to family tree page on with zero data in it.

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On 13 Dec 2016 at 17:03 GMT Shirley (Strutton) Dalton wrote:

Cantrell-1233 and Cantrell-39 appear to represent the same person because: same birth date & place. Both arrived Jamestown 1608.

William is 19 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 16 degrees from Joseph Broussard, 23 degrees from Helmut Jungschaffer and 21 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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