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."
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.
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.
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."
Source: S-1477399581 Repository: #R-1593257507 Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Author: Gale Research Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com 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
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
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