Joseph Cantrill, son of Richard and Dorothy (Jones) Cantrill, spent his early years in Philadelphia. He probably moved to the lower counties after reaching adulthood. About 1718, he married Catherina __ (surname and parentage still not documented to this day).
Joseph and Catherina were living in New Castle Co., PA on or near the site of present-day Wilmington, DE and were attendants at Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church before 1720. Records of the baptism of three of their children are on file at this oldest and quaintest church in the nation. Christina Parish was mostly situated on both sides of Christina Creek, partly on both sides of Brandywine Creek in New Castle County, and in the Hundreds of New Castle, Christina and Brandywine. It stretched two Swedish miles in length and one in breadth. The most remote families of the parish were not more than six and a half English miles distant from the church. The city of Wilmington is built on the Swedish “church land” and the charter for the town was granted in 1735. At the time Joseph Cantrill went there, it was known as Christina.
Although many of the earliest records of this area have been lost or destroyed, there is evidence, however, from the scattered records of New Castle County today, that descendants of Richard Cantrill lived there from before 1720 until 1787, though the majority moved south during this period.
A published work of the wills and probates of the county during the period of Joseph’s residence there fails to reveal his will or probate. Since he was a man in his 50s when his sons moved south to Carolina, it can be assumed that he made the move also. In the tax list of the Orange County Court, NC, for 1754, his son John’s household listed two taxable white males. Since John’s sons were under 10 years old, it can be assumed that this was his father, Joseph.
Catherina d. before 1812 in New Castle Co, PA (now DE).
The list below of the children was compiled from the records of Susan Cantrell Christie and Warren Cantrell, family genealogists, and the county records of Orange County, NC.
1. Hannah Cantrill, b. Mar 20, 1720, Christina, New Castle, PA; d. about 1721
2. (Daughter) Cantrill, b. 1722, Wilmington, New Castle Co., PA; d. about 1722
3. John Cantrell, Sr., b. Oct 6, 1724, New Castle Co., PA (now DE)
4. Stephen Cantrill, b. about 1725, New Castle County, PA. Stephen is listed in the Court of Orange County, May, 1764, when Thomas Hart sued him on a debt. In the records of Wilkes County, GA, 1777-1787, Stephen died intestate and George Lumpkin, carpenter, creditor of said deceased appointed administrator Oct 25, 1783.
5. Joseph Cantrill, Jr., b. about 1726, New Castle Co., PA
6. Zebulon Cantrill, b. about 1727, New Castle Co., PA (now DE)
7. Sarah Cantrill, b. 1728, New Castle Co., PA; d. Nov 1783, Bedford, VA
8. Isaac Cantrill, Sr., b. 1732-33 in VA
9. Benjamin Cantrill, b. about 1733, New Castle Co, PA. He is listed in the Court records of Orange County, NC. The Court of Sep 1759, Benjamin Cantrill proved an account of one pound, fifteen shillings against the estate of Andrew Culbertson, Deceased, for funeral charges and attendance upon the same. No later record of Benjamin.
10. James Cantrill, b. about 1735, Wilmington, New Castle Co., PA; d. before 1780, Guilford Co., NC; m. to Katherine __ about 1752
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. p 7
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Probably spent boyhood In Philadelphia and moved south to the lower counties of Pennsylvania after reaching manhood. Joseph was probably a farmer In New Castle; we know that they were attending Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church in Wilmington as three of their children were baptized at this oldest and quaintest church in the nation. Christina Parish was mostly situated on both sides of Christina Creek and partly on both sides of Brandywine Creek in New Castle. The most remote families were not more than six and one half miles from the church. Wilmington was first known as Christina and was built on Swedish "church land", and the charter was granted in 1735. Most of the records of the area have been los t, but we do know that descendants of Richard were living in the area from 1720 to 1787, though the majority had moved south to Virginia and the Carolina s. A published work of the wills and probates In New Castle e, does not contain any record of Joseph Oregon Catherine. It can be assumed that they made the trip south. In the tax list submitted to the Orange, Court in North Carolina In 1754, son John Cantrell, was listed as having two taxable white males. As John's sons were under the age of 10 years, the possibility exists that the other was his father. A complete list of the children has never been found, but the following was compiled from the family genealogist and from, court records of Orange County, North Carolina. The spelling of the Cantril name went to Cantrell by Joseph.
Joseph spent his early boyhood In Philadelphia, PA. After he married Catharina Heath, they lived In New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, on Oregon near the site of the present city of Wilmington, New Castle, DE, and were attendants at Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church before 1720. It is probable that Catharina was a daughter of one of the Old Swedes, first settlers of this section, but this could not be verified. Their first three children were baptized at the old historic church still used and known as Old Swedes, which is one of the oldest and quaintest churches in this country.
BIOGRAPHY: The city of Wilmington is built on the Swedish "church land" and the charter for the town was granted in 1735. At the time Joseph C antrill went there it was known as Christina. There is evidence from scattered records In New Castle, that descendants of Richard Cantrill lived there from before 1720 until 1797, though the majority moved south during this period. (From The Cantrill-Cantrell Genealogy)
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Joseph by comparing test results with other
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: