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Joseph C Cantrell (1695 - 1738)

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Joseph C Cantrell aka Cantrill
Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USAmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] in New Castle Co., PA, Now DEmap
Died in New Castle County, Pennsylvania now Delaware, USAmap
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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
Joseph Cantrell ... [1]


Richard Cantrell married Dorothy Jones in the early 1690's. As she was a quaker and Richard may have been of the Church of England, to use the Quaker term, they were married. "Out of Meeting".


Joseph Cantrell


1695 Philadelphia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States
1695 in Birth city: Philadelphia; Birth state: PA


1718 Marriage place: New Castle, DE
1718 New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States


1738 New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States
1738 New Castle, DE
1738 Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA


Holy Trinity (Old Swedes') Church


  1. Entered by George Cantrell, Sunday, August 18, 2013.
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
  • The Cantrill-Cantrell genealogy : a record of the descendants of Richard Cantrill, who was a resident of Philadelphia prior to 1689
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • Cantrell-Potter-Magness : ancestry of Alvin Edward Potter, Sr., Nashville, Tenn.: unknown, 1938.Original data: Whitley, Edythe Johns Rucker,. Note: Typescript (mimeographed).|||Includes bibliographical references. APID: 1,21513::0
  • Research by Warren G. Cantrell, 8/31/1998.
  • Research by Mildred Butts, Jul 8, 2002.
  • Research by LaVonna Wood, 8/28/1998.
  • WFT Vol. 73 Tree 0183 dated 1-14-2001.
  • 'Find a Grave' record: created by: jcq, Record added: Feb 24, 2012, Find A Grave Memorial# 85625396


  • This person was created through the import of PittsPenn_2010-09-21.ged on 22 September 2010.
  • WikiTree profile Cantrell-306 created through the import of WikiGedcom.ged on Nov 14, 2011 by Darlene Nelson.
  • WikiTree profile Cantril-7 created through the import of mom_2012-08-01.ged on Aug 2, 2012 by John Stroud.
  • WikiTree profile Cantril-12 created through the import of taylor gedcom.ged on Sep 7, 2012 by John Stroud.
  • WikiTree profile Cantrell-445 created through the import of Lozon.ged on Jul 26, 2012 by Jamie Henderson.

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