North Carolina, USA
Joseph Cantrell was born about 1695 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and after reaching manhood moved to the “lower counties of Pennsylvania” that later became the state of Delaware. He married Catharina (surname unknown) about 1718, and they were living in New Castle County, Pennsylvania, near the present city of Wilmington, Delaware, and before 1720, were attendants at Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church. Catharina was probably the daughter of one of the original Old Swedes families who first settled on the Swedish “church land.” From the Holy Trinity records of 1697 to 1773, which were translated from Swedish to English in 1890, we find that Joseph and Catharina had three children baptized there in the 1720s. They were Hannah, John and Joseph.
At the time Joseph Cantrell settled there, the town was known as Christina, which 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. The most remote families of the parish were not more than six and a half miles from the church. The city of Wilmington, Delaware was built on Swedish “church land.” The charter for the town was granted in 1735.
There aren’t any further records of Joseph or Catharina in the remaining records of Delaware, but from the records of Jefferson County, West Virginia, we know that in 1738, Joseph and his brother, Zebulon, were involved in a lawsuit in Orange County, Virginia. The libel suit brought against 54 defendants for “signing a scandalous paper reflecting on the Complaintiff” by Rev. William Williams (Presbyterian) occurred on July 27, 1738. It was filed at the Orange County, Virginia courthouse. Both Joseph and Zebulon were listed as "other defendants." The events that were described in the suit probably happened somewhere between Winchester, Virginia and what is now Martinsburg, West Virginia, which is where the Rev. Williams lived.
While living in New Castle County, Joseph's son, Isaac Cantrell, became associated with the Welsh Tract Baptist Church located at the foot of Iron Hill, in Pencader Hundred. It is the oldest Primitive Baptist church in America, and Isaac was probably licensed to preach by this group. As the Church was composed of Welsh People, the preaching for about one hundred years was in the Welsh language. Isaac’s mother, Catharina, was more than likely of Swedish parentage, but we know for certain that his grandmother, Dorothy Jones, was born in Wales. The Welsh language is not just a dialect of English; it is a language with an older pedigree, and a distinct one. Isaac Cantrell would have to have been fluent in the Welsh language to have been a member of this church in the 1700s.
A record of Isaac’s brother Zebulon being a witness to the will of Thomas Edmond on July 21, 1758, is among the Welsh Tract Baptist Church records, and lends further evidence that the Cantrells were early members of this church.
About 1747, many of the Cantrells as well as allied families joined a large caravan in the movement southward. They moved along the Great Wagon Road down through the Great Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Within view to the west of the Valley rose the Alleghenies and to the east were the Blue Ridge Mountains. From Roanoke, the Wagon Road went through the Staunton Gap and on south to the Piedmont Plateau of the Carolinas. They settled in the "Land of Eden" Granville County, North Carolina, which became Orange County in September 1752. Later, in 1785, this part of Orange County became Rockingham County.
In the tax list submitted to the Orange County Court for the year of 1754, John Cantrell was listed as having two taxable white males. It is possible that one of the males may have been his father Joseph. Isaac received a land grant for 202 acres of land in Orange County on November 13, 1756. Isaac sold this land to his brother John on 13 Mar 1759.
I have created this memorial in honor and memory of Joseph and his descendants at Old Swedes Church where he was a member and several of his children were baptized. He was my husband's 5th great grandfather.
*James Cantrell (b. 1719 New Castle Co., DE; d. TN. James Cantrell settled in Southern Tennessee and owned the farm where the Battle of Shiloh was fought during the Civil War.
* Hannah Cantrell (b. 20 Mar 1720 Christina, New Castle, DE; d. 25 Apr 1720 Christina, New Castle, DE)
* John Cantrell (b. 6 Oct 1724 New Castle, DE; d. 11 Feb 1803 Spartanburg Co., SC) m. abt 1743 in Newcastle, DE, Rachel Brittain (b. 1725 New Castle Co., DE; d. abt 1769 Rockingham Co., NC) They had 17 children. John married secondly, Jane ___, and they had 6 children.
*Joseph Cantrell (b. Jun 1726 Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE; d. Jan 1804 Caswell Co., NC) m. Jemima Mitchell.
*Zebulon Cantrell (b. abt 1728 New Castle Co., DE; d. 1765 Orange Co., NC) m. Mary Montgomery.
*Isaac Cantrell (b. abt. 1729 New Castle Co., DE; d. 23 Aug 1805 Spartanburg Co., SC) m. Talitha Cloud about 1750 in Rockingham Co., NC, Elizabeth ___ about 1769 in Rockingham Co., NC, and Mary Linder about 1773 in Rockingham Co., NC.
Richard L. Cantrell (1666 - 1753)
Dorothy Jane Jones Cantrell (1672 - 1730)
Catherina Heath Cantrell (1697 - 1755)*
Hannah Cantrell (1720 - 1720)*
John Cantrell (1724 - 1803)*
Joseph Cantrell (1726 - 1804)*
Zebulon Cantrell (1728 - 1765)*
Isaac Cantrell (1729 - 1805)*
Mary Cantril (1694 - 1695)*
Joseph Cantrell (1695 - 1755)
Old Swedes Churchyard
New Castle County
Created by: jcq
Record added: Feb 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85625396