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James Cantrell

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: New Castle, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: October 17, 1825 (74)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Buck Creek Bapt. Cem., Buck Creek, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Miller Cantrell and Hannah Cantrell
Husband of Elizabeth Cantrell (Harris)
Father of Thomas Cantrell; James Cantrell and Jesse J Cantrell
Brother of Capt. Abraham Cantrell; Brittain Cantrell; Edward Cantrell; Isaac Cantrell; Jacob Cantrell and 13 others
Half brother of Gabriel Cantrell; Infant Cantrell; Moses Cantrell; Daniel Cantrell and William Daniel Cantrell

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About James Cantrell

Name: James (Dawson) Cantrell

Sex: M

Birth: 18 AUG 1751 in Virginia

Death: 17 OCT 1825 in Spartanburg County, SC

Burial: Buck Creek Baptist Church, Spartanburg District, SC

Census: 1790 Pendleton District, SC

Census: 1820 Spartanburg County, SC


Notes: About 1790, James Cantrell moved into this area and it is reported that the is buried at "Buck Creek" by 1830, his widow Elizabeth is living in Georgia with a son, Jesse.

James went with his parents to Spartanburg County, SC, where he married Elizabeth ________. He owned a plantation on Buck Creek and the family were members of the Buck Creek Baptist Church. Surrounding this old church is a graveyard still in use, which has been used since 1775. The first arrangement was very primitive; there were no plots, but burials were made in rows, and the rows named for the families using them. In the Cantrell row are many old tombstones so worn with age that it is difficult to decipher them; but in it were placed James Cantrell, Elizabeth, his wife, and other members of his family. He served with distinction in the War of 1812. It has been impossible to get a complete list of his children, but he had a son: Thomas.

Following notes from Warren G. Cantrell, 1995 .........

James was born ca 1751 in the Big Valley of VA., he was quite young when his parents moved to old Orange County, NC., where he grew to manhood. Orange County at that time was 72 miles long and 50 miles wide. Caswell County was formed from part of Orange Co., in 1777; Guilford Co. was formed from part in 1770; Rockingham County was formed in 1785 from the northern part of Guilford Co. It was in this section where James' father had purchased land in 1758 and where the family had lived as early as 1753. The land was about 2 miles north of the city limits of the present town of Reidsville, NC. James married about 1771 and marriage was probably in Guilford Co., but no record has been found of the marriage. The Christian name of his wife was Elizabeth but her surname has not been located. The possibility exists that her maiden name was Harris and that she may have been a sister to Unity Harris, who married his brother, Stephen. In 1790, James was recorded next to Charles Harris, who was a son of John Harris and was probably a brother-in-law to James. James and Stephen Cantrell and later their descendants were normally located near each other, indication that they were very close cousins.

In the 1780's there was a movement of families from Rockingham Co., NC., down the Peidmont Plateau to the 96th District, SC. In the 1st US census of 1790, James and his family were recorded in the Pendleton section of the old 96th District. One son was listed as over 16 years of age, four sons were under 16 years of age, and two daughters were also listed. In 1795, Washington District was formed from part of the 96th District. In 1798, Pendleton District was from part of Washington District. It was in this district that James reared his family. The family genealogist has stated that James reared his family in Spartanburg section of the 96th District and that he owned property on Buck Creek and that he served in the War of 1812 and that he was probably buried at the Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. It is quite evident the genealogist mixed up the two James Cantrells who were 1st cousins. The other James was 17 years younger and did live on Buck Creek where he owned considerable property and is probably buried at the Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

In 1800, James was listed in Col. William Brown's Regt. Pendleton District, SC. His family consisted of himself, his wife, both over 45 years of age, one son, 15-26 years of age, one son and one daughter 10-15 and one son under 10 years of age. Two sons were married and lived nearby in the same county. In 1810, James was recorded in Pendleton Dist. and the family consisted of two males 10-15 years of age. One would have been his youngest son, Jesse, but the identity of the other is not known. It is possible that he was the youngest son of Stephen, who was not listed at home on the 1810 census. James was not located as the head of household on the 1820 or later census reports. It is possible that Elizabeth was living in 1830, as the census report of son Jesse Cantrell in Carroll Co., GA., contained a female born between 1760 and 1770.

Father: John Cantrell b: 6 OCT 1724 in New Castle, PA now Delaware

Mother: Hannah Brittian b: 1726 in Newcastle, PA

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Harris b: 1751 in North Carolina

Married: ABT 1771 in Guilford now Rockingham County, NC


William Cantrell b: ABT 1771
Joseph Cantrell b: ABT 1774
Thomas Cantrell b: 1778 in Northern Part of Guilford now Rockingham County, NC
Moses Cantrell b: ABT 1784 in Guilford County, NC
James Cantrell b: ABT 1788
Jesse Cantrell b: ABT 1794 in South Carolina
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James Cantrell's Timeline

August 18, 1751
New Castle, Pennsylvania, United States
June 8, 1775
Age 23
Spartanburg, SC, United States
Age 42
October 17, 1825
Age 74
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
March 29, 1995
Age 74
July 8, 1995
Age 74
January 23, 1999
Age 74
January 23, 1999
Age 74