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Re: John Cantrell b 1724, possible family
Posted by: Vonnie Cantrell (ID *****4192) Date: June 17, 2008 at 16:00:04
In Reply to: Re: John Cantrell b 1724, possible family by Mildred Clark of 7887

Mildred -

Have you seen this? I was researching the Young family and found this.

Certified GenealogistSM, M.A. (Arch. Hist.)
2258 Hwy 25; Cottontown, TN 37048
DATE: 8 April 2006
REPORT TO: Robert H. Turner [Address deleted. Report published here with client’s permission.]
REPORT NO.: 36-C (Spartan/Roebuck Regiment, Phase 3)ASSIGNMENT: Analysis of the men who served with Jonathan Turner, Constable, in the Spartan/
Roebuck Regiment of Ninety Six District, South Carolina, 1775–83, with a focus on
Capt. Jeremiah Dickson’s Company.
LONG-TERM GOAL: Identify the birth family of Jonathan Turner of Greenville District, S.C., the subject
of Lennon’s published paper, “The Wives of Jonathan Turner: Identification of
Women in Pre-Twentieth-Century South Carolina,” National Genealogical Society
Quarterly 92 (2004): 245–55. Conventional approaches to this goal have not
yielded parental or sibling evidence.
TIME ALLOTMENT: 48.5 hours
REPOSITORY USED: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

1790 U.S. census, Spartanburg
Capt. Isaac Young Company
[entry 11]
James Turner 1 male 16+ 1 female
3 males -16
[skip 6]
Edmund Waid 1 male 16+ 3 females
2 male -16
[skip 15]
Simuan Justice 1 male 16+ 4 females
3 males -16
[pp. 32–33,]
James was a deacon in the Bucks Creek Church and was buried in its cemetery. The following abstract
from an associated church provide other Turner connections:
“Friday the 16th day of February 1816. In Conference the case of Shadrick Prewett &
William Spencer was taken up the members from Buck Creek Church presen[t] James
Turner Henry Turner Ephraim Potter John Cantrell Richard Turner & Samuel
Trollenger the Question was put Whether Brother Spencer should pay Brother Prewett
forty Dollars on a note of John Kiger and them that thought Spencer ought to pay Prewitt
was to make it known by Rising up. Brother Henry Turner Ephraim Potter John Cantrell
Richard Turner Joshua Richards & Samuel Trollenger. Six Rose for Brother Spencer paying
of Brother Prewitt the $40 which was a majority.” Signed John Lipscomb.
[“Goucher Baptist Church Minutes, Union County (now Cherokee County,” Piedmont Historical
Society (]
All these families were related. As previously shown:
• James, Henry, and Richard Turner should be the sons of George and his second wife Anna, as
previously shown.
• Ephraim Potter married George’s daughter Betty. [See Mark Freeman and Carolyn Terrell, “Potter Family
of Spartanburg Co., SC” (]
• John Cantrell’s children Ann and William married George’s children Middleton and Jane. [For Ann
Cantrell, see and
~shipleyharrison/Cantrellfamily.htm .]
• All were members of Buck Creek Church with James Turner, even though they are arbitrarily
divided between two different census districts in 1790: James Turner, John Cantrell, the Waids, and
Justices in Young’s Company and the others in Leonard Adkins’s.
The following connections are clear from this and former reports:
bef.1784 Edmund Wade married Nancy Justice in Rutherford County, North Carolina, or Spartanburg
District, South Carolina. They lived in the same neighborhood in which “Jonathan I”
Turner I would appear on the 1790 census.
1790 The Wades, Simeon Justice, and brothers Samuel and James Turner lived in the Buck
Creek-Cowpens-Thickely Creek community.

and then the following from a different source:
9. ELIZABETH5 CANTRELL (ISAAC4, JOSEPH3, RICHARD2 CANTRILL, RICHARD L.1) was born 1761 in New Castle Co., DE or Orange County, North Carolina, and died Abt. 1835 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She married JOHN "MILLER" CANTRELL Abt. 1779 in Guilford County, North Carolina, son of JOHN CANTRELL and MISS BRITTAIN. He was born 1757 in the western part of old Orange County, North Carolina, and died 1823 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


Elizabeth and her husband, John Cantrell, were cousins. Their fathers, Isaac and John, were brothers.

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In 1830 Elizabeth was listed in Spartanburg Co South Carolina and probably died soon thereafter unless she accompanied three of the sons to Marion Co AL. If she died in South Carolina she is probably buried by John at the Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery and their graves are marked by field stones.


The area of his birth became Guilford County in 1771 and Rockingham County in 1785. He grew to manhood on the waters of Wolf Island Crek, about 1 and 1/2 miles northeast of Reidsville.

He served in the War for American Independence from the Salisbury District North Carolina. After the war, he was granted a warrant for land granted the officers and soldiers in the continental line ou of the Security Office. This was warrant #3930. No acreage or service listed. He was also allowed 17 lbs and 7 pence on a claim filed 9 august 1782 and the certificate #1575 is on file in the Archives at Raleigh, North Carolina.

After the war, John and Elizabeth moved southward down the Piedmont plateau to the 96th dist of South Carolina. Here he acquired three tracts of land. One was the Maple Swamp tract. One was the tract on Buck Creek where he established a mill and this became known as Old Mill tract. The other was a small unnamed tract. As he was a miller and to distinguish him from the other John Cantrells in the area, he was known as "Miller John". The probate of his estate refers to him as John M. He was a devoted and active worker in the Buck Creek Baptist Church, where his father and his uncle/father-in-law served as ministers and messengers. he continued in this service up until his death in 1823. In 1790, John was recorded as head of family in the 96th dist. which was to become Spartanburg Dist. and later Spartanburg Co., South Carolina. They were parents of five children at that time. In 1880, the family is recorded in Spartanburg Dist. and now there are nine children listed at home. One child, a male who would have been 14 years old was missing. We don't know this child's name. In 1810, the family was recorded in Spartanburg Co and eight children were listed. He owned four slaves. In 1820, the family was recorded in Spartanburg Co and only two children were at home. After his death in 1823, a lengthy probate was made of his estate. In addition to the land mentioned above, he left personal property which was inventoried at $2,077.58 which was sold for $2,102.27. The personal property included five negros. Jesse who was a mulatto, though sold to Elizabeth at the sale, later went to Marion Co., AL with the rest of the family. He was born in 1804 in South Carolina He married an Indian girl, Sarah, born in 1815 in North Carolina. In later years after the war, he owned land in Marion Co. and was a well known farmer.


"In the name of God, Amen. I John Cantrell of the State of South Carolina and Spartanburg District, Planter, being of sound mind and memory do make and constitute this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say, I recommend my Soul to God and my Body to a Christian burial. First I will that all my Just debts be paid, also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anna Turner one hundred acres of land more or less lying on the Maple Swamp on both sides of the Creek, I also give and bequeath to my daughter Syntha one bed and two pillows and slips, four civer lids and bed quilt, six sheets, one horse, one cow, one chest, one pot, onve oven, one wheel and table, pair of cards.--I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Elizabeth Cantrell the Remainder of my Estate both Real and personal during the time of her natural life or Widowhood and after her death or widowhood to be equally divided amongst my children, that is to say, Abraham, Isaac, and my daughter Tilitha heirs, Betsy, William, Polly, Martin, Berry, Anna, Sally and her heirs and syntha. Also Twenty five follars to be given to my granddaughter Janny Robbins---

Berry Cantrell Executors of this my last will and Testament in Witness whereof, I have here unto set my hand and Seal This 30 March 1823.

Test. Lanceford Cantrell his

George Cantrell John X Cantrell {seal}

Nimrod Cantrell mark

Administration of the estate of John M. Cantrell from 16 December 1823 to date of final settlement 3 March 1828.

Citation to prove the Will of John Cantrell Dec'd

South Carolina }

Spartanburg Dist.} By William Lancaster, Ordinary of Said District.

Where as John Cantrell late of said District, Dec'd died leaving a will with, William Cantrell, Martin Cantrell & Berryman Cantrell named Executors therein, who hath applied to me for the probate of said will.

They are therefore to Cite the Kindred & ligatees of said Dec'd to appear before me at Spartanburg Court House on the first Monday in January next. To show cause if any, why the will of said Dec'd should not be provern & the Executors therein named qualify as the law directs.

Given under my hand & seal this 16th day of December 1823 and in the fourty eight year of American Independence

signed: Wm Lancaster


After this citation was filed, there were many more legal filings. The end result was that John's will was set aside, his land was sold and the proceeds was divided between twelve legatees.

Children are listed above under (8) John "Miller" Cantrell.

Again, I am not saying that these are accurate - just a starting place for investigation.


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