Person:John Cantrell (10)

Maj. John Cantrell
m. bef. 1780
  1. Maj. John Cantrell1780 - 1863
m. bef. 1800
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Name Maj. John Cantrell
Unknown John Cantrill
Alt Name John Cantrell Stephenson
Gender Male
Birth? 17 SEP 1780 Prob. Greenbrier County, Virginia
Marriage bef. 1800 to Mary 'Polly' Clendenin
Death? 17 JUN 1863 Mason County, West Virginia

John Cantrell was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - Mays vs. McClung--O. S. 318; N. S. 114--Patent, 17th September, 1792, by virtue of warrant under Dunmore's proclamation 1763, to John Finie, 200 acres in Greenbrier on South Branch of Gauley River known as Cherry Tree River at Cherry Tree Bottom. Patent, 7th November, 1787, by virtue of a certificate in right of settlement to George Clendennin, assignee of Spencer Cooper, 387 acres in Greenbrier on a southeast branch of Gauley River at Cherry Tree Bottom. Commissioner's certificate to Spencer Cooper in right of settlement before 1st January, 1778, at Cherry Bottom, 11th April, 1780. Commissioners, viz: Saml. McDowell, Jas. McCorkle, Ro. Davis. Assignment, 27th March, 1784, by John Finney of Culpeper County to James and Joseph Mays of Greenbrier, 600 acres in Cherry Tree Bottom. Ditto 8th December, 1796, by James Maze, Sr., late of Greenbrier, to Joseph Maze, 600 acres above; also all claims against Donel Fear by reason of being kept out of possession. Bill by Joseph Mays, son of James. William Gilkerson had claimed the land by reason of his having made a camp on it and remained there some time in capacity of a hunter. In April, 1785, Joseph and James settled on it. Answer by Stuart, Nancy, Betsy, Harriet, Polly, Sally, Jane, Rebecca and Ann McClung, infants of Andrew McClung. Deed 30th September, 1807, by Jemima Clendenin, widow of George Clendenin; James Lamure and Andrew Bryan, who intermarried with _____ Clendenin and Parthenia Clendenin, children and heirs of George and John Cantrill, who married Mary Clendennin, another daughter and heir of George, all of Mason County, Va., except Lamure, who lives in Clarke County, Ky., to Andrew McClung of Greenbrier, 387 acres in Cherry Tree Bottom. Recorded in Greenbrier, 22d October, 1811. Finnie claimed under a military warrant originally granted to Edward Franklin.
  • Vol. 2 - Andrew Bryan vs. John Cantrill and Benj. Stephenson--O. S. 210 N. S. 74 -- Bill in Mason County, 25th February, 1813. Deed 24th April, 1809, by John Oldacre and Martha, his wife, of Mason County, to Andrew Bryan; 100 acres on Kenawha River. Recorded in Mason 6th June, 1809. George Clendennin died 1796 or 1797 intestate, and land descended to his heirs, viz: Mary, who married John Cantrill, and others. Deed dated 7th May, 1805, by Charles Donnally and Elizabeth, his wife, of Mason County to John Oldacre, 100 acres in Mason County. Recorded 7th May, 1805. Deed - May, 1805, by William Lewis of Botetourt-County to John Cantrill of Mason County, 74 acres 2-1/2 miles from Point Pleasant. Recorded 7th May, 1805. Deed 7th May, 1805, by above to John Oldacre. Release deed. Recorded 7th May, 1805.
  • Vol. 2 - Thomas McCarthy vs. Massinbird--O. S. 270; N. S. 95--Bill, 1811. In 1798, Thomas McCarty, Sr., father of orator, bought of George Massinbird djoining tracts on little Levels in Bath adjoining Chas. Kinneson, William Hughes, Jno. McNeile, Wm. Poage, Jacob Kinneson, Lazarus Bartley, Jno. McNeil, James Laird, 1,010 acres. James Crawford of Augusta claimed 270 acres. Thomas, Sr., conveyed to Thomas, Jr., 500 acres, who sold 111 acres to Edmund McGinniss. The remainder of the 1,010 acres Thomas, Sr., and Jr., sold to Wm. Poage, estimated at 899 acres. Since 25th March, 1799, Thomas, Sr., has died, leaving orator sole heir and distributee. Suit was brought in District Court by heirs of James Crawford and judgment rendered for them for 270 acres. Deputy Surveyor Thos. Arbuckle surveyed 322 acres instead of 270 acres. 970 acres conveyed by Massinbird to Thomas, Sr., was patented to Wm. and George Clendennin, assignee of Nathaniel Day, Jr.; Joseph Day and John Ellis, 11th November, 1784, by certificate of settlement right by survey 14th November, 1782. James Crawford's representatives are, viz: Widow Mary Crawford and children, viz: Sarah, James, William, John, Polly. Answer, 27th June, 1815, of Polly and Elizabeth Crawford, infants. Certificates of survey of the land in 1769 for Thos. Rafferty. James Crawford, father of Polly and Elizabeth, was eldest son and heir of George Crawford, who died, intestate, as to said land. Answer claims that John Robinson & Co., patentees of 100,000, were the Greenbrier Company. William Poage was nephew of William Poage. Deed, 5th October, 1797, by Thos. McCarthy, Sr., to Thos. McCarthy, Jr., 500 acres on Little Levels in Greenbrier. Recorded in Bath County, October, 1797. Col. Andrew Anderson deposes 29th October, 1818, in Staunton at the tavern of Dabney Cosby, he married eldest daughter of George Crawford of Augusta. She died 12th August, 1786. George died between 1780 and 1784. James was eldest son of George. Deponent knew Samuel Lewis who moved from Augusta to Greenbrier, and he was called Colonel and was son of Gen. Andrew Lewis. Archd. Stuart deposes, giving a list of the names of the members of the Greenbrier Company (which was John Robinson & Co.) in the handwriting of Edmund Pendleton, viz: "Greenbrier Company, 1745." Taken from a copy of the Order by Edmund Pendleton: John Robinson, Sr.; Thomas Nelson, Jr.; John Robinson, Jr.; Wm. Beverley, Robert Lewis, Beverley Robinson, Henry Weatherburne, John Lewis, John Craig, Wm. Lewis, John Wilson, Charles Lewis. Deed, 14th May, 1796, by George Massingbird of Bath to Thos. McCarty of Hardy County, 970 acres on Little Levels of Bath adjoining Wm. Poage, Jacob and Charles Kynoston, Lazarus Bartley, John McNeil and James Laird. Patent, 1783, to James Crawford for 270 acres by survey 26th April, 1769, part of order of Council to Greenbrier County for 100,000 acres, which order was confirmed by decree of Court of Appeals, 2d May, 1783, in Greenbrier County. Original letter 11th January, 1795, by James Crawford to George Messinbird in Greenbrier. Deed, 9th June, 1798, by George Massinbird to Thomas Macarthy, both of Bath County, 970 acres. Recorded. Deed, 1st June, 1790, by William and George Clendennin of Kanawa County to George Massingbird of Greenbrier, 970 acres by survey, 1782, on Little Levels, &c. Recorded in Greenbrier, 27th July, 1790. George Clendennin's heirs are, viz: Widow Jemima Clendennin; children, viz: Mary Cantril, wife of John Cantril; Cynthia, wife of _____ Lamb; Parthenia, wife of Andrew Bryant. Copy of Court of Appeals, 2d May, 1783, confirming surveys under Loyal and Greenbrier Companies by orders of Council. Patent, 1783, to James Crawford, 270 acres in Greenbrier. Patent, 11th November, 1804, to William and George Clendennin by certificate in right of settlement (assignees of Nathaniel Day, Jr., Joseph Day and John Ellis), 970 acres by survey, 1782.
  • Vol. 2 - McClung vs. Bevins and Edgar--O. S. 254; N. S. 89--Bill, 1812. Complainants are William McClung and Robert Wahub. In 1782, William entered in Greenbrier 230 acres on Slab Camp Creek, a branch of Meadow River, including 100 acres entered by virtue of a military warrant, part of a survey made for William in 1776; another entry for 400 acres, and another for 71 acres. William and George Clendennin made a partnership to locate lands. Alexr. Welsh was surveyor of Greenbrier. Defendants are, viz: George Clendennin's heirs, viz: Andrew Bryan and Parthenia, his wife; _____ Lamb and Cynthia, his wife; John Cantrill and Polly, his wife; Henry Banks, Wm. Whitcroft, James, Henry and Ann Ringold, James Welsh, Richard Witherhead, James Bevins and Thomas Edgar. John Welch, son of Alexander Welch, deposes 23d February, 1814.


From Genforum Message Board:

Seek info on Major John Cantrell, born Sept. 1780 to Eleanor/Nelly Clendinen probably in Greenbrier Co. (W)VA. Nelly was d/o Charles Clendinen, founder of Charleston, WV. Eleanor also had a child by Andrew Hamilton, and (finally) married George Stephenson about 1783. She later moved with her Clendinen family to Kanawha and finally Mason Co. WV. It is not known who the CANTRELL father of John was. Found a Chas. Clendinen living with a Wm. Clendinen in Orange Co. NC ca 1780's where there are several CANTRELLS, and possibly Nellie was there when she conceived. It is not known what happened to the child, but as an adult, he rejoined his Clendinen kin in Point Pleasant, WV and lived most of his life there. There is a Joseph and Isaac Cantrell in early Orange Co. records. Could one of these have been the father of Nellie's baby? Was he raised by Cantrells? I remember hearing of an adopted son, John CANTRELL, by one of the Cantrells in TN (possibly Stephen) and birthdate would have been about right...1780. Anyone know anything more about any CANTRELL in VA around 1780, or who the father of Major John Cantrell of WV might have been?