"Richard Cantrell of 1666" Cantrell family story
It has been impossible to find records to prove the parentage, or birthplace, of Richard Cantrill, but there is no doubt that he came from the Derbyshire branch of the English family. His name does not appear in any list of emigrants and he may have been a descendant of William, or Henry Cantrill, of Virginia. Fisher says, in his "Making of Pennsylvania," that "quite a number of Virginians migrated from that Colony to the Banks of the Delaware before the settlement of Philadelphia by Penn, in 1678, under the rule of the Duke of York."
From "Pennsylvania Archives," Vol. XIX: "At a meeting of theCommissioners, 6th of July, 1692. Present Captain William Markham, Robert Turner, John Goodson,... Richard Cantrill requesting a warrant for a lot of 30 ft. upon Third Street, near the Burying Ground, was granted."
From Original Records, Deed Book D, 53, page 50: "Richard Cantrill toThomas Hall, Sold 30 ft. x 190 ft. May 13, 1693, Third and Market Streets."
In Patent Book A, Vol. II, page 344, there is a lease for twenty-oneyears (May 5, 1702) made by Edward Shippen, Griffith Owen and James Logan, as Proprietary and Governor in Chief of Pennsylvania andTerritories there unto belonging ... of a ... Certain tract of land between Fifth and Sixth streets containing three acres and sixty perches"(here follows a full description by metes and bounds) "to RichardCantrill, Brickmaker, with all woods and underwood and trees, ways,waters, water courses, liberties, profits, commodities, advantages andopportunities whatsoever." The rental was forty shillings per year,"current silver money of the Province."... "Said Richard Cantrill shallbuild, erect and set up a substantial brick house one story and a half inheight and in breadth eighteen feet and in length thirty-six feet; thefirst story of one brick and a half and the second story of one brick,and further that said Richard Cantrill shall make an orchard upon somepart of the hereby granted land, with at least eighty good bearing appletrees planted thereon, and shall also well and sufficiently fence andenclose the said demised land."
In "Pennsylvaina Archives" we find: "Cantrill, Old Rights: RichardCantrill, city lot 3 acres, 10 day, 10 month, 1701. Rich. return 3 acres,3 month 1702."
Later the Archives record a "Caveat against surveying of land adjoiningRichard Cantrill's estate, issuing to the heirs, or executors of the saidRichard Cantrill, or any under him, May 31, 1753."
No record could be found of the disposition of the estate of RichardCantrill, either by his heirs or executors, but he evidently died priorto May 31, 1753.
There is a tradition common in the family that the first Cantrill inPhiladelphia had a brick yard and built the first brick house in thatcity. Records show that "the first brick house built in Philadelphia wasowned by Robert Turner in 1684-5," and in the same year RichardCantrill's brother-in-law, Daniel Pegge, also built a brick residence on"Pegge's Run." It is possible that Richard Cantrill had the contract forerecting both of these houses, which would easily account for thetradition in the family.