Stephen Cantrell, b:28 June 1758, Bedford Co., VA., d: 5 February 1827, Sumner Co., TN. He was the son of Sarah Selden,Edwards Cantrell nee Hilliard and Joseph Cantrell, son of Zebulon Cantrill.He married Mary Blakemore b: 8 March 1765, d: 2 Aug 1849 in Sumner Co., TN. She was a daughter of Major John Blakemore of Ft. Blount in East TN, a member of the famous Donelson Expedition. They moved to Sumner Co., TN in the 1780's where Stephen was granted 640 acres of land on Drakes Creek for his service in the War for American Independence as a Captain of the Guard of the North Carolina Continental Commissioners. Stephen was a lawyer and the first Representative of Sumner Co., TN, to the Congress convened at Knoxville, TN 28 March 1796. His son, Stephen Cantrell, Jr., was Mayor of Nashville in 1818. Stephen was a wealthy plantation owner in Sumner County, near Gallatin. Descendants of some of his slaves attended high school with my sons at Goodlettsville, TN. Stephen and Mary Blakemore, his only wife, had Ten children, among them was no Susan that I found of record, and I have his will explicitly naming his immediate family. He did have a daughter, Mary, who married Dr. William Edwards on 21 October 1821 in Sumner Co., TN. Dr. Edwards was first reported to me as being a son of Zionlaw Cantrell and Nathan Edwards. Zionlaw Cantrell, b:11 Jan 1762 in Virginia. d: 21 May 1821 in Sumner Co., TN, was Stephen's half sister. I think this may be in error since I do have record of Nathan Edwards as being the husband of Jemima Iris Cotton, father of William Edwards. Since I believe this to be a collateral line it will be researched later.
Yes, Stephen Cantrell had two sisters, (1)Delilah Cantrell, m: William Nolen and they founded the City of Nolensville, TN, some 15 miles from my home in Brentwood.(2) Sarah Cantrell b: ca 1860, Bedford Co., VA. m: Joel Chitwood and they settled in Lincoln Co., TN about 50 miles south of Nolensville, TN.
I have a rather extensive genealogy of Stephen's family as well as his sisters. Please make any inquiries direct e-mail. Do you have GEDCOM capabilities? If so, what software do you have?
Charles T. "Tom" Cantrell
1208 Norton Court
Brentwood TN 37027
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