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From: "Nancy Webb Wood" <>
Subject: [PaOldC] Edmund CANTWELL,1st sheriff under English rule on the Delaware
Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 18:18:57 -0700


Is anyone on the list researching my anscestor Edmund Cantwell?

Nancy Webb Wood

1672 - The first sheriff under the English rule on the Delaware was Edmund Cantwell, in 1672. History of Delaware Co, PA, p 475 - quoting from Smith, p 96.
1672, Jan 27 - History of Delaware Co, PA Ashmead Ch 28 p 279 - Governor appointed Peter Alricks, Capt. Edmund Cantwell, William Tom, and Capt. Walter Wharton to appraise and value the island of Tinicum...
1672, Feb 20 - Ibed - Sheriff Cantwell mentioned in a court case (he was not involved).
1672 - History of Chester County, PA - p. 13 - Edmund Cantwell of New Castle was appointed sheriff for the river in 1672, was also collector of quit rents in place of William Tom who resigned.
1674, Feb 9 - The Dutch authority by the terms of the treaty between Great Britain and Holland ceased on Feb 9, 1674...
1674, Nov 4 - On this date Capt. Edward Cantwell, who had been the former sheriff under the English rule, was reappointed to the same office. History of Delaware County - Ashmead, Ch XXV p221.
1674, Nov 6 - Edmund Cantwell and William Tom were commissioned, November 6th, by the Governor to take poissession of the fort at New Castle, and of all military stores there, or on any other part of the river, on behalf of his majesty of Great Britain.
1674, Nov. 11 - Capt. Edmund Cantwell was commissioned, November 11th, to administer to these justices their official oath, he having been reinstated in his office of sheriff or schout. Capt. Cantwell, in conjunction with Johannes DeHaas, was also appointed collector of quit-rents on the Delaware, and of all other duties, whether custom or excise.
1675, Feb. 28 - Capt. Cantwell, besides holding the office of sheriff, appears to have been intrusted with the charge of affairs generally on the Delaware.
1676, Nov 14 - Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, Vol. II, Chapter 5 - Facts and Occurrences of the Swedes Settled In Upland - The book opens with a court, held "at Uppland, in Delaware river", by the authority of the sovereign Lord, Charles II, on the 14th November 1676...Peter Cock, Peter Rambo, Israel Helm, Lace Andries, Oele Swen and Otto Ernest, (all Swedish names) are made "justices" and are inducted under oath by the commissioners, Captain John Colier (from which we have the name, probably, of Colier's Hook) and Captain Edmond Cantwell, (from which we have the name of Cantwell's bridge)." Their power under Governor Andross reads thus, viz., "to be justices of the peace for the space of one year, and any three or more of them to be a court of judicature, and to act accoarding to law and the trust reposed in them."... Justice Israel Helm, asked recompense "for having served the river inhabitants) often, and at sundry times, as an interpreter with the Indians for Captain Cantwell." The same was referred to the governor. The court resolve to write a letter to the governor upon the following topics, viz: to ask his honour to confirm the order about the wolves' heads. To order a means of repaying court costs and their distance of travel as justices. They state the former charge of court as it occurred at the house or place of Neeles Laerson, "for the charges of keeping a court, and for justices' diet there, 452 gilders, of which Captain Cantwell has paid 200 gilders, leaving 252 gilders still due."
1676/7, Mar 13 - Ibed - At a court held at Upland in Delaware river, the 13 March, A.D. 1676-7. Present, Peter Cock, Peter Rambo, Israel Helm, Lacz Andries and Otto Ernest, justices. Captain Edmond Cantwell, high sheriff.
1676, Nov 14 - The first court (Delaware County) under the new code of laws convened at Upland, when Capt. John Colier and Capt. Edmund Cantwell, specially authorized by Governor Andross, administerd the oath of office to the newly-commissioned justices. History of Delaware County - Ashmead, Ch. XXV p 222.
1677 - Chester Co, PA - "The Court further ordering and Impowring the high Sherrife, Capt Edmond Cantwell to Receive and Collect the sume of 26 gilders from Every Tydable in the annexed List," etc.
1677, Jun 13 - Ibed - At a court held the 13th June 1677. Present six justices. Edmond Cantwell vs. John Ashmen, demands eight hundred pounds of tobacco, for his surveying fees for two tracts of land and their patents, &c - - so ordered.... Ordered that no person be admitted to plead for any other person as an attorney, without he first have his admittance of the court or have a warrant of attorney for so doing from his client. (On a former occasion James Sanderling acted for another as his attorney, so also Edmond Cantwell.) Many suits were pressed to judgment at this session against John Ashman, who, appearing to have purchased a number of articles on credit, and then left the province and his creditors, the latter, then as now, scrambled for the insolvent's estates, and no less than five judgments were enterd and two attachments allowed that day. History of Delaware County - Ashmead, Ch XXV p 222.
1677, Jun 13 - The first record of the transfer of a redemption or indentured servant previous to the grant to Penn was at a court held at Upland, June 13, 1677, and is set forth in the quaint phraseology of that period: "Mr. John Test brought In Court a certaine man-servant named William Still, being a taylor by trade, whome hee the sd Test did acknowledge to have sold unto Cap'n Edmond Cantwell for the space and tearme of foure years, beginning from the first of Aprill Last past; The sd William Still declared in Court to bee willing to serve the said Capt'n Cantwell the above tearms of foure years." History of Delaware County - Ashmead, Ch. XX p 200.
1677 - History of Delaware Co - Ashmead, Ch 25 p 223 - Assault and battery committed on Justice Helme by Oele Oelsen. The defendant testified that he was first struck by the plaintiff, but Sheriff Cantwell "desires that the court will take the Case in Consideration and not suffer that a Justice of the Peace shall be so abused...."
1677, Sep 11 - Ibed - At a court held the 11th September 1677. Six justices present -- and Captain Cantwell high sheriff.
1677, Nov 13 - Ibed - Sheriff Cantwell was instructed to collect the tax, and if necessary to levy on the delinquent's goods, which he was to have appraised by two of the neighbors of the party whose articles were seized. For collecting the tax, the sheriff was to receive at the rate of five shillings to the pound.
1677/8, Mar 12 - Ibed - At a court held the 12th of March, 1677-8, six judges present: Luke Watson, by Edward Cantwell, his attorney vs. John Gray, none of the parties appearing, a nonsuit was ordered. (This may be Edmund's son Edward.)
1678, Apr 3 - Ibed - At a court of Upland, held at house of Justice Peter Cock, in the Schuylkill, the 3d April 1678, present four Justices with the sheriff. Capt. Edmund Cantwell vs. Neeles Laerson - - for defamation, £100. Before trial, N. Laerson asked forgiveness in court, with which the captain was satisfied. At same time the court orders that N. Laerson shall repay 130 gilders, collected for head money (poll tax) in New Castle district by 'alleged' mistake.
1678, Nov. 28 - "On the 28th of November, 1678, Anress directs Sheriff Cantwell to put Robert Stacey (among first English settlers on the Delaware) in possession of Mattiniconk Island, which the Governor had leased to him for seven years." History of Delaware Co, PA, p 41
1678-79, Mar 12 - History of Delaware Co, PA - Ashmead Ch 25 p 224 - Capt. Cantwell mentioned in a court case. (He was not involved.)
1679, Oct. 28 - Edmund Cantwell made his will in New Castle County, Delaware (WBA p. 78) He named his wife, Mary Cantwell, children, Richard Cantwell, Johanna Cantwell, and Elizabeth Cantwell. Also named Mr. Johanos De Haas, Mr. Peter Allrick, Mr. Epharim Henman, Mr. John Williams, and brother-in-law Johannes DeHaas. Exectrx wife, Mary Cantwell and three children.
1679, Nov - Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, Vol. 11 - Edmund Cantwell acts as attorney at times, but whether he served as "attorney in law" or as "in fact" does not appear, but it would seem as if he acted as attorney in fact, by reason of the absence of the principal.
1679, Mar 23 - Maryland Wills - Vol. 1 - Will of John English, 23 March 1679 and proved 27 March 1679, Edmund Cantwell is made ex. and sole legatee.
1679, Oct 28 - Edmund Cantwell's will date, New Castle County, Delaware Wills, 1682-1800.
1679, Nov. 10 - New York City Wills, 1665-1707, p 244 - Whereas Walter Wharton, of New Castle, in Delaware, died intestate, uon request of his wife Mary, that Edmund Cantwell might be made administrator. It is granted, November 10, 1679.
1679, Nov. 16 - New York City Wills, 1665-1707, p 250 - - Whereas Wm. Tom, late of New Castle, died intestate, upon application of Captain Edmund Cantwell, as creditor. Letters of Administration are granted to him, November 16, 1679. (Ancestry)
1682, Nov 18 - Three weeks after his arrival in the colony, Wm. Penn issued his writs requiring the sheriffs of the several counties, in their respective baliwicks, "to summon all the freeholders to meet on the 20th instant and elect out of themselves seven persons of the most note for wisdom, sobriety and integrity to serve as their deputies and representatives in General Assembly to be held at Upland, in Pennsylvania, December 4th next."
1682, Dec 4 - The Assembly met at Chester.... It is an interesting historical fact that the very first record in the commonwealth regarding the meeting of a legislative body discloses that then, as now, "way that are dark" were resorted to in the effort to secure the election of members in the interest of particular individuals. On that occasion Edmund Cantwell, the sheriff of New Castle County, was charged with "undue electing a member to serve in Assembly from that county," in which effort he was ultimately thwarted, for the Committee on Elections and Privileges reported adversely to Abraham Mann, the sheriff's candidate, and in favor of John Moll, who was contesting his seat, in which conclusion the House concurred. History of Delaware County, PA - Ashmead, Ch. V pp 22-24.
1683 - Warrants and Surveys of PA - Newcastle Co - Edmond Cantwell, Vol. 3 p 172
1683 - Sep 26 - Swanwick, Delaware - Edmund Cantwell attested to nuncupative will of Peter Themis DeWitt made 26 Sep 1683 and letters granted 14 Mar 1684. DeWitt names wife, Annita; son, Themis DeWitt "One of the daughters married to John Jacquet, administrator." Attested by John Barnes, Ambrose Baker, Peter Ffalcher, Edmund Cantwell.
1684, 26th day, 1 mo. - Early Pa Land Records - Land in the County of Sussex called Maidenhead Thicket, Scituate on the South side of the great Creek containing 421, granted and Surv'd by Order of Capt. Cantwell To Rich'd Peaty....
1684 11th mo. 6 day - (Jan 1685) - History of Chester Co, PA by Futhey and Cope - "Edmund Cantwell testified at New Castle, October 18th, that several years before, when he was collector of the duke's quit-rents, he was at Upland and demanded the rent from Lasse Carolus for his land where he lived, and for his house and land in Upland Towne, when he informed the deponent that he had sold the latter to Justa Anderson."
1685, Jan. 17 (WB A, p. 78) New Castle Co., Delaware Wills - Edmund Cantwell's will was probated. Wife, Mary Cantwell; children, Richard Cantwell, Johanna Cantwell and Elizabeth Cantwell; Mr. Johanos De Haas, Mr. Peter Allrick, Mr. Epharim Henman, Mr. John Williams; brother-in-law Johannes De Haas. Exec. wife, Mary Cantwell and three children. (Was this the date of the will or date probated? The information below states he died in 1698.)
1689 - Edmund Cantwell of Cecil County, MD obtained a grant of 200 acres of land, lying on both sides of Drawyers Creek, as a location for a water mill. He represented New Castle county in the General Assembly of Pennsylvania from 1683 to 1685. (History of State of Delaware by J.M. Runk & Co).
1707, 5 mo. 21st day - Early Pennsylvania Land Records by Wm. Henry Egle, Minutes Book G - James Logan. Fran's Lovelace, Esqr, Governor of New York, by Pat. dat 10th Mar 1670, Granted to Hans Manson a Certain Tract of Land On the West of Skuylkill, then Called but 1000 acres, but being res'd According to the Method of those times after the Grant by Order of Capt'n Edm'd Cantwell, was found to Contain 1,100 a's, which s'd 1,100 a's the s'd Hans Manson, by Deed dat. 29 Apr 1681, Granted to Peter Peterson Yocomb, his Heirs, &c., and 580 a's more thereof being res'd 16, 10 mo, '84, to him by the Prop'ry's Warrant, dat. 25, 5 mo, '85 were Confirm'd to the said Yocomb with 30 a's of meadow by Pat. from Ja's Claypool, etc.
PA Historical Buildings - No date - Edmund Cantwell dwelling, near Odessa, Delaware Co, PA.

When England took possession of Delaware in 1664, and confiscated the land, a large estate, where Odessa now stands was given to Capt. Edmund Cantwell, who was at that time High Sheriff under Sir Edmund Andros. He settled on the estate about 1676. When Wm. Penn came into possession of Delaware in 1682, the King appointed Edmund Cantwell the first sheriff of New Castle Co. He died in 1698 and the estate passed to his son, Richard Cantwell, who obtained in 1731 permission to build a toll bridge over the Appoquinimink river. The village was called Cantwell's Bridge for 150 years. This family became quite numerous. About 1800 Matthew Thomas Cantwell, a member of this family, settled in Cecil County, MD. He married Mary Pugh and had 5 sons, James, John, Thomas, Robert, and Matthew. C.H. Cantwell, 706 N. Van Buren Street, Wilmington, Delaware - Robert Cantwell, Clayton, Delaware.

Cantwell's Bridge, now Odessa, New Castle Co, Delaware

Family tradition: The Cantwell Burying Ground was where Aberdeen Proving Ground is now located.


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