Monday, November 3, 2014


 My 9th Great Grandmother

Birth 1672 in Denbigh, Wales
Death August 30, 1755 in Philadelphia, PA
Buried Gloria Dei Burial Ground, Philadelphia, PA

Dorothy was born in Wales.  She was the third of four children of Ellis and Jane Jones, who were Quakers  from either Flint, or Denbigh, Wales, and came to America to escape religious persecution.  Dorothy came to America with her family on the ship "Submission" in the autumn of 1682. 

This is a ship from the same era as The Submission;                                                        however, The Submission was older and smaller than this one.
The ship's log had Dorothy's age as 10 years. 

The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, 

Volume 1, Issue 1 - has a true copy of Submission's Log.

It lists the ship as having 49 heads and 37 passengers. 
After studying the log, it appears that the additional '12' head consisted of the 
ship's master, mate, carpenter, the cooper, servants, and apprentices. 

The above information is from a free ebook on Google.

William Penn Welcome Ship

Dorothy's husband was Richard Cantrell.  He, too, was an  immigrant to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He arrived aboard the ship "Welcome" on August 24, 1682.

Welcome ship was a square rigged vessel, 300 tons, about 150 feet long, high in the bow, and even higher in the stern.  The ship's master was Robert Greenway.
There were about 102 traveling passangers.
The voyagers’ record of William Penn ship Welcome has not survived.

Welcome ship has been among twenty two vessels that crossed the Atlantic Ocean in order to carry the very first 2,000 settlers to the Pennsylvania Colony in the years: 1681 - 1682

Dorothy's Father was William Penn's Miller
On Pg. 64 of PMHB, VIII, 95; Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, II, 750; Chester Court Records, 238. "Also on the Submission ( arriving in 1682) was Ellis Jones, aged 45, from 'Denby or Flint' (Wales). With him came his wife Jane, aged 40, and their children Barbara 13, Dorothy 10, Isaac 4 mon., and Mary Jones 12.
They were servants of the proprietor: Ellis Jones (Dorothy's Father)  was Penn's miller. Probably for his services he was granted a warrant for a city lot (date) 17, 4mo, 1683, and acquired land in Chester Co., (PA)." ----------------------------------------------------------------------
W.W. Hinshaw's "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy"; Philadelphia MM., p.321: Ellis Jones buried 7-16-1727.

Members of six families made up the majority of passengers on the ship Submission's stormy passage from Liverpool, England to Choptank, Maryland in 1682.Two events happened on the second day of the second month of this journey, according to the ship’s log, which doesn’t say if they are related.

First, Abraham Blackshaw, 10, son of Randolph Blackshaw, died. Second, the ship encountered a violent storm and didn’t have a chance to put the child’s body overboard until the storm abated. The log reports: “A great head (of) sea broke over the ship & staved the boat & took most part of it away, broke up the main hatches that were both nailed & corked & took them away that they were not seen where they went, broke the boat’s mast & hyst that were lashed in the midship, broke the gunnell head in the midship & broke the forre shet & took several things of(f) the decks & several things that were in the boat it cast betwixt decks.”

Dorothy was born in Wales and came to Pennsylvania with her parents. She was the third of four children of Ellis and Jane Jones, who were Quakers and came to America to escape religious persecution. 
Richard Cantrell was not a Quaker (he belonged to the Church of England) so he and Dorothy were married "out of meeting," as the Quaker term goes. 
The were married in 1693.
Their first child died and the Race Street Meeting House records list under Burial of Those Not Friends, "Mary, 1-6, 1695, parents Richard and Dorothy Cantrill."

The Race Street Meetinghouse is a historic and still active Quaker meetinghouse at 1515 Cherry Street at the corner of N. 15th Street in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Dorothy Jones Cantrill seems to have been a young lady of considerable spirit and independence of character. She not only married the man of her choice, irrespective of her religious training, but later evidence is found of her love of gayety and society in an old history of Philadelphia, where she figured (significant and noticeable) at a masquerade ball, much to the horror of her more quiet Quaker friends. She seems to have inherited her love of society from her mother, for the name of Jane Jones appears as a witness to the marriage of a great many Quakers of her day, and the Quaker weddings were probably the principal events affording those of that sect an expression to their social instinct.”
From The Cantrill-Cantrell Genealogy,  Page 5:

The will of Dorothy's mother, Jane Jones, showed 

Richard and Dorothy had four known children: 
Mary Cantrell 1694-1695
Joseph Cantrell 1695- 1753
Zebulon Cantrell 1697- 
Dorothy 1710- 
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Dorothy and Richard settled in Philadelphia, where Richard made brick from the red clay on which the entire town rested.  Their descendants would move on to the frontier communities of the Carolinas, Tennessee, Missouri, California and the Oregon Territory.


This record of Richard and Dorothy Cantrill was from a Delaware Court (then Wilmington, PA) in 1703. Proceedings as extracted by Scharf. Among the grand jury presentments.  Dorothy, wife of Richard Canterill, presented for masking in men’s clothes the day after Christmas, “walking and dancing in the house of John Simes at 9 or 10 o’clock at night.” John Simes, who gave the masquerade party, was presented for keeping a disorderly house, “a nursery of Debotch (seduce/violate) ye inhabitants and youth of this city…to ye greef of and disturance of peaceful minds and propagating ye Throne of wickedness amongst us.”
(Wearing men's clothes, staying out too late, drinking, and dancing…well, it appears that Dorothy knew how to have a darn good time!)

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church Burial Ground Philadelphia, PA

Gloria Dei is a Latin term, meaning Glory to God. 
Paul, in his 1st letter to the Corinthians, wrote this: “whatever you do,
 do everything for the Glory of God.”

931 Otsego Street, Philadelphia, PA

Dorothy Jane Jones (1672 - 1755)
9th Great Grandmother
son of Dorothy Jane Jones
John Miller Cantrell (1724 - 1803)  John and Joseph (below) were brothers.
son of Joseph Cantrell (1695-1753)
son of John Miller Cantrell
son of Isaac Cantrell
son of Aaron Cantrell
son of Moses Cantrell
daughter of Jesse R Cantrell
daughter of Evaline "Babe" Cantrell
daughter of Pearl Gambrell
daughter of Fannie Pearl Herron
You are the daughter of Lorene Ashburn - (not you?)

….and this is interesting

Dorothy Jane Jones (1672 - 1755)
7th great grandmother of husband - Dennis Burgess
son of Dorothy Jane Jones
Joseph Cantrell (1726 - 1804) Joseph and John (above were brother).
son of Joseph Cantrell
daughter of Joseph Cantrell
daughter of Rachel Cantrell
daughter of Kessiah Hensley
son of Martha Tennessee Franklin
son of Carlos Odell Burgess
Wiife of Dennis Lynn Burgess

View of William Penn Philadelphia - ca. 1717

William Penn Philadelphia, and for that matter Colony of Pennsylvania in the most triumphant ways, validated the resistant confidence of free people.  Through establishing Pennsylvania Colony, Penn placed a tremendously essential illustration in regards of liberties and freedoms afforded to the original immigrants and settlers to this County.  




  as was...


I must say, if I do say so myself, I did a top-notch, doozy of a job on this 'dead person' story.
(Yes, doozy is a real word.)


  1. Hey Anna, I don't know if you still keep up with this page, but we appear to be family! Dorothy Jones is my 8th great grandmother.

  2. Hey Anna, I don't know if you still keep up with this page, but we appear to be family! Dorothy Jones is my 8th great grandmother.

  3. Dorthy would be my ninth great grandma I know she was in Webster county mo at some point and thought she had died there

  4. Interesting is UNDERSTATEMENT.....Dorothy Jane Jones is my 8th Great grandmother.