The Cantwells

James and Sarah Cantwell, Richard Pointer. 2010.

John Andrew Jackson CANTWELL was a son of James “Jim” and Rachel Narcissa (McDONALD/McDONOLD) CANTWELL.  James was born in Missouri 31 Mar 1854, and died in Mud, Travis Co TX on his wife’s birthday 7 Mar 1929.  Narcissa McDonald was born 7 Mar 1856 in Williamson County Texas.  She died 9 Aug 1946 in Brownfield, Terry County Texas.  According to descendants, she was part Cherokee Indian.

John Andrew CANTWELL was born in Texas  25 August 1876/1877, and died in Travis County Texas 29 June 1954.  On 12 October 1898, me married  Sarah Eveline “Eva/Evie” FRY in Travis County Texas.  Sarah, daughter of Thomas FRY and Phoebe FRENCH, was  born in Burnet County Texas 27 December 1878/79 and died in Travis County Texas 18 April 1936.  John and Sarah lived in several places.   Censuses reflect:  1900-Travis County Texas; 1910 -Throckmorton County Texas; 1920 – Briscoe County Texas; 1930:  Kerr County Texas.

CANTWELL BROTHERS: Gus in front, Tom in back, Benjamin Franklin on the left, John Andrew Jackson on the right

Known children of John and Sarah (FRY) CANTWELL:

i.  James Thomas CANTWELL, born in Texas 17 June 1899, died in Madera, Madera County California 16 December 1984.

ii.  Elmer L. CANTWELL, born in Texas 26 February 1901, died in Corpus Christi, Nueces County Texas June 1963.  Elmer is buried in Memorial Gardens, Corpus Christi, Texas.

iii.  Ruby E. CANTWELL, born in Texas ca 1905.   Ruby married Ransom Charles POINTER, born 13 March 1898, and died in Tarrant County Texas 5 August 1951.  He is buried in Roscoe Cemetery, Nolan County Texas.  Per his death certificate, Ransom was divorced.  Their son, Richard Bryan POINTER (5 Oct 1932 – 19 February 1933) is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery alongside his CANTWELL grandparents.  His grandfather, John CANTWELL was the informant on the little boy’s death certificate.  In the 1930 census, Ruby and Ransom were in Spearville, Ford County Kansas with sons Albert J. and Charles R.

iv.  Andy Monroe CANTWELL,  born in Texas 29 August 1905, died in Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County Texas 14 November 1992.

v.  Price CANTWELL,  born in Texas 2 February 1908, died in Kerrville, Kerr County Texas 13 December 2001 or 30 January 2001.

vi.  Homer Lee CANTWELL, born in Texas 11 February 1910, died in Austin, Travis County Texas 29 January 1990.

vii.  John Douglas CANTWELL, born in Texas 30 December 1914, died in Travis County Texas 10 February 1983.

viii.  Dorothy B. CANTWELL,  born in Texas ca 1921.  No further information.

After Sarah’s death, John CANTWELL married Flora Almeda BINGHAM, a local widow.  Flora is also buried in Pond Springs Cemetery, with her first husband, Jim BINGHAM.

John and Flora CANTWELL.  Photo courtesy of BINGHAM descendants.

Many thaks to descendants Rick and Ann.  If you can add anything, please contact this blog.

– Suzanne

Published in: on April 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Hello! John Andrew Jackson Cantwell was my great grandfather and Price Cantwell was my grandfather. I have a question about the photo of the Cantwell brothers on this page. The caption under the photo says that John is on the left, but the filename of the photo contains text saying that John is on the right and that BF (which stands for Benjamin Franklin, by the way) is on the left. Could anyone please clarify so I can label it properly in my genealogy records? Thanks so much!
    Cara Cantwell Mosier

    • YIKES ! Thank you for catching that ! My apologies, the post has been fixed.
      – Suzanne

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