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The Cross-Dressing Quaker Grandma

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I recently received a package from Warren Cantrell, noted Cantrell family genealogist. I found the following paragraphs especially interesting for many reasons. The humorous account of our Cross-Dressing Grandma is very special to my heart.... But I thought many of you with PEGGE connections might also find some of the references to them interesting, too.

Richard Cantrill married Dorothy Jones (daughter of Ellis Jones) in the early 1690s. She was born in 1672 in Wales, England. As she was a Quaker and Richard may have been of the Church of England, to use the Quaker term, they were married "Out of Meeting". History tells us that Daniel PEGG and Thomas Smith were the earliest local brickmakers, as we have mentioned above and this was Daniel PEGG, Sr. who owned 200 acres in the Northern Liberties. We know that he married Martha Allen of Bucks Co., PA. Daniel PEGG, Sr. died in 12 Mo. 23rd day 1702/3. Daniel Jr. inherited the property and continued to manufacture bricks. The family genealogist stated that Barbara Jones married Daniel PEGGE. From her mother's will, we know there were two sons, Daniel and Nathan. It is possible that Barbara was the second wife of Daniel PEGGE Sr. When Daniel PEGG Jr. died in the 1730s and his will was proved 6 Feb. 1732, it mentions no sons, but two nephews Daniel and John Coats, sons of Thomas Coat (a brickmaker) who married his sister Elizabeth PEGGE. To his wife, Sarah, he left his other property. From records of marriages in Phil. we find a record where Barbara Jones married Daniel PEGG 5 Mar 1691. Mary Jones married her cousin, Isaac Jones.

As we mentioned above, Richard returned the rental grant that he had acquired in 1701 in the third month of 1702. The next record we find of Richard and Dorothy Cantrill was in 1703 Delaware Court 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 ye inhabitants and youth of this city... to ye greef of and disturbance of peaceful minds and propagating ye Throne of wickedness amongst us." This was in Wilmington, PA (now Delaware).

A search of the wills and probate records of Philadelphia and of New Castle County, Delaware have failed to reveal a will for Richard. In the Pennsylvania Archives we find a record as follows. "Caveat against surveying of land adjoining Richard Cantrill's estate, issuing to the heirs, or executors of said Richard Cantrill, or any under him, 31 May 1753." As the two sons left the New Castle area in the late 1720s or early 1730 and moved to the valley of Virginia by 1738. Richard may have also made the move.
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