Our VFW group is restoring an old town cemetery and we are seeking any living descendants of a Pvt. Thomas Cantrell, Co. A, 143rd N.Y. Volunteers (Civil War). He was the son of Thomas and Margaret (Tate) Cantrell of Thompson, Sullivan County, N.Y.
Thomas was struck and killed by a train here in Newport, Pennsylvania on May 20, 1893 and was given a respectful burial in "the old graveyard" by the Newport G.A.R. Post. His military records and his discharge from the NW Home for Disabled Vol. Soldiers in Wisconsin were on his person.
I have tried without success to make some contact with the Cantrell family through the Sullivan County Democrat (Letter to the editor) and the "official" Sullivan County Historian, Mr. John Conway.
Thomas Cantrell, along with his brothers John and Robert, and a cousin(?), Edward Cantrell, marched, bled and fought with the 143rd N.Y. Volunteers from Washington D.C. and onto the battles for Petersburg. They marched on, to fight in Chattanooga and Lookout Valley, Tenn. They then marched with Gen. Sherman to the battles of Resaca, Peach Tree Ridge, and Atlanta, Georgia until the end of the War. He lies here now, along with 20 other Union veterans and we just thought that perhaps SOMEBODY in Sullivan County might be interested in his fate?? His name is on an old bronze plaque alongside those of the other 20 men, so he is in a good place among his band of brothers. Hope you can point us in the right direction up there! Even just a list of Cantrells we could write to or call might find a descendant. According to Ancestry.com Thomas had 6 brothers and sisters. A cemetery researcher in Oklahoma emailed me and said that a lot of the Price family of Monticello area are related to the Cantrells. Thank you! Tom Hayden