Historians characterize slavery as being introduced in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. Jamestown was an English penal Colony, one of the Colonies that was to become the United States of the Americas. Since South Carolina was a part of the thirteen original English Colonies, it should be underscored that slavery in what is now recognized as the United States of America was introduced on Santa Helena Island in 1526. Technical slavery ended on St. Helena Island, and in the United States of America, when the Union troops were poised on Port Royal Island in 1862. With the positioning of Union troops on Port Royal Island, the slaveholders fled the area. Therefore, it would be accurate to describe St. Helena as the birthplace of slavery in the United States, and where it was abolished 336 years later in 1862.Keep Reading Here.
More History here of St Helena Island.
I myself have an ancestor who was at Jamestown. Capt William Cantrell he came to Jamestown aboard the supply ship, Phoenix. More about Capt William Cantrell, I descend through Jane Cantrell, born 1801 Bath Co.,Ky. Note, In case the link doesn't work I have an account to this online service.
William Cantrell, Note: Arrived at Jamestown Colony, Jamestown, Virginia in January 1608 as part of the "First Supply" of men and boys. Listed as a gentlemanImus' guest this morning, on Imus in the Morning, Michael Beschloss, Historian, discuss the full circle of slavery in America. From the beginning of Slavery to the historic Inauguration of President Barack H Obama, yesterday the 20th of January 2009. You can listen to Michael Beschloss Here.
This information on William II and his wife, Mary, is from The Records of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, Wilmington, Delaware; and acquired records, Bakewell Parish, Derbyshire, England.
Sources also: Records of Warren G. Cantrill, Killeen, Texas; 1764 Census, No. Carolina (Joseph H); 1800 Census, So. Carolina (Joseph).
William was a friend of Capt. John Smith. He was an officer of Capt. Smith's supply ship Phoenix (1608). Cantrill Bay was named by Capt. Smith for his friend, William. William was present at the wedding of Pocahontas. From the book by Currer-Briggs-Colonial Settlers & English Adventurers, page 290, citation 240........"c,2m Eliz. F, 5/9; Robert Forthe, Esq., V. The Rt. Hon, the Earl of Surrey, William Dix and William Cantrell, Esquires, the Robert Armiger, Gent; Right to a sheep walk at Forthe's manor at Tangham; Suffolk."
Following info. from information gathered by Carol Cantrell from Cantrell Cousins and published by her for the Cantrell Cousin Group............
WILLIAM CANTRILL, Gentleman, arrived at Jamestown, Va., April 20, 1608, by the ship Phenix. (The name is spelled both Cantrill and Cantrll in all the early Virginia histories.) Capt. John Smith's "Histories of the Settlement of Virginia," tells us that the ship Phenix, commanded by Capt. Francis Nelson, left England in the fall of 1607; that Capt. Nelson was "an honest and expert Mariner, but such was the leewardness of his Ship that he had to put in at the West Indies for repairs, wood and water," and did not reach Jamestown until the following Spring. References are made to the writings of William Cantrill, "and early histories tell us that he was one of the fourteen, who on June 2, 1608, accompanied Capt. John Smith on his "discovery of Chesapeake Bay." "Cantrill's Point was named for the discovered and was "betwixt the Patavomuk and Pamuke," now the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, Henning's "Statutes, or the Laws of Virginia" records the subscription of William Cantrill to the Second Virginia Charter (the Great Charter), dated May -23, 1609. From "Genesis of the United States," by Alexander Brown: "William Cantrel (Gentleman). 2, Sub. Pd. Pounds 12-10/Explanation of the figures 1, 2, 3, immediately after the name indicate that the person was an Incorporator of the First, Second and Third Virginia Charter. Sub, subscribed, and is followed by the amount and whenever it was paid, pd. paid."
The Arms William Cantrill brought with him from England to America was; "Argent, A Pelican in her Piety, Sable," and a North Carolina Cantrill of today claims to have seen this coat-of-arms carved in the stock of an ancient gun there.