TUNSTALL OF VIRGINIA COMPILED BY FRANCES C. GRIFFIN , CHESAPEAKE, VA.
THE HISTORY OF PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY VIRGINA by M.C. Clement
William Tunstall, first clerk of Pittsylvania County, was the son of William Tunstall and his wife Anne Hill of King & Queen Co. He married Elizabeth (Betsy) Barker, dau. of Colonel Thomas Barker of Edenton, N.C., and settled in the western part of the county.
William Tunstall was a man of wealth and like many gentleman of his day maintained a fine stable. In 1766 he imported from England Koulihan, a horse of finest blood. William Tunstall and his wife, Betsy, had issue------
1- William Tunstall, Jr. Born 1772
2- Peyton Randolph Tunstall
3- James Tunstall
4- Nathaniel Tunstall
5- Thomas Tunstall
6- George Tunstall
7- Elizabeth Tunstall
8- Anne Tunstall, married Edmond Tunstall, son of Thomas Tunstall of Pittsylvania.
9- Lucy Tunstall, married Henry G. Williams of North Carolina.
After the death of Col. William Tunstall his wife returned to Bertie Co., North Caroline, taking all of her family with her except son William Tunstall Jr., who succeeded his father as clerk of Pittsylvania.
William Tunstall, Jr., married Sarah Pugh of Bertie County, North Carolina and settled prior to 1800 Belle Grove, a very handsome estate, with fine brick mansion. They had issue----
1- William H. Tunstall, served as clerk from 1830 to 1852
2- Whitmell Pugh Tunstall
3- Thomas Barker Tunstall, married Sarah Sullivan, 1824
4- Anne married Samuel W. Tunstall
5- Eliza, married Col. George Townes
6- Winnefred, married Nathaniel Wilson, son of Col. John Wilson, settled "Belle Grade" on the Dan River.
The clerkship of Pittsylvania was held by the Tunstalls for eight-three years ( must be 83?), through three generations. William Tunstall was succeeded in 1791 by his son William Tunstall, Jr., who built and settled beautiful "Belle Grove," a mile east of Chatham. He was in turn succeeded by his som William H. Tunstall, in 1830.
Thomas and Edmond Tunstall were the sons of Thomas Tunstall, an early clerk of Halifax County who in 1768 purchased lands on Stinking River(Stinking??? well that is what is typed!), in eastern Pittsylvania and established his home there. The will of Thomas Tunstall Sr. was probated at Pittsylvania Court House in which he named sons Thomas, Edmund, William and daughter Rebecca. He had probably already provided for daughter Elizabeth. Thomas Tunstall, Jr., married Mildred Todd, sister of William and Richard Todd. He represented the county in the Legislature for the session of 1791, 92, 03. In 1794 he removed to Lincoln County, Ky.
Edmund Tunstall married a daughter of his kinsman William Tunstall, the clerk. In 1796 Mrs. Elizabeth Tunstall of Bertie, North Carolina, made a gift of two slaves to her granddaughter, Elizabeth Tunstall, daughter of Edmond Tunstall of Pittsylvania. Edmund Tunstall represented Pittsylvania in the Legislature for the sessions of 1801 and 1802.
Whitmell Tunstall, member of the Senate of Virginia 1841-42.
Richard Tunstall, son of Col. Richard Tunstall and Ann Hill his wife, was born in 1738 and died before 1782. He married Esther, daughter of William Cowne and his wife Elizabeth Grayson, widow of Thomas Hill. Their children were named in the Bible Records:
William Tunstall, son of (R)Tichard & Ester Tunstall, was born 2 June 1766
Robert Tunstall son of same was born 17 Aug. 1768
Cuthbert Tunstall son of same was born 3 July 17--
Edward Tunstall born 7 May 1772
Sarah Hill Tunstall born 29 Oct. 1774
Richard Cowne Tunstall born 7 Jan. 1777;died 23 Aug. 1790
John Grayson Tunstall born 26 Feb. 1779
Esther Tunstall appears in the Personal Tax Lists in 1785 and named William and Robert between the ages of 18 and 21. She was the widow of Richard Tunstall and mother of William and Robert. William Tunstall was of age in 1787, and from that year until 1795 was charged with the landed estate, which had come to his father, Richard Tunstall, from his father, Col. Richard Tunstall. William Tunstall died in 1795, and his estate was thereafter charged with Land Tax.
Robert Tunstall (1768-1815) married Frances Ann Hill, daughter of Braxton Bird and Mary Price his wife. They had two sons: Dr. Richard Cuthbert Tunstall and Robert Bird Tunstall. The latter married Adaline M. Allen and moved to Arkansas.
"Deed (d)bated 25 May 1832, between Richard C. Tunstall and Robert B. Tunstall conveying 300 to 500 acres called Tunstall's on the Rappahannock River in upper Middlesex County derived to them by descent from their father Robert Tunstall and their mother Frances Tunstall who was Frances Bird."
Leonard Tunstall, the third son of Col. Richard Tunstall and Ann Hill his wife, was born on 4 March 1741. He was a merchant at Walkerton, and was living in 1800 when he witnessed the will of Benj. Temple.
Leonard Turnstall, married the widow of Lain Jones (died 1755), who was a daughrer of Richard Gregory and Agnes West. Therre was one daughter born to Lain Jones, Ann Archer Jones, who married 1st William Morning and 2nd Nicholas Johnson. There were two sons born to Leonard Tunstall and wife, Richard Gregory Tunstall and Leonard Tunstall Junior. These two Tunstalls were named residuary legatees to the land which passed from Ann Archer Jones Tunstall to her daughters, who lived in King William County.
Leonard Tunstall Junior married Mary Cann Garlick, and through this marriage the large trct of land on Heartquake Creek came into the possession of the Tunstalls.
Samuel Tunstall, son of Leonard Tunstall and Mary Camm (nn) Garlick, lived at Little Plymouth and built the large house where Mr. Willie Cluverius lived for years. He was a man of industry and acquired a considerable estate, which he left to his wife and Richmond College, Mrs. Tunstall left the homeplace to the Cluverius family.
Leonard Tunstall Gent. and Mary Camm(I have seen the spelling of Camm twice now with mm, could be mm and not nn)Garlick was married 15 June 1798.
Mary Pierce Tunstall was born 25 Nov. 1804; died April 6th 1825.
James Levi Tunstall was born 22 Nov. 1807
Sarah Ann Tunstall, born 27 May 1810
William Henry Tunstall born 22 Nov. 1813; died Aug. 7, 1847
Eliza Leonard Tunstall was born 6 of June 1816; died Aug. 7, 1847
"Died on the morning of Aug. 4th 1876 at his residence near Little Plymouth, King & Queen Co., Va., Bro. Samuel Tunstall in the 73rd year of his age."
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