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Posted by: Anne Major (ID *****7281) Date: June 04, 2003 at 04:32:35
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Hi Everyone,
Well, I have been very naughty and not looked at this site for over a year!! Therefore I didn't know that some of you had replied to my postings about TUNSTALL, both the place and people.
'Bob' asked for some scanned info. from the booklet I have, I'm pretty sure I never did this, so will try and get it done ASAP. Sorry Rowena for not replying to you as well, very interesting that you also have Tunstalls wandering down from the north to the south, I think there would be a definite connection here to the earlier ones, probably my lot, as I think they would have gone south because they already had family ties (cousins?)there. I have heaps of info. on early Tunstalls, I will never put it all together I'm sure. I am still looking for the birth of a William TUNSTALL (had brothers Nicholas and Henry) born in Durham about 1558, he is the one that went to Cambridge Uni., was ordained a priest in London then went to Essex and Kent. I have some info. on his family from a couple of wills, his and his son's, but cannot seem to find records of the family further down the line, I think some of them went back to Essex. I would be really interested if anyone else out there has info. on the migration of Tunstalls from the north to the south of England. The last of the TUNSTALLs to live in Wycliffe (was in North Yorkshire, now in Durham!)was a Marmaduke Tunstall, very well known in his day in the scientific world, and world of nature, and had correspondence with Joseph Banks the great botanist who sailed with Captain Cook. He was evidently a very well thought of man personally, and was in quite an odd situation in his day as he was of a Catholic family, but was responsible for appointing the local Church of England Vicar and was the local squire, this in a time when Catholicism was barely tolerated. There is a bit about him in the Parish Registers for Wycliff when he died and it says a lot for him that this was done He also contributed to the production of maps of Essex, so here again we have the north/south connection. His widow went on to become a nun.
Sorry if I have rambled on a bit, if anyone is interested in any other info. about these English TUNSTALLs, do please get in touch.
Anne Major

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