Thomas Tunaley


b. abt. 1743

m. Catherine Hefferd, 11-6-1764.

With regard to Thomas's death, a record has been found by J.H. of a "Thomas Tunnely buried 9 Dec 1781" at "St. Werburges In Derby." Along with other circumstantial evidence there is a strong possibility this is Thomas Tunaley the throwster. N.B. No children born to Thomas/Catherine after 1780 and Hall and Tunaley silk throwing partnrship folded shortly after 1781.



William was a widower when he married Catharine. He had previously been married to Susanna (nee Langley) who died 1785 Peterborough.
Susanna was the daughter of Rev. Bonham Langley, B.A. vicar of Orston, Nottinghamshire 1760 - 1764 and given in legal documents dated
1762 as living in "The Close of Lincoln". Susanna Langley was christened 1758, Hatton, nr. Wragby, Lincolnshire. (History: The old medieval St. Stephen Church at Hatton was demolished and rebuilt in 1870 and was in the diocese of Lincoln).

Parish records (click here) confirm that William Sidney Scholey was a comedy actor touring theatres in the Midlands.

The abbreviation "w" in the records gives William as a widower from a previous marriage. "Lie" is short for "marriage licence".

Other records show that, William switched his middle and surnames and became *William Scholey Sidney* with marriage to Catharine Tunaley providing two daughters, Catharine Eliza Scholey and Mary Ann Sidney.



Catharine Tunaley


b. 1768.

c. 1-9-1768, Derby.

m. * William Sidney Scholey *, 18/8/1791, St. Werburgh, Derby.

William is listed in Derbyshire parish records as a "comedian" although William was a touring theatre comedy actor (see panel right) who, it is thought, originated from the East End of London.

Further records (see panels left and right) show William subsequently altered his name to become William Scholey Sidney - this switch no doubt because "William Sidney" had been his stage name.


Catharine Eliza Scholey c. 8th June, 1794, St. Werburgh, Derby.

(Catherine Scholey Sidney, c. on 21 June 1802, St. Mary, Nottingham. The author suggests this a possible rechristening of Catharine Eliza).

Mary Ann Sidney c. 1st May 1795, St. Werburgh, Derby.




Catherine Hefford


b. 16-1-1742.

m. Thomas Tunaley,


Catherine d. Derby, Sept. 24th., 1808, aged 67 years.


Records (click here)from the Monthly Magazine and British Register, Volume 39, show William, a widower from a previous marriage, was born about 1738 hence considerably older than Catharine. William's obituary shows he died 1815, aged 77 years at Stamford, Lincolshire having been a "comedian for nearly fifty years in the Stamford and Lincoln companies". His obituary gives his name as "William Scholey Sidney" confirming the name switch.

William may well have been a performer at The Stamford Theatre when it opened in 1768 with the comic opera "Love in a Village"(or click here).




The Tunaley Family History

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