John Hezekiah Tunaley


c. 26-4-1750, Derby.

m. Sarah Nelson, 20-4-1777.

St. George, Hanover Square,



Information below courtesy of the Maryland State Archives








Thomas Nelson Tunaley


b. & c. 1790, St. Peter,


m. Martha Fernie, St. Peter, Leeds,



Passenger records show that Thomas Nelson Tunaley emigrated to America 1828. The arrival port was Baltimore, Maryland.

A notice in the Maryland Gazette dated Thursday 16th october 1828 - the same year he emigrated (see panel left)- Thomas offers a reward of 50 dollars for the return of a stolen Barouche (a type of carriage) and horse.

Matchett's Baltimore Directory of 1831 has Thomas still at 64, Pratt Street and operating as a "merchant tailor".

Yet another record (click here) shows that in 1834 a Baltimore court case took place regarding the "insolvent estate" of "Thomas N. Tunally".

In 1841, seven years leter, a Mary "Tunnally" arrived in New York from Engalnd. It is thought this was Thomas's sister Mary Tunaley who by then would have been aged 55.




Other records of Tunaleys emigrating to America include one of 1887, that being the year of another George "Tunally"'s arrival in Boston, Massachusetts followed in 1891 by the same George (on this occasion "Tunaley" spelt correctly on the passenger list) travelling again to the same port of arrival. A Mary Tunaley also made two journeys to America arriving Boston 1888 and Boston again 1891. These Tunaleys were George (b. 1849) and Mary Tunaley (nee Stanton) formerly of Derby, England.

N.B. a record has been found relating to a George Tunaley, whose place and yesr of birth is given as 1848, Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts. This record is almost certainly in error and refers to the same George, originally from England.

George died 19/9/1896, Boston Harbour, Brockton, Massachusetts 1900. Mary given as widow and hospitalised in Brockton. One boarder at home address. No records of living children in 1900 (click here).


Sarah Nelson.


(No further details)







According to the 1817 Leeds Trade Directory (click here for Marcus Tunaley's website), Thomas was working as a tailor at 25 Newsome's Yard, Briggate Leeds.

Briggate (possibly an abbreviation of Bridge Gate as the street crosses the River Aire) dates back to the thirteenth century (see Wikipedia).

The street was well-known for the number of alleyways and yards that adjoined it.

Briggate also crosses Kirkgate where Thomas' father John Hezekiah was landlord of the Old Crown Inn.




The Tunaley Family History

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