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George Brook Tunstall

Male 1793 - 1842  (48 years)


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  • Name George Brook Tunstall 
    Born 14 Dec 1793  Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 20 Aug 1817  Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    George Tunstall purchased an interest in the The Nashville Whig and it resumed publication as The Nashville Whig and Tennessee Advertiser. He sold his interest on March 12, 1821 and moved to Pensacola. 
    Occupation 18 Aug 1821  Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Editor of The Floridian, Florida's first English newspaper.  
    Residence 1822  Tunstall House, Blacksher, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The Tunstall house was built around 1820. The 4th US Infantry Regiment was barracked at a cantonment built in the vicinity in 1817. The 4th was removed to Pensacola in 1821. 
    Died 28 Jul 1842  Blacksher, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Obituary

      Departed this life on the 30th of July last, of Congestive fever, at his residence in Baldwin county, Col. George Tunstall, aged 49 years; he was born in the county of Pittsylvania, in the commonwealth of Virginia.

      In early youth, Col. Tunstall removed with his parents from Virginia to the city of Nashville in the State of Tennessee, where he was educated, and in the year 1817, became proprietor and editor of the Nashville Whig, where he continued until the United States took possession of Florida, at which time he removed to Pensacola and established a press, where he remained until he intermarried with the daughter of the late David Tate of Baldwin county, after his marriage he withdrew from the editorial department and retired on a farm, where he spent the remainder of his days.

      Col. Tunstall always enjoyed fine health, but the monster came and deprived the world of this truly good man.

      He never made any profession of religion, but always treated the subject with that attention and consideration which its great importance demands. In his relations in life, he was kind, affectionate, and humane - his sainted spirit has taken its flight to that God who gave it.

      The Richmond Enquirer, Lynchburg Virginian and Raleigh Register will please copy. [5, 6]
    Notes 
    • TUNSTALL, GEORGE BROOK, planter, editor, was born December 14, 1793, in Pittsylvania County, Va., and died July 28, 1842, at Montgomery Hill, Baldwin County; son of Edmund Savage Tunstall, a North Carolinian who died in Christian County, Ky. The Tunstall family are lineal descendants of Sir Brian Tunstall, who in 1573, was killed at the battle of Floddon Field, in the war between England and Scotland. They came from England some time in the early part of the seventeenth century and settled in the lower eastern counties of Virginia. He was a planter, and a newspaper man. He was at one time editor of the "Nashville Whig," and was the founder of the "Floridan," the first English newspaper published in Pensacola, Fla. Married: to Eloisa Tate, daughter of David Tate, for whom the shoals on the Alabama River are named, and a Miss Randon, granddaughter Col. Tate who was an officer in the English army, and Sehoy Mo Gillivray; great-granddaughter of Lachlin and Sehoy (Marchand) McGillivray; and greatgreat-granddaughter of Capt. Marchand of Ft. Toulouse and an Indian princess named Sehoy; niece of William Weatherford (q. v.). Children: 1. Mary, m. Dr. William Leigh Tunstall, children, Arthur and Mrs. Dillard; 2. Lucy, m. a Mr. Lumsden, children, Capt. Frank and George; 3. Peyton Randolph, m. Laura Slaughter, children, Peyton R., jr., Clem Clay, Edmund Savage, Tom Tate, and two daughters; 4. Betsie Barker, m. John Weatherford, nephew of Red Eagle Weatherford, four daughters; 5. Rebecca Brian, m. a Mr. Hobbs, child, a daughter, m. Neville Merchant; 6. George Washington, veteran of the War of Secession, married, children, George and Edmund; 7. E. S., d. in 1883; 8. Tom Tate (q. v.). Last residence: Montgomery Hill. [1]
    Person ID I5024  Dickinson
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2014 

    Father Edmund Savage Tunstall,   b. 1762, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1818, Christian County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Ann Eliza Tunstall,   b. Dec 1766, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 6 Nov 1784  [7
    Family ID F2286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eloisa Matilda Tate,   b. 28 Nov 1802, Blacksher, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 May 1875, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 04 Jul 1822  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Tate Tunstall,   b. 8 Apr 1823, Blacksher, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1918, El Paso, El Paso, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Lucy Tunstall,   b. ca. 1827, Blacksher, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1874, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Mary Ann Tunstall,   b. 10 Apr 1825, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1854, Washington County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
    +4. Peyton Randolph Tunstall,   b. 10 Jul 1830, Little River, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1911, Latham, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Elizabeth Barker Tunstall,   b. 16 Jan 1833, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1864, Eliska, Monroe, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
    +6. Rebecca Brian Tunstall,   b. 18 May 1835, Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Aug 1916, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [Birth]
    +7. George Washington Tunstall,   b. 22 Feb 1838, Montgomery Hill, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1901, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +8. Edmund Savage Tunstall,   b. 15 Sep 1841, Little River, Baldwin, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1885, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F1349  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Dec 1793 - Pittsylvania County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - George Tunstall purchased an interest in the The Nashville Whig and it resumed publication as The Nashville Whig and Tennessee Advertiser. He sold his interest on March 12, 1821 and moved to Pensacola. - 20 Aug 1817 - Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Editor of The Floridian, Florida's first English newspaper. - 18 Aug 1821 - Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - The Tunstall house was built around 1820. The 4th US Infantry Regiment was barracked at a cantonment built in the vicinity in 1817. The 4th was removed to Pensacola in 1821. - 1822 - Tunstall House, Blacksher, Baldwin, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 04 Jul 1822 - Baldwin County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jul 1842 - Blacksher, Baldwin, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Tunstall House
    Tunstall House
    Historic American Buildings Survey, W. N. Manning, Photographer, March 6, 1934

    Documents
    Tate Tree
    Tate Tree
    Descendants of David Tate
    Drawn by Dr. Marion E Tarvin, 1908
    Tunstall, Edmund Savage Family
    Tunstall, Edmund Savage Family
    Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Vol. IV, 329
    Tunstall, Edmund Savage Family
    Tunstall, Edmund Savage Family
    Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, vol. IV, 330.

    Histories
    History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, vol. 4
    History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, vol. 4
    Owen, Thomas McAdory, Marie Bankhead Owen, ed., (Chicago, Illinois: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1921)
    The Muscogees or Creek Indians 1591-1893
    The Muscogees or Creek Indians 1591-1893
    Tarvin, Dr. Marion Elisha, Alabama Historical Quarterly (Wetumpka, Alabama: Alabama State Department of Archives and History, 1955), Vol. 17, pp. 135-145.

  • Sources 
    1. [S336312] History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, 4 volumes, Thomas McAdory Owen, (Chicago, Illinois: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1921), 4:1689.

    2. [S98] History of Nashville, Tennessee , (Nashville, Tennessee: Methodist Episcopal Church South, 1890), 342-343.

    3. [S58] FamilySearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/1977236.
      Citing, Camden Gazette (Camden, SC), Thursday, May 10, 1821, volume: 5, issue: 51, page: 3; Washington Gazette (Washington (DC), Friday, September 14, 1821, volume: 6 Issue: 1149 page: 2; Providence Gazette (Rhode Island)
      Saturday, September 29, 1821.

    4. [S113] Survey of the Old Federal Road in Alabama, Raven M. Christopher and Gregory A. Waselkov, (Montgomery: Alabama Department of Transportation, 2012), http://www.usouthal.edu/archaeology/pdf/ofr.pdf., 92-95.

    5. [S97] Mobile Register and Journal, (Mobile, Alabama), p. 2, column 6.

    6. [S58] FamilySearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/1976553.

    7. [S64] Historical Southern Families, Johnnie Bennett Bodie, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1957), vol. 3, 236.