My mother's maiden name was Tunstill. From some research we had done we were aware that there may be a connection with a castle in the Lake District and that the family Coat of Arms was a white rooster carrying the motto 'Droit' in its beak. However we had no idea of the name the castle or of its actual wherabouts. You can therefore imagine how thrilled we were when we found this information on this site and are really grateful for it. We also extremely fascinated by the information that Anne Major found outlined about the migration pattern of the Tunstall's from North Yorkshire to Durham and then onto London and Essex. When we looked at our own family tree we found that this is exactly what had happened. My great great grandfather Henry Tunstill came from Durham to Southwark. London with his father Thomas Tunstill/ Tunstall. Thomas had married a Mary Merriman and had been born in Seaham or Seaton, Durham in 1785. His father was a Simon Tunstall (note the difference in the spelling of the name it has now reverted to Tunstall) he was married to a Anne Hutchinson and had been born 20th May 1746 in Stainton, Cleveland. (Incidentally Stainton by today's boundaries is half a mile from North Yorkshire and less then 25 miles away from 'Wicliffe', which according to Colonel Chippandell 'A history of the Parish of Tunstall' is where the Tunstalls of Thurland last settled before moving on in 1647)His father was a Lawrence Tunstall born in Stainton, Cleveland in 1694 and married to Mary Bussey. We are unable to go back any further then this so if any of you can help me out and fill in any gapsI would be really grateful. Incidentally Anne,it is a small world, you mention 11 Imperial Square, Cheltenham. I actually work in the square and as a child my Doctor practised in the square. It was a very affluent part of Cheltenham in its heydey.
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