Everyone that has done much research on this family is familiar with the "French Connection" and the story of the Tutor and the Lady - the romance, marriage, and "banishment" of Lady Ann from her family - etc.
My questiob: Where is the proof? I have searched Ancestry.com and found many trees with this information but none with documentation. I have checked Ship logs from England during the time William and Ann allegedly migrated and as of yet I have not found a record for them that is definitive. We all know the date of William's death and the location. Should there not have been a Will or a Probate? Maybe I'm searching in the wrong places but - I can't find any records. For years only four sons were listed as children, Robert, William, Stephan, and John. Then Wilma connected the Ball family.
Question: Ann's age. The four boys births begin in 1747 when Ann was 37 years old and end about 1756 when John was born when she would have been 46. Possible in this period but I think it is stretching things a little.
Question: If there indeed was a Robert Tunnell 1747-, what hapeened to him. Entries show him going to North Carolina but there is no record of a wife or family. The only entry I have found that list a wife and children show him married to Mary Mayse whom we know to be the wife of William Tunnell. The children in that record appear to be a mixture of several Tunnell families. On this Forum and on the Net there is a plethora of information on William and Stephen and John but a total dearth on Robert. Surely somewhere out there are descendents of Robert that are equally interested in family genealogy.
Did William actually marry a Lady Ann or is this story Family lore and nothing more?
If anyone has definite answers or suggestions on where to look I would appreciate the help. I am descended from Stephen Tunnell and Kissiah Money.