I consider Dave Tunnell of Arizona, formerly of Van Zandt County, Texas as the most thorough genealogist on U S Genealogy History of the Descendents of William and Ann Tunnell. Dave has made the statement to the effect"Don't put a lot of credence in the tutor/student love story or the European "line of descent" because it is not documented. Keep it as lore until it is proved.
What we know: Four sons and one daughter ar accounted for - Robert, William, Stephen,John and Wilmas ancestor (don't have my records in front of me Wilma).
The generations of William Tunnell, Stephen Tunnell and the daughter (Ball) is well documented. The short life of John Tunnell is recorded in Methodist history. Nothing is known of Robert except he supposedly went to North Carolina.
Then we have the parents of these five children - William Tunnell and wife Ann.
Who were they? Where were they born? If born abroad then when did they arrive in the Colonies and where did they settle. As organized as was the Churches in England there should be christening records - marriage records - application records for immigration to the colonies. A documented paper trail. Upon arrival in the Colonies there should be: Ship passenger records If William was a land owner - there should be property deeds. If he had a Will it should be recorded somewhere in Virginia. If he had no Will then there should be a record of Probate. If Ann left a Will it should be recorded in Tenessee. If she had no Will there should be a Probate record of her Estate. Has anyone ever found these documents? This is where we should begin if we are to connect our Tunnell family back to England and France. In the Stephen Tunnel line the story of the Tutor/Student love and marriage was family lore orally given to nieces by three daughters of Nicholas Money Tunnell (son of Stephen and Keziah). The daughters were Hulda Jane Tunnell Pickett, Minerva Caroline Tunnell Nichols and Hettie Ann Tunnell Rigg. I would love for the France England tutor part to be proved because Minerva CarolineTunnell Nichols was my Great Grandmother. With the exception of the questionable France England connection this oral narrative is a thorough history of the family of Nicholas Money Tunnell a vertible treasure to the descendnets of this family.
Until then I suggest that we all "shelve" the European part of this history and work dilligently in all areas to prove it with documentation.
Remember the Adage: Information without documentation is not worth the paper it was never written on.