One of the branches in my maternal line stems from the marriage of Richard Sumner to Jane Tunnell on 1 Dec 1819 at St John's in Preston, Lancashire.
1841 Census records for Formby have helped verify the Sumner family group – Jane (formerly Tunnell)age 40. On a separate census record, it also lists the following Tunnells; Elizabeth 45, Anna 40, Mary 40 and Anne 35, all listed as Teachers and all not from Lancashire. Fanny Sumner, aged 4 also appears to be in their care at the time of the census.
Also of interest, the 1851 Formby Census has not only the Sumners with Jane, aged 53 born in Yorks, Scarborough, but living in a separate cottage at the same address, also has Elizabeth Tunnell, age 57, school mistress and Ann Tunnell, age 49, school mistress listed as her sister, with both born in Yorks, Scarborough. They are obviously related and likely all three are sisters.
The 1861 census for the Sumners in Formby has Richard’s wife now listed as Sarah, born in Liverpool, and slightly younger than Jane. Presumably, Jane has died sometime between the censuses of 1851 and 1861, probably in Formby. I have found the burial of a Jane Sumner at St Peter’s in Formby on 16 May 1855 and have only just ordered a Death certificate from the GRO in the last week. I am awaiting this certificate and hoping this may give some details of her parents as well as her.
Ann Tunnell age 64 appears in the 1861 Census Goosnargh, Lancashire, listed as an inmate (workhouse?), unmarried schoolmistress from Yorks, Scarborough.
Interestingly, under “England & Wales Christening records 1530-1906” , the only 4 people that come up in a search underthe spelling “Tunnell” in “Scarborough, Yorkshire” (baptisms between the years of 1778 and 1794) are Tunnells by the names of Ann, Jane, Mary and Ann (again). All born to a father named Thomas Tunnell , all in Scarborough, Yorkshire. I have not sighted any original documentation. This may not be my Tunnell girls, as the years of birth seem to vary (up to 7 years) from the census records, but it seems way too much of a coincidence not to pursue further. Please let me know if you are already familiar with this line. I would love to be able to sight these original entries and will continue to follow this line of investigation. Hopefully, the receipt of Jane’s death certificate will help sort out this quandary as well.
In summary, we appear to have Tunnells from my family in the following timeline
1795-1805 – All 5 Tunnell girls born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, to parents unknown. Other children – not known
1818-1819 – Jane & Mary Tunnell were at St John’s Preston, Lancashire for intended wedding and actual wedding. Jane was living at Preston at this time
1820 onwards – Richard and Jane living in Formby, Lancashire and having children – last child born 1837
1841 – all 5 Tunnell adult girls living (and with the exception of Jane, all teaching) in Formby, Lancashire
1844 – Mary Tunnell appears to have been buried at St Peters , Formby in Feb 1844
1849 – Anna Tunnell appears to have been buried at St Peters, Formby in Apr 1849
1851 – Jane, Anne & Elizabeth all living in Formby, Lancashire
1852 – Elizabeth appears to have been buried at St Peters, Formby in Oct 1852
*1855 – Jane appears to have been buried at St Peters, Formby in May 1855 – await copy of Death certificate
1861 – Richard presumably has a new wife named Sarah, and daughter (to Jane), Fanny, all living at Formby.
1861 - Ann Tunnell is living in Goosnargh, Lancashire
1871 – Richard, Sarah and unmarried daughter Fanny still living in Formby. 2 grandchildren also listed
1874 – Ann Tunnell – Death record lists age as 78yo – i.e. approx 5-6 years out
1881 – Richard, son John Bennett Sumner and Fanny living in Formby
*May-Jun 1884 – Richard Sumner died in Formby, son John Bennett Sumner appears to have died at the same time – await copy of death certificate for Richard