Ann Tunnell (Howard) (c.1710 - 1814) MP

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Nicknames: "Ann (Howard) Tunnell"
Birthplace: 25 Camwal Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Elza, Tennessee
Managed by: Jean Hardy Brown
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About Ann Tunnell (Howard)

Anne's grandfather was John Howard, Burgess of York. She was known as Lady Anne Howard.

Early spellings of this surname are seen as "Heyward" "Haywerd" and "Hayward"...

Legend or family story: "Lady Ann Howard's father hired William (Tunnell) to tutor his daughter, Lady Ann in French Language. (As that was very proper for ladies to know another language and the French language were considered a most pleasant and romantic language). Lady Ann and William fell in love, but. her father would not permit their marriage. They ran away and got married and her father disinherited her." (romantic but probably not able to be proven - or disproven)!

They emigrated from England about 1736 to Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Co., VA. They later moved to Fairfax Co., VA and lived not far from the Falls of the Potomac. They had many children, including 4 boys who all became ministers.

Another Old Family Story: "Lady Ann was said to have lived until 104 years of age. I read were Lady Ann was seen riding a horse near the Potomac at the young age of 99. The family legend is that Lady Ann rode her horse across the Clinch River in TN on her 100th birthday. This is based on the theory that the William Tunnell family was moving at that time. If she died in 1814 as everyone pretty much agrees, and if she was 104 when she died. She would have been 100 in 1810, which was about 22 years after she left VA. I lived in Fairfax County for 12 years. Below the falls is a pretty wide river to ride a horse across. On the other hand the Clinch River in Anderson County is probably not much more than 100 yards wide at any reasonable crossing point."

Lady Ann is said to have been a descendant of the Dukes of York. She was the daughter of Henry Howard and Elizabeth Moss of Yorkshire, England, where Howard Castle stands today and is still in the Howard Family. Lady was her title, not her name, and she was always called Lady Ann, even in America. She lived to be 104 and is said to have been seen riding bareback across the Potomac when she was 100. Lady Ann Howard is verified as the wife of William Tunnell and the mother of William II, John, Robert and Stephen in the LDS VA surnames microfiche.

She died and in burried on her son's farm with her grandson.

More information can be found about this family in the book: "Notable Southern Families -Vol.III", published 1926, compiled by Miss Lucy Ball.

Find A Grave Memorial 91181363. The cemetery where Lady Anne is buried, in Anderson Co., TN, is located on Hwy. #61 (Oak Ridge By-Pass), 5/10 Mile west of Marlow Vol. Fire Department. The cemetery is behind the barn on the old Tunnell place.. -------------------- "Lady Ann" Howard and William date of marriage is unsure. The title of "Lady Ann" clung to her to the day of her death. Lady Ann died her son, William Tunnell home near Robertsville, Anderson County, Tennessee at the age of 104. This was a Family Bible record.

Lady Ann and Wiliam Tunnel emigrated to the English Colonies in America and Settled near Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1736.

fter she celebrated her one hundredth birthday, she forded the Clinch River on horseback. She was buried on the Plantation owned by he her son William Tunnell and buried there. Her name, Ann Fairfax came from the National Huguenot Society Records. CONFLICT: Differs from NOTABLE SOUTHERN FAMILIES. -------------------- Birth: 1710, England Death: 1814

Born in Yorkshire England and a descendant of the Dukes of York. Came from England in 1731 to Fredericksburg, Spotslvania Co., Virginia. She had many children and is known to have 4 boys who all became ministers.

Married Guillaume de Tonnelier the 2nd. who changed his name to William Tunnell Jr.

She died and in burried on her sons farm with her grandson.

More information can be found about this family in the book: Notable Southern Families -Vol.III--Published in 1926. Compiled by Miss Lucy Ball.

Family links:

 William Tunnell (1751 - 1814)*
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Burial: Tunnell Family Cemetery Clinton Anderson County Tennessee, USA

Created by: Mark Persons Record added: Jun 02, 2012

Clinton Anderson County Tennessee USA

Cemetery notes and/or description: The Tunnell Family Cemetery 1154 Oliver Springs Highway Clinton, TN. 37716-5330

Located on Hwy. #61 (Oak Ridge By-Pass) 5/10 Mile west of Marlow Vol. Fire Depart.

The cemetery is behind the barn on the old Tunnell place. There is a nice sign marking the location of the old Tunnell home. The sign reads "Tunnell Springs Farm." The cemetery is located behind the barn in the woods.

There are about 6 marked graves with tombstones. There are several unmarked graves (at least 7). The oldest grave that was marked was that of Col. William C. Tunnell (1774). The most "senior" known burial is that of "Lady" Anne Howard-Tunnell who was born in 1710.

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"Lady" Ann Howard's Timeline

Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
Age 26
Yorkshire, England
Age 37
Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania , Virginia
Age 41
Spotsylvania , Virginia
June 22, 1753
Age 43
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Age 45
Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Virginia
October 9, 1756
Age 46
Fairfax, Virginia
February 18, 1814
Age 104
Elza, Tennessee
February 1814
Age 104
Clinton, Anderson, Tennessee, United States
April 15, 1933
Age 104