Warrick Tunstall

Kentucky, USA
Death 8 Jul 1893 (aged 78–79)
Sutherland Springs, Wilson County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 73302136 View Source
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Born in Kentucky in 1814, by the late 1830s, Warrick Tunstall was practicing law in St. Louis, MO. A distinguished lawyer, he was among the founders of the St. Louis Law society founded in 1838 and incorporated in 1839. Tunstall married Mary Pryor Quarles 16 Mar 1840 in St. Louis, MO. Known children of this couple were Pryor Quarles, John Pearce/Pierce, and Mary Johanna. After Mary Warrick's death in 1847, Mr. Warrick married Mrs. Florida Boswell in 1848, the widow of Charles Boswell and the daughter of Dr. Nathan Huston Hall of Lexington, KY. Lawyer Tunstall, his second wife, and children of first and second marriages came by steamboat down the Mississippi, then over to San Antonio in 1854 where the couple would be among the pioneer and community leaders of the area. They maintained a large home in San Antonio before the Civil War where then Colonel Robert E. Lee was a frequent guest.

Judge Tunstall lived in later years with his son, John, in Wilson County. On Tuesday July 4, Judge Tunstall wandered off and when found 72 hours later, he was in such a weakened condition that he never fully regained consciousness. The old gentleman peacefully passed away the following Sunday (San Antonio Daily Express, 10 July 1893). He was "laid to rest beneath the overhanging boughs of the splendid shade trees that adorn" the private family burial of the Tunstall homestead on Oakland Street (San Antonio Light, 10 November 1907).

Contributor, The Meriwether Society, Inc. (46827721), provided Judge Tunstall’s obituary, added 26 July 2020:
Floresville, Tex., July 10.—Judge Tunstall, who lost himself last week and was found three days and nights later in a dying condition, never recovered and quietly passed away from earth’s cares and troubles on Saturday evening. He will be buried to-day at the Tunstall farm on the Cibola. (The Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas), 10 Jul 1893, Monday)

In 1907 the widow, Florida Tunstall, sold the home and property, "one of the most beautiful tracts to be found on the banks of the San Antonio river" to Mrs. Madge Waring of Seattle. Mrs. Waring planned to erect a magnificent home on the site and, therefore, it became necessary to remove the bodies of the deceased members of the family to another resting place. They were re-interred in City Cemetery No. 6 and may they rest in peace.

An article regarding the disinterment of four bodies of the Tunstall family cemetery at the old Tunstall homestead at 418 Oakland appeared in the “San Antonio Light,” 9 November 1907. The occasion was the selling of the property by Warrick Tunstall’s widow, Florida P. Tunstall, in late 1907. No dates were available. Those bodies transferred to City Cemetery No. 6. were Gypsy Tunstall, Lizzie Tunstall, Washington Tunstall, and Pryor Tunstall. Because markers for Gypsy and Pryor Tunstall were located in the Confederate Cemetery, more than likely Warrick Tunstall rests there, too, and all these were reinterred at the death of Florida P. Tunstall in 1911.

An article headline in the San Antonio Light, 10 November 1907 provides detail:
Bodies of Warwick Tunstall and three Children Removed to Cemetery.
House, Built More Than 50 Years Ago, Gives Way to March of Time.

An online "Jaffes in Old San Antonio" provides additional information on the Tunstall family of San Antonio:

Jaffe's grandfather ... settled into a Mexican-Catholic neighborhood in downtown San Antonio one block west of the river. He sold dry goods ... In 1915 Wolfe's [Jaffe] plan to construct an apartment building in San Antonio at 423 Oakland Street was announced with fanfare. A large fourplex on what was then called Oakland Street (now within the right of way of IH-35) near the intersection with McCullough Avenue would be built for himself and three tenants.

Only a few doors away from these apartments lived the wealthy Irish-born attorney, Henry Patrick Drought, with a family of four sons and five servants. Mrs. Drought took pride in the heritage of her family, the Tunstalls, who claimed their first Tunstall forebears arrived in Virginia shortly after the death of Charles I. The old half-century old Tunstall homestead at 418 Oakland was sold in 1907 to be demolished and graves in its adjoining family burial ground moved to the city cemetery. When Mrs. Drought's mother died in 1911, the obituary reflected about her life that:

Mrs. Tunstall was born in Lexington, Ky., and was the daughter of Rev. Nathan Hall, pastor of the Presbyterian church there. She remembered with great distinctness the great men of that day, knowing Andrew Jackson, who was a friend of her father's and who attended his church in Lexington when he made his periodical visits to Kentucky looking after his democratic fences in the whig stronghold of Henry Clay. She early married Warrick Tunstall, a distinguished lawyer of St. Louis, one of the founders of the St. Louis Law society and library, who died some years ago. Mrs. Tunstall taught probably the first Presbyterian Sunday school in San Antonio, having among her pupils then many who have since become the leading men and women of San Antonio. She took a great interest in politics and, in fact, in all current issues. She was extremely charitable and her heart and hand were always open to the afflicted or needy. In the early days in San Antonio her house was a center of gayety where hospitality was generously dispensed (

With a gravestone in City Cemetery #6 never located by Findagrave volunteers, this memorial was moved to the Confederate Cemetery September 2012. Findagrave volunteers, Bill and Denise, report October 2012 that they found the gravestone for Florida Boswell in Confederate Cemetery, but there was no headstone to be found for Mr. Tunstall. Burial location remains elusive.

Mr. Tunstall's second wife, Florida, had been married previously to Charles S. Boswell in 1845. After Mr. Boswell's death, the widow Florida Pope Boswell nee Hall married widower Mr. Tunstall.

G. Glenn Clift
Register of Kentucky State Historical Society
Vol. 37, No. 120 (July, 1939), pp. 238-255:

Charles S. Boswell to Miss Florida P. daughter of the Rev. N. H. Hall of Fayette county, M Apr. 1 1845. OR 4/19.
Kentucky Marriages and Obituaries, 1845

Several Ancestry family trees list marriage of Warrick and widow Florida Boswell nee Hall on 21 December 1848. With no other reference to this date located, the 1850 Warrick household, St. Louis, and 1860 Warrick household, San Antonio, are provided to document the child, Lizzie Boswell, child of the Boswell-Pope marriage. Lizzie was present in the Warrick home, 1850 and 1860, living with her mother and stepfather:

Lizzie Baswell in the 1850 United States Federal Census
1850 United States Federal Census
Age: 4
Birth Year: abt 1846
Birthplace: Kentucky
Home in 1850: District 82, St Louis, Missouri, USA
Family Number: 1191
Warrick Tunstall 36
Florida P Tunstall 25
Pryor Q Tunstall 9
John P Tunstall 7
Mary J Tunstall 5
Florida Tunstall 1
Lizzie Baswell 4 [born: KY]
John T Lattamore 27
Mary Lattamore 19
Florida Lattamore 1
Jane Tunstall 58
Louisa Tunstall 16

E P Baswell in the 1860 United States Federal Census
1860 United States Federal Census
Age: 14
Birth Year: abt 1846
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Kenya [KY]
Home in 1860: San Antonio Ward 2, Bexar, Texas
Post Office: San Antonio
Family Number: 850
Burrich Tuntoll 44
F P Tuntoll 34
P Q Tuntoll 19
J P Tuntoll 17
M J Tuntoll 15
F H Tuntoll 10
Patty Tuntoll 6
Sally Tuntoll 2
E P Baswell 14

By 1910, Mrs. Tunstall reported eight children born and four living:
Florida P Tunstall in the 1910 United States Federal Census
1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Florida P Tunstall
Age in 1910: 84
Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: Kentucky
Home in 1910: San Antonio Ward 4, Bexar, Texas
Street: Oakland St
House Number: 424
Marital Status: Widowed
Number of Children Born: 8
Number of Children Living: 4

The TX Death Certificate of Mrs. Tunstall of 1911 lists parents:
father: N. Hall
mother: Elizabeth Polk [Pope]

Gravesite Details

A Findagrave volunteer reported in July 2011 that he could not locate a gravestone for Mr. Tunstall. Perhaps the obituary provided incorrect information on burial location.


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