Richard TUNLEY was born about 1805 in Bath, Somerset; He appears on the Brethren montage - see link below. His daughter Elizabeth married Edgecombe Thomas Ward (also on the montage) as his second wife, in 1872 in Stroud.
He married Hester CLUTTERBUCK (born 1802) in 1840 in Stroud. So there is a link of the TUNLEY family to Stroud was before E T WARD arrives in 1857.
Richard TUNLEY was a minister at a church in Northampton at this time, and his first two children are born there - Elizabeth in 1841 and William in 1843. However his wife Hester dies on 23 Dec 1843 in Stroud; a lengthy memorial of her can be read HERE,
Next, Richard TUNLEY marries again, in 1845, to Patience Buckingham, in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. She was born there in 1807. A daughter is born to them, Fanny TUNLEY, in 1845 in Whitehaven, Cumberland. Between 1851 and 1871 he and his family appear in the 1851 to 1871 census returns as being a bookseller and tea dealer in Wolverhampton. Patience dies in 1882 in Wolverhampton, and Richard not long after in 1884 in Stroud.
The document below from Mary Clutterbuck WARD sent to her cousin William James TUNLEY shows the Rodborough Tabernacle in Stroud, where she says that Richard TUNLEY and his first wife Esther are buried together.
Richard's son William TUNLEY, marries an Annie PASKETT (born 1842 in Tetbury) in 1868 in Wolverhampton. They have a large family of nine children. See file below on the TUNLEY-WARD ancestry.