Marriage: John Toun married Catherine Thorowgood [sic] on 7th April 1749 at St Mary the Virgin, Dover Kent
Children: all baptised St Mary the Virgin, Dover [FMP]
William Toune baptised 11th July 1749. Buried 22nd August 1749
Elizabeth Toun baptised 21st October 1750. Gave birth to James Tune [indexed as June at FMP] 'base born son of Elizabeth Tune' baptised on 8th September 1774 at St Mary the Virgin, Dover Marriage: Elizabeth Tune, spinster married Edward Head, widower at St Mary The Virgin, Dover on 26th July 1777. Both were of the parish and made their mark. Witnesses were John and Sarah Franks. Children: baptised St Mary the Virgin, Dover Edward Head baptised 18th March 1778 William Head baptised 8th December 1779 William Head baptised 31st December 1781 John Head baptised 28th July 1784 Richard Head baptised 10th September 1788. Buried 5th March 1789 Catherine Head baptised 21st November 1790 Richard Thrum Head baptised 1st September 1793. Buried 27th October 1793 Michael Head baptised 11th March 1795. Buried 29th September 1795 Death: Elizabeth Head of Middle Row Dover aged 80 was buried 31st August 1828, St Mary the Virgin, Dover.
Mary Toun baptised 29th February 1752 [leap year baby] Buried 15th March 1752
John Toun baptised 18th February 1753. Married Sarah? Possible marriage is after the birth of their children: John Tune, mariner of St Marys Dover, bachelor married Sarah Chester, spinster of Deal by License on 21st April 1800 at St Leonard Deal. John signed his name, Sarah made her mark. Witnesses were Elizabeth Bushell and E Foreman who both signed. Children: baptised at St Mary the Virgin Dover Elizabeth Tune baptised 17th April 1793. May have given birth to son Barrington Tune born 11th June 1820, baptised 20th July 1828, died 1830. Sarah Tune baptised 23rd October 1795. Buried 18th May 1796 - infant John Tune baptised 21st March 1798 Deaths: Sarah buried 1st February 1838 aged 79, abode Dover Union House.
Peter Toun baptised 8th March 1754. Buried 4th April 1755
Catherine Toone baptised 7th December 1755. Buried 4th September 1758 as Catherine Tune
Peter Tune baptised 15th April 1757. Buried 10th September 1758 [six days after sister Catherine]
Michael Tune baptised 9th July 1759. Buried 25th September 1759 - five days after mother Catherine was buried.
Death: Catherine, wife of John Tune mariner was buried on 20th September 1759. Baby Michael was buried five days later.
Who was John Tune? The following account from the Old Bailey makes for very interesting reading:
THE ORDINARY of NEWGATE'S ACCOUNT of the Behaviour, Confession, and Dying Words OF FIVE MALEFACTORS, VIZ. Capt. JOHN TUNE, who suffered the 8th of December at Execution-dock, for Piracy; JOHN SMITH and JOHN IRWINE, for Robbing on the Highway; AND NICHOLAS CAMPBELL and GEORGE BARBER, for Forgery; Executed at Tyburn on Monday, February 2, 1761. BEING THE First and Second EXECUTIONS in the MAYORALTY OF THE Rt. Hon. Sir MATTHEW BLAKISTON, Knt. LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON. NUMBER I. for the said YEAR. LONDON: Printed and Sold by J. DIXWELL, in St. Martin's-Lane, near Charing-Cross, for the AUTHOR: Also Sold by M. COOPER, in Pater-noster-Row. [Price SIX-PENCE.]
JOHN TUNE was convicted for piratically and feloniously boarding a ship called the Guilaume upon the high seas, within the jurisdiction of the Admiralty of England, about three leagues distance from Folkestone in the county of Kent, and assaulting and robbing Bartholomew Moy, the master thereof, of 104 pieces of white linen, value 140pounds and thirty-four rolls of painted oilcloth, value 8pounds on the 5th of August, 1758.
It appeared on the trial, that the said ship was bound from Hamburgh to Bilboa and St. Sebastian. It was now two years since the piracy was committed; in which time, several material circumstances had slipt the memory of the principal witnesses; as Moy, Wyland, and others, for the prosecution: they deposed, however, that the privateer, of which John Tune was Captain, had fired a gun to bring to the said ship, and had sent a boat three times, with eight or ten men, to examine their papers and plunder their goods; to which they could not, or would not make resistance, being a free or neutral ship, and having on board only six men and a boy. The Goods so piratically taken, were partly seized by the Custom-house officers at Dover; and the Guilaume being forced by contrary winds into the same port, discovered the pirates, and brought some of them to Justice; the Lieutenant of the Young Eagle, William Sterrick, and some of the men, were admitted evidence against the Captain, who was also said to be quarter owner of this little sloop, of about twenty tuns, carrying only six guns, of which four were swivels. The Captain, according to the witnesses story, would have sent his men yet oftener with the boat to bring away more goods; but they seem'd to have more honesty and refused to go again. They were assisted in this piracy by a man or two belonging to another small privateer, in company, commanded by one John Johnson, who would not join them, nor be concerned in this affair; while Capt. Tune is proved plainly to have been consenting and active in it, both before and after the fact, by seeing, receiving, and stowing away the goods when thus stolen; and also sharing them as prize among the captors and himself. Five sacks of goods were taken; two of which were made seizure of, and three saved and shared by the Crew. It seems as if none of them were apprehended and confined for this fact till a considerable time after this, tho' quickly known by the discovery of the ship's crew. John Tune having been kept prisoner aboard for several months, it was not till Sept. 19, or thereabouts, that he was brought to Newgate, in order to take his trial; where, on several occasions, the following account of him and his Behaviour was collected from himself and others.
When he first attended divine service on Sunday the 21st of Sept. he seemed to behave awkwardly, neither reading the Psalms, nor making any responses, had therefore some proper advice and directions given him, particularly, as he could not read, that he would employ the leisure of his present confinement in learning to read; in which a brother tar, and fellow-prisoner for piracy, readily promised to help and instruct him; but neither of them seemed to regard the performing this promise, being more inclined to other amusements, neither so innocent or useful. He was now in the thirty-third Year of his age, a Maltese by birth, taken prisoner in his childhood by the Turks; and from them he escaped to the French, and again from them he was taken by Capt. (now Admiral) Geary, being then at the age of 13 Years, and has ever since been in the English service in different capacities, and conformed to our Religion. As he said he had served in his Majesty's navy all the last war and part of the present, He was ask'd why he quitted the service? to which he replied, that he was young and foolish, and had a mind to try for himself. He married a wife at Dover about 11 years since, by whom he had several children, two still living, a girl of 10, and a boy of 8 years old. His wife took pains to instruct him in the principles of the Christian Religion; and would fain teach him to read, but he did not apply himself to it; she got him, however, confirmed by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Dover. After he had incurr'd the danger of this prosecution, his wife was taken ill of a nervous fever (thro' grief, as supposed) which affected her head and made her delirious, under which she languished, till death released her on the Wednesday before he was apprehended for this fact, which happened the Sunday following at Dover; where, being put into a tender, he was carried to the Nore, and put aboard the Princess Royal. After some months, he was moved to the Monarque, and then, after five months, removed to the Princess Royal again, and thence to Newgate, as aforesaid.
Here a woman, who passed for his wife, often attended and abode with him, till a little time before his exit; and till the sister of his deceased wife, a decent and well-behaved woman, came up from Dover to solicit and manage his business; who, finding he was not married, at last prevailed on him to dismiss this temporary wife, that he might the better prepare for his death. During his confinement on ship-board, Lieutenant R - ts would persuade him to impeach his officers and men, by the proffer of impunity and rewards; but rejecting this proposal, he was ordered into irons because (as the Lieutenant express'd it) he had offended him.
Affidavits were made before his trial, that two material witnesses on his part were gone to sea, and that therefore his trial might be put off till the ensuing sessions in March next: notwithstanding which, it is said, he was persuaded to let it come on at present, as being an hopeful time for mercy, on the accession of his Majesty.
It must be owned, that during his confinement before trial, he did not seem to think seriously of his situation, as his behaviour was rather negligent, and his regular attendance at the chapel often omitted or interrupted; whether to be imputed to his own careless temper, or the insinuations of the company he kept in the prison, whose inmates, unhappily for themselves, and the public, (and to the indelible reproach of what and whom I cannot say) being obliged to no regular duties of industry or piety, are sure to grow worse, in a constant ratio to the time of their confinement therein; so that the oldest prisoners can scarce escape falling into the state and temper of fiends, or what the French term Les Enfants perdues.
Little remarkable happen'd from the time of his conviction till the death-warrant, or rather a message for his execution was made known about November 21, and this coming thro' different channels and by some mistake, two different days, at the distance of a week or two, being named, gave occasion for the report of a reprieve being granted him, which had no other foundation, as far as I could learn.
But the certain report of his destiny shocked and surprised him at first, as much as the change of the day puzzled him for some time; because he had suffered himself to be buoyed up with hopes of pardon from various quarters and surmises, insomuch, that he had hitherto shewn less thought or care for preparation than he ought. But now he became more attentive; desiring proper books to be lent and read to him, and duly attending prayers and instruction; he had timely notice and proper assistance given, to prepare for receiving the holy communion.
In this interval, his halting between two opinions, appeared by a visit which he received some days after his doom was fixt, from a person whom I found with him, and who, under pretence of being his countryman, and that the Prisoner did not understand our language, was admitted to his cell, as if to interpret to him; but whose business in reality, was to seduce him, to the Church of Rome: But, when it was urged to this pretended friend, that he had professed himself a Protestant from the age of thirteen; that he had married into a protestant family at Dover; and under that character, had enjoyed the freedom of that town for several years; that his children, to the number of seven or eight were all baptised in the Church of England; and lastly, that it is against the laws of this realm to seduce a protestant to the Church of Rome; this new intruder into our charge, thought proper to renounce his purpose, and declare that he would give no more umbrage in this respect.
The prisoner afterwards made an apology for encouraging this visit; that he had hopes, by his means, to have intercession made for his life. After this, he went on without interruption from that quarter to prepare for his approaching dissolution; in order to which, he received the holy sacrament, with serious devotion on Saturday, December 6, being to die the next Monday; for that there was no intention to respite him appeared pretty strongly, from an assurance I had the Monday before, that his chains were made: a circumstance of horror, which, in tenderness, was carefully concealed from the prisoner. Being asked one day whether he slept well, and how he employed his nights, he answered that he slept very little, but it was no matter, " he should sleep " enough by and by."
Dec. 8, 1760. On the morning of execution, when visited, he appeared ready and cheerful to do his duty, went up to chapel with alacrity, said he was well in health, and resigned to his punishment, joined in the service, and again received the holy communion with devotion and comfort; he expressed no signs of murmuring or complaint, though his devotion seemed to be sometimes interrupted with messages to hasten him out, which seemed to alarm him with some hopes and fears, whether it might not be a respite; concerning which, some evil minded persons had applied to him the preceding day, for a sum of money to be employed for obtaining such a favour; making no scruple to trifle with this most serious affair at this important period, provided they could, make any little advantage out of it to themselves. One would be almost tempted to wish that such inhuman merciless monsters could be made to change circumstances with the poor criminal, whose love of life (so naturally and wisely implanted in us all) they abuse to such sordid and wicked purposes.
This morning having performed his duty, he declared he was greatly supported and comforted. He heartily thanked God for it; and added, with a seeming spirit and resolution, " he was as willing to die as to live."
He was put into the cart a little after nine, and when he heard the expressions of pity and compassion from the multitude around, he behaved with intrepidity, and said, " I hope I shall soon " be happy."
Two of the runners had sat up with him, read to him, and prayed with him; they both agreed he had behaved so well, that no man could behave better.
When brought to the place of execution, and tied up, he still kept his countenance serene and calm; and when asked by me how are you my good friend, he answered, never better in all my life: he was reminded, however, to think of his situation, and humble himself in a manner becoming his present severe chastisement, to make this death a means of true repentance; pardon, peace, and deliverance to himself, and a loud warning to others; for which purpose he desired the surrounding multitude to join in prayer with him; having first intreated them to be warned by his suffering, not to covet or desire any other people's goods, but to learn and labour truly to get an honest living, and to do their duty in their several stations. We then prayed for mercy, charity, and all the graces necessary for a dying person.
When applied to by me to acknowledge the justice of his sentence, he uttered a complaint, that his trial had been brought on when he had a fair plea to put it off, on account of his witnesses being at sea; but that he was encouraged, notwithstanding, to hope that it was a time of mercy, and that he should not suffer, though convicted; a matter of which he had frequently before complained. However that be, he was prevailed on now to suppress it, and to declare his forgiving all injuries, whether real, or only apprehended. He was reminded that he had before acknowledged fairly his share in the guilt, by consenting to the fact; and though he denied he was any gainer by the piracy, he was silenced, by being reminded that was not his fault, but owing to the seizure of what had been thus unjustly plundered.
He was again reminded, that the honour and justice of the nation required this exemplary punishment to be inflicted, in order to deter others from ever again attempting such piracies, so infamous and dangerous to the nation. He acknowledged the truth of this, and that he had often thought of it before now: he again earnestly joined in prayer, confessed the articles of the Christian Faith, was recommended to the divine mercy and protection; and then having made a thankful acknowledgment of the services done for him, we parted, and he was consigned to eternity.