Tunnell, John an early Methodist minister, was about thirteen years in the work of the ministry; was elected to the office of an elder at the Christmas Conference in 1784; traveled extensively throughout the United States; was for years the leader of a pioneer band of preachers among the Holston mountains; and died in great peace near Sweet Springs, Va., July 9, 1790. He was buried by Asbury among tie Alleghany heights, a martyr to his work. He was a mall of solid piety, great simplicity, and godly sincerity; well known and much esteemed both by ministers and people for his indefatigable labors, and his commanding talents as a preacher. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1, 37; Bangs, Hist. of the IM. E. Church, 1, 319; Stevens, Hist. of the M. E. Church, 2, 34, 38, 39, 43, 53, 99, 272, 297, 496.