The origins of the name are Nunley. Research has revealed that there was a Nunley in County Shropshire, England in 1616. The first Nunley to come to Virginia was Richard, who came in 1630, where the Nunley family remained until after the American Revolution, when they appeared in North Carolina and Virginia in the Yadkin Valley area.
Because there were so many in Warren County, TN in the early 1800's, it is difficult to separate them. Thomas, Archibald, and John, born in 1770 sold their land in Rutherford County, North Carolina in 1809 and came to Warren County. William and Jeremiah, both born in 1774 came soon after. It is believed that all were brothers. All descendants agree that their ancestor was born on the Yadkin River in North Carolina of a half Cherokee mother who had married a Nunley.
Some of the Nunley men (most likely Thomas, Archibald and John) were said to have come with Henry J. A. Hill, who made the first settlement on Hill's Creek. They returned to North Carolina and brought back their families (including William and Jeremiah).
An interesting story told by descendants is that they came with Cherokee friends and relatives, who helped them make the long trip across the mountains. The Nunleys settled on what is now called Nunley Mountain, and their Indian friends settled nearby. They also say there was an Indian reservation almost next door to this mountain. An Indian cemetery is located at Nunley Mountain, a ridge of the Cumberland Plateau in what is now Grundy County, TN.
You can get more information on the original Nunley ancestors of us all at my website, http://hometown.aol.com/zwoodchuck
. Enter the site, click on family, then on the picture of Cynthia Tampico Nunley for several pages of Nunleys. This is a temporary site until I can complete the NunleyFamily.com website where I will post everything I can find on the Nunleys.