Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada Ansteys

It has long since been established by other Anstey researchers that the patriarch of the Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada Ansteys is Charles Anstey of Poole in Dorset, England, who inherited a plantation in Twillingate in the will of William White of Wimborne Minister, Dorset in the 1700s, and thence emigrated there. We are currently attempting to connect this ‘Charles Anstey of Poole, Dorset‘ into the known Dorset Anstey pedigree from 1500 to 1700, however we lack the definitive piece of evidence.

‘Charles’ is a fairly rare name for Ansteys in Dorset in the period 1500-1750, so if anybody has expert knowledge of this sub-branch, or finds any documentary evidence of a “Charles Anstey” in Dorset between say 1650 and 1750 (perhaps mentioned in wills of others), please contact me at

We are so close to connecting the Twillingate Ansteys of Canada to the known Dorset Anstey pedigree…who can find that final clue we need?



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