In the third edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ we document on pages 212-213 the early origins of a Sussex medieval Anstey sub-branch, descendent from John (I) de Anstey. In Appendix Seven of ‘ANSTEY: The Cambridgeshire Branch of the 1400s and Early 1500s‘ we further advance the Sussex Anstey pedigree, which is of extraordinary complexity, containing around half of all Ansteys alive in c1600. Indeed, so entrenched were the Ansteys in Sussex by the time of our ‘1600 Parish Register Dataset’, they were resident in no fewer than fifty Sussex parishes.
However, by the first UK Census in 1841 all Ansteys in Sussex had disappeared (bar three individuals). Either every single one of the numerous Sussex Anstey families had gone Anstey-extinct, or they had by that time left the county. Thus far, throughout my ‘Anstey’ research, having communicated with hundreds of Ansteys worldwide, I am yet to find a single one who can trace his Anstey line back to Sussex pre-1800. However, surely there must be Ansteys alive today who are direct descendants of one of the numerous Sussex Anstey families and therefore appeal to anybody who can trace their direct Anstey lineage back to Sussex in say c1750 (or even earlier ideally) to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any success in this regard can be reported in the fourth edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘, research for which is well under way.