Daniel Anstey (HP 6)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Hampreston Ansteys. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Hampreston Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

HP 6. Daniel Anstey: He was baptised in 1630 in Tarrant Hinton to father Nicholas Anstey (HP 2). He was unmarried in 1672 per his father’s will, then in his sixties (c1692 or so) he married Mary Perkins, having a sole daughter:

  • Mary (bap 1694 Hampreston, married William Oakely [Okely] in 1726 at Blandford St Mary – she was “of Hampreston“, he was “of Canford“. According to folklore, the Okely family tomb in Kinson churchyard was believed to have been used to conceal vast quantities of smuggled contraband – an unsourced report states “William Okely’s family, although describing themselves as gentlemen, seem to have had one or two shady connections. The family tomb, in Kinson churchyard, is believed to have been used to conceal smuggled contraband. And when William and Mary’s daughter Molly [see Further Details #4] wrote her will in 1795, she made Isaac Gulliver of Long Critchel a trustee of her estate. He’s described as a merchant in the will, but is better known in Dorset lore as the county’s most famous smuggler”.).

Daniel died in 1718 – he has a slab on the floor of  Hampreston Church next to his father Nicholas and sister Mary, reading “In memory of Daniel Anstey who was here interred February 18th 1718. Also Mary his wife buried January 6th 1738 and Mary Oakley their daughter died March 27[?]”.

He wrote his will in 1711; probate was in 1718. His will begins “I Daniel Anstey of Longham of the parish of Hampreston in the County of Southton, yeoman, being in a competent measure of health considering my great age” – he then bequeathes:

  • to my loving wife for her natural life and no longer…one half part of all the profits of all the yearly rents of all my lands and tenements lying in the parish of Craford Parva otherwise Little Craford” [which we presume is Little Canford near Hampreston rather than Craford Parva, Tarrant Crawford]
  • unto my wife the one half part of the yearly rents of all my lands and tenements lying in the parish of Craford Magna otherwise Great Craford” [presumably Canford Magna near Hampreston]
  • unto my wife the one half part of the yearly rents of all my lands and tenements lying in the parish of Shapwick, Dorset
  • unto my daughter Mary Ansty and her heirs forever all my lands and tenements and profits whatsoever lying in the parish of Craford Magna otherwise Great Craford and also all the lands and tenements lying in the parish of Craford Parva otherwise Little Craford, also all the lands and tenements lying in the parish of Shapwick
  • unto my wife for her natural life and no longer all my houses and lands that I bought off Abel Bement lying in Longham in the parish of Hampreston
  • all my goods and chattels … to my loving wife and daughter Mary Ansty equally to be divided between them whom I do hereby appoint my whole and sole executrixes“.

His widow Mary wrote her final will on 20 January 1737 (she was buried on 26 January 1737, confirmed deceased by 14 March 1737 per notes on her will) beginning “me Mary Ansty of Longham in the parish of Hampreston widow being weak and infirm in body by reason of old age” and bequeathing to:

  • my daughter Mary the wife of Mr William Oakeley
  • my granddaughter Molly Ansty Oakeley [see Further Details #4]
  • my brother Thomas Perkins
  • Clare Perkins, daughter of my said brother Thomas Perkins
  • Elizabeth Perkins, another daughter of my brother Thomas Perkins, who now lives with me
  • twenty shillings shall be distributed amongst the poor of Hampreston
  • after the death of my said daughter Mary Oakely, I give and bequeath unto my said granddaughter Molly Ansty Oakely whom I also make and appoint whole and sole executrix and residuary legatee
  • my loving friend Mr Roger Bramble of West Parley [in Dorset] and farmer Lowry Kellaway of Longham [see also Hampreston Further Details #4]” to be overseers and trustees of this my last will

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