Edward Anstee (SW 12)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Swanbourne 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 Swanbourne Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

SW 12. Edward Anstee: – not to be confused with Edward Anstee (SW 14). He was baptised 6 July 1660 in Swanbourne to parents John Anstey (SW 4) and Katherine Payne and became a grocer in Swanbourne and Cublington. He married Alice Lane on 11 November 1686 in Swanbourne, having children in Swanbourne:

  • Jonathon Anstee (b c 1690? bap 3 May 1712 in Cublington to “Edward Anstee and Alice” – he married Elizabeth Stone on 14 November 1721 in Cublington, made the ‘Oath of Allegiance’ in 1723 as “Anstee Jonathan of Cublington (literate)“, and was buried in Cublington on 21 October 1736)
  • Thomas Anstee (TH 1 – b 9 June 1695 bap 1695 Cublington to “Edward Anstee” – he likely married Elizabeth Lucas in Thornborough on 10 August 1718, see that page for more);
  • Edward Anstee (b c1700?? – married Mary Cleney [Cheny?] on 23 April 1728 in Cublington and baptised as an adult in Cublington on 26 March 1737)

In 1702 per the Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions “William Greene of Cublington for assaulting Alice, wife of Edward Anstee“. In 1723 “Anstee Edward, of Swanbourne, literate” took the ‘Oath of Allegiance’.

Alice “wife of Edward Anstee” was buried 12 February 1727 in Swanbourne (note she was described as ‘wife’ not ‘widow’ so her husband was certainly still alive in 1727). Edward himself was buried on 17 January 1732 in Swanbourne, a “grocer aged 73“.

Confusing matters, both Edward (SW 12) and Edward (SW 14) were connected to Cublington, so there are some clues that we cannot currently assign to one or other ‘Edward’, namely:

  • In 1690 according to Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions “Swanburne . . Matthew Addams and William Tomkins vice William Cooke and Edward Anstee” and in 1691 “Swanborne . . Edward Anstee and John Carpenter vice William Tompkins and Matthew Addams“.
  • In 1705 “Swanborne . . Matthew Deverell and Edward Anstee vice William Tompkins and George Turneham” and “Edward Anstee, constable,” and “Edward Anstee of Swanborne, yeoman, to answer the overseers of Winslow for refusing to execute a warrant for arresting Edward Hobcroft for bastardy with Susan King.” and “Recognizances discharged. Edward Francklyn, Thomas Pratt, and Edward Sale, all of Bledlowe, Thomas Bell and John Davis, both of Bow Brickhill, Henry Cockett, John Cockett, and Robert Todd, all of Burneham, and Edward Anstee of Swanborne.

[Note: One of the main reasons we believe the above is the correct ‘Edward (b 1660)’ is because of the naming of their child ‘Jonathon’ after his father John (SW 4) and ‘Thomas’ after his grandfather Thomas (SW 2) and brother Thomas (SW 11).]

Anybody who can add anything to this account, or finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

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