Edward Anstee (SW 14)

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 14. Edward Anstee: Not to be confused with Edward Anstee (SW 12). He was baptised 29 September 1660 in Swanbourne to Edward Anstey (SW 6) and Margaret Cawdell and became a cordwainer in Swanbourne and Cublington. He married Elizabeth in c1694? and they had children in Swanbourne:

  • Edward Anstee (SW 17 – b 1695)
  • Mary Anstee (b 4 December 1695 bap 6 December 1695 to “Edward Anstee and Elizabeth“);
  • Benjamin Anstee (b 24 September 1698, a twin, bap 26 September 1698 to “Edward Anstee and Elizabeth“);
  • Joseph Anstee (bap 26 September 1698, a twin, to “Edward Anstee and Elizabeth“, died an infant buried 1 October 1698);
  • Joseph Anstee (SW 18 – b 1702);

In 1702 he was described as a cordwainer per his son’s baptism – also in 1702 “William Greene, yeoman, and Edward Anstee, cordwainer, both of Cublington“.

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.

We do know that in 1723 “Anstee Edward, of Swanbourne (2 pax, both literate)” took the ‘Oath of Allegiance’ – this means that Edward (SW 14) must have been deceased by this time, because Edward (SW 12) was definitely still alive and so was Edward (SW 17). Therefore Edward (SW 14) probably was buried in 1702, 1703 or 1712 in Swanbourne.

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