John de Anstey, second son of Hubert de Anstey (the originator of our Anstey surname) and Agnes de Sackville, is the patriarch of the sole medieval Anstey sub-branch which did not go Anstey-extinct, and thus John is the direct Anstey ancestor of almost all Ansteys alive today. There is no doubt that John is the less well-known of the two sons of Hubert de Anstey; indeed John spent much of his life in the shadow of his elder brother Richard de Anstey, for example helping him contest the famous ‘Anstey Case’ during the early 1150s .
John de Anstey and his descendant medieval Anstey sub-branch have been extensively researched by G. M. Anstey (Gary) and T. J. Anstey (Tom), the overseers and chief researchers of this ‘Anstey Story‘ project; they are comprehensively documented in Chapters Five to Seven of their first co-authored book:
‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘
Active research is currently being undertaken, searching for additional ‘medieval Anstey’ material to put in a fourth edition of ‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘.
The latest findings are being uploaded to this project as they are discovered – see the tag “Anstey Our True Surname Origin Fourth Edition”
Medieval Anstey Appeal