The Chulmleigh Ansteys of Devon are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch. Hence they are originally part of the ‘Anstis’ family pedigree, and thus do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey. Chulmleigh was a long term ‘Anstis’ stronghold, with ‘Anstis’ residents dating back right to the 1641/42 Protestation Returns and likely earlier (intriguingly there are zero genuine ‘Anstey’ entries in the Chulmleigh parish registers pre-1900).
The patriarch of the Chulmleigh Ansteys is Robert Anstis (b 1758 in Chulmleigh as ‘Anstis’) who married Rochard in 1782 in East Worlington (as ‘Anstis’). They had the following sons born in East Worlington, all of whom as adults decided to change their surname to ‘Anstey’ from ‘Anstice’:
- John Anstice (b 1784 East Worlington, married Mary in 1813 in Chulmleigh as ‘Anstice’, then unofficially changed his surname to ‘Anstey’ and moved to Witheridge where the family appear in the 1841 Census as ‘Anstey’ – see the Witheridge page for more on this family);
- William Anstice (b 1786 East Worlington, married Mary Cole in 1809 in Witheridge as ‘Anstey’, having ‘Anstey’ children in Witheridge – see the Witheridge page for more on this family)
- George Anstice (b 1792 East Worlington, married Elizabeth in 1813 in Chulmleigh as ‘Anstice’, having amongst others a son John Anstice (b 1816 in Chulmleigh who emigrated to St Kilda, Victoria, Australia becoming an Australian Anstey pioneer). George then unofficially changed his surname to ‘Anstey’ and moved to King’s Nympton in the 1830s where the whole family appear in the 1841 Census as ‘Anstey’).
We are always on the lookout for Chulmleigh Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Chulmleigh Ansteys who fought in World War One, preferably with personal souvenirs such as letters sent by the soldiers or military photos etc. Anybody who has such expertise and inclination, please contact us at email@example.com.
We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Chulmleigh Ansteys, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.
The best way to find said information is to enter ‘Chulmleigh’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.
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