The Newport Pagnell Anstees

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

The Newport Pagnell Anstees of Buckinghamshire are very likely a sub-branch of the Swanbourne Ansteys. The first we find of Anstees in Newport Pagnell is in 1560 when John Anstey married Agnes Rydgedale, however this appears to be an outlier because the next sighting is over a century later in 1681 when George Anstee and his son John were both buried in Newport Pagnell (George also likely had a daughter Jane baptised in 1676).

In 1737, Joseph Anstee married Sarah Allebone in Astwood, both were of Newport Pagnell (Joseph was a baker) and they had children:

  • Sarah (b 1739 died 1744);
  • Elizabeth (b 1740 died in 1741 an infant);
  • William (b 1742 married Hannah Harris in Newport Pagnell in 1770 and became a victualler – he died soon after in 1772);
  • Sarah (b 1744);

Then in 1775, Joseph Anstee married Ann Naisby in Newport Pagnell. They had children:

  • Sarah (b 1776) who married William Hedgman of St Dunstan, London in 1792 in Newport Pagnell;
  • James Kilby (b 1779) who married Sarah Row in Newport Pagnell in 1800 and they had (amongst others) a son Joseph (b1810).

Joseph Anstee was buried in Newport Pagnell in 1822, the burial entry giving his birth year as 1736. This means he was highly likely from Soulbury near Swanbourne where in 1736 there were a whole host of baptisms transcribed as ‘Anstace’ (but likely ‘Anstee’). The baptisms included Daniel; Joseph Senior; Joseph Junior, Elizabeth and Mary, which sounds like an entire family being baptised together, though we need to access the original parish register page to conclude anything more concrete.

Hanslope Anstees

Currently we are amassing clues in order to connect the Hanslope Anstees of Buckinghamshire to the wider Anstey pedigree. Certainly there are strong connections between the Hanslope Anstees and the Newport Pagnell Anstees above.

1715: Joseph Anstee of Gorefeild in the parish of Hanslopp fined one shilling for contempt of an order.

1719: Daniel Ansted (surely ‘Anstee’?) married Sarah Walker in Hanslope. They had a child ‘Daniel‘ baptised as ‘Daniel Anstead‘ (surely ‘Anstee’?) in 1726 in Chicheley near Newport Pagnall. Daniel likely married Mary Skyvington in 1746 in Lavendon, Bucks, though it is transcribed as ‘Anstead’. Daniel and Mary had a daughter Mary baptised in Newport Pagnall on 26 December 1747 (it is possible that Mary (daughter) married John Long in 1766 in Hemel Hempstead though we cannot confirm that). Daniel and his daughter Mary are mentioned in the 1753 will of Daniel’s cousin Sarah Anstee below.

October 1753: The will of Sarah Anstee widow of Hanslope reads “In the Name of God Amen I Sarah Anstee of Hanslop in the County of Bucks Widow being of sound mind memory and understanding praised be God for the same Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first and principally I Give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it And my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose thereof as followeth First I Give and bequeath to my Nephew Henry Walker of Hanslop aforesaid the Sum of Thirty pounds of Good and lawful money of Great Britain Also I Give and bequeath to my Niece Elizabeth Harris of Hanslop aforesaid the sum of Ten pounds of like lawful money Also I Give and bequeath unto my Nephews Robert Walker and Thomas Walker of Hanslop aforesaid the sum of Ten pounds apiece of like lawful money Also I Give and bequeath unto John Gadsdon of Emmerton in the said County of Bucks the Sum of Ten pounds of like lawfull money Also I Give and bequeath to Mary the Daughter of my Cousin Daniel Anstee of Newport Pagnell in the County of Bucks the Sum of Ten pounds of like lawfull money Also I Give and bequeath unto my Niece Elizabeth Gadsdon of Hanslop aforesaid the Sum of Ten pounds of like lawfull money And to my said Niece Elizabeth Gadsdon all my Household Goods And to my said Nieces Elizabeth Gadsdon and Elizabeth Harris all my rings and wearing apparel equally between them share and share alike Lastly all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate both real and personal and of what nature or kind soever I Give and bequeath unto my Nephew Robert Gadsdon of Newport pagnell aforesaid he paying the above Legacies by me bequeathed and all my just Debts and funeral Expences And I make and ordain my said Cousin Robert Gadsdon sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other Wills by me heretofore made And declare this and no other to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and Seal this Sixteenth of October and in the year of our Lord 1753 – The Mark of Sarah Anstee Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Sarah Anstee the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereto and in her presence at her request – Witnesses – Charles Pantor – John Ratnett – Jane Wharton her Mark Proved the 22nd Day Of April 1754

Haslope Summary Note: Joseph and Daniel Anstee could well be brothers, and Sarah is certainly their cousin. ‘Daniel‘ was a fairly rare name in the Anstey pedigree, so if we find a family with two brothers Joseph and Daniel born in say c1680 – c1700, we have our connection (Soulbury above is surely looking like our best bet here for further research into this).

We are actively on the lookout for Newport Pagnell Anstee experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Newport Pagnell Anstees 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 research@theansteystory.com.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Newport Pagnell Anstees, 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 ‘Newport Pagnell’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

Anybody who finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com and we will correct it.

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