The Flamstead Anstees

The Flamstead Anstees of Hertfordshire are likely a sub-branch of the Swanbourne Ansteys of Buckinghamshire, however we have not yet completely mapped out this connection. The current status of our research into the Flamstead Anstees is as follows:

Warning: Please note most of below is tentative and work-in-progress, some of it is likely incorrect.

The earliest Flamstead Anstees we find are John Anstee of Trowley Bottom, Flamstead, Hertford, and Mary his wife (late Mary Ringshall, spinster, daughter of Jeremiah Ringshall late of Markyate Street, Studham, Bedford per the Hertfordshire Court Rolls). They were certainly married by 1758, though we cannot currently locate the marriage entry. We also do not currently know from whence John came before Flamstead. John and Mary probably had two sons, being:

  • Joseph Anstee (b c1760??) who married Francis Gurney, having children John (b 1790) and Matthew (b 1791);
  • John Anstee (b 1763 Flamstead – 1799 Flamstead) who married first Sarah Marks in 1781 in Flamstead. They had children Susannah (b 1783) and Benjamin (b 1784 Flamstead – he married Jane and moved to Ivinghoe, then Tring and later Kempston – see the Ivinghoe Anstees for more on Benjamin), but then Sarah died. So John next married Mary Robinson in 1788 in Flamstead having children Hannah (b 1789 Flamstead, married in 1810 in Luton); James (b 1791 Flamstead – 1869 Flamstead, he married Sophia Mary Dell in 1816 in Flamstead); Jeremiah (b 1793 Flamstead); William (b 1793 Flamstead); William (b 1798 Flamstead).

Note: John Anstee (b 1763) is surely son of John Anstee of Trowley Bottom, Flamstead, and Mary Ringshall, given that her father was ‘Jeremiah’ and he named a son Jeremiah (b 1793).

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

We are actively on the lookout for Flamstead Anstees alive today who are willing to add their Anstey research to this project. We are especially interested in connecting the early Flamstead pedigree to the Swanbourne Anstey pedigree.

Anybody who has already researched this sub-branch, please contact us at

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