The Hemel Hempstead Anstees

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

The Hemel Hempstead Anstees of Hertfordshire are a sub-branch of the Swanbourne Ansteys of Buckinghamshire. They began in c1741 when William Anstee was baptised in Hemel Hempstead to parents William Anstee and Elizabeth Kempster (who married in Hemel Hempstead in 1733 – they also had a daughter Sarah baptised in 1738). William Anstee married Sarah Ward in October 1766 in Hemel Hempstead and they had a large family packed with sons in Hemel Hempstead, being:

  • William Anstee (b 1767);
  • Henry Anstee (b 1769);
  • Sarah Anstee (b 1771);
  • John Anstee (b 1772, married Mary Bates in Ivinghoe in February 1797 when he was described as “of Ivinghoe“. They returned to Hemel Hempstead and had children Henry Anstee (b 1797 Great Gaddesden in Hemel Hempstead); William Anstee (b 1798 Hemel Hempstead); Thomas Anstee (b 1800 Hemel Hempstead); and Joseph Anstee (b 1803 Great Gaddesden));
  • Daniel Anstee (b 1774 died an infant?);
  • Thomas Anstee (b 1775);
  • Mary Anstee (b 1777);
  • George Anstee (b 1779);
  • Daniel Anstee (b 1782);

Another Swanbourne Anstey, Edward Anstee, married Mary in c1755 and they also had the following children in Hemel Hempstead:

  • Jos? Anstey (b 1756)
  • John Anstee (b 1759 died young?);
  • Edward Anstee (b 1761);
  • William Anstee (b 1764);
  • John Anstee (b 1767);
  • Jane Anstee (b 1769);

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Hemel Hempstead 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 ‘Hemel Hempstead’ 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 Hemel Hempstead Anstees alive today who are willing to add their Anstey research to this project. We are especially interested in disentangling the early Hemel Hempstead pedigree and how precisely it links with the Swanbourne Anstey pedigree. Anybody who has already researched this, please contact us at

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