The Prittlewell Anstees

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

The Prittlewell Anstees of Essex (which includes those Anstees who moved to next-door Leigh-on-Sea) are a sub-branch of the Houghton Regis Anstees of Bedfordshire (who themselves are a sub-branch of the Swanbourne Ansteys of Buckinghamshire).

The patriarchs of the Prittlewell Anstees are brothers John Anstee (b 1692 in Newton Longville), who married Sarah, and Joseph Anstee (b 1695 in Newton Longville), who married Elizabeth (both John and Joseph are sons of Benjamin Anstee and Mary – see the Houghton Regis Anstees for more). We cannot currently find either of John or Joseph‘s marriage entries, but they were in c1720 or so.

John and Sarah had children:

  • Martha (b 1722 in Prittlewell);
  • Elizabeth (buried 1724 Leigh-on-Sea);
  • John (buried 1729 in Leigh-on-Sea);

Sarah then died so John remarried Ann Etherington in 1729 and they had children:

  • Mary (b 1730 in Prittlewell);
  • John (b 1734 in Prittlewell);
  • Elizabeth (b 1736 in Prittlewell, married John Cricks in Leigh-on-Sea in 1757);
  • Sarah (b 1737 in Prittlewell, married Anthony Bundick in Leigh-on-Sea in 1757);

Joseph Anstee and Elizabeth had children:

  • Benjamin (b 1727 Prittlewell);
  • Joseph Junior (b 1729 Prittlewell, moved to Leigh-on-Sea and then back to Houghton Regis – see the Houghton Regis page for more on this gentleman);
  • John (b 1731 Prittlewell, married Rebecca Bush in Prittlewell in 1755 and had a fairly large family there. They named their first son ‘Benjamin‘ (b 1759 Prittlewell) after John‘s grandfather and their second son Joseph (b 1761 Prittlewell) after John‘s father);
  • William (b 1733 Prittlewell, died an infant);
  • William (b 1735 Prittlewell);

As to why John and Joseph Anstee both moved from Newton Longville in Buckinghamshire all the way to Prittlewell in Essex in c1720 we currently cannot even hazard a guess and would appreciate enlightenment!

We are always on the lookout for Prittlewell Anstee experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Prittlewell Regis 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

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Prittlewell 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 ‘Prittlewell’ 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 and we will correct it.

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