The Thornborough Anstees

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

The Thornborough Anstees of Buckinghamshire are very likely a sub-branch of the Swanbourne Ansteys, though we are still searching for the formal connection.

There is an August 1718 marriage between “Thomas Anstem” and Elizabeth Lucas in Thornborough. They had numerous children in Thornborough baptised between 1719 and 1736, transcribed as “Anstis” and “Ansted“. We really need to view the original parish register entries before deciding whether “Thomas Anstem” and is family are actually “Anstee“.

The first we find formally of Anstees in Thornborough is in c1800 when William Anstee married Mary. In 1809, William Anstee was described as a “Farrier of Thornborough“. William Anstee and Mary had children (baptised in Thornborough):

  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1800)
  • William Anstee (b 1802 – see below);
  • Thomas Anstee (b 1807);
  • Sophia Anstee (b 1811);

[Note: William Anstee (father) was likely baptised in Beachampton in 1780 to parents John Anstee and Mary Gardner, who married in Beachampton in 1779.]

William Anstee (b 1802 above) married Maria Googer in Whaddon, Buckinghamshire in 1823. They then returned to Thornborough and had children:

  • Mary Anstee (b 1824);
  • Rebecca Anstee (b 1828);
  • George Anstee (b 1828 – an Australian Anstey pioneer who emigrated c1850, he married Ann Judge in 1855 in Melbourne, Australia and became patriarch of the Kilmore, Victoria, Australia Anstees);
  • Leah Anstee (b 1831);
  • Jane Anstee (b 1833);
  • James Anstee (b 1836);
  • John Anstee (b 1838).

William Anstee (b1802) died in 1874 in Pottersbury, Northamptonshire; his wife Maria died in 1838 in Thornborough.

We are actively on the lookout for Thornborough Anstee experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Thornborough 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 Thornborough 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 ‘Thornborough’ 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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