The Bampton Ansteys

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

The Bampton Ansteys (aka Dulverton sub-branch ‘D’) are a sub-branch of the Dulverton Ansteys and form part of the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree. The entire family was very military focused, with members fighting in numerous pre-World War One conflicts, as well as the two global conflicts of the 20th century, namely World War One and World War Two.

The two patriarchs of the Bampton Ansteys are John Anstey (b 1744 in Bampton) and William Anstey (b c1744 probably in Bampton), who were probably brothers (though we find no parish register baptisms for them to confirm that). We deal with each in turn.

WIlliam Anstey (b c1744) married Ann Binden in Bampton in 1765 and they had the following children baptised in Bampton:

John Anstey (b 1744) married Elizabeth Branscombe (baptised 1751 in Bampton) in Dulverton in 1777. They lived at Highercombe Farm in Dulverton and they had the following nine children, baptised in Dulverton:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1777 – an Australian Anstey pioneer who emigrated to Tasmania in Australia, living at Anstey Barton in Oatlands)
  • John Anstey (b 1778 died in 1782);
  • George Anstey (b 1779)
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1782)
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1784, married John Gillard in 1807 in Lympstone)
  • Mary Anstey (b 1786, married John Rockwell in 1816 in Lympstone)
  • John Anstey (b 1788, baptised in Dulverton in 1789 aged one, patriarch of the Otterton Ansteys)
  • Harriet Anstey (b 1791 died an infant in 1793)
  • William Anstey (buried an infant in 1793)

John Anstey (b 1744) died in Dulverton in 1804, at which point the family moved to Lympstone in Devon. His widow Elizabeth Anstey was buried in Lympstone in 1825, the ‘Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette’ 17 November 1825 edition noting that “At Lympstone, Elizabeth, relict of Mr John Anstey of Dulverton [died]

Note: There were two earlier ‘Anstey’ burials in Bampton, being John Ansty in 1714 and Jone [Joan] Ansty in 1751. This couple were married in Petton Chapelry in Bampton in 1708, where John was described as “of Morebath”. John Ansty and Joan were the granduncle and grandaunt of John Anstey and William Anstey, the patriarchs of the Bampton Ansteys.

We are always on the lookout for Bampton Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Bampton Ansteys 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 Bampton Ansteys, 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 ‘Bampton’ 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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