The Bampton Ansteys

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

Overview of the Bampton Ansteys

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 patriarchs of the Bampton Ansteys are three brothers William Anstey (b c1744 probably in Bampton); John Anstey (b 1744 in Bampton); and George Anstey (b c1745 probably in Bampton).

William Anstey (b c1744)

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

John Anstey (b 1744 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, probably an executor to his uncle George Anstey‘s 1808 will and he was very likely involved in his uncles and brother Thomas Anstey‘s ‘furniture printing’ (linen draper) business between c1808 (after his uncle died) and c1820. For example in the ‘Pilot (London)‘ on 6 June 1812 appears “George and Thomas Anstey and Co Furniture Printers, Corner of Catherine Street, Strand inform the proprietors of Hotels, Taverns and Lodging Houses and the public in general that they are now selling at very reduced prices such of their Furniture Patterns as have been two or three years in print – Furniture Warehouse 343 Strand near the Lyceum“. Also on 3 April 1816 at the Old Bailey we find a witness statement after Thomas Daley and James Manning were indicted for stealing from George Anstey, William Pearce and Thomas AnsteyWilliam Pearce: I carry on the business of a furniture printer, George Anstey and Thomas Anstey are my partners…“. The ‘Champion (London)‘ 7 April 1816 edition states “Thomas Daly, porter to Messrs Anstey and Co, Old Bond Street, and James Manning his accomplice, were capitally convicted for robbing the above house of calicoes to the amount of 200l and upwards“. Per the ‘London Gazette‘ on 25 March 1821 the partnership between George Anstey, Thomas Anstey and William Pearce at Old Bond Street was dissolved (signed on 17 April 1822) – see also below. It is possible that he was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, dying before 1838, though we seek confirmation of that)
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1782 – we are fairly confident that she married Thomas Snow Esq in 1804 in London St Dunstan in the West having a son Thomas Ansty (b 1809 – the ‘Stamford Mercury‘ 27 April 1838 reported “Death: On 20 September last at Dum Dum near Calcutta after a months illness of dysentery and inflammation of the liver in his 29th year Thomas Ansty gent of 1st Troop 2nd Brigade of Horse Artillery. He was the ? and only surviving son of the late Mr Thomas Snow, Stamford, and nephew of the late Lieut. Ansty of the Royal? Navy. His good disposition endeared him to the ? of his troop and he was also highly esteemed and lamented by his relatives and friends“));
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1784, married John Gillard in 1807 in Lympstone)
  • Mary Anstey (b 1786, married John Rockwell in 1816 in Lympstone – the ‘Hampshire Chronicle‘ on 6 January 1817 noting “Married on Friday last at Lympstone in Devonshire Mr J. Rockwell R. N. to Miss Mary Anstey, late of Dulverton“)
  • 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]

George Anstey (b c1745)

George Anstey was born in 1745 (per his burial entry), probably in Bampton. He probably married Mary Kem on 11 December 1774 in Westminster and he became a very well-to-do linen draper. In 1780 he was appointed a “Constable of St Andrews Holburn“.

George Anstey was living at St Mary the Strand from 1788 to 1792 and then from 1793 at Catherine Street, St Margaret, Westminster, though he also maintained a residence at St Mary the Strand (per the Westminster Rate Books – The Strand, Holburn and Catherine Street all lie in very close proximity to each other).

At the Old Bailey on 13 April 1789 George Anstey was a witness in a trial “Information of George Anstey and William Baker of Catherine Street, Linen Drapers…[regarding the theft from them of] three pairs of sheets, one counterpane, two tablecloths and other articles…”

George Anstey probably first married Charlotte Green on 30 August 1793 at George Street, Hanover Square. On 7 September 1803, by this time widowed and “of St Andrew, Holburn“, George Anstey married Catherine Dale (also widowed) in Shopland, Essex. They moved to Stockwell in Surrey soon after this (around five miles south of Holburn).

In the early 1800s George Anstey (and probably his nephew George Anstey after his death in 1808) went into partnership with his nephew Thomas Anstey and William Pearce, owning a high class ‘furniture printing’ company (‘furniture printing’ being linen drapers who provided high quality fabrics to cover furniture) called ‘Messrs Anstey & Pearce‘. In the ‘Morning Chronicle‘ on 18 September 1807 appeared “OLD BAILEY Wednesday Sept 17. James Jarot was indicted for stealing, in the dwelling house of Thomas AnsteyWilliam Pearce and George Anstey, in the parish of St George, Hanover Square, a piece of cotton furniture value 40s, the property of Messrs Anstey and Pearce. It appeared that the prisoner had been employed as a plasterer in the house occupied by Messrs Anstey and Pearce in Bond Street, and that he availed himself of an opportunity to remove a piece of cotton furniture, value three guineas, from the warehouse in the pantry…in the course of the evidence, it came out that the company had another warehouse at 143 Strand where Mr Thomas Anstey lived.

In 1808 they were referred to as “Anstey and Co linen-drapers, at the corner of Catherine Street“.

The ‘British Press‘ on 18 September 1807 confirmed they were linen drapers “James Jarot was capitally indicted for stealing a piece of printed cotton, value 40s. the property of Thomas Anstey, William Pearce, and George Anstey, linen-drapers, and copartners in trade, in their dwelling-house, in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square…

George Anstey died in 1808, buried in Acton on 30 July 1808 “aged 63” at which time he was described as “George Anstey Esq of Stockwell“. The ‘Index to Death Duties‘ in August 1808 confirmed he was “of Stockwell, Lambeth“.

After his death his widow Catherine Anstey quickly remarried to John Sayer – the ‘Cheltenham Chronicle‘ on 6 July 1809 reporting “Mr. John Sayer, Brandy and Hop merchant of West Smithfield, to Mrs. Anstey, relict of the late George Anstey, Esq. of Stockwell, Surrey

As far as we know George Anstey had no children from either marriage, which is backed up by the fact that the residual legatee of his estate was his nephew Thomas Anstey (with whom he was in the ‘furniture printing’ business in the early 1800s). On 4 September 1865 we find “Anstey George Esq Letters of Administration (with the will annexed) of the personal estate and effects of George Anstey late of Stockwell Place in the County of Surrey Esquire deceased who died 25 July 1808 at Stockwell Place aforesaid left unadministered by George Anstey [probably his nephew] and James Alexander the executors named in the said will, were granted to George Alexander Anstey of 5 Little St James Street in the parish of St James Westminster in the County of Middlesex Esquire the surviving acting executor of the will of Thomas Anstey the nephew the Residuary Legatee substituted in the said will of the said deceased, he the said George Alexander Anstey having been first sworn. Former Grant Prerogative Court of Canterbury August 1808“.

Further Details on the Bampton Ansteys

#1. 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; William Anstey and George Anstey, the patriarchs of the Bampton Ansteys.

#2. We are pretty confident that ‘Captain Anstey‘ is of this sub-branch, though we cannot currently ascertain his first name – this is what we have so far. The ‘New Times (London)‘ 21 October 1818 edition noted “Fashionable Movements: Departures Yesterday from the St Petersburg Hotel, Dover Street, Captain Anstey to France“. Then in the ‘Morning Post‘ 14 January 1822 “Captain Anstey [departed] from Hakes Hotel for Englefield“. Another possible clue in the ‘Sun (London)‘ on 12 October 1824 “Fashionable Arrivals: Sir Wm Anstey and son at Long’s Hotel Bond Street from Paris“. The ‘Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser‘ 26 April 1826 reported that “Captain Anstie was set down as a director of the Alliance Mining Company without his consent“. Then the ‘Cambridge Chronicle and Journal‘ 18 May 1832 reported “Lord Elibank, Captain Anstie, J. Oliphant Esq and Hon J. Stewart held to bail 10th inst at Bow Street office in 200l each, the former two as principals, and the two latter as seconds in an attempted breach of the peace at Shepherds Bush where the parties were apprehended in the act of fighting a duel. Capt Anstie had fired without effect and his Lordship dropped his pistol on appearance of officers“. In October 1835 “Captain Anstey” arrived at Cheltenham. On a possibly related note, we think there was a “Lieutenant Anstey of the Royal Navy” who died before 1838 – see above

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 research@theansteystory.com.

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 research@theansteystory.com and we will correct it.

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