The Bradninch Ansteys

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

The Bradninch Ansteys of Devon are a sub-branch of the Tiverton Ansteys and thus part of the South West Peninsula Ansteys.

The first we see of Ansteys connected to Bradninch, situated around seven miles south of Tiverton, is in 1699 when John Ansteyof Washfield” (a Tiverton Anstey) married Joan Marshall of Bradninch in Tiverton.

We need to wait almost a century until we then find Thomas Anstey (b c1770), who married Thomasin Norris in Broadclyst in 1799. Thomas Anstey was described as “of Bradninch” at that time, however he was actually a member of the Broadclyst sub-branch, where they settled. Thomas Anstey’s sister Ann Anstey, baptised in Broadclyst in 1767, married William Norris in Bradninch in December 1798.

Another Thomas Anstey, born in Hockworthy in 1787 (another Tiverton Anstey, a husbandman by trade), married Elizabeth Skinner (b 1796, was a “widowed servant/cook in Exeter St David” in 1871) on 10 April 1819 in Bradninch and they had the following children in Bradninch (or next door Silverton where they lived at Lower Clisthays):

  • John Anstey (b 1820);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1821)
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1822, married Caroline, still living in Bradninch in 1861, moved to Plymouth by 1871);
  • Robert Anstey (b 1825 married Sarah Stone in 1846, moved to Topsham);
  • William Anstey (b 1829);
  • Aaron Anstey (b 1837, married Catherine and moved to Bermondsey in London);

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