The first we see of Ansteys connected to Bradninch, situated around seven miles south of Tiverton, is in 1699 when John Anstey “of Washfield” (a Tiverton Anstey) married Joan Marshall of Bradninch in Tiverton.
We need to wait almost a century until we find Thomas Anstey (b c1770, a Tiverton Anstey), who married Thomasin in Broadclyst in 1799. Thomas was described as “of Bradninch” at that time. This couple returned to Broadclyst, having a fairly large family with three sons.
Thomas’s sister Ann, 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 (b 1820);
- Mary (b 1821)
- Thomas (b 1822, married Caroline, still living in Bradninch in 1861, moved to Plymouth by 1871);
- Robert (b 1825 married Sarah Stone in 1846, moved to Topsham);
- William (b 1829);
- Aaron (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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will correct it.