The Broadclyst Ansteys

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

Overview of the Broadclyst Ansteys

The Broadclyst Ansteys of Devon are a sub-branch of the Tiverton Ansteys, and thus form part of the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree.

Thomas Anstey (b c1770)

Thomas Anstey was born in c1770 in either Tiverton or Broadclyst to father John Anstey of the Tiverton Ansteys. He married Thomasin Norris in Broadclyst in 1799, where he was described as “of Bradninch“. This couple remained in Broadclyst until c1815, having a fairly large family, being:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1801 – see below);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1802);
  • John Anstey (b 1804, owned a substantial farm in Sandford);
  • Susannah Anstey (b 1806);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1807, the patriarch of the Tywardreath Ansteys);
  • Julia Anstey (b 1809);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1811, died, presumably unmarried, in 1891 “aged 80 at Tiverton“);

In 1807, William Vinecombe was apprenticed to “Thomas Anstey of Broadclyst“. When his youngest daughter Elizabeth died in 1891, he was described as “the late Thomas Anstey of Broadclyst“. According to an article in the ‘Exeter and Plymouth Gazette‘ on 13 August 1886, “Mr [John] Anstey and his family have resided at Coombe Lancey for over seventy years” so Thomas Anstey and his family must have moved to Coombelancy Farm in Sandford in c1815, with John Anstey (b 1804) taking over the farm after his father’s death.

Note: Thomas Anstey’s sister Ann Anstey, baptised in Broadclyst in 1767, married William Norris in Bradninch in December 1798.

Thomas Anstey (b 1801 Broadclyst)

Thomas Anstey, born 1801 in Broadclyst to parents Thomas Anstey and Thomasin, married Harriet Adams (b 1807 Tiverton) in September 1828, he was described as “Thomas Anstey of the parish of St Sidwell, a bachelor“. They returned to live in Tiverton where in 1841 Thomas was an accountant living in Peter Street, Tiverton. By 1851, they were at Bampton Street, Tiverton where Thomas Anstey was a “clerk in lace manufacturer“, his birth parish confirmed as “Broadclyst“. Thomas Anstey and Harriet had children in Tiverton:

  • Harriet Adams Anstey (b 1829);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1831);
  • Thomas Adams Anstey (b 1833, died young before 1839);
  • Catherine Anstey (b 1834);
  • Julia Anstey (b 1836);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1839, attended Blundell’s School in Tiverton from 1848 to 1852. He married twice, his second marriage being to his first cousin Annie Anstey, daughter of Samuel Anstey. Thomas Anstey (a linen buyer/dealer) first married Eliza Peacock in Hackney London in 1864, and they moved to Lyncombe Hill, Bath, having children together Lillian Maud Anstey (b 1866 Bath, an unmarried schoolmistress living in Bath in 1891); Florence Agnes Anstey (b 1867 Bath); Ernest Ethelbert Peacock Anstey (b 1870 Bath, died 1873 Bath); and Sydney Thomas Anstey (b 1871 Bath). But Eliza Anstey died in 1873, buried in Bath Abbey Cemetery, so Thomas Anstey remarried Annie Anstey in 1874, this marriage reported in the ‘Cornish Telegraph‘ 18 January 1874 edition as “At Fowey [near Tywardreath], the 24th instant, the Rev. Pureell, Mr. Thomas Anstey, Lyncombe-Hill, Bath, to Annie, only daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Anstey“. They returned to live in Lyncombe, Bath, having another daughter Ethel A. Anstey (b 1876 Bath). They were still living in Bath in the 1891 Census);
  • John Upham Anstey (b 1840);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1843, married Louisa Burrington in 1873 in Widcombe, Somerset. He was described as a “book seller of St Mary’s Cheltenham, son of Thomas Anstey, accountant, deceased“. They had children George H. Anstey (b 1875 Newton Abbot); Gerald S. Anstey (b 1880 Cheltenham) and Ernest Anstey (b 1883 Bristol). In 1881 they were living in Westbury on Trym and in 1901 Samuel Anstey was living in Cheltenham, a “widower and manufacturing stationer and printers manager“);
  • Rosa Anstey (b 1850).

Thomas Anstey (b 1801) died in Tiverton in 1856, his death was reported in the ‘Exeter Flying Post‘ newspaper as “Jan 19 at Bampton Street, Tiverton in his 54th year, Mr Thomas Anstey, for 35 years accountant to Messrs Heathcote, leaving a wife and seven children to lament his loss“.

Further Details on the Broadclyst Ansteys

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