The Dulverton Ansteys

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

The Dulverton Ansteys of Somerset are the root and principal sub-branch of the South West Peninsula Ansteys. They are an extremely complex sub-branch, consisting of five connected sub-branches which we have labelled:

  • Dulverton sub-branch ‘A’;
  • Dulverton sub-branch ‘B’ (went Anstey-extinct);
  • Dulverton sub-branch ‘C’ (which includes the South Gloucestershire Ansteys);
  • Dulverton sub-branch ‘D’ (aka the Bampton Ansteys, an offshoot of Dulverton sub-branch ‘A’); and
  • Dulverton sub-branch ‘E’ (another offshoot of Dulverton sub-branch ‘A’).

All five of these sub-branches have been researched and thoroughly documented by G. M. Anstey (Gary) and T. J. Anstey (Tom), the overseers and chief researchers of this ‘Anstey Story‘, in their third co-authored book:

Anstey: The Devon and Somerset Branch

The first edition of this book was privately printed in July 2018. Further research for the second edition is currently under way, for eventual sale, subject to there being enough demand to cover the costs of publication (anybody interested in being contacted when this second edition is available for purchase, please contact us at

It is intended that much of the contents of this book will be uploaded to this Anstey project website over time for all to enjoy. 

There are a huge number of sub-branches of Ansteys which descend from the Dulverton Ansteys. Those where we have commenced uploading information include:

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