The Dulverton Ansteys

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

Overview of the Dulverton Ansteys

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:

Further Details on the Dulverton Ansteys

#1. Thomas Anstey was born in 1792 in Dulverton. He married Ann Kerslake (b c1798) on 7 December 1818 in Dulverton and they had children in Dulverton Sarah Anne Anstey (b 1819); Caroline Anstey (b 1821); John Anstey (b 1822 – see presently); Thomas Anstey (b 1823 – see presently); Jane Anstey (b 1825); Maria Anstey (b 1831); Mary Ann Anstey (b 1831); Elizabeth Anstey (b 1834); and William Anstey (b 1839 – see presently). Throughout this time Thomas Anstey was a tailor in Dulverton, living at Back Street in the 1841 and 1851 Census. Thomas Anstey was buried in Dulverton on 22 May 1858 – his widow Ann Anstey was living with her son Thomas Anstey at Farringdon Street, St Sepulchre in 1871.

Thomas‘ son John Anstey (b 1822) became a master tailor. He married Fanny and in the 1851 Census they were living at Cross Park Cottage, Exford. By 1881 they were living at Post Office, 7, Exford, Dulverton where he was a post master and tailor – Fanny Anstey died in 1886 in Dulverton. In q4 1890 he married Mary Ann Perry in Dulverton and by the 1891 Census they were living at Post Office, Park Street, Exford, Dulverton with her ‘Perry’ children – to our knowledge he had no ‘Anstey’ children. John Anstey died in 1893 in Dulverton “aged 71” and in the 1911 Census his widow Mary Ann Anstey was housekeeper with her ‘Perry’ children at Post Office Exford Dunster.

Thomas‘ son Thomas Anstey (b 1823) married first Mary Leigh in Marylebone in q4 1849 and in the 1851 Census he was a hairdresser living with her at New Court, Saint Sepulchre, West London. In q2 1870 in Marylebone he married Elizabeth Bastick [nee Elizabeth How Hutchings] and by the 1871 Census they were living at Farringdon Street, St Sepulchre where Thomas was now a tailor (also living with them was James W. Bastick (b 1859) and Thomas‘ mother Ann Anstey, as well as Ann Hutchingssister” (b 1845)). They had two children together Thomas Anstey (b 1873 St Sepulchre, a tailor in 1891 – he died in 1896 in London City) and William John Anstey (b 7 September 1875 St Sepulchre to mother ‘Hutchings’ – married Beatrice Ann Matthews in 1898 in Holborn having children William Thomas Anstey (b 1898 Clerkenwell); John [Jack] Harry Anstey (b 25 July 1901 Brixton); and Frank Stanley Anstey (b 1903 Brixton). In the 1901 Census the family were living at 68, Redsdale Street, Chelsea and in the 1911 Census they were at 41 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell where William was a ‘mantle warehouseman’). By the 1881 Census Thomas Anstey and his family were living at 19, Farringdon Street, St Sepulchre – they were still there in 1891, Thomas Anstey was still a tailor. By the 1901 Census Thomas Anstey was a widower living at Gresham Almshouses, 7, Lambeth, London – he died in 1904 in Lambeth “aged 82

Thomas‘ son William Anstey (b 1839) also became a tailor. In the 1881 Census he was single and in the ‘Somerset and Bath Lunatic Asylum’ however he recovered quickly and married Agnes Goulding in q4 1881 in Chelsea. By the 1891 Census they were living at Union Street, St George Hanover Square with Agnes‘ three Goulding sons – William was still a tailor. By 1901 they were living at 5, Milner Street, Chelsea and they were still there in the 1911 Census where William Anstey was a journeyman tailor – to our knowledge he had no ‘Anstey’ children.

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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