The Iddesleigh Ansteys

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

Overview of the Iddesleigh Ansteys

The Iddesleigh Ansteys of Devon are a sub-branch of the Tiverton Ansteys, hence they form part of the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree. Much work was performed by my great granduncle Thomas John Anstey (Tom) into this sub-branch, culminating in two wonderful Iddesleigh pedigrees drawn into his Black Book in c1914.

The first Iddesleigh pedigree was constructed by Tom together with Rev. Martin Anstey of the Tiverton Ansteys in 1911 and it begins with Bartholomew Anstey (b 1779 in Iddesleigh). The second Iddesleigh pedigree, which Tom constructed with William Jones Anstey (a member of the Iddesleigh Ansteys) in June 1912, begins with Bartholomew Anstey‘s son Simon Anstey. Both pedigrees contain much useful information written by Tom regarding each individual.

[Important Note: There was a family of ‘Anstis‘ who moved to Iddesleigh from Ashreigney in the early 1700s, headed by John Anstis who married Grace in Iddesleigh in 1717 and had four ‘Anstis’ children in c1720 in Iddesleigh – this family is nothing whatsoever to do with the Anstey story]

John Anstey of Tiverton and Martha Burridge

The patriarch of the Iddesleigh Ansteys is John Anstey of Tiverton (b c1700) who married Martha Burridge in 1730 in Tiverton. They had children:

In around 1740 the family moved to Iddesleigh, where in 1742 we find a 99 year lease agreement on a dwelling house involving “John Anstey of Iddesleigh, tailor and John Anstie his son” (South West Heritage Trust: Reference ‘DD49019’).John Anstey of Tiverton was a merchant tailor by trade, a skill which was passed down through the Iddesleigh Ansteys for generations.

John Anstey (b 1733 Tiverton)

John Anstey (b 1733 Tiverton) was also a tailor. He married Elizabeth Nenow in Iddesleigh in 1749 (the first ‘Anstey’ entry in the Iddesleigh parish registers) and they had two sons, being:

  • John Anstey (b 1750 Iddesleigh, see below);
  • William Anstey (b 1758 Iddesleigh – patriarch of the Monkokehampton Ansteys, though he did return to Iddesleigh later in life and have some daughters with his second wife Wilmot)

John Anstey (b 1750 Iddesleigh)

John Anstey (b 1750 Iddesleigh) was also a tailor. He married Mary Arnold in Iddesleigh in 1769 and then after her death in 1776 he married Grace Parker in Iddesleigh in 1777 (described as “John Anstey junior, tailor“). They had a large family in Iddesleigh with at least six sons, some of whom remained in Iddesleigh, namely:

  • John Anstey (b 1769 with Mary);
  • William Anstey (b 1771 with MaryWilliam Anstey was for a time parish clerk of Iddesleigh);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1775 with Mary – his father was described as “John Anstey the younger“);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1778 with Grace);
  • Bartholomew Anstey (b 1779 with GraceBartholomew Anstey sits atop the main Black Book Iddesleigh pedigree constructed by Thomas John Anstey (Tom) in 1911);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1782 with Grace);
  • Grace Anstey (b 1785 with Grace, married Robert Lane in 1804 in Hatherleigh, she was still living in Hatherleigh in 1851);
  • George Anstey (b 1787 with Grace).

Bartholomew Anstey (b 1779 Iddesleigh)

Bartholomew Anstey sits atop the main Black Book Iddesleigh pedigree constructed by Thomas John Anstey (Tom) in 1911; Tom noted that Bartholomewwas a miller of Iddesleigh Mill, succeeded his brother [William] as Parish Clerk of Iddesley“. Bartholomew Anstey married Mary Weekes in 1801 in Black Torrington, the banns stating that “Bartholemew Anstey of the parish of Iddesleigh [married]” and they had children in Iddesleigh:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1802, married Nancy Dufty in 1824 in Hatherleigh and later moved to Filleigh, becoming the patriarch of the Filleigh Ansteys);
  • William Anstey (b 1804, married Ann Madge);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1806);
  • John Anstey (b 1811);
  • Bartholomew Anstey (b 1812, married Grace Knight in Iddesleigh in 1840, he was buried in Iddesleigh in 1896);
  • George Anstey (b 1814, married Elizabeth Keener in Iddesleigh in 1836. He was a tailor who spent his entire life in Iddesleigh. They had children Elizabeth Anstey (b 1837, married William Sampson in Okehampton in 1863); Grace Anstey (b 1839); George Anstey (b 1841); Bartholomew Anstey (b 1843, married Sarah Stoneman in North Tawton in 1868 and had a family in North Tawton); John Anstey (b 1846); William Anstey (b 1849); Wilmot Anstey (b 1851); and Matilda Anstey (b 1858). George Anstey was still a tailor living in Iddesleigh in the 1881 Census);
  • Simon Anstey (b 1816 – heads the second Black Book Iddesleigh pedigree, which Tom constructed with William Jones Anstey in 1912);
  • Grace Anstey (b 1818);
  • Ann Anstey (b ? married ‘Locke’?);
  • Mary Anstey (b ? married ‘Ketcher’?);

Bartholomew Anstey died in 1853 in Iddesleigh, his widow Maryd 16.12.1870 aged 89” according to Tom‘s Iddesleigh pedigree.

We will upload more details written on Bartholomew Anstey‘s pedigree presently – please be patient.

Further Details on the Iddesleigh Ansteys

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