The Monkokehampton Ansteys

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

The Monkokehampton Ansteys of Devon are a sub-branch of the Iddesleigh Ansteys, themselves a sub-branch of the Tiverton Ansteys, hence they form part of the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree.

The patriarch of the Monkokehampton Ansteys is William Anstey (b 1758 in Iddesleigh to parents John Anstey (a tailor) and Elizabeth Nenow). The first parish register entry for Ansteys in Monkokehampton is in 1786 when William Ansteyof the parish of Iddesleigh” married Elizabeth Weekes, a “widow” – William‘s brother John Anstey of Iddesleigh was witness. Elizabeth died in c1790 so in 1793 William Anstey, still “of the parish of Iddesleigh” remarried Wilmot Fewings. William Anstey had children:

  • John Anstey (b 1787 Monkokehampton with Elizabeth – bizarrely this appears in the parish register as ‘Anstice’ but it is certainly ‘Anstey’ – see below);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1794 Iddesleigh with Wilmot);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1796 Iddesleigh with Wilmot);
  • Wilmot Anstey (b 1800 Iddesleigh with Wilmot);
  • Hannah Anstey (b 1803 Iddesleigh with Wilmot);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1806 Iddesleigh with Wilmot)

William Anstey was a yeoman freeholder living at ‘Northlake’ in Monkokehampton in 1816. His son John Anstey (b 1787) was also a yeoman; in 1818 he was listed as the “reputed father” of “Mary, illegitimate daughter of Martha Bolt“, then in 1820 in Monkokehampton John Anstey married Elizabeth Kenstake, having children in Monkokehampton:

  • Elizabeth Nenow Anstey (b 1820, named after her Iddesleigh great grandmother Elizabeth Nenow, married George May in Iddesleigh in 1844);
  • William Anstey (b 1824);
  • Patience Anstey (b 1826);
  • John Anstey (b 1828, married Rebecca Saunders in Monkokehampton in 1859, having children in Monkokehampton Alfred Anstey (b 1862); Mary Elizabeth Anstey (b 1863); Henry Anstey (b 1864); Jane Anstey (b 1866) and Thomas Anstey (b 1871));
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1831, emigrated to Toodyay, Western Australia);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1834, was living with her brother John Anstey in Monkokehampton in the 1851 Census);
  • George Anstey (b 1836, was living with his brother John Anstey in Monkokehampton in the 1851 Census. Migrated to Toodyay, Western Australia)

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