Ansteys in Dorset consist of three principal and independent major Anstey sub-branches (all of which descend from the medieval Ansteys), being:
- the Dorset (I) Anstey sub-branch;
- the Dorset (II) Anstey sub-branch; and
- the Dorset (III) Anstey sub-branch.
The position of these three Dorset sub-branches in the Anstey pedigree are illustrated nicely in the below schematic.
The Dorset (I) Anstey sub-branch
In the third edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ we document the Dorset (I) medieval Anstey sub-branch, descendent from John (I) de Anstey, which went Anstey-extinct in c1350.
The Dorset (II) Anstey sub-branch
The Dorset (II) Ansteys are likely a sub-branch of the Sussex (I) Ansteys. The sub-branch began in 1514 when “James Anstey husbandman” appeared in Tarrant Crawford; hence Tarrant Crawford is the principal and root Anstey sub-branch of the Dorset (II) Ansteys. James had a son Richard who married the unusually named ‘Warborough’ in Tarrant Crawford, and their male Anstey descendants spawned the various Dorset (II) Anstey sub-branches in existence today, which are dealt with on the Tarrant Crawford Ansteys page.
The Dorset (III) Anstey sub-branch
The Dorset (III) Ansteys are a sub-branch of the Cambridgeshire Ansteys. The sub-branch began in c1550 with Thomas Anstey, who became Rector of Witchampton and later Parson of Hampreston, where the family settled. Hence Hampreston is the principal and root Anstey sub-branch of the Dorset (III) Ansteys. Thomas Anstey had a son Nicholas, whose sons spawned the various Dorset (III) Anstey sub-branches in existence today, which are dealt with on the Hampreston Ansteys page.
We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Dorset 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 ‘Dorset’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.