The Blandford Forum Anstys

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

Overview of the Blandford Forum Anstys

The Blandford Forum Anstys of Dorset are clearly a sub-branch of the Tarrant Crawford Ansteys, given that they lie only two miles from each other. We include both Langton Long and Pimperne in this sub-branch analysis – both of which lie in Blandford Forum.

There are two early entries in Blandford Forum, namely:

  • Emmanuel Anstie” appears in the 1641 Protestation Returns for Blandford Forum; and
  • Ann Anster” married John Tucker in Langton Long in 1686.

But the two patriarchs of the Blandford Forum Anstys are (probably brothers) John Ansty and Thomas Ansty

John Ansty (b c1730?)

John Ansty married Elizabeth and they had a single son in Langton Long that we know of, namely:

  • William Ansty (b 1753. In the 1807 Poll, “William Ansty” was living in Pimperne. Per the ‘Salisbury and Winchester Journal‘ 05 March 1821 edition “Mr W. Ansty, the owner” was auctioning off numerous parcels of land in Pimperne. In the 1831 Poll Book he was a freeholder in Pimperne living with “J. Gill“. William Ansty died in 1839 in Pimperne “aged 85” – we have no evidence that he married.)

Thomas Ansty (b c1735?)

Thomas Ansty (c1735?-1803?) married Elizabeth (possibly Elizabeth Thistle??) (c1735?-1796) and they had children:

  • Thomas Ansty (b 1753, married Susannah Ames in 1787 in Langton Long (Mary Hull and John Butt were witnesses). Thomas died in 1821 in Pimperne)
  • Sarah Ansty (b 1755 Langton Long);
  • John Ansty (b 1760 Langton Long, an Anstey Hero);
  • Joseph Ansty (b 1761 Blandford Forum, died an infant in Langton Long);
  • Joseph Ansty? (b ?, married Sarah Vater in Langton Long in 1787 (Samuel Voise and William Kember were witnesses). They had children Elizabeth Ansty (b 1789 Langton Long. She moved to Southampton and ran a dressmaking business with Jane Hart which was dissolved in 1824. However they continued to live in the same house “Above Bar Street, All Saints, Southampton” in both the 1841 and 1851 censuses where she was still a dressmaker. By 1861 she was an unmarried fundholder living at Betts Road, St Mary, Southampton. Elizabeth Ansty died on 2 October 1866 in Southampton “spinster of York Cottage, Southampton“); James Ansty (b 1791 Langton Long); John Ansty (b 1791 Langton Long – patriarch of the Dorchester Anstys) and Sarah Anstey (b 1793 Langton Long). Joseph Ansty died in 1795 in Langton Long)
  • Mary Ansty (b 1763 Langton Long, married Thomas Brine in 1785 in Blandford St Mary?);
  • Martha Ansty (b 1767 Pimperne, buried 1767 Langton Long);
  • James Ansty (b 1768 Pimperne, buried 1768 Langton Long);
  • James Ansty (b 1770 Pimperne);
  • Martha Ansty (b 1773 Langton Long);

Elizabeth Ansty was buried in 1796 in Langton Long “wife of Thomas Ansty“. Thomas Ansty “son of Hyde??” died in 1803 in Langton Long.

John Ansty (b 1760 Langton Long)

John Ansty, an Anstey Hero, was born in 1760 in Langton Long to parents Thomas Ansty and Elizabeth. In 1783, John Ansty joined the East India Company which at the time was the de facto ruler of large areas of India, exercising military power and assuming administrative functions. Presumably as a condition of his entering service and given its inherent dangers, he wrote a will which reads:

I John Ansty cadet in the Honourable East India Company Service being in sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner following: My desire is that after all my just debts especially what expense may be incurred by ?? and my funeral, the rest and residue of my effects I give and bequeath to my affectionate father Thomas Ansty of Langton Long, Blandford, Dorsetshire and I hereby [make] Captain James Monro of the ship Houghton in the Honourable East India Company Service my executor…this sixteenth day of January 1783

The ship ‘Houghton‘ sailed from Portsmouth on 11 March 1783, bound for Madras and China. She reached Sao Tiago on 4 April, and Madras on 19 July. She was at Malacca on 12 August and arrived at Whampoa on 22 October. Homeward bound, she crossed the Second Bar on 6 January 1784, reached St Helena on 27 April, and arrived back in England at the Downs in Kent on 27 June 1784.

It is not known what conflicts, if any, were encountered on this voyage, but at some point on it John Ansty died, because the Prerogative Court Of Canterbury ‘Off Britain Estate, Overseas‘ wrote “On the fourth day of November in the year of our Lord 1784…the goods, chattels and credits of John Ansty late a cadet in the service of the Honourable East India Company & on board the East India Merchant Ship Houghton a Barshol? deceased was granted to Thomas Ansty the natural and lawful father of the said deceased and universal legatee named in the said will he having been first sworn duly to administer James Monro the sole executor named in the said will having secured the execution thereof.

Further Details on the Blandford Forum Anstys

#1. Mary Ansteyof Hampreston” who married William Oakley of Canford in Blandford St Marys in 1726 is of the Hampreston Ansteys

We are actively on the lookout for Blandford Forum Ansty experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Blandford Forum Anstys 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 Blandford Forum Anstys, 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 ‘Blandford Forum’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

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