The Gussage Ansteys

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

The Gussage Ansteys of Dorset are a sub-branch of the Tarrant Crawford Ansteys. Gussage consists of three connected parishes, being Gussage All Saints, Gussage St Michael and Gussage St Andrew, all of which had a church, so when researching this sub-branch, be sure to check all three. In the analysis that follows, we are certainly missing a few parish register entries which is making connections more difficult.

The patriarchs of the Gussage Ansteys are brothers Richard Anstey (b 1624) and Thomas Anstey (b 1626), both of Tarrant Crawford.

Thomas Anstey married Edith Standen in Henfield, Sussex in 1644 and they returned to live in Gussage, having a single son named Thomas, baptised in Gussage St Michael in 1649 (some sources incorrectly say 1659). However Thomas (son) died in 1667 in Gussage.

Richard Anstey (b 1624) married in (say) c1650 and likely had a son Richard born in (say) c1655. Richard (son) married Mary (buried in Gussage in 1718) in c1688 and they had the following children baptised in Gussage St Michael:

  • Richard (b 1691 – see below);
  • ?
  • Sussannah (buried 1725)
  • Mary (b 1719);
  • ?

Richard Anstey (b 1691 buried in 1760 in Gussage) married Mary Kent (1694-1771 buried in Gussage) in Gussage All Saints in 1725. The had the following children baptised in Gussage St Michael:

  • John (b 1726);
  • ?

John Anstey married Sarah and they had the following children baptised in Gussage St Michael:

Thomas Anstey married Elizabeth Dyet in 1740 in Gussage St Michael and they had children:

  • Mary (b 1741);
  • Thomas (b 1744);
  • Bettie (b 1746 married 1771);
  • John (b 1750);
  • ?

A sub-branch of the Gussage Ansteys is the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys, which sprouted in c1750.

James Anstey (b 1786 in Sixpenny Handley) married Diana Davis in Chettle, Dorset in 1807 and later Catherine Scammel in 1819 in Sixpenny Handley. They lived in Dean, later Minchington and finally Sixpenny Handley, having numerous children baptised in Gussage St Andrew, namely:

  • John (b 1808);
  • James (b 1810);
  • Harriet (b 1813);
  • Thomas (b 1816 – by which time James and Diana were living in Minchington);
  • John (b 1819 – James and Catherine, still living in Minchington);
  • Eliza (b 1821);
  • Elizabeth (b 1823);
  • Sophia (b 1824);
  • William (b 1827);
  • Aaron (b 1829 – James and Catherine, now living in Sixpenny Handley);

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