The Hampreston Ansteys

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

Overview of the Hampreston Ansteys (Code ‘HP’)

The Hampreston Ansteys are a long since Anstey-extinct sub-branch of the Stow Quy Anstys of Cambridgeshire, headed by Thomas Anstey (HP 1). They were very well-to-do indeed but, despite a fair smattering of males within their ranks, the sub-branch became Anstey-extinct in 1734 (also see Further Details #6).

We include Tarrant Hinton, Wimborne Minster and Witchampton in this sub-branch analysis.

See also ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘.

Further Details on the Hampreston Ansteys

#1. All of the parish register entries we find in Tarrant Hinton pre-1737 (when Richard Anstey of the Gussage Ansteys married Joan Wheeler in Tarrant Hinton) are connected to Nicholas Anstey (HP 2) and Dorothy Dugdale in the 1620s & 1630s. There was no ‘Anstey’ presence in Tarrant Hinton between 1635 and 1737.

#2. We find absolutely no ‘Anstey’ entries in Witchampton at all – therefore any Anstey activity in that parish must have occurred before parish registers began in 1656.

#3. In Wimborne Minster in 1797 Richard Ansty married Mary Burroughs, however Richard Ansty was “of Nursling in the County of Hampshire, bachelor” and nothing to do with this sub-branch.

#4. In 1754 in Hampreston ‘Henry Anstey‘ was baptised to Henry and Molly and in the same year ‘Henry Anstey Kelloway?‘ was buried, ‘son of Henry and Molly‘ – Henry is surely a Kelloway, full name ‘Henry Anstey Kelloway‘, and no doubt related to “Lowry Kellaway of Longham” who was co-executor to the will of Mary, the widow of Daniel Anstey (HP 6). ‘Molly’ is surely ‘Molly Ansty OakeleyDaniel Anstey (HP 6)’s granddaughter as mentioned in his wife’s 1737 will.

#5. In 1752 in Hampreston “Susannah Anstey baptised to Daniel” – we are unable to understand this clue currently as Daniel (HP 6) was deceased and he had no sons.

#6. Some have speculated that as “Charles and William ANSTEY sons of Charles in Poole, Dorset were in Twillingate prior to 1766, when they inherited the fishing premises of William WHITE of Wimborne Minster, Dorset“, combined with the fact that Hampreston Ansteys were connected to Wimborne Minster in the early 1700s, that perhaps the Twillingate Ansteys are a sub-branch of the Hampreston Ansteys. This is certainly NOT the case – the final Hampreston Anstey in Wimborne Minster, John Anstey (HP 8) died in 1734 and only had daughters. Furthermore his class was much more elevated than that of Charles and William Anstey of Twillingate, who were bricklayers of Poole.

Also see ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘.

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