The Poole Ansteys

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

Many thanks to David Anstey who has performed much work into the early elements of this sub-branch

Overview of the Poole Ansteys

The Poole Ansteys of Dorset are likely a sub-branch of the Tarrant Crawford Ansteys however currently we are still searching for the definitive clue in this connection.

William Anstey (m c1690) and his (likely) brother Charles Anstey (m 1700) are certainly the patriarchs of the Poole Ansteys, so the question becomes from whence did they come and how therefore do they connect to the wider Anstey pedigree? They are certainly closely related (and almost certainly brothers) because of the ‘bricklayer’ connection. It would be most useful if we could locate the marriage entry of William Anstey and ‘Mary‘ in c1690 – knowing in which parish it took place would certainly provide us with a good lead. See also Further Details below for clues.

William Anstey (m c1690)

The earliest Anstey we find in Poole is William Anstey, a bricklayer who married Mary in c1690 and had the following children baptised in Poole:

  • William Anstey (b 1692 – married Mary Miller in Poole in 1716 and they had children baptised at the Unitarian Parish, Poole William Anstey (b 1717, married Susannah in c1750 and had children in Poole Elizabeth Anstey (b 1752); William Anstey (b 1754); James Anstey (b 1757)); James Anstey (b 1721 – see below); and Joseph Anstey (b 1723, buried in 1724));
  • James Anstey (b 1694, baptised in Poole 6 October 1694, married Sarah Budden in 1722 in Poole, having a son in Poole James Anstey (b 1723));
  • Robert Anstey (b 1696, a twin – he married Elizabeth Brinton in Poole in 1723);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1696, a twin, died an infant);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1698 died an infant);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1699, married William May in Poole in 1722?)

In 1696 William Anstey, bricklayer, received an apprentice named William Mattock. William Anstey was buried in 1702 in Poole.

Charles Anstey (m 1700 Poole)

In 1700 Charles Anstey, a bricklayer, married Ann Linthorne in Poole and they had the following children baptised in Poole:

  • Ann Anstey (b 1700, died in 1705);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1702, married John Pierce [Pearce] in 1717 in Poole? She must have later married Mr Thompson?);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1704 – see below);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1708, married Mr Taverner);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1710/13, unmarried in 1757); and
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1713 – see below)

In 1706 we find “Conveyance by John Barrett of Milborne Port, Somerset, blacksmith and maltster and his wife Elizabeth formerly Samways daughter of William Samways of Poole, tailor to Charles Ansty of Poole, mason and his wife Ann, of house, outhouses, backside and garden ground in Hell Street, Poole, bounded on the east by land of William Strong, on the west of John Strong, on the north by Green Close of Poole Corporation, on the south by Hell Street. Mentioned: Stephen Gerrard, Ann Samways widow of WS, William Cork of Poole, mariner, 22 Jan 1706.

In 1710 we find “Counterpart Lease. 1) Sir John Webb of Great Canford, baronet 2) Charles Ansty and John Slade of Poole, brickmakers. Brick Kiln at Parkstone, Canford Magna, with right to take earth and clay for brick-making. Witnessed: William Slade, John Brown. Endorsement: 3 Jan 1738, exhibit in Chancery proceedings between 1) and another, and John Bankes esq, in examination of William Slade, witness for Plaintiffs. Witnesses: William Cosens, Richard Bird, James Roy. Endorsed: Slade and Ansty another brickkiln“. From 1716 through to at least 1733 “Charles Ansty and Anne Slade, widow of John Slade, both of Poole, brickmakers” were involved in numerous deals together.

[Note: This is very relevant to the early Twillingate pedigree where Charles Anstey (b 1737) and his son Thomas Anstey (b 1769) were closely connected to John Slade and the ‘John Slade & Co‘ company. Clearly in the early 1700s Charles Anstey and John & Ann Slade were in serious business together – a connection which was carried over to Twillingate]

In 1719 we find connected to the deeds of 47 West Street, Poole a “Mortgage between 1) Alice Wills of Poole, widow, and Nicholas Wills of Poole, mariner, to 2) Charles Anstey of Poole, bricklayer, for £52 on a new built dwelling house and garden (109ft long; 16ft wide) near West Street dated 5 Jan 1719.

In 1722 there is “Charles Anstey – presentment to the Admirality Court for erecting a key below the high water mark in the Strand Street. Also for enclosing a piece of ground out of the sea, below the high water mark. Charles Anstey, a Poole Bricklayer.” On 6 May 1724 “Indenture between 1) the Poole Corporation to 2) Charles Anstey of Poole, bricklayer, for a newly erected messuage with two adjoining turfhouses in the Strand now in the possession of Edward Brine“.

Charles Anstey owned lands in Poole by 1740 (and likely much earlier) “Mortgage on two small messuages consisting of three lower rooms and two chambers in Poole High Street. Lands of Charles Ansty to the east, John Reeks to the west, Lock William Shippard to the south and the High Street to the north. 1. William Seller of Canford Magna, cordwinder, 2. John Clarke, mariner.. 5 Jan 1740“. In 1755 Charles Anstey witnessed Elizabeth Linthorne‘s will (presumably his mother in law).

Charles Anstey wrote his own will in 1757, mentioning William West, Elizabeth Bennett, John Pearce, William Rawlins, Mr Henning, William Roper, George Gadon, daughter Ann Taverner, daughter Thompson, and his sons Charles and Thomas. The Dorset Archives adds “Copy Will and Codicil of Charles Anstey of Poole, bricklayer. Mentions: Charles and Thomas Anstey, sons of CA, Ann Taverner, Elizabeth Anstey and — Thompson, daughters of CA, Thomas Anstey son of TA, Charles Anstey, grandson of CA, Ann and Elizabeth Anstey, granddaughters of CA“. Probate was in 1765 by his son Thomas Anstey

[Note: Anybody who has access to this will, please contact us at It is currently in Dorset Archives reference ‘DC-PL/K/1/1/H2/19‘] 

Charles Anstey was buried in Poole in November 1763.

Charles Anstey Junior (b 1704 Poole)

Charles Anstey (Junior) was born in 1704 in Poole to parents Charles Anstey and Ann Linthorn. He was a bricklayer and he married Melior Thorne in Lymington, Hampshire in 1729 (where he was described as “bricklayer of Poole“). They had at least two children:

Charles Anstey then married Mary Heckford in 1741/2 and had children:

  • William Anstey (b 1741 to “Charles and Mary“, together with his brother Charles Anstey inherited a plantation in Twillingate in the will of William White of Wimborne Minister, Dorset in 1765. He was a “mariner” – “Richard Paul of Poole, shopkeeper vs William Anstey of Poole, mariner, ??6.7.5 for goods supplied. 19 Mar 1767“);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1742, died young?);
  • James Anstey (b 1744, died young?);
  • Thomas Heckford Anstey (b 1746 – see below);
  • James Anstey (b 1748);
  • George Anstey (b 1751, indentured to James Hill, a cordwainer, from 1770 “aged 18 to age 24“);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1753);
  • Robert Anstey (b 1757); and
  • Mary Anstey (b 1759).

In 1765, “William White of Wimborne Minster, Dorset, gave half of his Twillingate Plantation to Charles & William Anstey, sons of Charles Anstey of Poole“.

In 1767 Charles Anstey left each child one shilling in his will, everything else was left to his wife Mary Anstey. He was still alive in 1768 (presumably in Poole) when we find “Assignment of Mortgage of house and ground bounded on the south by Hell Street, on the north by Green Close, by Peter Street, mariner to Christopher Joliff, merchant, Charles Anstey junior, bricklayer being the mortgagor, 21 Sep 1767; 2. Bond, CA to CJ, 18 Feb 1768“.

On 13 February 1769 Mary Anstey probated Charles’ will stating “he is deceased so far as she knows and believes.Charles Anstey was certainly deceased by 1771 when according to the Register of St James Church Pews, “Charles Anstey Junior” was already dead.

In 1784 there is mention of a tenement “adjoining late Charles Anstey’s (Bricklayer) in Swan Alley, near Strand Street“.

Thomas Anstey (b 1713 Poole)

Thomas Anstey was born in 1713 in Poole to parents Charles Anstey and Ann Linthorn. He married Mary Farwell on 15 February 1735/6 in Poole, having children:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1738 Poole, known as ‘Thomas Anstey the Younger‘ – married Elizabeth Henning on 26 February 1761 in Poole St James, having a son Thomas Anstey (b 1762, died an infant) – in 1776 there is a summons at Poole Courts for “Thomas Anstey the younger“);
  • James Anstey (b 1745, died young?); and
  • James Anstey (b 1753, buried on 9 March 1823 in Poole St James “aged 70“).

Thomas Anstey (father) was a “poole mariner” when he probated his father Charles‘ will in 1765. As such we believe that he was ‘Captain Thomas Anstey‘ who frequently crossed between Newfoundland and Poole in the 1750s on the ship ‘Joseph and Hannah‘ according to the Lloyds List of London. For example in 1750 he sailed to Newfoundland, then again in 1755, then again in 1758 “for the Poole, Dorset, Society of Friends member; Newfoundland Merchant, Joseph White” (who was presumably connected to William White of Wimborne Minster). Then in November 1759Captain Thomas Anstey arrived in Poole from Newfoundland, in the vessel ‘Triton’, carrying goods for several individuals“. In 1776 we find “Benjamin Wise of Poole, gentleman vs Thomas Anstey of Poole, mariner, ??18.5.3 on a promissory note. 27 Jul 1776” – it is unclear if this is ‘Thomas’ Father or son

Thomas Anstey was buried in Poole St James on 21 March 1794 “aged 82

James Anstey (b 1721 Poole)

James Anstey (b 1721 Poole) is certainly the grandson of William Anstey, and almost certainly the son of his son William Anstey (b 1692). James Anstey married Sarah Davis on 5 February 1748 in Poole St James and they had children:

  • other children in another parish?; and
  • James Ansty (b 1761 Poole, baptised 12 April 1761 in Poole St James (Old Meeting Hill Street-Presbyterian). In the ‘1807 Dorset Poll Book‘ there is a “James Ansty freeholder in Poole” – also in the Poole Borough Courts in 1794 and 1804 “James Anstey” was a juror at coroner’s inquests. We believe that this gentleman moved to Cranborne (Cranbourne) where per the ‘Salisbury and Winchester Journal‘ 28 May 1810 edition he was listed as a “deserter of the Eastern Battalion of the Dorset Local Militia“. James Ansty died in Cranborne on 6 April 1819, buried in Cranborne “aged 60” with partial gravestone inscription “Father of Sarah“)

It is likely that the family lived in Longfleet, Poole where in 1768 we find “Robert Mills of Poole, mariner vs James Anstey of Longfleet, yeoman, £3.10.0 for rent due“.

James Anstey died in 1808, aged 88, buried in Poole on 3 May 1808.

Thomas Heckford Anstey (b 1746)

Thomas Heckford Anstey was born in 1746 to parents Charles Anstey and Mary Heckford. He married Eleanor Johnston in St James, Poole in 1776, witnesses were Sarah Lambert and Stephen Adey Jnr. They had children in Poole:

  • William Anstey (b 1777)
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1780, died 16 March 1781)
  • Susannah Pelley Anstey (b 1782, married Thomas Galton in 1802 in Poole);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1785)
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1790)

Thomas Anstey was buried 28 January 1825 in Poole St James “aged 80

Thomas Anstey (b 1790 Poole)

Thomas Anstey was baptised in 1790 to Thomas Anstey and Eleanor Johnston. He married Sarah Bolt in 1818 in Poole and they had children in Poole:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1819);
  • George Anstey? (b 1823, baptised to “Thomas Anstey, mariner, and Elizabeth“, which we believe it a typo)
  • Joseph Bolt Anstey (b 1826, died in Poole in 1847);
  • James Anstey (b 1829);
  • Sarah Martha Anstey (b 1831, died an infant?);
  • Sarah Martha Bolt Anstey (b 1833)
  • Sophia Anstey (b 1836, a “niece” in the 1851 Census at Ringwood Road, Tything of Longfleet, Poole living with John and Louisa Hellier. By the 1861 Census she was a servant at Lodgers, 10, Gloster Place, Paddington, Kensington);
  • Hannah Bolt Anstey (b 1838); and
  • Jane Anstey (b 1838, a “niece” in the 1851 Census at Ringwood Road, Tything of Longfleet, Poole living with John and Louisa Hellier)

Throughout this time Thomas Anstey was a “mariner“.

Further Details on the Poole Ansteys

#1. Thomas Anstey, miller of Poole in the 1850s and 1860s, and his wife Charlotte and son Thomas Anstey, also a miller of Poole, are of the Tarrant Keyneston Ansty sub-branch.

#2. A “Charles Annesty” was baptised 10 April 1670 in Portsmouth to Abraham Annesty and Sarah. However, we find no ‘William Anstey’ baptism to Abraham, and neither did Charles or William per above name their children ‘Abraham’ or Sarah’, so this is likely not connected to the early Poole Ansteys (though see #3 below).

#3. Possibly related to #2, on 9 August 1747 there is a “Petition of Bricklayer Robert Cutler at Portsmouth for discharge to take up the bricklaying business at Pool of his late uncle, Charles Anstey.” (National Archives: ‘ADM 106/1041/269’). If this date ‘1747’ is correct then the Charles Anstey (already dead in 1747) mentioned must surely be the father of Charles and William. Probably related, in 1740 in Tarrant Keynston, Ann Ansty married Robert Cutler.

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

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