The Poole Ansteys

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

The Poole Ansteys of Dorset are likely a sub-branch of the Hampreston Ansteys, however currently we are still searching for the definitive clue in this connection (see below ‘Origin of the Poole Ansteys‘ for more on this).

The earliest Anstey we find in Poole is William Anstey (buried 1702 in Poole) who married Mary in c1690 and had the following children baptised in Poole:

  • William (b 1692 – married Mary Miller in Poole in 1716);
  • James (b 1694);
  • Robert (b 1696);
  • Thomas (b 1696 died an infant);
  • Mary (b 1698 died an infant);
  • Mary (b 1699)

Then in 1700 Charles Anstey (buried in Poole in 1730) married Ann Linthorn in Poole and they had the following children baptised in Poole:

  • Ann (b 1700 d 1705);
  • Mary (b 1702);
  • Charles (b 1704);
  • Ann (b 1708);
  • Elizabeth (b 1710);
  • Thomas (b 1713)

Charles (b 1704) married Melior Thorne in Lymington, Hampshire in 1729 (where he was described as “bricklayer of Poole“) and they had children:

  • Charles (b 1737);
  • William (b 1741);

Charles then married Mary Heckford and had children:

  • Thomas (b 1742);
  • James (b 1744);
  • Thomas Heckford (b 1746);
  • James (b 1748);
  • George (b 1751);
  • Robert (b 1757);

A sub-branch of the Poole Ansteys is the Twillingate Ansteys of Newfoundland Canada, which commenced in 1765 when Charles (b 1737) and William (b 1741) Anstey of Poole inherited a plantation in Twillingate in the will of William White of Wimborne Minister, Dorset in the 1700s, and thence emigrated there.

Origin of the Poole Ansteys

So William (m c1690) and Charles (m 1700) are the patriarchs of the Poole Ansteys and the question becomes from whence did they come and how therefore do they connect to the wider Anstey pedigree? They are certainly closely related (probably brothers), because of the ‘bricklayer’ connection (both Charles and his son Charles were bricklayers, as was William in 1696 when he received an apprentice – Dorset Archives reference PE-PL/OV/3/8). It would be most useful if we could locate the marriage entry of William Anstey and ‘Mary’ in c1690. To our knowledge it was not in Hampreston – knowing in which parish it took place would certainly provide us with useful information.

We do have one further clue, being that 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 name their children ‘Abraham’ or Sarah’, so this is likely not connected.

Currently our best guess is that the William and Charles are of the Hampreston Ansteys. In recent email correspondence to a Twillingate Anstey on the Poole/Hampreston connection, Gary summed up the current status of his research:

At least we know that the Ansteys first went to Twillingate, Canada, because Charles Anstey of Poole and his brother William inherited a plantation there from William White of Wimborne Minister. This provides some interesting leads for us, being:

a) What was the connection between William White and the Anstey family? This may yield information which leads to connecting Charles and William Anstey of Poole to previous generations of Ansteys in Dorset

b) We should focus on ‘Charles Anstey’ because that is a fairly rare name in the pre-1750 Anstey pedigree

c) As William White was ‘of Wimborne Minster’, we should look very closely at that parish for evidence of a ‘Charles Anstey’ pre-1700 because he could have originated there (Wimborne Minster is about six miles from Poole). There were Ansteys in Wimborne Minster at this time (descendent from the Hampreston Ansteys)…and all you need is for any of them (or their wills etc) to mention a ‘Charles Anstey’ and bingo we have connected the Poole Ansteys into the wider Dorset Anstey pedigree.

However, before we can conclude that Charles Anstey is of Wimborne Minster (and hence of the Hampreston Ansteys) we do need some evidential proof…otherwise its mere speculation. But the fact that this Anstey sub-branch was writing wills and owning property means probably the link we seek is out there somewhere.

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

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Poole 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 ‘Poole’ 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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