The Sixpenny Handley Ansteys

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

The Sixpenny Handley Ansteys of Dorset are a sub-branch of the Gussage Ansteys, who themselves are a sub-branch of the Tarrant Crawford Ansteys.

There are two Sixpenny Handley Anstey patriarchs, being John Anstey who married Alice Feltham in Sixpenny Handley in 1748, and William Ansty who married Ann Maidment a year later in 1749. We can postulate that William and John were brothers, though we have only circumstantial evidence for this currently.

The prevalence of the name ‘Sarah‘ in William and John‘s descendants could well indicate that their mother was called Sarah (possibly the Sarah who married John in c1725 and had a daughter Sarah in Gussage in 1725?).

After their marriage in Sixpenny Handley, John and Alice had the following children baptised in Gussage St Michael:

  • John (b 1749);
  • Sarah (b 1751);
  • William (b 1752);
  • Sarah (b 1757);
  • James (b 1762);
  • James (b 1763);
  • Edward (b 1765);

William and Ann had children:

  • John (b 1751 – baptised in Gussage St Michael);
  • Sarah (b 1753 – baptised in Sixpenny Handley);
  • ?

In 1771, John Anstey (presumably the son of William and Ann) married Ann Jay in Sixpenny Handley. They had children:

  • Sarah (b 1774);
  • William (b 1777);
  • Thomas (b 1780);
  • James (b 1786 – married Diana Davis in Chettle, Dorset in 1807 and later Catherine Scammel in 1819 in Sixpenny Handley. They moved to Gussage and Minchington – see Gussage for details);
  • Mary (b 1790);

We also have a William Ansty of Wimborne St Giles (probably son of John and Alice above) marrying Mary Johnson in 1777 in Sixpenny Handley. They had children:

  • Ann (b 1789);
  • William (b 1792);
  • Mary (b 1793);
  • Sarah (b 1793);
  • John (b 1796);

[Note: The ‘George Anstey‘ born in Sixpenny Handley in 1848 is son of Arthur Anstey, perpetual Curate of Handley who was living there at that time. However this family is not connected to the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys, they are part of the Milverton Anstey sub-branch]

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