The Tarrant Keyneston Anstys

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

Overview of the Tarrant Keyneston Anstys

The Tarrant Keyneston Anstys of Dorset are surely a sub-branch of the Tarrant Crawford Ansteys, given that they lie about one kilometre from each other – though we seek formal confirmation of that.

The patriarch of the Tarrant Keyneston Anstys is George Ansty (m 1740). It is possible (likely?) that Anstys were in this parish before c1740, but parish registers and Bishop’s Transcripts for Tarrant Keyneston do not exist before 1731.

Note: Tarrant Keyneston is also occasionally written Tarrant Keynston, and in previous times Tarrant Keingston.

George Ansty (m 1740 Tarrant Keyneston)

George Ansty was born in c1715, probably near Tarrant Keyneston (we have unsourced reports that his father may have been George (b c1685)). He married Jane White in Tarrant Keyneston in 1741.

[Note: Ann Ansty married Robert Cutler a month earlier and Hannah Ansty married Richard Pope in 1737, both in Tarrant Keyneston. It is likely that George, Hannah and Ann were siblings, which may help us connect them]

George Ansty and Jane White had children in Tarrant Keyneston:

  • George Ansty (b 1741 – parish register says to “George and Jane“, Bishop’s Transcripts say to “George and Ann“. He married Susannah Laws in 1770 in Tarrant Keyneston and they had children in Tarrant Keyneston Jane Ansty (b 1771, married John Collier in 1802); William Anstie (b 1774, a carman in Tarrant Keyneston in the 1841 Census, living alone); Sarah Anstie (b 1776 married William Pike in 1806); Susannah Ansty (b 1779, died an infant); George Ansty (b 1782 – see below); Charles Anstie (b 1785, married Jane Oatway in Tarrant Rushden in 1814 and returned to Tarrant Keyneston and became a bricklayer, having children William Anstey (b 1815); George Anstey (b 1817) and Mary Anstey (b 1820, married Alfred Wright in 1840)); James Ansty (b 1788 died an infant); James Anstey (b 1789, died 1790); and Frederick James Ansty (b 1794, aka James Frederick, married Mary Colley in 1826 in Tarrant Keyneston; they appear to have had no children). In the Dorset Poll Book for 1807 George Ansty was one of only four freeholders in Tarrant Keingston, confirming his fairly elevated status. George Ansty died in 1831 in Tarrant Keyneston “aged 89“);
  • Thomas Ansty (b 1748 – parish register says to “George and Jane“, Bishop’s Transcripts say to “George and Ann“. He married Mary Stark in 1770 in Tarrant Keyneston and they had a daughter Betty Ansty (b 1772, married William Chappel in 1795 in Tarrant Keyneston). Mary Anstey died in 1804);
  • Mary Ansty (b 1750 to “George and Ann privately“, she married Thomas Dungey in 1775 in Tarrant Keyneston);

George Ansty died in 1786 in Tarrant Keyneston; his wife Jane Anstywidow” died in 1804.

George Anstey (b 1782 Tarrant Keyneston)

George Ansty was baptised in June 1782 to parents George Ansty (b 1741 per above) and Susannah Laws. He married Hannah Hardiman (daughter of Henry Hardiman and Mary Hart) in 1814 in Wimborne Minster (as “Anstey“, witnesses were Dungey Amelia, Pike William, Hardyman Henry & Hardyman Sarah, and his abode was confirmed as “Tarrant Keyneston“). George Anstey and Hannah Hardiman had children:

  • Angelina Anstey (b 1815 Wimborne Minster, married William Hayter in Tarrant Keyneston in 1836);
  • Augustus Anstey (b 1816 Wimborne Minster, married Sarah Brenton in Christchurch, Hampshire in 1847. They were living in Kennile, Brockenhurst, Lymington, Hampshire in the 1851 Census and had children in Brockenhurst Thomas Anstey (b 1851); George Anstey (b 1854, lived in Brockenhurst his entire life having a family there. He died in 1922, the ‘Hampshire Advertiser‘ on 28 January 1922 reporting “PENSIONERS SUDDEN DEATH: The death has occurred under sad circumstances and with great suddenness of Mr Geo Anstey who only a few weeks ago retired from the service of the L and SW Railway Company on pension. On his retirement the deceased removed to Bashley quite recently and caught a cold which developed into pneumonia and the illness proved fatal. The funeral, which took place quietly at Brockenhurst on Wednesday was attended only by relatives, a few friends and several of his late colleagues. Mr Anstey was a native of Brockenhurst, a sideman at the parish church, and a member of the Parish Council. He had been in the service of the railway company all his life and during the whole of that time was employed at Brockenhurst, where for many years he was a signallman“); Mary Anstey (b 1858); Hannah Anstey (b 1859, died 1868); Henry Anstey (b 1861, died 1867); Kate Anstey (b 1865); and Charles Anstey (b 1868). Augustus Anstey died in 1882 in Brockenhurst);
  • Charles Hart Anstey (b 1817 Horton, in Tarrant Keyneston in the 1841 Census with his brother Thomas. He married his first cousin Edna Amelia Hardiman (they both share Henry Hardiman and Mary Hart as their grandparents) in 1846 in Tarrant Hinton and they had children John Anstey (b 1846 Wimborne, died an infant?); John Anstey (b 1848 Morden); Charles Anstey (b 1849 Morden); Samuel Henry Anstey (b 1851 Morden); Mary Shier Anstey (b 1852 Morden); Edwin Thomas Anstey (b 1854 Morden, died 1855); Edwin Mark Anstey (b 1856 Morden); Mathew Anstey (b 1856 Morden, died 1857); Augustus Anstey (b 1858, died an infant); James Anstey (b 1858 Morden, died 1859); Robert Anstey (b 1858 Morden, died 1859); William Walter Anstey (b 1859 Morden); and Frederick Arthur Anstey (b 1862 Morden). Charles Hart Anstey died in 1876 in Organford, Morden);
  • Sarah Ann Anstey (b 1821 Horton, died 1843 Tarrant Keyneston); and
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1821 Horton, in Tarrant Keyneston in the 1841 Census with his brother Charles. He married Charlotte Martin in Winterborne Zelstone in 1845 having children George Anstey (b 1845 Tarrant Keyneston); Richard Anstey (b 1848 Spetisbury); Elizabeth Anstey (b 1850 Organford); Sarah Anstey (b 1851 Organford); Amelia Anstey (b 1853); Thomas Anstey (b 1855 Organford); Mary Anstey (b 1859 Lymington Hampshire) and Annie Blanche Anstey (b 1865 Poole). Thomas Anstey died in 1866 in Poole, Dorset, the ‘Southern Times and Dorset County Herald‘ on 01 September 1866 reporting “DEATH: Aug 22 at Poole, Mr Thomas Anstey aged 48“. The only grandchildren of Thomas & Charlotte are through his son Thomas, none of his other children had any children).

George Anstey was buried in Tarrant Keyneston in 1835, aged 52.

Further Details on the Tarrant Keyneston Anstys

#1. When researching Morden/Wareham in Dorset in the mid-1800s look also at John Anstey of the East Stoke Ansteys and his family.

We are actively on the lookout for Tarrant Keyneston Ansty experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Tarrant Keyneston Anstys who fought in World War One, preferably with personal souvenirs such as letters sent by the soldiers or military photos etc. 

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