The Evenley Anstys

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

Overview of the Evenley Anstys

The Evenley Anstys of Northamptonshire are a sub-branch of the Souldern Ansteys of next door Oxfordshire (Souldern and Evenley being only five miles from each other). In early Evenley parish registers the surname spelling was often ‘Ansty’, though it seemed to settle more on ‘Anstey’ or ‘Anstee’ as time passed.

The patriarch of the Evenley Anstys is Charles Anstey (b 1764 Souldern).

Charles Anstey (b 1764 Souldern)

Charles Anstey was born in 1764 in Souldern to parents William Anstey and Eleanor; he was baptised in Souldern on 29 September 1764. Charles Anstey married Mary Roberts (b 1774) in 1794 in Whitfield (about 5 miles from Evenley – both were resident there at the time) and they moved to Evenley, having children there:

  • Thomas Ansty (b 1795 – see below);
  • Hannah Ansty (b 1798);
  • Ann Ansty? (buried 1801);
  • Mary Ann Ansty (b 1802, died in 1822 in Evenley);
  • William Ansty? (buried 1805);
  • Robert Ansty (b c1802 – see below); and
  • Joseph Ansty (b 1808, died in 1809)

Mary Anstey (wife) died in 1831 in Evenley “aged 57“. In the 1841 Census, Charles Anstee was living in Astwick, Evenley with Samuel and Sarah Holton – he was an agricultural labourer “aged 75” (rounded). Charles Anstey died “aged 78” in 1842, he was living in Astwick, Evenley and was buried at St George Church, Evenley on 10 April 1842.

Thomas Ansty (b 1795 Evenley)

Thomas Ansty was born in Evenley in 1795 to parents Charles Anstey and Mary Roberts. He married Elizabeth Parrish (b c1786, known as Betsy) of Evenley in Evenley in 1817 and they had children in Evenley:

  • Sarah Ansty (b 1819, married Jacob Samuel Holton in 1836 in Evenley); and
  • William Anstey (b 1821 – see below)

In the 1841 Census the family were living at Plummers Furze, Evenley with their son William Anstey and his wife and daughter – Thomas Anstee was an agricultural labourer.

Thomas Ansty died in Evenley in 1852, “aged 57“. His widow Elizabeth died in Evenley in 1863.

Robert Ansty (b c1802 Evenley)

Robert Ansty was born in Evenley in c1802 to parents Charles Anstey and Mary Roberts, baptised in 1805. He married Anna Maria Griffiths in Gayton, Sulgrave in 1818 and they moved to Culworth, Brackley, having children in Sulgrave:

  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1820, died in 1829);
  • John Anstee (b 1823, a butcher in the 1841 Census);
  • Sarah Anstee (b 1827);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1829);
  • George Anstee (b 1831, was a farmer of 130 acres in Hill Farm, Marston St Lawrence, Brackley in the 1851 Census. He died in 1858 probate was “George Anstee late of Marston Hill in the county of Northampton farmer a bachelor deceased who died 29 Sep 1858 at Marston Hill aforesaid were granted to Emma Anstee of Brackley, spinster, sister of the deceased“);
  • Mary Anstee (b 1836);
  • Emma Anstee (b 1836, was a “spinster of Brackley” in 1858 where her brother George died per above. She was still unmarried in 1861 living with her mother and brother Robert); and
  • Robert Anstee (b 1841 Culworth (though one source says 1851 – see presently), baptised in Culworth on 26 January 1841. He was a “Farmer of 190 acres employing 8 men and 2 boys” at High Street, St Peter, Brackley in the 1861 Census having taken over the running of the family farm. A year later in 1862 in Bicester he married Sarah Margaret Phillpotts. By the 1871 Census he was a railway porter living at Rhyl Street, St Pancras, London with his wife and their children Beatrice Laura Anstee (b 1862 Brackley); Florence Edith Anstee (b 1863 Brackley); and Robert Ernest George Anstee (b 1864 Brackley). They also had children in Pancras Louisa Adelaide Anstee (b 1871, died an infant) and Sydney Herbert Anstee (b 1873). On 22 May 1872 at Regents Park Barracks Robert Anstee signed up for service with the 1st Life Guards of the Household Cavalry (Service Number: 598). Even though his age was given as 21 (rather than 31), it is definitely this ‘Robert‘ as he put that he was a “farmer born in Culworth“. After receiving a Good Conduct pay on 23 May 1874 he proceeded to “desert” on 14 September 1874. This is confirmed in the ‘Bicester Herald‘ on 9 October 1874 where it states “DESERTERS FROM HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE: Robert Anstee, farmer Culworth, 1st Life Guards“. After this the entire family simply disappears – currently we have no idea what became of them and can only assume that they changed their name?).

When George Fleet died in c1835, Robert Anstee was a form of executor. The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 27 February 1836 reporting “All persons having any claim or demand on the estate of Mr George Fleet, late of Sulgrave deceased, are requested to deliver particulars therein to Mr Robert Anstee of Culworth, and all persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to Mr Anstee.”

Robert Anstee was a farmer in the 1841 Census. In the ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 18 October 1845 appears an advert for an auction of “A Most eligible FARM, in the parish of Sulgrave, now in the occupation of Mr. Robert Anstee; consisting of a good FARM HOUSE,Butcher’s Shop, stable, barns, hovels.and cow-house, &c, and about SIXTY-TWO ACRES of rich land, twenty of which are pasture. Mr Anstee‘s bailiff will show the farm…

Robert Anstee died in 1850 – the ‘Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette‘ on 23 November 1850 reported “Nov. 18, after a severe affliction, borne with great patience, Mr. Robert Anstee, farmer, of Thenford Hill, aged 55, leaving a bereaved widow and family to lament their irreparable loss“. He was buried in Sulgrave.

In the ‘Northampton Mercury‘ 27 November 1858 appeared a notice “All persons having a claim on the estate of Mr Robert Anstee, late of Thenford Hill, Northampton, farmer…and all persons having a claim on the estate of Mr George Anstee (son of the above named Robert Anstee)

In the 1861 Census Ann Anstee (widow) was living with her younger children at High Street, St Peter, Brackley.

William Anstey (b 1821 Evenley)

William Anstey was born in 1821 in Evenley to parents Thomas Ansty and Elizabeth. He married Sarah Ashton in Evenley in 1840 and they had children in Evenley:

  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1841, died in 1864 unmarried);
  • George Anstee (b 1842 – a Canada Anstey Pioneer who emigrated to Wentworth, Ontario, Canada);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1844, died 1850);
  • Fanny Anstey (b 1847, died 1848);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1849, died 1851);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1851, living with parents in 1871 in Evenley, an unmarried agricultural labourer);
  • Betsey Anstey (b 1853, visiting Ann Young in Astwick in the 1861 Census, already a pillow lace maker. She married in 1890 in Brackley);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1855, living with parents in 1871 in Evenley, an unmarried lace maker);
  • William Anstey (b 1857, living with parents in 1871 in Evenley, an unmarried agricultural labourer);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1859, died 1860);
  • Harry Anstey (b 1862, died 1863)

In the 1841 Census William Anstey and his family were living in Plummers Furze, Evenley with his parents – he was an agricultural labourer. In the 1871 Census the family were living at Astwick, Evenley.

Further Details on the Evenley Anstys

We are actively on the lookout for Evenley Ansty experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Evenley Anstys 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 research@theansteystory.com.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Evenley Anstys, 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 ‘Evenley’ 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 research@theansteystory.com and we will correct it.

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