The Souldern Ansteys

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

Overview of the Souldern Ansteys

The Souldern Ansteys of Oxfordshire are a currently unconnected sub-branch – research is very much ongoing in this matter. The Ansteys seemed to have left Souldern once William Anstey was buried there in 1803 (see below).

Sub-branches of the Souldern Ansteys include the Aynho Ansteys and the Evenley Anstys, both of next door Northamptonshire and situated very close to Souldern.

Early Souldern Entries

In 1641, Roger Anstey, clearly of high standing, was witness to the probate of “Richard Dodwell yeoman of Souldern“, so this sub-branch was clearly in Souldern well before the first parish register entries.

The first entry we see in the Souldern parish registers is the burial of “Anstey” in 1677 – not very helpful. The next are:

  • 1678: Job Ansty baptised to Rogeri Anstey
  • 1679: Elizabeth Ansty baptised to Johannis Ansty & Katherine
  • 1681: John Ansty buried
  • 1682: Maria Ansty baptised to Matthew Ansty & Margaret
  • 1682: Rogerus Ansty baptised to Johan Ansty & Katherine
  • 1684: Roger Ansty buried
  • 1685: Francis Ansty baptised to Mathew Ansty & Margaret
  • 1685: Maria Ansty baptised to William Ansty & Elizabeth
  • 1686: Roger Ansty buried
  • 1687: Mathew Ansty baptised to unknown father
  • 1687: Mathew Ansty buried (presumably an infant)
  • 1687: Roger Ansty baptised to unknown father
  • 1687: Roger Ansty buried (presumably an infant)
  • 1689: Thomas Ansty baptised to Mathew Ansty & Margaret
  • 1691: John Ansty buried (presumably Johannis Ansty above)
  • 1694: Elizabeth Ansty baptised to Mathew Ansty & Margaret
  • 1695: Elizabeth Ansty married Jacob Thompson (presumably daughter of Johannis & Katherine)
  • 1704: Catherine Ansty buried (presumably widow of Johannis Ansty per above)
  • 1716: Margaret Ansty buried (presumably wife of Mathew per above)
  • 1724: Mathew Ansty buried (presumably husband of Margaret)

Thomas Anstey (b 1689 Souldern)

Thomas Anstey was baptised in 1689 in Souldern to parents Mathew Ansty and Margaret (per above). He possibly married Han[nah] Clare in Shelswell in 1722 and he certainly married Elizabeth (died 1767 Souldern), having children in Souldern:

  • James Ansty (b 1728, father not named, married Ann and had sons William Ansty (b 1754 Bladon); James Ansty (b 1756 Bladon, died Bladon in 1804 a bachelor, probate in 1805 confirming all goods of “James Ansty, late of the parish of Bladon, bachelor, were granted to Ann Ansty widow, the mother of the deceased“); Thomas Annstey (b 1759 Bladon, died in 1765); and John Ansty (b 1763). James Anstey died in Bladon in 1795);
  • William Anstey (b 1731 to Thomas and Elizabeth – see below);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1735 to Thomas and Elizabeth, married Joseph Taylor in 1772 in Souldern); and
  • Hannah Anstey (b 1737 to Thomas and Elizabeth, married Thomas King in Souldern in 1763)

Thomas Anstey probably died in 1770 in Souldern.

William Anstey (b 1731 Souldern)

William Anstey was born in 1731 in Souldern to parents Thomas Anstey and Elizabeth. He married Eleanor Hollier (died 1781 Souldern) in Souldern in 1760 and they had children in Souldern:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1761);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1762, died in 1764);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1764, patriarch of the Evenley Anstys);
  • Hannah Anstey (b 1766, married William Hemmings in 1794 in Souldern); and
  • Catherine Anstey (b 1769).

William Anstey was buried in 1803 in Souldern.

Further Details on the Souldern Ansteys

#1. On 27 October 1543 in Thorpe Malsor Roger Anstey married Ysabel Simkin – perhaps he is a direct ancestor of this sub-branch.

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