The Camerton Ansteys

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

Overview of the Camerton Ansteys

The Camerton Ansteys of Somerset are almost certainly a sub-branch of the Wells, St Cuthbert ‘Anstis‘ family, which means that they are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch and thus do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey. The Camerton Ansteys were very closely linked to the Timsbury Ansteys and the Chewton Mendip Ansteys, both also ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branches. The patriarch of the Camerton Ansteys is George Anstey, who married Mary in c1710 and arrived in Camerton in c1714.

[Note: It is just possible that George Anstey and Mary are actually of the South West Peninsula Ansteys, though given current evidence we think that very unlikely – finding the pre-Camerton baptisms of some of George Anstey and Mary‘s children would really help in this regard]

George Anstey (m c1710)

The patriarch of the Camerton Ansteys is George Anstey, likely of the Wells, St Cuthbert ‘Anstis’ family, who married ‘Mary‘ at some point around c1710. They moved to Camerton in c1714 where we find the following references to their children in the Camerton parish registers:

  • Hester Ansty (buried 1714);
  • Mary Ansty (buried 1714);
  • John Anstye (baptised 1715 – moved to Timsbury);
  • Robert Ansty (buried 1715 – it is not clear from the parish register if Robert was a son of George Anstey and Mary – perhaps he was a brother?);
  • Samuel Ansty (baptised 1717);

Mary Anstywife of George Ansty” was buried in Camerton in early 1722. Either George Anstey remarried another ‘Mary‘ or a possible son of his, George Anstey, married a ‘Mary‘, because we then find the following baptisms in Camerton to George Anstey/Anstis and Mary:

  • Mary Anstey (b 1722, died an infant);
  • William Anstey (b 1724 – moved to Timsbury);
  • Jane Anstis (b 1734);
  • Martha Anstis (b 1736, died 1739 as ‘Ansty‘);
  • Hester Anstis (b 1736);
  • Hannah Anstis (b 1738);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1740)

Mary Ansty‘ was buried in Camerton in 1764, her husband ‘George Ansty‘ also buried there a few months later.

To confirm once and for all the origin of George Anstey and Mary we could do with finding the baptisms of some of their children pre-1714 (particularly Hester), or indeed their c1710 marriage, which must have surely taken place somewhere near Camerton in Somerset.

Other Ansteys in Camerton

Other Ansteys in Camerton in the 1700s are principally of the Chewton Mendip Ansteys, another Anstey Evolved from Anstis sub-branch. For example:

Further Details on the Camerton Ansteys

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

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