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/Anstice‘ 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 or so and arrived in Camerton in c1714.

Finding the location of the pre-Camerton baptisms (pre-1714) of some of George Anstey and Mary‘s children, or indeed George Anstey and Mary‘s marriage in c1710 or so, would really help to cement the origin of this sub-branch.

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 or so. 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 14 December 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/Priston to George Anstey/Anstis and Mary:

  • Mary Anstey (b 1722, died an infant);
  • William Anstey (b 1724 – moved to Timsbury);
  • Joseph Anesy (baptised 24 December 1726 in Priston to George and Mary of Camerton, very likely moved to Chewton Mendip and married there in 1751);
  • Mary Anesy (baptised 7 January 1727 in Priston to George and Mary of Camerton, married Nathaniel Tucker of Timsborough in Camerton on 22 November 1752);
  • Jacob Anesy (baptised 17 February 1731 in Priston to George and Mary of Camerton);
  • Jane Anstis (b 1734);
  • Martha Anstis (b 1736, died 1739 as ‘Ansty‘);
  • Hester Anstis (b 1736);
  • Hannah Anstis (b 1738);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1740); and
  • another Martha Anstey? (married in 1765 – see Joseph Anstey)

Mary Ansty‘ was buried in Camerton in 1764, her husband ‘George Ansty‘ also buried there a few months later on 9 September 1764.

As noted above, 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 which is a fairly rare name), or indeed their c1710 marriage, which must have surely taken place somewhere near Camerton or Wells in Somerset.

Other Ansteys in Camerton

Other ‘Anstey’ entries in Camerton in the 1700s are principally of Chewton Mendip Ansteys, a sub-branch which connects very closely to the Camerton Ansteys. For example:

Further Details on the Camerton Ansteys

#1. We have unsourced information that “George Anstee of Camerton was born in 1695 and was married to Mary Tucker in 1712.” – we seek evidential confirmation of that, though it currently sounds incorrect as we believe George was born in c1690 or before, and certainly not as late as 1695, we would also be surprised if his marriage was as late as 1712.

#2. One reason (amongst many) that we can be so confident that the Camerton Ansteys are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch is that the name ‘Joseph‘ is completely absent from the pre-1800 South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree, yet it is a very common ‘Anstis’ name in Somerset – ditto the name ‘Hester‘. The constant flip flopping between ‘Anstey’ and ‘Anstis’ in the early baptisms etc is another clear sign.

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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