The Farmborough Ansteys

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

Overview of the Farmborough Ansteys

The Farmborough Ansteys of Somerset are a sub-branch of the Chewton Mendip Ansteys. Thus they are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch, originally part of the ‘Anstis‘ pedigree, and hence do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey.

The patriarch of the Farmborough Ansteys is John Anstee, born in 1762 in Chewton Mendip. To the best of our research this sub-branch went Anstey-extinct in the late 1880s.

John Anstee (b 1762 Chewton Mendip)

John Anstee, born 1762 in Chewton Mendip to parents parents Joseph Anstis and Mary, married Anne Trull in Farmborough in 1795 (as ‘Ansty’), he was “resident in Timsbury” and witness to the marriage was George Ansty his brother. John Anstee and Anne had children in Farmborough:

  • Mary Ansty (b 1797, buried in 1813 at All Saints Church, Farmborough “aged 16“);
  • Anne Ansty (b 1800);
  • Hannah Ansty (b 1802, died 1813 in Farmborough);
  • John Anstee (b 1804, baptised as ‘Ansty’ – see below);

In the 1841 Census John Anstee (b 1762) and his wife were living alone in Farmborough. According to the ‘Bristol Mirror‘ 19 February 1842 edition “February 11 at Farmborough [inquest] on the body of Ann Anstee aged 78. The deceased fell down in her room on the first day of this year [1842] and broke her arm and otherwise injured herself in consequence of which she died on the 8th inst. Verdict: Accidental Death“. She was buried in Farmborough on 15 February 1842. Her husband John Anstee died a few months later, buried in Farmborough in May 1842 “aged 80“.

John Anstee (b 1804 Farmborough)

John Anstee was born in 1804 in Farmborough to parents John Anstee and Ann. He was a carpenter and he married Joyce in c1827 (probably Joyce Dowling, b 1808 in Paulton though we cannot confirm this). They had the following children in Farmborough:

  • John Anstee (b 1828, was an unmarried carpenter living Farmborough in the 1851 Census. The ‘Cardiff Times‘ 15 June 1867 edition noted “MARRIAGE: On the 11th inst at St Mary’s Church Cardiff by the Rev. Morgan, Mr John Anstee, agricultural implement manufacturer, John Street, Cardiff, eldest son of Mr John Anstee, yeoman, Farmborough, Somersetshire, to Mary Williams, Albion Hotel, Bute Street, Cardiff“. In 1868 John Anstee was a wheelwright living at John Street, Cardiff – he appears not to have had any children and he very likely remarried Harriet Crocker (b 1838 Milverton) in Bridgwater, Somerset in 1876 because in the 1881 Census John was a ‘master wheelwright and smith‘ living with his wife Harriet at 4 Edward Terrace, Cardiff);
  • Henry Anstee (b 1830, buried in Farmborough in 1838);
  • George Anstee (b 1832, was an unmarried carpenter living in Farmborough in the 1851 Census. In February 1855 at the Keynsham Petty Sessions “George Anstee and Thomas Leakey, both of Farmborough, were summoned by Charles Andrews, Esq., for using gun to kill game, in the parish of Marksbury“. In January 1863 according to the ‘Wells Journal‘ “William Anstee of Dunkerton and George Anstee of Farmborough [second cousins] were summoned for trespassing upon land of Thomas Stallard at Farmborough. Dismissed with a caution“). George Anstee married Joyce Harris in 1864 in Bristol and in the 1871 & 1881 Censuses they were living in Keynsham, George was a “master wheelwright“. They appeared to have no children);
  • Anne Anstey (b 1834, buried in Farmborough in 1844 as ‘Anstee’);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1836, buried in Farmborough in 1846 as ‘Anstee’);
  • Hannah (Ann) Anstee (b 1838, living in Farmborough in the 1851 & 1861 Census);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1840, died an infant as ‘Anstee’);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1844, died an infant as ‘Anstee’);
  • Sarah Ann Anstey (b 1846, living in Farmborough in the 1851, 1861 and 1871 Censuses);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1848, buried in 1849 in Farmborough as ‘Anstee’);

Joyce Anstey (b 1808 Paulton) was buried in Farmborough in 1852 aged 45. John Anstee (b 1804) was a “wheelwright master employing three men” in the 1861 Census. In 1867 at the marriage of his eldest son John, he was described as “John Anstee, yeoman, Farmborough“. John Anstee was buried in Farmborough in 1868 (as ‘Ansty‘, “aged 68“). His probate states “John Anstey late of Farmborough in the County of Somerset wheelwright a widower deceased who died 13 March 1868 at Farmborough aforesaid were granted at Wells to John Anstey of John Street, Cardiff, wheelwright, the son and one of the next of kin.”

Further Details on the Farmborough Ansteys

We are always on the lookout for Farmborough Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. Anybody who has such expertise and inclination, please contact us at

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