The Doynton Anstees

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

Overview of the Doynton Anstees

The Doynton Anstees are a sub-branch of the Dyrham Ansteys and hence connect to the South Gloucestershire Anstey pedigree. We need to be somewhat careful with our labelling of the Doynton Anstees because quite a few Dyrham Ansteys moved to Doynton at various times during the 1800s (see Further Details #1). However, the ‘true’ Doynton Anstees are only those descendent from Robert Anstey (DO 1), who moved to Doynton in c1810.

Also see ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘.

Further Details on the Doynton Anstees

#1. Other families also moved to Doynton in the early 1800s, but they are not Doynton Anstees. For example, John Anstey (DY 16) married Mary Stephens in 1823 in Dyrham. This couple moved to Doynton in about 1826 and had six children, including George Anstey (DY 24 – b 1826, not to be confused with George Anstee (DO 5 – b 1825)); and Cornelius Anstey (DY 25). Despite living in Doynton for a short while, this family is part of the Dyrham Anstey sub-branch, not the Doynton Anstees, as they had moved on by c1840. Similarly George Anstey (DY 31) moved to Doynton in c1840 and had numerous children there, but the family had moved away by c1856 – they are also part of the Dyrham Anstey sub-branch. Ditto John Anstey (DY 36) who had a family in Doynton from the 1870s, but he is still a Dyrham Anstey (ditto numerous of his sons who were born in Doynton in the 1870s and 1880s and some remained there). Ditto Aaron Anstey (DY 21) who was actually the nephew of the Doynton patriarch and did live in Doynton for a substantial period, but he is still officially a Dyrham Anstey.

Occasionally Dyrham Ansteys married Doynton Anstees, so their children were both Dyrham Ansteys and Doynton Anstees. For example William Anstey (DY 60) married his somewhat distant cousin Edith Annie Anstee (daughter of George Anstee (DO 8)) in Doynton in 1901. They had a son Percy (b 1907) who was buried in Dyrham in 1990.

#2. Thomas Anstee, buried in Doynton in 1814 “aged 68“, was son of Robert Anstee (DY 6) and Betty Gunning of the Dyrham Ansteys.

#3. Letty Anstee‘ born c1885 Wick was living with her uncle John Bowker at 37 Morse Road Redfield in the 1911 Census. She is certainly a Doynton Anstee but we cannot connect her as ‘Letty’ is probably a nickname

Also see ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘.

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