The Swanbourne Anstees

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

Swanbourne Anstees Overview

The Swanbourne Anstees, headed by Richard Anstey (SW 1) are one of the biggest ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ sub-branches in existence today – they are a descendent sub-branch of the medieval Warwickshire Ansteys, originally based in Swanbourne, as well as the surrounding villages of Mursley, Whaddon and Winslow. It is postulated that the Swanbourne Anstees could be a sub-branch of the Newport Pagnell Anstees, though this is speculative at present.

It is interesting to note that almost all Swanbourne Anstee descendants alive today spell their name ‘Anstee’, however the original spelling of the surname of this sub-branch per the Swanbourne parish registers was ‘Anstey’, right through to 1641 (which was the last appearance of ‘Anstey’ as a spelling in Swanbourne). The spelling ‘Anstee’ did not appear until 1665 in Swanbourne, after which it became the permanent spelling for this sub-branch.

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for more.

Swanbourne Anstee Sub-branches

There are numerous sub-branches of Ansteys in existence today which descend from the Swanbourne Anstees (all but one of which share the ‘Anstee’ spelling), including:

However, certain Anstey families remained in Swanbourne for generations, and there was still a thriving Anstey community in Swanbourne in the mid-1800s (and likely longer), nearly three centuries after they first arrived, making the Swanbourne Anstees one of the longest resident Anstey sub-branches in a single parish.

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for details of all of these sub-branches.

Further Details on the Swanbourne Anstees

#1. The following list gives the names of all persons who registered for the ‘Oath of Allegiance’ in 1723, and it may be taken as being comprehensive of all persons over the age of 18 who owned and occupied lands in the county who were not papists. “Anstee Edward, of Swanbourne (2 pax, both literate), Anstee Elizabeth, of Cheddington, wife of Richard (literate); Anstee John, of Swanbourne (literate); Anstee Jonathan of Cublington (literate); Anstee Richard, of Cheddington (illiterate); Anstee Thomas, of Swanbourne (2 pax, both illiterate); Anstee William, of Stewkley (illiterate)

#2 In the 1784 ‘Poll for Knights of the Shire for the County of Bucks‘ the list of Freeholders was as follows: John Anstee of Swanbourne house and land occupied by himself; John Anstee of Mursley house and land occupied by John White; John Anstee of Twyford house and land occupied by James Stephen; Robert Anstee of Swanbourne house and land occupied by himself; William Anstee of Swanbourne house and land occupied by himself; another William Anstee of Swanbourne house and land occupied by himself – there was also William Anstee of Luton and Joseph Anstee of Houghton Regis (see the Houghton Regis page)

#3. The ‘Buckinghamshire Posse Comitatus 1798‘ In February 1798. as part of the preparations for defending England from Napoleon, a survey was undertaken in Buckinghamshire of the names and occupations of all the men between the ages of 15 and 60 years, in each of the hundreds of the County. Of the 92 people named in Swanbourne, 14 were farmers, 4 butchers, 12 baker, 3 carpenters, 2 wheelwrights, 3 blacksmiths, 1 shop keeper, 2 gardeners, 6 cordwainers. 3 tailors, 1 tinker, 1 chimneysweep, 13 servants, 37 labourers and 1 constable – there were six ‘Anstee’, being John Anstee, Thomas Anstee and William Anstee (blacksmiths); Joseph Anstee and Thomas Anstee (cordwainers); and Edward Anstee (chimney sweep)

#4. William Anstee, a labourer of Mursley, married Harriet Turvey on 29 October 1835 in Mursley. To our knowledge they had a single child Charles Anstee (b 1837 Mursley, baptised 19 March 1837). Charles Anstee married Mary Ann Kimble [Kimbler, Kimbley – b c1834, a lace maker] on 6 September 1858 in Hoggeston – the marriage certificate confirms Charles was a “22 year old labourer living in Shipton Lee in Quainton (near Mursley)“; that his father was “William Anstee labourer“; that he was literate; and that the witnesses were Elizabeth Turvey and George Hopkins. Note: this gentleman is NOT Charles Anstey (SU 1 – b 1840, patriarch of the Subiaco, Western Australia Ansteys).

#5. Duck End in Swanbourne was a hive of activity for shoe manufacturing, and numerous Swanbourne Anstees lived there in the mid-1800s, including William Anstee (SW 31), Thomas Anstee (see SW 25) and James Anstee (MH 2). Ivy Farm (previously Maudlin’s Farm) was located at Boot End which follows from Duck End and in the mid-1800s a considerable shoe manufacturing business employed many members of the Swanbourne Anstee family. The farmhouse has been separately developed in about three stages over the centuries. In the 1800s in this area there was also a (now long since closed) pub called ‘The Boot’

See also ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One

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