The Hampton in Arden Ansteys

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

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Overview of the Hampton in Arden Ansteys (Code ‘HA’)

The Hampton in Arden Ansteys are a sub-branch of the medieval Warwickshire Ansteys, some of whom (perhaps all) are descendent from the Leamington Hastings Ansteys. The patriarchs are John Anstee (HA 1) who married in the parish in 1607, and William Anstey (HA 2). These two gentlemen are surely related, though we are currently not sure how – certainly the sub-branch descendent from William (HA 2) was of much higher class than that of John (HA 1), so maybe they were not very closely related. However there are numerous clues (“Samuel“, Balsall and Berkswell for example) which are common to both Hampton in Arden families meaning they are certainly connected somehow.

It is at first glance possible that other Ansteys were in Hampton in Arden before 1607, as parish registers only commenced in c1600 in this parish. However, the ‘Staffordshire, Dioceses Of Lichfield And Coventry Wills And Probate 1521-1860‘ has Hampton in Arden will entries as early as 1529, but no Ansteys, confirming that John Anstee (HA 1) was indeed the first one when he married in 1607.

The early Hampton in Arden Ansteys spent time in next door Balsall and Berkswell; unfortunately we cannot locate early parish registers from Balsall which complicates matters somewhat in building the early pedigree.

Further Details on the Hampton in Arden Ansteys

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

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