The medieval Ansteys are a most extraordinary chapter of the Anstey story, sitting right at the apex of the Anstey family pedigree. The patriarch of the medieval Ansteys (and indeed almost all Ansteys alive today) is Hubert de Anstey, the originator of the Anstey surname in 1143. He had two sons, Richard and John, who head the two major medieval Anstey sub-branches. This is illustrated nicely in the below schematic.
Richard‘s is by far the more exciting and well-known medieval Anstey sub-branch, however it went Anstey-extinct in 1225, so there are no direct Anstey descendants of Richard alive today. Almost all Ansteys alive today descend from Richard‘s younger brother John, via the medieval Edmonton Ansteys.
The medieval Ansteys have been extensively researched by G. M. Anstey (Gary) and T. J. Anstey (Tom), the overseers and chief researchers of this ‘Anstey Story‘ project, and the medieval Anstey story is covered in great detail in their co-authored book
‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘
We have already uploaded quite a bit of information about the medieval Ansteys to this Anstey project website, and continue to upload more each day (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.
The best way to find said information is to enter ‘medieval Anstey’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.