John de Anstey, second son of Hubert de Anstey (the originator of our Anstey surname) and Agnes de Sackville, is the patriarch of the sole medieval Anstey sub-branch which did not go Anstey-extinct, and thus John is the direct Anstey ancestor of almost all Ansteys alive today. There is no doubt that John is the less well-known of the two sons of Hubert de Anstey; indeed John spent much of his life in the shadow of his elder brother Richard de Anstey, for example helping him contest the famous ‘Anstey Case’ during the late 1150s and early 1160s.
John de Anstey and his descendent medieval Anstey sub-branch (the largest of which was the medieval Edmonton 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; they are comprehensively documented in Chapters Five to Seven of their first co-authored book:
‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘
Active research is currently being undertaken, searching for additional ‘medieval Anstey’ material to put in a fourth edition of ‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘.
The latest findings are being uploaded to this project as they are discovered – see the tag “Anstey Our True Surname Origin Fourth Edition”.