John de Anstey, second son of Hubert de Anesti (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 80% of ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ alive today. There is no doubt that John is the less well-known of the two sons of Hubert de Anesti; indeed he 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 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‘
which is now in its third edition, and is available for purchase at Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Singapore and Amazon Canada.
This book is now also available as a read-only password protected pdf file version, which can be instantly accessed and read online – see the Anstey Shop for more details.