John Anstee (SW 20)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Swanbourne Ansteys. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Swanbourne Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

SW 20. John Anstee: He was born in Swanbourne in c1730, very probably to father William Anstee (SW 16 – also a blacksmith) and surely his grandfather was Thomas Anstee (SW 11), also a blacksmith. He too became a blacksmith, probably marrying Barbara Reynolds in Hoggeston on 17 October 1751 and certainly later marrying Sarah, and they had children in Swanbourne:

  • Thomas Anstee (SW 24 – b 1754);
  • Mary Anstee (bap 7 August 1756 to “John Anstee blacksmith“);
  • John Anstee (SW 25 – b 1759);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (bap 17 May 1761); and
  • William Anstee (bap 26 August 1764, buried 12 July 1766 “son of John Anstee and Sarah“)

In 1776 when he apprenticed his son John, he was a ‘master blacksmith’. “John Anstee Senior, blacksmith” was buried on 4 January 1809 in Swanbourne.

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