Joseph Anstee (NP 2)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Newport Pagnell Anstees. 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 Newport Pagnell Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

NP 2. Joseph Anstee: He was born in c1680, certainly to a Swanbourne Anstey, though it is not clear which one. He was brother to Daniel Anstee (NP 3) – they both moved to Hanslope near Newport Pagnell in the very early 1700s. He was a fairly mediocre petty constable of Gorefield in Hanslope, fined in 1713 “for not paying his week’s tax for passing vagrants” and a year later “Edward Hooton, chief constable, prosecuted Joseph Anstey, petty constable of Gawfield in Hanslopp, who did not collect the tax assessed on the parish”. He probably married Elizabeth and they had a son:

In 1736 in Soulbury, the families of both Joseph and his brother Daniel – (Daniel (NP 3), Elizabeth, Joseph Senior (NP 2), Joseph Junior (NP 4) and Mary) – were baptised en-masse, the transcription reading ‘Anstace’ (a surname which doesn’t exist so is surely ‘Anstee’)

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