Calling all Caddington, Bedfordshire Ansteys

In the third edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ we mention an Anstey sub-branch sprouting in Caddington in Bedfordshire in 1558. This sub-branch ultimately connects to John (I) de Anstey of the medieval Ansteys via the Sussex (I) Ansteys (see the illustration in Principal Anstey sub-branches). Thus far, throughout my ‘Anstey’Continue reading “Calling all Caddington, Bedfordshire Ansteys”

Rev. Martin Ansteys Old Oak Chest Update

In October 2020 we posted an appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of the “old oak chest” of Rev. Martin Anstey of the Tiverton Ansteys, which contained “a good many ancient documents” regarding the early Ansteys in Devon and Somerset. The good news is that we have had our appeal answered by a great xContinue reading “Rev. Martin Ansteys Old Oak Chest Update”

Success! Lieutenant T. C. R. Anstey World War One Hero

It was less than 24 hours after we posted on this website project an appeal for help in identifying the gentleman countersigning a postcard in Egypt in 1915 during World War One that an eagle eyed Anstey researcher contacted us to inform us that it was Lieutenant Thomas Christopher Ralph (T. C. R.) Anstey ofContinue reading “Success! Lieutenant T. C. R. Anstey World War One Hero”

Postcard from Egypt Signed by Lieutenant R. Anstey 1915

In response to our ‘Appeal for Old Research Documents and Correspondence‘, a gentleman named Michael sent to us the following postcard. According to Michael, the postcard is from a soldier called Jack to a lady in Bridlington, Yorkshire. It was sent from Egypt on 27th May 1915 and countersigned in the top right corner by aContinue reading “Postcard from Egypt Signed by Lieutenant R. Anstey 1915”

Letter from Mrs Ettle to Tom Anstey 13 January 1911

We have now uploaded the first letter sent by Mrs Ettle of the Doynton Ansteys to Tom (Thomas John Edmund Anstey – one of the chief researchers of this Anstey project) on 13 January 1911. This letter from Mrs Ettle was actually in response to an introductory letter that Tom sent to John Anstee of Bitton (another Doynton Anstey)Continue reading “Letter from Mrs Ettle to Tom Anstey 13 January 1911”

Letter from Tom to George Anstey, 27 June 1911

We are continuing to upload onto this website project the letters received and sent by Tom (Thomas John Edmund Anstey – one of the chief researchers of this Anstey project) during his ‘Anstey’ surname and family research, which he conducted between c1905 and early 1914. Today’s letter was an ‘introductory letter‘ sent by Tom to George Anstey of Berlin, NebraskaContinue reading “Letter from Tom to George Anstey, 27 June 1911”

Bodleian Library Appeal Success

On 16 November 2020 we put out an appeal for any medieval Anstey enthusiasts who had access to the Bodleian Library in Oxford University to obtain for us ‘Dodsworth Manuscripts’ Volume Four page 21, on which was drawn a pedigree of the sub-branch of the medieval Ansteys descendent from Richard de Anstey. Well, our call wasContinue reading “Bodleian Library Appeal Success”

Poll Tax Returns 1377-1381

In the first three editions of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ can be found an increasingly complete listing of medieval Ansteys who appeared in the Poll Tax Returns of 1377 to 1381. Even though we have discovered yet more entries during our research for the fourth edition of our first bookContinue reading “Poll Tax Returns 1377-1381”

Court Rolls of the Manor of Tottenham

To anybody who has read any of the first three editions of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘, it is clear that our medieval Anstey ancestors spent a lot of time in Edmonton, Middlesex in the 13th and 14th centuries. In the fourth edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and SharedContinue reading “Court Rolls of the Manor of Tottenham”

British Library Anybody?

Calling all medieval Anstey enthusiasts with access to the British Library and a free hour or three to spare. We have discovered that Hubert the Anstey patriarch is mentioned in two charters there, references ‘Add. Charters 24606 & 24607’. We suspect that the information contained therein is already known, but it would be great toContinue reading “British Library Anybody?”