Thomas Anstey (SW 8)

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 8. Thomas Anstey: He was baptised 26 February 1631/2 in Swanbourne to father Benjamin Anstey (SW 3). He likely never married and very likely had no children in 1666 per his sister Maria (SW 5)’s will. He moved to Shipton and he was involved in two land deals per below in the 1650s and 1660s.

The Centre for Bucks Studies, (reference ‘BAS 376/22/6’): “Admittance of Thomas Anstey (Shipton) 1659/60 The View of Franke pledge w(i)th the Court Baron of John Bouden Will(ia)m Coleman & Michaell Norman Lords of the Mann(o)r aforesaid there holden one Wednesday the fifth day of October in the yeare of Our Lord One Thousand Six hundred Fifty nyne & by adiurnm(en)t on Tuesday the seaven & Twentith day of March in the yeare of Our Lord One Thousand Six hundred sixty by Francis Clerke gent Steward there It is thus inrolled To this Court came Thomas Anstey & desireth of the Lords of this Mannor aforesaid to be admitted unto Fower acres of land lyinge in Winslow called Coldam & alsoe One halfe acre of Meadow lyinge in Shipton in Newleane wh(i)ch were heretofore amongst other lands Thereto say the Fifteenth day of August in the yeare of our Lord One Thousand six hundred Fifty seaven surrendered into the hands of the said Lords of the Mannor aforesaid by the hands of John Babyn & John Hobcroft Two customary Ten(a)nts of the Mann(o)r aforesaid To the use & behoofe of Alice Anstey [SW 3] wife of him the said Benjamen [SW 3] for terme of her life & after decease To the use and behoofe of Benjamen Anstey his Sonne [SW 9] & his heires for ever upon condition That if the said Benjamen the sonne [SW 9] his heires or assignes should not well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the aforesaid Thomas Anstey his Brother [SW 8] the Some of Sixty pounds of lawfull english money w(i)thin Twelve months next after the decease of the said Alice then the said lands called Coldam And the said halfe acre of Meadow Newleane to the use and behoofe of the said Thomas Anstey & his heires for ever as in & by the said surrender p(re)sented by the Homage at a Court holden for the Mann(o)r aforesaid the seaventh of October in the said yeare of our Lord One Thousand six hundred Fifty seaven & the roles of the Same Court recorded more plainly appeareth And for as much as the said Benjamen the Sonne Did herein oppen Court Acknowlidge the aforesaid premisses surrend(e)red To the use of the said Thomas upon cond(i)con as aforesaid were become forfeited to the said Thomas for the nonpaym(en)t of the said Sixty pounds the said Alice his mother beinge dead above Twelve monthes before & did desire of the Lords of the Said Mann(o)r that ye said Thomas might be accordingly admitted to the premisses to w(hi)ch said Thomas p(re)sent here in Court the said Lords by their Steward have granted thereof Saisen To hold to the said Thomas & his heires for ever by the rodd at the will of the Lords according to the custome of the Mann(o)r aforesaid by rent herriott & other services therefore due & of right accustomed And he giveth to the Lord for a fyne for such estate soe had ixs And is thereof admitted Ten(a)nte And hath made to the Lords his fealty

In 1661 “Thomas Anstey surrendered: 4 acres in the fields of Winslow called Coldrum [Coldam], Robert Wyat south a half-acre of meadow in the field of Shipton in Newleane Furlong, William Glenister west To the use of Bennet Glenister. Rent 1s ½d, fine 7s, heriot by composition 6s. ” – these were the lands that he acquired from his brother Benjamin (SW 9) in 1659.

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