Thomas Ansty (HA 26)

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

HA 26. Thomas Ansty: He was baptised in Haseley near Warwick on 12 June 1751 to parents Thomas Anstey (see HA 3) and Catherine (note: this baptism also appears in transcripts for Bearley, Worcestershire). On 16 August 1800 “aged 60” he was discharged at Chatham Barracks from the Army, 86th Regiment of Foot, having been a “Private, serving for thirty six years but being unfit for further service in consequence of being old and worn out“. His discharge document stated that he was born in the parish of “Hasly near Warwick“, a “plaisterer” by trade when he joined the Army (presumably in 1764).

[Note: Even though there is a huge discrepancy between the dates of birth, it must be the same person as this is the ONLY ‘Ansty’ activity we find in Haseley in the whole of the 1700s]

The 86th Regiment of Foot was only raised in 1793 so we do not know with whom he fought before that, but between 1793 and 1800 the Regiment fought in the French Revolutionary Wars.

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