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 16. William Anstee: He was baptised on 7 January 1686/7 in Swanbourne to father Thomas Anstee (SW 11). He was probably buried on 15 September 1758 in Swanbourne, “a blacksmith” – even though we have no evidence at the moment apart from the blacksmith connection and similarity of naming children, surely he had a son John Anstee (SW 20 – b c1730).
By a process of elimination (we find no other adult William Anstee alive at this time near Swanbourne), he must have been on the 1723 ‘Oath of Allegiance‘ as “Anstee William, of Stewkley (illiterate)“)
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