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 10. William Anstey: He was baptised on 12 April 1641 in Swanbourne to father Benjamin Anstey (SW 3). He very likely never married, inheriting lands from his father and he was also mentioned in his sister Maria (SW 5)’s 1666 will.
On 12 Sep 1666 “Mary Ansti [SW 5] Spinster surrendered by John Godwyn and William Moorecroft 1½ acres of meadow in Blackgrove field in Shipton next to the land of William Townesend east and Richard Haynes south. To the use of William Ansty [SW 10] her brother on condition that he pays to Benjamin Anstey [SW 9] her other brother at the church porch of Winslow £5 within 6 months of Mary’s decease.”
Then in 1670 “William Anstee on his deathbed on 9 April 1670 surrendered by Robert Elliott and Richard Phipps 1½ acres of land in Blackgrove feild in Shipton, William Townsend west. To the use of Benjamin Anstee [SW 9]. Rent 4½d, fine 3s, heriot 10s.“
He was buried in Swanbourne 29 May 1670.
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