Ansley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ansley family

The surname Ansley was first found in Nottinghamshire at Annesley, a parish, in the union of Basford, N. division of the wapentake of Broxtow. [1] "But there is probably a north English local origin also. There is also Ansley, a parish in Warwickshire. " [2]

But we must look to the aforementioned Nottinghamshire to find one of the first records of the family. For it is there in 1273, the Hundredorum Rolls listed Johannes de Anneslegh. [2]

However, much further to the north in Scotland, William de Haneslej witnessed a charter by Walter, Bishop of Glasgow, between 1208 and 1218. "He is probably William de Anslee, Canon of Glasgow c. 1220. In 1221 Magister Thomas de Aneslei was one of a number appointed to settle a dispute between the monks of Kelso and the bishop of Glasgow, and Sir Aymer de Aynesley was one of the knights appointed to settle the law of the marches in 1249. " [3]

Important Dates for the Ansley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ansley research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1296, 1836, 1500, 1493, 1766, 1838 and 1521 are included under the topic Early Ansley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ansley Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Ansley occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Ainslie, Ainsley, Ansley, Anslie, Aynslie, Aynsley, Aynsly, Aynsle, Ainley, Endlsley and many more.

Early Notables of the Ansley family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William de Aynysley, who was granted a charter of the lands of Dolfynston in the sheriffdom of Roxburgh forfeited by John de Aynysley his father. The lands of Dolphingstoun passed, c. 1500, to the Kers of Cessfurd through marriage of Mark Ker with Marjorie Ainslie, daughter and heiress of John...
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Ansley migration to the United States

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Ansley, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Ansley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Ansley, aged 26, who landed in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1892
  • Mrs. Ansley, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Mrs. J.H. Ansley, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Annie C. Ansley, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1894
  • H.M. Ansley, aged 37, who immigrated to America, in 1895
Ansley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Olga Ansley, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Aggie Ansley, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Dresden, in 1904
  • Augustus H Ansley, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Gloucester, England, in 1906
  • Edwin Ansley, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Hilda Ansley, aged 3, who landed in America from Birmingham, Eng., in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ansley migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ansley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Amos Ansley, U.E., "Annsley", United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1757) born in Johnstown, New York, who settled in Canada c. 1783 married Christian McMichael in 1780, they had 8 children, died in 1830 [4]
  • Mrs Christian Ansley, U.E., (nèe McMichael), United Empire Loyalist, born in New York State, who settled in Canada c. 1783 married Amos Ansley "Annsley" in 1780, died in 1834 in Montreal, Quebec they had 8 children [4]
  • Mr. Amos Lucas Ansley, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Canada c. 1783 [4]
  • Adjt. Ozias Ansley, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 part of the New Jersey Volunteers [4]
Ansley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ann Ansley, aged 76 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 7th June 1847 [5]
Ansley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mary Ansley, aged 42, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1910
  • Alfred M. W. Ansley, aged 37, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913
  • Burton G Ansley, aged 36, who immigrated to Toronto Canada, in 1913

Ansley migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ansley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mabel Ansley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Comyn Ansley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • F. E. Ansley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Ansley (post 1700)

  • Hunter Ansley (b. 1994), American child actress
  • James Ronald "Ronnie" Ansley (b. 1961), American North Carolina attorney and politician
  • Michael Antonio Ansley (b. 1967), American professional basketball player
  • Merrill E. Ansley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1980 [6]
  • John A. Ansley, American politician, Representative from Arkansas 3rd District, 1888 [6]
  • George Hanford Ansley (1875-1961), American Democrat politician, Chair of Cattaraugus County Democratic Party, 1910; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928 [6]
  • Frank Ansley, American politician, Mayor of Hibbing, Minnesota, 1906 [6]
  • Everett B. Ansley (b. 1894), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Vladivostok, 1916-17 [6]
  • C. C. Ansley, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1950 [6]
  • B. Jack Ansley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1960 (alternate) [6]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Ansley family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Allan J Ansley, British Petty Officer Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter [7]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 12)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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