Welcome to the website of the Vanstone Family
This website is intended to offer easy access to
data and research sources for any member of the Vanstone clan, along
with a means of keeping in touch and sharing information.
New to this
A GEDCOM file of all the
Vanstones I have any information on, for you to download and view in
your own family tree programme.
History of the Family
Alas, we have no family crest
or coat of arms, but the family is an old one from Devon and Cornwall
(not from the Netherlands). Ricardus Fanston was tonsured in 1440 and
Frater Henricus Fanston was at Plympton Priory in 1445.
Well. The family name is probably derived from a place name. One theory
suggests Faunteston in the parish of Shaugh Prior in South Devon
(mentioned in 1339),According to J.E Gover in "Place Names of
Cornwall", Faunteston derives from an Old French personal name Faunt,
aphetic for the French enfant (child). He associates the name with the
family of Samson le Enfaunt, a juror of Plympton Hundred in
1249” in the Assize Rolls
However, it is much more
likely that the family come from Fonson in the Cornish parish of
Warbstow (mentioned in 1284 in the Assize Rolls). The earliest Devon
Vanstones, listed in the 16th century, lived in Tetcott, just across
the border from Warbstow. For further details, see the story of Stephen
Vanstone in the Histories section.
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