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 website!
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
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.
Nothing strictly to do with the Vanstone family, but my first novel (writing as Thorne Moore), A Time For Silence, short-listed for the Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Authors, is now for sale
Robin would like to hear from any Vanstones in Australia.