Arthur Anstey (BI 22)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Birmingham 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 Birmingham Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

BI 22. Arthur Anstey: He was born in 1867 in Birmingham to parents Arthur Anstey (BI 10) and Elizabeth Homer, bringing up his younger siblings in Birmingham after both of his parents died quite young. He became a jewellery case maker, marrying Charity Hickman in Birmingham in 1890, having children in Birmingham (many of whom died in infancy):

  • Arthur Herbert Anstey (BI 51 – b 1891, served and died during World War One);
  • Charity Minnie Anstey (b 1892, died 1895 buried at Witton Cemetery);
  • Beatrice Nellie Anstey (b 1896, died 1901 buried at Witton Cemetery);
  • George Harold Anstey (b 1899, died an infant buried at Witton Cemetery);
  • Florence Ada Anstey (b 1901, died 1902 buried at Witton Cemetery);
  • Albert Edward Anstey (b 1902, alive in 1911);
  • May Elizabeth Anstey (b 1903, died an infant); and
  • Annie Lillie Anstey (b 1908, alive in 1911)

In the 1891 Census the family was living in Brearly Street, Birmingham together with some of his younger siblings – he was a jeweller. He was still a jeweller (seal maker) in 1901, living at Great Russell Street, Birmingham. By the 1911 Census he was a gilt jeweller living with his family and siblings at 228 Great Russell Street Birmingham. He died in 1933 in Birmingham, buried at Witton Cemetery.

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