Arthur Anstey (BI 42)

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 42. Arthur Anstey: He was born on 23 August 1882 in Aston to father George Anstey (BI 28). He was an enamel fuser living with his parents in the 1901 Census. He married Sarah Fellows (b 1887 Birmingham – some sources say ‘Sarah Gallagher’ which is surely incorrect) in 1907 in Aston and they had a daughter Hilda May Anstey (b 1908 Birmingham, mother confirmed as ‘Fellows’, married L. H. McDonald). In the 1911 Census they were living with his brother George Anstey (BI 41) at 58 Cattell Road, Aston where he was an “enameller“.

A year later Arthur and his family emigrated to Albany, New York, America aboard the ‘White Star‘ ship. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, he noted that he was a “Shell Worker? at Consolidated Car Heating Company of England” living at 14 Boneheim, Albany, New York. They were still in Albany, New York in 1920 together with another daughter Irene F. Anstey (b 1916 New York, still unmarried in 1951 and died in Albany in 1999 still unmarried). By 1940 he was a mechanic living in Colonie Town, Menands, Albany, New York with his wife and daughter Irene. 

His wife Sarah died in June 1951 and six months later he too died, in December 1951 in Albany, buried at Albany Rural Cemetery Menands where the burial card states “Arthur Anstey was born in 1882 in Birmingham, England, and died on 28 Dec 1951 in Menands, aged 69 years, 4 months, 5 days. Late residence 27 Clifford Road, Menands. Widower of Sarah Gallagher[?] Anstey. Father of Mrs. L. H. McDonald and Miss Irene Anstey and the late Sallie Anstey. Interment 31 Dec 1951 in the Arthur Anstey plot, section 208, lot 104.”.

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