Charles Anstey (DY 18)

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

DY 18. Charles Anstey: He was born in 1783 per his ‘Death Index‘ to a currently unknown father – though his grandfather is surely Robert Anstee (DY 6), see below. He married Frances (Fanny) Law (Low) on 14 June 1801 in Bristol St James. They moved to Winterbourne and had children:

  • Elizabeth Anstey (baptised 18 July 1802 Winterbourne);
  • Charles Anstey (baptised 20 November 1803 Winterbourne, a bootmaker, he married Charlotte Watkins in 1826 in Bristol and then moved to Wind Street, Swansea by the 1841 and 1851 Censuses. By 1861 they were at 17, Flint Street, Swansea where he was a bootmaker – living with them was Mary Hest, a niece. They appear not to have had any children and he died in 1864 in Swansea – the ‘Swansea and Glamorgan Herald‘ 23 March 1864 reported “Death: March 12 at 17 Wind Street Swansea aged 60, Mr Charles Anstey“. His widow died in 1888 – the ‘Cambria Daily Leader‘ 14 March 1888 reported “Death: On 28 Feb 1888 at the residence of her sister, 17 Goat Street, Swansea, Mrs Charlotte Anstey, widow of the late Charles Anstey, Wind Street, Swansea, in her 83rd year” – another newspaper stated that “for many years she kept the leading boot and shoe establishment at Wind Street in Swansea“);
  • Sarah Anstey (baptised 15 February 1807 Winterbourne);
  • George Anstey (baptised 15 January 1809 Winterbourne – father incorrectly given as ‘George’ in the 1809 baptism);
  • Cornelius Dutton Anstey (baptised 14 April 1811 Winterbourne. He married Charlotte Hayes in Bedminster in 1829 and had a child Henry Dutton Anstey (CT 1 – b 1832 Bristol, patriarch of the Chester Pennsylvania Ansteys of America). He died in 1833 in Winterbourne);
  • William Anstey (b 1817 baptised as an adult in 1841 in Winterbourne and known as Bill. He married Mary Ann Beechey (b 1808 St Giles) in Winterbourne in 1836, having children in Winterbourne Charles Anstey (b 1839 to mother ‘Beechey’, buried in Winterbourne on 11 April 1841 “aged 2“); Mary Ann Anstey (b 1839, alive in 1851); and Elizabeth Anstey (b 1840, alive in 1851). The ‘Gloucestershire Chronicle‘ 07 April 1838 edition reported “James Rodway was indicted for a charge of rape upon Mary Ann Anstie, wife of William Anstie, on 24 January at Winterbourne…“. Bill was a labourer living with his mother, wife and two daughters in White’s Hill, Winterbourne in 1841. He was buried in Winterbourne soon after, on 17 October 1841. His widow and two daughters were still in Winterbourne in 1851 – she was still in Winterbourne in 1871);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1822, known as Ann, baptised as an adult in 1841 in Winterbourne)

He died in 1836 in Winterbourne “aged 53“. In the 1841 Census his widow Frances (Fanny) was living at Whites Hill in Winterbourne with her children William and Ann, together with William‘s wife Mary and their two daughters. She died in Winterbourne in 1849 “aged 70“.

[Note: Even though we cannot formally connect Charles Anstey (b 1783) to the Anstey pedigree, we are very confident that he is a Dyrham Anstey and closely related to John Williams Anstey (DY 15) who also lived in and around Winterbourne (possibly they were brothers and if not surely first cousins) – either way Charles (b c1783) is surely grandson of Robert Anstee (DY 6) and his wife Betty Gunning. There is other evidence for this besides the Winterbourne connection – for example the name ‘Cornelius’ only really appears in the Anstey pedigree in the descendent tree of Robert Anstee (DY 6). We are also flummoxed by the ‘Dutton’ – perhaps his father married Ms Dutton?

We really need to locate his c1783 baptism to solidify this, or an ‘Anstee/Dutton’ marriage]

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