Cornelius Anstey (DY 50)

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 50. Cornelius Anstey: He was born on 27 October 1862 in Almondsbury, baptised 26 December 1862 in Almondsbury, to parents Cornelius Anstey (DY 25) and Mary Gibbs. He married Isabella Mary Crew in 1890 in Dyrham, reported in the ‘Bristol Times and Mirror‘ on 12 April 1890 as “ANSTEY-CREW – April 7 at St Peters Dyrham, Cornelius Anstey of Keynsham, son of Cornelius Anstey of Northwick, Dundry, to Isabella Mary, daughter of Henry Crew“. They had a single daughter together: 

  • Mary Amy C. Anstey (b 17 September 1902 Keynsham, married Douglas E. H. Amesbury in Keynsham in 1926 – they were living with her parents in 1939).

In the 1911 Census the family were living at High Street Keynsham where he was a saddler and harness maker. They were still there in the 1921 Census and also in the 1939 Register (at 56 High Street, Keynsham) where he was a “saddler (own account)“. He died in 1942, the ‘Western Daily Press‘ on 19 January 1942 reporting “KEYNSHAM MAN’S DEATH: The death has taken place at Keynsham of Mr Cornelius Anstey. Mr Anstey has carried on a business as a saddler for over fifty years at High Street, Keynsham, and he was well known to the farmers in the Keynsham district. He was very fond of horses and very keen on attending ploughing matches. On account of ill-health, he gave up business about twelve months ago. He leaves a widow and one daughter“.

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