George Anstee (DY 26)

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 26. George Anstee: He was baptised on 15 August 1790 in Dyrham to parents George Anstee (DY 17) and Ann Davies. He married Hannah Anstee (daughter of John Anstee (DY 9) and Susannah Parker) on 10 March 1814 and they had children in Dyrham:

  • William Anstey (DY 29 – b 1814);
  • John Anstey (DY 30 – b 1816);
  • George Anstey (DY 31 – b 1818)
  • Susanna Anstey (b 1820, baptised 22 October 1820, she married George Smith on 6 February 1843 in Dyrham, having at least one child Mary A. Smith (b 1844), living at the Bull Inn in 1871 with her aunt); and
  • Mary Anstey (b 1826, baptised 17 December 1826, married Thomas Andrew Davis on 26 March 1855 in Bristol Holy Trinity St Philip. By 1871 they were running the Bull Inn in Dyrham, having taken it over from her father – living with them was her father and a niece Mary A. Smith (b 1844))

[Note: It is interesting that even though they both had surname spellings ‘Anstee’, their children were all ‘Anstey’]

Hannah was witness to Robert (DY 11)’s will in 1836. In the 1841 Census the family were living in Dyrham where George was publican at the Bull Inn Public House & Farm. Next door to them was Hannah’s brother John (DY 14) and his family. In 1856 George Anstey (Senior) was confirmed landlord of the Bull Inn.

They were still at the Bull Inn in Dyrham in 1861. Hannah died in 1864, buried 4 February 1864 in Dyrham. By the 1871 Census George’s daughter Mary and her husband Thomas Davis were running the Bull Inn, he was living with them, now just a farmer (they were still running the Bull Inn in the early 1890s, meaning the pub had been in family hands over 50 years). He died on 8 August 1871, still described as a farmer “late of Dyrham and Hinton“, executor of his will was his son John Anstey (DY 30).

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