George Anstee (DY 8)

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 8. George Anstee: He was baptised on 27 April 1712 in Dyrham to father Robert Anstee (DY 5). He married Martha Weston (b 1715) in c1736 and they had twelve children, all born and baptised in Dyrham, namely:

  • John Anstee (DY 12 – baptised 12 November 1738);
  • Sarah Anstee (baptised 27 March 1740);
  • George Anstee (baptised 9 December 1741, died 1770 – see below);
  • Mary Anstee (baptised 5 April 1744, married Isaac Humphreys in 1775, died 1822 – see below);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1745, buried in Dyrham in 1813 having never married – see below);
  • Robert Anstee (baptised 2 August 1749, died in 1762 – see below);
  • Jane Anstee (baptised 4 March 1751, died an infant);
  • Martha Anstee (baptised 4 August 1751, buried in Dyrham in 1833 having never married – see below);
  • Jane Anstee (baptised 25 January 1754, buried in Dyrham in 1771 – see below);
  • Thomas Anstee (baptised 27 March 1757);
  • Charles Anstee (DY 13 – baptised 22 October 1758); and
  • Ann Anstee (baptised 17 May 1761, married Walter Stevens on 17 August 1794 – she died in Dyrham buried 9 March 1820).

George’s house-rent (£2.15s.) was paid by the parish in 1758 – at the time, his father Robert (DY 5) was Overseer of the Poor. In 1782, he was presented to manor court for making an enclosure on common land. He lived in Dyrham & Hinton all his life and was buried there on 20 June 1799 – his wife pre-deceased him, buried in 1795.

Anstey researcher Tom made a significant contribution to this section of the pedigree, because on one of his A5 cards he noted a memorial inscription on a gravestone he saw in Dyrham. It reads:

Jane, daughter of George [DY 8] and Martha Anstee, d 16 Dec 1771 aged 24 [?? 14?]

John [DY 12], their son, d 21 Nov 1771 aged 33

George, their son, d 16 May 1770 aged 29

Robert, their son, d 16 Jul 1762, aged 13

Anne, wife of Robert Anstee [DY 5] d 5 Oct 1761, aged 82

Robert Anstee [DY 5] d 5 Apr 1762, aged 79

Mary, wife of Robert Anstee [DY 4] d 28 Jun 1723 aged 34

John, their son, died young [see DY 4]

Robert Anstee [DY 4], d 20 Dec 1772, aged 85

This gravestone inscription was surely commissioned by George and Martha in the 1770s after a spate of deaths in their immediate family. What is noteworthy is that the last three lines of the inscription detail members of the sub-branch descendent from Robert (DY 2), not George (DY 3). From this, we can certainly conclude that the two principal sub-branches in Dyrham remained close even a century after they first split.

A similar Dyrham gravestone memorial inscription contains more details of George and Martha’s family. It reads as follows:

Elizabeth Anstee, died 23 Sep 1813 aged 68

Mary Humphris, dau of George and Martha Anstee, died ? 1822, aged 79

Martha Anstee, died 16 Mar 1833, aged 83

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