George Anstey (BI 18)

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 18. George Anstey: He was born on 1 October 1816, baptised 24 March 1817 at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring to parents George Anstey (BI 7) and Sarah Bell. He married Ann Pratt in c1837 and they had children in Birmingham (many of whom died very young):

  • Joseph Anstey (BI 31 – b 1838);
  • Ann Anstey (b 26 December 1839, baptised 30 March 1840 at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring);
  • George Anstey (b 1841, died an infant buried at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring on 26 January 1842);
  • Julia Anstey (b 1842, died a young child buried at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring on 13 September 1844);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1846);
  • William Anstey (b 1847, baptised 15 November 1847, died a young child buried at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring on 7 September 1848);
  • Caroline Anstey (b 1849, died an infant?);
  • Mary Jane Anstey (b 1849);
  • Fanny Anstey (b 1852, died a young child buried at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring on 27 March 1854);
  • Betsy Anstey (b 1856 to mother ‘Pratt’);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1858, died an infant); and
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1861 – the ‘Birmingham Daily Gazette‘ 19 December 1864 reported “DEATH BY BURNING.— On Saturday an inquest was held at the Trees Inn, Bath Row, before Dr. Birt Davis, the Borough Coroner, touching the death of Frederick Anstey, aged three years, son of George Anstey, brass founder. Rea Street South. About three weeks ago, during the temporary absence of his mother from the house, the deceased got on fire and was severely burned in several parts of the body.He was removed to the Queen’s Hospital and his injuries attended to,but not withstanding treatment he died on Friday last from the effects of the burns. A verdict of ” Accidental death” was returned.“)

By 1840 the family were living at Doe Street, Birmingham. He was a milkman in the 1841 Census living with his brother James Anstey (BI 19), a brass founder. He was still a milkman in Birmingham in the 1851 Census and in the 1861 Census he was a milkman living at Doe Street. The ‘Birmingham Daily Gazette‘ 10 August 1870 reported “OFFENCE UNDER THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER’s Act. George Anstey, 26 Doe street, was summoned for allowing a chimney sweep named Thomas Smith to ascend a chimney in his house, he being under eighteen years of age. – The offence was proved by Police-constable Ashby (233) to have been committed on the 29th ult.-Fined 10s. and costs.

By the 1871 Census he was a provision dealer living at Doe Street, Birmingham – ditto 1881.

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