George Anstey (DY 24)

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 24. George Anstey: He was born in 1826 in Abson, baptised 9 April 1826 in Doynton, to parents John Anstey (DY 16) and Mary Stephens. In 1848 he joined the “Dodington troop of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars” – see below.

He married Caroline Andrews (b 1828) in Stoke Gifford in 1860 (the ‘Bristol Times and Mirror‘ on 28 April 1860 reported “April 21 at Stoke Gifford Church, by the Rev. Saif. Mr. George Anstey, of Chescombe. Gloucestershire, to Caroline, eldest daughter of Mr R. Andrews of Stoke Gifford“) and they had children in Wapley: 

  • Lucy Anstey (b 1861, an unmarried dairy manager and ‘companion’ of Sarah Iles (b 1807 Westerleigh) at Pulpan Farm, Christchurch in 1881 – see below for the advert she placed in the newspaper in 1879 looking to become a ‘companion’); 
  • Ellen Anstey (b 1863, “August 29, at Wapley, the wife of Mr. George Anstey, of a daughter” – she married her first cousin William Anstey (DY 49) in 1895 in Goytre); 
  • Mary Anstey (b 1864, in the 1911 Census she was an unmarried housekeeper at 35 Chardmore Road, St John At Hackney, London. She died in 1945); 
  • William Philip Anstey (DY 46 – b 1865); and 
  • Thirza Anstey (b 1872, baptised 29 March 1872 in Wapley. She married Reginald Frank Wallingford on 10 October 1898 in Goytre).

In September 1863 “Mr. G. Anstey, of Wapley, showed a pretty colt by the Duke of Beaufort’s horse Kingston, 3 years and 4 months old, as extra stock, which the judges commended” – at the same event he won a prize for “the best heffers of the same age“. In 1866 “George Anstey, Wapley” was commended in a ‘best mare’ competition. He had taken over the family farm (Cheescomb Farm, Wapley cum Codrington) by the 1871 Census; in 1873 “Hester Bennett, young domestic servant, was summoned by Mr George Anstey, Wapley, for neglecting to fulfil her contract, and not entering his service, agreed upon between them” and in 1874 “George Anstey Wapley Farmer” was a shareholder in the National Provincial Bank of England.

By 1879 the family were at Tyning Farm, Codrington and in that year the ‘Bristol Mercury‘ had an advert placed by his daughter Lucy looking for a position “Highly respectable young lady seeks situation to Wait on Lady or Companion. Very domesticated. Would make herself useful. Treated as one of the family.— Anstey, Tyning Farm, Chipping Sodbury“.

By the 1881 Census the family still lived at Tyning Farm Codrington near Wapley. In 1882 “George Davies, a youth, was charged with maliciously maiming a cow belonging to Mr. George Anstey, at Wapley and Codrington. The prisoner was alleged, by two young men who were walking with him, to have flung a stone at the cow“.

[Note: He should not be confused with George Anstey (DY 31), who was also a farmer of Codrington in the 1880s]

In 1887 “George Anstey Tyning Farm” was part of a “deputation on behalf of the tenantry” presenting a silver flagon to Sir Gerald Codrington on the occasion of his marriage. Also in 1887 “TYNING FARM, CODRINGTON, NEAR CHIPPING SODBURY. MESSRS TAYLER, & GERRISH are instructed by Mr George Anstey, who is quitting at Lady-Day, to SELL by AUCTION, on the Premises…the whole of his live and dead farming stock

The ‘Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette’ 07 November 1889 reported “Sergeant George Anstey, late of Codrington, has been presented with a handsome mantel and overplated teapot on retiring from the Dodington troop of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars after 41 years of service“.

The family had moved to Little Llanmellin Farm Caerwent, Monmouthshire by the 1891 Census (presumably they moved there in late 1889) – in 1891 he was referred to as “Mr. George Anstey, Llanmellin” when he came second in a ‘best pen of five lambs’ competition. His wife Caroline died in 1894 while the family were living at Llanmelin – she was buried at Goytre, Monmouthshire on 19 May 1894. The ‘Star of Gwent‘ on 8 March 1901 reported “LITTLE LLANMELLIN FARM, CAERWENT. Mr. GEORGE ANSTEY has fixed FRIDAY MARCH 15th, 1901, for his Sale of VALUABLE LIVE AND DEAD FARMING STOCK…

By the 1901 Census he was confirmed as a widower and a retired farmer, now living with his son William (DY 46) and his family in Caldicot Village. He died on 23 May 1901, buried 27 May 1901 in Goytre. Per his probate, he was a retired farmer living at Manor House Farm, Llanfihangel Roggiet – administration to Thomas Dutfield, merchant, and Roger Keene, farmer (presumably related to his daughter in law Ann Keene – see DY 46).

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