James Anstey, a member of the Milborne Port Anstys, was born in q3 1885 in Alderbury/Salisbury to parents James Anstey and Agnes Pearcey. His mother died at the same time he was born, and we have no idea what became of his father, so he was brought up by his grandparents William and Louisa Parsons.
[Note: James mother Agnes Pearcey’s parents were Reuben Pearcey and Louisa Lawrence. After Reuben Pearcey died, Louisa Pearcey remarried to William Parsons in q1 1891 in Wilton.]
James was living with his grandparents at Deptford, Wylye, Wilton, Wiltshire in the 1891 Census and he was still living with his widowed grandmother Louisa Parsons at Deptford, Wylye in the 1901 Census, working as a farm boy.
James married Amy Smith in 1908 in Warminster and they had children Alfred George Anstey (b 1909); Frederick James Anstey (b 1911 – see below); and Agnes A. Anstey (b 1913 Westbury).
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In the 1911 Census the family were living at Eden Vale Westbury where James was working as a carman for the Great Western Railway Company.
died prisoner of war in Germany – son died too in 1918 see newspapers
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