Leonard Annesty, a member of the Garnish, Fortune Bay Ansteys, was born on 7 December 1893 (some sources say 8 December 1892, others 1896) in North Sydney, Cape Breton to parents Aaron Annesty and Louise Allan. In the 1911 Canadian Census he was living with his family at Musgrove Street in Cape Breton where he declared himself a Presbyterian and a fisherman. Leonard married Josephine Mildred MacIntyre (b 1898, known as Josie) in August 1917 in Sydney, Cape Breton and they had children:
- Regis Josephine Anesty (b 1918, the ‘Cape Breton Post‘ on 17 August 2004 reported “Regis Josephine LeRoy, 85, a resident of MacGillivray Guest Home, passed away at the guest-home, Sunday, August 15, 2004. she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Josephine (MacIntyre) Anesty of Sydney. Regis was a member of the first choir at St. Theresa Church and sang at the opening mass on Christmas Eve 1934. She was employed for many years at Gillis’ Catholic Bookstore, McCurdy’s Ladies’ Wear, and the Isle Royale Hotel Gift Store. She was predeceased by her husband, Louis A. LeRoy, sister Daisy, and brothers, Earl and Leonard Annesty. Regis is survived by her daughter MaryLou (Fronie) LeRoy, brothers Laurie Anesty (Donna), Sid and Roy (Pauline) Annesty and sister Beverley Annesty. Her body has been cremated. Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Wednesday August 18 from 7-0 pm.“;
- Leonard Joseph Annesty Junior (b 1920, died 1994);
- Seward Gregory Annesty (b 1921, known as Sid);
- Daisy Annesty (b 1922, died 1924);
- Earl Edmund Annesty (b 1926, died 1991);
- Geraldine Annesty (b 1930, died 1931);
- Laurie Annesty;
- Roy Annesty; and
- Beverley Marie Annesty (b 1939)
Around a year after his marriage, and just before the end of World War One, Leonard (as ‘Leonard Anesty‘ – he also signed his name with this spelling) was drafted up for active service under the Military Services Act 1917 (Class One). On his Draft Form it was noted that he was born on 7 December 1893 in North Sydney; that he was living at 339 George Street, Sydney; that he was Baptist by religion; and that he was a married steel moulder.
Leonard had his medical examination on 29 October 1918 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and he was posted to the 6 MD 1st Depot Battalion, Nova Scotia Regiment as a Private (Service Number: 3190652). However, given that the war ended a few days after his enlistment, Leonard was discharged a few weeks later on 3 January 1919.
Leonard was still living in Sydney in 1956. He died on 23 September 1968, buried in Hardwood Hill Cemetery, Sydney, Cape Breton, gravestone inscription “ANNESTY: In Loving Memory of Leonard Annesty Snr 1896-1968“.
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