The Brixton, Devon Ansteys

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

Overview of the Brixton, Devon Ansteys

The Brixton Ansteys of Devon include both the villages of Noss Mayo and Plympton and the old parish of Revelstoke, all of which lie in close proximity to each other and a couple of miles east of Plymouth. The patriarch of the Brixton Ansteys is John Anstis (b 1770).

As such, the Brixton Ansteys are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch, originally part of the ‘Anstis’ family, and thus do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey.

To the best of our knowledge, this sub-branch is now Anstey-extinct (though we have not yet traced John Anstey (b 1870 Droxford) post-1891). Regardless, this sub-branch does have the ‘honour’ of being the most recent (and final) England based ‘Anstis’ sub-branch to convert to the surname ‘Anstey’ – in the early to mid 1800s.

John Anstis (b 1770)

John Anstis was born in 1770. He married Elizabeth Dingle in 1814 in Brixton as ‘Anstis’ and they had sons in Brixton:

  • George Anstis (b 1815, died an infant);
  • John Anstis (b 1816 – see below); and
  • George Anstis (b 1819, died 1820)

John Anstis died in Brixton in 1848 as ‘Anstey’ – his widow Elizabeth was a pauper living with her son John Anstis at Fox Hound Inn, Brixton in the 1851 Census. She died in Brixton in 1862 as ‘Anstis’.

John Anstis (b 1816 Brixton)

John Anstis was born in 1816 in Brixton to parents John Anstis and Elizabeth Dingle. He married Sarah Wakeham (b c1816 Brixton) as ‘Anstey’ (though in the Banns he was ‘Anstis’) on 8 June 1838 (some sources say 8 June 1840) in Brixton and they had children in Brixton:

  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1839, died 1841 as Anstis);
  • Catherine [Caroline] Anstey (b 1841);
  • George Anstey (b 9 October 1844, baptised 3 November 1844. He married Susan Hannaford Allen on 11 April 1869 at Kingsteignton/Droxford and they had children John Anstey (b 1870 Droxford, Hampshire, an unmarried carpenter at Sunny Hill, Frogmore, Tormoham in 1891. He married Elizabeth Pottinger on 9 May 1903 in South Shields (father confirmed as ‘George Anstey’) and they had children in South Shields George William Anstey (b 1904, with his mother in the 1911 Census); John Anstey (b 1907, died 1910); and Susan C. Anstey (b 1914). In the 1911 Census Elizabeth Anstey (wife) and her son were at 32 Fawcett Street South Shields – we cannot locate John Anstey in that census. In 1913 John Anstey was admitted to the ‘Amalgamated Society Of Carpenters & Joiners‘ in South Shields – he had been a carpenter for 22 years); Sarah Anstey (b 1870 Droxford, alive in 1911); and Mary A. Anstey (b 1876 Devonport, an unmarried domestic at Sunny Hill, Frogmore, Tormoham in 1891, still alive in 1911). In the 1881 Census they were living at Sunny Hill Hr Warberry Road, Tormoham [Tormohan] with Torquay where George Anstey was a gardener – in 1891 they were at Sunny Hill, Frogmore, Tormoham. They were at St Catherine’s Lodge, Torquay in 1901 and by the 1911 Census he was still a gardener living with his wife Susan at St Katherine’s Lodge Newton Road Torquay – they had three children, all still alive);
  • William Anstey (b 1847, married Maria Axworthy on 11 May 1876 in Revelstoke and they had children Bernard Anstey (b 1878 Revelstoke, baptised 24 February 1878, married Elizabeth (Pollard or Banfield) in 1906 in St Austell, Cornwall. In the 1911 Census he was a hardware assistant living with his wife at 9 Napier Terrace Plymouth); and Hilda Maria Anstey (b 1887 Plymouth/Revelstoke, an unmarried dressmaker in 1901. By the 1911 Census she was boarding at Lion Fields Cookley, Wolverley, working as a mission sister and she married Percy Hobday a year later in West Bromwich). In 1881 William Anstey was a baker at Noss Mayo Village, Revelstoke and in 1891 he was a gardener living at Newton Ferrers, Plympton. By 1901 the family were living at Winter Villa Lodge, 41, Durnford Street, East Stonehouse with William‘s mother Sarah); and
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1850)

In the 1851 Census the family were living at Fox Hound Inn, Brixton where John (as ‘Anstey’) was a gardener. In 1901 Sarah Anstey (wife) was still “married“, living with her son William Anstey and his family at Winter Villa Lodge, 41, Durnford Street, East Stonehouse

Further Details on the Brixton, Devon Ansteys

We are actively on the lookout for Brixton, Devon Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Brixton, Devon Ansteys who fought in World War One, preferably with personal souvenirs such as letters sent by the soldiers or military photos etc. 

Anybody who has such expertise and inclination, please contact us at

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Brixton, Devon Ansteys, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.

The best way to find said information is to enter ‘Brixton’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

Anybody who finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at and we will correct it.

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