The Castle Cary Ansteys

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

Overview of the Castle Cary Ansteys

The Castle Cary Ansteys of Somerset (including the next-door parish of Ansford) are an ‘Anstey evolved from Austin‘ sub-branch. Hence they are originally part of the ‘Austin’ family pedigree, and thus do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey.

The patriarch of the Castle Cary Ansteys is Richard Austin who married Mary Cary in 1766 in Castle Cary (Mary died in Castle Cary in 1797 aged 58). The parish of Castle Cary at the time of this marriage was an ‘Austin’ stronghold, with hundreds of ‘Austin’s appearing in their parish registers from 1600 onwards. Why Richard Austin and Mary Cary decided to label their children as ‘Anstie‘ we do not know, but label them thus they did (even though Richard Austin himself was illiterate, his wife Mary Cary wasn’t, so it certainly wasn’t a ‘mistake’, but a deliberate decision on their part).

Intriguingly, this is the ONLY time that we have found the ‘Anstey’ surname evolving from a family of the surname ‘Austin’ (all other instances of ‘Anstey’ evolution from other surnames have sprung from the surname ‘Anstis’ – see ‘Ansteys evolved from Other Surnames‘ for more). Even though Richard Austin and Mary Cary‘s children were initially labelled ‘Anstie’, the Castle Cary sub-branch in the main eventually settled on the spelling ‘Anstey’.

Richard Austin (m 1766 Castle Cary)

Richard Austin married Mary Cary in 1766 in Castle Cary. They had children (all born in Castle Cary):

  • Elizabeth Anstie (b 1766 died in 1802 in Castle Cary as ‘Ansty’);
  • John Anstie (b 1768 – see below);
  • Mary Anstie (b 1771);
  • Amelia Anstie (b 1775);
  • Richard Ansty (b 1778 baptised 1780 aged 2);
  • Thomas Ansty (b 1780, married Ann Broderip in 1801 in Castle Cary and they had a son Thomas Anstey born in 1803 in Shepton Mallet);

John Anstie (b 1768 Castle Cary)

John Anstie was born in Castle Cary in 1768 to parents Richard Austin and Mary Cary. He married Virtue Francis in 1789 in Ansford (bizarrely transcribed as ‘Anstis‘), having children in Ansford:

  • John Ansty (b 1790, baptised in Castle Cary. He was a carpenter who married Hannah Garland in Bruton, Somerset in 1811, having children John Anstey (b 1811 Castle Cary); Harriet Anstey (b 1814 Castle Cary); Mary Anstey (b 1815 Castle Cary, had an illegitimate daughter Lucy Anstey (b 1846 Castle Cary)); Thomas Anstey (b 1818 Castle Cary); Robert Anstey (b 1821 Castle Cary – see below); and Charles Anstey (b 1835 Bath). In the 1841 Census they were at Corn Street, St James, Bath; John Anstey was a carpenter. In the 1851 Census they were at 58, York Street, St Philip & St Jacob (Out), Clifton, BristolJohn Anstey was still a carpenter);
  • James Anstie (b 1793);
  • William Ansty (b 1796 in Ansford – see below);
  • Richard Ansty (b 1798, became an Anstey convict sent to Australia);
  • Martha Ansty (b 1800, had two illegitimate daughters Mary Ann Anstey (b 1826 Castle Cary, married James Cary and in the 1871 Census they were living at Woodcock Street, Castle Cary with a ‘grandson’ John Anstey (b 18 April 1866 Castle Cary, a factory hand lodging at Florida Castle Cary in the 1911 Census)); and Jane Anstey (b 1830 Castle Cary)); and
  • Thomas Ansty (b 1801, a carpenter who married Mary Ann Small on 26 December 1831 in Ansford and they had children in Ansford Elizabeth Ann Anstey (b 1832, baptised 15 April 1832) and Richard Anstey (b 3 April 1836, baptised 5 June 1836 – an apprentice carpenter in 1851. He married Ann Bryant in Bristol St Stephen on 13 December 1859 and they had children in Stalbridge Frank Edwin Anstey (b 1861, alive in 1881) and Elizabeth Anstey (b 1863 known as Bessie, alive in 1881). In the 1881 Census the family was at 84, Kings Road, Portsea where Richard was an upholsterer. By the 1911 Census Richard was a retired butcher living with his wife at 11 High Street Eastleigh). In the 1851 Census the family were living at South Cary, Castle Cary where Thomas Anstey was a wheelwright – also living with them was Edwin Small, a nephew. Thomas Anstey died in 1855, buried in Castle Cary on 1 April 1855)

William Anstey (b 1796 Ansford)

William Anstey (b 1796 in Ansford to John Anstie and Virtue Francis) married Hannah Carrige? (b c1813 in Walton, Suffolk) in c1820; they had three children in Ipswich, then the family returned to Seaton in Devon in about 1830 where they had another four children (it is also possible they had a son in Illogan, Cornwall). William Anstey and Hannah‘s children were:

  • Sarah Anstey (b 1820 Ipswich?);
  • John Anstey (b 1825 Ipswich or possibly Illogen, Cornwall);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1827, Ipswich, married and living with her family in 1851);
  • Samuel Parker Anstey (b 1833 Seaton – see below);
  • Virtue Anstey (b 1834 Seaton, living with her family in 1851);
  • Francis Henry Anstey (b 1838 Seaton, living with his family in 1851, he married Mary Ford (b 1833 Northam) in Bristol, St James in 1861. He had joined the Merchant Navy as Boatswain by 1862 working aboard the vessel ‘Flying Cloud‘. In the 1881 Census Mary Anstey (“mariner’s wife“) and their two sons William Henry Anstey (b 1862 Appledore, a ship carpenter – in the 1911 Census he was a shipwright and a widower with no children of his own, living at 35 Pentrebane Street Grangetown Cardiff looking after his brother Francis James Anstey‘s children) and John Anstey (b 1867 Appledore, a shipbuilder) were living at Market Street, Northam with a niece Emily Anstey (b 1861 Great Yarmouth). They also had a son Francis James Anstey (b 1864 Appledore – an Anstey Hero). Francis Henry Anstey was buried in Appledore in 1889, a “mariner“);
  • James Meek Anstey (b 1841 Seaton, living with his family in 1851. He married Emma Shepherd [or Idon/Hiden?] in 1866 in Bermondsey and they had children in London Emma Anstey (b 1864); Hannah V. Anstey (b 1866 to mother ‘Hiden’, unmarried and living with her brother Henry at 181, Markhouse Road, Walthamstow in 1901); and Henry Lewis Anstey (b 1871 to mother ‘Idon’, married Sarah Ann Whyatt in Walworth on 27 August 1892 (father confirmed as ‘James M. Anstey‘) – they had children in Southwark Henry Anstey (b 1895, an unmarried van boy living with his family in the 1911 Census); James Meek Anstey (b 1897 Southwark, living with his family in the 1911 Census); and Sarah Ethel Anstey (b 1899 Southwark, died an infant). Sarah Ann (wife) died in 1900 so in the 1901 Census Henry was a widower and greengrocer at 181, Markhouse Road, Walthamstow living with his sister and children. He remarried Esther Maria Mills (his lodger in 1901) on 17 October 1909 in West Ham and in the 1911 Census the family were living at 7 Ickworth Park Road Walthamstow where Henry was a mineral traveller). In the 1881 Census James was an iron moulder living with his family at 45, Arnott Street, Newington – also with then was Henry Stanbergstepfather“. James Meek Anstey died in Lambeth in 1889)

After William Anstey died in Seaton, Devon in 1847, his wife Hannah remarried to Edward Johnson in Stepney, London in early 1851, and the family had moved to Strathmore Terrace, Saint Paul Shadwell in Middlesex by the 1851 Census.

Robert Anstey (b 1821 Castle Cary)

Robert Anstey was born in 1821 in Castle Cary to parents John Ansty and Hannah Garland – he was baptised on 16 March 1821 in Castle Cary. Robert Anstey moved to St Philips, Bristol with Caroline James (b c1821 Bath) in c1840 (he later married her on 15 July 1847 in Bristol, St Mary Redcliffe – his father confirmed as “John Anstey“) and they had children:

  • Robert Anstey (b 1841 Bristol St Phillips, an unmarried painter living at 70, Salisbury Street, Marylebone in the 1861 Census. He married Sarah Marriott (b 1840 Banbury) and they had children in Paddington Rose Helena Anstey (b 1870, living with her aunt Harriet in 8, Woodland Road, Walton on the Hill, West Derby in the 1881 Census); Robert Henry Anstey (b 1872); and Ada Charlotte Anstey (b 1878, an unmarried ‘reilfa? stamper’ at 81 Ashmore Road Paddington in the 1911 Census). In the 1881 Census they were living at 2, Brindley Street, Paddington where Robert Anstey was a painter. In the 1891 Census they were living at Cirencester Street, Paddington where Robert was a “house painter” born “1841 Bristol”. Robert died in 1899 in Paddington);
  • Harriet Anstey (b 1843 Southwark to mother “James“, an unmarried house servant in the 1861 Census living with her widowed mother in Paddington. She married William Almond in 1863 and they went to Australia for a couple of years, before returning and living in 8, Woodland Road, Walton on the Hill, West Derby in the 1881 Census together with her niece Rose Helena Anstey (b 1870));
  • Henry [Harry] Anstey (b 1845 Shoreditch to mother “James“. He was a “journeyman plasterer” in 1861 living with his widowed mother in Paddington. In 1868 he married Charlotte Starling (b 1831 Exeter, though later censuses say b 1841 Wimborne) in Kensington (we find no children of this marriage) and by the 1871 Census they were living at Bunhill Row, St Luke, Holborn, where Henry was a plasterer. By 1881 they were living at Claredon Arms, 225, New Road, Camberwell – Henry was still a plasterer. In 1901 the couple were living at 25, Barmeston Road, Lewisham where Henry was “living on his own means“. We cannot locate Harry in the 1911 Census but in July 1911 Harry Anstey committed suicide. The ‘Croydon’s Weekly Standard‘ on 22 July 1911 wrote “Man And Woman Shot: A woman bleeding from a wound in the face staggered to the door of a cottage at Meopham Kent and said that has had been shot. She spoke of a man lying up the lane and the cottager, going in the direction indicated, found a man lying on the ground dead, with a revolver by his side. four of the five chambers were empty. A bullet had passed through his head and another through his body. The police discovered that the man was Harry Anstey, aged about 65, and the woman Mrs Kate Burbidge…Anstey had been lodging with Mr and Mrs Burbidge for about five years and was supposed to be of independent means. He and Mrs Burbidge left Lewisham on June 23“. The ‘Illustrated Police News‘ on 2 December 1911 added “A Kentish Love Tragedy: An inquest was held at Meopham, Kent on an elderly man named Harry Anstey, retired master plasterer and property owner of Catford, who shot himself after firing at and severely wounding Mrs Kate Burbridge, the wife of a tram conductor residing at Lewisham. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased and the woman, who was many years his junior, eloped together in July last and, amongst other places, stopped at Meopham. They obtained some sandwiches and a bottle of gin, and went for a walk and, according to the statement of Mrs Burbridge – who attended court with her head in bandages – whilst they were sitting down she expressed her intention of returning home. Anstey made a remark which caused her to turn round and then she heard two shots. One singed her hair and the other entered her jaw. She crawled to a cottage. Anstey was afterwards found dead bleeding from wounds, and with a revolver by his side. Mrs Burbridge admitted that the subject of dying together had been mentioned, but that was months ago. The inquest had been repeatedly adjourned owing to the woman’s serious condition. The jury found that Anstey had committed suicide, but there was no evidence to show his state of mind at the time“)
  • Mary Anstey (b 1850 Stepney to mother “James“, known as Polly); and
  • Alma Charlotte Anstey (b 1855 Kensington to mother “James“, died an infant)

In the 1841 Census, Robert Anstey a “mill wright aged 20“, his wife Caroline (“aged 20“) and their son Robert were living at Kingsland Terrace, St Philip & Jacob with the ‘Tavernor’ family (his father and brother both moved there too). By the 1851 Census the family were living at South Grove, Mile End Old Town, London (though Robert Anstey was not with them) – they also had a visitor Harriet Chesney (b 1800 St James, Bristol). Robert Anstey must have died between 1855 and 1861 because in the 1861 Census Caroline Anstey, a “laundress and widow” was living with her children at 3, Desborough Street, Paddington.

Samuel Parker Anstey (b 1833 Seaton)

Samuel Parker Anstey was born on 11 August 1833 in Seaton, baptised 19 September 1833 in Axminster as ‘Wesleyan Methodist’, to parents William Anstey and Hannah Carrige? He was living with his family in Shadwell in Middlesex in 1851 then in 1856 he emigrated to Australia on the ship ‘Torva‘ (as a free man) and around the same time (either in England or Australia) he married Isabella Weir [Muir?] (b 1833 Scotland). They had children:

  • John William Anstey (b 1856 England or Australia? ‘The Argus‘ on 28 August 1879 reported “John Anstey and Thomas Martin, originally hailing from Warrnambool, were found guilty of assaulting John Richards on May 9, with intent to rob and sentenced to two years’ hard labour.”. ‘The Argus‘ on 19 August 1882 reported “WARRNAMBOOL, Thurs The General Sessions and County Court were opened before his Honour Judge Nolan to day There was only one case on the Sessions list, in which John Anstey was charged with being on the premises of Mrs Fox at Warrnambool, with an unlawful intent The jury remained locked up for six hours when they were discharged without agreeing The prisoner was then remanded to the Belfast Assizes, which take place on the 6th October“. John married Elizabeth Billings in 1890 in Victoria. He was living at 45 Foote? Street Albert Park Melbourne when he dealt with his mother’s estate in 1909 and still living there when his brother Edward Anstey visited in 1913, though we cannot find him in the Electoral Register. John died in 1935 in Victoria);
  • Barbara Anstey (b 1859 Warrnambool);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1864 Denn, ‘The Leader‘ on 9 August 1890 reported “ANSTEY.— On the 20th July, after a few hours illness, Samuel, the second and beloved son of Isabella and the late Samuel Anstey, aged 26 years. Deeply mourned for.” and a year later his mother wrote “IN MEMORIAL. ANSTEY – In loving memory of my dear son, Samuel Anstey, who died on the 20th July, 1890, aged 26 years“);
  • Phoebe Anstey (b 1865 Wangaratta);
  • Catherine Anstey (b 1866 Warrnambool, ‘The Argus‘ on 15 March 1890 reported “Marriage – ARMSTRONG—ANSTEY.—On the 15th ult., at Christ Church, St. Kilda, by the Rev. Wm. Hancock, B.A., William Louther, eldest son of Joseph Scott Armstrong, late of Maldon, and formerly of Silvermines, County Tipperary, Ireland, to Catherine (Kate), third daughter of Samuel Anstey, late of Warrnambool.“);
  • Janet Anstey (b 1871 Warrnambool, died an infant);
  • Edward Anstey (b 1872 Warrnambool – see below); and
  • Agnes Anstey (b 1875 Warrnambool – the ‘Australasian’ on 12 September 1908 reported “MARRIAGES. MAHLE—ANSTEY.—At the Presbyterian Church, Bairnsdale, by the Rev. Hugh Burns, assisted by the Rev. Geo. Lee, of Lindenow, George, only son of the late William Mahle, of Rutherglen, to Agnes, youngest daughter of the late Samuel Anstey, of Warrnambool.“)

The Argus‘ on 4 September 1860 reported “Prize Fighting. The principals in the late disgusting prize fight, which took place in this district, were brought up before the Warrnambool bench on Wednesday. The bench consisted of the police magistrate and Messrs. Plummer Mid Stevens. The defendants were John Scullion and Samuel Anstey, and the charge being fully proved, they were fined £10 each, or two months’ imprisonment, and at the same time the police magistrate (we have much pleasure in saying) intimated that the bench would, in future, inflict a similar penalty on all those who abetted such scenes.

Samuel Anstey and his wife Isabella often appeared at the Warrnambool Petty Sessions between 1860 and 1881 as both defendant and complainant for various minor issues (small debts, assault etc). In May 1872 Samuel Anstey was imprisoned (Prisoner Number: 10009), having been found guilty at Warrnambool Petty Sessions of “threatening language, breach of the peace, and illegally using a horse“. He was freed a month later “on finding surety of £50 to keep the peace in default 6 months imprisonment“.

The Argus‘ on 20 February 1877 reported “KOROIT, MONDAY. Samuel Anstey, a prisoner who has been wanted by the police for some months on a charge of larceny, was arrested at Koroit today.” [Note: Koroit is around 20km north of Warrnambool]

Samuel Anstey died in Warrnambool in 1884 “aged 51“. Isabella Anstey (widow) died on 14 December 1908, living in Albert Park near Melbourne – her estate was dealt with by her son John William Anstey in 1909.

Henry Anstey (b 1839 Stonehouse)

Henry Anstey was born in 1839 in Stonehouse to parents Richard Anstey and Sarah Ann Hill. Henry was an unmarried crate maker in 1861 living with his mother. He started working for the railways in 1865 and then he married May Annie Gridber Stevens in Eton in 1867. They had a large family, all born in Slough from 1867 onwards, namely:

  • Eleanor Anstey (b 1867, alive in 1911);
  • Henry Thomas Anstey (b 27 August 1868, an unmarried ‘fireman on railway’ lodging at Alfred Road, Paddington in 1891 with his brother Albert. In 1902 at Clerkenwell he was sentenced to 6 months hard labour at Wormwood Scrubs for “stealing and receiving a clock mirror“. In the 1911 Census he was a general labourer boarding at 2 Leeds Street, Ffestiniog, Merionethshire – it is unclear if he was married. By the 1939 Register he was a “widower” living with Maud M. Dane (see below Henry Thomas Anstey (b 1895) was visiting her in 1911) at Claredon Crescent, Paddington – Henry married Maud in 1943 in Paddington and he died in 1949 in Paddington. As far as we know he only married once and had no children);
  • William John Anstey (b 1870, he was a ‘fireman’ when he married Ellen Owen on 30 April 1894 in Liverpool having children James Henry Anstey (b 1894 Birkenhead – an Anstey Hero); Catherine Ellen Anstey (b 1898 Slough, living with her family in the 1911 Census); and Gertrude Beatrice Anstey (b 1899 Slough, living with her family in the 1911 Census). In 1901 the family were living at 83, The Crescent, Slough and in the 1911 Census William was an engine driver with the Great Western Railway living with his family at 115 Regina Road, Norwood. He died in Heston in 1955 gravestone inscription “In loving memory of a devoted wife and mother ELLEN ANSTEY who fell asleep Aug. 8th 1943 aged 71 years. Also JAMES HENRY beloved son of above who died on active service Oct 8th 1916 aged 22 years. Also WILLIAM JOHN ANSTEY husband of the above who died Dec. 9th 1955 aged 85 years Also ARIE JAN VREEDENBURGH cremated March 8th 1962.“);
  • Albert Anstey (b 1872, an unmarried ‘fireman on railway’ lodging at Alfred Road, Paddington in 1891 with his brother. He married Martha Maud Sparkes in Eton in 1895, having children William Henry Anstey (b 1897 Basingstoke, living with his parents in Hunslett, Leeds in 1921 at 15 Pepper View and later that year in Hunslett he married Florence E. Cooper. He died in 1976 in Leeds); Gertrude Pretoria Anstey (b 1900 West Ham, married Ernest Rigg in 1918 in Hunslett); and Herbert George Anstey (b 1902 West Ham, living with his parents in Leeds in 1926. He married Charlotte N. Noble in 1930 in Leeds and by the 1939 Register he was a labourer living at 28 Sunbeam Avenue, Leeds. He died on 30 September 1964 buried at Cottingley Hall Cemetery and Crematorium in Leeds gravestone inscription “Dad and Grandad Herbert George Anstey died 30 Sep 1964 aged 62 years” ). In the 1901 Census Albert was a crane driver living with his family and brother Ernest G. Anstey (b 1880) at 14, Malmesbury Terrace Canning Town, West Ham. By the 1911 Census Albert was an engine driver living with his wife and children at 81 Wainwright Street Aston Manor. By 1921 they were living at 15 Pepper View Hunslett near Leeds. By 1926 Albert and Maud (Martha) were living at 48 Leak Terrace, East Hunslett in Leeds and by the 1939 Register they were living at 2 Tate Court, Leeds where Albert was a “retired crane driver“. Albert Anstey died in 1949 in Pontefract, Yorkshire);
  • Edward [Ernest] James M. Anstey (b 1873 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Elizabeth Mary Anstey (b 1874, she had an illegitimate son William Henry Anstey (b 1896 Eton – an Anstey Hero). She then married William Freeman Clarke in 1898 in Paddington and they were living at 5 Chilternham Terrace, Windsor in 1904. She was alive in 1911);
  • Frederick Charles Anstey (b 1875 – see below);
  • Herbert Anstey (b 1877, married Edith Eliza Wheeler in Eton in 1899 and they had children Arthur Charles G. Anstey (b 1900 Eton, died an infant); Dorothy Mabel Anstey (b 1902 Slough); Frederick Anstey (b 1904 Slough); Irene Elizabeth Anstey (b 1910 Neath); and Cyril H. Anstey (b 1912 Neath). In the 1911 Census Herbert was a goods guard with the Great Western Railway living with his family at 65 Pendrill Street Neath);
  • Ernest George Anstey (b 17 January 1880, known as George. The ‘Windsor and Eton Express‘ 06 March 1897 edition reported “Accident: On Monday afternoon George Anstey of Slough had the misfortune to have the two centre fingers of his right hand and a portion of his thumb smashed in such a manner as to necessitate their amputation. He was at work on a stationary engine at Windsor Station at the time. Last week his brother, who is employed at Slough Station, had one finger of the right hand nearly lacerated as he was engaged in coupling two trucks. Both are sons of Mr Herbert [Henry] Anstey, wagon examiner at Slough Station“. He was living with his brother Albert in 1901, a crane driver at 14, Malmesbury Terrace Canning Town, West Ham. He married Emily Cocks [Cox] in Paddington in 1903 and they had children Frederick William Anstey (b 1904, died 1907); Albert Edward Anstey (b 1905 Willesdon) and Alice Theresa Anstey (b 1907 Wealdstone). In the 1911 Census Emily and her children were at 41 Greyhound Road Kensal Rise, Willesden – George was an engine driver boarding at St Catherines Road Long Melford. By the 1921 Census they were all living in Willesden, including George. In 1939 Ernest George Anstey was a general labourer living with Emily at 14 Fernwood Crescent, Friern Barnet);
  • Alice Harriet Anstey (b 1881, died in 1885);
  • Charles Richard Anstey (b 1882 – an Anstey Hero); and
  • Gertrude Annie Anstey (b 1886, a single dressmaker living with her parents in Slough in the 1911 Census)

In 1871 Henry was an “examiner of trucks and carriages at Slough“. By the 1881 Census Henry was a “fitter with the Great Western Railroad” living at 2, Wexham Road, Upton cum Chalvey, Eton, Buckinghamshire with his family. In the 1891 Census he was a railway carriage examiner living at Upton Lea Cottages, Wexham Road, Upton cum Chalvey, Eton with his wife May Anstey. In around 1901 Henry Anstey was living at 2 Jubilee Villas, Stoke Road, Slough but in the 1901 Census he was living at Albion Villa, 1, Stoke Road, Slough together with his family and a grandson Henry Thomas Anstey (b 1895 Paddington – an errand boy visiting Maud Dane (b 1880 Woolwich – who eventually married Henry Thomas Anstey (b 1868 above)) at 8 Clarendon Street Paddington in the 1911 Census).

Henry Anstey retired in 1902 – the ‘Windsor and Eton Express‘ on 12 July 1902 writing “THE ESTEEM or His FELLOW WORKMEN.—Mr. H. Anstey, who for the past 37 years has been employed as a carriage examiner, and who is now retiring, was on Monday the recipient of a tangible proof of the esteem in which he is held by his fellow employees at Slough Station… he was presented a purse of money subscribed by his colleagues“.

By the 1911 Census they were living at 3 York Place Grays Road Slough where Henry was a “railway pensioner” (the census also confirms they had 12 children with 11 still living in 1911). Henry Anstey died in 1913 in Slough – the ‘Windsor and Eton Express‘ on 22 November 1913 reporting “Death: Henry Anstey 75, of Slough“.

Henry Anstey (b 1860 Stonehouse)

Henry Anstey was born in Stonehouse in 1860 to parents John Anstey and Mary Ann. He married Hannah Clayton in 1880 in Bradford and they had children in Bradford:

  • Sarah Ellen Anstey (b 1881);
  • John William Anstey (b 1884, married Edith Holmes in 1908 in Bradford and in the 1911 Census they were living at 279 New Hey Road Bradford where John William Anstey was a police constable); and
  • Abraham Clayton Anstey (b 1885 – an Anstey Hero)

In the 1891 Census the family were living at Violet Street, Bowling, Bradford, Yorkshire where Henry Anstey was a railway engine driver. Hannah Anstey died in 1899 in Bradford so Henry Anstey remarried Sarah Elizabeth Bland later in 1899 in Bradford.

By 1901 they were at 57, Stamford Street, Bradford and by the 1911 Census they were living at 259 New Hey Road Bradford – Henry was still a railway engine driver.

Edward Anstey (b 1872 Warrnambool)

Edward Anstey was born in 1872 in Warrnambool Australia to parents Samuel Parker Anstey and Isabella Weir [Muir?]. In February 1886 he was fined at the Warrnambool Petty Sessions for “using a horse without the consent of the owner“. He married Kathleen June Martin in 1900 in Victoria and they had children:

  • Isabel Agnes Anstey (b 1901 Footscray, with parents in the 1910 American Census. She married George Adam Winrich on 30 November 1929 in San Francisco – she was living at 530-41st Ave San Francisco at the time. Isabel died in October 1993, buried at Winlock Cemetery, Lewis County, Washington);
  • Eileen Silimas Anstey (b 1903 Footscray, with parents in the 1910 American Census); and
  • John Anstey (b 25 December 1909 San Francisco, with parents in the 1910 American Census. He became a butcher and died on 6 November 1980 in San Francisco)

In 1906 Kathleen Anstey and her two daughters travelled from Sydney to South Africa and then back to Melbourne – at the same time Edward emigrated to San Francisco in America. Then in February 1909 the rest of his family joined him in San Francisco. At the time of the 1910 American Census the whole family were at San Francisco Assembly District 33 where Edward was a plasterer.

Edward Anstey visited his brother John William Anstey in Melbourne in 1913, returning to San Francisco in May 1913 on ‘RMS Tahiti‘ – he was still a plasterer by trade. On 7 February 1920 Edward Anstey, by now divorced, married Grace Anderson in San Francisco and they had a child:

  • Jack Anstey (b 1924 San Francisco)

Edward was naturalised as an American citizen in 1927 and in the 1930 Census they were living in San Francisco (Districts 251-409). Edward Anstey died in Suva, Central, Fiji on 16 December 1954.

Frederick Charles Anstey (b 1875 Slough)

Frederick Charles Anstey was born in April 1875 (or q4 1875) in Upton cum Chalvey, Slough to parents Henry Anstey and May Annie G. Stevens. On 28 June 1893 in Oxford, at the age of 18 years and 2 months, he enlisted for active service with the Army. On his Attestation Form he noted that he was already serving in the 3rd Batallion, Oxford Light Infantry and that he was a labourer by trade. He was posted to the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) as a Private (Service Number: 4816) and served until 1901, at which point he extended his service to complete 12 years in 1905 (in 1902 he was serving with the 1st Royal Scots). He then re-engaged on 27 February 1905 for another nine years, but he was discharged on 6 August 1907 after completing a total of 14 years service. He served in India from 15 January 1896 to 15 November 1905 – the rest of his service was “at home” in England.

After leaving the Army, Frederick married Mary Pringle (b 1872 Edinburgh) in 1909 in Windsor – we find no children of this marriage. By the 1911 Census Frederick Charles Anstey was a foreman on a farm living with his wife at 4 Goochs Cottages Clewer Windsor.

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