The Chewton Mendip Ansteys

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

Overview of the Chewton Mendip Ansteys

The Chewton Mendip Ansteys of Somerset are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch, almost certainly linked to the Wells, St Cuthbert ‘Anstis‘ family of Somerset via the Camerton Ansteys, to which they connect. Hence they are originally part of the ‘Anstis‘ pedigree, and thus do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey. The Chewton Mendip Ansteys were also very closely linked to the Timsbury Ansteys.

There are two Chewton Mendip patriarchs, being Robert Anstis and Joseph Anstey who we believe were brothers, or uncle and nephew, likely both coming from either Wells, St Cuthbert or more likely Camerton.

After 1782, we find no further baptisms in Chewton Mendip, suggesting all of this sub-branch had left Chewton Mendip around this time.

Robert Anstis (m 1734 Camerton)

In 1734 Robert Anstisof Chewton Mendip” married Elizabeth Pearceof Midsomer Norton” in Camerton. They returned to live in Chewton Mendip and had many ‘Anstis‘ daughters, most of whom do not concern us, however for the sake of completion they are:

  • Mary Anstis (b 1735);
  • Betty Anstis (b 1737);
  • Hester Anstis (b 1739, married William Bendle in Chewton Mendip in 1766 as ‘Anstee‘);
  • Susannah Anstis (b 1742, died 1743);
  • Susanna Anstis (b 1744, married James Curtis in Chewton Mendip in 1762 as ‘Anstee‘);
  • Ann Anstis (b 1745);
  • Francis Anstis (b 1747, died 1748);
  • Robert Anstis (b 1749 – known as ‘Robert Junior‘ see below);
  • Hannah Anstis (b 1751);
  • John Anstes (b 1752); and
  • Samuel Anstee (b 1758)

Robert Anstis (father) appears as a parish overseer in the Chewton Mendip vestry books as ‘Robert Anstee‘. He was described as “Robert Anstee, yeoman of Chewton [Mendip]” in 1744 when he acted as bondsman for “Elizabeth Anstee of Timsbury” (probably his younger sister – see Timsbury Further Details #2). Robert Anstis died in 1787 in Chewton Mendip (as ‘Anstee‘); his widow Elizabeth was buried in Chewton Mendip in 1791 (again as ‘Anstee‘).

His son Robert Anstis (b 1749) married Hannah (Joanna?) Hart in Chewton Mendip in 1776 (as ‘Anstee‘) and had children in Chewton Mendip:

  • William Anstee (b 1776, married Zipporah Weeks in 1816 in Bristol, having children in Stanton Drew William Anstee (b 1819 – see below); George Anstee (b 1822); and Henry Anstee (b 1824 – see below). All three sons were baptised on the same day in 1832 in Stanton Drew, though not as infants. The ‘Bristol Mercury‘ on 29 September 1821 reported “Thomas Dallimore, servant to Mr W. Anstey of Stanton Drew was seized with apoplexy and died in a cart on Saturday…”. In 1849 William Anstee was described as a “yeoman“. In 1852 he was described as a “gentleman“. Zipporah died in 1855 – the ‘Wells Journal‘ 27 January 1855 reported “Inquest at Stanton Drew on the body of Mrs Zipporah Anstee, whose death was awfully sudden and who, in the opinion of [the coroner] died from the rupture of a blood vessel“);
  • Sarah Anstee (b 1781); and
  • Robert Anstee (b 1782, married Susannah Batchelor (a widow) on 4 December 1804 in Walcot, St Mary Chapel. They had two children in Walcott George Anstee (b 1806 baptised in Walcot 3 February 1806, died an infant buried in Chewton Mendip on 4 November 1806); and Georgina Anstee (b 1808, baptised 7 October 1808 in Walcot). Robert Anstee was a butcher, the ‘Manchester Mercury‘ on 29 December 1812 reporting “Bankrupts: 14 February Robert Anstee of the parish of Walcot in the county of Somerset, butcher, at the New Inn, Bath“. He was still a butcher in Walcot in 1817 with his creditors still receiving “dividends” from his bankruptcy)

According to the ‘Chewton Mendis History‘ website, the three generations of ‘Robert Anstis/Anstee‘ (m 1734, b 1749 and b 1782) “were significant in Chewton Mendip in the 18th century. A number of variations of the name are recorded. Anstie, Ansty, Anstes, Anstice, Anstee and Anstis are all variations that appear in the records.” The elder ‘Robert Anstis’ (m 1734) invariably signed his name in accounts and Poor Law records as ‘Robert Anstee’ despite giving many of his children the ‘Anstis’ surname at the same time.

[Note: this is an excellent example of how certain ‘Anstis’ families considered the surnames ‘Anstis’ and ‘Anstey’ to be somewhat interchangeable. The ‘Anstey’ families on the other hand most certainly did not consider them interchangeable.]

The three generations of ‘Robert Anstis/Anstee‘ were all Overseers of the Poor in Chewton Mendip and “they owned a field between Chew Hill and Coles Lane (east). A number of records show that the Anstees were tenants of the Kingsmills. It is possible that the Anstees had links to the Loxton-Parson family. The poor law records show that Robert Anstee was a ‘waywarden’ in the middle of the 18th century. Waywardens had the unpopular responsibility for getting the parish to maintain the roads in the parish. Robert Anstee  (yeoman) was the tenant of a cottage and garden in Chewton Town in 1768…Robert Anstee the younger was identified as the tenant of Scutts Hill in 1774. His name is spelt as ‘Austice‘ and he is described as a yeoman. One record held by the Hampshire Archive (ref 19M61/4108) dated 1790 links Robert Anstee to the Unicorn Inn.

Robert Anstee Junior in 1790 was tenant of “arable land formerly divided into several pieces at West End in the parish of Chewton Mendip heretofore called James’s

Joseph Anstey (m 1751 Chewton Mendip)

Joseph Anstey was very likely born in Camerton to parents George Anstey and Mary, baptised 24 December 1726 in Priston (though he could have been baptised in Wells, St Cuthbert in 1733 as ‘Joseph Anstis‘ to father William Anstis – however we think this less likely as he named his second son ‘George‘, presumably after his father).

In 1751 Joseph Ansty of Chewton Mendip” married Mary Rapps [Ropes]?of Chewton Mendip” (though she was probably originally from High Littleton) in Chewton Mendip and they had children in Chewton Mendip:

  • Hannah Anstice (b 1752, married William Heal on 21 May 1770 in Camerton as ‘Ansty‘);
  • George Anstey (b 1753, died 1760);
  • Mary Anstee (b 1755);
  • Joseph Anstee (b 1757, died 1768 in Camerton);
  • George Anstee (b 1760 – see below);
  • Hannah Anstice (b 1761);
  • John Anstee (b 1762 – patriarch of the Farmborough Ansteys)

On 21 May 1765 Joseph Ansty was witness to the marriage of Martha Ansty and Thomas Lane in High Littleton – probably this was his sister.

Joseph Ansty (father) died in Camerton in 1785. Mary Anstey (widow) died in 1800, buried in Camerton, St Peter (transcribed ‘Ansy‘) an “aged women buried 7 December 1800” – she had spent her final years living with her son John Anstee in Farmborough.

George Anstee (b 1760 Chewton Mendip)

George Anstee, born in 1760 in Chewton Mendip to parents Joseph Anstey and Mary, baptised 14 March 1760 in Chewton Mendip. He married Martha Weston (b c1766) on 15 January 1787 at St. Philip and St. Jacob, Bristol. [Note this marriage is transcribed as “George Ansta” but as “Ansta” does not exist as a surname we are confident it should be “Ansty“, though we could do with confirming this by viewing the original parish register. Note also that there was another “George Anstey/Martha” marriage in 1791 in nearby Paulton, but this is NOT this ‘George’].

George Anstee and Martha Weston moved to Timsbury and had children:

  • Sarah Anstey (b 1788, never married, was living with her brother William Anstee in Camerton in the 1841 and 1851 Censuses);
  • George Ansty (b 1790, in 1807 he was an apprentice carpenter working for his father in Camerton. George married Mary Tucker in Timsbury in 1812, he was a carpenter and his sister Sarah was a witness, as well as George Millard. He had a family in Timsbury and he died in Timsbury in 1850 “aged 60“);
  • Priscilla Ansty (b 1792, married Charles White in Timsbury in 1809 – her sister Sarah was witness, as well as George Millard);
  • Joseph Anstey (b 1794);
  • John Anstey (b 1796, he was a blacksmith and he married Rachel Bennett in St Pauls, Portland Square, Bristol in 1822. They had a son George Anstee (b 1824 Walcot, Bath, who was brought up by his grandmother Martha and aunt Sarah, who were of independent means, after both of his parents died when he was very young. They were all living with George‘s uncle William Anstee in the 1841 Census – George was an “apprentice blacksmith“. George married Susan Sage in 1848 in Bath and they moved to Camerton having children John George Sage Anstee (b 1849, baptised 26 August 1849. He never married and in the 1891 Census he was a butler to the ‘Jarratt’ sisters at Camerton Court. He died on 22 June 1900 and was buried near the main door of Cameron Church, his memorial graced by a tall stone cross. Probate was to his brother George Sage Anstee – ex police sergeant); Henry Sage Anstee (b 1851 – see below); and George Sage Anstee (b 1853 – see below). In the 1851 Census George was a blacksmith, however he died in Clutton in 1854 of consumption. By the 1861 Census Susan Anstee (widow) was a baker living with her three sons at 2, Wall Mead, Timsbury, Clutton). John Anstey died whilst living in Bath in 1827; he was buried in Timsbury on 7 June 1827 “aged 30“. His widow Rachel Anstey died in 1830; she was buried in Corston on 25 April 1830 “aged 33“);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1799);
  • William Anstey (b 1805 – see below);

George Anstee (b 1760) was witness to his brother John Anstee‘s marriage in 1795 in Farmborough. In 1807 George Anstee was a “master carpenter and wheelwright” working in Camerton. George Anstee died in 1826 in Timsbury, buried in Timsbury on 5 March 1826 “aged 65“. Per his will, George Anstee died a wealthy man, owning property and land. He left a good deal of it to his son William Anstey, and his wife Martha and daughter Sarah were also able to live by independent means as a result – “When George died he was in possession of money and perches of land amongst other interesting items.  The land and money he divided equally between his children.   Sarah and Martha continued to live in the house.

In the 1841 Census his widow Martha Anstey was living in Camerton with her son William Anstey and his family. Martha Anstee died a year later in 1842 in Clutton.

William Anstey (b 1805 Timsbury)

William Anstey (b 1805 Timsbury) to parents George Anstee and Martha Weston married Elizabeth Green (b c1800) in 1827 in Camerton. He was a master carpenter by trade (and later a collier and blacksmith), and they lived in Timsbury until c1836, thence moving to Camerton. William Anstey and Elizabeth had children:

  • Sarah Ann Anstee (b 1828 Timsbury, she first married a cousin George Anstee in 1848 in Clutton however he died in 1850. By the 1851 Census she was a widow and housekeeper at 11, Catherine Place, Walcot. She then married William Rowe in 1861 in Bath – the ‘Bath Chronicle‘ on 18 July 1861 reporting “July 16 at Walcot Church, by the Rev. C. T. Hellings, Mr. William Rowe, of 1, Upper Church Street, to Sarah Ann Anstee, of Catherine Place, relict of George Anstee, of Tunley.”.. In the 1871 Census she was living with her father in Priston, working as a housekeeper);
  • Eliza Martha Anstee (b 1830 Timsbury, baptised 24 January 1830. She married Thomas Barrs in 1857 in Clutton and by the 1891 Census she was a widow living at Queen Square, Bath with her niece Kate Eliza Anstee);
  • Herbert William Anstee (b 1831 Timsbury, an unmarried carpenter living in Camerton in 1861. He was living with his father in Priston in the 1871 Census working as a carpenter and he died in Timsbury later in 1871, buried 31 October 1871 in Priston);
  • Joseph Anstee (b 1836 Camerton, baptised in Timsbury a carpenter living in Camerton in the 1861 Census. He married Sarah Ann Hill (known as ‘Annie‘) in Bath in 1863 and they had children Emily Anstee (b 1864 Bath, a barmaid in Islington in the 1881 Census); George Anstee (b 1867 Bath, a printer in Islington in the 1881 Census); Joseph George Anstee (b 1867 Bath, baptised in Dunkerton in 1871 “aged 3, living at 40 Gay Street, Bath“, a scholar living in Islington in the 1881 Census, married Mary Ann Smart in Holborn, London in 1898, they were living at 42 Copenhagen Street Islington in the 1911 Census with Mary‘s mother Ann SmartJoseph was a builder’s labourer); Minnie Anstee (b 1875 Bath); Kathleen Anstee (b 1878 Holborn); and Harold Marratt Anstee (b 1882 Pentonville, London, sometimes known as ‘Henry’, an Anstey Hero). Bizarrely, Joseph Anstee (b 1836) died in 1871 in Bath, even though he was named as father on some of the later births (eg Kathleen Anstee and Harold Marratt Anstee had the father named on the birth certificate as “Joseph Anstee carpenter“). Certainly in the 1881 Census, Sarah Ann Anstee was living in Islington (as ‘Annie‘) with her elder children, a “widow, dressmaker, age 35 born in France“. In the 1891 Census she was living in Clerkenwell with her youngest son Harold Marratt Anstee, a “widow, dressmaker age 46 born in France“);
  • William Henry Anstee (b 1838 Camerton, baptised in Timsbury. He married Elizabeth Colborn on 4 June 1860 at Parish Church St Giles in The Field by banns, having children William Anstee (b 1860 London – note: not William George Anstee born Clerkenwell 1859, who was a Swanbourne Anstee, see Further Details #3. Died by 1871?); Elizabeth Anstee (b 1861 Priston, known as Bessie, living with her grandfather in Priston in 1871, though she is called his “niece“); Frederick William Anstee (b 1862 Twerton to mother ‘Colburn’, died young?); and Kate Eliza Anstee (b 1864 Bath, baptised 27 January 1864 at Tunley. She was living with her aunt Eliza Martha Barrs in Queen Square, Bath in the 1891 Census. By 1901 she was still unmarried, working as a parlour maid at The Vicarage, Bursledon. She never married and died in 1941 in Bathavon). The family had returned to Dunkerton in Somerset by the 1861 Census where William Anstee was a blacksmith (also the ‘Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette’ on 27 December 1860 reported “William Anstee of Priston was summoned for trespass in search of rabbits at Priston…”). In January 1863 according to the ‘Wells Journal‘ “William Anstee of Dunkerton and George Anstee of Farmborough [his second cousin] were summoned for trespassing upon land of Thomas Stallard at Farmborough. Dismissed with a caution“. Elizabeth Anstee (wife) died in 1864, buried 27 November 1864 in Priston. The ‘Frome Times‘ on 13 December 1865 reported “William Anstee, of Timley, was fined 13s. 6d. for assaulting the police whilst searching reputed thief at Paulton“. In 1866 at the Petty Sessions in Keynsham “William Anstee Junior of Camerton was summoned for using threatening language towards Aver Baverstock at Priston, but as defendant did not appear a special warrant was issued for his apprehension” per ‘Bristol Times and Mirror‘ 27 January 1866);
  • John George Anstee (b 1842 Camerton, baptised in Timsbury. He married Jane Mackintosh on 20 March 1864 in Notting Hill and they emigrated to New Zealand later in 1864. The ‘Ashburton Herald‘ on 26 August 1880 reported “Bankruptcy: This is to notify that John George Anstee of Ashburton, boarding house keeper, has this day filed a statement that he is unable to meet his engagements with creditors“. In the 1881 Electoral Register John was still a boarding house keeper in Ashburton. By 1893 he was a builder in Palmerston North and by 1911 he was retired, living at Hall Avenue Remuera. The ‘New Zealand Herald‘ on 26 March 1914 reported “Golden Wedding: Anstee – Mackintosh. On March 20 1864 at St Johns Church Notting Hill by Rev J. E. Elliot, John George Anstee youngest son of William Anstee, Camerton, Somersetshire, England to Jane Mackintosh daughter of John Mackintosh of Westbourne Grove, London“. John died in 1933 in New Zealand of cerebral haemorrhage “age 91” – the ‘Auckland Star‘ on 17 July 1933 reported “Deaths: Anstee – on July 17 at the Epsom Infirmary, John George Anstee aged 91 years. The funeral will leave Watney Sibun’s Chapel Khyber Pass [Newmarket] tomorrow at 2pm for Hillsboro Cemetery“. He was buried at Hillsboro Cemetery Auckland plot ‘Area 2 Block I Lot No 28‘. His wife Jane was buried in the same plot, having predeceased him on 7 May 1924 – the ‘New Zealand Herald‘ reporting on 8 May 1924 “Deaths: On 7 May Jane, the beloved wife of J. G. Anstee, of Jervois Road, aged 81 years. At rest” – we find no children of this marriage).

William inherited a good deal of wealth when his father George Anstee died in 1826 per above. In the 1841 Census the family was living at Camerton, Clutton (together with William Anstey‘s mother Martha, sister Sarah and nephew George) – William Anstey was a carpenter. In the 1851 Census the family were living in Tunley House, Camerton, William Anstey was a “master carpenter employing 8 men“. They were still there in 1861, William Anstey was a “carpenter and blacksmith“. In 1871 William, a carpenter employing 5 men, was living at Rock Hill Place, Priston with his daughter Sarah Ann Rowe, son Herbert William Anstee, and a “nieceBessie Anstee (b 1861)

William Anstey (b 1805) was buried in Timsbury in 1888, “aged 83“. He was resident of Priston at the time of his death (where he was also resident in 1881, a “widower and carpenter“).

William Anstee (b 1819 Stanton Drew)

William Anstee was born in 1819 in Stanton Drew to parents William Anstey (a yeoman) and Zipporah Weeks; he was baptised in Stanton Drew in 1832 on the same day as his brothers. He married Matilda Smith in 1852 in Bedminster, at which time he was described as a “bachelor, yeoman living at Somerset Street” – the ‘Bristol Mercury‘ on 8 May 1852 reported “Marriage: April 14, by the Rev. U. Grant, Mr. Wm. Anstee, of Stanton Drew, Somerset, to Matilda, 2nd daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Smith, of Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

They had children in Stanton Drew:

  • Mary Matilda Anstee (b 1855, married Aaron Adams on 22 January 1874 at Montpellier St Andrew – in 1900 Aaron Adams, a foreman at the Bristol Tramways Company, received a letter from South Africa from his brother in law George Henry Anstee);
  • George Henry Anstee (b 1856 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Maria Jane Anstee (b 1860);
  • Elizabeth K. Anstee (b 1864)

In 1854 “William Anstee of Stanton Drew, farmer, was summoned by Joseph Fowler for an assault on him the 10th inst., and fined 1s. and 9s- 2d. costs, and if not paid immediately then committed for seven days“. In the 1861 Census the family were living at Bromleigh Farm, Bromleigh Road, Stanton Drew where William Anstee was a “Farmer of 105 acres employing 2 men & 3 boys“. The ‘Sherborne Mercury‘ 20 January 1863 reported “STANTON DREW. WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION OF SHEEP,— During Friday night or early on Saturday morning, Mr. Anstee, of Stanton Drew, met with a serious loss by having no less than twenty sheep destroyed out of twenty-six. The circumstance was first discovered by one of Mr. Anstee’s men, who, in the morning, was going to work, and on alarming his master, and a thorough search being made, several of the sheep were found mangled in a ditch with their hind quarters torn in a frightful manner. In another part of the field the remainder were found with their heads torn from their bodies. The destruction must have been committed by dogs, though the slaughter could not have been more complete had a pack of wolves been their perpetrators. Such havoc has not been known in this part of the country before. Mr. Adams, a neighbour of Me. Anstee’s, had two sheep destroyed in a similar way during the past week.

By the 1871 Census they were living at Primitive Methodist Chapel, High Littleton, Clutton.

By the 1911 Census Matilda Anstee had not only remarried to Mr Gosby but she was again widowed, living at 30 Thomas St St Paul’s Bristol with her son George Henry Anstee.

Henry Anstee (b 1824 Stanton Drew)

Henry Anstee was born in 1824 in Stanton Drew to parents William Anstey (a yeoman) and Zipporah Weeks; he was baptised in Stanton Drew in 1832 on the same day as his brothers. He married Mary Ann (Marianne) King (b 1827 Chew Magna daughter of Henry King) in 1849 in Bedminster (at the time of his marriage he was a yeoman of Somerset Street) and they immediately set off for first Wisconsin and then El Dorado in America. However tragedy befell Henry because he became seriously ill (probably paralysed) in 1861 so they returned to live in Bedminster. Henry and Marianne had children:

  • Mary Jane Anstee (b 1850 Wisconsin);
  • Albert Anstee (b 1854 El Dorado – the ‘Wells Journal‘ on 7 October 1854 reporting “BIRTHS. July 22, in California, the wife of Mr. Henry Anstee, late of Stanton Drew, a son [and heir]” He was living with his family in Fornia Villa Bedminster in 1881, a commercial traveller. In 1908 he was searching for his brother George William Anstee in South Africa – at the time he was in Bulawayo);
  • George William Anstee (b 1858 El Dorado – an Anstey Hero);
  • Ida Anstee (b 1861 El Dorado);
  • Minnie Anstee (b 1863 Chew Magna, Somerset);
  • Ernest Theodore Anstee (b 1868, baptised in Bristol in 1868 – it is unclear if he died as an infant);
  • Agnes Mary Anstee (b 1871, baptised in Bristol in 1874)

In the 1850 USA Census the family were at Kenosha in Wisconsin where Henry Anstee was a “farmer“. In the 1871 Census the family were living at Fornia Villa, Bedminster where Henry was “no occupation, house proprietor” and “paralysed“. Henry Anstee died in Bedminster in 1880, the ‘Bristol Mercury‘ newspaper on 27 September 1880 reporting “September 18, at Fornia Villa, Knowle, after 19 years of patient suffering, Henry Anstee, aged 55 years.

In the 1881 Census Marianne Anstee (widow) was still living with her family in Fornia Villa, Wells Road, Bedminster. By the 1901 Census Marianne was “living on her own means” with a helper at 4 Carnarvon Road, Bristol.

Marianne Anstee (widow) died in 1908. Her probate reads “Anstee Marianne of Ellesmere 4 Carnarvon Road Redland Bristol widow died 26 August 1908 Probate Bristol to Shelton Chambers stationmaster and George King retired grocer“. In the ‘Western Daily Press‘ 12 September 1908 edition appears an advert “ESTATE of Mrs Marianne Anstee deceased to Parties, Furnishing and Others 4 Carnarvon Road Redland“.

Henry Sage Anstee (b 1851 Camerton)

Henry Sage Anstee was born in 1851 in Camerton, Tunley to parents George Anstee and Susan Sage. He grew up living at at 2, Wall Mead, Timsbury, Clutton with his mother after his father died when he was a baby. He married Harriet Jane Payne on 31 December 1871 in Aberystruth (see below) and they had children in Blaina, Aberystruth, Bedwellty, Monmouthshire:

  • John George Anstee (b 1873, an unmarried colliery repairer underground in Blaina living with his parents in the 1911 Census – he attended his father’s funeral in 1922 and his mother’s funeral in 1929, still living at Blaina);
  • William Henry Anstee (b 1874, a hewer of coal in Blaina in 1901. He married Edith Kate Price in 1903 in Bedwellty and they had daughters Jessie Price Anstee (b 1908) and Estella Anstee (b 1910). In the 1911 Census the family were living at 27 Railway Terrace Blaina where William was still a coal mine hewer. He attended his father’s funeral in 1922 and his mother’s funeral in 1929, still living at Blaina);
  • Emily Louisa Anstee (b 1877, married William Hill in 1898 in Bedwellty – alive in 1922. She possibly later married David Wiltshire and died in 1945 in Blaina as ‘Evelyn Louisa Wiltshire‘);
  • Harriet Elizabeth Anstee (b 1879, known as Eliza, alive in 1901. She married Frederick James Bigham in 1903 in Bedwellty);
  • Thomas Anstee (b 1882, known as Tom, a hewer of coal in Blaina in 1901. He married Louisa Lewis in 1905, having children in Blaina Amy Anstee (b 1905); John Henry Anstee (b 1906); Thomas Albert Anstee (b 1908); Rene May Anstee (b 1910); Ethel L. Anstee (b 1912); William G. Anstee (b 1914); Emlyn J. Anstee (b 1915); Harriet J. Anstee (b 1918); and Tom Anstee (b 1918). The family were living at 11 Shop Row Blaina in the 1911 Census where Thomas was a ‘coal miner hewer’ – he attended his father’s funeral in 1922 and his mother’s funeral in 1929, still living at Blaina);
  • Arthur Anstee (b 1883 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Ethel May Anstee (b 1891 known as May, a domestic servant at 89 Hight Street Blaina in the 1911 Census. She married Alexander Griffiths on 29 September 1919 in Bedwellty); and
  • three other children who died by 1911

In the 1881 Census they were living at 3, Hen, Aberystruth, Bedwelty where Henry was a collier. In the 1891, 1901 & 1911 censuses the family were living at 9, Parsons Row, Blaina, Aberystruth, Bedwellty, Monmouthshire where Henry Sage Anstee was first a coal miner then a hewer of coal. “Henry had underground roads named after him, because he had opened them up when the mine was sunk.  His youngest daughter went to London she trained as a Nurse at St Bart’s Hospital and then became a District Nurse in Bargoed, South Wales

The ‘Western Mail‘ on 3 January 1922 reported “Blaina Golden Wedding: Mr and Mrs Henry Anstee of 9 Parsons Row, Blaina have just celebrated their Golden Wedding, having been married at Holy Trinity Church, Nantyglo on 31 December 1871. Mr Anstee is 71 years of age while Mrs Anstee is 73 and they are both well and hearty. They are both natives of Somersetshire but have lived in the Blaina district for over 60 years. They had ten children, seven of whom are still living. Four sons live at Blaina and three daughters at Aberbeeg, Tredegar, and Ynyssdu respectively. The couple have 24 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr Anstee, who was a collier, has worked at the North Griffin, North Blaina and Henwain collieries until the latter stopped in February last. They are members of Ebenezer (C. M.) Church and have received a bible from members of that church

Henry Sage Anstee died later in 1922 in Bedwellty – the ‘South Wales Gazette‘ on 3 March 1922 reported “Late Mr. H. Anstee. The funeral took place on Thursday week of Mr. Henry Anstee, of 9 Parson’s Row, Blain, who passed away after a short illness at. the age of 71 years…the mourners were Messrs William, John, Tom and Arthur Anstee (sons), James Pitman, William Hill, Fred Bigham and Alex Griffiths (sons in law)…

His widow Harriet Jane Anstee died in 1929 – the ‘South Wales Gazette‘ on 2 August 1929 reported “One of the oldest and most respected residents of Blaina has passed away in Mrs. Harriet Jane Anstee, of 9 Parsons Row, at the age of 80. Deceased was the widow of the late Mr. Henry Anstee who predeceased her eight years ago…Mourners were Messrs John George, William Henry, Thomas and Arthur Anstee (sons); William Hill, Fred Bigham, Councillor J. Pitman and Mr Alec Griffiths (sons in law)…

George Sage Anstee (b 1853 Camerton)

George Sage Anstee was born in 1853 in Camerton, Tunley to parents George Anstee and Susan Sage. He grew up living at at 2, Wall Mead, Timsbury, Clutton with his mother after his father died when he was a baby. He started work as a coal miner before moving to Bath. He married Emma Cook in 1873 in Clutton and they had children:

  • Arthur Anstee (b 1877 Camerton, married Elizabeth in 1902 and they had a daughter Amy Isabella Anstee (b 1904 Battersea). In the 1911 Census Arthur was a “blacksmith art metal” living with his family and uncle Joseph Cook at 47 Elsley Road Shaftesbury Park SW, Battersea);
  • William James Anstee (b 1880 Bath, he married Edith Raisey in 1900 in Bradford on Avon having children Ellen Anstee (b 1902 Bristol); Annie Elizabeth Anstee (b 1905 Bath); George Henry Anstee (b 1907 Bath); Herbert James Anstee (b 1909 Bath); Elsie E. Anstee (b 1910 Dunkerton); and Leonard W. Anstee (b 1915). By the 1901 Census he was a joiner living at 19, Sherbourne Street, Bristol. In 1904 he was admitted to the ‘Amalgamated Society Of Carpenters & Joiners‘ in Bath and by the 1911 Census the family were living at Tunley Road Dunkerton near Bath where William James Anstee was a “house building contractor“. During World War One, William James Anstee was a ‘Conscientious Objector’, described as “W. J. Anstee, pit carpenter of Bath“);
  • Adelaide E. Anstee (b 1883 Bath);
  • Amy Sage Anstee (b 1885 Bath, a dressmaker in 1901);
  • Joseph Albert Anstee (b 1889 Bath, a house building contractor living at Tunley Road Near Bath, Dunkerton in 1911); and
  • Reginald Cook Anstee (b 1893 Bath – an Anstey Hero)

By the 1881 Census the family were living in 10, Angel Place, Bath Lyncombe and Widcombe where George was a policeman. By the 1891 Census George Sage Anstee was still a policeman living with his family at Mayfield Terrace, Twerton, Bath. By 1900 when he was executor to his brother’s will he was an ‘ex police sergeant’. By 1901 George was an “ex policeman” living at 10, Angel Place, Bath, Somerset.

George Sage Anstee died in 1910 living at Wall Mead Braysdown Road Peasdown St John Somerset, a “superannuated police sergeant” – probate was to his widow Emma Anstee. He is buried in St John’s Church, Peasedown, under the Burial Laws Amendment Act – his headstone also has the names of several of his children although they are not buried there.

In the 1911 Census Emma Anstee (widow) was living at Tunley Road Near Bath, Dunkerton with her two youngest sons.

Further Details on the Chewton Mendip Ansteys

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