The St Gluvias Ansteys

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

The St Gluvias Ansteys of Cornwall are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch. Hence they are originally part of the ‘Anstis’ family pedigree, and thus do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey.

Overview of the St Gluvias Ansteys

In the 1780s an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch sprung up in St Gluvias in Cornwall from a single ‘Anstis’ individual, Thomas Anstis, who switched his name (and therefore that of his descendent sub-branch) on his marriage, from ‘Anstis’ to ’Anstey’. Although this sub-branch initially grew very slowly, it began to blossom in terms of ‘Anstey’ numbers from the early 1800s onwards – with many offshoot sub-branches in existence today.

[Note: as early as the late 1600s, there was a family of ‘Ansley’ living in St Gluvias – some of whom are occasionally incorrectly mistranscribed as ‘Anstey’ in parish registers. However, they are not connected in the slightest with the Anstey story.]

Thomas Anstis (b 1749 Virginstow)

Thomas Anstis was baptised in Virginstow, Devon in 1749 to parents John Anstis and Mary. Thomas Anstis moved to St Gluvias in Cornwall and married Jane Gill in 1780 as ‘Thomas Anstey‘. They had four children, all baptised as ‘Anstey‘ in St Gluvias and the St Gluvias Anstey sub-branch was born. The children were:

  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1781);
  • John Anstey (b 1784 – see below);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1786, married George Saunders in 1810 as ‘Anstey‘ in St Stithians);
  • Grace Anstey (b 1789)

Thomas Anstis (now Thomas Anstey) was buried in St Gluvias in 1791 “a pauper”, his age was given as 45. His widow Jane Anstey remarried Richard Penhallina in 1795 in St Gluvias.

John Anstey (b 1784 St Gluvias)

John Anstey, born in 1784 in St Gluvias to parents Thomas Anstis (Anstey) and Jane Gill, married Bridget Martin (b c1775) in St Gluvias in 1803. They had children in St Gluvias:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1804, married Elizabeth Trengrove in 1829 in St Gluvias and they had children in St Gluvias William George Anstey (b 1830 – see below) and Eliza Jane Anstey (b 1836). Thomas Anstey died in 1874 in Falmouth);
  • John Anstey (b 1806, married Ann Webb in Wendron in 1826 and returned to live in St Gluvias, having children Jane Anstey (b 1827); John Sutton Anstey (b 1829 – patriarch of the Newtown, NSW Ansteys of Australia); James Anstey (b 1831 – patriarch of the Wollongong, NSW Australia Ansteys); Charlotte Anstey (b 1834); and Marie Ann Anstey (b 1841). By the 1841 Census, the family had moved to Mylor in Cornwall where in 1861 John Ansteywidower” was a labourer living with his youngest daughter Mary Ann Anstey, a dressmaker. John Anstey died in 1880);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1808);
  • James Anstey (b 1811, married Charlotte Gill in St Gluvias in 1836 – witnesses were John Anstey and Ann Gill (presumably Charlotte Gill was related to Jane Gill per above). They had children in St Gluvias Robert Henry Anstey (b 1837); Sarah Anstey (b 1840); Charlotte Anstey (b 1841); and Jane Gill Anstey (b 1841, married Charles Broomfield in 1867 in Wonersh, St John the Baptist, Surrey). In the 1841 Census James Anstey was an agricultural labourer living at Pengreep, Gwennap, Redruth, Cornwall. James Anstey died in 1892 in Falmouth);
  • George Anstey (b 1813, married Peggy [Margaret] Tregloan [Tuglawn, Treglawn] in 1840 in St Gluvias – witnesses were Jane Tribble [Trebel] and James Anstey. They had children in St Gluvias William Henry Anstey (b 1838 – see below); Jane Hannah Anstey (b 1840, a domestic servant living with her uncle Treglawn in 1861); Edmund Tribble Anstey (b 1842 – see below); Alfred George Anstey (b 1845 – see below); Henry Tribble Anstey (b 1847 – see below); John Anstey (b 1849, an agricultural labourer living with his uncle Treglawn in 1861, died 1868); Thomas Anstey (b 1851, an errand boy living with his uncle Treglawn in 1861); Amelia Anstey (b 1857); and Mary Louisa Anstey (b 1857). In the 1851 Census the family were living at Goonreeve, St Gluvias where George was an agricultural labourer. Both George Anstey and his wife Peggy died in 1860 so in the 1861 Census the children were with their aunt and uncle Treglawn in Treluswell, St Gluvias)

John Anstey and his wife Bridget were living at Goonreeve, St Gluvias in the 1851 Census with their son George Anstey and his family.

William George Anstey (b 1830 St Gluvias)

William George Anstey was born in 1830, baptised on 3 January 1830, in St Gluvias to parents Thomas Anstey and Elizabeth Trengrove. He married Elizabeth Bakes in 1852 in Falmouth having children:

  • Eliza Ann Anstey (b 1852 Penryn – she never married and was a tailor living with her brother William and his family at Smithick Hill Princes Place, Falmouth in the 1901 Census. She was still working as a tailoress in the 1911 Census in Princes Place Gylling Street Falmouth. She had an illegitimate son William Henry Anstey (b 1879 Falmouth – an Anstey Hero) who was living with her in the 1891 Census and visiting her in the 1911 Census);
  • William James Anstey (b 1853 Penryn – see below);
  • Alfred John Anstey (b 1855 Penryn – see below);
  • Ellen Maria Anstey (b 1857 Penryn);
  • Harriet Emma Anstey (b 1860, married Thomas Johne Tresise in Falmouth in 1889); and
  • Thomas Henry Anstey (b 1862 Penryn – see below).

In the 1861 Census they were living at Williams Yard, Falmouth where William was a miller’s labourer. In the 1871 Census they were living at Mulberry Square, Falmouth and William Anstey was an engine driver. His wife Elizabeth died in Falmouth in 1872 so William Anstey remarried to Charlotte Ann Box in 1874 in Falmouth and in the 1881 Census they were living at Church Road, Penryn, Falmouth where he was still an engine driver. William George Anstey died in 1884 in Falmouth – the ‘Royal Cornwall Gazette‘ on 7 November 1884 reported “DEATHS. ANSTEY—At College, Budock, October 30, Mr. William George Anstey, aged 54.

William Henry Anstey (b 1838 St Gluvias)

William Henry Anstey was born in St Gluvias in 1838 to parents George Anstey and Peggy [Margaret] Tregloan [Tuglawn, Treglawn]. He married Ann Vivian in c1868 and they had children:

  • a son (b 1869, died an infant – the ‘Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser‘ 20 November 1869 edition reporting “At Gonreeve St Gluvias on the 13th of November the wife of Mr William H. Anstey a son – since dead“);
  • Mary Vivian Anstey (b 1872 Falmouth, known as Minnie. In the 1881 Census she was living with her grandfather Robert Vivian at Goonhiland, St Gluvias. She had an illegitimate daughter Gladys Irene Anstey (b 1894 Falmouth, baptised to mother ‘Minnie Anstey’ on 27 April 1894 – in the 1911 Census she was a general servant working at Tregooden St Tudy, Cornwall), at which time Minnie was at the Union Workhouse Budock );
  • Beatrice Jane Anstey (b 1875 Mylor/Falmouth to mother ‘Vivian’ – a general servant at Belmont, Church Town, St Gluvias in 1891);
  • Caralina [Eveline?] Prior Anstey (b 1877 Mylor – alive in 1881); and
  • William John V. Anstey (b 1879 Falmouth, died 1880)

In the 1871 & 1881 censuses they were living at Mylor Downs, Mylor where William H. Anstey was a labourer. Ann (wife) died in c1879. In the 1911 Census William, a widower and general labourer, was a boarder at 6 Well Lane Church Street Falmouth – he died in 1916 in Falmouth.

Edmund Tribble Anstey (b 1842 St Gluvias)

Edmund Tribble Anstey was born in St Gluvias in 1842 (registered as ‘Edmund Anstis’) to parents George Anstey and Peggy [Margaret] Tregloan [Tuglawn, Treglawn]. Both of his parents died in 1860 so in the 1861 Census Edmund Anstey was a stone cutter living with his uncle Treglawn in Treluswell, St Gluvias. He married Fanny Webb on 12 March 1862 in Truro (father confirmed as ‘George Anstey’) and they had children:

  • Alma Robina Jesse Symons Anstey (b 1859? baptised 12 November 1865 in Madron – alive in 1871);
  • Nicholas Henry Tribble Anstey (b 1867 Penzance, married Sarah Jane Stevens in Penzance in 1888. They had a daughter Mary Florence Anstey (b 1890 Penzance, died 1891 Blaby) and in the 1891 Census they were living at Cunnery Lane, Enderby, Blaby, Leicestershire where Nicholas was a stonemason. Sarah Jane Anstey died later in 1891 in Blaby and so in 1892 in Stoke Damerel Nicholas married Mary Gundrey. They emigrated to America in 1893 and in the 1910 American Census Nicholas was a janitor living with his wife and a nephew Harry Bunt in Bronx Assembly District 33, New York. They were still there in 1920 then on 10 July 1930 in Manhattan Nicholas, now a widower, remarried Dorothy Helton – we find no children of any marriage who survived infancy);
  • Frederick Edmond Anstey (b 1871 Penzance, married Susan Mary Hampton on 9 April 1893 in Madron and they had children in Penzance Dorothy Florence Anstey (b 1894); Winifred Anstey (b 1896); and Edmund Tribble Anstey (b 1898). In the 1901 Census Frederick was a mason living in 36, Pantygraigwen Road, Pontypridd with his wife’s brother Robert Hampton and his family. By the 1911 Census the family were living at 17 Wesley Street Heamoor Cornwall where Frederick was a granite mason cutter. He died in Penzance in 1932);
  • Hedley Anstey (b 1873 Penzance, died 1874);
  • Charles Herbert Anstey (b 1875 Penzance, aka Herbert Charles Anstey – he married Emily in 1903 and they had at least one child. In the 1911 Census he was a bootmaker living at 239 Batt Park Road, Battersea with his wife and niece Clara Violet Billing (b 1882 Penzance)); and
  • Lillian Florence Anstey (b 1877 Penzance, alive in 1881)

In the 1871 Census the family were living at Rosehill Lodge, Madron where Edmund was a stonemason – living with them were Fanny‘s parents. By 1881 Edmund was a granite mason living at 36, Causewayhead, Penzance.

Edmund Tribble Anstey died in Penzance in 1889, “aged 45“.

Alfred George Anstey (b 1845 St Gluvias)

Alfred George Anstey was born in St Gluvias in 1845 to parents George Anstey and Peggy [Margaret] Tregloan [Tuglawn, Treglawn] (see above), baptised together with his siblings in St Gluvias on 7 August 1857. Both of his parents died in 1860 so in the 1861 Census Alfred George Anstey was an agricultural labourer living with his uncle Treglawn. He married Elizabeth Coade (b 1839) in 1863 in Baldhu Cornwall and they had children:

  • Alfred George Anstey (b 1864 Kenwyn – patriarch of the Silver Bow, Montana Ansteys);
  • Amelia Anstey (b 1867 Kenwyn);
  • Elizabeth Jane Anstey (b 1868 Kenwyn, known as Eliza – an unmarried tailoress in 1891 living with the family at Pydar Street, Truro St Mary);
  • Mary A. Anstey (b 1870 St Mary);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1872 Truro);
  • Richard Anstey (b 1873 Truro, died 1874);
  • Richard Anstey (b 1876 – see the Silver Bow, Montana Ansteys);
  • Edwin [Edmund] Anstey (b 1878 Truro, living with his parents in Truro in 1901); and
  • William John Anstey (b 1880 Truro)

In the 1871 Census the family were living at Pydar Street Boscawen Row, St Mary, Truro where Alfred was a labourer (ditto the 1881 & 1891 Census, though by 1881 Alfred was a “tin smelter“). By the 1901 Census they were at 23, Boscawen Row, Truro where Alfred Anstey was an “engine driver“. Alfred Anstey died in 1909, buried at St Mary’s Truro; his widow Elizabeth predeceased him by six days. The ‘Cornubian and Redruth Times‘ 04 February 1909 edition reported “DEATHS ANSTEY at 40 Pydar Street, Truro, January 20 Mrs Elizabeth Anstey, wife of Alfred Anstey aged 70 – ANSTEY at 40 Pydar Street, Truro, January 26, Mr Alfred Anstey aged 64, husband of above.”

Note: One of his daughters married J. Carrol – the ‘Royal Cornwall Gazette‘ on 11 December 1890 reported “BIRTHS: Carrol – at Pulau Brani [in India] October 31, the wife of J. Carrol (second daughter of Alfred Anstey of Pydar Street, Truro) a daughter

Henry Tribble Anstey (b 1847 St Gluvias)

Henry [Harry] Tribble [Trebel] Anstey was born in St Gluvias in 1847 to parents George Anstey and Peggy [Margaret] Tregloan [Tuglawn, Treglawn] (see above), baptised 7 August 1857 in St Gluvias together with his siblings. Both of his parents died in 1860 so he was an agricultural labourer living with his uncle Treglawn in 1861. He married Elizabeth Jane Symons in q3 1868 in Falmouth and they had children:

  • Jessie Anstey (b 1868 Madron, she was living with her ‘Symons’ grandparents in the 1871 Census in Penzance and with her mother in 1881. She was an unmarried domestic servant living with her mother at Taroveor Terrace, Penzance in the 1891 Census. The ‘Cornishman‘ on 23 August 1894 reported “REYNOLDS – ANSTEY Aug 18 at the Wesleyan Chapel Prince of Wales Road London Mr John Reynolds to Miss Jessie Anstey both of Penzance“);
  • John Henry Anstey (b 16 December 1869 Madron, baptised 19 January 1870 in Madron. He joined the Navy. The ‘Royal Cornwall Gazette‘ on 20 January 1898 reported “Marriages. ANSTEY-COOMBE At St. Mary’s Church, Penzance, Jan. 16, Mr. John Henry Anstey, H.M.S. ‘Cambrian’ to Ellen, youngest daughter of Mr John Coombe, Penzance“. In the 1901 Census he was serving on the ship ‘Phoebe‘. By the 1911 Census they were living at Savings Bank Buildings 10 Parade St Penzance, where John was an office cleaner at the General Post Office – at this time they had no children. In the 1939 Register they were living at 4 Tolver Road, Penzance where he was a “Naval Pensioner Retired“. He died on 7 March 1940, buried at Penzance Cemetery gravestone inscription “In Devoted Memory of John Henry ANSTEY, Died 7 March 1940 Aged 70 Life’s Work Nobly Done and Ellen ANSTEY his wife Died 8 September 1945 Aged 76“);
  • Edwin Anstey (b 1871 Madron, died 1872); and
  • Edwin Anstey (b 11 October 1872 Madron. He was an unmarried agricultural labourer living with his mother at Taroveor Terrace, Penzance in the 1891 Census. In 1894 he emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, America and then married Minnie E. Mitchell (b 1867) on 26 April 1895 in Cuyahoga, Ohio. They had children Gladys L. Anstey (b 1897, married Joseph H. Senning in 1916); George Edwin Anstey (b 20 September 1898, married Florine M. Sanger in 1919 in Cuyahoga, Ohio. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, George Edwin Anstey was living at 576 E99 Cleveland Ohio working as a driver for the White Auto Company.); and John Charles Anstey (b 1901, known as Jack – died 1914). In the 1910 American Census the family was living in Cleveland Ward 24 where Edwin Anstey was a mill worker. Edwin Anstey died on 22 April 1948 buried at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland inscription “ANSTEY Edwin April 22 1948 Minnie Oct 5 1939 At Rest” Obituary “Anstey, Edwin, husband of the late Minnie, father of George, Mrs. Gladys Senning and the late Jack Anstey, grandfather and great-grandfather. Thurs., Apr. 22, 1948, residence, 668 E. 106th St. Friends may call at Chas. Melbourne & Sons Colonial Home, 12777 Euclid Ave., where services will be held Sat., Apr. 24, at 3 p. m“)

In the 1871 Census the family were living in Madron, Cornwall where Henry was a stonemason. By 1881 the family (minus Henry) were boarding at 10 Alma Place Penzance where Elizabeth (wife and “married“) was a charwoman. By 1891 Elizabeth J. Anstey was a “widow” and “charwoman“, living at Taroveor Terrace, Penzance.

William James Anstey (b 1853 Penryn)

William James Anstey was born in 1853 in Penryn, baptised in 1853 in St Gluvias to parents William George Anstey and Elizabeth Bakes. He married Ellen Letcher in 1879 in Cornwall and they had children in Falmouth:

  • Ada Anstey (b 1882);
  • Beatrice Mary Eleanor Anstey (b 1884, known as Nellie);
  • Lilian Anstey (b 1885); and
  • William George Anstey (b 2 February 1891, in the 1901 and 1911 Censuses he was referred to as ‘George‘, living with his family at Princes Place Gylling Street Falmouth where in the 1911 Census he was an “engine fitter marine“. He married Gladys Augusta Blight in 1914 in Devonport, Plymouth (father confirmed as ‘William James Anstey’) and they had children Phyllis May Anstey (b 1916) and Donald William Anstey (b 1929). In 1917 during World War One William George Anstey worked as an ‘Engine Fitter‘ at the ‘Admiralty HM Dockyards and Naval Establishments‘. In the 1939 Register the family were living at 61 Wordsworth Crescent, Plymouth where William George Anstey was an ‘Engine Fitter H. M. D‘. He died in 1956 in Plymouth “aged 65“).

In the 1901 Census William was a boilermaker living with his family at Smithick Hill Princes Place, Falmouth Parish, Falmouth; they were still there in the 1911 Census. William James Anstey died in 1920 in Falmouth.

Alfred John Anstey (b 1855 Penryn)

Alfred John Anstey was born in 1855 in Penryn to parents William George Anstey and Elizabeth Bakes. He grew up in Mulberry Square, Falmouth then in 1875 in Falmouth he married Anna [Ann] Maria Spargo. They had children in Falmouth:

  • Elizabeth Ann Anstey (b 1875 – the ‘Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser‘ on 23 June 1894 reported “Death: Anstey at Killigrew Street June 21st, Elizabeth Ann, daughter of Alfred John Anstey, labourer, aged 18 years“);
  • Alfred Anstey (b 1877 – an Anstey Hero);
  • William Henry Anstey (b 5 June 1879 Falmouth, not to be confused with his first cousin William Henry Anstey, also born in Falmouth three days later on 8 June 1879. He grew up living at Waterloo Road, Falmouth and by 1891 he was living with his family at Killigrew Street, Falmouth, working as an errand boy. He married Emily Jane Jeremy on 25 August 1902 in Merthyr Dyfan (father confirmed as ‘Alfred John Anstey (deceased)‘, at the time of his marriage he was a “seaman living at 5 Hilda Street“) and by the 1911 Census they were living at 5 Hilda St Barry, Barry, Glamorganshire with their sons Charles Edward Henry Anstey (b 1903 Barry) and John Percival Anstey (b 1908 Barry) – William Henry Anstey was a dock labourer. They also had a son Alfred R. Anstey (b 1916). By the 1939 Register they were living at 19 Aberystwyth Crescent, Barry, where William Henry Anstey was a secretary at a working men’s club);
  • Harriet Emma Anstey (b 1881, an unmarried domestic parlour maid at 18 Belsize Avenue Hampstead in the 1911 Census);
  • Albert Harold Anstey (b 1882 – the ‘Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser‘ on 11 December 1886 reported “Death: Anstey at Killigrew Street December 6th, the son of Mr Alfred J. Anstey, butcher, aged 4“);
  • Philip Edgar Anstey (b 1885, died in Elham Kent in 1911, buried at Folkestone Cheriton Road Cemetery);
  • Harold Anstey (b 1886 – an Anstey Hero); and
  • Olive Anstey (b 1891 – the ‘Royal Cornwall Gazette‘ on 28 May 1891 reporting “At Falmouth, May 19, the wife of Mr. Alfred John Anstey, of a daughter.“. She died an infant)

In the 1881 Census the family were living at Waterloo Road, Falmouth where Alfred was a butcher. By 1891 they were living at Killigrew Street, Falmouth, where Alfred was a labourer. Ann Maria Anstey (“wife of Alfred Anstey“) died on 15 January 1893 in Falmouth, probate to Nicholas Spargo, stonemason; the ‘Royal Cornwall Gazette‘ reported on 26 January 1893 “DEATHS. Anstey — At Falmouth, Jan. 15, Ann Maria, wife of Alfred J. Anstey, aged 43“.

Alfred John Anstey died in 1895 in Falmouth aged 39 – the ‘Royal Cornwall Gazette‘ on 25 July 1895 reporting “DEATHS: ANSTEY— AFalmouth, July 14, Alfred John Anstey, aged 39.”

Thomas Henry Anstey (b 1862 Penryn)

Thomas Henry Anstey was born in 1862 in Penryn to parents William George Anstey and Elizabeth Bakes. He grew up in Mulberry Square, Falmouth and by the 1881 Census he was an engine fitter living with his father at Church Road, Penryn, Falmouth. On 14 October 1889 in Devonport he married Henrietta Hold and they had children in Devonport:

  • Stephen George Anstey (b 1890, he was a fitter at HM Dockyard Devonport in the 1911 Census and was still a ship fitter at Devonport Dockyard in January 1914. He married Phyllis M. Reynolds in 1917 in Lewisham and they emigrated to America at some point after 1920. In the 1930 Census they were living at Lompoc, Santa Barbara, California with a daughter Coralie P. Anstey (b 1920 England)); and
  • Charles Henry Anstey (b 1892, an “apprentice fitter” at HM Dockyard Devonport in the 1911 Census)

In the 1901 Census they were living at 31, St Georges Terrace, Devonport where Thomas Henry Anstey was a “foreman engine fitter“. Also living with them was a nephew Alfred Anstey. They were still at 31 St Georges Terrace, Devonport in the 1911 Census together with Anna Maria Hold (mother in law); Thomas Henry Anstey was a mechanical engineer. Thomas Henry Anstey died in Devonport on 21 July 1916 living at 31 St George’s Terrace, Stoke, Devonport – an “engineer“. Probate was to an “Admiralty Overseer“, so he was probably aiding the war effort in HM Dockyard Devonport or some such location at the time of his death.

His widow Henriette Anstey was still living at 31, St Georges Terrace, Devonport at the time of the 1939 Register – she was a retired schoolmistress.

Further Details on the St Gluvias Ansteys

#1. Certainly of this sub-branch, Leonard Anstey was born in Falmouth in q4 1882 to currently unknown parents – he joined the Royal Navy. The ‘Cornishman‘ on 24 May 1906 reported “Torpedo Boat Capsized: Loss of Seven Lives. Torpedo Boat #56 capsized during last night off Port Said. Seven blue jackets were drowned. The Admiralty confirms the loss of the Torpedo Boat #56 but has no further details. An official Admiralty dispatch says the following are victims of the torpedo boat disaster…Leonard Anstey, A. B…A telegram was received at Falmouth on Friday night stating that amongst those missing in the torpedo boat disaster at Port Said was a seaman named Leonard Anstey who previous to joining the service was under the guardianship of his grandparents Mr and Mrs Collins residing at Porhan Street, Falmouth. Anstey joined the training ship Ganges about eight years ago while stationed at Falmouth. His parents are dead and he has no brothers nor sisters. He was 23 years of age and unmarried. Mr and Mrs Collins are both aged and the unexpected message came as a severe blow to them

We are always on the lookout for St Gluvias Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding St Gluvias 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 research@theansteystory.com.

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