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 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 1829, married Elizabeth Bakes in 1852 in Cornwall having children Eliza Ann Anstey (b 1852 Penryn); William James Anstey (b 1853 Penryn – see below); Alfred John Anstey (b 1855 Penryn); Ellen Maria Anstey (b 1857 Penryn); Harriet Emma Anstey (b 1860); and Thomas Henry Anstey (b 1862 St Gluvias)) 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);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1808);
  • James Anstey (b 1811);
  • George Anstey (b 1813)

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);
  • Lila Anstey (b 1885); and
  • William George Anstey (b 1891, married Gladys Augusta Blight in 1914 in Devonport, Plymouth and 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; William was an ‘Engine Fitter H. M. D‘. He died in 1956 in Plymouth).

William James Anstey died in 1920 in Falmouth.

Further Details on the St Gluvias Ansteys

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

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the St Gluvias 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 ‘St Gluvias’ 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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