The Brown, Kansas Ansteys

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

Overview of the Brown, Kansas Ansteys

The Brown, Kansas Ansteys of America are a sub-branch of the Devonport Ansteys of Devon, headed by Simeon Bishop Anstey (b 1832 Devonport). As such, the Brown, Kansas 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.

John Frederick Anstey (b 1860 Brown, Kansas)

John Frederick Anstey was born in 1860 in Brown, Kansas to parents Simeon Bishop Anstey and Catherine Eva Weiss (from Germany). His father died when John was a young boy, so he grew up with his mother, who remarried David S. Bradford in June 1863. In the 1870 Census John Frederick Anstey was residing with the Bradford family in Brown, Kansas. In c1881 John Frederick Anstey married Mary Etta George and they had children:

  • Edward Leroy Anstey (b 1883 Hamlin, Brown – an Anstey Hero);
  • Clarence Edward Anstey (b 1885 (or possibly 1887 – sources disagree) in Hamlin, Brown. He married Clothilda Ann Ruether in 1909 in South Dakota, and in the 1910 American Census they were living at Deadwood Ward 4, Lawrence, South Dakota – Clarence was a boiler maker working for the Railway. In the June 1917 Draft Registration for World War One, Clarence was living at 152 Charles, Deadwood, South Dakota, a boilermaker with Homestake Mining Company – he had (then) a wife and one child. In the 1930 Census Clarence, his wife and their daughter Margaret Anstey (b 1912) were living in Deadwood, Lawrence, South Dakota. Clarence Edward Anstey died in 1955, buried at Rose Hill Cemetery Spearfish, Lawrence County, South Dakota);
  • Retta Mary Anstey (b 1890 Horton, Brown, married Martin E. Herron in 1908. She died in 1965);
  • Charles Andrew Anstey (b 1893 Horton, Brown, living with his family in the 1910 American Census. In the June 1917 Draft Registration for World War One, Charles was an unmarried farm labourer living in Brookwell, Kansas, employed by Eli Bradford (presumably part of the family of David S. Bradford). He married Verda Belle Baker in 1920 and they had at least seven children – he was living in ‘Emporia’ in 1920. Charles Andrew Anstey was buried in 1968 in Riverview Cemetery Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 8 August 1896 Horton, Brown, known as Freddie, died 16 December 1896 “remains interred at the family cemetery at Fairview“);
  • Orland Dewey Anstey (b 1898 Horton, Brown, known as ‘Ord’, living with his family in the 1910 American Census. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Orland Dewey Anstey was a farmer employed by Eli Bradford (presumably part of the family of David S. Bradford) in Saline, Kansas. In 1970 he was living in Harrison, Nebraska. He died in 1992 buried at Harrison Cemetery Harrison, Sioux County, Nebraska. An obituary in ‘The Lusk Herald‘ on October 7 1992 notes “Orland D. ‘Ord’ Anstey Funeral services were held Sept. 25, 1992, at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Harrison, Neb. for Orland D. ‘Ord’ Anstey. Burial was at the Harrison Cemetery. Rev. Joseph Booker conducted the services. Anstey was born near Horton, Kan., on June 15, 1898. When he was quite small the family moved to the Salina, Kan. area where he grew up and attended school near there. He came to western Nebraska in the early 1920’s to visit relatives after working on a ranch near Deer Lodge, Mont. He left several times to seek employment in other states, but always returned to Harrison. He bought a house in Harrison in 1960 and that was his permanent home until October 1991. At that time he moved to the Bethesda Care Center in Worland, Wyo., to be near his daughter. During his life he was mostly involved in farming and ranching but at various times he worked in road construction, at a radio repair shop, with a contract painter, in the drydocks and tire shop at Pearl Harbor during World War II and managed a small restaurant. His favorite pastimes were fishing, dancing, reading and just enjoying life. He was a member of the Masons, Eastern Star and Eagles. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and four sisters. He is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Tyrrel of Worland; two grandsons, Bryan Tyrrel of Everett, Wash., and Kelly Tyrrel of Fort Bliss, Texas; one great-granddaughter, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.“);
  • John Harold Anstey (b 1900 Horton, Brown, living with his family in the 1910 American Census. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, John was working for his father as a farmer in Brookville, Saline, Kansas. He married Ethel Mamie Davis in Saline in 1921 and they had at least seven children in Kansas. John Harold Anstey died in 1961 in Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico – he was cremated);
  • Ruby Irene Anstey (b 1901 Horton, Brown, living with her family in the 1910 American Census. She married Jess E. Dugan in 1921. She was still alive in 1970, and died in 1980);
  • Ruth E. Anstey (b 1902 Kansas, bizarrely missing from the 1910 American Census – probably she is a duplicate of another child – see below. She was living in Spring Creek, Saline, Kansas in 1920? Was deceased by 1970);
  • Iva Mae Anstey (b 1904 Solomon Township, Saline, Kansas, known as Ivy, living with her family in the 1910 American Census. She married Donald F. Schroeder. She died in 1963)
  • Thelma Faye Anstey (b 1906 Solomon, Kansas, known as Faye, living with her family in the 1910 American Census. She married Frank Bell in 1965. She was still alive in 1970 and died in 1978); and
  • Alfred Lyman Eugene Anstey (b 1909 Solomon, Dickinson, Kansas, known as Eugene and later Gene, living with his family in the 1910 American Census. Was living in Bird City, Kansas in 1970 and died in 1972)

In the 1910 American Census the family were living at Lincoln, Dickinson, Kansas – John Frederick Anstey was a farmer. By the 1920 Census they were living at Saline, Kansas. Mary Etta Anstey died in 1920, buried at Brookville Cemetery, Saline, Kansas – the ‘Salina Daily Union‘ on 16 August 1920 reporting “Mrs. Mary Etta Anstey, living three miles northeast of Brookville, was stricken with heart failure last evening and died within fifteen minutes from the time of the attack. She had been in seemingly good health all day. She was fifty three years old. Mrs. Anstey had been a resident of the community near Brookville for about seven years, moving there from Solomon. Besides her husband, J.F. Anstey, she leaves the following children: Edward L. Anstey, U. S. Navy: Clarence S. Anstey, Deadwood, S. D. A. D. Anstey Deer Lodge, Mrs. Retta Heron, Van Tassel, Wyoming; Charles A. Anstey, Emporia, John H, Ruby Irene, Iva May, Thelma Fay and Eugene all at home. She also leaves three sisters. Mrs. Chas Grey, Hiawatha; Mrs. Jas Overfield Robison Kansas; and Miss Anna Gweorge, Fairview Kansas. The funeral probably will be held Friday.“.

John Frederick Anstey died in 1933, also buried in Brookville, Saline, Kansas. His gravestone inscription reads “John F. Anstey Oct 6 1860 – Mar 26 1933“.

Further Details on the Brown, Kansas Ansteys

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

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

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