The New York City, NY Ansteys

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

Many thanks to Julia for her help in constructing these pedigrees.

Overview of the New York City, NY Ansteys

Thus far, the Ansteys who we have uploaded to this Anstey story project who resided in New York City in New York State in America are a sub-branch of the Trumpington Ansteys of Cambridgeshire, themselves a sub-branch of the Blewbury Ansteys of Berkshire.

The patriarchs of the New York City, NY Ansteys that we have uploaded so far are three sons of William Jekyll Anstey and Balbina Isabella Franchi, namely William Wilson Anstey, Robert Anstey and Herbert N. Anstey.

Note there are other sub-branches and families of Ansteys that lived in New York State but outside of New York City, unconnected to the New York City, NY Ansteys. Those we have uploaded thus far include the:

William Wilson Anstey (b 1827 Kingston, Jamaica)

William Wilson Anstey (b 1827 in Kingston, Jamaica, son of William Jekyll Anstey and Balbina Isabella Franchi) was in 1851 living with his family in Kensington, London – he was a clerk in a bank. In 1852 he won an award from the ‘Royal Humane Society‘ for “saving his father, Mr W. Jekyll Anstey, in the London Docks“. We have unsourced (but almost certainly correct) reports that William married Cynthia Rachel [Roxenia] Scovell [Scoville] (she was born in c1820 and had been married before in 1838 to Philip Charles Hamilton Brotherson, having a child Peter Porter Brotherson (b 1839)) of New York in December 1854 (or 1855) and they lived in first Ontaria, Canada and then in 1863 or 1864 they moved to New York City, America, having children:

  • Maria (Minnie) Theresa Anstey (b c1856 Ontaria, Canada, emigrated from Canada to America in 1863/4 and was living with her sister Isabella Starkweather in 1920 and 1930 in New York, having never married. We cannot locate her in the 1910 American Census);
  • William Christopher Anstey (b 1857 Ontario, Canada, in 1880 he was a “clerk in a dry goods store” and he was a “real estate” in New York in 1888. In 1890 he was grantor of some land in King’s New York to Adeline M. Cunningham. He died in 1891 buried at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery Lewiston, Niagara County, New York; the inscription on his gravestone reads “William Christopher son of William W. and Cynthia R. Anstey born March 1 1857 died Sep 21 1891“); and
  • Isabella B. Anstey (b May 1859 London, Ontario, Canada, married Chauncey Clark Starkweather (1851-1922) in Manhattan on 8 November 1882. On 18 November 1882 the ‘Liverpool Daily Post‘ reported that “American Arrivals at Liverpool per Cunard Steamer Servia from New York …Mrs W. W. Anstey, Miss AnsteyMr and Mrs C. C. Starkweather” – presumably this was their honeymoon. They had a child Nina (b 1885 Staten Island) at which time Isabella‘s husband was a practicing lawyer in New York. They were living in New York in 1920 and by 1930 Isabella was a widow in New York living with her sister Minnie. In the ‘1921-1922 Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University‘ appears an obituary of Chauncey Starkweather which ends “He died, of angina pectoris, June 19, 1922, at Lewiston, N. Y., where he had been living for several years. He was married November 8, 1882, in New York City, to Isabella B., daughter of William Wilson and Cynthia R. (Scovell) Anstey, who survives him with a daughter, Nina“).

The family were living in New York City in the 1880 Census where William Anstey was a “clerk in R. R. Office” however his age in that census was given as 45 (ie born in 1835). The 1880 Census is also incorrect in a few other areas, because a) it lists the places of birth of the three children as “New York” and b) it gives their years of birth as 1858, 1860 and 1862 respectively.

William W. Anstey was a “clerk” in New York City in 1869/72; he was an auditor at 687 Lex Avenue New York in 1873-75; and he was still an auditor in New York in 1888. In 1891, “Cynthia, Maria F. and William C. Anstey” released as trustees some land in Niagara to Franklin Spalding.

William W. Anstey died on 8 February 1895 in Manhattan and he was buried on 12 February 1895 (the ‘New York Deaths‘ confirm his parents as “William J. Anstey and Balbaia“). His widow Cynthia Anstey died in 1904 in Manhattan, New York City, confirmed as a “widow“.

Robert Anstey (b 1833 Bath, England)

Robert Anstey was born in 1833 in Bath, son of William Jekyll Anstey and Balbina Isabella Franchi – the ‘Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette‘ reporting on 15 August 1833 “Aug. 9, in Camden-place, the lady of William Jekyll Anstey, esq; a son“. He was a clerk in the “PLO Steam” in Kensington in 1851, living with his family. He married Ellen Eaton in 1861 in St Martin in the Fields, London and they had children:

  • Frank Christopher Anstey (b c1862 England – some sources say as late as 1867 – see below);
  • Nellie (Ellen) Anstey (b 1863 Bayswater, married Frank N. Place in King’s New York on 13 June 1885. She died in 1910 whilst travelling in Scotland with her mother – see below);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1864 Islington, died before 1873?);
  • Richard B. Anstey (b 1866 Holloway – see below);
  • Fanny Anstey (b 1869 Bayswater);
  • Rosalie Blanche Anstey (b 1871 Dalston, possibly married Mr Gollinhofer and lived in Baldwin, Long Island in 1918); and
  • Robert Lee Anstey (b 1877 Brooklyn, New York City. In the 1910 American Census Robert was unmarried and living with his mother and sister Nellie Place at Brooklyn Ward 24 Kings. On Robert‘s World War One Draft Registration Card dated 12 September 1918, he noted that he was living at 114 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, Kings; that he was “native born“; that he was a shipping agent in business for himself at the firm “Wienhold & Anstey“. He appeared to be single in 1918; at some point after that Robert married Adjura. He died in 1937 in Miami Dade, Florida, the ‘Miami News‘ reporting on 4 March 1938 “ANSTEY ESTATE RECORDED An estate consisting of $53,185 in stocks and bonds and a residence valued at $8,950 was left by Robert Lee Anstey, who died here May 1937…“. Robert Lee Anstey was buried in Brooklyn, New York City in May 1937).

In the 1871 Census, Robert Anstey was a “Chemical Commission Agent“, the family were living at Wilton Terrace, Poplar, London. The family emigrated to America in 1873 and by the 1875 Census they were living in Brooklyn, Kings, New York City where Robert Anstey was a “bookkeeper in mital store” (bizarrely he gave his country of birth as ‘West Indies’).

In the 1892 New York Census, Ellen Anstey (mother) was living in Kings, Brooklyn with her children Rosalie Anstey and Robert Lee Anstey.

Ellen Anstey (mother) was living with her son Robert and daughter Nellie Place in the 1910 American Census at Brooklyn Ward 24 Kings. She died later in 1910, buried at Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn – the ‘Brooklyn Daily Eagle‘ 6 September 1910 reported “WOMEN’S FUNERAL IS HELD. Bodies of Two Who Died in Scotland Are Buried Here. The funeral of Mrs. Ellen Anstey and her daughter, Mrs. Frank Place, who died while travelling together in Scotland several days ago, was held yesterday in the undertaking establishment of Milton L. Reeves, at the corner of Monroe street and Summer avenue. The Episcopal service was read from a corner of the room which was banked high with enormous floral pieces, and all sides of the room were covered with flowers of every description. Interment was in Evergreens Cemetery. Mrs.Anstey lived with her daughter and husband at 114 Rogers avenue.“.

Herbert Anstey (b 1840 Plymouth, England)

Herbert N. Anstey (b 1840 in Plymouth, baptised in East Stonehouse, Devon, son of William Jekyll Anstey and Balbina Isabella Franchi), emigrated to America in 1859 and soon after married Louisa Lawrason Lee in 1860 (probably in Canada). They had children:

  • Harry Lee Anstey (b c1865, Toledo, Ohio, he was “Real Estate” in New York in 1888 at 150 Broadway. Harry married Phoebe Etta Helms in 1887 in Manhattan and in the 1910 American Census they were living at Oyster Bay Nassau New York. The ‘Brooklyn Daily Eagle‘ on 19 August 1917 reported “MRS. PHEBE ANSTEY DIES. Oyster Bay, August 18–Mrs. Phebe Etta Anstey, wife of Harry Lee Anstey, a broker with offices at 111 Broadway, Manhattan, died at her summer residence on the Locust Valley road, Oyster Bay, on Thursday, following a short illness, Mrs. Anstey was well known in this place and had a winter residence at Miami, Florida. She is survived by her husband. Funeral services tomorrow will be private.“. Harry remarried Agnes Holm later in 1917 in Manhattan, at which time he was “widowed” – he was still alive in 1926);
  • Edythe Annie Isabella Anstey (b 1874, New York, married Diederick W. Westfall – alive in 1926); and
  • Percival Neville Anstey (b 1877 New York, married Linnie (Leonore) H. Whymper in 1909 in New Jersey. In the 1910 American Census they were living in Camden, Wicomio, Maryland with two daughters surnamed “Whymper” (stepdaughters), as well as Percival‘s parents. They also had a child Herbert P. Anstey (b 1911 Michigan). In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Percival was living at 44 Winder, Detroit, Michigan – he was a “special agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company“. By 1920, Percival was a salesman living back in Kings, Brooklyn. He was divorced by the 1930 Census, living in Kings, Brooklyn with his mother Louisa Anstey; he was a statistician at a stocker grain company – he was still there in 1940),

In 1871, Herbert Anstey was back in England, a “grain merchant in America” but temporarily residing with his mother in Kensington. Herbert Anstey appears frequently in various New York City directories, for example in c1863 “Herbert N. Anstey” was a “clerk h 123 Henry” and in c1875 “Anstey Herbert, broker, 341 Broadway, NY h 21 Clermont Ave

In the 1880 Census the family were living at Kempstead, Queens; Herbert was a “clerk“. In the 1910 American Census, Herbert and his wife were living with their son Percival Anstey in Camden, Wicomio, Maryland; they were “living off their own income“. By 1911 Herbert Anstey was once again residing in Brooklyn. At the time of the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Herbert Anstey‘s son Percival noted that he (Herbert) lived at 1208 Pacific, Brooklyn, New York.

Herbert Anstey died in 1926 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York City; he was cremated and his remains interred in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. The ‘Brooklyn Daily Eagle‘ on 10 March 1926 reported “Herbert Anstey in his 87th year, on March 8th at his residence 88 Brooklyn Avenue, beloved husband of Louisa Lee and father of H. Lee Anstey; Percival N. Anstey and Mrs Diederick W. Westfall. Funeral Private“.

His widow Louisa Lee Anstey died in 1938 in Brooklyn; she was cremated at Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium, Middle Village, Queens County.

Frank Christopher Anstey (b c1862 England)

Frank Christopher Anstey, known as Christopher, was born in c1862 in England (possibly 19 February 1864 per below, though some sources state he was born as late as 1867) to parents Robert Anstey and Ellen Eaton. He first married Annie Dunbar (b 1863 Ireland – a Catholic) in 1883 in Manhattan, where his birth year was given as 1862 and parents confirmed as Robert Anstey and Ellen Eaton (though his place of birth was incorrectly given as Brooklyn). They had children:

  • Frank C. Anstey (b 1884 – in the 1900 Census he was an insurance clerk, boarding in Brooklyn, Kings, New York – his parents were confirmed as born in England and Ireland respectively);
  • Edith Anstey (b 1889, married Edgar Dixon in Manhattan in 1907 – parents confirmed as Christopher Anstey and Annie Dunbar);
  • Hebert L. Anstey (b 1891, living with parents in the 1910 American Census);
  • Grace L. Anstey (b 1893, living with parents in the 1910 American Census);
  • Robert William Anstey (b 1895 – an Anstey Hero)

Annie Anstey died in September 1896 in Manhattan (maiden name confirmed as Dunbar) and so Christopher (now a “widower“) remarried to May Viola Dixon (b 1877 New York) in 1899 in Manhattan (this time his birth year was given as 1867, but his parents were again confirmed as Robert Anstey and Ellen Eaton). They had a further child:

Christopher Anstey was naturalised as an American citizen in 1894, at the time living at 634 E 139 St New York (he was an engineer who first arrived in America on 23 September 1871).

In the 1900 Census Christopher Anstey‘s children Edith, Herbert, Grace and Robert were pupils at the Brooklyn Orphan Asylum Society New York City, Kings, New York. However by the 1905 Census the entire family were living together at Manhattan, Assembly District 34, E.D. 09, New York.

In the 1910 American Census, Christopher and family were living in Bronx Assembly District 34, New York – Christopher was a railroad engineer (the 1910 Census also states that he was born in England in 1864 and came to America in 1870 which does suggest that he may have first come with another member of his family rather than his parents who came in c1873. Having said that, in a 1919 passport application by his son Robert William Anstey, he stated that Christopher resided in New York, America “from 1873 to 1918“).

Christopher Anstey died in 1916 in Manhattan. According to the ‘New York City Municipal Deaths‘ his date of birth was 19 February 1864. At the time of his death he was a married locomotive engineer living at 229 West 121 New York. He was buried on 22 December 1916 at Evergreen Cemetery.

His widow May Viola Anstey remarried in 1924 in Manhattan to Raapzaad Moore.

Richard B. Anstey (b 1866 Holloway)

Richard B. Anstey was born in 1866 in Holloway to parents Robert Anstey and Ellen Eaton. He married Mary E. Woods in c1890 and they had children in Brooklyn, New York City:

  • Harry Lee Anstey (b 2 September 1890, living with his parents in the 1910 American Census. He married Catherine in c1920 and they had a single son Harry L. Anstey (b 1921 New York). In the June 1917 Draft Registration for World War One, Harry was an unmarried assistant manager at White Weld & Co – he lived at 1122 Ave T, Brooklyn and claimed exemption due to “dependents (his parents)“. In the 1930 Census the family lived at Brooklyn, Kings, New York – Harry was an insurance manager. He was also at one time a Treasurer at a Brokers Office, and he died in 1936 in Brooklyn, buried at St Johns Cemetery, Queens (Section: 23 Row: H Plot: 8 Grave: 3). In the ‘Brooklyn Daily Eagle‘ 18 March 1938 edition “IN MEMORIAM ANSTEY – In cherished memory of a dearly beloved husband and devoted father Harry L. Anstey who left us March 18 1936. Masses Offered WIFE and SON“); and
  • Thomas Woods Anstey (b 11 October 1894 (some sources say 1892), living with his parents in the 1910 American Census. He married Emma Wilhelmina Suhr in 1914 in Kings, Saratoga, New York. In the June 1917 Draft Registration for World War One, Thomas was living at 1767 E14 Brooklyn, working as a clerk for the Guaranty Trust Company. He had “a wife and child” (Ruth Anstey b 1916) and claimed exemption from the draft as he was “sole support“. In the 1920 Census they were living at Brooklyn, Kings – Thomas was a “transfer clerk at a bank“. Thomas died 1937 buried at the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn).

Richard B. Anstey was naturalised as an American citizen in 1887. The family were living in Brooklyn Ward 21, Kings in the 1910 American Census; Richard was a shipping clerk. Richard died in 1923 in Manhattan, having lived most of his life in Brooklyn. He was buried at the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Further Details on the New York City, NY Ansteys

#1. Paul Anstie and his family, who lived in New York City from around 1890 onwards, are of the London, Ontario Anstie sub-branch.

#2. Arthur Anstey and his family who lived in Albany, New York from c1912 onwards are of the Birmingham Ansteys

#3. Alfred Anstey and his brother Willis Anstey, who both lived with their families in Brooklyn, New York in the early 1900s, are of the Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate Ansteys

#4. Archibald Stanley Anstey of the Back Harbour, Twillingate Ansteys, emigrated with his family to Brooklyn, New York in the 1920s

#5. Mathias Anstey, and later his brother Cuthbert Gordon Anstey, of the Paradise Cove, Twillingate Ansteys, settled in Buffalo, New York in the 1920s

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