The Utica, NY Ansteys

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

Overview of the Utica, NY Ansteys

The Utica Ansteys of Oneida County in the State of New York, America are headed by George J. Anstey, born in 1828 in Handley, Dorset, hence they are a sub-branch of the Sixpenny Handley Ansteys.

As far as we know, the Utica, NY Anstey sub-branch is now Anstey-extinct.

George J. Anstey (b 1828 Handley, Dorset)

George J. Anstey (aka Jeremiah Anstey) was born in Handley in Dorset in 1828 – we know this because of his gravestone inscription (see below – we also have unsourced information that he was born on 24 April 1828, which does fit nicely with his 5 May 1828 baptism in Handley).

Bizarrely George J. Anstey was actually baptised in 1828 in Handley as ‘Jeremiah Anstey‘, to parents William Anstey (a labourer born in 1792 in Handley) and Sarah (see presently for how we know this).

Per the obituary below, we know that George J. Anstey married Sarah Street in Handley, Dorset on 5 July 1850; they departed for America the day after their wedding. In fact the Handley parish registers confirm that it was Jeremiah Ansteyaged 22, a bachelor and labourer of Handley” who married Sarah Streeta spinster, aged 21 a servant of Handley” – “fathers: William ANSTEY Labourer; John STREET Labourer witnesses: Arthur HIBBER, Sarah Ann JOHNSON“.

As further confirmation, we find Jeremiah Anstey (age 22) and Sarah Anstey (age 21) arriving in New York in 1850, according to the ‘New York Passanger Lists‘.

As to why ‘Jeremiah Anstey‘ born 1828 in Sixpenny Handley changed his name to George J. Anstey we have no idea (perhaps the ‘J’ stands for Jeremiah?). In any case, they are certainly one and the same.

The first we see of Jeremiah/George J. Anstey in America is in the 1851/52 ‘Utica City Directory’ where “Jeremiah Anstey labourer h12 Carnahan” appears. Then we find George J. Anstey in the 1855 New York State Census in Utica City Ward 4, Oneida County where his dwelling was valued at $1,000. George J. Anstey (age 27 from England, a “tobacconist” in 1855) and Sarah (“age 23 from England” in 1855) had children:

  • William John G. Anstey (b 1851 Utica – see below)
  • Charles A. Anstey (b 1852 Oneida. He married first Adaline Walters before 1880 – they were living together in Utica in the 1880 Census, Charles was a “cabinet finisher“. Adaline died in 1886, buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica (inscription “Adaline Walter wife of Charles A. Anstey died May 1 1886 aged 43 years“) so Charles then married Harriet R. Hansel in Bay City, Michigan in 1888 – still alive in 1928 living in Bay City, Michigan. According to the 1910 Census there were no children from this marriage. Charles A. Anstey died in 1931, buried at Saint Patrick Cemetery Bay City, Bay County, Michigan – his wife Harriet is also buried there, she died in 1925);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1854 Oneida, appears in the 1855 Census, died before 1870?);
  • Fanny S. Anstey (b 1855 Oneida, alive in 1875, must have married James Browning and lived in Clinton, alive in 1928);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1857 Oneida, married Mr Peacock and lived in Utica, died in 1910 in Utica, buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica)
  • George J. Anstey Junior (b 1859 Oneida, we are fairly certain (but lack formal proof) that he married Mary E. Williams in c1880 and that they had children Milton Elsworth Anstey (b 1881, married Floy Mae pre-1907, having a son Loftus E. Anstey (b 1906) and a daughter Mary E. Anstey (b 1909). In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Milton was living at 1508 High Street Utica, a plumber with the Stradling Plumbing and Heating Company. Milton died in 1959, buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, as was his wife and two children); Sadie [Satie] M. Anstey (b 1883, married Howard Albert Knapp in c1904 and they were living in Schulyer, Herkimer, New York in the 1930 Census with Sadie‘s mother Mary E. Cook) and George J. Anstey (b 1885). George J. Anstey Junior died in 1886, buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, “aged 27 years” and his widow remarried to Mr Cook. In the 1900 Census Mary E. Cook, again a widow, was living in Utica with her mother and her four children (three ‘Anstey’ and one ‘Cook’). Research Note: Even though the 1900 Census states that the three ‘Anstey’ children’s father was born in England – the other Censuses (1910 and 1930 for example), especially for Milton Elsworth Anstey and Sadie M. Knapp, state that his father was born in New York. To confirm the correctness of this connection, we need to find the birth entries of the three children, or George J. Anstey‘s c1880 marriage);
  • Arthur H. Anstey (b 1868 Oneida, may have had a child Leslie A. Anstey (b 1893, died 1894, parents Arthur and Alice). Arthur married Etta (Esther) Darrigrand, alive in 1906 living in Utica, ditto 1910 where he was working in a Tobacco shop in Utica Ward 2. There were no children of this marriage according to the 1910 Census. Arthur died in 1916 in Utica, buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica. His widow was buried there in 1930);
  • Rose May Anstey (b 1872 Oneida, alive but unmarried in 1928, living in Council Bluffs, Iowa)

By the 1870 Census, George Anstey was already an American citizen, a foreman living with his family in Marcy, Oneida, New York. In the 1875 Census the family was living at New Hartford, Oneida, New York – George Anstey was “a tobacconist“, working in Utica (presumably for Warnick & Brown Tobacco Factory). In the 1880 Census the family were still living in Oneida, George Anstey was a “foreman at a tobacco factory“.

George J. Anstey died in 1888, buried at Forest Hill Cemetery Utica, Oneida County, New York PLOT 17; lot 2166. The inscription on his gravestone reads “George J. Anstey born in Handley, Dorsetshire, England, died in Utica April 30 1888 aged 60 years

His widow Sarah died in 1906, buried in the same grave as her husband. We have two obituaries. Firstly, the ‘Rome Daily Sentinel‘ on 24 March 1906 reported “Utica, March 24.—Mrs. Sarah Anstey, widow of George J. Anstey, died last night from paralysis. She was born in England and had lived in Utica over half a century. Her surviving children are William and Arthur of Utica, Charles A. of Aransac, Mich., Mrs. James Browning of Clinton, Mrs. Mary Peacock and Miss Rose Anstey of Utica.”

Secondly, the ‘Utica Daily Press‘ on 24 March, 1906 wrote “Sarah Street, widow of George J. Anstey, died at her home, No. 222 Neilson Street at 10:20 last night. She sustained a stroke of paralysis last June, but recovered so that she was quite comfortable.  At an early hour yesterday morning, she had another stroke and soon became unconscious and sank rapidly.  Her death was easy and painless.  Mrs. Anstey was born in Somersetshire, England, May 26, 1830, and, was a daughter of John and Mary Hutchinson Street.  Her father was a corporal to Wellington’s army and fought at Waterloo.  He was in the army for twenty-eight years, and had a medal for bravery which he had received from Queen Victoria.  His daughter Sarah was married at Handley, in Dorsetshire, July 5, 1850, to George J. Anstey, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Arthur Anstey.  The day after the wedding the couple started for America and came to this section.  They lived for a short time at Marcy and later on Steele’s Hill, but most of their lives was spent in this city. Mr. Anstey was foreman of Warnick & Brown’s Tobacco factory for sixteen years, during which time he lived on Hotel Street.  He died April 30, 1888.  Mrs. Anstey was a member of the Church of England and in this city she attended Calvary Church for many years.  Of late she has attended Immanuel Baptist Church, as she was advanced in years and it was nearer her home.  Mrs. Anstey was greatly devoted to her home and family and was one of the best of mothers.  Her whole life was lived for her children and she was always planning and contriving to see what she could do for her children and grandchildren.  She was of cheerful disposition and a most interesting conversationalist.  She was a good neighbour and friend, and her long life was one of usefulness.  She will be much missed, especially in the home circle.  Her surviving children are William and Arthur of Utica, Charles A. of Aranac, Mich., Mrs. James Browning of Clinton, Mrs. Mary Peacock and Miss Rose Anstey of Utica.  Of grandchildren she leaves nine

William John G. Anstey (b 1851 Utica)

William John G. Anstey was born in 1851 in Utica to father George J. Anstey. He married Alice Walters before 1881 and had children:

  • Pearl Anstey (b 1881 New York, married William W. Hughes in 1907 and they lived in Rhinecliffe, Little Falls and later Oneonta); and
  • Rose J. Anstey (b 1890 New York, married Thomas Keavy in 1912 in Oneida and lived in Utica)

William appears in the 1855 Census as “John G. Anstey” and the 1880 Census as “W. J. G Anstey” (a “retired farmer“). In the 1900 Census the family was living in Utica Ward 15; William Anstey was a tobacco packer.

Alice Walters Anstey died in 1908, buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica. An obituary in the ‘Utica Herald-Dispatch‘, Monday Evening, December 28, 1908 read “Mrs. William Anstey died at her home 528 Neilson street, at 2 o’clock this morning. She had been in poor health for the past eight years and had been seriously ill for the past two weeks. Death resulted from a complication of diseases. Her maiden name was Alice Walters. She was the daughter of the late John and Adelaide Walters and was born inn the old Walters homestead on Pleasant street, April 23, 1858. All her life had been spent in this city. Here she attended a private school and later finished her education in the public schools. At an early age she united with the old Bleecker Street Baptist Church and later became affiliated with the Park Baptist Church. While her health permitted she was a devout member and always took a deep interest in its welfare. On June 22, 18##, she was married to William Anstey by the Rev. Dr. Corey, then pastor of Park Baptist Church. Mrs. Anstey, through her long illness, bore her suffering with a true Christian spirit. She was a faithful wife and devoted mother. Her loss will be mourned by a host of friends. Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William Hughes of Rhinecliff and Rose J. Anstey of this city. She is also survived by three brothers, John and William of this city and George of Connecticut, and three sisters, Mrs. J.B. Coleman of Savona, Mrs. Elijah Herbidge of Long Island and Mrs. Fred Young of Durhamville.

William Anstey died in 1928 aged 77 years. An obituary appeared in the ‘Utica Observer-Dispatch‘ on July 11 1928 “The death of William Anstey of Oneonta, formerly of Utica and Little Falls, occurred yesterday in an Albany Hospital. He has been in poor health for the past year. William Anstey was the son of the late George and Sarah Anstey of Utica and was born in Utica, May 4, 1851, and resided here practically all his life. He was an employee of the Warnick & Brown Tobacco Factory for over 35 years. For the past six years he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. W.W. Hughes, spending his summers at Trenton Assembly Park. Mr. Anstey had resided in Little Falls until last November when the Hughes’ moved to Oneonta to make their home. About three weeks ago he was taken to the Albany Hospital for treatments. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W.W. Hughes of Oneonta; Mrs. Rose Keavy of Utica; three grandchildren, one brother, Charles, of Bay City, Mich., and two sisters, Mrs. James Browning, Clinton, and Miss Rose Anstey of Council Bluffs, Ia., and several nieces and nephews.

William Anstey was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery Utica, Oneida County, New York, PLOT 17, Lot 1273, Grave 10 inscription “William Anstey died July 10 1928 aged 77 years

Further Details on the Utica, NY Ansteys

We are actively on the lookout for Utica, NY Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Utica, NY 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.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Utica, NY 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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