The Waukesha, Wisconsin Ansteys

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

Overview of the Waukesha, Wisconsin Ansteys

The patriarch of the Waukesha, Wisconsin Ansteys of America is Henry Charles Anstey (b 1826 Witheridge), a member of the Witheridge Ansteys (a sub-branch of the Chulmleigh Ansteys), who emigrated to America in 1855.

Thus the Waukesha, Wisconsin Ansteys are are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch, originally part of the ‘Anstis’ family pedigree, and hence they do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey.

Henry William Anstey (b 1847 Witheridge)

Henry William Anstey was born in 1847 in Witheridge (according to the 1851 Census when the family was living at Carlisle Street, Marylebone though not according to his biography below) to parents Henry Charles Anstey and Mary Jane Dart. After emigrating to America with the family in 1855, he married first Ida Tinker in 1879 in Waukesha and after she died in 1888, he remarried Mary Josephine Stocks in 1889, again in Waukesha. Henry William Anstey had children:

  • Florence Elizabeth Anstey (b 1881 Wisconsin);
  • Tracy James Anstey (b 1882 Wisconsin. He married Hannah Hanson in 1903 in Waukesha and they had a single daughter Isabelle Pearl Anstey (b 1908 California). In the 1910 American Census the family were living at Oakland Ward 1 Alameda California. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Tracy was a refrigerator manufacturer living at Oakland, Alameda, California. Tracy died in Oakland, Alameda, California in 1936);
  • Infant Anstey (died in infancy)
  • Donald Henry Anstey (b 20 August 1892 (though some sources incorrectly say 1891) Hartland, Waukesha, Wisconsin. In the 1910 American Census he was living with his grandparents (the ‘Stock‘ family) in Summit, Waukesha. In the June 1917 Draft Registration for World War One, Donald was married with two children, working as a self employed “garageman” in Waukesha. He also noted that he had previous military experience as a Private in the Infantry for three years and had a “crippled foot“. By the 1920 Census Donald was widowed??, an auto dealer at a garage boarding in Waukesha. Donald married Lucille Mildred Kyle and they had children Keith Richard Anstey (b 1915 Waukesha); Betty M. Anstey (b 1916 Wisconsin); Jeanne L. Anstey (b 1922 California); Alice Irene Anstey (b 1925 California) and Donna Harriet Anstey (b 1935 Oakland, at which time the family was living at 8030 Idlewood Street, Oakland, Alameda). In the 1940 Census they were living in Alameda, California – Donald was a “deliveryman“. Lucille Anstey died in 1959 so Donald remarried Florence Catherine?. Donald H Anstey died in 1973, buried at Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda, California); and
  • Ruby Margaret Anstey (b 1896 Waukesha. In the 1910 American Census she was living with her grandparents (the ‘Stock‘ family) in Summit, Waukesha)

There is a write-up of Henry in ‘Portrait and Biographical Record of Waukesha County, Wisconsin‘ (page 811-2), written in c1894, where it states: “Henry W. Anstey… is a native of the city of London, England, his birth having occurred on the 27th of January, 1849. When a child of six years he came with his parents to Wisconsin. His early boyhood was spent in Milwaukee and on his father’s farm whither he went at the age of eleven years. His education was obtained in the district schools, which were then in their infancy. At the early age of twenty he rented a farm of two hundred acres, and after operating it two years bought eighty acres of it, while his father became the possessor of the remainder, the purchase price being $4,000. Upon this he continued to reside until 1876, when he also bought eighty acres on section 2. In 1884 he sold the entire tract, and his present farm of two hundred acres, costing $12,000, was purchased. Mr. Anstey has one of the finest farms in this section of the county, under a good state of cultivation and well improved. Besides his agricultural interests he is connected with the creamery at Hartland and is identified with other enterprises. At Delafield, on the 20th of November, 1879, was celebrated the union of Mr. Anstey and Miss Ida, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Graham) Tinker. The lady was a native of Waukesha County, and one of a family of seven children. To this marriage three children were born: Florence Elizabeth, Tracy James, and one that died in infancy. Mrs. Anstey’s death occurred on the 13th of June, 1888, at the age of twenty-eight years. November 28, 1889, Mr. Anstey was again married, the lady to whom he was united having borne the maiden name of Mary Josephine Stocks. Her parents, James and Margaret (Doland) Stocks, had a family of six children, four sons and two daughters.-* Mr. and Mrs. Anstey have one son, Donald Henry. Mr. Anstey is a true blue Republican, and since his first vote was cast for Gen. U. S. Grant, has been a stanch supporter of the principles advocated by that party. He has served as Treasurer of the Village Board, and is now filling the office of President of the Village Board. He and his wife are members of the Episcopal Church of Hartland and live in accordance with the profession they make.

By 1900 Henry Anstey was living in Merton town, Hartland village, Waukesha. He died in 1907 at Berkeley, Alameda, California – the ‘Berkeley Gazette‘ 11 March 1907 reported “DIED ANSTEY— In Berkeley, March 11,1907, Henry W. Anstey, dearly beloved husband of Mary J. Anstey and father of five children; a native of London England; age 57 years 1month 14 days. Friends and acquantances are respectfully invited to attend funeral services Wednesday, March 13,1907, at 10:30 o’clock a.m, from St. Matthews Episcopal church, corner Grove and Russell streets, Berkeley; remains at the parlors of Jameson&Niehaus,2434 Telegraph avenue; cremation Oakland Crematory“.

Charles Samuel Anstey (b 1856 Wisconsin)

Charles Samuel Anstey was born in 1856 in Hartland, Waukesha to parents Henry Charles Anstey and Mary Jane Dart. He married Bertha Margurite Schwartz (known as Birdie) in September 1895 in Waukesha and they had a huge family (the largest Anstey family that we have thus far discovered), all born in Hartland, Wisconsin, being:

  • Gladys Naomi Anstey (b 1896, living with family in the 1910 American Census. She married Robert Casper);
  • Mary Margaret Anstey (b 1897, living with family in the 1910 American Census. She married Conrad Anthony Gebhard in 1919 in St Mary’s, Pewaukee);
  • Beatrice Constance Anstey (b 1898, living with family in the 1910 American Census. She married John Bennett Ellsworth);
  • Alice Elizabeth Anstey (b 1900, living with family in the 1910 American Census. She married Harold Henry Bullion in 1924 in Waukegan, Illinois);
  • Florence Isabelle Anstey (b 1901, known as Belle, living with family in the 1910 American Census. She married Edgar Nold in 1924 in Hartland);
  • Ellen Jane Anstey (b 13 May 1903, living with family in the 1910 American Census. She died without marrying on 8 August 1953 buried at Village of Hartland Cemetery Hartland, Waukesha County);
  • Blanche Marguratt Anstey (b 1905, living with family in the 1910 American Census. She married Theodore Garrity in 1929 in Hartland);
  • Ruth Silva Anstey (b 1907, living with family in the 1910 American Census. She married Lester Nissen in 1923 in Hartland. She died in 1992 buried at Orange Cemetery Rome City, Noble County, Indiana – “Ruth Bennett of Auburn, was found dead Sunday in her residence. She was born in Hartland, Wis., on April 120, 1907 to Charles Samuel and Bertha (Swartz) Anstey. Surviving are 2 daughters, Ramona Gard of Sullivan, Wis., and Gloria Fryback of Fort Wayne; 2 sons, David Nissen of Cameron Park, Calif., and Charles Nissen of Wawaka; 2 sisters, Elnora Todd of Oconomowoc, Wis., and Genevieve Sell of Elm Grove, Wis.; a brother, Charles Anstey of Hartland; 18 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 8 sisters and 3 brothers. Funeral Wednesday in Hutchins Funeral Home, Wolcottville.“);
  • Edmond Henry Dart Anstey (b 1909, known as Dart, living with family in the 1910 American Census. He married Ruby Eileen Dillinder in 1934 in Dalgren, Illinois and they had two daughters Marilyn Joyce Anstey (b 1937 died 1945) and Elaine Gail Anstey (b 1940, died an infant). Edmond died in 1991 in Hartland);
  • Elnora Victoria Anstey (b 1911, married Forrest Norton Todd in 1929 in Kentucky);
  • Walter Durin Anstey (b 1913, died an infant);
  • Genevieve Pearl Anstey (b 1914, married Eugene Joseph Sell in 1936 in Elm Grove, Wisconsin);
  • Charles Walter John Anstey (b 5 February 1916, known as Charles Jnr and Teenie, married Joyce Elizabeth Cull in 1947 in Hartland. They had a son Thomas John Anstey (b 1965 Waukesha, never married?). Charles died on 25 January 2005, buried at Saint Charles Cemetery Hartland, Waukesha County – the ‘Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘ reporting “Anstey, Charles W.J. North Lake. Jan. 25, 2005. Age 88. Owned and operated a dairy farm in the town of Merton since 1939. He enjoyed raising horses and dogs. He will be sadly missed by his son, Thomas (Kathy), his brother-in-law, Roger Cull and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his wife, Joyce and 14 brothers and sisters. Funeral Services 1PM Saturday at the Funeral Home. Burial St. Charles Cemetery, Hartland.“);
  • Conrad Marvin Samuel Anstey (b 1918, he farmed in Hartland and later worked for Waukesha co roads. He married  Bueluah Stone of Sussex. They had 4 children   Beverly Jo, Walter (died in infancy), Dwight and Gregory – all are deceased); and
  • Juanita Joyce Anstey (b 1920, married Robert James Hansen of Hartland in 1945)

In the 1910 American Census, and the 1920 Census, almost all of the family were living at Delafield, Waukesha, Wisconsin, where Charles was a farmer. Charles Samuel Anstey died in 1927, buried at Village of Hartland Cemetery, Hartland, Waukesha County.

Intriguingly, despite Charles Samuel Anstey having the largest Anstey family, it is currently very close to Anstey-extinction, with only Conrad Marvin Samuel Anstey having a very small handful of Anstey descendants alive today.

Further Details on the Waukesha, Wisconsin Ansteys

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