The Broadclyst Ansteys

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

Overview of the Broadclyst Ansteys

The Broadclyst Ansteys of Devon are a sub-branch of the Tiverton Ansteys, and thus form part of the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree.

Thomas Anstey (b c1770)

Thomas Anstey was born in c1770 in either Tiverton or Broadclyst to father John Anstey of the Tiverton Ansteys. He married Thomasin Norris in Broadclyst in 1799, where he was described as “of Bradninch“. This couple remained in Broadclyst until c1815, having a fairly large family, being:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1801 – see below);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1802, the ‘Western Times‘ 20 November 1830 edition reported “Marriage: On the 9th inst at Sandford Mr George Burrington of Dowerich Barton to Miss Mary Ann Ansty of Coombe Lancy, both in that parish“);
  • John Anstey (b 1804, owned a substantial farm in Sandford);
  • Susannah Anstey (b 1806);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1807, the patriarch of the Tywardreath Ansteys);
  • Julia Anstey (b 1809);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1811, died, presumably unmarried, in 1891 “aged 80 at Tiverton“);

In 1807, William Vinecombe was apprenticed to “Thomas Anstey of Broadclyst“. When his youngest daughter Elizabeth died in 1891, he was described as “the late Thomas Anstey of Broadclyst“. According to an article in the ‘Exeter and Plymouth Gazette‘ on 13 August 1886, “Mr [John] Anstey and his family have resided at Coombe Lancey for over seventy years” so Thomas Anstey and his family must have moved to Coombelancy Farm in Sandford in c1815, with John Anstey (b 1804) taking over the farm after his father’s death.

Note: Thomas Anstey’s sister Ann Anstey, baptised in Broadclyst in 1767, married William Norris in Bradninch in December 1798.

Thomas Anstey (b 1801 Broadclyst)

Thomas Anstey, born 1801 in Broadclyst to parents Thomas Anstey and Thomasin, married Harriet Adams (b 1807 Tiverton) in September 1828, he was described as “Thomas Anstey of the parish of St Sidwell, a bachelor“. The ‘Exeter & Plymouth Gazette‘ on 4 October 1828 reported “On Saturday, at St. Sidwell’s Church, in this city, by the Rev. John Hart, Mr. Thos. Anstey, of Tiverton, to Harriet, 2nd daughter of Mr. T. Adams, of that place.

They returned to live in Tiverton where in 1841 Thomas was an accountant living in Peter Street, Tiverton. By 1851, they were at Bampton Street, Tiverton where Thomas Anstey was a “clerk in lace manufacturer“, his birth parish confirmed as “Broadclyst“. Thomas Anstey and Harriet had children in Tiverton:

  • Harriet Adams Anstey (b 1829);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1831);
  • Thomas Adams Anstey (b 1833, died young before 1839);
  • Catherine Anstey (b 1834);
  • Julia Anstey (b 1836, married Mr Spalding – by the 1911 Census she was a widow, living off “independent means” at The Laurels Silverton Exeter with her niece Dora Julia Anstey);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1839, attended Blundell’s School in Tiverton from 1848 to 1852. He married twice, his second marriage being to his first cousin Annie Anstey, daughter of Samuel Anstey. Thomas Anstey (a linen buyer/dealer) first married Eliza Peacock in Hackney London in 1864, and they moved to Lyncombe Hill, Bath, having children together Lillian Maud Anstey (b 1866 Bath, an unmarried schoolmistress living in Bath in 1891); Florence Agnes Anstey (b 1866 Bath, baptised 28 December 1866 in Walcott. She was unmarried and headmistress of the Dr Williams School Dolgelley, Merionethshire in the 1911 Census); Ernest Ethelbert Peacock Anstey (b 1870 Bath, died 1873 Bath); and Sydney Thomas Anstey (b 1871 Bath). But Eliza Anstey died in 1873, buried in Bath Abbey Cemetery, so Thomas Anstey remarried Annie Anstey in 1874, this marriage reported in the ‘Cornish Telegraph‘ 18 January 1874 edition as “At Fowey [near Tywardreath], the 24th instant, the Rev. Pureell, Mr. Thomas Anstey, Lyncombe-Hill, Bath, to Annie, only daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Anstey“. They returned to live in Lyncombe, Bath, having two other children Ethel Annie Anstey (b 1876 Bath, an unmarried teacher living with her parents in the 1911 Census) and another (died by 1911). They were still living in Bath in the 1891 Census and by the 1911 Census they were living at 11 Queen’s Road Ealing where Thomas Anstey was a ‘retired draper’);
  • John Upham Anstey (b 1840, attended Blundell’s School in Tiverton in 1850. He married Elizabeth Burrington (probably sister to his brother Samuel‘s wife) in 1869 in Bodmin and they had children Jessie Grace Anstey (b 1871 Bath, a governess at Dunsmore, Park View, Silverton in 1891 and a dispenser at 19 South Street Wellington Somerset in the 1911 Census. She never married and died on 18 September 1936 – probate to her sister Margaret Annie Anstey); Dora Julia Anstey (b 1872 Bath, living with her aunt Julia Spalding as a ‘companion assistant’ at The Laurels Silverton in the 1911 Census – she never married and died on 5 August 1930 living at 5 Inman House Craven Park – probate to her sister Margaret Annie Anstey); Margaret Annie Anstey (b 1876 Bath, in the 1911 Census she was unmarried and working as “Salaried pupil to lady decorators & student at evening classes gilding” at 38 Westbourne Street, St George Hanover Square. She was still unmarried in 1936); and Harold John Anstey (b 1881 Truro – an Anstey Hero). In 1870 John (a chemist) dissolved a partnership with “Thomas Anstey, chemist, of Walcott Buildings, Bath“. In the 1891 Census the family were living at 12 St Nicholas Street, Truro where John was a “chemist and wine merchant“. John Upham Anstey co-owned ‘Percy and Anstey‘ Chemists in Truro in the 1880s with Thomas B. Percy. They dissolved the partnership in 1888 with the business carried on by John alone until at least the mid-1890s. In the 1911 Census John Upham Anstey, a widower and chemist manager, was a guest at City Hotel Queen Street Exeter. John Upham Anstey died in 1915 in Lymington);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1843 – see below);
  • Rosa Anstey (b 1850, unmarried and a “shop assistant” visiting her brother Samuel Anstey in 1891).

Thomas Anstey (b 1801) died in Tiverton in 1856, his death was reported in the ‘Exeter Flying Post‘ newspaper as “Jan 19 at Bampton Street, Tiverton in his 54th year, Mr Thomas Anstey, for 35 years accountant to Messrs Heathcote, leaving a wife and seven children to lament his loss“.

Samuel Anstey (b 1843 Tiverton)

Samuel Anstey was born in 1843 in Tiverton to parents Thomas Anstey and Harriet Adams (not to be confused with his first cousin Samuel Anstey (b 1845)). He married Louisa Burrington (probably sister to his brother John‘s wife) in 1873 in Widcombe, Somerset – he was described as a “book seller of St Mary’s Cheltenham, son of Thomas Anstey, accountant, deceased“. They had children:

  • George Herbert Anstey (b 1874 Newton Abbot – an Anstey Hero);
  • Gerald Spalding Anstey (b 1879 Cheltenham – an Anstey Hero) and
  • Ernest Theodore Anstey (b 8 December 1882 Barton Regis, Bristol. He attended St Stephens School in Reading and became a teacher in 1902 after training at St Luke’s Training College, Exeter. He married Annie Louise Seager in 1907 in Cheltenham, having a daughter Dorothy Evelyn Anstey (b 1909 Wimbledon). He was Assistant Master at Immanuel Boys School, Streatham in 1902/3 and then from 1905 until at least 1931 Assistant Master at Haydons Road Boys School, Wimbledon. In the 1911 Census the family were living at 25 Avondale Road Wimbledon. From 1915 to 1919 he performed “war service“, though we have no further details. He was living in Wimbledon, London in c1914 and Kingston in the 1921 Census. By the 1939 Register he was living at Long Reach The Hoe The Hoe, Borham, Bosham, Chichester – an elementary school master. Ernest Theodore Anstey died on 8 June 1969 living at 62 Erridge Road London).

In 1881 they were living in Westbury on Trym and by 1891 they were living at Crescent Road, St Giles, Reading, where Samuel Anstey was a “commercial traveller“. In 1901 Samuel Anstey was living in Cheltenham, a “widower and manufacturing stationer and printers manager“. In c1902 Samuel Anstey was living at 1 Denmark Terrace, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham; by the 1911 Census he was a “widower and stationers assistant” living alone at 15 Regent Street, Cheltenham; and by c1914 he was living in Wimbledon, London.

By the 1921 Census he was living in Cheltenham with his son George Herbert Anstey. Samuel Anstey died in 1925 – the ‘Gloucester Citizen‘ on 18 May 1925 reported “DEATHS. ANSTEY—May 16th, 156 Linden Road Gloucester, Samuel Anstey aged 82 years. Funeral at Cheltenham on Thursday next. 3.30 p.m.

Further Details on the Broadclyst Ansteys

We are actively on the lookout for Broadclyst Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Broadclyst 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 Broadclyst 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 ‘Broadclyst’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

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