The Milverton Ansteys

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

Milverton Ansteys Overview

The Milverton Ansteys of Somerset are a sub-branch of the Dulverton Ansteys (sub-branch E), and thus form part of the South West Peninsula Ansteys.

The patriarch of the Milverton Ansteys is George Anstey (b 1762 Dulverton) – even though he never lived in Milverton, his widow Judith Anstey did, as well as his son Arthur Anstey and daughter Louise Jane Anstey.

George Anstey (b 1762 Dulverton)

George Anstey was born in 1762 in Dulverton to parents Richard Anstey and Mary. George Anstey inherited vast wealth from his father Richard Anstey when he died in 1782, becoming a ‘gentleman’. George Anstey married Judith (possibly Judith Knapping of St Mary le Shand, Middlesex in Shopland Essex in April 1802 or Rochford, Essex in April 1805) and they had children:

  • George Richard Anstey (b 1810 Watford, married Eliza James in 1833 in North Cray, Kent and became a Reverend);
  • Louisa Jane Anstey (b 1812 Hanover Square, died in January 1846 in Milverton, described in the ‘St James Chronicle‘ as “Louisa Jane, young daughter of the late George Anstey Esq of Russell Square“)
  • Arthur Anstey (b 1815 Camden, married Fanny Agnes Corser in 1842 in Brighton, became a Curate, lived in Milverton for a time);
  • Julia Anstey (b ???, died before 1837).

George Anstey died in September 1826 in Bloomsbury, London (he was living in Russell Square at the time of his demise, the newspapers reporting that “on the 22 [September 1826] George Anstey Esq of Russel Square aged 65 [died]“). His widow Judith Anstey moved to Milverton with her son Arthur Anstey and daughter Louisa Jane Anstey in c1840 and Judith died there in September 1844, the newspapers reporting that “on the 24th inst at Milverton Somerset Judith, widow of the late George Anstey Esq of Russell Square, aged 66“.

George Richard Anstey (b 1810 Watford)

George Richard Anstey was born in 1810 in Watford, Hertfordshire. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge University in 1829 and St Alban College, Oxford University in 1833. In October 1830 he was appointed to the 4th New Zealand Dragoons “by purchase“, retiring under a year later in May 1831.

George Richard Anstey then married Eliza James (b 1815 in London) in 1833 in North Cray, Kent, the ‘Morning Chronicle‘ newspaper reporting that “On Tuesday 30 April [1833] at North Cray Church by the Rev. E. W. Edgell, George Richard Anstey Esq, eldest son of the late George Anstey Esq of Russell Square to Eliza, second daughter of W. R. James Esq of North Cray, Kent and Ely Place, London“.

George Richard Anstey became a Reverend (Rev. George Richard Anstey M. A.), living in various locations across England including Kent, Hampshire, Devon. Somerset and York; he was a major beneficiary of his uncle Richard Anstey‘s will when it went to probate in 1837. George Richard and Eliza had children:

  • Julia Frampton Anstey (b 1834 Ryde St Thomas, Hampshire, unmarried in 1881 living with her mother Eliza in Edinburgh. She died in 1923 in Reigate, Surrey);
  • Maria Campbell Hill Anstey (b 1837 Willsden, Yorkshire, married Robert Laidlaw Stuart in Richmond, Surrey in 1861);
  • Hannah Louisa Anstey (b 1838 York);
  • George Anstey (b c1838 Aigley House in Devon – though the 1851 Census says ‘Oxfordshire’. He migrated to Australia, becoming an Australian Anstey pioneer, settling in Port Elliot, South Australia where he died in 1869);
  • Arthur Sibthorp Anstey (b 1839 York, died a young child in York in 1840);
  • Francis Thomas Anstey (b 1840 Dulverton – incidentally this was the final ‘Anstey’ baptism in Dulverton after many centuries of Ansteys being baptised there. Francis Thomas died in 1847 in Cheltenham);
  • Gertrude Eliza Anstey (b 1842 Sutton Valence, Kent, married Alexander Clark in Madras, India in 1870)

In September 1840, George Richard Anstey was living in Acomb, Yorkshire, when Mary Robinson was accused of “feloniously and maliciously” setting fire to his house. In August 1841 George Richard Anstey announced that he was permanently “leaving the neighbourhood of Dulverton” and selling his “costly, modern and truly valuable furniture and effects” including a piano and fine wines.

George Richard Anstey died in September 1846 in Ludlow, Shropshire. His widow Eliza Anstey was living in Lansdown Villas in Cheltenham in the 1851 Census (a “widow” and a “proprietor of houses“). Eliza Anstey died in Greenhill Gardens, Edinburgh in September 1881, where she was described as “widow of Reverend George Richard Anstey of Dulverton Somersetshire

Arthur Anstey (b 1815 Camden)

Arthur Anstey was born in 1815 in Camden, he attended Worcester College, Oxford University in 1835 and he was a major beneficiary of his uncle Richard Anstey‘s will when it went to probate in 1837. Arthur Anstey married Fanny Agnes Corser (b 1812 Oxley, Staffordshire) in Brighton in 1842 and then moved to Milverton in Somerset, where he became Curate of Raddington (Arthur appears frequently in the Milverton parish registers as “Arthur Anstey, curate of Raddington”). Arthur Anstey was also Curate of Bolney in 1841 and Sixpenny Handley in Dorset by 1851. Arthur Anstey and Fanny had children:

  • Arthur Campbell Clements Anstey (b 1843, in Milverton, he later attended University College, Oxford University in 1862 and then became a Reverend. He had a son Arthur Henry Anstey who also became a Reverend and communicated with chief researcher Thomas John Anstey (Tom) in 1911. Both Rev. A. C. C. Anstey and his son Rev. A. H. Anstey are mentioned in Tom‘s 1913 ‘The Anstey Family‘ article);
  • Thomas R. Anstey (b 1845 Milverton, died in 1858 in Wells, Somerset);
  • Louisa Fanny Anstey (b 1846, Milverton, married “Captain G.H. Tillard, Madras Staff Corps” in 1873 in Hastings, Sussex);
  • George Anstey (b 1848 Sixpenny Handley, Wimborne, Dorset, emigrated to Gippsland, Victoria in Australia, becoming an Australian Anstey pioneer);
  • Annie; Harriet and Jane Anstey (see below).

In the 1851 Census, Arthur Anstey was “perpetual curate of Handley“, living in Sixpenny Handley with his wife Fanny and their four children. By the 1861 Census, Arthur Anstey and Fanny were living in Sidmouth, Devon. Arthur Anstey died in November 1866 in Paris, the ‘Morning Advertiser‘ newspaper noting “[Death] On the 5th [November] at Paris, the Rev Arthur Anstey, perpetual curate of Handley, Dorset, aged 51“.

There are interesting memorial inscriptions in Sixpenny Handley which indicate there were more children of Arthur and Fanny, however we find no other evidence of them. The memorial inscriptions are clearly referencing this family and state:

  • Annie Anstey, sister of Thomas“. Grave Reference 93;
  • Rev Arthur Anstey, father of Thomas“. Grave Reference 346 (Note: Incumbent);
  • Fanny Agnes Anstey, mother of Thomas“. Grave Reference 346;
  • Harriet Anstey, sister of Thomas“. Grave Reference 93;
  • Jane Anstey, sister of Thomas“. Grave Reference 93.

Further Details on the Milverton Ansteys

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

Anybody who finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com and we will correct it.

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