The Iddesleigh Ansteys

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

Many thanks to Tom, Rev. Martin Anstey, William Jones Anstey and Julia for their help in constructing this sub-branch pedigree

Overview of the Iddesleigh Ansteys

The Iddesleigh Ansteys of Devon are a sub-branch of the Tiverton Ansteys, hence they form part of the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree. Much work was performed by my great granduncle Thomas John Anstey (Tom) into this sub-branch, culminating in two wonderful Iddesleigh pedigrees drawn into his Black Book in c1914.

The first Iddesleigh pedigree was constructed by Tom together with Rev. Martin Anstey of the Tiverton Ansteys in 1911 and it begins with Bartholomew Anstey (b 1779 in Iddesleigh). The second Iddesleigh pedigree, which Tom constructed with William Jones Anstey (see below) in June 1912, begins with Bartholomew Anstey‘s son Simon Anstey. Both pedigrees contain much useful information written by Tom regarding each individual.

[Important Note: There was a family of ‘Anstis‘ who moved to Iddesleigh from Ashreigney in the early 1700s, headed by John Anstis who married Grace in Iddesleigh in 1717 and had four ‘Anstis’ children in c1720 in Iddesleigh – this family is nothing whatsoever to do with the Anstey story]

John Anstey of Tiverton and Martha Burridge

The patriarch of the Iddesleigh Ansteys is John Anstey of Tiverton (b c1700) who married Martha Burridge in 1730 in Tiverton. They had children:

In around 1740 the family moved to Iddesleigh, where in 1742 we find a 99 year lease agreement on a dwelling house involving “John Anstey of Iddesleigh, tailor and John Anstie his son” (South West Heritage Trust: Reference ‘DD49019’).John Anstey of Tiverton was a merchant tailor by trade, a skill which was passed down through the Iddesleigh Ansteys for generations.

John Anstey (b 1733 Tiverton)

John Anstey (b 1733 Tiverton) was also a tailor. He married Elizabeth Nenow in Iddesleigh in 1749 (the first ‘Anstey’ entry in the Iddesleigh parish registers) and they had two sons, being:

  • John Anstey (b 1750 Iddesleigh, see below);
  • William Anstey (b 1758 Iddesleigh – patriarch of the Monkokehampton Ansteys, though he did return to Iddesleigh later in life and have some daughters with his second wife Wilmot)

John Anstey (b 1750 Iddesleigh)

John Anstey (b 1750 Iddesleigh) was also a tailor. He married Mary Arnold in Iddesleigh in 1769 and then after her death in 1776 he married Grace Parker in Iddesleigh in 1777 (described as “John Anstey junior, tailor“). They had a large family in Iddesleigh with at least six sons, some of whom remained in Iddesleigh, namely:

  • John Anstey (b 1769 with Mary);
  • William Anstey (b 1771 with MaryWilliam Anstey was for a time parish clerk of Iddesleigh and he was victualler of Northcote Arms in Iddesleigh in 1850);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1775 with Mary – his father was described as “John Anstey the younger“);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1778 with Grace);
  • Bartholomew Anstey (b 1779 with GraceBartholomew Anstey sits atop the main Black Book Iddesleigh pedigree constructed by Thomas John Anstey (Tom) in 1911);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1782 with Grace – moved to George Street, Hanover Square and became a tailor. In 1828 “Mr Anstey and Mr Nettleton” were in partnership as “tailors of George Street, Hanover Square“. The ‘Morning Advertiser‘ 6 July 1836 reported that “T. Anstey, W. Nettleton, and J. Le Gassick” had dissolved their partnership as “tailors of George Street, Hanover Square” – the ‘Sheffield Iris‘ 12 July 1836 edition confirms it is “Thomas Anstey, William Nettleton and John le Gassick George Street, Hanover Square tailors (so far as regards William Nettleton)“. The ‘True Sun‘ 28 July 1836 reported “ANSTEY and another vs Nettleton: In this case it appeared a partnership had been entered into in 1832 between the plaintiff Anstey, a person named McGasick and the defendant William Nettleton to carry on business as tailors at 18 George Street Hanover Square with a capital of 1,500l. The partnership was to continue for 11 years and a sum of 200 guineas per year was to be allowed to Anstey as rent for the house in George Street...[Nettleton was made bankrupt later in 1836]” Thomas Anstey was born in c1781 per the 1841 Census – he probably married Elizabeth Elsbee in 1808 in St George’s Hanover Square and he certainly married Jane Lance (b 1801) in 1817 in St Georges Hanover Square. In the 1841 Census they were living at 18 George Street together with Ann Guthrie. Thomas Anstey died in q1 1844 in George Street, Hanover Square – as far as we know he had no children);
  • Grace Anstey (b 1785 with Grace, married Robert Lane in 1804 in Hatherleigh, she was still living in Hatherleigh in 1851);
  • George Anstey (b 1787 with Grace – became a tailor).

Bartholomew Anstey (b 1779 Iddesleigh)

Bartholomew Anstey sits atop the main Black Book Iddesleigh pedigree constructed by Thomas John Anstey (Tom) in 1911; Tom noted that Bartholomewwas a miller of Iddesleigh Mill, succeeded his brother [William] as Parish Clerk of Iddesley“. Bartholomew Anstey married Mary Weekes in 1801 in Black Torrington, the banns stating that “Bartholemew Anstey of the parish of Iddesleigh [married]” and they had children in Iddesleigh:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1802, married Nancy Dufty in 1824 in Hatherleigh and later moved to Filleigh, becoming the patriarch of the Filleigh Ansteys);
  • William Anstey (b 1804, married Ann Madge of Neath in c1829 and had two sons John Anstey (b 1830 – see below) and William Anstey (b 1834, “no family, was a carpenter in London – West Moreland St. Primlace? about 1874 died about 1878“). In 1841 the family were living at Iddesleigh Village where William Anstey was a carpenter. William Anstey was living with his brother Bartholomew in 1871 – now a widow but still a carpenter);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1806, “? m…Farze ? died unmar’d died Exeter“);
  • John Anstey (b 1811 – patriarch of the Dowland Ansteys);
  • Bartholomew Anstey (b 1813 – see below);
  • George Anstey (b 1814, married Elizabeth Keener [Keenor] in Iddesleigh in 1836. He was a tailor who spent his entire life in Iddesleigh. They had children Elizabeth Anstey (b 1837, married William Sampson in Okehampton in 1863); Grace Anstey (b 1839); George Anstey (b 1841); Bartholomew William Anstey (b 1843 – see below); John Anstey (b 1846 – see below); William Anstey (b 1849 – see below); Wilmot Anstey (b 1851); and Matilda Anstey (b 1858). George Anstey was still a tailor living in Iddesleigh in the 1881 Census. He died in 1895);
  • Simon Anstey (b 1816 – see below);
  • Grace Anstey (b 1818, married twice?);
  • Ann Anstey (b ? married ‘Locke‘?, died by c1911);
  • Mary Anstey (b ? married ‘Ketcher‘?);

In 1813 Bartholomew was a cordwainer. In 1850 Bartholomew was parish clerk of Iddesleigh. Bartholomew Anstey died in 1853 in Iddesleigh, his widow Maryd 16.12.1870 aged 89” according to Tom‘s Iddesleigh pedigree.

Thomas Anstey (b 1804 Iddesleigh)

Thomas Anstey was born in 1804 in Iddesleigh, baptised 28 March 1804 in Iddesleigh to parents John Anstey and Elizabeth. He was a “sojourner of the parish” when he married Mary Newcombe in Winkleigh on 31 May 1836. They moved to Higher Yendamore Farm in Merton, where Thomas was a yeoman, having children:

  • John Anstey (b 1838, married Anne Anna Hayter? (b c1845 Tarrant Gunville) in c1864 having children Mary Ann Hayter Anstey (b 1865 Huish, an unmarried Head Teacher living with her mother at Ivy Holme Hawkchurch Axminster in the 1911 Census); Alfred George Hayter [Hayton] Anstey (b 1868, buried in Merton on 11 February 1869); John Hayter Anstey (b 1870 Petrockstowe, married Lydia Mary White in 1895 in Truro having a daughter Edna Anstey (b 1900 Exeter). In the 1911 Census they were living at 78 Old Tiverton Road Exeter where John was a house furnisher); and Emily Hayter Anstey (b 1872 Petrockstowe, alive in 1881). In the 1871 Census the family were living at Butstone Farm, Petrockstowe, Torrington where John was a gamekeeper. By the 1881 Census John was still a gamekeeper at Lower Lodge, Huish, Torrington. John Anstey died in 1900, buried in Merton on 9 November 1900. His widow Anna Anstey was living with her daughter Mary Ann at Ivy Holme Hawkchurch Axminster in the 1911 Census);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1840, married William Quance Rowtcliffe on 17 January 1869 in Merton – living with her father at Higher Yendamore Farm in the 1871 Census); and
  • William Anstey (b 1844)

In the 1841 Census the family were already at Higher Yendamore Farm together with Thomas‘ mother Elizabeth (b 1776). They were still there in the 1851, 1861 and 1871 Censuses. Thomas Anstey died in 1876, buried in Merton on 31 October 1876.

Bartholomew Anstey (b 1813 Iddesleigh)

Bartholomew Anstey was born in 1813 in Iddesleigh to parents Bartholomew Anstey and Mary Weekes, baptised in Iddesleigh on 14 October 1813. He married Grace Knight in Iddesleigh on 5 April 1840 and they had children in Iddesleigh:

  • Mary Anstey (b 1843);
  • Bartholomew Anstey (b 1845 to mother ‘Knight’, baptised 21 September 1845 in Iddesleigh, died in 1850, buried 22 April 1850 in Iddesleigh);
  • James Anstey (b 1848, died 1851)
  • John Anstey (b 1852, a carpenter in 1871. He married Mary Ann Buckingham on 8 December 1880 in Okehampton and they had a single daughter Gertrude Mary Anstey (b 1888 Iddesleigh, unmarried and living with parents in the 1911 Census). In the 1911 Census John was a carpenter living with his family at Village Iddesleigh);
  • Simon Anstey (b 1853, married Alice Elizabeth Bates Burton in West Bromwich on 7 February 1884 and they had a single child Dorothy Grace Anstey (b 1889 West Bromwich). In the 1911 Census Simon Anstey was a shoeing smith, living with his family at 13 John Street, West Bromwich. Simon died in 1935 in West Bromwich)
  • William Thomas Anstey (b 1855, a carpenter in 1871. He married Lavinia Emma Woods on 17 October 1883 in Iddesleigh and they had children in Iddesleigh Muriel Grace Anstey (b 1885, living at Chiltern Farm with her brother Albert Arthur Anstey in 1936 – she never married and died in Okehampton in 1967); William Thomas [Tom] Mogridge Anstey (b 1886, baptised 26 December 1886 in Iddesleigh – he was an unmarried ‘hind on farm (servant)’ at Luxton Barton Winkleigh in the 1911 Census and living with his brother Albert Arthur Anstey in 1939 at Chilton Farm when he was found guilty of diluting milk – they ran ‘Anstey Bros‘ there and returned to Devon in 1940); Walter Bartholomew Anstey (b 1888, living with his brother Thomas at Fursdon Farm in 1919); Albert Arthur Anstey (b 1891 – an Anstey Hero); and Thomas John Anstey (b 1893 aka John Thomas Anstey – an Anstey Hero). In the 1911 Census the family were living at Fursdon Farm Iddesleigh where William Anstey was a farmer. The ‘Western Times‘ on 8 August 1919 reported that the Iddesleigh Estate was auctioned off, with many tenants becoming owners – one of whom was “Fursdon Farm 108 acres let at £60. Mr Wm Anstey tenant [purchased for] £2,300“. By the 1920 Electoral Register William, his wife Lavinia and son Albert Arthur Anstey were living at Neal’s Farm, Harbledown, Kent);
  • Bartholomew Anstey (b 1858, married Sarah Weekes in Iddesleigh on 19 June 1897 – surely related to his grandmother. They had no children and in the 1911 Census he was a farmer living at Parsonage Farm Iddesleigh – he died a year later, buried in Iddesleigh on 29 January 1912, the ‘Exeter and Plymouth Gazette‘ on 26 January 1912 reporting “DEATHS. ANSTEY. —On January 24th, at the Parsonage Farm, Iddesleigh, Bartholomew Anstey, aged 54. Funeral Monday. Leave house 1.30. Friends please accept this the only intimation.“); and
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1861, married Ella Marie Lushey in Barnstaple in 1904 and in the 1911 Census he was a farmer living at North Barwick Iddesleigh with his wife and a boarder Daisy Parsons – they had no children at that time)

In 1851 the family were living at 17, Village, Iddesleigh, Okehampton where Bartholomew was a carpenter master employing one man – with them were Grace‘s mother and brother. By 1871 the family were living at Village, Iddesleigh, Okehampton – Bartholomew was still a carpenter. He was buried in Iddesleigh on 8 September 1896.

Simon Anstey (b 1816 Iddesleigh)

Simon Anstey (“draper of Oxford“) heads the second Black Book Iddesleigh pedigree, which Tom constructed with William Jones Anstey (son of Simon Anstey) in 1912. Simon was born in Iddesleigh in 1816 to parents Bartholomew Anstey (b 1779) and Mary Weekes. He married Mary Ann Eliza Jones in 1847 in West London and they had children:

  • William Jones Anstey (b 1848 Surrey – see below);
  • Ann Elizabeth Anstey (b 1851 Surrey, married (i) Merckel (died about 1882) (ii) Bernard Hentrich (no children));
  • Mary Anstey (b 1852 Surrey, died unmarried aged 17 at Doncaster);
  • Charles Bartholomew Anstey (b 1854 Kingsland, Middlesex. Florist of Oxford married Ellen Louisa James in 1884 in Oxford and they had two children Frederick Charles Anstey (b 1885 Oxford, the ‘Oxford Journal‘ on 13 July 1889 reported “Accident: A boy named Frederick Charles Anstey aged four, son of Mr C. B. Anstey nurseryman of St John’s Road, had his left hand badly hurt on Wednesday in a chaff cutting machine – it appeared that a ball with which he and another boy had been playing fell into the machine and upon little Anstey putting his hand in to get it out the other one turned the handle, the consequence being that one finger was almost severed and has since been removed and the other three were more or less cut“. In the 1911 Census he was unmarried and boarding at 21 Cambria Road Evesham working as a jewellers assistant and optician. He was an optician in 1925); and Matilda Ellen Anstey (b 1887 Oxford, unmarried in the 1911 Census living with her parents at 169 Marlboro Road Grandpont Oxford. By 1925 she was married to Sydney Wallace Hitchcox). During World War One Charles Bartholomew Anstey volunteered for the Red Cross, between January 1917 and April 1919, at which time he was living at 169 Marlborough Rd, Oxford. His duties were to “Transport of sick & wounded to the 3rd Southern General Hospital, when ever needed day or night“. Charles died in Oxford in 1925);
  • Emily Jane Anstey (b 1857 St Giles, Oxford, married Robert Brazier); and
  • Ellen Susannah Anstey (b 1864 Oxford married Frank Barton and lived in Brixton in 1912)

In the 1861 Census the family was at Scowns Passage, Magdalen Street, St Mary Magdalin, Oxford – Simon was a farrier employing one boy. By the 1871 & 1881 Censuses they were at Adelaide Street, St Giles, Headington, Oxfordshire where Simon was a Nurseryman and florist.

In January 1887 according to the ‘Oxford Journal‘ “Simon Anstey, St. John’s Nursery, St. John’s-road, was summoned for not clearing the snow from the footway of his premises on the 26th and five following days“. Simon argued the case saying that his son Charlescleared the footway before 12 o clock“. He lost the case “the Mayor said the evidence was very conflicting but they believed the policeman and fined the defendant [Simon] 1s plus 11s cost“.

Simon Anstey died in June 1887 in Headington, probate was later in June 1887 “the will of Simon Anstey late of 48 St John’s Road in the City of Oxford Gardener who died 8 June 1887 was proved Oxford by Charles Bartholomew Anstey of 48 St Johns Road gardener the son and Robert Brazier of 3 Hereford Terrace Iffley Road in the said city newspaper reporter, the executors

John Anstey (b 1830 Iddesleigh)

John Anstey was born in 1830 in Iddesleigh to parents William Anstey and Ann Madge. He married Ann Cockwill [Cockwell] on 19 October 1852 in Iddesleigh and they had children:

  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1853 Iddesleigh);
  • Emily Anstey (b 1855 Iddesleigh, married John H. Drake of Northwick (a brother to the Drake of Taw Green Mills), attended her brother’s funeral in 1908. In the 1911 Census they were living at Woodpark Farm Hittisleigh Exeter with her father John Anstey);
  • Diana Anstey (b 1859 Iddesleigh, married Mr Hill [or Gill] of North Tawton – attended her brother’s funeral in 1908);
  • John Charles Anstey (b 1860 – see below);
  • Ellen Anstey (b 1863 North Tawton, married Ward Carver (or W. Ward) in Bristol pre-1909. Attended her brother’s funeral in 1908 and “keeps Eating House” in c1912);
  • Grace Cockwell [Annie] Anstey (b 1865 Sampford Courtenay, baptised 9 July 1865 in North Tawton. She married Hubert Eugene Hambridge (sewing machine agent of Bristol) in 1887 in Bedminster – father confirmed as ‘John Anstey miller‘); and
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1870 Sampford Courtenay, married Richard Harris and in 1901 they were living in East Rowden, Sampford Courtenay with her parents)

In the 1861 Census the family were living at Iddesleigh Village where John Anstey was a carpenter. By 1871 they were at Rowden Mills, Sampford Courtenay where John Anstey was a miller. They were still at East Rowden Mill in 1881 and 1901 (called locally Peckers Ford). Ann Anstey (wife) died in Sampford Courtenay in 1905, buried on 24 March aged 81. John Anstey attended the funeral of his son John Charles Anstey in 1908.

John Anstey was living with his daughter Emily Drake at Woodpark Farm Hittisleigh Exeter in the 1911 Census. He died in Crediton in q4 1919 “aged 89“.

Bartholomew William Anstey (b 1843 Iddesleigh)

Bartholomew William Anstey was born in Iddesleigh in 1843, baptised 17 September 1843 in Iddesleigh, to parents George Anstey and Elizabeth Keenor. He married Sarah Stoneman in North Tawton on 28 March 1868 and they had children in North Tawton:

  • Elizabeth Ann Anstey (b 1871, buried 4 December 1872 in North Tawton);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1872, buried 9 November 1873 in North Tawton);
  • George Henry Anstey (b 1875, baptised 7 March 1875 in North Tawton. In the 1901 Census he was an unmarried gardener living at Hole Cottage, Exbourne, Okehampton. Then in 1903 he decided to emigrate to Canada. He returned to England to marry Ellen Piper in Exeter in q3 1906 then they returned to live in Saskatchewan, Canada (on 3 August 1906 from Liverpool aboard the ship ‘Victorian‘ to Montreal – his brother Frederick also emigrated to Saskatchewan in 1906). They had children in Saskatchewan George Henry Anstey (b 18 March 1907); Agnes C. Anstey (b 1909); Beatrice Anstey (b 1911); Bartholomew John Anstey (b 6 January 1913); and Cora Ellen Anstey (b 26 June 1917). In the 1911 Canadian Census the family were living at Townships 27, 28, Mackenzie District 210, Saskatchewan where George Henry Anstey was a farmer. By the 1926 Canada Census the family were at Yorkton, Saskatchewan. George Henry Anstey died in 1963, buried in Yorkton City Cemetery, Saskatchewan – gravestone inscription “ANSTEY Father George H. 1875-1963 Mother Ellen 1875-1928 Brother Frederick 1879-1959“);
  • Charles William Anstey (b 1877, an unmarried wool dryer living with his parents in 1901. He married Alice Paige Major [Mayor] (nee Perkins?) in Chulmleigh in December 1905 and they had children in North Tawton Lucy Sarah Anstey (b 1906 to ‘Major’); Agnes Alice Anstey (b 1908 to ‘Perkins’); William Frederick J. Anstey (b 1910); and Charles H. Anstey (b 1912 to ‘Perkins’). They were living in Fore Street in the 1911 Census where Charles was a factory hand dryer – also living with them was his stepdaughter Amy Mayor (b 1901));
  • Frederick John R. Anstey (b 1879, known as Fred, an unmarried haulier’s carter in the 1901 Census boarding at 59, East John Street, Exeter. In 1906 he decided to emigrate to Canada to join his brother George in Saskatchewan. In the 1911 Canadian Census he was living at Townships 27, 28, Mackenzie District 210, Saskatchewan, working as a labourer. As far as we know Frederick never married and he died in 1959, buried in Yorkton City Cemetery, Saskatchewan – gravestone inscription “ANSTEY Father George H. 1875-1963 Mother Ellen 1875-1928 Brother Frederick 1879-1959“);
  • Richard Anstey (b 21 August 1880, married Lilly Jane Stoneman (clearly related to his mother) in 1910 in Okehampton and they had children in Okehampton Winifred Anstey (b 1911); Frank Anstey (b 1912); Annie Anstey (b 1913); Lily Anstey (b 1914); Edie S. Anstey (b 1916); Walter Anstey (b 1920); and Eileen Anstey (b 1922). In the 1911 Census they were living with Lilly Jane‘s mother Ann Stoneman at Fore Street North Tawton where Richard Anstey was a mill hand sorter);
  • Simon Anstey (b 1885, buried in North Tawton on 27 February 1886);
  • Tom Anstey (b 1890, baptised 5 January 1890, buried in North Tawton on 28 February 1891) and
  • one other (died by 1911)

In the 1871 Census the family were boarding at Pond Park, North Tawton where Bartholomew was an agricultural labourer. By 1881 they were at Higher Newland, North Tawton and by 1891 they were at Eastington Lane, North Tawton. By the 1901 Census Bartholomew Anstey was a wool comber at Fore Street, North Tawton and they were still there in the 1911 Census where Bartholomew was again an agricultural labourer (they had nine children, with 4 still living in 1911 – which agrees with our above analysis).

John Anstey (b 1846 Iddesleigh)

John Anstey was born in Iddesleigh in 1846, baptised 8 August 1846 in Iddesleigh, to parents George Anstey and Elizabeth Keenor. He married Elizabeth Moore in Ashreigney on 22 May 1873 and they had children:

  • George Herbert Anstey (b 1874 Ashreigney, alive in 1891);​​
  • John Anstey (b 1875 Burrington, Ashreigney – married Matilda Willoughby in 1901 in Camberwell and in the 1911 Census he was a tobacconist living at 89 Lower Road, Bermondsey with his wife and stepdaughter May Anstey (b 1893 – nee Willoughby));
  • Walter Anstey (b 1877 Burrington, an unmarried agricultural farmer living with his parents at Manor Inn Ashton Dunsford in the 1911 Census); ​​
  • Mary Anstey (b 1878 North Tawton, alive in 1891);
  • Minnie Anstey (b 1881 North Tawton, alive in 1891); and
  • Hettie Anstey (b 1881 North Tawton, died in 1893 in St Thomas)

In the 1881 Census the family were living at Cott, North Tawton, Okehampton where John Anstey was a groom. By 1891 he was a farm bailiff at Barne Farm, Dry Lane, Christow, St Thomas. By 1901 John Anstey was a farm bailiff living at Upper Town, Christow, St Thomas and by the 1911 Census he was a publican at Manor Inn Ashton Dunsford

William Anstey (b 1849 Iddesleigh)

William Anstey was born on 17 May 1849 in Winkleigh/Iddesleigh, baptised on 10 June 1849, to parents George Anstey and Elizabeth Keener [Keenor]. He married Mary Ann Peters and they had children:

  • Arthur Peter Anstey (b 1876, married Henrietta Alice Goad in 1901 in Plympton, having children in Plymouth Henry Arthur Sidney Anstey (b 1903); Frederick Carlie Anstey (b 1904); Helen Isabel Frances Anstey (b 1906); Herbert George Anstey (b 1908); and William George Anstey (b 1910). By the 1911 Census the family were living at 65 Grenville Road Plymouth);
  • Alice Emily Anstey (b 1878 Liskeard, had an illegitimate son Ernest John Anstey (b 1899 Plympton – an Anstey Hero) and married in 1908 in Devonport);
  • George Anstey (b 1880, died 1881);
  • Georgina Anstey (b 1882 Liskeard, working as a servant at Fore Street Ridgway, Plympton in 1901 and by the 1911 Census she was living at 2 Priory Terrace Plympton Devon with her mother and nephew Ernest John Anstey);
  • Matilda Anstey (b 1884 Brixton Devon, working as a servant at Linkadells Vila, 1, Colebrook in 1901);
  • Hannah B. Anstey (b 1887 Brixton Devon);
  • Louisa [Lucy] Anstey (b 1890 Plympton, living with her mother at 2 Priory Terrace Plympton Devon in the 1911 Census);
  • Emily Kate Anstey (b 1890 Plympton, known as Kate); and
  • Reginald George M. Anstey (b 1895 Plympton, died in 1910 in Plympton)

In the 1881 Census the family were living at Trewen Cottages, Liskeard where William was an agricultural labourer. In the 1891 Census the family were living at Brewery Cottages, Fore Street, Plympton where William Anstey was a labourer. By 1901 they were living at Chaddlewood Cottage, Colebrook, Plympton, where William was a farm labourer. William Anstey died in 1904, buried 19 January 1904 in Plympton.

By the 1911 Census Mary Anstey (widow) was living with some of her children and a grandchild at 2 Priory Terrace Plympton Devon.

William Jones Anstey (b 1848 Newington)

William Jones Anstey was born in 1848 in Newington, Surrey to parents Simon Anstey and Mary Ann Eliza Jones. As noted above, he communicated with Thomas John Anstey (Tom) in 1912, at which time he was a lecturer in Leeds specialising in farriery, and he is a major contributor into the Iddesleigh pedigree construction. He married Elizabeth Hosier in 1873 in Headington, the ‘Bicester Herald‘ on 1 August 1873 reporting “July 13, at St. Giles’s Church, Oxford, Mr. William Jones Anstey, farrier, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr. William Hosier mayor’s sergeant, Oxford.“. They had children:

  • Edith Emily Anstey (b 1875 Oxford, married Henry Hawes – the ‘Buckinghamshire Advertiser‘ on 27 April 1901 reported “Marriage: John Henry Hawes, second son William Hawes, of Steeple Claydon, to Edith Emily, eldest daughter of William Jones Anstey, of Woodstock Road, Oxford“);
  • Elizabeth [Lizzie] Maud Anstey (b 1877 St Thomas Oxfordshire, married William Richard Morris (of Morris Motors fame) on 9 April 1903. In the 1911 Census they were at 280 Iffley Road Oxford together with their nephew William Stanley Anstey);
  • Florence Lilly Anstey (b 7 April 1879 St Thomas Oxfordshire, unmarried and living with her mother at 4 Woodstock Road, St Giles, Oxfordshire in the 1911 Census. She was still unmarried and living off private means at Woodstock Road, Oxford in the 1939 Register);
  • William Hosier Anstey (b 1883 Headington, married Mabel Ann Wood in 1910 in Bramley Yorkshire having children William Stanley Anstey (b 29 June 1907 Beverley, Yorkshire, baptised at New Malton on 6 August 1911 – he was with his aunt Lizzie Morris at 280 Iffley Road Oxford in the 1911 Census); John Anstey (b 1910 Leeds, known as Jack – with his parents in the 1911 Census); and Margaret J. Anstey (b 1912 Malton). In the 1911 Census the family were living with Mabel Ann‘s parents at 8 Market Place Malton, Malton, Yorkshire where William was a shoeing smith); and
  • Lilly Anstey (b 1902 Camberwell – it is unlikely her mother was Elizabeth Hosier, more likely Lilly Chippendale (see below). She was living with her father in the 1911 Census and still living with him at 33 Gledhow Avenue, Leeds in 1925)

In the 1881 Census William Jones Anstey was a farrier living with his family at 128, Cowley Road, Cowley, Headington, Oxfordshire. The ‘Reading Mercury‘ on 4 February 1893 reported “Caversham: Lectures on Farriery. Two lectures on farriery were delivered in the British Schoolroom last week by Mr W. Jones Anstey under the auspices of the Oxfordshire County Council Education Committee. There was a fairly good audience each evening and the lecturer was listened to with great attention

In the 1911 Census William Jones Anstey and his daughter Lilly were living at 49 Jackson Avenue Leeds where he was a lecturer in farriery at Leeds University – they also had a housekeeper Lilly Chippendale who could well have been Lilly Anstey (b 1902)’s mother. In the 1911 Census William Jones Anstey‘s wife Elizabeth Anstey was living at 4 Woodstock Road, St Giles, Oxfordshire with her daughter Florence.

Elizabeth Anstey (wife) died in 1917 in Headington so in 1922 in Headington, William Jones Anstey remarried Emily Louisa Chippendale, surely related to (or likely was) his 1911 housekeeper. He died in Leeds on 25 September 1927 living at 33 Gledhow Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds – probate was in 1928 to Emily Louise Ansteywidow“.

The ‘Yorkshire Evening Post‘ on 27 September 1927 reported “FARRIERY EXPERT – DEATH OF MR W. J. ANSTEY of LEEDS. Ono of the best known farriery experts in country, and undoubtedly one of tho best lecturers, has just died in William Jones Anstey, F. Z. S., of Gledhow Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, following on an illness lasting several weeks. Since February 1903, Mr Anstey has been Instructor in Farriery in the University of Leeds Agricultural Department…where he gave practical advice and instruction to working smiths, with whom he was very popular. He was a familiar figure as judge at horse shoeing competitions at the Royal, the Yorkshire, and other big shows…Mr Anstey leaves a widow and four daughters and one son and it is rather interesting to note that while his own professional interests lay with horses, one of his daughters married Mr W. R. Morris, the head of the famous motor manufacturing firm. Mr Anstey however was an Oxford man, and the two families were friends at the time that Mr Morris was laying, with a cycle shop, the foundations of his great business. Before coming to Leeds, Mr Anstey had been at Manchester and Bradford. The funeral will take place on Thursday at Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford.

His widow Emily Louisa Anstey (b 1871) was still living at 33 Gledhow Avenue in the 1929 Electoral Register. She was also still living there when she died on 5 November 1938 – probate to Samuel Chippendaleretired police officer“.

John Charles Anstey (b 1860 Iddesleigh)

John Charles Anstey was born on 16 Jun 1860 in Iddesleigh, baptised 15 July 1860 Iddesleigh to parents John Anstey and Ann Cockwill [Cockwell]. He was “a Miller & Grazier once of Taw Green Mills then at Sparkford 9 miles from Yeovil“. He married Sarah Ann Burgess in 1883 in Sturminster and they had children:

  • Charles Burgess Anstey (b 1884, married Ada Bessie Crees in Wincanton in 1910 and in the 1911 Census he was a miller living at Sparkford Mills Somerset – he was still there in 1915. Left Manor Farm Sparkford in February 1919. When his brother Thomas John Anstey died in 1938 he was executor and a farmer. The ‘Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser‘ 24 June 1961 reported “Former Corn Merchant Sparkford Funeral Of Mr. C. Anstey The funeral service took place at the church of St. Mary Magdalene. Sparkford on Wednesday, of Mr. Charles. Burgess Anstey (77) The Mill Sparkford, who died at Springfield Nursing Home, Pilton, on Sunday. The Rector ( Rev. R. J. Fuller) officiated and organist was Mr. H. J. Brain. Mr. Anstey who was born at Rimpton went to Manor Farm, Sparkford about 60 years ago, and shortly after moved to the Mill. He carried on the business until about 1930 when he gave up milling, and continuing as a corn and meal merchant. He retired in 1946. His wife died in 1956. Principal Mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. Littlewood. (Brother-in-law and sister) Mr. and Mrs. B. Anstey (brother and sister-in-law.) Mr. and Mrs. E. Anstey. Mr and Mrs. Slader (nephews and nieces) and the Misses A and J. Butler (great nieces)“);
  • Ernest William Anstey (b 1886, living at Sparkford Somerset in the 1911 Census. He married Gladys Maud Court in 1915 in Queen Camel); and
  • Thomas John Anstey (b 1887 – an Anstey Hero).

In the 1891 Census the family were living at Sparkford, Wincanton. In the 1901 Census John Anstey (by now a widower) was a farmer at Home Farm, Village, Rimpton, Yeovil – visiting him was his mother in law Sarah Burgess. John then remarried Eva Constance Simmonds in q4 1901 and had four further children:

  • Sarah Annie Anstey (b 1902 Rimpton, living with mother in the 1911 Census. She married George H. Littlewood in 1928 in Edmonton and attended her brother’s funeral in 1961);
  • Alice Muriel Anstey (b 1904 Sparkford, living with mother in the 1911 Census);
  • Vera Ellen Anstey (b 1906 Sparkford, living with mother in the 1911 Census); and
  • John Charles W. Anstey (b 1909 Sparkford, living with mother in the 1911 Census).

John Charles Anstey tragically died in 1908, buried 2 December 1908 in Sparkford St Mary Magdalene – the ‘Western Chronicle‘ on 4 December 1908 reported “Sad Occurrence at Yeovil. Sparkford Miller Drops Dead: The entrance to the rear of the Mermaid Hotel, Yeovil, was the scene, early on Friday afternoon, of a sad and painful occurrence, when Mr John Charles Anstey, of Sparkford, near Yeovil, died with painful suddenness. Mr Anstey was well known in the business circles of the neighbourhood as the proprietor of Sparkford Mills, where he had carried on a successful business for some years past and, as was his wont, came into the town on Friday for the purposes of his business. He was standing on the pavement outside the Mermaid Tap conversing with some farmer friends shortly after two o clock when he suddenly exclaimed ‘Dont I feel ill’ and fell backwards. Those around him immediately went to his assistance but it was at once seen that he was past all human aid…The sudden death of Mr J. C. Anstey in Yeovil on Friday last came as a most unlooked for shock to his family and friends in Sparkford. Although everyone knew that his life was precarious [he had a serious illness a short time ago that left his heart in a weak state and his friends were aware that failure of the heart might occur at any moment] no-one was prepared for such a sudden collapse. ‘It was just like the sudden blowing out of a candle’ as the last man who spoke to him remarked, so swift was the stroke of death. Mr Anstey had been a respected tenant on the Sparkford Estate for the past 18 years, renting for the latter half of the time both the Manor Farm as well as Sparkford Mill. He leaves behind him a widow and three little children, as well as his three grown up sons to mourn their loss

His widow Eva Constance Anstey and her four children (presumably she was pregnant when he died) were living at 20 the Park Yeovil in the 1911 Census – she was “living off her own means

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