The Bristol Ansteys

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

Overview of the Bristol Ansteys

‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ in Bristol do not form a single sub-branch – most of the families here tended to be transient, staying for a few years and then moving somewhere else (often abroad, given that Bristol was a major port).

Having said that, most (but certainly not all) Bristol Ansteys are either of the Dyrham Anstee sub-branch or the Tiverton Anstey sub-branch, both of which are part of the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree.

Charles Anstey (b 1783)

Charles Anstey (b 1783 per his ‘Death Index‘) married Frances (Fanny) Law (Low) in 1801 in Bristol. They moved to Winterbourne and had children:

  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1802 Winterbourne);
  • Charles Ansty (b 1803 Winterbourne, a bootmaker, he married Charlotte Watkins in 1826 in Bristol and then moved to Wind Street, Swansea by the 1841 and 1851 Censuses. They appear not to have had any children and Charles Anstey died in 1864 in Swansea);
  • Sarah Ansty (b 1807 Winterbourne);
  • George Anstee (b 1809 Winterbourne – father incorrectly given as ‘George’ in the 1809 baptism);
  • Cornelius Dutton Anstey (b 1811 Winterbourne. He married Charlotte Hayes in Bedminster in 1829 and had a child Henry Dutton Anstey (b 1832 Bristol, patriarch of the Chester Pennsylvania Ansteys of America). Cornelius Dutton Anstey died in 1833 in Winterbourne);
  • William Anstey (b 1817 baptised as an adult in 1841 in Winterbourne and known as Bill. He married Mary Ann Beechey in Winterbourne in 1836, having children in Winterbourne Mary Ann Anstey (b 1839); Elizabeth Anstey (b 1840); and Charles Anstey (b 1841). The ‘Gloucestershire Chronicle‘ 07 April 1838 edition reported “James Rodway was indicted for a charge of rape upon Mary Ann Anstie, wife of William Anstie, on 24 January at Winterbourne…“. Bill was living with his mother in Winterbourne in 1841);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1822, known as Ann, baptised as an adult in 1841 in Winterbourne)

Charles Anstey (father) died in 1836 in Winterbourne “aged 53“.

In the 1841 Census Frances (Fanny) Anstey was living at Whites Hill in Winterbourne with her children William Anstey and Ann Anstey, together with William‘s wife Mary (Beechey) and their children Mary Ann (b1839) and Elizabeth (b1840). Frances Anstey died in Winterbourne in 1849 “aged 70“.

[Note: Even though we cannot formally connect Charles Anstey (b 1783) to the Anstey pedigree, we are very confident that he is a Dyrham Anstee and closely related to Philip Anstey‘s father John Anstey who also lived in and around Winterbourne (possibly they were brothers). However we need to locate Charles Anstey‘s c1783 baptism to be sure.]

William Anstey (b c1788 Tiverton)

William Anstey (b 1788 Tiverton according to the 1851 Census) married Susannah Dunn in 1815 in Bristol, St Paul, Portland Square. William and Susan had children:

  • Harriet Anstey (b 1817, Bristol, married William Reynolds in 1842 in Bedminster (father “William Anstey, sawyer“)
  • John Anstey (b 1819 Bristol, St Philips – in the 1841 Census he was a “sawyer” at Narrow Plain, St Philip & Jacob. By 1851 he was married, a sawyer living with his parents and wife Harriet);
  • Mary Anstey (b c1821 Bristol – in the 1841 Census she was living at Narrow Plain, St Philip & Jacob);
  • William Anstey (b 1821 Bristol, St Philips – an unmarried sawyer living with his parents in 1851);
  • Susannah Anstey (b 1824 Bristol);

In the 1851 Census, William Anstey, a sawyer, and his wife Susan were living at 12, Gloucester Lane, St Phillip & St Jacob Out, Clifton.

James Anstey (b 1795 Tiverton)

James Anstey was baptised in 1795 in Tiverton Cove to parents John Anstey and Sarah. In 1817 in Culmstock he married Mary Gibbens (Gibbons/Gibbins) (b 1796 Culmstock, baptised in 1809 in Culmstock), and by the 1841 Census they were living in Baptist Street, St Philip & Jacob Without, Clifton, Bristol. James Anstey was a “husbandman of Millmoor in Culmstock” when his first daughter Eliza was born in 1818 and a “journeyman sawyer” in the 1841 Census. They had children:

  • Eliza Anstey (b 1818 Culmstock, died young?);
  • James Anstey (b c1821 Bristol, a journeyman sawyer in 1841. He married Elizabeth Caroline Morgan in 1848 in Bristol (father confirmed as James));
  • Charles Anstey (b c1824 Bristol, a journeyman sawyer in 1841. He married Mary Ann Brown (b c1825 Culmstock) in c1843 and they had children Eliza Mary Anstey (b 1844 Tiverton to mother ‘Brown’, married William Hall in 1867 in Bristol, St Simon – father confirmed as Charles); Jane Anstey (b 1846 Tiverton, died before 1861?); Elizabeth Ann Anstey (b 1849 Bristol – see presently); Mary Ann Anstey (b 1851 Bristol, married John Hunt in c1905 and in the 1911 Census they were living at 99 Lawrence Hill, Bristol with her niece Maude Victoria Anstey); Hannah [Ann] Marie Anstey (b 1854 Bristol to mother ‘Brown’, a cotton spinner in 1871); and Charles Theophilus Anstey (b 1856 Bristol to mother ‘Brown’ – see below). By the 1851 Census the family were living at Far Cottages, Union Road, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol; Charles Anstey was a labourer. By the 1861 Census they were at Clarks Court, 8, West Street, St Philip and St Jacob, Clifton where Charles Anstey was a wood sawyer. By 1871 they were living at Maynes Court, St Philip & Jacob, Clifton where Charles Anstey was a sawyer);
  • John Anstey (b 1825 Bristol – see below);
  • Edward Anstey (b 1828 Bristol – see below);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1832 Bristol, a dressmaker in Bristol in 1851);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1837 Bristol);

The ‘Bristol Mercury‘ 24 June 1837 reported “Insolvent Debtor: James Anstey formerly of Bread Street in the outparish of St Philip and Jacob, journeyman sawyer, then of Dings St Philips Hallier and Builder, then afterwards of Cornwallis Place Baptist Mills carrying on business as a retailer of beer and a builder..journeyman sawyer“. He was discharged from being insolvent in July 1837.

However, the ‘Bristol Mercury on 17 February 1838 reported “To be sold by auction by order of the Assignee of James Anstey, desirable freehold property – all that convenient dwelling house and garden behind being Nbr 6 Cornwallis Place Baptist Mills, now in the occupation of the said James Anstey..

By the 1851 Census, the family were at 11, Kingsland Road, St Philip & St Jacob (Without), Clifton, Bristol. James Anstey (father) was now a “surveyor born in Tiverton“, living with their two youngest daughters Eliza and Mary. In the 1861 Census, James Anstey and Mary (mistranscribed as ‘Ausley’) were living at Folly Lane, St Philip and St Jacob with their three grandchildren John, Henry and Eliza, children of John Anstey (b 1825). James Anstey was still a sawyer.

It is likely that Mary Anstey (wife) died in 1864 in Bristol and “James Anstey, widower, son of John Anstey” remarried Sarah Wallis, also a widow, in Bristol in 1866. James Anstey likely died in 1869 in Bristol “aged 70

[Note: We believe that Elizabeth Ann Anstey (b 1849 above) had an illegitimate child James Anstee (b 1866 Bristol to mother ‘Moss’) and then while pregnant with him she married Henry Moss (though we cannot find the marriage). In the 1871 Census Henry Moss, Elizabeth Ann Moss, and James Anstey were living at Factory Street, St Philip & Jacob where he was described as her ‘nephew’. Then on 29 June 1890 James Anstey married Carrie Palmer (known also as Lillian) at Bristol Holy Trinity, giving his father’s name as ‘James Anstey‘ (which seems bizarre) and in the 1891 Census they were living at Albert Street, Bristol where James Anstey was a bootmaker. They had children in Barton Regis Lilian Daisy Anstey (b 1892, with her mother in the 1911 Census); Mabel Beatrice Anstey (b 1892, with her mother in the 1911 Census); and Albert James Anstey (b 1894, a plumber and gas fitter at Southmead Workhouse Westbury on Trym in the 1911 Census – he died later in 1911 in Bristol). James Anstey died in Barton Regis in 1898 so in the 1901 Census ‘Lillian‘ (widow) and her three children were at 37 Newfoundland Street, Bristol. ‘Carrie‘ remarried Walter Taylor in 1904 and in the 1911 Census they were living at 32 Victoria Street, Bristol with her two ‘Anstey’ daughters.

John Anstey (b 1809)

John Anstey was born in c1809 (very likely either baptised 19 March 1809 in Tiverton Cove to parents John and Elizabeth, or baptised 14 December 1809 in Tiverton to parents John and Agnes – the only evidence we currently have of his birth is via the 1841 Census ie ‘c1807 not in Gloucestershire‘ and the 1851 Census ‘b 1809 Devonshire‘). He married Amelia Usher (b c1813 Bristol) on 18 July 1830 in Bristol and they had children:

  • Eliza Anstey (b 1831, married Thomas Brewer in 1852 in Bristol);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1833, alive in 1841);
  • Caroline Anstey (b 1839, alive in 1851 working as a ‘flax worker’);
  • Charlotte Anstey (b 1842, a flax worker in 1851 – she married Henry James Russell in 1866 in Bristol);
  • Joseph Anstey (b 5 October 1845, baptised 26 October 1845 in Bristol. He married Frances Herbert? Tragett (b c1840 Southampton, known as Fanny) in Bath on 20 March 1877 (father confirmed as “John Anstey anchor smith“), at which time he was a tailor living at 34 St James Parade. Joseph died a year later in 1878 in Bath and in the 1881 Census his widow Fanny Anstey was a seamstress living with her ‘Tragett’ sisters at 34 St James Parade. By 1891 she was boarding at Bath Street, Bath, in 1901 she was a seamstress at 1 Hot Bath Street, Bath and in the 1911 Census she was an ‘old age pensioner’ living alone at 7 St James Parade Bath – they had no children);
  • Alfred Anstey (b 1848, baptised 30 July 1848 Bristol, alive in 1851);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1848, baptised 30 July 1848 Bristol, died before 1851); and
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1851 baptised 15 June 1851 Bristol, married Elizabeth Ann Renshaw on 21 May 1877 in Bristol. They had no children and in the 1911 Census Frederick was a mason’s labourer living with his wife at 18 Marlbrough Hill, Bristol)

In the 1841 Census the family were at Kingsland Road Norton Place Dings, St Philip & Jacob Without, Clifton where John Anstey was a “smith“. By 1851 they were living at 9 Jacob Street, St Philip & Jacob where John Anstey was a smith and Amelia was a seamstress. By 1861 Amelia Anstey was a widow and a Nurse at Bristol Royal Infirmary. She very likely died in 1875 in Bristol.

Philip Anstey (b 1812 Winterbourne)

Philip Anstey was baptised in Winterbourne near Bristol in 1812 to parents John Anstee and Ann [Nicholls] (of Frampton Cotterell), hence he is of the Dyrham Anstee pedigree. Philip Anstey married Mary Crees (Creese, Crease) of Bitton in 1838 in Bitton, he was “son of John Anstey“.

Philip Anstey and Mary were living in St George’s, Clifton in the 1851 Census; he was a quarryman. They had children in St George’s Clifton (sometimes referred to as Hanham) and America (see below):

  • George Anstey (b 1839 to mother “Crees“, died young?);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1841, went to America with her family in 1857 (see below));
  • George Anstey (b 1843, went to America with his family in 1857 (see below). He was a quarryman in Keysham in 1861, unmarried in 1881, a furnaceman in Keynsham. Still unmarried in 1891 living in Keynsham, a chemical labourer. By the 1911 Census he was still single, living at Jefferies Hill Bottom Hanham with two ‘Burgess’ nephews. He died in 1919, buried at Hanham, Christ Church on 19 April 1919 aged 76);
  • John Anstey (b 1845, baptised in Hanham, Christ Church, Bristol, went to America with his family in 1857 (see below). He was a labourer at the quarry in Keynesham in 1861, unmarried in 1871. Still unmarried in 1891, living in Keynsham, a chemical labourer. In 1894 he was described as “John Anstey, late chemical worker, Jefferies Hill, Hanham“. He married Amelia Britton Bray in 1897 in Keynsham; they were living in Hanham in 1901. However Amelia died later in 1901, when they were living in Orchard Road Hanham, John was a shopkeeper. So John remarried Florence Emelia Andrews (b 1863 Bristol) in 1903 in Bristol. They had children in Hanham John Langdon Anstey (b 1904); Florence Amelia Anstey (b 1906); and Mabel Eliza Anstey (b 1908). In the 1911 Census the family were living at 5 Orchard Road Hanham, Kingswood where John worked in a drapery establishment. John Anstey died in 1927 in Keynsham aged 82);
  • Thomas [Tom] Anstey (b 1848 – see below);
  • Mark Anstey (b 1850, went to America with his family in 1857 (see below). The ‘Western Daily Press‘ on 4 March 1869 reported “a young man, named Mark Anstey, St. Philip ‘s, was charged by Earnshaw, the sub-inspector of factories, with a breach of the Factories Act.” A year later “Mark Anstey pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting Job Jones May 30th“. The ‘Bristol Mercury‘ on 18 February 1871 reported “Mark Anstey, summoned for [support of her illegitimate child] by Elizabeth Harris, was ordered to pay 2s 6d per week and costs” He finally married Elizabeth Harris at Bristol Holy Trinity on 26 November 1871, having additional children in Hanham Martha Elizabeth Anstey (b 1873, married Mr Ford); Mary Jane Anstey (b 1874, married Mr England, living with her mother in 1911); Philip Anstey (b 1880, alive and unmarried in 1911 living with his mother); Clara Hannah Anstey (b 1882, died 1884); Henry George Anstey (b 1884, baptised 11 June 1884 Hanham, alive and unmarried in 1911 living with his mother); and Stanley Jubilee Anstey (b 1887, baptised 6 March 1887 in Hanham. He married Florence E. James in Newport in 1910 and they had at least one child Stanley J. Anstey (b 1911). In the 1911 Census they were living at 5 Park Terrace Blackwood, Mynyddislwyn, Monmouthshire. Stanley was buried at Hamilton Road Cemetery Hamilton Road Dover, Kent gravestone inscription “Cherished Memories of Florence E. Anstey 1891-1958 Stanley J. Anstey 1887-1959“). In 1881 the family were living in Hanham where Mark Anstey was a furnaceman at a chemical works. On 30 March 1882 the ‘Bristol Mercury‘ reported “ACCIDENT,-Last evening, a man named Mark Anstey, aged 31 years, and living at Hanham, was admitted as an inpatient at the Royal Infirmary suffering from a severely burnt face. The sufferer is in the employ of the Netham Chemical Works and yesterday evening a shute used to carry chemical preparation suddenly broke while he was passing under it and the contents went over his face“. In the 1901 Census the family were living at Common Road, Hanham Abbots, Keynsham. Mark Anstey died in 1904, buried 27 February 1904 at Hanham Christ Church. By the 1911 Census Elizabeth Anstey (widow) and some of her children (and grandchildren) were living at 19 Gordon Road Blackwood, Bedwellty, Monmouthshire);
  • Francis Anstey (b 1850, died before 1857?);
  • Hannah Anstey (b 1854, went to America with her family in 1857 (see below). She married George Legg on 6 April 1873 at Kingswood Holy Trinity)
  • Henry Anstey (b 1856, went to America with his family in 1857 as an “infant” (see below). He was an apprentice shoemaker in 1871 in Keynsham, a shoemaker in 1881. He married Harriet Bigwood in 1886 in Melksham and they had two daughters Mabel Alice Anstey (b 1887 Keynsham, an unmarried drapers assistant at High Street 51 52 53 and 54 St Georges Street Cheltenham in the 1911 Census) and Lenora Mary Anstey (b 1894 Keynsham, living with her widowed mother in the 1911 Census – married Harold Garside in Howard Town Wesleyan Chapel, Glossop in 1915). Henry died in 1899 in Hanham, a “draper of Hanham Street” – the ‘Bristol Mercury‘ on 6 June 1899 reporting “Funeral of Mr Anstey of Hanham. On Sunday before a numerous attendance, the funeral of Mr Henry Anstey of Hanham was held at the Tabernacle Graveyard, Hanham. Mr Anstey was for several years a member of the Kingswood Urban Council and for very many years was an esteemed member of Hanham Tabernacle…The chief mourners present were Messrs Tom Anstey, George Anstey, John Anstey, and Mark Anstey (brothers)…The polished oak coffin bore the following inscription ‘Henry Anstey died May 30th 1899 in his 44th year’“. Probate was in 1905 to William James Bigwood. In the 1911 Census Harriet Anstey (widow) was living with her brother in law Alfred Leech and his family, as well as her daughter Lenora, at Cowbrook Cottage Sheffield Road Glossop);
  • Martha Anstey (b 1859, born in America, confirmed by the 1881 Census. She married Isaac Burgess in 1882 in Keynsham and had at least two sons who were living with her brother George Anstey at Jefferies Hill Bottom Hanham in the 1911 Census);

Philip and his family embarked for America from Liverpool in 1857, arriving in New York on 8 June 1857, he described himself as a “stone cutter from England“. They cannot have been in America very long because by the 1861 Census the family were back in England, at Jeffries Hill, Bitton, Keynsham, Somerset – Philip was still a quarryman (ditto the 1871/81 Census). Philip Anstey died in 1882, buried at Christ Church, Hanham.

John Anstey (b 1811 Castle Cary)

John Anstey was born on 30 December 1811 in Castle Cary to parents John Anstey (b 1790) and Hannah Garland, baptised on 31 December 1811 “one day old“. In the 1841 Census John Anstey was living with his wife Sarah (married c1837?) and their daughter

  • Ellen Anstey (b 1838 Bath);

in Old Market Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol, along with Joseph Barrow. John Anstey was a carpenter.

In the 1851 Census the family were at 31, Montague Street, St James, Bristol; John Anstey was a carpenter “of Castle Cary” – his wife Sarah (b 1813 Somerford, Wiltshire) was a milliner and dressmaker. They still only had one child, Emma Anstey. After this we cannot currently trace this family.

However, by the 1851 Census John Anstey‘s father John Anstey (b 1790 Castle Cary, also a carpenter) and his wife Hannah had moved to 58, York Street, St Philip & St Jacob (Out), Clifton, Bristol, together with their other son Charles Anstey (b 1835 Bath). John Anstey‘s younger brother Robert Anstey (b 1821) also moved to St Phillip’s Bristol by c1840.

Robert Anstey (b 1812 Halberton)

Robert Anstey was born on 31 October 1812 in Halberton near Tiverton to parents John Anstey and Elizabeth, baptised in Halberton on 22 November 1812. He married Eliza Naish in 1832 in Bristol (mistranscribed as ‘Robert Anstice‘) and they had children in Bristol:

  • Henry John Anstey (b 1834, known as John, alive in 1871 living with his parents, a labourer at an iron works);
  • George Anstey (b 1840 – see below);
  • Elizabeth Eliza Anstey (b 1845 mother confirmed as “Naish“, a servant at 6, Narrow Plain, St Philip and St Jacob in 1861. She married George William Everson in Bedminster in 1870);
  • Esther Anstey (b 1849, a horse hair weaver in 1861 – alive in 1871 living with her parents); and
  • Robert Anstey (b 1851, living with his parents in the 1871 Census, a labourer at an iron works. On 20 March 1876 in Bedminster he married Charlotte Phillips confirmed as “born 1851, labourer of Ware Street, father Robert Anstey, labourer”. They had two children Robert Anstey (b 1877 Bristol – an Anstey Hero) and another who died young. By the 1891 Census the family were living at Canterbury Street, St Philip & St Jacob Out with Charlotte’s mother Sarah Philips, where Robert Anstey was a boilermaker. He was still a boilermaker in 1901, living at 23, Beaconsfield Street, Bristol (a few doors down from his brother George), ditto the 1911 Census where they were living at 16 Brook Road Fishponds Bristol. Robert Anstey and Charlotte were still living in Bristol in the 1921 Census)

In the 1851 Census the family was living at 2, Bread Street Sabines Place, Saint Philip & Saint Jacob (Without), Clifton where Robert Anstey was a sawyer. In the 1861 Census they were living at 13, Narrow Plain, St Philip and St Jacob where Robert Anstey was a “hammer man iron“. By the 1871 Census the family were living at Princess Buildings, North Side, St Philip & Jacob Without where Robert Anstey was a labourer at an iron works. Robert Anstey died in 1876 in Clifton.

Joseph Anstee (b 1819 Bristol)

According to censuses Joseph Anstee was born in 1819 in Bristol, though we find no baptismal entry and hence do not know his parents – the fact that his father’s name was not on his 1861 marriage certificate (see below) suggests he may not have known his father’s identity. Given that “William Anstee and Ann Anstee” were witnesses to his second wedding in 1861 our best guess at the moment is that Joseph Anstee is a Dyrham Anstee and “William Anstee and Ann Anstee” are the patriarch and matriarch of the Christchurch Monmouthshire Anstees (they did name a son ‘Joseph’ and they were ‘Independent’ by religion same as Joseph – comparing the 1861 signature of ‘William Anstee‘ on Joseph‘s marriage cert to William Anstee‘s signature on his own 1829 marriage bans signature is promising – they are very similar – but inconclusive in itself).

Note: It is possible Joseph was working on Court Farm, Llanvair Discoed, Chepstow in the 1841 Census.

Joseph Anstee married Ms Morgan (or Ms Tanner) in c1850 – we could do with finding this marriage – and they had children in Newport:

  • Matilda Anstee (b 1852 to mother ‘Tanner’, a housemaid in Newport in the 1871 Census and an unmarried general servant at Cardiff Road, Newport in the 1881 Census);
  • Clara Ann Anstee (b 1854 to mother ‘Morgan’, a servant at Stow Hill, Newport in the 1871 Census. By the 1881 Census she was a servant at 5, Woodland Terrace, Westbury upon Trym); and
  • James [Joseph?] Morgan Anstee (b 1856 to mother ‘Morgan’, an errand boy living at Stow Hill Newport in 1871 and an unmarried gas fitter living at 18, Lower Cathedral Road, Cardiff in 1881. He married Sarah Sherman in 1884 in Wandsworth and they had children in Clapham/Wandsworth Joseph Morgan Anstee (b 26 March 1884, married Alice Maud Martin in 1908 in Brentford and was a plumber living at 12 Haliburton Road St Margarets, Isleworth in the 1911 Census with his wife and two children Edward Anstee (b 1909 Twickenham) and Alice Anstee (b 1910 Twickenham). He was still a plumber in Haliburton Road in 1939. He died on 14 April 1940 living at 110 Haliburton Road – effects to “Edith Louisa Morgan Anstey widow“); and Charles Morgan Anstee (b 1885 – an Anstey Hero). His first wife died soon after so James Morgan Anstee remarried Olive [aka Alice?] Harding in Wandsworth in 1888, taking on her son George Harding (b 1886). In 1891 he was a plumber at Gauden Road, Clapham living with his wife Alice? and family. By the 1901 Census James Morgan Anstee was a plumber and gas fitter living at 4, Amyand Park Road Beaconsfield Terrace, Twickenham with his second wife Olive Anstee and by the 1911 Census they were living with George Harding at 118 Ravensbury Road Wandsworth where James was a plumber. He died in 1931 in Brentford)

By the 1861 Census Joseph Anstee‘s wife was dead – he was a “widower” and a labourer living at 85, Stowe Hill, St Woollos, Newport with his three children and a housekeeper Eliza Scane (full name Elizabeth Ann Scane b 1832 Sutton Veny, Warminster). On 18 August 1861 he married his housekeeper Elizabeth Ann Scane at the Dock Street Independent Chapel in Newport – at the time of his marriage he was a 41 year old widower and general labourer living at Stow Hill. His father’s name was not written on the marriage certificate, though the witnesses to the marriage were “William Anstee and Ann Anstee” (see above).

By 1871 Joseph was still living at Stow Hill Newport with his second wife “Ann Anstee” (b 1831 Wiltshire) and his son James – he was a labourer. By the 1881 Census he was a waterworks labourer living at 16, Dock Street, St Woollos with his second wife, Eliza A. Anstee (b c1829 Warminster) – ditto 1891 where he was a turncock at a waterworks. Joseph Anstee died on 28 October 1897 in Newport – effects were to his widow Elizabeth Ann Anstee.

John Anstey (b 1825 Bristol)

John Anstey was born in 1825 in Bristol to father James Anstey (both were “sawyer“s per his marriage entry) – hence he is part of the Tiverton Anstey sub-branch. John married Sarah Fennell (b 1824 Ovington?, Somerset) in Bedminster in 1846 and they moved to Bristol, having children:

In the 1841 Census, John Anstey was a “journeyman sawyer” in Bristol. In the 1851 Census John Anstey and Sarah were living at Victoria Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol, John Anstey was a “journeyman sawyer“.

Note: the 1851 Census gives the wrong age for John; it says he was born in 1815 not 1825. However this is clearly wrong as John Anstey‘s children were living with their grandfather James Anstey in the 1861 Census, so John Anstey was clearly son of James Anstey (ie b 1825).

Edward Anstey (b 1828 Bristol)

Edward Anstey was born in 1828 in Bristol to father James Anstey – hence he is part of the Tiverton Anstey sub-branch. He was a carpenter in 1841, marrying Selina Forse (b 1829 Tiverton) in 1848 in Tiverton and they had children:

  • William Henry Forse Anstey (b 1851 Tiverton);
  • Hannah Selina Elizabeth Anstey (b 1853 Bristol);
  • Edward Anstey (b c1858 Bristol);
  • Melinda Forse Anstey (b c1862 Bristol);
  • James Forse Anstey (b 1863 Bristol, he married Anna Maria Lovell in 1882 in Southwark and they had children in Bermondsey and Greenwich Frederick George Anstey (b 1885, died by 1911); Annie Anstey (b 1887, died by 1911); George Lovell Anstey (b 1889, a labourer in 1911); William Henry Anstey (b 1891 died in 1901 in Southwark aged 9); Ellen A. Anstey (b 1895, alive in the 1911 Census); Emily Frances Anstey (b 1896, alive in the 1911 Census); Benjamin James Anstey (b 1899, known as Benny – an Anstey Hero); Albert John L. Anstey (b 1901, alive in the 1911 Census); and one other, dead by 1911. In 1901 the family were living at 52 Guinness Buildings, Bermondsey where James Anstey was a bricklayers labourer. In the 1911 Census the family were still living at 52 Guinness Trust Buildings, Bermondsey);
  • Frederick Forse Anstey (b 1866 Bristol, known as Fred, married in St Saviour Southwark in 1893 (either Mary Ann Lambert or Elizabeth Terry)); and
  • Albert Ernest [Edward?] W. Forse Anstey (b 1874 Bermondsey, married Sophia Large in St Saviour Southwark in 1893. By the 1901 Census he was a “leather dyer” living with his family at Worthing Buildings, 18, Bermondsey, St Olave Southwark. They had children in Bermondsey Albert Edward William Anstey (b 1895 – an Anstey Hero); Sophia Elizabeth F. Anstey (b 1898); Mercia Selina Anstey (b 1900); Leonard Frederick J. Anstey (b 1907); and Alice Anstey (b 1911). By the 1911 Census they were living at 12 Mina Road Old Kent Road S E, Southwark. Albert was probably living with his son Albert in 1927 in Basingstoke – he died in 1947 in Surrey North Western) .

In the 1851 Census the family were living in TivertonEdward was a “sawyer“. By the 1881 Census the family were living at 18 Webb Street, Bermondsey, Southwark – Edward Anstey was an engine driver. Edward Anstey died in 1883 in Southwark.

George Anstey (b 1840 Bristol)

George Anstey was born in 1840 in Bristol to parents Robert Anstey and Eliza Naish – he is a Tiverton Anstey. He was a servant living with his family at 2, Bread Street Sabines Place, Saint Philip & Saint Jacob in the 1851 Census. He married Sarah Jane [Ann?] Roberts in 1860 in Clifton and they had children:

  • Sarah Anstey (b 1861);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1863, died 1883);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1865);
  • Esther [Hester] Anstey (b 1868);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1872);
  • George Anstey (b 1876, he married Florence Mabel Jefferies at Ashton Gate on 25 December 1900 having children in Bristol Florence Mabel Anstey (b 1902); George Anstey (b 1904); William Daniel Anstey (b 1906); Richard Ernest Anstey (b 1909); Frederick Anstey (b 1913); Ross V. Anstey (b 1917); Doris R. Anstey (b 1919); and Robert Anstey (b 1922). In the 1911 Census Florence and the children were living at 21 Beaconsfield St Barton Hill, next door to George‘s parents whereas George himself was a “married labourer below ground” at Masons Road Loughor Gorseinon, Loughor in the 1911 Census);
  • Robert Anstey (b 1879 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Richard Anstey (b 1883 – an Anstey Hero); and
  • One other child.

George was a “hammer man iron” in the 1861 Census living next door to his parents. By 1871 they were living at Oxford Road, South York Place, St Philip & Jacob Without where George Anstey was a “labourer at an iron works“. By 1891 they were living at Union Road, St Philip & St Jacob Out where George was a labourer. In 1900 George was an iron worker. By 1901 they were living at 24, Beaconsfield Street, Bristol (a few doors down from his brother Robert) and George and Sarah were still there in the 1911 Census where he was a “Formerly blacksmith stikers no occupation” (at this time only 4 of their 9 children were still alive) – their son George‘s family were living next door. George Anstey died in 1913 in Bristol.

Henry Anstey (b 1847 Thornbury)

Henry Anstey (b 1847 Thornbury) is a very well known member of the Stoke Gifford Ansteys, his family is covered in detail in the book ‘ANSTEY: The Stoke Gifford Branch‘. Henry Anstey married Louisa Agate in 1873 in Portsea, Hampshire and they had three children:

The family lived for a long time at Fernbank Road, Bristol (also occasionally referred to as Fernbank Road, Westbury on Trym, Barton Regis). In the ‘South Gloucestershire Chronicle’ in January 1913 appeared the following article about Henry Anstey.

Mr Henry Anstey was born at Thornbury on July 29th 1847 and was educated at Thornbury Grammar School. He went to Bristol in 1868 and is now Senior Partner in the firm of Henry Anstey, Littleton and Co, chartered accountants, Bristol and London. As a consistent, temperate but fearless advocate of the shops early-closing movement, he was prominently before the public for over a quarter of a century. A Conservative and a Churchman, he has represented St Michael’s Ward in the City Council since 1895. He has been a churchwarden of St Stephen’s for several years, also a vestryman, representative on the Ruridecanal Conference and a member of the Bristol Diocesan Council. He has served as a trustee of St John the Baptist Parochial Charities, as a Council Manager of St George’s (Brandon Hill) Schools, as Chairman of Bristol Property Owners Association, as a trustee of the Winsley Sanatorium for Consumptives and as a member of the Board of Management and the House and General Purposes Committees. For several years he was Chairman of the Bristol Lifeboat Saturday Fund, and of the West of England and South Wales Branch of the Saturday Lifeboat Fund, and was on the Central (London) and Executive Committees until 1910, when the fund was taken over by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He was also some time on the London Committee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Mr Anstey is a prominent Freemason, having held offices as W.M. of the Moira Lodge of Honor (No 326), 1893; P.P.G.A.D.C; W.M. Canynge Lodge Mark Master Masons, 1895; and is a Royal Arch Mason. He is likewise a Free Gardener, a Forester, an Oddfellow and a Shepherd. For five years he was Chairman of the Coachmen and Grooms Benefit Association. He served on the Boundaries Committee leading to the enlargement of the City of Bristol in 1897 and 1904; was a member of the first Bristol Education Committee and has sat on the Electrical, Downs and Watch Committees. He has been a member of the Health Committee from its formation in 1899 and Chairman of the Finance Sub-Committee and Port Sanitary Authority, besides serving on other Committees of the Council. On various occasions, Mr Anstey has received gratifying recognition of his public services. In connection with his work on behalf of shop assistants, he was entertained at a banquet at the Victoria Rooms in 1893 and presented by the then Mayor, on behalf of a large number of citizens, with an illuminated address and silver tea and coffee service. The coachmen and grooms, at their annual dinner in 1904, gave him a handsome silver salver, and more recently he has received from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution a pocket aneroid and framed address, expressing appreciation of his valuable help in lifeboat work. Mr Henry Anstey is a busy man, of great and varied experience, whose opinion is valued by clients, colleagues and citizens generally.

Henry and his family were living at 11 Fernbank Road Redland, Bristol in the 1911 Census where he was described as a chartered accountant and auctioneer.

Thomas (Tom) Anstey (b 1848 St George’s)

Thomas Anstey, known as ‘Tom‘, was born in q1 1848 in St George’s to parents Philip Anstey and Mary Crees (Creese, Crease) – hence he is of the Dyrham Anstee pedigree. He was a labourer at the quarry in 1861, unmarried in 1871 living with his family at Jefferis Hill, Bitton (Hanham), a “labourer at a chemical works“. Tom Anstey married Lucy Jay in Keynsham in q2 1871 and they had children in Hanham:

  • Mary Jane Anstey (b 1872, married George Jay in Hanham in 1893 – presumably a close relative of her mother);
  • Ann Maria Anstey (b 1873, died in 1895 buried on 23 November 1895 at Hanham Christ Church);
  • George Proctor Anstey (b 1875, an unmarried boot maker living with his parents in the 1911 Census. In 1919 he accidentally killed his mother – the ‘Cheltenham Chronicle‘ on 14 June 1919 reported “INSANE. George Proctor Anstey (43), bootmaker, was charged with manslaughter of his mother at Kingswood April 4th. Mr Porter prosecuted, and said the question was whether the prisoner was fit to plead…” – see below for more. He died in St Thomas Devon in 1921, buried at Hanham, Christ Church on 14 July 1921);
  • Lucy Anstey (b 1878, married William Morly Hale in 1899 in Bitton);
  • James Thomas Anstey (b 1880, known as Tom, baptised 10 March 1880 in Hanham. He was a grocer’s assistant in 1891 living with his family and by the 1911 Census he was an unmarried insurance agent boarding at 512 Fishpond Road Fishpond Bristol. He died a year later in 1912, buried at Hanham Christ Church on 4 June 1912);
  • Lillian Anstey (b 1882, baptised 18 May 1882 in Hanham. She married Alfred Parsons Bull in 1904 in Keynsham, who was executor to her father’s estate in 1921 per below. In 1947 she owned 81, High Street, Hanham, Bristol, renting it to her brother Granville.);
  • John Anstey (b 1884 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Winston [Winstone] Anstey (b 1886 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Brendel Anstey (b 1888, became a professional footballer. In February 1911 numerous newspapers reported that “Aston Villa have obtained the transfer of Brendel Anstey, goalkeeper, from Bristol Rovers, in exchange for James Jones.” In the 1911 Census he was boarding at 18 Davey Road Handsworth. He died in 1933 in Wednesbury, Staffordshire – the ‘Nottingham Evening Post‘ on 9 December 1933 reporting “DEATH OF BRENDEL ANSTEY. FORMER LEICESTER CITY AND ASTON VILLA GOALKEEPER. The death took place at Wednesbury today of Brendel Anstey, who for four seasons kept goal for Aston Villa. Anstey, who was 46 years of age, was a native of Bristol and joined the Villa from Bristol City. After the war he played for Leicester City“);
  • Alexander Anstey (b 28 September 1889, baptised 2 March 1890 in Hanham, known as Alex. He married Annie Tuck in 1910 in Bristol and they had children Alexander Thomas George Anstey (b 1911 Keynsham); Harold B. Anstey (b 1912 Bristol); and Leslie Anstey (b 1913 Bristol). In the 1911 Census they were living at Pit Road Hanham. On 22 August 1936 the ‘Western Daily Press‘ reported that “Alexander Anstey, of 25 Sloan Street, Whitehall, Bristol, was summoned at Keynsham yesterday for using a motor lorry under a B Carrier’s license at Keynsham…“. In the 1939 Register they were still living at 25 Sloan Street where he was a “master general labourer” – with them were two sons Harold B. Anstey and Leslie Anstey. Alex died in 1950 in Bristol still living at 25 Sloan Street, Whitehall, Bristol – effects to his widow Annie Anstey and his son Alexander Thomas George Ansteyhaulage contractor“);
  • Granville Anstey (b 14 July 1896, baptised 16 September 1896 in Hanham. He was a joiner living with the family in the 1911 Census and then married Ellie Burke in 1920 in King’s Norton – we find no children of this marriage. By the 1939 Register they were living at 360 Olton Boulevard East, Birmingham where Granville was a “machine tools setter“. On 3 July 1947 the ‘Western Daily Press‘ reported “Council Lose Action: Hanham Tenant to Stay: An action brought by Kingswood Urban Council to recover damages and for an injunction to restrain Granville Anstey, of 81, High Street, Hanham, Bristol, from continuing in alleged wrongful occupation of those premises, failed at the Bristol Assizes yesterday. The Council had put in a requisitioning notice on the property on August 15 1946, their case being that Anstey was not in lawful occupation of it at that date. Anstey contended that he was in lawful possession and that his tenancy dated from August 10…the owner of the house Mrs Bull, who was Anstey’s sister…“. He died on 24 February 1970 living at 3 Vandyke Avenue, Keynsham); and
  • One other child

By the 1881 Census the family were still living in Hanham where Tom was a “labourer at a chemical works“. By 1891 they were in Jefferis Hill where Tom was a grocer; generally though he was referred to as “Tom Anstey of Kingswood“.

The ‘Western Daily Press‘ on 26 September 1894 reported “Tom Anstey of Hanham shall be [one of] the first overseer[s] of the parish of Kingswood“. In November 1894 “Mr Tom Anstey decided not to candidate for the District Council [for Kingswood Ward]“.

By 1901 Tom Anstey was a “grocer and baker” living at Church Road, Kingswood – ditto the 1911 Census. By 1919 he was bedridden living at 2 Rosebury Terrace, Pitt Road, Hanham – see below.

In 1919 a tragic accident occurred when George Proctor Anstey killed his mother Lucy. The ‘Western Daily Press‘ on 11 April 1919 reported “SON CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS MOTHER: A Hanham Tragedy. There was an unusually large attendance at Lawford’s Gate Police Court yesterday when George Proctor Anstey (43) of 2 Rosebury Terrace, Pitt Road, Hanham was charged that on the 4th April he did feloniously kill and clay his mother Lucy Anstey. Winston Anstey brother to the defendant, said he resided at 2 Roseberry Terrace. His father was bedridden, and defendant also lived there. In the evening of the 14th inst his mother, who had been out, returned home and directly she came in George tapped the table for food. His mother gave him some in the scullery and when he had finished it he wanted more. Witness told him he could not have any more, as it made him restless at night. He then aimed a blow at witness and his mother, who had come into the scullery rushed in between and the blow that defendant struck with his fist reached his mother over the heart. She fell down and witness closed with defendant who then became quiet. Only one blow was struck. He picked up his mother who was lying on her back unconscious. In falling the left side of her head struck the gas stove. George made no effort to assist when he was attending to his mother.He put her on the couch and went for assistance. Accused had been of weak intellect for 14 years…he did not appear to be distressed about what had occurred. Marth Barnes, married woman said she had known defendant all her life; he was very strange and wild at times.. Five or six weeks ago when defendant was mad he said he would stretch his mother’s neck as long as his arm…P. S. Watkins asked accused what he had been doing and he said “dont know”…he did not appear to know his mother’s condition…

Tom Anstey died on 30 December 1920 still living at Jefferis Hill, Hanham. He was buried on 4 January 1921 at Hanham, Christ Church, Gloucestershire “aged 73“, described as a “retired baker“. Probate was to “Alfred Parsons Bull railway clerk“, his son in law.

John Anstey (b 1849 Bristol)

John Anstey was baptised in 1849 Bristol, St Philip and Jacob to John Anstey and Elizabeth. In the 1851 Census there is a John Anstey of Devon (b 1784 gardener) and Elizabeth (b 1782 Swansea), living at Horfield Nursery, Horfield, Clifton, but John Anstey (b 1849) clearly cannot be their son, and we lose track of him anyway.

Charles Theophilus Anstey (b 1856 Bristol)

Charles Theophilus Anstey was born in 1856 in Bristol to parents Charles Anstey and Mary Ann Brown – he is thus a Tiverton Anstey (not to be confused with Charles Anstey (b 1856 Iron Acton)). Charles married Mary Ann Carroll on 26 December 1880 in Bristol (father confirmed as Charles) and they had children in Bristol:

  • Charles Henry Anstey (b 1882, baptised 5 November 1882 in Bristol. He was a railway engine cleaner in 1901 and he married May Lawrence in 1907 in Chard. In the 1911 Census the family were living at 60 Abbey Road Osney with their two daughters Alfreda May Anstey (b 1908) and Ethel M. Anstey (b 1910) – he was a railway engine stoker);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1884, died 1885);
  • David George Anstey (b 1886, baptised 21 March 1886 in Bristol, a porter clothier in 1901 and a tailor’s cutter in the 1911 Census living with his family);
  • Katherine [Catherine] Joanna Anstey (b 1888, known as Kate, a tailoress in the 1911 Census living with her family);
  • Ellen Georgina Anstey (b 1890, died an infant);
  • Elizabeth Jane [Joanna] Anstey (b 1892, baptised 25 December 1892, a chocolate manufacturer in the 1911 Census living with her family);
  • Florence Margaret Anstey (b 1895, a box maker in the 1911 Census living with her family);
  • Maud Victoria Anstey (b 1898, living with her aunt Mary Ann Hunt at 99 Lawrence Hill, Bristol in the 1911 Census);
  • George Anstey (b 1900, alive in the 1911 Census living with his family); and
  • two other children (died before 1911)

In the 1881 Census Charles and Mary were living at Lawrence Hill, Ss Philip and Jacob (Out), Barton Regis where Charles was a labourer. They were still there in 1891, Charles Anstey was now a ‘dipper at galvanized works’ – ditto 1901 where he was a labourer at a warehouse. By the 1911 Census the family were living at 39 Cossham Road St George Bristol where Charles Anstey was a general labourer again (they had a total of 11 children, 7 of whom were still alive in 1911).

Further Details on the Bristol Ansteys

#1. Anstey Street in Bristol is named after Henry Anstey of Bristol, a member of the Stoke Gifford Ansteys. This occurred after Henry Anstey and his partner, surname ‘Littleton’, auctioned 23 building plots at Lena Street, Bristol in 1891. Presumably, they had street-naming rights because ‘Anstey Street’ today adjoins ‘Littleton Street’ (next to Lena Street).

#2. John Anstey (b 1846 Clifton to mother maiden name “Lewis“). We cannot currently place this ‘John

#3. William Anstee who married Zipporah Weeks in Bristol in 1816 is of the Chewton Mendip Anstey sub-branch.

#4. Paul Anstie, who was charged with fraudulent bankruptcy in Bristol in 1885 was of the London, Ontario Ansties

#5. James Anstey (b c1840) and Martha Rowe, living in Sanders Court, St Philip & Jacob, Clifton, Bristol in the 1871 Census are of the Shoreditch Ansteys

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