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). As such, we need to be even more careful than usual in our connections.

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. He married Mary Beechey in Winterbourne in 1836, having children in Winterbourne Mary Ann Anstey (b 1839); Elizabeth Anstey (b 1840); and Charles Anstey (b 1841). He 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 c1822 Bristol, a journeyman sawyer in 1841. He married Mary Ann (Brown?) in c1843 and they had children Eliza Anstey (b 1844 Tiverton, married William Hall in 1867 in Bristol, St Simon – father confirmed as Charles); and Jane Anstey (b 1846 Tiverton). By the 1851 Census the family were living in St Philip & Jacob, Bristol; Charles Anstey was a labourer);
  • John Anstey (b 1825 Bristol – see below);
  • Edward Anstey (b 1828 Bristol, a carpenter in 1841. He married Selina Forse (b 1829 Tiverton) in 1848 in Tiverton and in the 1851 Census they were living in TivertonEdward was a “sawyer“. They had children William Anstey (b 1851 Tiverton); Hannah Anstey (b 1853 Bristol); Edward Anstey (b 1858 Bristol); Melinda Anstey (b 1862 Bristol); James Anstey (b 1864 Bristol); Fred Anstey (b 1866 Bristol); and Albert Anstey (b 1874 Bermondsey). By the 1881 Census the family were living in Bermondsey, Southwark – Edward Anstey was an engine driver. Edward Anstey died in 1883 in Southwark);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1832 Bristol, a dressmaker in Bristol in 1851);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1837 Bristol);

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

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):

  • Mary Anstey (b 1841);
  • George Anstey (b 1843, a quarryman in Keysham in 1861, unmarried in 1881, a furnaceman in Keynsham. Still unmarried in 1891 living in Keynsham, a chemical labourer);
  • John Anstey (b 1845, baptised in Hanham, Christ Church, Bristol, a labourer at the quarry in 1861, unmarried in 1871. Still unmarried in 1891, living in Keynsham, a chemical labourer. 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). John Anstey died in 1927 in Keynsham aged 82);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1847, known as ‘Tom‘, a labourer at the quarry in 1861, unmarried in 1871);
  • Mark Anstey (b 1850, unmarried in 1871);
  • Francis Anstey (b 1850);
  • Hannah Anstey (b 1854)
  • Henry Anstey (b 1856, apprentice shoemaker in 1871 in Keynsham, a shoemaker in 1881, still unmarried. Henry died in 1899 in Hanham, a “draper of Hanham Street” -probate was in 1905);
  • Martha Anstey (b 1859, born in America per the 1881 Census);

By the 1861 Census the family were 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 1812 Castle Cary)

John Anstey was born in 1812 in Castle Cary to parents John Anstey (b 1790) and Hannah Garland. 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 (b 1825 Bristol)

John Anstey was born in 1825 in Bristol to father James Anstey (both were “sawyer“s per his marriage entry). 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).

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.

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.

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

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