The Llandenny Ansteys

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

Overview of the Llandenny Ansteys

The Llandenny Ansteys of Monmouthshire are a sub-branch of the Stoke Gifford Ansteys, headed by John Anstey (b 1823 Kington).

John Anstey (b 1823 Kington)

John Anstey was born on 31 August 1823, baptised 5 October 1823 in Kington, Thornbury, to parents Thomas Anstey (father of thirteen) and Catherine Williams. He married Elizabeth Pullen Lloyd on 11 April 1850 at Henleys in Monmouthshire and they had children:

  • Catherine Jane Anstey (b 1849, died an infant);
  • Mary Jane Anstey (b c1850, married Roger Philip Rees in 1870 and had nine children, including a daughter Rosa (b 1878 in Yate) who married Mary Jane’s brother Oliver James Anstey in 1896. By the time of the 1911 Census, Mary Jane was widowed, living at Wern Farm in Llansoy with her children Gertrude, Oliver and Godfrey, as well as her widowed mother Elizabeth Anstey; the census also indicates that Mary Jane’s nine children were all still alive in 1911. Mary Jane communicated with Anstey researcher Thomas John Edmund Anstey (Tom) in 1910);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1854 Llantarnam. He married Georgina Cox in 1879 in Yate. They had five children, three of whom were Elsie Mary Anstey (b 1886, died in 1900); Frances Ann Anstey (b 1888, known as Fanny – living with her mother on the family farm in the 1911 Census) and Thomas Lloyd Anstey (b 1889 – an Anstey Hero). After Thomas and Georgina’s marriage, they moved into Goose Green Farm in Yate, where the family can be found in the 1881 Census. By the 1891 Census, Thomas, Georgina and numerous of their children had returned to Monmouthshire, living at Shire Newton. However, they also kept Goose Green Farm, Yate because, after Thomas’s death in 1896 in Shire Newton, his sons George Frederick and Thomas Lloyd went back to live there. By 1902, Georgina and her children had also returned to Goose Green Farm; indeed, while living there she won a prize for the “best five porkers [pigs] at the Fat Stock Show” (in 1906). In the 1911 Census Georgina (widow) was living at Goose Green Farm with her two surviving children. At some point before (or in) 1917, the family moved to Crowthers Farm in Yate, and Georgina eventually died in 1927, having outlived all bar one of her children (Frances Anne));
  • John Henry Anstey (b 1856, in Llantrissent, married Lucy Matilda Hart (sister of Mary Ellen Hart who married Charles Anstey Daniell, son of Aunt Daniell) in 1882. They had at least six children, being John Henry Anstey (b 1884, died an infant); Lucy Doreen Anstey (b 1885, known as Doreen – attended Trinity College, London in 1903 and became a music teacher, specialising in piano. In the 1911 Census she was in Galashiels, Selkirk, Scotland. She was teaching at Walthamstow Hall Girls School, Sevenoaks in 1915 when she heard of Thomas John Edmund Anstey‘s demise in the trenches of Gallipoli; she wrote a message of condolence to Aunt Kate, which Kate later placed in Aunt Ellen’s trunk. Doreen appeared never to marry and died in 1967 in Wiltshire); Elizabeth Lloyd Anstey (b 1888 Chippenham/Calne, visiting her ‘Pullen’ family at Middle Lodge Farm, Forest Lane, Pewsham, Chippenham in 1891 – by the 1911 Census she was an unmarried milliner living at 4 Park Street Minehead); Anna May Anstey (b 1890); Maud Evelyn Anstey (b 1891); and Ellen Olive Anstey (b 1892). The family were living at South Farm, Calstone, Calne, Wiltshire in 1905 when John Henry was one of the executors of his father John’s will. John Henry died in 1907, still living at South Farm. In the 1911 Census his widow Lucy Matilda Anstey and her daughter Maud were living at South Field Farm Calstone Calne);
  • George James Anstey (b 1858 – patriarch of the Massena, Iowa Ansteys);
  • Charles Lloyd Anstey (b 1860 – see below);
  • Frederick C. Anstey (b 1862 – see below);
  • Oliver James Anstey (b 1865 Rogerstone – according to the book ‘ANSTEY: The Stoke Gifford Branch‘ “Oliver married his niece Rosa Rees (daughter of his sister Mary Jane and Roger Rees) in 1895. Oliver and Rosa had a large family of at least eight children, being Jane Anstey (b 1896); Irene Anstey (b 1897); Thomas Lloyd Anstey (b 1899); Gwendoline Gladys Anstey (b 1901); Audrey Anstey (b 1903); Kathleen Anstey (b 1905); Lloyd Anstey (b 1907); and Oliver Anstey (b 1909). Oliver James and family were living at Wern Farm, Llanvihangel in the 1901 Census, and at Lower House Farm, Llansoy in the 1911 Census. However, it is more interesting in this instance to follow Oliver James and his wife from their various court appearances. First came Rosa who, according to the 4 April 1896 edition of the ‘South Wales Echo’, appeared in court in Newport for assaulting Amelia Rodway in their local church; Rosa was described as “a fashionably attired young woman”. Then in 1899, Oliver James was charged with “driving a horse and trap with no lights attached whilst the worse for liquor”; in 1901 he was charged with being “drunk and riotous”; in 1902 whilst still living at Wern Farm, he was charged with causing damage to a trap; in 1904, by which time he had moved to Lower House Farm in Llansoy, the ‘Abergavenny and Raglan Herald Usk’ newspaper headline read “In Trouble Once More”, before continuing “Oliver Anstey…was summoned for being drunk while in charge of a horse and trap”; he was also charged with a similar misdemeanor in 1906. Oliver James eventually died on 4 April 1920 at Llansoy, whilst still living at Lower House Farm, which was valued at £7,068 in probate“); and
  • Arthur William Henry Duncan Anstey (b 1867 – see below).

The following excerpt comes courtesy of the book ‘ANSTEY: The Stoke Gifford Branch‘ “In January 1851, according to the ‘Monmouthshire Merlin’, ‘Margaret Coglan was charged with stealing four sovereigns at Llantarnam, the property of John Anstey, her master’; she was sentenced to seven years transportation. In 1854, John decided to leave Pentre Bach Farm; an advert in the ‘Monmouthshire Merlin’ newspaper on 10 November 1854 confirms this, stating: ‘Pentrebach Farm, Llantarnam near Newport, Mon. Important Sale of Farming Stock, Hay, Corn, Implements of Husbandry &c. Cornelius Evans and Son will SELL BY AUCTION on Tuesday November 14 1854 the whole of the excellent farming stock &c of Mr John Anstey, who is leaving Pentrebach.’ It is possible that this sale was related to John’s duties as trustee and executor (together with his mother Catherine and brother William) to his father Thomas’s will, Thomas having died in March 1854. However this seems unlikely as, per the ‘Llandenny Papers’, Thomas’s will was not proved until May 1855; as such, we can suppose that John’s sale of the farming stock was in his own name and for his own purposes. From Pentre Bach, John moved to Whitehall Farm in Llantrissent; he was certainly there by May 1855 when he was described in the ‘Llandenny Papers’ as ‘of Whitehall Farm, Llantrissent, yeoman’. In April 1857, according to the ‘Monmouthshire Merlin’, John was charged with: ‘being the father of dairy maid Mary Ann Lewis’s illegitimate male child and refusing to support it.’ The case was dismissed because ‘no credence [was given] to the statements of the girl’. John remained in Llantrissent until January 1863, when an advertisement appeared in the ‘Illustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald’ stating the following: ‘Whitehall Farm, Llantrissent, within four miles of Usk and four miles of Caerleon, Monmouthshire. Messrs Graham and Co are favoured with instructions from Mr John Anstey, who is leaving the farm, to sell by public auction on Thursday 29 January 1863, the whole of his live and dead farming stock, implements of husbandry &c.’ By 1871, John was living at Pensarn Farm, Rogerstone, Monmouthshire with his wife Elizabeth and various of their children. However, he left this farm a couple of years later; the 24 January 1873 edition of the ‘Monmouthshire Merlin’ stated that John was selling his farming stock at Pensarn Farm because he was ‘leaving the county’. John, together with his wife and numerous of his children, moved into Leechpool Farm, Yate, which he took over from his sister Aunt Daniell; John was still there at the time of the 1881 Census. By the time John wrote his final will in 1888, he had returned once again to Monmouthshire, living in Court Saint Lawrence, Llangoven, Monmouthshire. Then in December 1889, according to the ‘Western Mail’ newspaper, John successfully bid for ownership of ‘Little Rock Estate, situated in the village of Llandenny’ (the bidding started at £400, and was finally knocked down to John ‘of Llangoven near Raglan for £505’). Somewhat bizarrely, the family was still living at Court Saint Lawrence, Llangoven in the 1891 Census, but by the 1901 Census they had settled in at Little Rock Farm, Llandenny. In 1904, John received his share of his sister Aunt Morgan’s will; then John himself died a year later on 13 March 1905 at Little Rock Farm. Probate was on 17 June 1905 to his sons John Henry, Oliver James and Arthur (all farmers); effects were £943 15s 6d (approximately £100,000 in today’s equivalent money). After John’s death, his widow Elizabeth moved in with her daughter Mary Jane Rees in Llansoy; she was there in the 1911 Census, and she eventually died on 18 September 1918 at the ripe old age of 93. John and Elizabeth’s son George James Anstey commissioned a stained glass window in memory of his parents at St Timothy’s Church, Reno, Cumberland, Iowa.

Charles Lloyd Anstey (b 1860 Llantrisant)

Charles Lloyd Anstey, known as Charlie, was born in 1860 in Llantrisant, Pontypool, Monmouthshire to parents John Anstey and Elizabeth Pullen Lloyd. He married first Kate Lockstone (b 1861) in 1881 in Bristol, then when she died in 1893 (buried in Yate) he married her sister Sarah White Lockstone (b 1867) in 1895 in Barton Hill. Charlie and the Lockstone sisters had children in Yate:

  • Florence Elizabeth Anstey (b 1882, married Bertie William Whitcombe in 1906, lived at Southwood Farm, Charfield Gloucestershire, received a share of brother Charles Lloyd Anstey Jnr’s possessions after his 1917 death);
  • Arthur George Anstey (b 1883, he married Annie Selman in 1907 in Westerleigh and they lived at New Lodge Farm, Iron Acton in the 1911 Census. They had children Phyllis Ann Anstey (1911-1984, who married Leslie Heaven and later remarried to Charles Mills); and Arthur Charles L. Anstey (1915-1932, buried in St Mary’s Yate). Arthur was listed as next of kin to his brothers Charles Lloyd Anstey Jnr and Ernest Charles AnsteyArthur died in 1917, he was buried in Yate churchyard);
  • Ernest Charles Anstey (b 1884 – an Anstey Hero and Canada Anstey Pioneer);
  • Oliver James Anstey (b 1886 married Ethel Mary Lord in 1908 in Axbridge, Somerset and they lived at Grove Farm (and/or Cliff Farm) Wapley, having children Gladys Mary Anstey (b 1909); John Henry Anstey (b 1910); Margaret Lloyd Anstey (b 1910); Ethel M. Anstey (b 1912); Dorothy K. Anstey (b 1914); Frances M. Anstey (b 1916); Blanch Anstey (b 1919); Norman J. Anstey (b 1923); and Brian H. Anstey (b 1924). In the 1911 Census the family were living at Grove Farm Wapley.  Oliver was listed as next of kin for his brother Charles Lloyd Anstey Jnr. In 1928, Oliver, a poultry, dairy and pig farmer, was walking from Yate market towards his home in Watley when he was hit by a bus belonging to Bristol Tramway Company and killed, “leaving a widow and nine children” per the ‘Gloucester Journal‘ 22 December 1928 editon. The case against the bus company for negligence in February 1930 at the Civil Court of Bristol Assize was lost. Oliver James Anstey was buried in St Peter’s Churchyard, Wapley);
  • Charles Lloyd Anstey Junior (b 1890 with Kate – an Anstey Hero);
  • George Frederick Anstey (b 1895 with Sarah, died 1897);
  • John Anstey (b 25 December 1896, a farmer living with his family at Cliff Farm, Wapley in the 1911 Census. He was unmarried and still living at Cliff Farm in the 1939 Register. He died 1974 Chipping Sodbury);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 18 July 1898, living with his family at Cliff Farm, Wapley in the 1911 Census. He married Elsie Dorothy Prior in 1925 in Iron Acton. In the 1939 Register they were living with their five children at No 28 Counts Field, Chipping Sodbury where Thomas was a painter’s labourer. Thomas died in 1958 in Bristol);
  • Sidney Anstey (b 1904, living with his family at Cliff Farm, Wapley in the 1911 Census. He married Edith Ellen Webb in 1934 in Old Sodbury);
  • Catherine May Anstey (b 21 May 1905, known as May, unmarried and living on the family farm Cliff Farm Wapley in the 1911 Census and 1939 Register. She died in 1992 in Bristol);
  • Kate Lloyd Anstey (b 28 August 1907, an unmarried school teacher living on the family farm Cliff Farm Wapley in the 1911 Census and 1939 Register. She died 1993 Chipping Sodbury); and
  • Doris Annie Anstey (b 1909, living with her family at Cliff Farm, Wapley in the 1911 Census. She died in 1920 Chipping Sodbury)

In 1861 Charlie was living at at 3 Whitehill Llantrissent, Monmouthshire with his parents. By 1871 he was living at was living at 108 Pen-y-lan Farm Rogerstone, Monmouthshire. In 1886 he was living at Stover Farm, Yate, then by 1888 he was living at Goose Green Farm, Yate. In 1904 Charlie moved to Cliff Farm in Wapley where he was still residing in the 1911 CensusCharlie died in 1914, he was buried at St Mary’s Churchyard in Yate.

In the 1939 Register Sarah Anstey (widow) was still at Cliff Farm Wapley with three of her unmarried children. She died in 1947, the ‘Western Daily Press‘ reporting on 20 May 1947 “Mrs Sarah Anstey of Wapley. The death occurred of Mrs Sarah Anstey of Wapley, aged 80, wife of the late Mr Charles L. Anstey of Cliff Farm Wapley. Mrs Anstey has resided at Cliff Farm for the past 43 years and was well known in the district. The funeral service at Wapley Parish Church was conducted by the Rev. W. H. Wynne“.

Charlie relayed many family anecdotes to Anstey researcher Thomas John Anstey (Tom) in c1910, which Tom noted in his research papers. One such anecdote, relaying an event dated to c1835 or so, was “[Charlie] remembered his father John Anstey [of] Llandenny telling how once on a visit to an uncle who was a Quaker he [John] was asked during the morning if he wanted anything to eat or drink to which he said no. But later on in the day feeling hungry, and nothing more having been said about eating and drinking, he said he would like something now to his uncle, who answered that as he had said he wanted nothing he would get nothing as he would have no lies told in his house“.

Frederick C. Anstey (b 1862 Llantrissent)

Frederick C. Anstey, known as Fred, was born in 1862 in Llantrisant, Pontypool, Monmouthshire to parents John Anstey and Elizabeth Pullen Lloyd. He married Bessie Benjamin and they had children:

  • Colin John F. Anstey (b 11 July 1899 Chepstow. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One Colin was living at 2 Fontanelle Adair County, Iowa, working as a farmer for Hank Spies in Massena. He married Grace Blanche Davids and they were living in Corning in 1960. He died in June 1984 in Leavenworth, Kansas, buried at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Corning, Adams, Iowa);
  • William Cecil Anstey (b 1900, known as Bill. He worked on both George James Anstey and William Daniel Anstey‘s farms as a young man. Bill remained in Massena, Iowa. He married Ada Wyckoff and they built up an extensive farm with a fine herd of purebred Hereford cattle. Bill died suddenly on 24 June 1960 in Massena, Cass County, the ‘Creston News Advertiser‘ on 25 June 1960 reporting “Massena Farmer Dies Friday CORNING – William C. Anstey, 59, a well-known Cass county farmer, died suddenly at his home near Massena Friday morning. Funeral services will be held at St. Timothy’s Catholic church at Reno at 10 a.m. Monday. Rev. Fr. Burns will officiate. Burial will be in Victoria Center cemetery, south of Massena. His body will be taken to the home from the Roland funeral home in Corning Sunday afternoon. The Rosary will be said at the home at 8 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Anstey is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Gene Amdor of Massena; his father, Fred Anstey of Prescott; a sister, Mrs. George Kouba of Prescott; and a brother, Colin Anstey of Corning.” ); and
  • Betty [Bessie?] Irene Anstey (b 1907, married George A. Kouba and living in Prescott in 1960. She was still alive in 1965 when her father died, having looked after him for 17 years, and she eventually passed away in 2003).

In 1909 the whole family emigrated to Chicago, America; in the 1910 American Census the family were living at Chicago Ward 7, Cook, Illinois where Fred was a carpenter for a railroad company.

At some point they relocated to Iowa from Chicago. They were in frequent touch with both William Daniel Anstey and George James Anstey. Fred eventually passed away on 10 January 1965 in Prescott Township (or Creston, Union County), Adams, Iowa – buried in Massena, Iowa, having easily reached his century of years.

The ‘Adams County Free Press‘ on 21 January 1965 reported “Mr. Fred Anstey passed away at the Greater Community Hospital Monday morning at 3:00 at the age of 103. He had been a patient there since the 23rd of December. He was one of the oldest residents in and around the country and state. He has lived the past seventeen years with his daughter, and husband, Mr. and Mrs. George Kouba. Mrs. Kouba has faithfully devoted all of her time in caring for her father. Sympathy is extended to the family.

The ‘Adams County Free Press‘ also reported “Fred Anstey, one of the eldest residents of Adams county, passed away at the Creston hospital on January 11, 1965 at the age of 102 years, two months, and 28 days. Mr. Anstey was born October 14, 1862 at Whitehall Farm, Llantriscent, near Usk Monmouthshire, England. He was one of seven brothers and one sister, all of whom preceded him in death. On January 20, 1893 he was united in marriage to Bessie Benjamin, the daughter of William Benjamin of Shirenewton, England. Three children, Colin, William, and Betty were born to this union. All were born in England. Mr. and Mrs. Anstey were engaged in farming in and around the district of Monmouthshire until the year of 1909, when the family migrated to America. They first settled in Chicago, Illinois, where Mr. Anstey was foreman of the Collin’s Ice Cream factory. In 1915 they moved to a farm near Bridgewater, Iowa farming in Adair, Cass, and later settling in Adams County. He was a man who enjoyed his home and family and took pride in the tilling of the soil and raising livestock. he was a good living man, always trying the practice of the old adage of ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ His aim in life was to be upright in all his dealings with others. He often attributed his health and age to exercise and long walks in the open air. After losing his sight and having to give up his farm, he was a lost man. Mr. and Mrs. Anstey had made their home with their daughter, Betty and son-in-law, Geroge Kouba since 1947. In 1960 they were privileged to observe their 67th wedding anniversary. His wife died in March of 1960 and three months later his son William of Massena passed away. Mr. Anstey had been bedfast since November of 1960, being cared for in the home by his daughter, until three weeks before his death. He leaves to mourn his passing, his son Colin Anstey and wife, Grace, of Corning; a daughter-in-law, Ada Anstey of Massena; a daughter, Betty Kouba and husband George of Prescott; one granddaughter, Marian Anstey Amdor and husband, Gene and their seven children of Massena; one step-granddaughter, Lela Brown Wiley and husband, Robert and their four children of Basehor, Kansas; also many nieces and nephews, here and abroad. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 13, at 1:30 p.m. from the Roland Funeral Home in Corning, with Rev. S. E. Sterrett officiating. Music was by Mrs. Doyle Tranbarger, Mrs. Bert Peckham, and Mrs. Dick Cook. Pallbearers were Rex Maxedon, Vernon McKee, Louis Keesler, Oral Maxedon, Cecil Antisdel, and Harley Tanner. Interment was in the Victoria Center cemetery.”

Arthur William Henry Duncan Anstey (b 1867 Rogerstone)

Arthur William Henry Duncan Anstey was born in 1867 in Rogerstone to parents John Anstey and Elizabeth Pullen Lloyd. He married Laura Lewis (1870-1934) in 1893 in Pontypridd. They had children:

  • Frank Amos Arthur Anstey (b 1894 Teignmouth, attended Mynyddbach School, Shirenewton in 1901. He died in 1915 living at Llangovan Monmouth, buried 21 September 1915 in Penyclawdd);
  • Maud Elizabeth Anstey (b 1896 Shirenewton);
  • Mabel Anstey (b 1896 Shirenewton);
  • Queenie Emily Anstey (b 1897 Shirenewton);
  • Roy Wilfred John Anstey (b 1898 Shirenewton, married Doreen E. Jones in Newport in 1929 and in the 1939 Register they were living at Little Llangovan Llangovan, Monmouth with five children);
  • Leslie Anstey (b 1901 Shirenewton);
  • Arthur Douglas Anstey (b 1907 Penyclawdd, known as Douglas, baptised 21 March 1907 in Penyclawdd); and
  • Laura Evelyn Miriam Anstey (b 1908 Penyclawdd, known as Evelyn, baptised 6 September 1908 in Penyclawdd)

They were living at Rhewl Farm, Mounten, Monmouth in the 1901 Census, and at Treharry Farm in Monmouth in 1905. In 1907, Arthur tied in a vote to become local councillor for Penyclawdd. By the 1911 Census they were living at Tyharry Farm Pen Y Clawdd Near Monmouth.

Arthur died in 1956, at which point he was living in Bredwardine in Herefordshire

Further Details on the Llandenny Ansteys

We are actively on the lookout for Llandenny Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Llandenny Ansteys who fought in World War One, preferably with personal souvenirs such as letters sent by the soldiers or military photos etc. 

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We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Llandenny Ansteys, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.

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