The Tiverton Ansteys

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

Many thanks to Rev. Martin Anstey, Thomas John Anstey (Tom) and Julia for their help constructing this pedigree

Overview of the Tiverton Ansteys

The Tiverton Ansteys of Devon are one of the major sub-branches of the South West Peninsula Ansteys, being a sub-branch of the Washfield Ansteys. They have been thoroughly documented by G. M. Anstey (Gary) and T. J. Anstey (Tom), the overseers and chief researchers of this ‘Anstey Story‘, in their third co-authored book:

Anstey: The Devon and Somerset Branch

The first edition of this book was privately printed in July 2018. Further research for the second edition is currently under way (anybody interested in being contacted when this second edition is available for purchase, please contact us at

It is intended that much of the contents of this book will be uploaded to this Anstey project website over time for all to enjoy. 

Tiverton Anstey sub-branches

There are numerous sub-branches of Ansteys which descend from the Tiverton Ansteys. Those where we have commenced uploading information include:

Tiverton Anstey Families

There are numerous Anstey families of Tiverton that require documentation, as many of them are very large. Tiverton Anstey patriarchs on whom we have begun to upload information include:

John Walters Anstey (b 1827 Tiverton)

John Walters Anstey was born in Juryhays Farm, Tiverton in 1827 to parents William Anstey and Elizabeth Marker. He married Susan Elizabeth Manley in South Molten in 1852 and they returned to Juryhays Farm, having children:

  • William Anstey (b 1854 – co-patriarch of the Johannesburg Ansteys of South Africa);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1855, was a boarder at High Street School Honiton in 1871 and he died in 1876. The ‘North Devon Journal‘ reported on 21 December 1876 “DEATH ANSTEY Dec 11 at Jurishayes, Tiverton, Samuel, son of Mr John Walters Anstey aged 21“);
  • John Anstey (b 1856 – patriarch of the Timaru New Zealand Ansteys);
  • Frank Anstey (b 1858, died in 1887 the ‘Western Times‘ newspaper reporting on 15 February 1887 “DEATH: Anstey Feb 9 at Henager Farm near Wellington [in Culmstock, Devon] Frank, fourth son of the late John W. Anstey of Juryhays, Tiverton, aged 28“);
  • Rev. Martin Anstey (b 1860, an Anstey researcher who communicated on multiple occasions with Thomas John Anstey (Tom) between 1911 and 1914 and he owned an ‘old oak chest‘ full of Anstey genealogical goodies. He also authored ‘The Romance of Bible Chronology’ published in 1913. Rev Martin Anstey married Ellen D. Kelly in 1889, the ‘Wells Journal‘ reporting on 16 May 1889 that “Wedding – a large congregation assembled at the Independent Chapel Shepton Mallet on Wednesday morning to witness the marriage of the pastor of the chapel, the Rev. Martin Anstey M. A. with Miss Ellen D. Kelly, daughter of Mr Robert Kelly of Shepton Mallet. Both Mr Anstey and his bride are very popular in the town…”. After marriage, they moved to first Leicester (he was Minister of Gallotree Gate Church from 1890 to 1896) and then Leeds Road, Dewsbury in Yorkshire (he was Minister of Ebenezer Chapel from 1896 to 1906), having at least two children Amy Gladys Anstey (b 1891, married Charles Oscar Moreton in 1915 in Edmonton. Their daughter Ursula had Rev. Martin Anstey‘s old oak chest until the late 1990s) and Mary Anstey (b 1895). Rev Martin Anstey was also closely involved with the London City Mission in his later life, living at Woodville, 11 Mount View Road, Crouch Hill. He died in 1921 at his residence ‘Valetta’ in Hornyold Road, Malvern – there is an obituary on the ‘Shepton Mallet Journal‘ on 18 February 1921);
  • Julia Anstey (b 1861, married Francis Edwin Squire in 1896 in Tiverton – lived in Glenborough in 1936);
  • Benjamin Anstey (b 1862, died 1863);
  • Bernal [Bernel] Anstey (b 1864, was a draper and dressmaker in 1891 in Charles Street, Sculcoates, Yorkshire. In 1895 he married Florence Louisa Dimblery (b 1869) in Sculcoates and they were living there still in 1911, at 126 Westbourne Avenue, Hull, Sculcoates. We find no children of this marriage. During World War One, Florence Louisa volunteered with the Red Cross, becoming an Anstey Hero. She served from May 1917 right through to the end of the war, rank ‘Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD)’, as a “Staff Room Helper St John V.A.D. Hospital, Hull“, racking up a total of 936 hours service. Bernal died in 1934 at Middlesex Hospital, he was living at Westbourne Avenue, Kingston-upon-Hull. His widow Florence Louisa died in 1945, still living in Kingston-upon-Hull);
  • Rhoda Anstey (b 1865, she never married and died in 1936. The ‘Western Morning News‘ on 11 March 1936 wrote “Tiverton Woman’s death in London. By the death of Madame Rhoda Anstey, following an operation in a London Nursing home, a member of a well-known and highly respected Tiverton family has passed to a higher sphere. A daughter of the late Mr John Walters Anstey of Juryhays near Tiverton, she was the founder and Principal of the Anstey Physical Training College at Edington, Birmingham. On her retirement she went to reside at Cheltenham and was associated with the Highbury Congregational Church in that town. Much sympathy has been expressed with her relatives, Mr John Anstey of New Zealand; Mrs Squire of Glenborough; and Mrs J. T. Hebditch of Juryhayes Tiverton. The internment took place today at Cheltenham“);
  • Susannah Anstey (b 1866, known as Susie, married John Terrill Hebditch in 1892. The ‘West Somerset Free Press‘ on 19 March 1892 reported “Marriage: Hebditch-Anstey March 8th at the Congregational Church Tiverton by the Rev. T. Webster, pastor, assisted by the Rev. Martin Anstey, brother of the bride, Mr John Terrill Hebditch, New Cross, Ilminster to Susannah, youngest daughter of the late Mr John Walters Anstey, yeoman of Juryhays, Tiverton“. They had at least two children in Langport, Somerset being William Anstey Hebditch (b 1898) and Joyce Anstey Hebditch (b 1901). Susie and her husband took over Juryhays Farm near Tiverton in 1918 when it was bought for them by Norman Anstey, where they were still living in 1936);
  • Norman Anstey (b 1870, co-patriarch of the Johannesburg Ansteys of South Africa)

John Walters Anstey died in 1879. The ‘Tiverton Gazette‘ reported on 15 July 1879 “SUDDEN DEATH OF MR J. W. ANSTEY It is with no ordinary feeling of regret that we record the very sudden death of Mr John Walters Anstey of Jurishayes, Tiverton on Thursday evening last. For some time previously Mr Anstey had been much occupied in superindenting the erection of a new farmhouse on his property, Henager Farm, Culmstock, where he was on Thursday. His eldest son Mr William Anstey spent the afternoon in his company, inspecting the progress of the works and the stock on the farm, and about 8 o clock in the evening, after a hurried cup of tea, the deceased gentleman went to put a hourse into a trap to drive his son to the Burlescombe station to catch the last down train to Tiverton. Young Mr Anstey followed him a few minutes later and found him a little exhausted by his efforts to get the horse – a young one – to enter the shafts, but still apparently in good health. Mr William Anstey, having harnessed the horse, his father got into the trap and drove on up the hill, his son walking. At the top of the hill, Mr William Anstey got in and took the reins from his father’s hands to drive. He had scarcely done so when he observed his fathers head drop back, and on endeavouring to support him he found that he was apparently dead….The family, as most of our readers are aware, had for generations farmed their own land at Jurisahayes in this parish, and Mr Anstey, after being educated at Blundells School, entered upon a yeoman’s life….Connected by birth and conviction with the Independent Church, he became a local preacher at the age of 17, and in this respect he laboured with remarkable ability and success to the last Sunday of his life…For some years he was a deacon of the Independent Chapel…he was a regular attendant at the Board of Guardians, of which he was a member for 8 years, namely from 1866-68 and 1875-79…On the formation of a School Board for Tiverton, he was one of the members elected and his colleagues subsequently chose him as their vice chairman…The funeral will take place on Wednesday next from Jurishayes where the body now lies, having been removed there from Henager on Friday. The procession will leave Jurishayes at 1:30pm and the body will be interred at the family burial place, Way Village, Cruwys Morchard…Mr Anstey leaves a widow and nine children to lament his loss

Further Details on the Tiverton Ansteys

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

We have already uploaded quite a bit of information and documentation about the Tiverton 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 ‘Tiverton’ 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 and we will correct it.

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