The Garnish, Fortune Bay Ansteys

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

Overview of the Garnish, Fortune Bay Ansteys

The Garnish, Fortune Bay Ansteys are likely connected to the Twillingate Ansteys of Newfoundland, Canada, though we are yet to formally establish that connection – however the circumstantial evidence is quite strong. They are also surely connected to the Dorset Ansteys, though once again we are yet to formally establish that connection.

Assuming we are correct in the above, they are a rare Twillingate Anstey sub-branch in that some of them switched their surname spelling to both ‘Ansty’ and the much rarer ‘Annesty’.

The head of the Garnish, Fortune Bay Ansteys may well be Samuel Anstey, who is generally believed to have been born in 1767 in Weymouth, though we have much work to do before we can prove that and indeed at the moment we think it is not the case – perhaps he sailed from Weymouth.

We include in this sub-branch analysis Garnish, Fortune Bay, Grand Bank, Burin, Petites and Codroy in Newfoundland, as well as Cape Bretton, and North Sydney in Nova Scotia [see Google Map]

[Note: even though these places are close to each other we need to distinguish between them because Newfoundland was not part of Canada until 1949 whereas Nova Scotia was part of Canada since 1867 – as such some of this sub-branch appear in the 1911 Canada Census and others don’t]

Garnish, Fortune Bay Ansteys in McAlpine’s Newfoundland Directory

Garnish, Fortune Bay Ansteys in 1921 Newfoundland Census

[Note: See also the 1911 Canadian Census for other members of this sub-branch in Nova Scotia]

  • Grand Bank, Burin
    • Aaron Anstey (b 1888 – Head)
      • Lizzie Anstey (b 1899 – wife)
      • Laura Anstey (b 1910 – daughter)
      • Mary Anstey (b 1913 – daughter)
      • Bessie Anstey (b 1914 – daughter)
      • Edward Anstey (b 1916 – son)
    • Annie Anstey (b 1892 – Head, daughter of Thomas Thorne and widow)
      • William Anstey (b 1915 – son)
      • Lizzie Anstey (b 1916 – daughter)
      • Carrie Anstey (b 1918 – daughter)
      • Rose Anstey (b 1920 – daughter)
    • Henry Anstey (b 1897 – Head)
      • Laura Anstey (b 1897 – wife)
      • Thomas Anstey (b 1919 – son)
    • Samuel Anstey (b 1862 – Head and widower)
      • Charlie Anstey (b 1904 – son)
      • Samuel Anstey (b 1911 – son)
    • Thomas Anstey (b 1872 Head and widower)
      • Susie Anstey (b 1903 – daughter)
    • William Anstey (b 1868 – Head)
      • Annie Anstey (b 1878 – wife)
      • Charles Anstey (b 1903 – son)
      • Esther Anstey (b 1910 – daughter)
      • Susan Anstey (b 1913 – daughter)
      • Wilson Anstey (b 1916 – son)
      • Wallace Anstey (b 1919 – son)
      • Jimmy Anstey (b 1921 – son)
      • Charles H. Matthews (b 1899 – son of Annie)
  • Garnish
    • Charles W. Ansty (b 1876 – Head & widower)
      • Henriette Ansty (b 1903 daughter)
      • Tryphena Ansty (b 1905 daughter)
      • Bertha Ansty (b 1908 daughter)
      • Jane Ansty (b 1909 – daughter)
    • Eli Ansty (b 1842 – Head)
      • Annie Ansty (b 1841 – wife)
      • Thomas Noseworthy (b 1891 – grandson)
    • Eli Ansty (b 1879 – Head)
      • Martha Ansty (b 1881 – wife)
      • Lucretia Ansty (b 1906 – daughter)
      • Beatrice Ansty (b 1912 – daughter)
    • George Ansty (b 1863 – Head)
      • Rebecca Ansty (b 1867 – wife)
      • John G. Ansty (b 1902 – son)
      • Annie Ansty (b 1904 – daughter)
      • Addie B. Ansty (b 1913 – daughter)
    • George Ansty (b 1878 – Head)
      • Elizabeth Ansty (b 1880 – wife)
      • Susannah (b 1843 – mother and widow)
      • William Ansty (b 1903 – son)
      • Thomas Ansty (b 1906 – son)
      • Garfield Ansty (b 1909 – son)
      • Annie Ansty (b 1912 – daughter)
    • James Ansty (b 1871 Head)
      • Elizabeth Ansty (b 1876 – wife)
      • Edwin Ansty (b 1899 – son)
      • Maggie Ansty (b 1901 – daughter)
      • Ester Ansty (b 1902 – daughter)
      • Nora Ansty (b 1907 – daughter)
      • Earnest Ansty (b 1909 – son)
      • Lily B. Ansty (b 1911 – daughter)
      • Charles Ansty (b 1921 – son)

Samuel Anstey (b 1767?? Weymouth??)

Samuel Anstey may have been born in 1767 in Weymouth, but it is equally (or more) likely that he sailed to Garnish from Weymouth. He likely married Ann and likely had children:

  • Ann Anstey (b 4 September 1789 Garnish, married Charles Aaron Grandy)
  • Charles Anstey (b 1790? England? – see below);
  • Samuel Anstey (b c1800? – see below); and
  • William Anstey (b 1804 Garnish – see below)

Our major problem with Samuel Anstey is that we have no evidence of his existence in Garnish (or indeed Weymouth) – anybody who can provide any such documentation please contact us at

Charles Anstey (b 1790? England?)

We have unsourced reports that Charles Anstey was born in 1790 to father Samuel Anstey – see above. According to his son’s death certificate, he was born in England. Charles Anstey had a son in Fortune:

Charles Anstey (father) apparently died in 1845 in Fortune – we seek formal confirmation of this.

Samuel Anstey (b c1800?)

Samuel Anstey was likely son of Samuel Anstey. He was Methodist, marrying Elizabeth Banfield and they had children:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1827 Fortune – see below);
  • Priscilla Anstey (b c1832, married John Major on 9 November 1853 in Fortune – she had died by 1908);
  • George Anstey (b 1837 Fortune – though some informal sources incorrectly? have him born in Weymouth. He was a fisherman when he first married Amelia Bennett on 1 October 1860 in Fortune, having children Samuel George Anstey (b 7 September 1863, died 1877 – not to be confused with Samuel Anstey (b c1861) per below); John Aaron Anstey (b 1866, died 1878); and Charles William Anstey (b 1870, died 1876). He was a carpenter and a “widower” when he married Eliza A. Brinstone [Brinston] on 10 November 1885 in Halifax. In the 1901 Census they were living in Halifax, Nova Scotia together with an adopted daughter Millie Lake (b 1882, married A. Wilson). George Anstey died in Halifax on 12 April 1908, a “70 year old carpenter” – the ‘Evening Mail‘ on 13 April 1908 reporting “The death occurred yesterday morning of George Anstey, a well known and much respected citizen of the north end. Mr. Anstey was in his usual robust health Saturday morning, and was stricken with apoplexy while near his own door on his way home from work. He was carried in to his house, but only lived a few hours. Mr. Anstey was for many years a shipwright in the dockyard. And since the closing of the yard has been in the employ of the I.C.R. Mr. Anstey leaves a widow and an adopted daughter, Mrs. A. Wilson, of Liscombe, one sister, Mrs.Lake, who resides in Sydney, and a brother in New York, The funeral will take place from his late residence, 63 East Young street, on tuesday.“. His widow Eliza Anstey was living in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the 1911 Canadian Census – she died later that year on 2 July 1911 of pleurisy, living at 63 East Young Street, Halifax, a “73 year old widow“);
  • Aaron Anstey (b 1839, died 1876);
  • Rebecca Anstey (b 11 October 1841 Grand Beach, Burin, died by 1908);
  • Samuel W. Anstey (b 1844 – see below);
  • John Anstey (b 4 April 1846 Grand Beach, Burin, died by 1908); and
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 5 May 1849 Grand Beach Burin, married William Lake on 22 June 1870 in Fortune, residing in Sydney in 1908)

William Anstey (b 1804 Garnish)

William Anstey, likely son of Samuel Anstey, was born in 1804 in Garnish, Burin and can be considered to be the patriarch of those Ansteys who remained in Garnish in the early 21st century. He married Rebecca Anderson on 12 October 1829 in Fortune Bay (he was Methodist and living in Garnish at the time of the marriage). They had children in Garnish/Fortune:

  • John Anstey (b 1830 – see below);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1834 – see below);
  • Victoria Elizabeth Anstey (b 1835, married William James Thomas Banfield in 1857);
  • Elias Anstey (b 1841 – see below);
  • Phoebe Anstey (b 1843, married George Banfield in 1864 in Harbour Breton and died in 1919);
  • Grace Anstey (b 1848);
  • William Anstey (b 1853 – see below); and
  • Henry Anstey? (b 1854)

William Anstey (father) died on 27 April 1857 in Garnish, Fortune Bay, Burin Peninsula.

Thomas Anstey (b 1827 Fortune)

Thomas Anstey, born 1827 in Fortune to father Samuel Anstey, married Esther Fudge (b 1842) on 15 February 1860 at Petites and they had children in Fortune:

  • Samuel Anstey (b c1861 – see below)
  • Julia Ann Anstey (b 24 June 1865);
  • Amos William Anstey (b 8 August 1867, known as William. He married Maria Thornhill in 1894 having children Amelia Anstey (b 1895, married Harry Charles Hiscock in 1919 in Halifax); Charles Anstey (b 1903); and another child. Maria must have died because Amos William Anstey later married Annie Gillard [Mathews?] (b 1878, probably a widow), having further children Esther Anstey (b 1910, married George Warren); Susan Anstey (b 1913); Wilson Anstey (b 1916); Wallace William Anstey (b 1919, became a sailor with the Royal Navy. He died in 1992, buried at the Grand Bank New Salvation Army Cemetery); Sarah C. Anstey (b 1919, died of influenza in 1939, buried with her brother Wallace); and James Anstey (b 1921, known as Jimmy). In c1911 the family were living at Grand Bank. In the 1921 Newfoundland Census the family was living at Grand Bank together with Annie‘s son Charles H. Matthews (b 1899) presumably from a previous relationship – William was a fisherman. By the 1935 Census Annie Anstey was widowed, living with her three youngest sons in Grand Bank – she was still in Grand Bank in 1945);
  • Ann Elizabeth Anstey (b 30 September 1869);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 21 January 1872 Fortune, in c1911 he was likely living in Grand Bank. In the 1921 Newfoundland Census he was a widower living in Grand Bank with his daughter Susie Anstey (b 1903, died on 2 June 1924 in Fortune of “kidney trouble“) – he was a Methodist and a cod fisherman. In the 1935 Census he was still in Grand Bank, living with his daughter Carrie Anstey (b 1899, married William Harris by 1935 – may also have married Simon Witherall in 1921));
  • George Charles Ansty (b 31 December 1873);
  • Aaron Annesty (b 22 Oct 1877);
  • Milly Aquilla Annesty (b 10 Jun 1880);
  • Priscilla Snowden Annesty (b 24 May 1884); and
  • Esther Jane Annesty (b 11 October 1886, died an infant, the ‘Evening Telegram‘ reporting on 14 June 1888 “DIED: on April 27th of diphtheria, Esther Annesty aged 18 months“)

Thomas Anstey died on 13 December 1896 in Fortune. His widow Esther was likely living in Fortune in c1911 – she died in 1919.

John Anstey (b 1830 Fortune)

John Anstey was born on 28 October 1830 in Fortune to parents William Anstey and Rebecca Anderson. He married Elizabeth May Anderson on 29 September 1857 in Belleoram and they had children:

  • Mary Anstey (b 1858);
  • John William Anstey (b 22 March 1860 Garnish, married Edith Kirby and they had children in Garnish Estella Pauline Anstey (b 1892, married Arthur Gilpin Mullin in 1917 in Halifax and was living in Detroit, Michigan by 1930. She was living at 4610 Vancouver Avenue, Michigan in 1936 when her father visited her – see below); and​​ Archibald Kirby Anstey (b 1894 – an Anstey Hero). In c1896 John Anstey was a fisherman in Garnish. In 1914 the family were living at 280 Agricola Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia – they were still living there in 1923. Edith Ansty (wife) died in 1929, buried at St. John’s Cemetery and Columbarium, Halifax. In the 1930s John Anstey frequently visited his daughter Estella in Detroit, America – for example in 1936 according to ‘Michigan, Detroit Passenger Lists‘, “John William Anstey, born Garnish, Newfoundland, aged 76, living at 38 Hunter, Halifax, spending winters in Detroit Michigan since 1931 accompanied by his daughter Mrs Estella Mullin with a nephew Levi Banfield [son of his sister Adelaide Anstey per below] living at 280 Agricola, Halifax in his absence arrived on 10 October 1936“. John Ansty was buried at St. John’s Cemetery and Columbarium, Halifax in 1940 [Note: the ‘Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952‘ database incorrectly states “John W. Anstey born 22 March 1860 Newfoundland died 20 April 1940 a widower in Detroit to parents William Anstey and Anna” – even though the parents names are incorrect, John W. Anstey presumably died in Detroit and was then buried in Halifax in the family grave]);
  • George Anstey (b 7 May 1865, married first Elizabeth West and they had children in Garnish, Albert Anstey (b 27 October 1890, married Annie Thorne (b 1893, daughter of Thomas Thorne) on 31 October 1914 in Grand Bank, having children William Anstey (b 1915); Lizzie Anstey (b 1916); Carrie Anstey (b 1918); and Rose Anstey (b 1920). In c1911 Albert was living in Grand Bank. Albert Anstey must have died in c1920 because in the 1921 Newfoundland Census his widow Annie Anstey was living in Grand Bank with her children and ‘Thorne‘ parents); Thomas Anstey (b 3 September 1893); and William John Anstey (b 20 June 1896). Elizabeth must have died because George then married Rebecca Banfield (b 1867) and they had children in Garnish John James Anstey (b 1902);​​ Charlotte Ann Anstey (b 1903, known as Annie); Stella Jane Anstey (b 1908, died 1913); Elizabeth Mary Anstey (b 1910, died 1916); and Adelaide Belle Anstey (b 1913, known as Addie). In c1911 the family were living in Garnish and in the 1921 Newfoundland Census the family were still living in Garnish);
  • Adelaide Anstey (b 11 September 1866, married Samuel Banfield in 1888 in Garnish. Amongst other children they had a son Levi Banfield (b 1893 Garnish) who was living at 280 Agricola Street, Halifax in 1936 with his uncle John William Anstey per above);
  • Charlotte Grace Anstey (b 16 September 1868);​​
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1868);
  • Rachel Jane Anstey (b 31 May 1872); and​​
  • Sarah Susannah Anstey (b 16 September 1875))

Charles Anesty (b 1832 Fortune Bay)

Per his death certificate we know that Charles Anesty was born on 9 January 1832 (some sources say 9 January 1834) to “father Charles Anesty” and that both of his parents were born in England. Charles Anesty himself was born in Fortune Bay.

Charles Anesty married Jane Jesty in c1858 and they had children in Petites/Codroy:

  • Mary Ann Ansty (b 20 June 1859, died young?);
  • Aaron Annesty (b 1860 Petites – see below);
  • Mary Ann Annesty (b 20 June 1862, married Robert Horne in 1891 in Sydney);
  • Charles W. Ansty (b c1863 Codroy – see below);
  • Lavinia Anesty (b 1866 Fortune, married George Salter Bedgood on 19 September 1885 at North Sydney, Cape Breton);
  • Salina Annesty (b 22 September 1867 Petites as ‘Hanesty’);
  • Margaret Anesty (b 18 June 1870 Petites as ‘Ansty’);
  • Hannah Amelia Anesty (b 8 August 1872 Petites); and
  • George Samuel Annesty (b 8 March 1874 (or 1875) Petites or Georges River, Cape Breton (sources differ) as ‘Ansty’, also known as Samuel George Ansty, married Cornelia “Carrie” F. Maugher [Major] in 1895 in North Sydney, Nova Scotia (parents confirmed as “Charles and Jane”), having children in North Sydney William Charles Annesty (b 1898 – an Anstey Hero); Winnie Annesty (b 1904, married Harold Gordon Cousins in Cape Breton in 1930); Frank Anesty (b 1905); and George Russell Annesty (b 1912, died an infant). In the 1911 Canada Census the family were living at North Victoria Cape Breton – they were Methodist. In 1915 they were living in North Sydney. A “Samuel Annesty” appears in a list of names in Stanleyville in the ‘Evening Telegram‘ newspaper on 5 February 1918. He was living in North Sydney in 1922 when his father died. George Samuel Annesty died on 21 April 1954 in North Sydney, buried at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney, Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia).

Jane Anstey (wife) died in c1876 and Charles Anesty moved to Cape Breton (in 1874 per his death certificate but probably more likely in c1876) and remarried Harriet Allen on 4 March 1877, having children in Cape Breton:

  • Charlotte Louise Annesty (b 11 February 1878 to “Charles and Harriet“, known as Lottie, married Harry MacNeil in 1901 in North Sydney, She died in 1956);
  • Henry [Harold] Alexander Annesty (b 27 May 1881 North Sydney, known as Harry, married Mary Evans on 30 May 1901 in North Sydney and had daughters Pearl Annesty (b c1901 died 10 September 1912 North Sydney); Marion Ellen Annesty (b 27 August 1903 North Sydney, married Harry Sidney Smith on 24 April 1928 in Nova Scotia); and Nellie Annesty (b 1907, married Albert Horton on 9 August 1928 in Nova Scotia). We cannot locate them in the 1911 Canada Census though presumably they were living in North Sydney. Harry died in 1946 in Sydney, Cape Breton); and
  • William Annesty (b 1885, died young?)

In the 1901 Census, Charles Anesty, a Presbyterian who “arrived in Cape Breton in 1875” was living in Cape Breton with his wife Harriet and two children from her, Lottie and Harry. We cannot locate Charles Anesty in the 1911 Canada Census.

Charles Anesty died on 29 June 1922 living at Pottle’s Lake, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was a widower aged “90 years, 5 months and 20 days“. His death certificate also states that he was born in Newfoundland; he had been a fisherman “all his life“; that he had been at Pottle’s Lake for 48 years; and the informant was “George Anesty of North Sydney, Nova Scotia, his son

Charles Anesty was buried on 1 July 1922 at Lakeside.

Samuel Anstey (b 1834 Garnish)

Samuel Anstey was born in 1834 in Garnish to parents William Anstey and Rebecca Anderson. He married Susannah Walters on 29 September 1862 in Harbour Breton, Fortune Bay (at the time he was a fisherman living in Garnish and Church of England by religion). They had children in Garnish:

  • Charles Anstey (b 22 May 1864);
  • Phoebe Anstey (b 1866);
  • Elizabeth Anne Anstey (b 15 June 1868);
  • Grace Anstey (b 22 May 1870);
  • Rebecca Anstey (b 31 May 1872);
  • William Anstey (b 26 October 1873, died 6 December 1894 in Garnish);
  • Elias Anstey (b 2 August 1875, died 6 December 1895 in Garnish of “inflammation aged 19“);
  • George Thomas Anstey (b 24 June 1877 (or 1878), married Elizabeth B. Newport in 1902 in Garnish, having children William Elias Anstey (b 1902, married Miriam J. He died 1989 buried at the Salvation Army New Cemetery in Garnish gravestone inscription “ANSTEY Mother Miriam J 1906-1978 Father William E. 1902-1989“); Thomas George Anstey (b 1906); Garfield Anstey (b 1909); and Annie Ansty (b 1912). In c1911 they were living in Garnish and in the 1921 Newfoundland Census they were still living in Garnish with George‘s widowed mother Susannah. George Anstey died 11 February 1958 “aged 80“, buried at the Salvation Army Cemetery in Garnish); and
  • Harriet Anstey (b 25 July 1880).

Samuel Anstey had died by the 1921 Newfoundland Census; his widow Susannah was living with her son George Anstey and his family in Garnish.

Elias Anstey (b 1841 Garnish)

Elias Anstey, known as Eli, was born in 1841 (some sources say 1847) in Garnish to parents William Anstey and Rebecca Anderson. He married Ann Mary Banfield (b 1841, known as Annie) on 26 September 1869 in Bay L’Argent, Garnish having children in Garnish:

  • Esther Anstey (b 1869. The ‘Evening Telegram‘ on 7 April 1888 reported “MARRIED. At the residence of Mr. Richard Grandy. brother-in-law of the bridegroom, Garnish, Fortune Bay, Apr 2nd, by the Rev. W. J. Bartlett, Mr. Charles A. Grandy fourth son of the late Stephen Grandy, to Esther, only daughter of Mr. Eli Anstey, of Garnish“); and
  • William James Anstey (b 10 September 1872, known as James. He married Elizabeth Jane Retief in 1895 in Three Rock Cove and they had children in Garnish Edwin Garfield Anstey (b 1899) Margaret Mahala Anstey (b 1901, known as Maggie); Ester Ann Anstey (b 1902); Nora Lorena Anstey (b 1907); Ernest Cephas Anstey (b 1909, married Winnifred. He died in 1986 buried with his wife at the Salvation Army Cemetery in Garnish); Lily B. Anstey (b 1912); and Charles Anstey (b 1921). In c1911 the family were living in Garnish. In the 1921 Newfoundland Census they were living in Garnish. James Anstey died on 6 July 1956, buried in Garnish).

In the ‘Evening Telegram‘ 3 January 1907 appears “Messrs. Cyrus Newport, Garnish, and Stephen Bond, Frenchman’s Cove, to be members of the Methodist Board of Education for Garnish, in place of Messrs. Eli Anstey, retired, and Thos. Bond, deceased“. In c1911 the family were living in Garnish. In the 1921 Newfoundland Census Eli and his wife Annie were living in Garnish with a grandson Thomas Noseworthy. Eli died on 11 December 1927 in Garnish.

Samuel W. Anstey (b 1844 Fortune)

Samuel W. Anstey was born in February 1844 in Fortune (some sources say c1848 in Nova Scotia and yet others say 21 June 1849 in Halifax) to father Samuel Anstey. He was a carpenter who married Elizabeth Ann Hollet (b October 1848), known as Eliza (some sources say Ellen, and yet other sources say her name was Elizabeth Kelly/Kale – see below), in 1872 and they had children at Fortune and later Young Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia:

  • Matilda Ann Anstey (b 20 March 1873 Fortune);
  • Charles Wallace Anstey (b 1875 Halifax, died 10 September 1876);
  • Archibald Douglas Anstey (b 29 June 1876 Halifax. He was naturalised as an American in 1900, whilst a draughtsman living at 85 Hunter Avenue, Queens and in the same year he married Levina [Alvina Priscilla?] Russell in Hudson, New Jersey . They had children in New York Stewart Russell Anstey (b 1904, known as Russell – married Frances Ruth Nutt in 1929 in Queen’s, New York); Gertrude Anstey (b 28 September 1909); Amelia Anstey (b 1914); and Archibald Douglas Anstey Junior (b 1922). We cannot locate this family in the 1910 American Census. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Archibald noted that he was living at Montvale, Bergen, New Jersey; that he was a superintendent; and that his nearest relative was his wife Levina. In the 1920 Census the family was living at Bergen New Jersey where Archibald was a superintendent (in that census he confirmed that the family arrived in America in 1887 and he was naturalised as an American in 1900). He was living in Montvale, New Jersey, America in 1924, Bergen New Jersey in 1932 and still alive in 1949. Levina died in 1938, buried at Pascack Cemetery Park Ridge, Bergen County, New Jersey and Archibald died in February 1965 in Volusia County, Florida);
  • Maria Eliza Anstey (b 6 August 1881 Halifax, living with her parents in 1900 – her birth was not formally registered until 1949); and
  • Charles Wellington Anstey (b 3 September 1883 Halifax (some sources say 1882), living with his parents in 1900. He married Alice F. Grogan in June 1905 in King’s, New York. They had a daughter Gladys Mabel Anstey (b 1908). We cannot locate this family in the 1910 American Census but in the 1915 & 1920 censuses they were living at Queens, New York with Alice‘s mother Isabel Grogan – he was a draftsman. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Charles wrote that he was a draftsman living in Queen’s New York, and an American citizen “because his father had become naturalised as an American while he [Charles] was a child” – his nearest relative was his wife Alice. Charles died on 24 July 1936, a “married draftsman“, living at 34-11 29th. St. Brooklyn, New York – buried at Flushing Cemetery – his birth was not formally registered until 1932).
  • possibly three other children

[Note: it is feasible that Samuel also had a son in Cheltenham in 1870, namely William Samuel Smith Anstey – see that page for more]

In 1881 Samuel was a carpenter living at 5 Needham Street, Halifax – ditto 1883. In 1897 Samuel Anstey applied for naturalisation, and he was granted citizenship of America in 1900 (at which time he stated he was born 21 June 1849 in Halifax; that he first arrived in Boston, America in July 1887; that he was “late of Halifax, Nova Scotia“; that he was currently living at Hunter Avenue, 1st Ward Queen’s New York; and that he was a carpenter).

In the 1900 Census the family was living at 117 Hunter Avenue, Queen’s New York, where they stated they had 8 children of whom 4 were still living. According to the 1900 & 1910 American censuses, the family emigrated to America in 1888. In 1910 Samuel and Elizabeth were living in Queen’s Ward 2, New York where Samuel was a ship carpenter. In 1924 Samuel was living at 459 Fourth Avenue, Astoria, New York.

We believe that Samuel Anstey died on 23 February 1926 in Manhattan New York, buried at St Michael’s Cemetery (he was certainly alive in 1908), though see Research Note below.

[Research Note: Per the ‘New York City Municipal Deaths‘ database, at the time of his death Samuel was living at Cottage Point L. I., a “single labourer born c1848 Nova Scotia to parents Samuel Anstey and Elizabeth Kelly” – even though there is much inconsistency in this entry, we believe it is the correct ‘Samuel Anstey’. Also supporting this is the fact that his brother George Anstey in his obituary stated that he had a “brother in New York” – see above. However we could be wrong here because on 25 March 1918 in Queen’s “Samuel Anstey, born 1861, son of Samuel Anstey and Elizabeth Kale” married Emma Martin (b 1888). It is possible we are mixing up this Samuel with Samuel Anstey (b 1861), though we have absolutely no evidence he ever went to New York and we don’t think we are incorrect.

Anybody who can enlighten us in this matter, please contact us at]

William Anstey (b 1853 Garnish)

William Anstey was born on 31 January 1853 in Garnish to parents William Anstey and Rebecca Anderson. He married Jane Banfield on 11 November 1875 in Harbour Breton, they were both “servants in Garnish” at the time. They had children in Garnish:

  • Beatrice Anne Anstey (b 1876, died young?);
  • Charles William Anstey (b 1877 – see below);
  • Elias M. Anstey (b 27 July 1879, known as Eli. He married Martha Jane Newport in 1902 in Garnish and they had two children Lucretia [A.?] Louie Anstey (b 1902 or 1906, married Donald Wilson Tibbo and died in 1989, buried at United Church Cemetery, Grand Bank, Burin); and Martha Beatrice Anstey (b 1912). In c1911 the family were living in Garnish and in the 1921 Newfoundland Census the family was living in Garnish. Eli Anstey died on 12 July 1954, buried at United Cemetery, Garnish – gravestone inscription “In Loving Memory of Eli beloved husband of Martha Anstey died July 12 1954 aged 75 years“. His widow Martha died on 1 December 1975 “aged 94 years, beloved wife of Eli Anstey“, also buried at United Cemetery, Garnish);​
  • Beatrice Ann Anstey (b 26 October 1881, married Joseph Grandy on 13 December 1900 in Garnish);
  • Phoebe Susannah Anstey (b 3 September 1883, married Philip Grandy on 12 March 1904 in Garnish);
  • Samuel Banfield Anstey (b 4 November 1885, married Henrietta [Rheta Temple] Latham on 17 February 1911 in St John, New Brunswick having at least one son Percy Banfield Anstey (b 1920 St John, who married Grace Ellen Kinney in 1946 in Fairville, St John));
  • Amos Anstey (b 21 August 1888, married Phoebe Evans in Grand Bank in 1910 and then he died on 17 September 1911 at Grand Bank “drowned fishing age 23“);
  • Jessie F. Anstey (b 18 August 1891, married George R. Marsh on 8 June 1911 in Garnish); and
  • Angus Anstey (b 16 August 1895).

It is likely this ‘William Ansty‘ who is mentioned in the ‘Journal of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland‘ in 1878 as having presented a petition to the House regarding Frenchman’s Cove and Garnish, Fortune Bay.

William Anstey probably died in 1935 – if so he would have been living in Garnish in c1911 – we cannot locate him in the 1921 Newfoundland Census.

Aaron Annesty (b 1860 Petites)

Aaron Annesty was born in 10 June 1860 Petites to parents Charles Anesty and Jane Jesty. He married Louise Allan (as ‘Annesty’) on 2 April 1885 in North Sydney and had children in North Sydney:

  • Amos Annesty (b 24 January 1885, married Alice Stone in December 1909 in Cape Breton, where they were living in the 1911 Canada Census . He died before 1956, living in Fitchburg Massachusetts);
  • Lillian “Lillie” May Annesty (b 29 April 1887, married Rudolph Smith, alive in 1956);
  • Charles Annesty (b 1 September 1891, living in Cape Breton in the 1911 Canada Census. Alive in 1956);
  • Leonard Annesty (b 1893 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Ernest Annesty (b 8 January 1896 (or 8 February 1899 – sources differ), living in Cape Breton in the 1911 Canada Census. He married Effie Maude Hooper on 24 August 1926 in Sydney. They had a son Freeman Annesty (b 1935 who died when a car he was in collided with an auto truck in North Sydney in July 1942). Ernest was a carpenter by trade and he died on 4 March 1940 living at Regent Street North Sydney – his brother Gordon Annesty reported the death. He was buried at Lakeside North Sydney on 7 March 1940);
  • Minnie Louise Annesty (b 8 December 1897, living in Cape Breton in the 1911 Canada Census. She married Mr Jabez Cann and died June 1956 in North Sydney – see below);
  • Ida Jane Annesty (b 12 Feb 1901, living in Cape Breton in the 1911 Canada Census. She married Henry Brown, alive in 1956);
  • Annie Annesty (b c1901, living in Cape Breton in the 1911 Canada Census); and
  • Gordon Annesty (b 1905, living in Cape Breton in the 1911 Canada Census. He married Clara Jessome on 22 May 1929 in Nova Scotia. He was living at Regent Street North Sydney in 1940 and he was still alive in 1956)

In the 1911 Canada Census the family were living at Musgrave Street, North Sydney in Nova Scotia where Aaron was a fisherman and a “baptist” by religion (bizarrely some of his children were noted as Presbyterian in the same census). The ‘Sydney Post Record‘ on 8 June 1956 reported “MRS JABEZ CANN DIES IN HOSPITAL North Sydney – One of the Northside District’s best known and esteemed residents, Mrs Jabez Cann, 56, of Centreville, passed away in the local St Elizabeth Hospital on Thursday afternoon and news of her death will be learned of with deep and profound regret by many friends throughout this district and elsewhere. The deceased had been ill, and in hospital, only one week, with her sudden death coming as a shock to her family and many friends. The former Minnie Louise Annesty, she was born in North Sydney and was a daughter of Mrs Louise Annesty, town, and the late Aaron Annesty. She was the wife of Jabez Cann, who for many years was Chief Engineer on icebreakers and other government owned boats, including the Montcalm, Saurel and N. B. MacLean and who is well known in marine circles. A member of St Matthew-Wesley United church, she is survived by her husband and two daughters. The daughters are Jean (Mrs George Hiscock), town and Dorothy (Mrs Percy Rafuse), Coxheath. Also surviving are her mother, here, two sisters and three brothers and three grandchildren. The sisters are Ida (Mrs Henry Brown), here and Lillian (Mrs Rudolph Smith), of Fitchburg, Mass, who arrived here yesterday afternoon, while the brothers are Leonard, of Sydney, and Charles and Gordon, both residing here. Two other brothers, Ernest of North Sydney, and Amos of Fitchburg, Mass. predeceased her. The remains of the late Mrs Cann are now resting at the family residence at Centreville. Funeral arrangements are to be announced today by the Charles E Fillmore Funeral Home.“.

Aaron Annesty died on 13 February 1948 at North Sydney, Cape Breton, a “retired fisherman“.

Samuel Anstey (b c1861 Grand Bank)

Samuel Anstey was born c1861 in Grand Bank to parents Thomas Anstey and Esther Fudge (not to be confused with Samuel George Anstey (b1863) per above).

[Note: we say born c1861 because various sources give conflicting information – for example his death certificate says he was 85 at death (ie born c1861) whereas his gravestone states he was born in 1857 – see below]

Samuel was “of Fortune” when he married Elizabeth Mary (or Elizabeth Ann) Warren (b 1869) on 13 October 1887 in Grand Bank. They had children in Grand Bank:

  • Aaron Warren Anstey (b 8 August 1888 (or 1885 per his gravestone). He married Jenny (Jane) Hynes on 11 November 1909 in Grand Bank and they had children Laura Anstey (b 1910); Mary Anstey (b 1913); Bessie Anstey (b 1914); and Edward S. Annesty (b 1914 as ‘Anstey’, married Arvilla Katherine Simpson in 1940 in Queens County, Nova Scotia. He died in 1948, buried at North Brookfield Cemetery North Brookfield, Queens County, Nova Scotia with gravestone inscription “ANNESTY In Loving Memory Edward S. 1914 – 1948 His wife Arvilla K.“). In c1911 the family were living in Grand Bank. Jane (wife) must have died soon after because in the 1921 Newfoundland Census Aaron was living at Grand Bank with a new wife Lizzie (b 1899) and his children. He died on 1 June 1978 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, by now spelling his name ‘Anisty‘ and married to Florence E. Westhaver, buried at Trinity Anglican Cemetery Liverpool, Queens County – gravestone inscription “In Loving Memory of Florence E. (1888-1947) wife of Aaron Anisty (1885-1978) ANISTY“);
  • Laura Anstey (b 22 November 1890 – a twin. She married Henry Allen in c1908 and died in 1947);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 22 November 1890 – a twin, in c1911 he was likely living in Grand Bank. He died on 6 May 1916 “lost at sea“);
  • George Edward Warren Anstey (b 6 May 1892, in c1911 he was likely living in Grand Bank. He became a Captain and married Ethel Edgecombe, having at least one son Captain Gerald Warren Anstey of St. John’s Newfoundland. He died in 1980);
  • Albert Warren Anstey (b 18 October 1895, died an infant);
  • James Warren Anstey (b 18 October 1895, died an infant);
  • Henry James Anstey (b 27 July 1897, a fisherman and Salvation Army, in c1911 he was living in Grand Bank. He married Laura Crann on 3 August 1918 in Grand Bank, having children Thomas Anstey (b 15 November 1918, became a Captain – has Anstey descendants alive today); Herman Anstey (b 1920, died an infant); Evangeline Grace Martin Anstey (b 16 March 1922, known as Eva); Eric Alfred Anstey (b 1924, died 1925); and Laura Frampton Anstey (b 1926). In the 1921 Census the family were living in Grand Bank. Henry James Anstey died 7 June 1926 in Grand Bank of tuberculosis);
  • John Benjamin Ansty (b 1899, known as John Ben, in c1911 he was likely living in Grand Bank. He died of “heart failure” on 19 November 1918 at Pushthrough, buried at Grand Bank Salvation Army Cemetery (Old));
  • Charles W. Anstey (b 1 February 1903, known as Charlie, in c1911 he was living in Grand Bank and living with his father in 1921. He died in 1974); and
  • Samuel George Anstey (b 24 December 1911, in c1911 he was living in Grand Bank and living with his father in 1921. He married Fronie Alfreda Legge in 1933 – they were living with their many children in Grand Bank in 1945. He died on 27 December 1977 in Halifax)

In c1911 the family were living in Grand Bank. By the 1921 Newfoundland Census Elizabeth (wife) had died and Samuel Anstey (widower) was living with his two youngest sons in Grand Bank. Samuel Anstey remarried Caroline Hynes (b 1879 – related to his daughter in law Jenny Hynes per above?) at some point soon after this, probably having another child

  • John Benjamin Anstey (b 7 February 1923 Grand Bank)

Samuel died in Grand Bank Burin on 23 June 1946 “of cerebral haemorrhage a fisherman aged 85” (per his death certificate) – he was Salvation Army by religion. He was buried at Grand Bank New Salvation Army Cemetery Grand Bank, Burin Peninsula gravestone inscription “ANSTEY Samuel 1857-1946 Caroline 1877-1970 We Shall Meet Again

[Note: see Samuel W. Anstey (b 1844) for another possible marriage for Samuel]

Charles W. Ansty (b c1863 Codroy)

Charles W. Ansty was born in c1863 in Codroy near Petites to parents Charles Anesty and Jane Jesty. He married Ada M. Andrews (as ‘Anesty’) on 18 October 1887 at Sydney Mines, Cape Bretton and they had a daughter:

  • Rita May Annesty (b 1887 North Sydney, living with her grandparents Thomas and Mary Andrews in Cape Breton in the 1901 Census. She married Henry M. Gallop on 12 November 1904 at North Sydney).

Ada Annesty (wife) died on 4 December 1888, so Charles W. Ansty moved to Massachusetts in America and married Delia Burke (b 1867 Ireland) on 20 January 1891 – at the time both of them were living in Boston (the marriage record indicates that Charles was a “rigger, born Codroy Newfoundland to parents Charles and Jane” – Delia was a waitress born in Ireland). They had children in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • John Paul Ansty (b 11 May 1892, died 1894 of pneumonia)
  • Mary J. Ansty (b 1894, living with family in the 1910 American Census);
  • William Thomas Ansty (b 28 August 1895, in the 1900 Census bizarrely he is referred to as ‘Charlie W. Ansty born August 1895‘, but by the 1910 American Census he is referred to as ‘William Ansty‘ (in fact he appears twice in that census, once in Boston Ward 17 Massachusetts with his family and once as ‘William V [T] Ansty‘ living with his aunts in Chicopee Ward 1, Massachusetts). In the Draft Registration for World War One, ‘William T. Ansty‘ noted that he was single; living at 36 West Chicopee, Hampden; that he was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts; and that he was a ‘billing clerk’ with no previous military experience. He did actually sign up for service on 4 September 1918, two months before World War One ended; he was discharged just over three months later on 23 December 1918. His Discharge Card notes “ANSTY William Thomas Sgt Enl Det Q. M. C. 21 Walton Street Chicopee, Mass born 28 August 1895” [QuarterMaster Corps?]. By the 1920 Census he was ‘William T. Ansty‘ living in Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts with his aunts Mary E. Lynch and Margaret Burns, both widows of Ireland (presumably sisters to Delia Burke – his father was confirmed as ‘Canadian’ and his mother ‘Irish’ – he was a stenographer). He married Alice Frances Meagher in 1926 and by the 1940 Census he was living with his wife Alice, four sons and a daughter in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. William Anstey died on 23 November 1980 in Springfield – his widow died there on 13 February 1984);
  • Paul John Ansty (b 13 January 1897 Boston – [Note: on one source the parents are written as “William and Mary“, but these names are crossed out and replaced by “Charles and Delia” – living at 38 Hampden Street]. He was living with family in the 1910 American Census. Paul joined the Marines Corps on 23 October 1917 as a Private. In February 1918 he was “on Marine Detachment USS Pueblo, joined by transfer from Company ‘G’ MB Paris Island SC” [Note: USS Pueblo during World War One was a “flagship of the Scouting Force patrolled the South Atlantic, protecting shipping, paying diplomatic calls to South American ports, and preventing the sailing of German and Austrian ships interned at Bahia, Brazil. Pueblo returned to Norfolk, Virginia on 18 January 1918, and from 5 February – 16 October, made seven voyages to escort convoys carrying men and supplies to England. After carrying the Brazilian ambassador to the United States to Rio de Janeiro, she returned to transatlantic duty, making six voyages between Hoboken and Brest, France, to bring home veterans of the American Expeditionary Force” – he was still on ‘USS Pueblo’ in both April and May 1918. In September 1918 he was “on furlough” whilst the ship was at ‘Marine Detachment Receiving Ship Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts’. He was discharged on 31 January 1919 “3 Feb Jd Fr MB Quantico Va for inactive duty. 31 Jan transferred to inactive list MCR auth MGC. Address 113 Hampden Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts. In September 1919 he was still officially “on inactive duty, address 113 Hampden Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts“. After this he slips completely off our radar until we find Paul J. Ansty dying in Laurens, Georgia in 1973, buried at Mount Wollaston Cemetery Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts with inscription “Paul. J. Ansty MASSACHUSETTS CPL US MARINE CORPS WORLD WAR I Jan 13 1897 – Sep 9 1973“);
  • James P. Ansty (b 1899, died 1900 of pulmonary tuberculosis);
  • Anna Elizabeth Ansty (b 1901, living with family in the 1910 American Census. She married Thomas Emmett Bermingham on 20 July 1919 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts and died in 1961 buried at Mount Benedict Cemetery West Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts);
  • Helen [Ellen] Ansty (b 1902, living with family in the 1910 American Census); and
  • Margaret Mary Ansty (b 1903, living with family in the 1910 American Census)

In 1900 the family were living at 38 Hampton Street, Boston; the 1910 Census further confirms that Charles was a “teamster“. By 1903 they were living at 32 Yeoman Street, Boston. By the 1910 American Census the family were living at Boston Ward 17, Suffolk, Massachusetts, where Charles W. Ansty was a “rigger” for a safe moving company.

Charles William Anstey (b 1877 Garnish)

Charles William Anstey was born on 1 June 1877 to parents William Anstey and Jane Banfield. He married Sylvia Ann Cluett (only daughter of Thomas Cluett) in 1901 and they had children:

  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1900?);
  • Ethel Anstey (b 1901);
  • Henrietta Anstey (b 1903);
  • Tryphena Anstey (b 1905);
  • Bertha Anstey (b 1908, married Thomas Richard Grandy in c1934, having dated him for ten years previously. She was pregnant with their first child when he died on the ‘Partanna‘ in 1936 – see below);
  • Jane Ansty (b 1909); and​
  • William George Anstey (b 1915, died 1917 buried in Garnish gravestone inscription “Loving Memory of William George Anstey beloved son of Charles Wm and Sylvia Ann Anstey, died June 21 1917 aged 1 Year and 11 months – No More Pain“).

Charles William Anstey was a fisherman and later Captain of fishing boats including the ‘Partanna‘. For example the ‘Evening Telegram‘ on 22 November 1906 reported “The C. W. G., Charles Anstey, Garnish, leaves in a few days laden with general cargo by Bowring Bros.“. In c1911 the family were living in Garnish.

Sylvia (wife) died of “fever” in 1918, buried at Saint Giles Anglican (Old) Churchyard, Garnish, gravestone inscription “In Loving Memory of Sylvia Anne Beloved Wife of Chas W. Anstey Died Nov 14 1918 Aged 40 Years and 5 Months“. In 1918 Charles Wm Anstey was on the Church of England Educational Board in Garnish and in the 1921 Census Charles William Anstey (widower) was living with his family in Garnish. By the 1935 Census Charles William Anstey had married Abigail Brazil and was living with her and his stepdaughter in Garnish.

In 1930 Charles W. Anstey, by now an “experienced banking skipper” and fishing out of Grand Bank, became Captain of the ‘Partanna‘, a 144-foot-long, 172-gross ton, 11-dory, banking schooner. In 1934 he enjoyed “his best year when he landed 3,988 quintals of fish” with the ‘Partanna‘. Then on Monday 16 March 1936 Captain Charles W. Anstey, together with 24 other crew, including his son-in-law Thomas Richard Grandy and three nephews, set sail on the ‘Partanna‘ together with seven other schooners, bound for the Grand Banks. By 10 April 1936, most of them had returned with good catches of cod, but there was no sign of the ‘Partanna‘. Aaron Buffet, a Garnish resident wrote in his diary on 24 April 1936 “The Partanna is now 39 days out on a fishing trip (frozen baiting) and much anxiety is felt for the safety of the crew of 25” – then on 30 April 1936 he wrote “Reports of the Partanna arrived today. A dory was picked up in St. Mary’s Bay. All now give up the vessel as lost.” A 5 May 1936 article in the ‘Montreal Gazette‘ concluded by stating “Three dories, two smashed in by heavy seas, an anchor buoy and trawl flags, all bearing the name of the big banker, have been picked up along the coastline near Trepassey.” Precisely what happened to the ‘Partanna‘ remains a mystery.

According to Melvin Grandy, “The 10 men lost on the Partanna [from Garnish] was the worst single tragedy ever experienced by our town [Garnish]; there were so many houses with the blinds pulled down.

Further Details on the Garnish, Fortune Bay Ansteys

#1. The ‘Evening Telegram‘ on 9 May 1905 reported “Explosion on Fishing Boat: Two Men Severely Burnt. Grand Bank Today: The fishing boat Jessie, of Garnish, Anstey master, arrived here last night in a sinking condition. The stern of the vessel is badly wrecked by a powder explosion in the cabin. One man named Legge was severely, Captain also, but less so. The vessel is now full of water.” – this is probably Charles William Anstey.

#2. The ‘Evening Telegram‘ 16 September 1902 edition states “TWO young Newfoundlanders, named Annesty and Pride, were yesterday sentenced to six weeks in goal for stealing coal from the International pier yard.

#3. There was a ship called ‘Anstey Castle‘ which arrived from St John’s New Brunswick into Bristol on 16 June 1829 – we have no further details

#4. There is a Fred Annesty (b 1876) – Victoria Ontario in the 1911 Canada Census. According to the Census he was a ‘domestic labourer on a farm‘ born in November 1876 in England and arriving in Canada in 1881.

#5. There is an Esther Anstey (b 1901 Grand Bank) working as a servant in Grand Bank in the 1921 Newfoundland Census – she is almost certainly a Garnish Anstey, though we cannot place her.

#6. There is an Albert Anstey (b 1907 Garnish) who by the 1921 Newfoundland Census had been adopted by the ‘Miles‘ family and was living with them at Frenchman’s Cove, Burin

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