The Tywardreath Ansteys

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

Overview of the Tywardreath Ansteys

The Tywardreath Ansteys of Cornwall are a sub-branch of Broadclyst Ansteys, who themselves are a sub-branch of the Tiverton Ansteys, and thus form part of the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree. Indeed the Tywardreath Ansteys were the first South West Peninsula Anstey family to settle in Cornwall (at least until 1893 which is the latest we hear of them in the parish).

The patriarch of the Tywardreath Ansteys is Samuel Anstey, who settled there in c1838.

Samuel Anstey (b 1807 Broadclyst)

Samuel Anstey was born in 1807 in Broadclyst, Devon to parents Thomas Anstey (a yeoman) and Thomasin. He married Ann Davis (b c1813 Probus, daughter of James Davis) in Probus in 1838, he was described at some point as “a yeoman of Menabilly Farm, Tywardreath, son of Thomas Anstey, yeoman”. After marriage, the couple returned to live in Tywardreath in Cornwall, having a large family with at least five sons, being:

  • Ann Anstey (b 1841, died very young);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1842, farmers son in Tywardreath in the 1861 Census and an unmarried farmer visiting Bodmin, Cornwall in the 1871 Census. He moved to Tregeagle, New South Wales, Australia, living with his brother Charles Anstey at Cedar Grove, Tregeagle in the 1901 Census. Thomas Anstey was buried at Rockwood Cemetery in Sydney, Australia in June 1914, the inscription on his headstone reading “eldest son of late Samuel Anstey of Menabilly, Cornwall, England” );
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1845, living in Tywardreath in 1871, an unmarried civil engineer, not to be confused with his first cousin Samuel Anstey born around the same time in Tiverton);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1848, known as ‘Annie‘, their only adult daughter, married her first cousin Thomas Ansteyof Lyncombe Hill, Bath” in January 1874 at Fowey near Tywardreath in Cornwall (per the ‘Cornish Telegraph‘ 29 January 1874 edition). Thomas Anstey was son of Thomas Anstey (b 1801 Broadclyst) – see the Broadclyst page for more on Annie);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1850 – an Australian Anstey pioneer);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1852, died an infant in 1853)
  • John Anstey (b 1854, he was a pupil at Abbey Street Boarding School in Penzance in 1871. Then in 1878 he boarded the ‘Garonne‘ ship to Sydney Australia, becoming an Australian Anstey pioneer. John Anstey settled in West Maitland, New South Wales, marrying Louisa M. J. Morris there in 1890. They had a son John Percy Morris Anstey (b 1892 – an Anstey Hero who died in 1916). Tragically John Anstey died in January 1892 in Maitland, the ‘New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945‘ confirming that his parents were Samuel Anstey and Ann. John Anstey was buried in East Maitland Cemetery (where his son was also later buried); his gravestone states “My Dear Husband John Anstey who was taken home on the 16th January 1892 aged 36“. His widow Louisa M. J. Anstey remarried Colin C. McKenzie in 1900 in Maitland);
  • Harry Anstey (b 1856, sometimes known as ‘Henry‘, he was a pupil at Abbey Street Boarding School in Penzance in 1871. In 1878 he obtained his ‘Masters and Mates Certificate‘ allowing him to be a seafarer “Harry ANSTEY – Fowey [near Tywardreath] – 18 Nov 1856 – Second mate – 4 Sep 1878.” By 1881 he was married)

In the 1851 Tywardreath Voting List, Samuel Anstey appears by qualification of “Menabilly in Tywardreath House and lands as occupier Menabilly Farm“. He was a renowned bull and cattle breeder, entering numerous local competitions which were reported widely in local newspapers from c1840 onwards. In the 1851 Census Samuel Anstey was described as a “Farmer of 360 acres employing 9 men 5 boys & 3 women“, living with his family as well as a ‘governess’ and numerous servants – they were clearly a well-to-do family. In an 1857 Administration Bond for his wife’s brother James Davis, he was referred to as “Samuel Anstey of Tywardreath in the County of Cornwall, Yeoman“. Samuel Anstey died in 1871 in Tywardreath, though his probate was not until 1878.

Charles Anstey (b 1850 Tywardreath)

Charles Anstey was born in 1850 in Tywardreath to parents Samuel Anstey and Ann. He was still living at the family farm, Menabilly Farm in Tywardreath, with his parents in the 1871 Census, occupation “farmers son“. By 1878 Charles had emigrated to Tregeagle in New South Wales, Australia, marrying Jane Raby in Sydney in 1887. They had children:

  • Muriel Faith Anstey (b 1889 Tregeagle, died unmarried in 1927, buried at Macquarie Park Cemetery with her parents – see below);
  • Charles Raby Anstey (b 1891 Tregeagle, an Anstey Hero);
  • Irene Anstey (b 1893 Tregeagle, married Arthur Farouhar Gomm in 1936 in Chatswood)

Members of the family lived in Tregeagle near Lismore from at least c1878 until 1920. Indeed, in an article in the ‘Northern Star (Lismore)‘ on 28 July 1920, it stated that “Mr Anstey had been the first settler in the district [of Tregeagle]… Mrs Anstey was the first trained nurse in the district” and that “Mr and Mrs C. Anstey, after a residence of 42 years in the district [ie arriving in 1878], have retired from active life to take up their residence in Sydney“. It also stated that “Mr Anstey was the cream of the earth…a Cornishman“.

In the 1901 Census, Charles Anstey and his family of a wife and three children were living at Cedar Grove, Tregeagle, together with Thomas Anstey (Charles‘ brother, born 1842 – see above).

Charles Ansteyof Tregeagle” was appointed to the Commission of the Peace for Lismore in 1908; he was also appointed a magistrate in the same year. In 1913 “Charles Anstey of Tregeagle” was appointed President of Mr Nesbitt’s Campaign.

Charles Anstey died in 1924 at Chatswood near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the ‘Northern Star (Lismore)‘ 8 October 1924 edition reported “LATE MR C. ANSTEY: The death of Mr Charles Anstey occurred at his residence at Chatswood on Saturday the 4th inst. Deceased was a well known figure on the Richmond. He sold his property at Tregeagle about five years ago and retired and went to live in Sydney. He leaves a widow and two daughters.” He was buried in Macquarie Park Cemetery (Section G Row 8 Number 37/38) with gravestone inscription “b. Cornwall, England, 1 Sep 1850“. His widow Jane Anstey was buried next to him in February 1935, her inscription reading “wife & mother. b. Cornwall, 14 Jun 1851“.

Further Details on the Tywardreath Ansteys

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