The Crediton Ansteys

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

Overview of the Crediton Ansteys

The Crediton Ansteys of Devon are very complex indeed, consisting of two completely separate sub-branches. One of these sub-branches connects to the South West Peninsula Anstey pedigree, the other is an ‘Anstey’ evolved from Anstis sub-branch.

The Crediton Ansteys have been researched and documented in great detail in the book ‘ANSTEY: The Devon and Somerset Branch‘.

William Anstey (b 1786 Crediton)

William Anstey, born in 1786 to parents John Anstey and Sarah, belongs to the South West Peninsula Anstey Crediton sub-branch. Like his father, William was an innkeeper and a baker in Crediton. He married Sarah Madge in 1809 in Crediton and had (at least) six children in Crediton, namely:

  • Mary Anstey (b 1813);
  • John Anstey (b 1814 – see below);
  • Thomasin Palmer Ann Madge Anstey (b 1815, known as Ann, married Samuel Madge in Crediton in 1835 and she was living with her family in Crediton in 1841);
  • Frederick William Palmer Anstey (b 1819 – see below);
  • Elizabeth Palmer Mary Anstey (b 1825); and
  • William Anstey (b 1828, in the 1841 Census he was a tailor’s apprentice in Crediton. He married Elizabeth Bicknell in 1850 in Marylebone and by the 1851 Census they were living in John Street, Saint Pancras where William Anstey was a tailor. By the 1861 Census they were at 19, Sale Street, Paddington with their son William Anstey (b 1855 London); William was still a tailor)

In the 1841 Census the family were living at Charlotte Street Crediton; William Anstey (father) was a “victualler“.

William Anstey died in 1847 in Crediton – the 7 August 1847 edition of the ‘Western Times’ newspaper reported “William ANSTEY, Deceased. All persons having any claims of demands on the Estate of William ANSTEY, late of Crediton in the County of Devon, Innkeeper and Baker, deceased, are requested forthwith to send their particulars thereof to Mr Charles Finch of Crediton aforesaid, Maltster, or to Mr George Glanville of the same place, Grocer, the executors under his Will. And all persons indebted to said Estate are requested immediately to pay such debts to one of the Executors before-named.

John Anstey (b 1814 Crediton)

John Anstey was born in 1814 in Crediton, baptised in June 1814, to parents William Anstey and Sarah Madge – thus he belongs to the South West Peninsula Anstey Crediton sub-branch. John Anstey was a baker by profession, marrying Louisa Savage (b 1816 Winchester -1904) in 1836 in Saint Mary Major, Exeter, and having children in Crediton:

In the 1851 Census, the family was living at East Street, Crediton – John Anstey was a baker. By the 1861 Census the family had moved to Great Titchfield Street, Marylebone, London where John Anstey was still a baker, and his wife was a dressmaker. By the 1871 Census they were living at Eldridge Road, Bermondsey, St Olave Southwark, where John was a baker/journeyman.

John Anstey died in 1880 in Hendon district.

Frederick William Palmer Anstey (b 1819 Crediton)

Frederick William Palmer Anstey was born in 1819 in Crediton to parents William Anstey and Sarah Madge – thus he belongs to the South West Peninsula Anstey Crediton sub-branch. Frederick was a baker in the 1841 Census and later that year he married Ann Middleton in Exeter St Petrock. They had several children in Crediton, being:

  • Walter Anstey (b 1842);
  • William Anstey (b 1843);
  • Benjamin Thomas Anstey (b 1844, a cordwainer in Crediton in 1861. In 1863 in Crediton he married Ann (Hull or Benellick) and they had six daughters together in Crediton. In December 1872 Benjamin Anstey, “shoemaker aged 28“, was found not guilty of “stealing a purse, one shilling, two keys and a knife, the property of George Tancock, at Crediton“. Benjamin Anstey died in 1884 – The ‘Exeter Flying Post‘ on 26 November 1884 reported “FATAL ACCIDENT AT YEOFORD JUNCTION: Mr E. Burrow, District Coroner on Monday held an inquest at the Railway Hotel, Yeoford, concerning the death of Benjamin Anstey who was picked up dead at the junction on Saturday night. Frederick Anstey, platelayer, identified the body as that of his son. He last saw deceased alive on the 16th inst. Deceased was forty years of age and by trade a shoemaker, though occasionally he swept chimneys…A goods train was due to leave for Crediton, [the stationmaster] heard this leave the station and within a few minutes the booking clerk told [the stationmaster] that someone had been run over opposite the refreshment room. On going there [the stationmaster] was met by two porters who said ‘Anstey the sweep has been cut to pieces’. [The Stationmaster] saw the body lying upon the metals and judged from its appearance that deceased had passed in front of the train onto the up-platform…[the stationmaster] inferred that deceased, who had been upon the down platform, crossed to the up-platform, and after putting his hat and basket into the [passing] truck, had tried to get in himself and fell between the other trucks. Deceased had been perfectly sober and the platform was well lit.“);
  • Frank Anstey (b 1847);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1851, died young?);
  • Philip Anstey (b 1853, a tinman in Crediton in the 1871 Census);
  • Emma Anstey (b 1857);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1858); and
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1864)

In the 1851 Census the family were living at Bowden Hill, Crediton; Frederick Anstey was a labourer. In the 1861 Census Frederick was an agricultural labourer at Exeter Road, Crediton. In the 1871 Census, Frederick was a platelayer, they lived at Tolleys Crediton. Frederick Anstey died in 1903 in Crediton.

Benjamin John Palmer Madge Anstey (b 1839 Crediton)

Benjamin John Palmer Madge Anstey was born in 1839 in Crediton to parents John Anstey and Louisa Savage, baptised a year later in Crediton. After growing up in Crediton with his family he moved with them to London in c1855 or so and in the 1861 Census he was a servant and a baker at 21, Thromorton Street, St Benet Fink, City of London. Later that year he married Catherine Elizabeth Paine in Marylebone, having children:

  • William Anstey (b 1861 Marylebone);
  • John Andrew Anstey (b 1863 Marylebone, died 1865)
  • Henry Anstey (b 1864 Marylebone);
  • John A. Anstey (b 1866 Marylebone);
  • Herbert Anstey (b 1868 Willesdon, married Emily Skelton in c1893. By the 1901 Census he was a baker journeyman living at 49, Denmark Road, Willesden, Hendon with his wife and sons Henry Anstey (b 1894 Camberwell); Frederick Anstey (b 1897 Willesdon); William Anstey (b 1898 Willesdon, Hendon); and Herbert Anstey (b 1900 Willesdon) – they also had a daughter Catherine Anstey (b 1902) and a son George Anstey (b 1905 Paddington). By the 1911 Census Herbert was a “servant baker” living at 336 Kilburn Lane Paddington, Paddington. His wife and family were living at 185 Bravington Road Paddington);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1869 Willesdon, known as Fred);
  • Albert Anstey (b 1871 Willesdon);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1873 Willesdon);
  • Emily Anstey (b 1880 Willesdon); and
  • Florence Anstey (b 1888, Willesdon, died an infant)

We also have information that they had “twin girls who died“. In the 1871 Census they were living at Pembroke Road, Willesden, Hendon; Benjamin was a baker – they were still there in 1881. By the 1891 Census they were living at Tonbridge Street, St Pancras. Benjamin Anstey died in Paddington in 1907.

William George Anstey (b 1845 Crediton)

William George Anstey was born in 1845 in Crediton to parents John Anstey and Louisa Savage. After growing up in Crediton with his family he moved with them to London in c1855 or so and then in 1869 in Marylebone he married Eliza Harriet Hall. They had children:

  • Louisa E. Anstey (b 1871 St Pancras);
  • Willliam J. Anstey (b 1872 Marylebone, a printer in the 1891 Census in Newington);
  • Emily F. Anstey (b 1874 Marylebone, a general domestic servant in the 1891 Census in Newington – still single in 1911 living in Streatham with her father);
  • Edith Anstey (b 1876 Willesdon, a general servant in 1911 in Streatham);
  • Frederick Garwood Anstey (b 1879 Newington, Southwark – an Anstey Hero); and
  • Gertrude V. Anstey (b 1886 Newington)

In the 1871 Census William George Anstey was a jeweller’s assistant living at Molyneux Street, Marylebone. By 1881 they were living at Larcom Street, Newington, St Saviour Southwark and in 1891 Charles Street, Newington – William George Anstey was still a jeweller’s assistant. By 1901 William George Anstey was a jewellery manager, living at Newington Causeway, St Saviour Southwark. In 1911 William George Anstey was a widower living in Hambro Road, Streatham – he died a year later in 1912 in Wandsworth.

Edward Anstis (b 1702 Crediton)

Edward Anstis is the patriarch of the Crediton ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch. He was baptised in Crediton in 1702 as “Edward Anstis” to parents William Anstis and Deborah. Edward Anstis married Rebecca in 1724 then Ann in 1743 then Rebecca Body in 1753 (all in Crediton), having numerous children in Crediton. Those sons relevant to our Anstey story are:

William Anstis (b 1724 Crediton)

William Anstis was the eldest son of Edward Anstis, born in Crediton in 1724. He married Elizabeth in 1747 in Crediton (as Anstis) and they had numerous children in Crediton. Those sons relevant to our Anstey story are:

William Anstis (b 1754 Crediton)

William Anstis was the eldest son of William Anstis, born in 1754 in Crediton. He married Elizabeth Lake in 1778 in Crediton as ‘William Anstey‘ and they had numerous children in Crediton. Those sons relevant to our Anstey story are:

William Anstey (b 1779 Crediton)

William Anstey was born in 1779 in Crediton to parents William Anstis and Elizabeth Lake. He married Jane Bond in Exeter St Stephens in 1805 and they moved to Exeter St Paul, having children:

  • John Lake Anstey (b 1811 Exeter St Paul);
  • James Anstey (b 1811 Exeter – we cannot find this baptism entry but he must surely be their son, he is patriarch of the St Luke, Holborn Ansteys)

Further Details on the Crediton Ansteys

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