The Tarrant Keyneston Anstys

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

Many thanks to Richard Anstey for his contribution to this sub-branch construction.

Overview of the Tarrant Keyneston Anstys

The Tarrant Keyneston Anstys of Dorset are surely a sub-branch of the Tarrant Crawford Ansteys, given that they lie about one kilometre from each other – though we seek formal confirmation of that.

The patriarchs of the Tarrant Keyneston Anstys are George Ansty who made a will in 1721 and his son George Ansty (m 1740). It is likely that Anstys were in this parish well before c1721, but parish registers and Bishop’s Transcripts for Tarrant Keyneston do not exist before 1731.

Note: Tarrant Keyneston is also occasionally written Tarrant Keynston, and in previous times Tarrant Keingston/Kaynston.

George Ansty (made will in 1721)

We have unsourced reports that George Ansty was born in 1685 – research continues in this matter, though it certainly sounds feasible given that his children were likely very young when he wrote his will. If this is correct, he likely married in c1705 (probably to a woman called ‘Hannah’, ‘Mary’ or ‘Ann’).

What we do know for certain comes from George Ansty‘s 1721 will which states the following: “In the name of God Amen I George Ansty of the parish of Kaynston in the county of Dorset Taylor [tailor] being of sound memory do make or ordain this my last will & testament. I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty and hoping for mercy through my merits long? of X ? St Saviour. As for my body I bequeath it to the earth to be buryed after the manner of the Church of England at discretion of my executrix hereafter mentioned. As for my worldly goods with which the Almighty hath been pleased to bless me I dispose of in the manner following. In the first place I give to my daughter Hannah one shilling. Next to my daughter Mary twenty pounds of good and lawful money of England and one feather bed. To my son George the house I now live in & the goods in it, excepting the feather bed before given to my daughter Mary & one more feather bed I give to my daughter Ann. Also I give to my daughter Ann twenty pounds of good and lawful money of England. I make my wife my sole executrix of my last will and testament Nov 7 1721 George Ansty“.

From this we know that George Ansty lived in Tarrant Keyneston in the early 1700s; that he was a tailor by trade; and that he had four children living in 1721:

  • Hannah Ansty (b c1708??, married Richard Pope on 4 October 1737 in Tarrant Keyneston);
  • Mary Ansty (b c1712??, alive in 1721);
  • George Ansty (b c1715? – see below); and
  • Ann Ansty (b c1718?, married Robert Cutler on 7 April 1740 in Tarrant Keyneston)

We can suppose that George Ansty died soon after 1721, given that the signature on his will was very weak. The fact that he wrote a will at all suggests a) a man of some means and b) generally speaking a man close to death. We currently do not know the name of his widow or when she died, though it was likely before 1731 as the Bishop’s Transcripts do not mention any female ‘Ansty’ deaths before 1779.

George Ansty (m 1740 Tarrant Keyneston)

George Ansty was born in c1715 in Tarrant Keyneston, surely to father George Ansty (who made his will in 1721 per above). As such, he received “the house I now live in & the goods in it” when his father died. George married Jane White in Tarrant Keyneston on 6 May 1740 and they had children in Tarrant Keyneston:

  • George Ansty (b 1741 – see below);
  • Thomas Ansty (b 1748 – parish register says to “George and Jane“, Bishop’s Transcripts say to “George and Ann“. He married Mary Stark in 1770 in Tarrant Keyneston and they had a daughter Betty Ansty (b 1772, married William Chappel in 1795 in Tarrant Keyneston). Mary Anstey died in 1804);
  • Mary Ansty (b 1750 to “George and Ann privately“, she married Thomas Dungey in 1775 in Tarrant Keyneston);

George Ansty died in 1786 in Tarrant Keyneston; his wife Jane Anstywidow” died in 1804 – it is likely that they left their house and lands to their son George, though we seek confirmation of that.

George Ansty (b 1741 Tarrant Keyneston)

George Ansty was born in 1741 in Tarrant Keyneston, baptised 30 November 1741, to parents George Ansty and Jane White (note: the Parish Register says baptised to “George and Jane“, Bishop’s Transcripts incorrectly say to “George and Ann“). He married Susannah Laws on 20 December 1770 in Tarrant Keyneston and they had children in Tarrant Keyneston:

  • Jane Ansty (b 1771, married John Collier in 1802 – she was left a “brass kettle” in her father’s will written in 1807, proved in 1831);
  • William Anstie (b 1774, married Elizabeth Bush in 1802. He was left a “tea table and hogshead” in his father’s will written in 1807 and proved in 1831. He was a carman in Tarrant Keyneston in the 1841 Census, living alone);
  • Sarah Anstie (b 1776 married William Pike in 1806 – she was not mentioned in her father’s 1807 will (perhaps he disapproved of the marriage) though in 1827, when her father George Anstey sold land and property to Sir John Wyldborne Smith, there is mention of ‘William Pike a carpenter’ as tenant of a dwelling house and outbuildings owned by her father);
  • Susannah Ansty (b 1779, died an infant);
  • George Anstey (b 1782 – see below);
  • Charles Anstie (b 1785, he was left a “Brass Kettle, one Pewter dish, three Pewter plates, and the long oak table” in his father’s will written in 1807 and proved in 1831. He married Jane Oatway in Tarrant Rushden in 1814 and returned to Tarrant Keyneston and became a bricklayer, having children William Anstey (b 1815, an unmarried bricklayer’s labourer living with his parents in Tarrant Keyneston in 1861. He was buried in Tarrant Keyneston on 9 February 1891 “aged 76“); George Anstey (b 1817 – see below); and Mary Anstey (b 1820, married Alfred Wright in 1840). In 1861 Charles Anstey was a builder living with his wife and son in Tarrant Keyneston);
  • James Ansty (b 1788 died an infant);
  • James Anstey (b 1789, died 1790); and
  • Frederick James Ansty (b 1794, aka James Frederick, was the residuary legatee and executor of his father’s will, written in 1807 and proved in 1831, and received the “lower land of my house and garden” (see below). He married Mary Colley in 1826 in Tarrant Keyneston; they appear to have had no children – he was mentioned in connection with his brother George Anstey in 1827)

In the Dorset Poll Book for 1807 George Ansty was one of only four freeholders in ‘Tarrant Keingston’, confirming his fairly elevated status – it is likely that he inherited this property from his father George, though we seek confirmation of that.

He wrote a will dated 12 January 1807 confirming that he owned property “bequeathing to son George the ‘upper cottage and garden, for as long as I have interest in them’ and to son James Frederick the ‘lower land of my house and garden situate on the side of the turnpike road at Tarrant Keynstone as long as there is any interest therein” – there is no mention of his wife Susannah Ansty, suggesting she may have been deceased by this time?

George Anstey was a cordwainer in 1827 “Transfer. 1) George Anstey of Tarrant Keinston, cordwainer 2) Sir John Wyldbore Smith of the Down House, baronet 3) Thomas Davis of Warminster, Wilts, gent. Tenanted house, garden and lands, Tarrant Keyneston. Mentioned: William Pike, carpenter, Thomas Dungey, Mary Boole, John Clapcott. Witnesses: Frederick Henry Moore and Edward Francis Moore, clerks to Mr Moore, Blandford, William Pike, James Frederick Anstey [his son].. 2 Jan 1827

[Note: this is one of five indentures in which George Anstey was a signatory, ranging from 1788 to 1827, all with very similar signatures, confirming it is the same person in all five documents – It is believed that the reason James Frederick Anstey’s name is on the above 1827 indenture is as an acknowledgement that the house and garden left to him in his father’s 1807 will had been sold and would no longer come to him.

The other lease details are as follows “The first, dated 17 March 1788, covers the lease to George Anstey for 21 years of a dwelling house and lands for the sum of £3 3s each year. The second, dated 25 March 1805, describes the purchase of the balance of two leases, each for One thousand years (commencing in 1623) covering dwelling house and lands, for the sum of £80. The third, dated 8 October 1824, pledges the dwelling house and lands as security for a loan of £100. The fourth and fifth, dated 1 January 1827 and 2 January 1827 respectively together form a legal procedure known as Lease and Release by which land and houses were sold without recourse to the generation of a deed. They relate to the sale, for a price of £200, of the dwelling house and lands purchased by George Anstey in 1805. One-half of the purchase price was used to pay the loan made in 1824“.]

George Ansty died in 1831 in Tarrant Keyneston “aged 89“. The proof of his 1807 will states that he died on 14 April 1831 leaving an estate valued at “Less than £100”.

George Anstey (b 1782 Tarrant Keyneston)

George Ansty was baptised in June 1782 to parents George Ansty (b 1741 per above) and Susannah Laws. He was left the ‘upper cottage and garden’ in his father’s will written in 1807 and proved in 1831. He married Hannah Hardiman (daughter of Henry Hardiman and Mary Hart) in 1814 in Wimborne Minster (as “Anstey“, witnesses were Dungey Amelia, Pike William, Hardyman Henry & Hardyman Sarah, and his abode was confirmed as “Tarrant Keyneston“). George Anstey and Hannah Hardiman had children:

  • Angelina Anstey (b 1815 Wimborne Minster, married William Hayter in Tarrant Keyneston in 1836);
  • Augustus Anstey (b 1816 Wimborne Minster, married Sarah Brenton in Christchurch, Hampshire in 1847. They were living in Kennile, Brockenhurst, Lymington, Hampshire in the 1851 Census and had children in Brockenhurst Thomas Anstey (b 1851, married Aline Mongin (b 1854 in Bassigney, France) in 1879 in Alresford, this marriage produced no children. In the 1881 Census Thomas was a butler in Tile Barn, Brockenhurst. By 1901 he was an ‘unmarried’ valet at 87, Kinnerton Street, St George Hanover Square. By the 1911 Census his ‘wife’ Aline Anstey was ‘married’ working as a Lodging House Keeper at 3 St James Place, St James Westminster and Thomas Anstey himself was at the Union Workhouse Union Hill Lymington, described as “Formerly gentlemans service“, “feeble minded not known how long afflicted” and ‘widowed‘ (though he was surely still married). Thomas died on 7 November 1913 in Lymington); George Anstey (b 1854 – see below); Mary Anstey (b 1858); Hannah Anstey (b 1859, died 1868); Henry Anstey (b 1861, died 1867); Kate Anstey (b 1865, married George Christopher and was living with her family and brother Charles Anstey at Railway Terrace the Avenue Brockenhurst in the 1911 Census); and Charles Anstey (b 1868, an unmarried saw mill sawyer living with his sister Kate Christopher and her family at Railway Terrace the Avenue Brockenhurst in the 1911 Census). In 1881 the family were at Tile Barn, Brockenhurst where Augustus Anstey was a dairyman. Augustus Anstey died in 1882 in Brockenhurst);
  • Charles Hart Anstey (b 1817 Horton – see below);
  • Sarah Ann Anstey (b 1821 Horton, died 1843 Tarrant Keyneston); and
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1821 Horton – see below).

George Anstey was a shoemaker by trade – he was buried in Tarrant Keyneston in 1835, aged 52.

George Anstey (b 1817 Tarrant Keyneston)

George Anstey was born in 1817 in Tarrant Keyneston to parents Charles Anstie and Jane Oatway. He married Alicia Elizabeth Adams (b 1815 Rushton) in 1844 in Blandford and they had children in Tarrant Keyneston:

  • Ann Anstey (b 1845);
  • Albert Anstey (b 1847 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Mary [Jane?] Anstey (b 1849, living with her sister Eliza Jane in Tarrant Keyneston in 1871);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1851);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1854); and
  • Eliza Jane Anstey (b 1857, living with her sister Mary in Tarrant Keyneston in 1871. She married John Nobes on 7 June 1892 at Tower Hamlets, London and in the 1911 & 1921 Censuses she was living with her family and her brother Albert Anstey at Colkirk Fakenham, Norfolk)

In 1847 George Anstey was a mason. In the 1861 Census George Anstey was a bricklayer living in Tarrant Keyneston. Both George Anstey and Alicia Elizabeth Anstey died in 1867 – Alicia was buried on 1 May 1867 in Tarrant Keyneston and George was buried three weeks later on 26 May 1867.

Charles Hart Anstey (b 1817 Horton)

Charles Hart Anstey was born in Horton in 1817 to parents George Anstey and Hannah Hardiman. He lived in Tarrant Keyneston in the 1841 Census with his brother Thomas. Charles Hart Anstey married his first cousin Edna Amelia Hardiman (they both share Henry Hardiman and Mary Hart as their grandparents) on 23 February 1845 in Tarrant Hinton and they had children:

  • John Anstey (b 1846 Wimborne, died an infant?);
  • John Anstey (b 1847 Morden, married Emily Grace Marie Wye [Nye?] in Wimborne in 1876, the ‘Western Gazette‘ on 27 October 1876 reporting “Oct 19 by special license at the Congregational Church, Wimborne, by the Rev. J. Keynes, JOHN, eldest son of Mr C. Anstey of Organford Mills near Poole, to Emily Grace Marie, only child of Mr Wye of Wimborne“. They had children Frederick K. Walter Anstey (b Nov 1878 Lychett Minster, an unmarried coal merchant’s clerk boarding in Longfleet, Poole in 1901 and still unmarried in the 1911 Census where he was a police constable boarding at Holmesdale Road, Victoria Park, Bedminster, Bristol. He married Maud Ellen Reed in Bristol in 1913 and by the 1939 Register they were living at 37 Oldfield Road, Bristol, Bristol with their two children – he was a retired police officer. Frederick Walter Anstey died in Bristol in 1951 – effects to his widow Maud Ellen Anstey); Percy Eugene Anstey (b 1881 – an Anstey Hero); and Ethel Annie Anstey (b 1882, married Mr Cowell and was living with her ‘Anstey’ parents in the 1911 Census). John Anstey trained as a miller and then became a corn dealer. In the 1911 Census he was living with his wife and daughter at Lytchett Minster Poole – he was an ‘Assistant Overseer‘);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1849 Morden, married Selina Spargo in Christchurch, Hampshire on Christmas Day 1880 and they had children Samuel Ernest Anstey (b 1881, known as Ernest – has Anstey descendants alive today. In the 1911 Census he was unmarried and a bookstall manager boarding at Valetta House the Point Bembridge); Nellie Amelia Anstey (b 1886, in the 1911 Census she was an embroideress living at 343 Brixton Road SW, Lambeth. She never married and died aged 87); Jessie Maud Anstey (b 1890, died 1891); and Gladys Elise Anstey (b 1895, living with her parents in the 1911 Census). In the 1901 Census Charles Anstey was “Shop Fitters Clerk Insurance Agent & Rent Collector“; by the 1911 Census he was a “Clerk To Builders and Shop Fitter” living at 9 Maxwell Road Winton Bournemouth. He died in 1914 in Bournemouth – the ‘Bournemouth Graphic’ on 17 July 1914 writing “FUNERAL OF OLD BOURNEMOUTH RESIDENT: In the presence of a large number of relatives and friends the funeral took place on Thursday of Mr Charles Anstey, whose sudden death was recorded last week. The deceased had lived in Bournemouth for 40 years and for the past 28 years had acted as confidential clerk to the firm of Messrs D. Drake and Son Builders. The principal mourners were Mr Ernest Anstey (son); Miss Nellie Anstey; Miss Gladys Anstey (daughters), Mr John Anstey & Mr Edward Anstey (brothers), Mrs A. Baker (sister) Mr A. Baker, Mr Edward Anstey, Mr George Anstey (cousin); Mr Percy Anstey (nephew) and others“);
  • Samuel Henry Anstey (b 1851 Morden, a commercial traveller who married Mary Amelia Peard Downing (b c1856 Kilkhampton) in Stratton, Cornwall in 1878. In the 1881 Census he was living with his wife and brother Frederick at Abbey Gardens, Keynsham – he was a commercial traveller. In the 1891 Census they were at Ashleigh, Godfrey Road, St Woollos, Newport and by 1901 they were at 41, Crescent Road, Newport where Samuel was a grocer’s traveller. By the 1911 Census Mary Amelia Anstey was officially still married but may well have been widowed, a “working housekeeper” at 12 Palace Avenue Paignton. Mary Amelia Anstey emigrated to Canada in 1920 where her older brother Ephraim lived, so Samuel must have died before then as she was listed as a widow in the 1921 Canada Census);
  • Mary Shier Anstey (b 1852 Morden, married Alfred Manuel Baker in Lychett Minster in 1877. Attended her brother Charles Anstey‘s funeral in 1914 – see above);
  • Edwin Thomas Anstey (b 1854 Morden, died 1855);
  • Edwin Mark Anstey (b 1856 Morden, known as Mark, married Sarah Ann Dominy of Lychett Minster in 1890 in Poole and had a single daughter Annie May Anstey (b 1891 Portsea Island, died 1910 Portsmouth). In the 1911 Census Mark and his wife were living with her mother Catherine Dominy at 27 Drummond Road Landport Portsmouth – he was a “pattern master wood“);
  • Mathew Anstey (b 1856 Morden, died 1857);
  • Augustus Anstey (b 1858, died an infant);
  • James Anstey (b 1858 Morden, died 1859);
  • Robert Anstey (b 1858 Morden, died 1859);
  • William Walter Anstey (b 1859 Morden, married Isabel Emily Rossiter in 1887 in Bristol, having children Gladys Isabel Anstey (b 1888 Bedminster); Winifred Amy Anstey (b 1893 Barton Regis, married Thomas Alexander Jones on 14 November 1916 at Horfield Baptist Church, Bristol); Ivy Mildred Anstey (b 1900 Bristol, died an infant); Albert William Anstey (b 1903 Bristol); and Leonard Charles Anstey (b 1908 Bristol). In the 1911 Census they were living at [Ravenswood] 24 Nottingham Road Bishopston Bristol where William Walter Anstey was a commercial traveller); and
  • Frederick Arthur Anstey (b 1862 Morden/Poole, an unmarried drapers assistant living with his brother Samuel at Abbey Gardens, Keynsham in 1881. In early 1891 he was a draper’s assistant at North Cottage, North Street, Bedminster. He married Catherine Jane Barclay (known as Kate) later in 1891 in Aberdeen Scotland, having children in Bristol Doris Elizabeth Anstey (b 1896) and Douglas Barclay Anstey (b 1902). They lived in Keynsham near Bristol where Frederick ran a General Drapers store – in the ‘London Gazette‘ on 21 April 1905 appears “Notice is hereby given that the partnership between the undersigned George Stoddard Chapman and Frederick Arthur Anstey as drapers at 56, 58 and 60 Stapleton Road, Bristol, under the name ANSTEY & CHAPMAN has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 25th February 1905…“. In the 1911 Census Frederick was a ‘commercial traveller dresser‘ living with his family at 51 Logan Road Bishopston. Frederick died in 1932 living at Victoria Square, Clifton – probate to Catherine Jane Ansteywidow“).

Charles Hart Anstey was a flour miller at the mill in Organford. He died in 1876 in Organford, Morden.

Thomas Anstey (b 1821 Horton)

Thomas Anstey was born in Horton in 1821 to parents George Anstey and Hannah Hardiman. He was living in Tarrant Keyneston in the 1841 Census with his brother Charles Hart Anstey. He married Charlotte Martin in Winterborne Zelstone in 1845 having children:

  • George Anstey (b 1845 Tarrant Keyneston, married Mary Ann Elizabeth in c1855 and in the 1911 Census they were living at 181 High Street Poole where George was a corn dealer – they had no children);
  • Richard Anstey (b 1848 Spetisbury);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1850 Organford, married James Louis Stickland in c1872. In the 1911 Census they were living at 145 Hill Lane Southampton with her sister Annie Blanche Anstey – the census confirms they had no children);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1851 Organford, an unmarried housekeeper in the 1911 Census living at 212 High Street Poole with her sister Mary (a few doors down from her brother George));
  • Amelia Anstey (b 1853);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1855 Organford – see below);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1859 Lymington Hampshire, an unmarried dressmaker in the 1911 Census living at 212 High Street Poole with her sister Sarah (a few doors down from her brother George)); and
  • Annie Blanche Anstey (b 1865 Poole, unmarried and living with her sister Elizabeth Stickland in the 1911 Census at 145 Hill Lane Southampton).

Thomas Anstey was a journeyman miller in the 1861 Census, living at East Quay Road, St James, Poole. He died in 1866 in Poole, Dorset, the ‘Southern Times and Dorset County Herald‘ on 01 September 1866 reporting “DEATH: Aug 22 at Poole, Mr Thomas Anstey aged 48“. By the 1871 Census, Charlotte Anstey (widow) was living with her children in Poole, Dorset.

The only grandchildren of Thomas Anstey & Charlotte are through his son Thomas Anstey (b 1855), none of his other children had any children.

George Anstey (b 1854 Brockenhurst)

George Anstey was born in Brockenhurst in 1854 to parents Augustus Anstey and Sarah Brenton – he lived in Brockenhurst his entire life. He married Georgina Gubbins in 1874 in Lymington and they had children in Brockenhurst:

  • William George Anstey (b 1878 – he married Alice Louisa Hawkins in 1908 in Guildford and they had a single daughter Etty Alice Anstey (b 1909 Guildford). In the 1911 Census the family were living at 2 Wrist Buildings Mount Street Guildford where William George Anstey was a railway porter “born in Brockenhurst“);
  • Charles Augustus Anstey (b 1879, married Janetta Davis in 1902 in Lymington, having children Lillian Anstey (b 1903 Southampton); Doris Anstey (b 1904 Hordle); and Jack Anstey (b 1907 Hordle). In the 1911 Census they were living at Arnewood Towers Sway W Brockenhurst, Hordle where Charles was a coachman);
  • Ellen Kate Anstey (b 1883, known as Kate);
  • Henry Robert Anstey (b 1883 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Frederick Thomas Anstey (b 1886, married Lucy Keeping in 1908 and they had three children in Lymington Kathleen L. Anstey (b 1913); Joan E. Anstey (b 1917); and Philip T. Anstey (b 1923, known as Tom). In the 1911 Census Frederick and his wife were living at Bridge Road Lymington where he was a railway porter. The ‘New Milton Advertiser‘ on 30 August 1958 reported “Ex-Railwayman Celebrates Golden Wedding: Married in Camberwell. Mr Anstey served under seven stationmasters. Mr and Mrs Frederick Thomas Anstey were married on August 23rd 1908 at St George’s Church Camberwell London by the Rev. E. C. Kempe. Born in Brockenhurst 72 years ago Mr Anstey worked for 48 years on the railways until he retired about seven years ago. He started his railway career at Wimbledon and, before taking up the appointment as head of the goods department at New Milton, worked for about nine years at Lymington Pier Station…Mr Anstey was a member of the Home Guard during the Second World War and his wife, now a sprightly 70 years of age, collected parcels for prisoners of war. Mr and Mrs Anstey have lived at Manor Road for 43 years. They have three children, two daughters Kathleen and Joan [married Greenhalgh], and a son Tom…On Tuesday Mr and Mrs Anstey left to spend a second honeymoon with their daughter, wose husband is bailiff to a large farm near Dorchester“);
  • Aline Sarah Anstey (b 1889, unmarried and living with her aunt Lucy Bell at 3 King St Chertsey, Chertsey, Surrey in the 1911 Census); and
  • Archibald Alfred Anstey (b 1895, living with his parents in the 1911 Census)

In the 1881 Census the family were living at Waters Green, Brockenhurst. In the 1891 & 1901 censuses the family were living at Latchmoor Road, Brockenhurst where George Anstey was a railway signalman – they were still there in the 1911 Census.

George Anstey died in 1922, the ‘Hampshire Advertiser‘ on 28 January 1922 reporting “PENSIONERS SUDDEN DEATH: The death has occurred under sad circumstances and with great suddenness of Mr Geo Anstey who only a few weeks ago retired from the service of the L and SW Railway Company on pension. On his retirement the deceased removed to Bashley quite recently and caught a cold which developed into pneumonia and the illness proved fatal. The funeral, which took place quietly at Brockenhurst on Wednesday was attended only by relatives, a few friends and several of his late colleagues. Mr Anstey was a native of Brockenhurst, a sideman at the parish church, and a member of the Parish Council. He had been in the service of the railway company all his life and during the whole of that time was employed at Brockenhurst, where for many years he was a signallman“)

Thomas Anstey (b 1855 Organford)

Thomas Anstey was born in 1855 in Organford to parents Thomas Anstey and Charlotte Martin. In the 1871 Census he was living with his family in Poole, Dorset – a flour miller’s assistant. He married Edith Emily Pearse [Pearce] in 1877 in Poole and they had children in Poole:

  • Arthur Thomas Anstey (b 1878 baptised 29 September 1878. He died in 1895 in Poole);
  • Ethel E. Anstey (b 1880); and
  • William John Anstey (b 1882 – an Anstey Hero).

Edith Emily Anstey died in 1884 in Poole so Thomas, by now a miller, remarried Elizabeth in c1890 and they had sons:

  • Sidney Herbert Anstey (b 1891, who was blind. In the ‘Social Gazette‘ on 6 August 1910 appears “BLIND ORGANIST’S SUCCESS: Mr. Sidney Anstey, of the Royal Normal College for the Blind, has won the Lafontaine prize, awarded to the associate gaining the highest number of marks in the examination of the Royal College of Organists. There were 226 candidates and Mr Anstey is the second student of the Royal Normal College to win this prize within three years“. In the 1911 Census he was a pupil at the Royal Normal College for the Blind at 72 Westow Street Upper Norwood. He married Violet Ann Boughton in 1919 in Carmarthen, Wales. In 1920 they were living at St John’s Cottage, Basingstoke with Sidney’s brother Frank Ewart Anstey. They lived in Basingstoke in the 1939 Register with their two sons, where Sidney Herbert Anstey was an “organist and teacher of music“. In the ‘Biographical Dictionary of the Organ‘ his entry begins “Anstey, Sidney Herbert. A.R.C.O., Hon. R.C.M. Studied at the Royal Normal College for the Blind; the Royal College of Music, London“. He died in 1973 in Basingstoke); and
  • Frank Ewart Anstey (b 25 November 1893, a carpenter living with his family at Bath Road Lymington in the 1911 Census. He was living with his brother Sidney Herbert Anstey and ‘Elizabeth Anstey‘ in 1920 in Basingstoke. He married Elsie Winifred Dray (b 5 January 1896) in 1931 in Basingstoke and in the 1939 Register they were living at Bexhill Road, Hastings where Frank was a sub-postmaster – we find no children of this marriage. Elsie Winifred Anstey (wife) died in Poole in 1989, not to be confused with Elsie Winifred Anstey of the Kennford Ansteys).

By the 1891 Census the family were living at West Quay Road, Poole – Thomas Anstey was a miller. In 1901 Thomas Anstey was a flour miller living in The Glen, Wessex Road, Parkestone, Poole). By the 1911 Census Thomas was a house painter living with his family at Bath Road Lymington.

Further Details on the Tarrant Keyneston Anstys

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#2. We have unsourced, and therefore highly unreliable, information that the ancestry of George Ansty who made a will in 1721 might have been Thomas Anstey (1666-1763) who married Elizabeth (b 1668) – Thomas Anstey (1621-1706) who married Frances Bayley (b 1631) – Thomas Anstey who married Agnes (d 1623) – anybody who can support this with evidence please contact us at

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