The Exploits, Twillingate Ansteys

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

Overview of the Exploits, Twillingate Ansteys

The Exploits, Twillingate Ansteys are a sub-division of the Twillingate Ansteys of Newfoundland, Canada, consisting of the Twillingate Anstey families that lived in Exploits Islands, Twillingate [see Google map] before or in the 1921 Newfoundland Census.

We include Sceviour’s Island (aka Sivier Island), as well as Green Island Cove on Exploits in this analysis.

Exploits Ansteys in McAlpine’s Newfoundland Directory

  • 1898 – Exploits
    • ?
  • 1898 – Sceviour’s Island
    • ?

Exploits Ansteys in 1921 Newfoundland Census

  • Exploits
    • We have not found any Ansteys in the 1921 Census still living in Exploits
  • Sceviour’s Island
    • Abraham Anstey (b 1863 – head)
      • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1861 – wife)
      • Louisa Anstey (b 1898 – daughter)
      • Wesley Anstey (b 1902 – son)
      • Beatrice Anstey (b 1915 – daughter)
    • Andrew Anstey (b 1893 – head)
      • Mary Anstey (b 1893 – wife)
    • Charles Anstey (b 1885 – head)
      • Jemima Anstey (b 1887 – wife)
      • William Anstey (b 1911 – son)
      • Mary Anstey (b 1914 – daughter)
      • Abram Anstey (b 1917 – son)
      • Daisy Anstey (b 1919 – daughter)
    • Elijah Anstey (b 1895 – head)
      • Beatrice Anstey (b 1896 – wife)
      • Maxwell Anstey (b 1920 – son)
    • John Anstey (b 1890 – head)
      • Rose Anstey (b 1892 – wife)
      • Frederick Anstey (b 1912 – son)
      • Eric Anstey (b 1917 – son)
      • Allan Anstey (b 1919 – son)
      • Norman Anstey (b 1921 – son)
    • Stephen Anstey (b 1868 – head)
      • Naomi Anstey (b 1869 – wife)
      • Joseph Anstey (b 1902 – son)
      • Bessie Anstey (b 1904 – daughter)
      • Robert Anstey (b 1908 – son)

Charles Anstey (b 1826 Twillingate)

Charles Anstey was born in 1826 in Twillingate (probably Black Island) to father Charles Anstey (b c1800). He married Louisa Osmond in 1851 and they had children in Black Island and later Green Island Cove, Exploits:

  • Stephen William Anstey (b 9 April 1852 Black Island (or c1868?), he was witness to a marriage in 1889 in Exploits. He certainly married Naomi and had children Andrew Anstey (b 31 October 1894 Exploits, married Mary Dalley in 1918 in Twillingate – in the 1921 Newfoundland Census they were living in Sceviour’s Island. Andrew Anstey died in 1970, buried at Embree Pentecostal Cemetery (Old) Embree, Notre Dame Bay Census Division); Joseph Anstey; Bessie Anstey; and Robert Anstey, however the years of birth in the 1921 Census in Sceviour’s Island do not match at all – either there is a huge error, or this first ‘Stephen William Anstey‘ died young and a second ‘Stephen William Anstey‘ was born to this family in c1868 – either way this family were very likely in Sceviour’s Island in c1911. Their gravestone inscription at Embree Pentecostal Cemetery (Old) at Embree, Notre Dame Bay does support this “In Loving Memory of Stephen William Anstey died Dec 16 1936 aged 67 – also his wife Naomi died June 5 1960 aged 91“)
  • Phoebe Anstey (b 1854 Exploits, married James Baker in 1875 in Exploits “Oct 28 1875 James Baker, 37, widower, fish, Exploits & Phoebe Ansty (Anstey), 22, spin, Exploits. At Exploits“);
  • Mary Jane Anstey (b 1858);
  • Ann Anstey? (“Oct 25 1879 John Hutchings, Northern Hr & Ann Ansty (Ann Anstey), Exploits. At Exploits, METH. W: John Ball, Rosanna Budgell“);
  • Abraham Anstey (b 1863 Green Island Cove – see below); and
  • Susanna Anstey (b 1871 Green Island Cove)

Abraham Anstey (b 1863 Green Island Cove)

Abraham Anstey was born in 12 June 1863 at Green Island Cove to parents Charles Anstey  and Louisa Osmond. He married Mary Ann Wells in 1883 in Exploits (“Oct 31 1883 Abraham Anstey, 22, bach, fish, Green Island Cove & Mary Ann Wells, 21, spin, Green Island Cove. At Exploits Methodist Church“) and they had children in Exploits and later Sceviour’s Island:

  • Charles Anstey (b 1884 Exploits, married Jemima and had children William Anstey (b 1911); Mary Anstey (b 1914); Abraham Anstey (b 1917); and Daisy Anstey (b 1919). In the 1921 Newfoundland Census they were living in Sceviour’s Island);
  • Ellen Anstey (b 1886);
  • Caroline Anstey (b 1888);
  • John Anstey (b 29 November 1890, married Rosellena Rice, known as Rose in c1910, and had children Frederick Anstey (b 1912); Eric Anstey (b 1917); Allan Anstey (b 1919); and Norman Anstey (b 1921). In the 1921 Newfoundland Census they were living in Sceviour’s Island);
  • Susannah Anstey (b 1890 Green Island Cove);
  • Dora Anstey (b 1893);
  • Elijah Anstey (b 1894 Green Island Cove, married Beatrice Snow and had at least one child Maxwell Anstey (b 1920). In the 1921 Census they were living in Sceviour’s Island);
  • Louisa Anstey (b 1898 Sceviour’s Island);
  • Robert Wesley Anstey (b 1901 Sceviour’s Island, known as Welsey. He married Mary Olivia Mosher in 1924 in Corner Brook and died in Corner Brook in November 1981 “He was struck by a car and killed, while walking to or home from church“); and
  • Beatrice Anstey (b 1914 Sceviour’s Island)

By c1911 the family were living at Sceviour’s Island. In the 1921 Newfoundland Census the family was living at Sceviour’s Island. Abraham Anstey died in 1923 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Further Details on the Exploits, Twillingate Ansteys

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