The Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate Ansteys

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

Overview of the Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate Ansteys

The Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate Ansteys (including Kettle Cove) are a sub-division of the Twillingate Ansteys of Newfoundland, Canada, consisting of the Twillingate Anstey families that lived in Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate [see Google map] before or in the 1921 Newfoundland Census (we also include those families in Summerford, Stanhope and Norris Arm).

[Note: there was a very strong connection between Purcell’s Harbour and Little Harbour, where many events such as baptisms, marriages and burials took place]

Purcell’s Harbour Ansteys in McAlpine’s Newfoundland Directory

Purcell’s Harbour Ansteys in 1921 Newfoundland Census

Purcells’ Harbour in 1921

  • Andrew Anstey (b 1853 – head)
    • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1855 – wife)
  • Bennet Anstey (b 1886 – head)
    • Mary Anstey (b 1889 – wife)
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1889 – head)
    • Ida Anstey (b 1892 – wife)
    • Edwin W. Anstey (b 1915 – son)
    • Ivy Anstey (b 1919 – daughter)
    • Ada M. Anstey (b 1921 – daughter)
  • George Anstey (b 1892 – head)
    • Beatrice Anstey (b 1898 – wife)
    • Edward G. Anstey (b 1919 – son)
    • Raymond F. Anstey (b 1921 – son)
  • James Anstey (b 1874 – head)
    • Druceillia Anstey (b 1877 – wife)
    • Amelia Anstey (b 1900 – daughter)
    • Lauretta Anstey (b 1902 – daughter)
    • John Anstey (b 1904 – son)
    • Irene Anstey (b 1905 – daughter)
    • Carl Anstey (b 1909 – son)
    • Hazel Anstey (b 1912 – daughter)
    • Ivy J. Anstey (b 1914 – daughter)
    • Doris A. Anstey (b 1916 – daughter)
  • Lavina Anstey (b 1861 – head and widow)
    • Samuel Anstey (b 1887 – son)
  • Peter Anstey (b 1861 – head)
    • Rosanna Anstey (b 1858 – wife)
    • Louisa M. Anstey (b 1896 – daughter)
    • Rowena Anstey (b 1900 – daughter)
  • Philip Anstey (b 1851 – head)
    • Lydia Anstey (b 1860 – wife)
    • Annie Anstey (b 1881 – daughter)
    • Percy Anstey (b 1885 – son)
    • Emma Anstey (b 1890 – daughter)
    • Ettie Anstey (b 1896 – daughter)
    • Paul Anstey (b 1900 – son)
  • William Anstey (b c1840 – head and widower)

Summerford in 1921

  • Ford Anstey (b 1892 – head)
    • Olive Anstey (b 1898 – wife)
    • Laura Anstey (b 1919 – daughter)
    • Amy Anstey (b 1920 – daughter)
  • Henry Anstey (b 1856 – head)
    • Sophie Anstey (b 1857 – wife)
  • Levi Anstey (b 1878 – head)
    • Lucy Anstey (b 1880 – wife)
    • Stewart Anstey (b 1902 – son)
    • Daisy Anstey (b 1904 – daughter)
    • Melina Anstey (b 1906 – daughter)
    • Dorman Anstey (b 1908 – son)
    • Phoebe Anstey (b 1909 – daughter)
    • Mary Minnie Anstey (b 1911 – daughter)​
    • Carl Anstey (b 1912 – son)
    • Arthur Anstey (b 1915 – son)
    • Hubert Anstey (b 1918 – son)
    • Nelson Anstey (b 1920 – son)

Norris Arm in 1921

  • Stephen Anstey (b 1883 – head)
    • Marian Anstey (b 1883 – wife)
    • Henry Anstey (b 1912 – son)
    • Malinda Anstey (b 1916 – daughter)

Stanhope in 1921

  • Annie Anstey (b 1863 – head and widow)
    • Eli Anstey (b 1902 – son)
    • Gussie Anstey (b 1909 – daughter)

Cape Onion in 1921

  • Alexander Anesty (b 1885 – head)
    • Mary Anesty (b 1886 – wife)
    • Elsie B. Anesty (b 1914 – daughter)
    • Walter Anesty (b 1917 – son)

James Anstey (b 1799 Twillingate)

James Anstey was born in 1799 in Twillingate to father Thomas Anstey (b 1769). He was a fisherman, marrying Diane [Dinah] Locke in c1826 or so (some sources say Dinah Boyd – indeed he probably married twice) and they had children in Twillingate:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1828, married Lydia Watkins and had children in Purcell’s Harbour (and Little Harbour) Ann Anstey (b 1853, known as Annie, baptised 18 December 1853 in Little Harbour aged 2 months); Peter Anstey (b 1861 – see below); Joanna Anstey (b 1863, known as Joan?, married Joseph Marsh on the same day as her brother Peter Anstey, the ‘Twillingate Sun‘ on 26 October 1883 reported “At Little Harbour on the 22 Oct by Rev. F. R. Duffill, Mr Joseph Marsh to Miss Joanna Anstey, both of Purcell’s Harbour“); Laura Anstey (b 1868); and Mary Jane Anstey (b 1870, married Walter Hawkins and died in 1913 at Hart’s Cove of tuberculosis). In 1876 “Thomas Anstey Purcell’s Harbour” was mentioned as being paid for building works in the ‘Journal of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland‘. The ‘Twillingate Sun‘ on 28 June 1882 reported that “Mr Rice presented a petition from Thomas Anstey of Purcell’s Harbour regarding road money” (this was also reported in the ‘Journal of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland 1882‘). In 1883 Thomas Anstey was on the Building Committee for the new Methodist Church in Little Harbour; He was also Representative of the Trustee Board in 1890. Lydia Anstey died in 1891 in Little Harbour, Twillingate “aged 59“. Thomas Anstey appears as a fisherman in Purcell’s Harbour in the 1898 McAlpine Directory; he died 17 November 1898 in Little Harbour, Twillingate “aged 70“)
  • John Anstey (b 1830 – see below);
  • Stephen Anstey (b 1837 – see the Back Harbour Twillingate Ansteys);
  • Samuel Anstey (b c1838?, died in 1864);
  • James Anstey Junior (b 1840, he likely married Mary Ann Pardy (b 1840) and he died in 1882 in Twillingate “aged 42“. Mary Ann (widow) then remarried James Colbourne and she died in Purcell’s Harbour in 1914 aged 74 “Nee Mary Ann PARDY, wife of James; dau of William Pardy & Eleanor Young. She first married James Anstey.“);
  • William Anstey (b c1841 – see below);
  • Andrew Anstey (b 1843, died young?);
  • Dinah Anstey (b 1846, died 1899 “aged 52“);
  • Philip Anstey (b c1850/3, a fisherman who married Lydia Moors in 1879 in Twillingate (witnesses were Marian Sparshott and Mary Anstey) and had children Marieann Anstey (b 1880, known as Annie, unmarried and living with the family in Twillingate in 1921); Lilly Amelia Anstey (b 1883); Percy Anstey (b 1885, unmarried and living with the family in Twillingate in 1921); Frank James Anstey (b 1888); Emma Anstey (b 1890); Ettie Anstey (b 1896, unmarried and living with the family in Twillingate in 1921); and Paul Anstey (b 1900, unmarried and living with the family in Twillingate in 1921). In 1883, John AnsteyAndrew Anstey and Philip Anstey, all of Purcell’s Harbour gave to the ‘Mark Brett Subscription Fund’ according to the ‘Twillingate Sun‘ 27 January 1883 edition. The same newspaper reported on 12 February 1887 that “Philip Anstey was an esteemed gentleman from Twillingate who presided most efficiently at the organ“. Philip Anstey appears as a fisherman in Purcell’s Harbour in the 1898 McAlpine Directory. Philip and his family were living in Purcell’s Habour in c1911 and near his brother William Anstey at Purcell’s Harbour in the 1921 Newfoundland Census);
  • Selina Anstey (b 1851); and
  • Andrew Anstey (b 1853 Little Harbour, baptised 18 December 1853 aged 4 months at the Methodist Church to “James and Dinah“. He was probably witness at his nephew Alfred Anstey‘s marriage in 1882. He was a fisherman and he married Elizabeth Rice in 1874 in Purcell’s Harbour. In 1883, John AnsteyAndrew Anstey and Philip Anstey, all of Purcell’s Harbour gave to the ‘Mark Brett Subscription Fund’ according to the ‘Twillingate Sun‘ 27 January 1883 edition. In 1894 Andrew Anstey was Superintendent of the Little Harbour Sunday School. Andrew Anstey appears as a fisherman in Purcell’s Harbour in the 1898 McAlpine Directory. The ‘Evening Herald‘ on 20 September 1905 reported that “Mr John Pardy to be a member of the Methodist Board of Education in Little Harbour, in place of Mr Andrew Anstey, retired“. Andrew and his wife were living in Purcell’s Habour in c1911 and were living next door to his brother William Anstey in Purcell’s Harbour the 1921 Newfoundland Census. Andrew Anstey was at some point a ‘local preacher’ for the Methodist Church. “Mrs Andrew Anstey” was still alive in 1939)

Dinah Anstey (wife) died in Purcell’s Harbour in 1873 “aged 61“. James Anstey died on 1 June 1884 in Purcell’s Harbour. The ‘Twillingate Sun‘ reported “DIED: On the 1st Inst, Purcell’s Harbour, after a long illness, Mr James Anstey, aged 85“.

Samuel Anstey (b c1800 Twillingate)

Samuel Anstey was born in Twillingate in c1800 to father Thomas Anstey (b 1769). He had children (one certainly confirmed, the other highly likely):

  • Samuel Anstey (b 1826 Purcell’s Harbour, who married Elizabeth Pardy – see below); and
  • Ann Anstey (b 1834 Purcell’s Harbour, who married John Pardy in or before 1855, confirmed as “daughter of Samuel Anstey“)

Samuel Anstey (b 1826 Purcell’s Harbour)

Samuel Anstey was born in Purcell’s Harbour in 1826 to father Samuel Anstey. He was a Methodist fisherman, marrying first Elizabeth Pardy in 1851 in Twillingate, having children in Purcell’s Harbour:

  • Henry Anstey (b 1856 – see below);
  • Phoebe Ann Anstey (b 1859, died an infant);
  • Edward James Anstey (b 1861 – see below);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1864, died 1865);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1864, died an infant); and
  • Mark Anstey (b c1866, married Annie Hart on 11 September 1891 in Twillingate – both were residing in Purcell’s Harbour at the time – witnesses were his brother Edward Anstey and Elizabeth Hill. They had children Dorcas Anstey (b 13 January 1892 Burnt Bay, died 15 December 1922 in Norris Arm); James Anstey (b 10 January 1894 Dildo Run); Matilda Anstey (b 12 November 1896 Herring Neck); Eli Anstey (b 1901 Summerford); and Gussie Anstey (b 1909 Stanhope). In c1911 the family were living in Stanhope and by the 1921 Newfoundland Census Annie was a widow, living with her two youngest children at Stanhope)

Elizabeth Anstey (wife) died in 1864 so Samuel remarried Maria Bound, having children:

  • Eli Anstey (b 1870 – see below)
  • Elizabeth Ann Anstey (b 1872);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1874, died 1885)
  • Emily Mary Anstey (b 1877);
  • Priscilla Anstey (b 1881, in the 1901 Census she was living at Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with her brother Eli. She married Jacob Wheeler in Sydney, Cape Breton in 1903. She died in 1953 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, parents confirmed as Samuel Anstey and Maria Bound);​
  • Jonathon Anstey (b 1884, known as John, in the 1901 Census he was living at Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with his brother Eli); and
  • Alexander Anesty (b 1885 Jackson’s Cove, married Mary Jane Adams on 12 April 1905 in Western Stead having children Elsie Blanche Anesty (b 1914 Lewisporte) and Walter Anesty (b 1917 Cape Onion). In c1911 they were probably living in Lewisporte and in the 1921 Newfoundland Census they were living at Cape Onion, St. Barbe, Newfoundland)

Samuel Anstey died on 15 April 1892 of “paralysis” at Purcell’s Harbour, “aged 66” (other sources say he died at Little Harbour – that was probably where he was buried).

John Anstey (b 1830 Purcell’s Harbour)

John Anstey was born in 1830 in Purcell’s Harbour to father James Anstey. He married Amelia Rideout (probably known as Mary per the 1898 McAlpine’s Directory above) in Purcell’s Harbour in 1866 and they had children:

  • Mary Anstey (b 1866);
  • Emma Anstey (b 1873); and
  • James Anstey (b 1874 – see below).

In 1883, John Anstey, Andrew Anstey and Philip Anstey, all of Purcell’s Harbour gave to the ‘Mark Brett Subscription Fund’ according to the ‘Twillingate Sun‘ 27 January 1883 edition. Also in 1883 John Anstey was on the Building Committee for the new Methodist Church in Little Harbour.

The ‘Daily Colonist‘ on 14 November 1888 reported “Drifted from her Moorings: On Sunday night says the Trinity Record from Saturday last, a small schooner owned by John Anstey of Purcell’s Harbour was driven from her anchor in Long Tickle, entrance to Dildo Run. She left Purcell’s Harbour on Friday and while beating up the run was struck by a heavy squall which split her jib and foresail. This morning she was reported picked up at Island Harbour, half full of water but otherwise not much damaged. She had on board suplies and belongings belonging to two families who were going in the Bay for winter and who would have been left quite destitute had she been completely wrecked“. Also in 1888 “John Anstey of Purcell’s Harbour gave 50 cents to a subscription fund for a Mr George Young“, who had lost his hand gunning seals.

The ‘Twillingate Sun‘ on 25 August 1894 reported “MASONIC OUTING: Members of Twillingate Lodge F&AM enjoyed an outing on Wednesday last. The brethren, with a limited number of guests, started for John Anstey‘s premises, Purcell’s Harbour…the manner in which the catering was done reflected much credit on Mrs Anstey..“.

John Anstey died in Purcell’s Harbour in 1897.

William Anstey (b c1841 Purcell’s Harbour)

William Anstey was born in c1841 in Purcell’s Harbour to parents James Anstey and Dinah Locke (per his death record). He married Mary Colbourne [Colburn] on 22 October 1861 in Purcell’s Harbour – witnesses were John Anstey (surely his brother) and John Brewer [Note: The original marriage entry was ‘John Anstey‘, but ‘William‘ was added over the top, without ‘John‘ being crossed out. The signature of the groom was ‘William Anstey‘]. They had children in Purcell’s Harbour:

William Anstey appears as a fisherman in Purcell’s Harbour in the 1898 McAlpine Directory. William‘s wife Mary Anstey died in Little Harbour in 1916 of a “tumour, aged 76“. In the 1921 Newfoundland Census William was a fisherman and a widower living at Purcell’s Harbour with his granddaughter Blanche Anstey (daughter of his son Alfred Anstey). A year later in 1922 he moved to live with his son Alfred in West Swanzey, New Hampshire, America, arriving from Newfoundland (per his death record). William died in 1928 in West Swanzey, New Hampshire, still “married“?, “a fisherman aged 87, parents James Anstey and Diana Locke” – per death record.

Henry Anstey (b 1856 Purcell’s Harbour)

Henry Anstey was born in 1856 in Purcell’s Harbour to parents Samuel Anstey and Elizabeth Pardy, baptised at Little Harbour on 19 October 1856 aged one month. He was a fisherman who married Sophia Earl in 1877 in Twillingate and they had children in first Purcell’s Harbour and later Summerford where they moved in c1890 or so:

  • Levi Anstey (b 1878, married Lucy Barnes on 14 December 1899 at Farmers Arm in Newfoundland and they had children in Summerford Melissa Anstey (b 1898); ​Stewart Anstey (b 1902);​​ Daisy Anstey (b 1904);​​ Melina Anstey (b 1906); Dorman Anstey (b 1908); Phoebe Anstey (b 1909);​​ Mary Minnie Anstey (b 1911);​​​ Carl Anstey (b 1912);​​ Arthur Anstey (b 1915);​​ Hubert Anstey (b 1918); and​​ Nelson Anstey (b 1920). In c1911 and in the 1921 Newfoundland Census the family were living in Summerfield);
  • Emily Mary Anstey (b 1880, married Thomas Watkins on 14 December 1899 at Farmers Arm);
  • Phoebe Anstey (b 1883 Loon Bay);
  • Dorman Anstey (b 25 October 1884 Robert’s Arm, married Albertha Boyd on 25 August 1906 in Durrell though he died a year later in Durrell on 11 April 1907 of ‘inflammation of bowels’);
  • Jessie Anstey (b 1888, married Norman Garfield Pelley on 12 November 1910 in Twillingate);
  • Roland Anstey (b 1889, died in 1910);
  • Ford Anstey (b 1892 Hillgrade/Fridays Bay, probably living in Summerford in c1911 – a fisherman who married Olive in c1916 and had daughters in Summerford Laura Anstey (b 1919); and Amy Anstey (b 1920). In the 1921 Newfoundland Census the family were living in Summerfield); and
  • Winnifred Anstey (b 8 March 1896 Summerford, probably living in Summerford in c1911 – she died 23 September 1969 having never married)

In c1911 and in the 1921 Newfoundland Census Henry Anstey and his wife were living in Summerford – ditto the 1935 Census.

Edward James Anstey (b 1861 Purcell’s Harbour)

Edward James Anstey was born in 1861 to parents Samuel Anstey and Elizabeth Pardy, baptised on 16 October 1861 in Purcell’s Harbour. He was a fisherman at Purcell’s Harbour, marrying Lavina Oxford on 22 October 1883 in Little Harbour in a triple wedding ceremony with Peter Anstey as well as Peter‘s sister Joanna. The ‘Twillingate Sun‘ on 26 October 1883 reported “At Little Harbour on the 22 Oct by Rev. F. R. Duffill, Mr Edward Anstey to Miss Lavina Oxford, both of Purcell’s Harbour“. They had children in Purcell’s Harbour:

  • Herbert James Anstey (b 1884);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1886, living in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911. He married Ida and in the 1921 Newfoundland Census they were living at Purcell’s Cove with their children Edwin W. Anstey (b 1915); Ivy Anstey (b 1919, known as Nellie); and Ada M. Anstey (b 1921, known as Margerie). They also had children Maymie Anstey (b 1924); Ettie Anstey (b 1928); Rowena Anstey (b 1930); and Mildred Anstey (b 1933). The family was still in Purcell’s Harbour in the 1935 Census where Frederick was a fisherman at a cod fishery.);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1887, living in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911 and living with his mother in Purcell’s Harbour in the 1921 Newfoundland Census);
  • Gertrude Anstey (b 1889, married first Mr Stuckless and then in 1929 per the ‘Twillingate Sun‘ we find “STUCKLESS-ROBERTS: The marriage of Mrs Gertrude Stuckless, daughter of the late Edward Anstey of Purcell’s Harbour, to Mr George Roberts, Wild Cove, took place Wednesday Feb 1st“;
  • Hedley George Anstey (b December 1891 baptised in 1892 in Purcell’s Harbour, known as George – living in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911. He married Beatrice and in the 1921 Newfoundland Census they were living at Purcell’s Harbour with their sons Edward G. Anstey (b 1919) and Raymond F. Anstey (b 1921) where George was a fisherman at a cod fishery);

The family were living in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911. Edward Anstey died in July 1915 at Purcell’s Harbour (interned in Little Harbour) of “malignant ulcer of stomach, aged 58” where a note states “Believed to be Edward James Anstey b 1861, s/o Samuel Anstey & Elizabeth Pardy; husband of Lavinia Oxford.“.

Peter Anstey (b 1861 Purcell’s Harbour)

Peter Anstey was born in Purcell’s Harbour (some sources say Little Harbour) in 1861 to parents Thomas Anstey and Lydia Watkins, baptised in Little Harbour in 1862. He grew up in Purcell’s Harbour and became a fisherman. He married Rosanna James on 22 October 1883 in Little Harbour (on the same day and at the same place that his sister Joan married, and Edward Anstey married) – the ‘Twillingate Sun‘ on 26 October 1883 reported “At Little Harbour on the 22 Oct by Rev. F. R. Duffill, Mr Peter Anstey to Miss Rosanna James, both of Purcell’s Harbour“). They had children:

  • Stephen Anstey (b 1884, living in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911. He married Marian having at least two children in Purcells Harbour Henry Anstey (b 1912) and Malinda Anstey (b 1916). In the 1921 Newfoundland Census the family were living at Norris Arm where Stephen was a carpenter);
  • Bennett Anstey (b 1886, living in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911. He married Mary Marsh in Purcell’s Harbour in 1918 (James Anstey was witness) and was living in Purcell’s Harbour in the 1921 Newfoundland Census. By the 1935 Census Bennet Anstey was a “wharfager” in Purcell’s Harbour married to Dulcie with a son Malcolm Anstey (b 1934). Bennet Anstey owned a Root Cellar in Purcell’s Harbour in c1935 which is now owned by Bruce Anstey (presumably a direct descendant). Bennett Anstey was at some point a ‘local preacher’ for the Methodist Church, as well as Superintendent of the Little Harbour Sunday School);
  • Minnie Anstey (b 1888);
  • Bessie Laura Anstey (b 1890);
  • Arthur Anstey (b 1891);
  • Louisa Maud Anstey (b 1896, living with her family in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911); and
  • Rowena Anstey (b 1900, living with her family in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911)

Peter Anstey was living with his family in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911 as well as the 1921 Newfoundland Census and 1935 Census, at which time he was a “carpenter, odd jobs“. He died on 1 January 1940, interned at Little Harbour. At some point Peter Anstey was Superintendent of the Little Harbour Sunday School

Alfred Anstey (b 1862 Purcell’s Harbour)

Alfred Anstey was born on 9 June 1862 (some sources say 9 June 1863) at Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate, Newfoundland (some sources say Lewisport, Newfoundland) to parents William Anstey and Mary Colbourne [Colburn]Alfred married Sarah Powell in 1882 at the Methodist Church in Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate, at which time he was a fisherman; witnesses were Andrew Anstey (likely his uncle) and Mary Anstey (his mother?). They had children in Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate:

  • Archibald Henry Anstey (b 9 December 1883, emigrated to New York, America from St Johns in June 1905 on the ‘SS Rosalind‘ intending to stay with his father Alfred Anstey at 331-13th Street, Brooklyn, Kings. At this time he was an unmarried carpenter. He married Dorcas Rice in 1906 and by the 1910 American Census he was a carpenter living at Newburgh Ward 6, Orange, New York with a daughter Sarah Anstey (b 1909). They also had children Pearl A. Anstey (b 1909 Newburgh, married Raymond S. Philips, died 2002 Allentown); Harold W. Anstey (b 1911); Archibald Henry Anstey Jnr (b 1918); Arthur G. Anstey (b 1919); Evelyn Anstey (b 1922); and Doris Anstey (b 1926). In 1913 Archibald was living at 82 Carpenter Avenue, Newbury, New York. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War OneArchibald wrote that he was living in Orange County New York, working as a carpenter at Newburgh? Shipyard and that he had “one finger off“. Archibald Henry Anstey died in October 1970 in Orange County, New York);
  • Bessie Louise Anstey (b 1885, living in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911. She married James Hicks in 1915 in Purcells Harbour, though he died a year later in 1916);
  • Whillamina Anstey (b 1888, living in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911. She married John Hayward in 1912 in Tizzard’s Harbour, Newfoundland);
  • Stanley Anstey (b 11 January 1891 (some sources say 5 January 1891), he emigrated to America on 1 July 1909, though we cannot find him in the 1910 American Census. In the June 1917 Draft Registration for World War OneStanley incorrectly noted his date of birth as 11 January 1889; however he confirmed his birth town as Twillingate; and that he was then working as a gardener living at 189 Robinson Avenue, Newburgh, NY (it is certainly the ‘correct’ Stanley Anstey as his signature matches on all subsequent documents we find). He signed up with the Army around a year after this; we know this because he made a Petition for Naturalisation on 26 July 1918. On this form he stated that he was an “unmarried soldier” born in Twillingate, having entered the Army a month prior on 25 June 1918, and was currently residing at Camp Dix New Jersey with “Lc Co F 345 Inf“. He was still a Private with “Lc Co F 345 Inf” when he was discharged in Jordan New York on 23 January 1919. From this, we can be confident that Stanley left America bound for Europe during World War One with the 345th Infantry Regiment in September 1918, however the 345th Infantry was only used “as a pool of labourers” once they arrived, as the war was effectively over, and they “returned to the Continental US in January 1919 to Camp Dix, New Jersey, and were deactivated in February 1919“. Stanley appeared never to marry – by the 1940 Census he was an “unmarried hotel helper” living at the Salvation Army Industrial Home in Binghamton, Ward 8, Broome, New York – he noted that he had previously been residing in Queens in 1935);
  • Selina Anstey (b 1893 Pilley’s Island, married Norman Bulger in 1911 in Lewisporte, Newfoundland); and
  • Blanche Anstey (b 1896, probably living in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911. In the 1921 Newfoundland Census she was living in Twillingate with her grandfather William Anstey. She was single in 1924 when she arrived in New York, stating that her previous residence was West Swanzey, her final destination was West Swanzey, and her sister was “Mrs Robert Keefe, Twillingate“. In 1930 she was living in Brooklyn, New York with her uncle Willis Anstey and his family. In 1931 she was still single, a “domestic” last living in New York)

Sarah Anstey (wife) died in 1898 so Alfred Anstey then remarried Martha Dalley [Daley] (b 1872) and they had children in Twillingate:

  • Elmer M. Anstey (b 1902, presumably residing with his parents in Toronto, Ontario in c1910 and residing in West Swanzey New Hampshire in 1921);
  • [Harris] Horace Witfield Anstey (b 1904, presumably residing with his parents in Toronto, Ontario in c1910 and residing in West Swanzey New Hampshire in 1921); and
  • Mary C. Anstey (b 1909, presumably residing with her parents in Toronto, Ontario in c1910 and residing in West Swanzey New Hampshire in 1921)

Alfred Anstey appears as a fisherman in Purcell’s Harbour in the 1898 McAlpine Directory. In June 1905 Alfred‘s son Archibald Henry Anstey emigrated to America, stating that he was intending to stay with his father at 331-13th Street, Brooklyn, Kings; however other sources state that Alfred did not arrive in America until a year after that in 1906 (however the 1930 Census states that he first entered America in 1900). Either way he must have kept popping back and forth between Twillingate and New York between 1906 and 1910, before moving permanently to Toronto, Ontario in c1910, presumably with his wife Martha.

Alfred was still married to Martha in 1913 when he emigrated permanently to America. On his Arrival Form, on 29 August 1913 at Buffalo, New York, he stated that he was a carpenter, that he had previously been in New York, America from 1906 to 1910; that he had been previously permanently residing in Toronto, Ontario; and that he was intending to reside with his son Archibald Henry Anstey at 82 Carpenter Avenue, Newbury, New York.

Martha died in 1915, buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery Maspeth, Queens County, New York so Alfred Anstey married a third time, to Minnie W. Mason [nee Brown] (b 8 July 1870) in West Swanzey, New Hampshire in 1917. He was naturalised as an American citizen in 1921 at Keene, New Hampshire. He stated on his form that he was living at Main Street, West Swanzey, New Hampshire; that he was a carpenter; that he was born 9 June 1863 in Twillingate; and that he emigrated from Toronto to Buffalo, NY in 1913.

Alfred’s father William Anstey joined the family in Swanzey in 1922, arriving from Newfoundland; he died in 1928 in West Swanzey, New Hampshire. In the 1930 Census Alfred Anstey and his wife Minnie were living at Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire where he was a “gluer“.

Alfred Anstey died on 30 October 1934 at Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire. Minnie W. Anstey (widow) was still living there in the 1940 Census.

Eli Anstey (b 1870 Purcell’s Harbour)

Eli Anstey was born on 26 June 1870 in Purcell’s Harbour to parents Samuel Anstey and Maria Bound. He was a Methodist, marrying Annie (b c1872) in c1898 and they had children:

  • Dinlay Anstey (b 1899 Newfoundland, married Benjamin Butler and in the 1940 Census she was living with her family and parents at Ward 6, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts);
  • Harris Anstey (b 1900 Newfoundland, married Beulah and they had children in Connecticut, America Barbara Anstey (b 1930) and Robert Anstey (b 1935). In both 1930 and 1940 Censuses they were living at East Haven Town, New Haven, Connecticut where Harris was a meter reader for a gas company. Harris died in 1992, buried at East Lawn Cemetery East Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut – his wife Beulah predeceased him, also buried there in 1985); and
  • Edna Myrtle Anstey (b 1914 Nova Scotia)

In 1901 the family moved from Twillingate in Newfoundland to Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada – in the 1901 Census they were already at Cape Breton, Nova Scotia together with Eli‘s sister Priscilla and brother John. In the 1911 Canadian Census the family were living at District 40, Cape Breton South, Nova Scotia where Eli Anstey was working as a carpenter at a steel works.

In 1926 the family immigrated into America from Halifax, Nova Scotia and in 1930 Eli Anstey was a carpenter living with his family at Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts – they were still there in the 1940 Census living with their daughter Dinlay Butler. Eli died in January 1950, buried at Pine Grove Cemetery Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts plot reference ‘M,Lot-664,Grave-1‘. His widow Annie Anstey was buried in the next door plot in August 1950.

James Anstey (b 1874 Purcell’s Harbour)

James Anstey was born in 1874 to parents John Anstey and Amelia Rideout. He married Druscilla (Druceilla) Pardy in 1898 in Purcell’s Harbour and they had children:

  • Amelia Anstey (b 1899);
  • Lauretta Anstey (b 1902);
  • John Anstey (b 1904, married Lucy and living in Purcell’s Harbour in 1935);
  • Irene Anstey (b 1905, unmarried living with family in 1935);
  • Malcolm Anstey? (b 1906, died young?);
  • Carl Anstey (b 1909, married Margaret in c1930, living in Purcell’s Harbour in 1935);
  • Hazel Anstey (b 1912);
  • Ivy Jane Anstey (b 1913, known as Jane, unmarried living with family in 1935); and
  • Doris Annie Anstey (b 1916, unmarried living with family in 1935)

James Anstey appears as a fisherman in Purcell’s Harbour in the 1898 McAlpine Directory. He was likely the owner of the ‘Guerilla‘ ship in 1896 and the ‘Erminie‘ ship in 1899 where the ‘Mercantile Navy List‘ describes him both times as “James Anstey Purcell’s Harbour“.

James Anstey was living with his family in Purcell’s Harbour in c1911 and in the 1921 Newfoundland Census and he was still there, a fisherman, in the 1945 Census.

Willis Anstey (b 1875 Purcell’s Harbour)

Willis Anstey was born on 7 July 1875 (some sources incorrectly say 7 July 1873) at Purcell’s Harbour to parents William Anstey and Mary Colbourne [Colburn]. He crossed the border into America in c1903 (probably to ‘live’ with his brother Alfred) and married Charlotte Goody in 1903 in Kings, Saratoga, New York (parents confirmed as William Anstey and Mary Colbourne). They had children in New York:

  • Violet M. Anstey (b 1905);
  • Everette N. Anstey (b 1908); and
  • Florence Anstey (b 1913)

In the 1910 American Census the family were living at Brooklyn Ward 8 Kings New York, Willis was working as a shipwright. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One Willis noted (incorrectly) that he was born 7 July 1873; that he was a ship carpenter (foreman) working for Luckenbach SS Co; that he was living in 552-55 Street, Brooklyn, New York; and that his wife was Charlotte Anstey.

In the 1920 Census the family was living in Brooklyn, New York, where Willis Anstey was a carpenter at a ship yard. They were still there in 1930, where Willis‘s niece Blanche Anstey was residing with them.

Further Details on the Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate Ansteys

#1. Hubert J. Anstey (b 1882 or 1884) was resident in Purcell’s Harbour when he married Maud Florence Brinton in 1908 in Little Harbour – Norman Pardy was a witness. In the 1921 Newfoundland Census they were living with their son Chesley Gordon Anstey (b 1911 Norris Arm) in Springdale. We have not yet formally connected this family as we cannot find Hubert‘s birth or baptism, but he is clearly of this sub-branch.

We are actively on the lookout for Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Purcell’s Harbour, 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 research@theansteystory.com.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Purcell’s Harbour, Twillingate Ansteys, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.

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Anybody who finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com and we will correct it.

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