The Springdale, Twillingate Ansteys

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

Overview of the Springdale, Twillingate Ansteys

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

For the nearby Little Bay Islands, see the Little Bay, Twillingate Anstey page.

Springdale Ansteys in McAlpine’s Newfoundland Directory

  • 1898 – Springdale
    • ?

Springdale Ansteys in 1921 Newfoundland Census

  • Ernest G. Anstey (b 1895 – head)
    • Violet Anstey (b 1899 – wife)
    • Clifford J. Anstey (b 1921 – son)
  • George Anstey (b 1892 – head)
    • Bessie Anstey (b 1894 – wife)
    • Olivia M. Anstey (b 1918 – daughter)
    • Metta D. Anstey (b 1921 – daughter)
  • Hubert Anstey (b 1884 – head) – Note: this is a Purcell’s Harbour family
    • Florence Anstey (b 1885 – wife)
    • Chesley G. Anstey (b 1911 – son)
  • Jonathon Anstey (b 1870 – head)
    • Lillian Anstey (b 1873 – wife)
    • Mabel Anstey (b 1905 – daughter)
    • Doris Anstey (b 1910 – daughter)
  • Mary A. Anstey (b 1894 – widow and head)
    • Lloyd Anstey (b 1916 – son)
    • Augustus Anstey (b 1918 – son)
    • Garfield A. Anstey (b 1920 – son)

Jonathon Anstey (b 1870 Purcell’s Harbour)

Jonathon Anstey was born on 6 (or 10) January 1870, baptised 30 May 1870 in Purcell’s Harbour, to parents John Anstey Junior and Jane Ann Curtis. He married Lillian Brown in 1891 in Little Bay and they had children:

  • Harold Roland Anstey (b 1891 Little Bay);
  • Frederick Allan Anstey (b 1893, known as Fred, living in Springdale in c1911 – he married Mary Ann Jenkins in 1914 in Springdale and had children Lloyd Anstey (b 1916); Augustus Anstey (b 1918) and Garfield Allan Anstey (b 1920). He was witness to his brother Ernest‘s weddings in 1917 and 1920 in Springdale. Fred died in 1921, the ‘Twillingate Sun‘ reporting on 26 March 1921 “From Springdale: We buried yesterday a young man named Fred ANSTEY, son of Jonathan ANSTEY, formerly of Carter’s Cove, Twillingate, who died at Millertown Hospital on March 12th. He was cook in one of the lumbering camps and was taken ill, being unconscious all the time. His death is very sad as he leaves a wife and three children. He was about 28 years (of age.)” His widow Mary and their children were living in Springdale in the 1921 Newfoundland Census);
  • Ernest George Anstey (b 22 June 1896 Indian Arm, Campbellton, living in Springdale in c1911 – he married Lilly May Miller in May 1917 in Springdale. She must have died soon afterwards because in March 1920 in Springdale he remarried Isabella Violet Jacobs (known as Violet) and they had a son Clifford J. Anstey (b 1921) – Ernest was a “lumberman“. According to the ‘Evening Telegram‘ 6 November 1917 edition “Yesterday’s Enlistments at Headquarters. The following young men offered their services for the Regiment at Headquarters yesterday… E. G. Anstey Springdale N. D. B” – unfortunately we can find absolutely no further mention of any service he might have performed during World War One anywhere. In the 1921 Census Ernest was living in Springdale with his family – his religion was ‘Salvation Army’ and he was a lumberman. Ernest George Anstey died in 1965);
  • Ivy Stella Anstey (b 1896 Campbellton, living in Springdale in c1911 – she married Peter Allan LeGrow in 1915 in Springdale);
  • Mae Mabel Anstey (b 1904 Springdale, known as Mabel, living in Springdale in c1911 – she married Clifford Henry Monk in 1927 in Toronto and died in 1934, buried at St John’s Norway Cemetery, Toronto); and
  • Doris Anstey (b 1910 Springdale)

In 1896, Jonathon was a ‘mill worker’ in Indian Arm. By c1911 and still in the 1921 Newfoundland Census the family were living in Springdale where Jonathon was a “lumberman” – his religion was Methodist. Jonathon Anstey died in Nov 1947 in Dunbarton, Ontario, Canada.

George Garfield Anstey (b 1891 Wolf Cove)

George Garfield Anstey was born on 19 July 1891 to parents Joseph Anstey and Olivia Clarke – he was likely living in Springdale in c1911. He married Elizabeth Bessie Barnes, known as Bessie, in 1917 in Springdale and they had children in Springdale:

  • Olivia Mary Anstey (b 1918);
  • Metta [Netta] Dulcie Anstey (b 1921, known as Dulcie);
  • Chester J. S. Anstey (b 1923);
  • Calvin George Anstey (b 31 January 1925); and
  • Greta C. Anstey (b 1933)

In the 1921 Newfoundland Census George and family were in Springdale, where he was a Methodist labourer. By 1935 they were still in Springdale – George was a “logger at a lumber camp“. George Garfield Anstey died in 1938.

Further Details on the Springdale, Twillingate Ansteys

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