The Clase, Swansea Ansteys

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

Overview of the Clase, Swansea Ansteys

The Clase, Swansea Ansteys of Glamorgan are a sub-branch of the Tiverton Ansteys of Devon, arriving via Bristol. The co-patriarchs of the Clase, Swansea Ansteys are two brothers John Anstey (b 1846 Bristol) and Henry Anstey (b 1849 Bristol), who arrived in Swansea from Bristol in c1875 or so. This sub-branch includes neighbouring Morriston.

John Anstey (b 1846 Bristol)

John Anstey was born in 1846 in Bristol to parents John Anstey and Sarah Fennell. In the 1861 Census he was living with his grandfather James Anstey in Bristol. John Anstey married first Emma Nash in 1865 in Bristol, however she died in 1877 in Neath. So John Anstey remarried Rebecca Jenkins in 1878 in St Peter’s Church, Swansea, St James where he was described as a “aged 32, a widower and sawyer, father John Anstey also a sawyer“. John had children:

  • Thomas Anstey (b 1871 Bristol with Emma);
  • Emma Anstey (b 1873 Swansea with Emma);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1876 Swansea with Emma, baptised at Swansea St Mary); and
  • David John Anstey (b 1880 Swansea with Rebecca, an Australian Anstey Pioneer – see below)
  • Henry Anstey (b 1881 Morriston with Rebecca);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1883 with Rebecca, a servant at Dillwyns Arms, Dillwyn Street, Morriston in the 1901 Census. She married James Waters in Swansea in 1902);
  • Alfred James Anstey (b 1885 Morriston, married Gwenllian Morgan in 1908 in Morriston (he was living in Chemical Road), however she died in 1909 in Swansea. Alfred was a widower in the 1911 Census, birth town Newcastle under Lyme? By the 1939 Register Alfred was a “widower, Loading Coal And Ashes Tinplate” living with his sister Rebecca Gilchrist at Chemical Road, Swansea. Alfred died in 1948 in Swansea);
  • Rebecca Anstey (b 1887 Morriston, married Thomas James Gilchrist in 1909 in Swansea – living with her parents in 1911. In the 1939 Register she was living at Chemical Road, Swansea);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1890 Morriston, an Anstey Hero);
  • Elizabeth Hannah Anstey (b 1893 Morriston, a tin worker in the 1911 Census);
  • William Edward Anstey (b 1895 Morriston, died 1908 Swansea)

In the 1881 Census the family was in Clase, Swansea; John was a “washman (tin), born 1847 Bristol“. In the 1901 Census they were living at 41, Chemical Road, Swansea (same street as his brother Henry Anstey). By 1911 John Anstey (father) was an invalid; the family was still at Chemical Road. John Anstey died later in 1911 in Swansea.

Henry Anstey (b 1849 Bristol)

Henry Anstey was born in 1849 in Bristol to parents John Anstey and Sarah Fennell. In the 1861 Census he was living with his grandfather James Anstey in Bristol. Henry Anstey married Jennet Walters (Janet Waters) in Swansea in 1872. However Jennet died in 1890 in Swansea so Henry remarried Hannah Lewis (connected to Mainwaring) later the same year in Swansea. Henry had children:

  • Thomas John Anstey (b 1873 Port Tenant with Jennet, an electrical engineer in 1901 in Llansamlet);
  • Sarah A. Anstey (b 1879 Morriston with Jennet, living in Llamsamlet in 1901. She married John Jones in 1901 in Swansea);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1891 Llansamlet with Hannah, a fitter at a tube works in 1911 in Morriston); and
  • Daniel Anstey (b 1896 Llansamlet with Hannah – an Anstey Hero, see below)

In the 1881 Census Henry Anstey (father) was a “chemical work labourer” in Clase. In the 1891 Census they were at Chemical Road, Llangyfelach, Swansea (same street as his brother John Anstey). By the 1901 Census the family were at Western Terrace Fair View, Llansamlet, Swansea – Henry Anstey (father) was a “manager of a chemical works“. By the 1911 Census Henry Anstey was “licensed victualler” of the Bush Inn Morriston; he died in 1927 in Swansea.

David John Anstey (b 1880 Swansea)

David John Anstey, an Australian Anstey pioneer, was born in 1880 in Swansea to parents John Anstey and Rebecca Jenkins. He married Catherine Panlett (Paulett) in Morriston in 1901 (he was living in Morriston at the time) and they had children in Swansea:

  • Doris May Anstey (b 1907, married William H Williams in Tamworth, NSW in 1925);
  • Griffith (Greffith) David Anstey (b 1911, known as ‘Griff‘, married Grace Estelle Laverick in Newcastle, NSW in 1936. He died in 1973 “Griffith David Anstey, late of Mayfield, N.S.W,. iron worker, died 20th March, 1973; an election to administer, with the will dated 10th September, 1962, annexed, was filed on 9th August, 1973“); and
  • Catherine Anstey (b 1918, known as Kitty, married George Frederick Brown in 1940 in Mayfield – the ‘Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate’ reporting on 25 July 1940 that “BROWN–ANSTEY The marriage was celebrated at St. Andrews Church of England, Mayfield, between Miss Catherine Anstey, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Anstey, of Mayfield, and Mr. George Frederick Brown, third son of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Brown of Coledale, South Coast. Canon E. J. Withycombe officiated at the ceremony. Mr. Pugh was organist, and Mrs. C. Bruce sang. The bride’s gown of Ivory lace featured a heart-shaped neckline edged with tulle. The bodice was shirred and the skirt flared to form a train. Her embroidered tulle veil was worn with a halo of orange blossoms and she carried a bouquet of camellis and hyacinths. Mrs. D. Williams, sister of the bride, was matron of honour, and Miss Beryl Parker attended as bridesmaid. They were gowned in green and cyclamen lace with Empire bodices finished with buttons. The full skirts were flared. They added picture hats of tulle to tone with their frocks, and carried bouquets of pink camellias.“).

In the 1911 Census the family were living at 245 Chemical Road, Morriston, Swansea, David John Anstey was a “copperness maker“. In 1918 according to the ‘South Wales Weekly Post‘ 16 November 1918, “Mr. D. J. Anstey, Chemical Road. Morriston, has decided to contest the seat for Clase Ward on the Swansea Town Council and hopes to have the support of Labour

In 1921 the entire family departed from Southampton on the ship ‘Themistocles‘ bound for Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (David John Anstey stated that he was a “tin worker“), and they settled in Mayfield, near Newcastle in New South Wales. By May 1922 David John Anstey was already President of the ‘Unemployed Relief Committee‘ and they were living at Vine Street Mayfield where by July 1922 according to the ‘Newcastle Sun‘, “Griffith D. Anstey of Vine Street, Mayfield” was giving out horse racing tips (aged 10!!).

David John Anstey died in 1941. In the ‘Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate‘ 5 July 1941 edition, it stated “FUNERALS ANSTEY.-The relatives and friends of Mrs. C. ANSTEY, Mr. and Mrs. W. WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. G. D. ANSTEY, and Mr. and Mrs, F. BROWN, are invited to attend the funeral of their late beloved Husband, Father, and Father-in-law respectively, DAVID JOHN ANSTEY. to move from his late residence, 10 Vine Street, Mayfield, This Afternoon, at 2.30 o’clock, for Church of England Cemetery, Sandgate. By road. DAVID LLOYD, Funeral Director“.

Daniel Anstey (b 1896 Llansamlet)

Daniel Anstey, an Anstey Hero, was born in 1896 in Llansamlet to parents Henry Anstey and Hannah Lewis. He grew up in Llansamlat and Morriston and at some point during World War One he signed up for active service in the Army Service Corps (Service Number: M2/267775). Unfortunately we know absolutely nothing in terms of details about his service, apart from the fact that he won the Victory Medal and the British War Medal, but not the 1914/15 Star Medal (so he did not serve in any Theatres of War before 1916).

Anybody who can enlighten us in this matter please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

Daniel Anstey married Florance G. Morris in 1927 in Swansea and he died in 1966 in Swansea aged 69.

Further Details on the Clase, Swansea Ansteys

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