The Evenley Anstys

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

Overview of the Evenley Anstys

The Evenley Anstys of Northamptonshire are a sub-branch of the Souldern Ansteys of next door Oxfordshire (Souldern and Evenley being only five miles from each other). In early Evenley parish registers the surname spelling was often ‘Ansty’, though it seemed to settle more on ‘Anstey’ or ‘Anstee’ as time passed.

The patriarch of the Evenley Anstys is Charles Anstey (b 1764 Souldern).

Charles Anstey (b 1764 Souldern)

Charles Anstey was born in 1764 in Souldern to parents William Anstey and Eleanor; he was baptised in Souldern on 29 September 1764. Charles Anstey married Mary Roberts (b 1774) in 1794 in Whitfield (about 5 miles from Evenley – both were resident there at the time) and they moved to Evenley, having children there:

  • Thomas Ansty (b 1795 – see below);
  • Hannah Ansty (b 1798);
  • Ann Ansty? (buried 1801);
  • Mary Ann Ansty (b 1802, died in 1822 in Evenley);
  • William Ansty? (buried 1805);
  • Robert Ansty (b c1802 – see below); and
  • Joseph Ansty (b 1808, died in 1809)

Mary Anstey (wife) died in 1831 in Evenley “aged 57“. In the 1841 Census, Charles Anstee was living in Astwick, Evenley with Samuel and Sarah Holton – he was an agricultural labourer “aged 75” (rounded). Charles Anstey died “aged 78” in 1842, he was living in Astwick, Evenley and was buried at St George Church, Evenley on 10 April 1842.

Thomas Ansty (b 1795 Evenley)

Thomas Ansty was born in Evenley in 1795 to parents Charles Anstey and Mary Roberts. He married Elizabeth Parrish (b c1786, known as Betsy) of Evenley in Evenley in 1817 and they had children in Evenley:

  • Sarah Ansty (b 1819, married Jacob Samuel Holton in 1836 in Evenley); and
  • William Anstey (b 1821 – see below)

In the 1841 Census the family were living at Plummers Furze, Evenley with their son William Anstey and his wife and daughter – Thomas Anstee was an agricultural labourer.

Thomas Ansty died in Evenley in 1852, “aged 57“. His widow Elizabeth died in Evenley in 1863.

Robert Ansty (b c1802 Evenley)

Robert Ansty was born in Evenley in c1802 to parents Charles Anstey and Mary Roberts, baptised in 1805. He married Anna Maria Griffiths in Gayton, Sulgrave in 1818 and they moved to Culworth, Brackley, having children in Sulgrave:

  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1820, died in 1829);
  • John Anstee (b 1821, a butcher in the 1841 Census. He married Sarah Hurley in Daventry in 1842 and they had children in Brackley Emma Anstee (b 1845, a dressmaker living with her mother at Princes Street, North Meols, Ormskirk, Lancashire in the 1871 Census and at 24, Talbot Street, North Meols, Ormskirk in 1881. By the 1911 Census she was still unmarried, living with her sister Ann Maria Hurley at Coton Chacombe Banbury, Wardington, Oxfordshire); Ann Maria Anstee (b 1846, living with her uncle John Hurley at Wood House, Farthingstone, Daventry in 1871. She married John Albert Hurley in 1872 in Daventry and in the 1911 Census she was a widow living with her sister and daughters at Coton Chacombe Banbury, Wardington, Oxfordshire); and Elizabeth Anstee (b 6 February 1849 Brackley, died in 1863?). The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 11 July 1846 reported “John Anstee, of Brackley, farmer, was charged by William Blackwell, toll collector. Turweston, with having assaulted him early in the morning on 19 June. The magistrates suggested a compromise, which was done, with the defendant paying 9s 6d costs“. The ‘Bucks Herald‘ 24 July 1847 reported “BUCKINGHAM. ASSAULT.— On Saturday, the 17th instant, Mr. John Anstee, of Brackley, in the county of Northampton, appeared before James Harrison, Esq Mayor, to answer the complaints of Humphrey a policeman of this place, one for having assaulted him on the 5th instant, and the other for furiously riding. Both cases were compromised by consent of the Mayor, the defendant paying all costs in carred. He was also convicted on his own confession of being drunk on the same day and was fined 5s and costs.“. The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ 29 January 1848 reported “On Saturday the 224 inst., John Anstee, of Brackley, farmer, appeared before the Mayor, in consequence of a summons having been served for his appearance at the Buckingham Petty Sessions on the 25th, to answer a charge preferred against him by police-constable Seaton, for being drunk early on Sunday morning the 16th inst. The defendant expressed a wish that the Mayor would hear the case on the 22d, as he had made a previous engagement for Tuesday. The Mayor consented,and he pleaded guilty. He had been convicted of an assault on police constable Ray, and of furious riding, in July last.“. The ‘Banbury Guardian‘ on 1 March 1849 reported “FARMING IMPLEMENTS. TO BE SOLD AUCTION, By Mr. RUSSEL, Friday. March the and 1849, at Brackley. on the premises of Mr. John Anstee who is leaving…“. The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 20 September 1851 reported “Deaths: June 15, at Pieter Maritzburgh, Port Natal aged 29 John eldest son of the late Mr. Robert Anstee, farmer, Thenford Hill“. There is a dedication to John Anstee and his wife Sarah at St Mary the Virgin Farthingstone which states “In memory of JOHN ANSTEE who died in Africa June 15 1851 aged 29 years, also SARAH his wife who died January 25 1898 aged 79 years. ‘Her end was peace’. Footstone (J.A.: S.A)“. Sarah Anstee (widow) was living at Princes Street, North Meols, Ormskirk, Lancashire with her daughter Emma in 1871 – she was an annuitant. By 1881 they were at 24, Talbot Street, North Meols, Ormskirk);
  • Sarah Anstee (b 1827 – the ‘Banbury Guardian‘ on 24 May 1849 reported “Marriage: May 22 at Thenford Church Mr. Samuel Sharp, farmer and grazier, of Warmington, to Sarah, eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Anstee, farmer, of Thenford Hill“);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1829 – the ‘Bucks Herald’ on 3 December 1853 reported “Marriage: 22nd November at St Peter’s Church, Brackley, Mr. John Farmer, of Thorpe Mandevilie, to Elizabeth, second daughter of the late Mr. Robert Anstee, Thenford Hill, Northamptonshire.“);
  • George Anstee (b 1831, in November 1849 “a labourer, of Middleton Cheney, charged with assaulting Mr. Geo. Anstee, farmer, Thenford, in August last, was committed to prison for two months“. George was a farmer of 130 acres in Hill Farm, Marston St Lawrence, Brackley in the 1851 Census, also taking over Thenford Hill Farm after his father died. He died in 1858 “Sept. 29, at Marston Hill, Marston-St.-Lawrence, Mr. George Anstee, second son of the late Mr. Robert Anstee, Thenford Hill, after a lingering illness, aged 27 years.” Probate was “George Anstee late of Marston Hill in the county of Northampton farmer a bachelor deceased who died 29 Sep 1858 at Marston Hill aforesaid were granted to Emma Anstee of Brackley, spinster, sister of the deceased“);
  • Mary Adelaide Anstee (b 1836 – the ‘Northampton Mercury‘ 08 January 1859 reported “January 4th at St Peters Brackley, John, eldest son of Mr T. Bannard, Culworth, to Mary Adelaide, third daughter of the late Mr. R. Anstee, Thenford Hill, Northamptonshire“);
  • Emma Anstee (b 1836, was a “spinster of Brackley” in 1858 where her brother George died per above. She was still unmarried in 1861 living with her mother and brother Robert); and
  • Robert Anstee (b 1841 Culworth (though one source says 1851 – see presently), baptised in Culworth on 26 January 1841. He was a “Farmer of 190 acres employing 8 men and 2 boys” at High Street, St Peter, Brackley in the 1861 Census having taken over the running of the family farm. A year later in 1862 in Bicester he married Sarah Margaret PhillpottsJan 22 at Stratton Audley Church by Rev. J. E. Tweed, Incumbent, assisted by the Rev J. C. Llomfteld, Rector of Lantos and Rural Dean, Robert, youngest son of the late Mr R. Anstee, of Thenford Hid, to Sarah Margaret, only child of the late Mr W. Phillpot, of Lowden“. By the 1871 Census he was a railway porter living at Rhyl Street, St Pancras, London with his wife and their children Beatrice Laura Anstee (b 1862 Brackley); Florence Edith Anstee (b 1863 Brackley); and Robert Ernest George Anstee (b 1864 Brackley). They also had children in Pancras Louisa Adelaide Anstee (b 1871, died an infant) and Sydney Herbert Anstee (b 1873). On 22 May 1872 at Regents Park Barracks Robert Anstee signed up for service with the 1st Life Guards of the Household Cavalry (Service Number: 598). Even though his age was given as 21 (rather than 31), it is definitely this ‘Robert‘ as he put that he was a “farmer born in Culworth“. After receiving a Good Conduct pay on 23 May 1874 he proceeded to “desert” on 14 September 1874. This is confirmed in the ‘Bicester Herald‘ on 9 October 1874 where it states “DESERTERS FROM HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE: Robert Anstee, farmer Culworth, 1st Life Guards“. After this the entire family simply disappears – currently we have no idea what became of them and can only assume that they changed their name?).

When George Fleet died in c1835, Robert Anstee was a form of executor. The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 27 February 1836 reporting “All persons having any claim or demand on the estate of Mr George Fleet, late of Sulgrave deceased, are requested to deliver particulars therein to Mr Robert Anstee of Culworth, and all persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to Mr Anstee.” The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ 04 March 1837 edition reported “Edward Wilcox and William Wilcox were charged with stealing four bushels of wheat, the property of Robert Anstee…[who] had a farm in Sulgrave..Mr Anstey compared the [stolen] wheat with his and had no doubt the former was his property” The jury disagreed saying the wheat samples were completely different and found the defendants not guilty.

Mr Robert Anstee, Culworth” was a member of the Brackley Association in 1838. Robert Anstee was a farmer in the 1841 Census – in 1841 “Enoch Abbott charged with stealing a sack, the property of Robert Anstee, Culworth“. In the ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 18 October 1845 appears an advert for an auction of “A Most eligible FARM, in the parish of Sulgrave, now in the occupation of Mr. Robert Anstee; consisting of a good FARM HOUSE,Butcher’s Shop, stable, barns, hovels.and cow-house, &c, and about SIXTY-TWO ACRES of rich land, twenty of which are pasture. Mr Anstee‘s bailiff will show the farm…

The ‘Banbury Guardian‘ 27 September 1849 reported “Benjamin Talbott, of Morton Pinkney, charged by R. Anstee, of Thenford, with stealing wheat, was discharged. The accused, and a man of the name of Wilson, of Morton Pinkney, were engaged in reaping for Mr. Anstee, in Sulgrave field, and, from information given by Mr. Wilson, Mr.Anstee junr., searched Talbott’e basket as he was leaving work in the evening, and that on his doing, he found about two gallons of wheat ears. Wilson now denied all knowledge of his having mentioned the circumstance to Mr. A.

On 3 August 1850 “Michael Larkin, a native of Ireland, charged with stealing a cap to the value of 2s. 6d., the property of Jas. Whitmore, horsekeeper to Mr. Anstee. of Thenford Hill farm.” Robert Anstee died later in 1850 – the ‘Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette‘ on 23 November 1850 reported “Nov. 18, after a severe affliction, borne with great patience, Mr. Robert Anstee, farmer, of Thenford Hill, aged 55, leaving a bereaved widow and family to lament their irreparable loss“. He was buried in Sulgrave.

In the ‘Northampton Mercury‘ 27 November 1858 appeared a notice “All persons having a claim on the estate of Mr Robert Anstee, late of Thenford Hill, Northampton, farmer…and all persons having a claim on the estate of Mr George Anstee (son of the above named Robert Anstee)

In the 1861 Census Ann Anstee (widow) was living with her younger children at High Street, St Peter, Brackley. In September 1861 “Anna Maria Anstey charged William Robbins of Brackley with entering a turnip field and taking a basket of turnips“. She died in 1866 – the ‘Bucks Herald‘ on 15 December 1866 reported “DEATHS. Anstee.—On the 2nd inst., at League-square, Hemel Hempstead, Ann Maria, relict of the late Mr. Robert Anstee, of Thenford Hill Farm, Banbury, aged 68 years

William Anstey (b 1821 Evenley)

William Anstey was born in 1821 in Evenley to parents Thomas Ansty and Elizabeth. He married Sarah Ashton in Evenley in 1840 and they had children in Evenley:

  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1841, died in 1864 unmarried);
  • George Anstee (b 1842 – a Canada Anstey Pioneer who emigrated to Wentworth, Ontario, Canada);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1844, died 1850 – “Death Sept 13, Evenly, Thomas, son of Mr. W. Anstee, aged 6 years“);
  • Fanny Anstey (b 1847, died 1848);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1849, died in late 1851 of “congestion of the brain, produced by convulsions“);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1851, living with parents in 1871 in Evenley, an unmarried agricultural labourer. In the 1891 Census he was living with his sister Betsey Wakelin at Mill Lane, Croughton, Brackley. He married Fanny Ashton (surely related to his mother) in Brackley in q1 1901 and they had children Ronald Thomas Anstey (b 1902 Foscott); Phyllis Evelyn Anstey (b 1903 Foscott); and Sybil A. Anstey (b 1911 Brackley). In the 1901 Census Thomas and his wife were living with her parents at Cottage in Village, Evenley, Brackley – he was a carter on a farm. Thomas Anstey died in 1910 in Brackley aged 59, buried at St Peter with St James, Brackley on 28 May 1910. In the 1911 Census Fanny was a widow living with her children at Old Town Brackley);
  • Betsey Anstey (b 1853, visiting Ann Young in Astwick in the 1861 Census, already a pillow lace maker. She married Thomas Wakelin in 1890 in Brackley and in the 1891 Census she was living with her father and brother at Mill Lane, Croughton, Brackley);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1855, living with parents in 1871 in Evenley, an unmarried lace maker);
  • William Anstee (b 1857 – see below);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1859, died 1860);
  • Harry Anstey (b 1862, died 1863)

In the 1841 Census William Anstey and his family were living in Plummers Furze, Evenley with his parents – he was an agricultural labourer. He was still a labourer in 1851. In the 1871 Census the family were living at Astwick, Evenley. By the 1891 Census William Anstey was a widower living with his daughter Betsey Wakelin at Mill Lane, Croughton, Brackley – he was an agricultural labourer.

William Anstee (b 1857 Evenley)

William Anstee was born in 1857 in Evenley (as ‘Anstey’ – some sources say Astwick, Northants) to parents William Anstey and Sarah Ashton. He was living with parents in 1871 in Evenley, an unmarried agricultural labourer. He married Hannah Wells in 1880 in Brackley and they had children in Croughton, Brackley:

  • Emily Anstee (b 1880, alive in 1911);
  • George William Anstee (b 1882, unmarried in the 1911 Census working as a coachman at Swifts House Stables Bicester Oxon);
  • Henry Albert Anstee (b 1884, known as Albert, Henry and Albert Henry, an unmarried farm labourer living with his parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Thomas Anstee (b 1886, married Emily Louise Hutt in 1909 in Croughton and they had at least one son William T. Anstee (b 1910). In the 1911 Census Thomas was a waggoner on a farm living with his family at Blenheim Croughton Brackley);
  • Mary Ann Anstee (b 1888, an unmarried servant at Pimlico Farm Tusmore Bicester in the 1911 Census);
  • Florence Sarah Anstee (b 1890, an unmarried domestic servant at Qourn Lodge Quorn, Quorndon in the 1911 Census);
  • Edward Anstee (b 1891, an unmarried farm labourer living with his parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Charles Anstee (b 1893, an unmarried farm labourer living with his parents in the 1911 Census);

In the 1891 Census the family were living with Hannah‘s father George Wells at Main Street, Croughton. In the 1911 Census William Anstee was a farm labourer living with his family at Croughton Brackley, Croughton – he died in 1915, buried on 28 January 1915 at All Saints Croughton.

Further Details on the Evenley Anstys

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