The Farmborough Ansteys

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

Overview of the Farmborough Ansteys

The Farmborough Ansteys of Somerset are a sub-branch of the Chewton Mendip Ansteys. Thus they are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch, originally part of the ‘Anstis‘ pedigree, and hence do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey.

The patriarch of the Farmborough Ansteys is John Anstee, born in 1762 in Chewton Mendip. To the best of our research this sub-branch went Anstey-extinct in the late 1880s.

John Anstee (b 1762 Chewton Mendip)

John Anstee, born 1762 in Chewton Mendip, baptised 2 November 1762, to parents parents Joseph Anstis and Mary, married Anne Trull in Farmborough on 13 April 1795 (as ‘Ansty’ – signing with an ‘x’), he was “resident in Timsbury” and witness to the marriage was George Ansty his brother. John Anstee and Anne had children in Farmborough:

  • Mary Ansty (b 1796, baptised 22 November 1796 – buried in 1813 at All Saints Church, Farmborough “aged 16“);
  • Anne Ansty (b 1800, died April 1813 Farmborough);
  • Hannah Ansty (b 1802, died April 1813 in Farmborough);
  • John Anstee (b 1804, baptised as ‘Ansty’ – see below);

In the ‘Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser‘ on 17 October 1816 appears “Ann Salmon: Committed by J. F. Deveton clerk, charged on the oath of John Ansty, and also by her own confession, with having stolen a flock bed and two blankets from the Poor House of the parish of Farmborough“. In the 1832 Poll Book John Anstee owned a freehold house and land in Farmborough.

In the 1841 Census John Anstee (b 1762) and his wife were living alone in Farmborough. According to the ‘Bristol Mirror‘ 19 February 1842 edition “February 11 at Farmborough [inquest] on the body of Ann Anstee aged 78. The deceased fell down in her room on the first day of this year [1842] and broke her arm and otherwise injured herself in consequence of which she died on the 8th inst. Verdict: Accidental Death“. She was buried in Farmborough on 15 February 1842. Her husband John Anstee died a few months later, buried in Farmborough on 3 May 1842 “aged 80“.

John Anstee (b 1804 Farmborough)

John Anstee was born in 1804 in Farmborough to parents John Anstee and Ann. He was a carpenter and he married Joyce Dowling (b 1808 Paulton) by Banns on 22 December 1827. They had the following children in Farmborough:

  • John Arthur Anstee (b 1828 – see below);
  • Henry Anstee (b 1830, buried in Farmborough in 1838);
  • George Anstee (b 1832, was an unmarried carpenter living in Farmborough in the 1851 Census. In February 1855 at the Keynsham Petty Sessions “George Anstee and Thomas Leakey, both of Farmborough, were summoned by Charles Andrews, Esq., for using gun to kill game, in the parish of Marksbury“. In January 1863 according to the ‘Wells Journal‘ “William Anstee of Dunkerton and George Anstee of Farmborough [second cousins] were summoned for trespassing upon land of Thomas Stallard at Farmborough. Dismissed with a caution“). George Anstee married Joyce Harris in 1864 in Bristol and in the 1871 & 1881 Censuses they were living in Keynsham, George was a “master wheelwright“. They appeared to have no children. George Anstee died in 1892 – the ‘Coventry Evening Telegraph‘ on 16 September 1892 reporting “FATAL CHASE AFTER LADS Mr. George Anstee, wheelwright, died yesterday morning after having chased some lads who had smashed the windows of his house Walcot Street, Bath. Failing to overtake the perpetrators of the damage Mr Anstee returned home and was seized with pains in the stomach. Before medical assistance could be obtained he had expired“. The ‘Shepton Mallet Journal‘ on 23 September 1892 reported on the inquest “Joyce Anstee wife of the deceased said that on Wednesday evening as deceased and herself were sitting in the kitchen, they heard someone outside talking. All of a sudden they heard a smash of glass at the window…verdict heart disease owing to over exertion and excitement“. George‘s memorial is on his wife’s tombstone but he himself is buried at St Michael’s Cemetery, Bath. Joyce remarried.);
  • Anne Anstey (b 1834, buried in Farmborough in 1844 as ‘Anstee’);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1836, buried in Farmborough in 1846 as ‘Anstee’);
  • Hannah (Ann) Anstee (b 1838, living in Farmborough in the 1851 & 1861 Census. She married and had three children, dying August 1901 in Wheatenhurst, Glos);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1840, died an infant as ‘Anstee’);
  • Sarah Ann Anstey (b 1842, baptised 26 April 1846 in Farmborough. She was living in Farmborough in the 1851, 1861 and 1871 Censuses – still unmarried at this time);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1844, died an infant as ‘Anstee’);
  • Ann Elizabeth Anstey (b 1848, buried in 1849 in Farmborough as ‘Anstee’); and
  • another daughter (b 1850, died an infant)

On 13 March 1844 John Anstee was “Accused of forgery of receipt for money – found  not guilty“.

Joyce Anstey (b 1808 Paulton) was buried in Farmborough in November 1852 aged 45. John Anstee (b 1804) was a “wheelwright master employing three men” in the 1861 Census. In 1867 at the marriage of his eldest son John, he was described as “John Anstee, yeoman, Farmborough“. John Anstee died on 18 March 1868, buried in Farmborough (as ‘Ansty‘, “aged 68“). His probate states “John Anstey late of Farmborough in the County of Somerset wheelwright a widower deceased who died 13 March 1868 at Farmborough aforesaid were granted at Wells to John Anstey of John Street, Cardiff, wheelwright, the son and one of the next of kin.”

John Arthur Anstee (b 1828 Farmborough)

John Arthur Anstee was born in Farmborough in 1828, baptised 23 November 1828, to parents John Anstee and Joyce. He was an unmarried carpenter living Farmborough in the 1851 Census. The ‘Cardiff Times‘ 15 June 1867 edition noted “MARRIAGE: On the 11th inst at St Mary’s Church Cardiff by the Rev. Morgan, Mr John Anstee, agricultural implement manufacturer, John Street, Cardiff, eldest son of Mr John Anstee, yeoman, Farmborough, Somersetshire, to Mary Williams, Albion Hotel, Bute Street, Cardiff“.

In 1868 John Anstee was a wheelwright living at John Street, Cardiff, then on 12 March 1874 at the Albion Hotel, Bute Street, Joyce W. Anstee, wife of John Anstee, died age 56 years.

The ‘Cardiff Times‘ on 5 September 1874 reported “A raid on the shopkeepers of the town against a number of tradesmen for having defective weights and measures.  John Anstee of the Albion Hotel, Bute street, was cautioned for the same offence.” On 20 November 1875 the ‘Cardiff Times‘ reported “Cardiff Municipal Election, Nomination of candidates for the four vacant seats to take place on Monday.  In the south ward Mr John Anstee, Albion Hotel, Bute Street, had announced himself as a candidate,  Two days’ reflection seems to have satisfied this gentleman that municipal legislation was not his forte and he like a sensible man retired from the field.

John Anstee (widower) remarried Harriet Crocker (b 1838 Milverton) on 31 October 1876 at Enmore Parish Church Bridgwater, Somerset (“Marriage: John Anstee (widower) age 48 of Edward Terrace, Cardiff to Harriett, youngest daughter of the late John Crocker, Park Farm, Enmore“)

The ‘Cardiff Times‘ on 24 March 1877 reported “Mr John Anstee whose lease has expired, to sell by auction on Wednesday and Thursday March 28 and 29 1877 the whole of the household, furniture, trade utensils and the stock in trade appertaining to the Hotel“.

The ‘South West Daily News‘ on 26 August 1879 reported “At the Borough Police Court on Monday James Downey, a young man, was charged with assaulting Mr John Anstee, the landlord of the Albion Hotel, Bute Street, and with stealing from him a gold watch to the value of £25..”

In the 1881 Census John was a ‘master wheelwright and smith‘ living with his wife Harriet at 4 Edward Terrace, Cardiff – he appears not to have had any children from either marriage. The ‘Bristol Mercury‘ on 31 January, 1885  “instructed by John Anstee, who is retiring from business, to sell by auction his yard and workshop.

The Will of John Anstee late of 4 Edward Terrace, machinist who died 4 May 1886 at 3 Queens Square, Bath was proved by Harriett of 4 Edward Terrace, widow, and John Nickless of 129 Bute Street, Cardiff 

The ‘South West Daily News’ on 21 August 1886 reported “John Anstee Deceased: … NOTICE I HEREBY GIVEN that all CREDITORS and other persons having any CLAIMS or DEMANDS upon or against the estate of JOHN ANSTEE, late of No 4, Edward-terrace, Cardiff, in the county of Glamorgan, machinist, deceased (who died on the 4th May 1886 and whose will was duly proved at Llandaff…)

In the 1901 and 1911 Census John Anstee‘s widow Harriet was living at 127 Queen Street Cardiff. Harriett Anstee of 165 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, widow, died 13 February, 1912.  Probate, Llandaff 20 March to John Nickless, retired railway agent and James Hall, Solicitor.

Further Details on the Farmborough Ansteys

We are always on the lookout for Farmborough Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. Anybody who has such expertise and inclination, please contact us at

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Farmborough 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 ‘Farmborough’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

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