The Timsbury Ansteys

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

Overview of the Timsbury Ansteys

The Timsbury Ansteys are a sub-branch of the Camerton Ansteys, hence they are an ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch and thus do not connect to the wider Anstey pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anstey. The Timsbury Ansteys are also very closely linked to the Chewton Mendip Ansteys, another ‘Anstey evolved from Anstis‘ sub-branch. There are two patriarchs of the early Timsbury Ansteys, being half-brothers (or possibly uncle & nephew) John Anstey (b 1715) and William Anstey (b 1724) who both moved to Timsbury as adults from Camerton.

John Anstey (b 1715 Camerton)

John Anstey was baptised in 1715 in Camerton (as ‘Anstye’) to parents George Anstey and Mary. He married Mary James in Timsbury (as ‘Ansty’) in 1751 or 1753 (official sources differ) and they had the following children in Timsbury:

  • Samuel Ansty (b 1754);
  • Elizabeth Ansty (b 1761, married John Chivers in Timsbury in 1795);
  • Susannah Anstey (b 1764/5, died in Timsbury in 1779);

Mary Anstey died in Timsbury in 1778, John Anstey died in Timsbury in 1792, buried at the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.

William Anstey (b 1724 Camerton)

William Anstey was baptised in 1724 in Camerton to parents George Anstey and Mary. He married Martha Chancellor in 1749 in Timsbury and they had the following children in Timsbury:

  • Esther Ansty (b 1751, married Samuel Gibbons in Timsbury in 1775);
  • Elizabeth Ansty (b 1754);
  • Sarah Ansty (b 1756, died in Timsbury 1779);
  • Hannah Ansty (bap 1760);
  • Ann Anstey (bap 1760, died in Timsbury in 1780, buried at the Blessed Virgin Mary Church);
  • Samuel Ansty (bap 1760);
  • Christian Ansty (b 1763);
  • George Anstee (b 1766, married Sarah Mandrell in 1789 in Timsbury (both were ‘of Timsbury’ – George was transcribed as ‘Anstie’). They had children in Timsbury, Martha Anstey (b 1793); Sarah Anstey (b 1795); and Samuel Anstey (b 1799). George owned a freehold house in Timsbury in 1832 according to the ‘Poll Books and Electoral Registers’ dataset – though this could possibly be George Anstee of the Chewton Mendip Ansteys who lived in Timsbury around the same time, see Further Details #1);
  • Leah Anstey (b 1770, died in Timsbury in 1779, buried at the Blessed Virgin Mary Church); and
  • James Ansty (b 1771 – see below);

William Anstey (b 1724) died “a pauper” in 1794 in Timsbury.

James Anstey (b 1771 Timsbury)

James Anstey was born in Timsbury in 1771 (as Ansty) to parents William Anstey and Martha Chancellor [note his baptism is mis-written in the parish register as “James son of Wm and Martha Ansey”]. He became a carpenter and married Ann Adams in Timsbury in 1794 (his brother George Ansty was a witness), having children in Timsbury:

  • William Ansty (b 1795, baptised 22 November 1795, died young?);
  • James Anstey (b 1798 – see below);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1800, baptised 8 June 1800);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1803, baptised 17 April 1803);
  • William Anstey (b 1805, baptised 4 August 1805); and
  • Kitty Anstey (b 1808, baptised 20 March 1808);

James Anstey (b 1798 Timsbury)

James Anstey was born in 1798 in Timsbury, baptised 11 March 1798, to parents James Anstey and Ann Adams. He married Mary (b 1799 Milford) and they had children:

  • Ann Rose Anstee (b 1818 (or 1828?) Bath, an unmarried washerwoman living with her parents in 1851);
  • James Anstee (b 1830 Timsbury – see below);
  • William Anstey (b 1832 Timsbury, baptised 23 September 1832, died before 1841?);
  • George Ansty (b 1835 Timsbury, baptised 20 September 1835, alive in 1841); and
  • John Anstee (b 1839 Timsbury, baptised 23 June 1839, alive in 1841)

In 1830 James was a coalminer – in the 1841 Census he was a coal miner at Tunley, Dunkerton, Bath with his family. In the 1851 Census James (now Anstee) was a coal miner living with his family at Crowcombe, Timsbury, Clutton.

James Anstee (b 1830 Timsbury)

James Anstee was born in 1830 in Timsbury or Bath, baptised 28 February 1830 in Timsbury, to parents James Anstey and Mary. He was already a coal miner in the 1841 Census in Dunkerton and still a coalminer in the 1851 Census in Timsbury. He married Louisa Chivers in 1852 in Clutton and they had children:

  • Mary Ann Anstee (b 1853 Timsbury, died young);
  • Mary Ann Anstee (b 1857 Timsbury, living with parents in 1871);
  • George Anstee (b 1859 Timsbury (or Hindley Lancashire), living with parents in 1871. He married Alice Shaw in 1887 in Chorley and in the 1891 Census he was a coal miner living with his wife and her two ‘Heskett‘ sons at Chorley Road, Charnock Heath – ditto 1901. By the 1911 Census he was a widower living at Woodville Road Heath Charnock Near Chorley with his brother William – we find no children of this marriage); and
  • William John Anstee (b 1865 Hindley Lancashire. He first married Betty Hill on 23 June 1890 in Chorley and in the 1891 Census they were living at Queen Street East, Chorley where William was a coalminer. He later married Sarah Ann Hewitt in 1910 or 1911 in Chorley and in the 1911 Census he was living with his wife and brother George at Woodville Road Heath Charnock Near Chorley – he was a coal miner. We find no children of this marriage)

In the 1871 Census James Anstee was a coal miner living with his family at Belle Green Lane, Ince in Makerfield, Wigan. Louisa Anstee (wife) died in 1897 in Chorley.

Further Details on the Timsbury Ansteys

#1. George Anstee, who married Martha Weston and moved to Timsbury to have a large family from 1788 onwards is of the Chewton Mendip Ansteys (see the Chewton Mendip page for details of his family). His brother John Anstee was also “resident of Timsbury” when he married Anne Trull in Farmborough in 1795

#2.Elizabeth Anstee of Timsbury‘ married Christopher Jeanes of Priston at Binegar or Chewton Mendip in 1744. Bondsman was “Robert Anstee of Chewton [Mendip] yeoman“. Robert Anstee was a known ‘Anstis‘ so Elizabeth surely was too (probably younger sister to Robert).

#3. One reason that we know that John Anstey and William Anstey of Timsbury were sons of George Anstey and Mary of Camerton was because two of William Anstey’s children were named Esther (Hester) and Samuel (baptised 1751 and 1760 in Timsbury) – George Anstey and Mary also had children named Hester and Samuel (see the Camerton Anstey page). John Anstey too had a son named Samuel (b 1754 in Timsbury). Another reason is that Timsbury and Camerton lie less than two miles from each other.

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