Thomas Anstey (b 1791)

Father of Thirteen

The entirety of the Stoke Gifford Anstey pedigree has now been mapped out and the lives of all of the early Stoke Gifford Ansteys, including Thomas Anstey (b 1791), is known in great detail. They are all thoroughly documented in the book

ANSTEY: The Stoke Gifford Branch

This is the fourth book co-authored by Gary and Tom, the first edition of which was privately printed in September 2019. Further research for the second edition is currently under way, for eventual publication and sale on Amazon, subject to there being enough demand to cover the costs of publication (anybody interested in being contacted when this second edition is available for purchase, please contact us at

It is intended that much of the contents of this book will be uploaded to this Anstey project website over time for all to enjoy.

Thomas and his wife Catherine Williams married on 31 March 1818 in St Mary’s Church, Henbury, around eight miles from Iron Acton. They had thirteen children, being:

  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 6 January 1819, baptised 1 February 1819 in St Michael, Bristol, remained in South Gloucestershire, known as Aunt Morgan);
  • William Anstey (b 24 June 1820, baptised 13 September 1820 in Kington, Thornbury, migrated to South Wales – grandfather of Willie, George, Ted and Anstey researcher Tom, ‘great x 3’ grandfather of Gary);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 15 April 1822, baptised 18 September 1822 in Kington, Thornbury, remained in South Gloucestershire. He had two sons Henry Anstey (b 1847) and Thomas Anstey (b 1850 – per ‘Anstey: The Stoke Gifford Branch‘ he was “baptised in Thornbury on 20 October 1850) married Emily Eddington (b 1851 to parents William and Jane, died 1921 a widow living at 24 High Street, buried in Thornbury) in 1879 at Tyndall’s Park, St Mary. They had children Thomas Ford Anstey (b 1881, known as Ford – [an Anstey Hero]) and Emma Jane Anstey (b 1883 [the ‘Western Daily Press’ 02 December 1908 reported “THORNBURY. At the parish church of St. Mary, on Tuesday, the wedding was celebrated of Miss Emma Jane Anstey, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas Anstey, and niece of Mr Henry Anstey, a member of the Bristol Town Council and Mr John Godfrey Taylor of 28, Baldwin Street Bristol, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J. Taylor, of Thornbury. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a large number of the friends of the contracting parties by the vicar (the Rev. A. W. Cornwall. M.A.) The bride, leaning on the arm of her father, who gave her away, was attired in cream satin gown, and wore a tulle veil. She carried a bouquet of choice white flowers, which, together with an emerald ring and pearl and gold necklet, were the gifts of the bride groom. She was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss Ethel Burchell (her cousin) and Miss Ella Taylor (sister of the bridegroom), who were attired in dresses of cream silk Japonette, with hats to match, each wearing sparkling pendants, and carrying pink shower bouquets, the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr T. Ford Anstey officiated as best man. A reception was afterwards held at the residence of the bride’s parents, and Mr and Mrs Taylor later took their departure for the honeymoon. The presents were numerous and useful.]”). Thomas lived in Thornbury all his life, he was at various times a carpenter, assurance agent and wine merchant. Thomas died on 25 December 1920 aged 70; he was buried on 30 December 1920 at 3pm in Thornbury cemetery according to co-author Tom’s Black Book (presumably this entry was written by Aunt Kate). The family lived at (and owned) 24 High Street, Thornbury for much of their lives. When it was put up for auction in May 1921 (after Emily died), it was described as ‘a valuable freehold full licensed shop, dwelling house, garden etc and business and goodwill of a wine and spirit merchant in the High Street belonging to the estate of late Mr Thomas Anstey of Thornbury’ (it was bought for £1,750)” – for the sake of completion, in the 1911 Census Thomas, his wife Emily and their son Ford were living at High Street Thornbury));
  • John Anstey (b 1823 – patriarch of the Llandenny Ansteys);
  • Henry Anstey (b 29 October 1824, baptised 24 November 1824 in Kington, Thornbury, remained in South Gloucestershire. He is the father of William Daniel Anstey, patriarch of the Cumberland, Iowa Ansteys);
  • George Anstey (b 23 July 1826, baptised 23 August 1826 in Kington, Thornbury, migrated to America);
  • Emma Anstey (b 22 September 1827, baptised 17 October 1827 in Kington, Thornbury, known as Mrs Edmunds, migrated to South Wales, from where she sent Anstey researcher Tom the famous “came over with the Normans” letter in c1910);
  • James Griffiths Anstey (b 1829 – patriarch of the Grant, Wisconsin Ansteys of America);
  • Catherine Anstey (b 19 October 1830, baptised 17 November 1830 in Kington, Thornbury, remained in South Gloucestershire, known as Aunt Daniell);
  • Maria Anstey (b 22 July 1832, baptised 9 September 1832 in Kington, Thornbury, migrated to America);
  • Ellen Anstey (b 24 January 1834, baptised 19 February 1834 in Kington, Thornbury, remained in South Gloucestershire, known as Aunt Ellen. In the 1911 Census she was unmarried and living with her sister Catherine Daniell at Broad Street Chipping Sodbury);
  • Sarah Williams Anstey (b 1 July 1836, baptised 27 July 1836 in Kington, Thornbury, died as a child on 21 October 1850, buried (in the same plot as her father Thomas) on 26 October 1850 in Thornbury);
  • Charles Anstey (b 26 December 1837, baptised 17 January 1838 in Kington, Thornbury, remained in South Gloucestershire).

Note: We will add much more detail on the lives of this family presently.

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