The Birmingham Ansteys

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

Many thanks to Julia for her help in constructing this pedigree

Overview of the Birmingham Ansteys

Bizarrely, considering that Birmingham is a very large urban centre, and thus we would expect the Birmingham Ansteys to be a mix of various  ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ sub-branches, this is not the case at all.

In fact all Birmingham Ansteys that we have thus far discovered are descendants of a single family from Coleshill. Thus the Birmingham Ansteys of Warwickshire are a sub-branch of the Coleshill Ansteys, themselves a sub-branch of the Hampton in Arden Ansteys. The patriarchs of the Birmingham Ansteys are two brothers Samuel Anstey (b 1742 Coleshill) and John Anstey (b 1748 Coleshill) – though certain of their immediate family members also lived in Birmingham for a time (see the Coleshill Anstey page).

Samuel Anstey (b 1742 Coleshill)

Samuel Anstey was born in Coleshill in 1742 to parents Samuel Anstey and Ann Chetland. He married Mary Brown in Birmingham in 1764 and the had children in Birmingham:

  • Martha Anstey (b 1765 – bizarrely this baptism also appears in Spalding, Lincolnshire, presumably an error);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1768);
  • Joseph Anstey (b 1770);
  • Jane Lydia Anstey (b 1772, died 1774 in Birmingham);
  • Lydia Anstey (b 1774);
  • Joseph Martin Anstey (b 1778);
  • Samuel Martin Anstey (b 1778, died an infant);
  • Samuel Martin Anstey (b 1780, married Jane Gilkes in 1807 in Aston Juxta Birmingham and had children in Birmingham Samuel Anstey (b 1818); and William Samuel Anstey (b 1822 – see below));
  • Jesse Anstey (b 1783);
  • Thirza Anstey (b 1786, died 1788);
  • Simeon Anstey (b 1788 – see below).

Samuel Anstey (b 1742) died in Birmingham while living at Great Charles Street “aged 79” in 1821. He was by that time a jeweller of Birmingham. In his 1818 will he left “all the rents, interest and produce of all my personal estate whatsoever” to his wife Mary. Samuel Anstey was buried at the Chapelry Of St. Marys.

John Anstey (b 1748 Coleshill)

John Anstey was born in Coleshill in 1748 to parents Samuel Anstey and Ann Chetland (though we are unable to locate his baptism). He married Elizabeth Buckstone in 1769 in Birmingham and they had children in Birmingham:

  • Joseph Anstey (b 1772, married Hannah and had a daughter Hannah Anstey (b 1822). Joseph died in Birmingham in 1823 aged 50);
  • John Anstey (b 1774 – see below);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1776, married Mary Bowdler in 1797 in Aston Juxta Birmingham and they had children in Birmingham Ann Anstey (b 1798); and Samuel Anstey (b 1800). Samuel Anstey (an iron founder) also had a son Michael Anstey baptised in 1810 in St Mary’s Church, Ulverston, Lancashire);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1777, married Sampson Cardall in 1808 in Ulverston, Lancashire, died in Birmingham in 1823 “aged 46“);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1780, married Thomas Satchell in 1812 in Birmingham?);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1781, died 1782);
  • Lucy Anstey (b 1783 died 1784);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1787);
  • Charlotte Anstey (b 1788);
  • William Anstey (b 1791 died an infant);
  • George Anstey (b c1791? (we cannot locate the baptism) – see below).

John Anstey (b 1748) died in Birmingham in 1823, buried at the Chapelry Of St. Mary, Birmingham. His wife Elizabeth had predeceased him, dying in 1820 and buried in the same cemetery.

Certain members of this family seemed to move to Ulverston, Lancashire for around five years between c1807 and c1812 (Samuel, Mary, John and George). Outside of this five year window we find no ‘Anstey’ entries whatsoever in the Ulverston, Lancashire parish registers.

John Anstey (b 1774 Birmingham)

John Anstey was born in 1774 in Birmingham to parents John Anstey and Elizabeth Buckstone. He married Mary Ballamey in 1795 in Aston Juxta Birmingham and had a child in Birmingham:

  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1799).

Mary died in Birmingham in 1804 and John remarried to Hannah Whateley in 1807 in Aston Juxta Birmingham, having children in Birmingham (with two children in Ulverston, Lancashire, where they seemed to live from c1808 to c1812 – John Anstey was said to be an iron founder in Ulverston):

  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1807, married Charles Glanville of Homton, Devonshire in 1839 in Birmingham);
  • Susannah Anstey (b 1809, baptised 25 December 1809, St Mary’s Church, Ulverston, Lancashire);
  • John Anstey (b 1811 Ulverston, Lancashire, baptised 25 December 1811 at St Mary’s Church, Ulverston);
  • Joseph Anstey (b 1813, a pearl button maker in Springfield Street Birmingham in the 1851 Census. He married Catherine Lee in Rotherham, Yorkshire in 1834. They had children Edwin Ellis Anstey (b 1838 Sheffield, died in 1860, buried in the family grave at Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham); Elizabeth Anstey (b 1841 Sheffield); Sarah J. Anstey (b 1844 Birmingham); Catherine Anstey (b 1848 Birmingham); Joseph W. Anstey (b 1850 Birmingham); Emily E. Anstey (b 1854); Annie M. Anstey (b 1856). In 1840 according to the ‘Birmingham Journal‘ newspaper “Joseph Anstey, pearl shell dealer of Sheffield…was declared bankrupt“. Catherine Anstey (mother) was buried in the family grave in Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham in 1870 and Joseph Anstey was buried there in 1876);
  • William Anstey (b 1815, died an infant)
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1816, married Robert Priddey (Pridey) in 1848 in Aston Juxta Birmingham. In the 1871 Census she was living with her nephew John Matthew Anstey in Harborne, King’s Norton, Staffordshire. They had a son Isaac R. Priddey (b 1855 – mistranscribed as ‘Puddy’ who was living with his uncle Joseph Anstey in Birmingham in the 1861 Census);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1820, married Hannah Throssby in Birmingham in 1841; was present at the death of his father in 1857);
  • Caroline Anstey (b 1821, married Benjamin Homer in 1843 in King’s Norton Worcestershire. Her family was living with her brother Joseph Anstey in Birmingham in the 1851 Census);
  • Frederick George Anstey (b 1823, known as ‘Fred‘, married Mary Armstrong in St Martins in the Field, London in 1853 and they had a daughter Charlotte Mary Anstey (b 1856 Paddington, appears not to have married). In the 1881 Census the family were living at Alpha Road, Marylebone; Fred Anstey was a (vaguely famous) sculptor (for example one of his sculptures of Queen Victoria still stands today at the Old Town Hall Building in Blagrave Street, Reading). Fred Anstey died in 1891, his probate reading “The will of Frederick George Anstey late of 11 Alpha Road, St Johns Wood, sculptor, who died 27 March 1891 was proved by Mary Anstey widow the relict and Charlotte Mary Anstey spinster the daughter and George James Rimell of Maida Vale Bookseller“. Fred Anstey died a wealthy man, and members of the family were still benefitting from his will decades later – for example Archibald Francis Anstey who communicated with fellow Anstey researcher Thomas John Anstey (Tom) in 1912 stated in a letter that “we were connected to Fred Anstey of Alpha Road who was an artist and sculptor…I know that Fred Anstey left a considerable amount of money, which I personally benefit from“);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1826, died an infant);
  • Rebecca Anstey (b 1826, married John Farr in 1856 in Aston Juxta Birmingham);

John Anstey (b 1774) was living in Lionel Street in the 1841 Census. He died in 1857 at 3 Saint Mark Street, Ladywood, Birmingham, from old age. His son Henry Anstey was present at the death.

Simeon Anstey (b 1788 Birmingham)

Simeon Anstey was born in 1788 in Birmingham to father Samuel Anstey. Like his father, Simeon Anstey was a jeweller by trade living most of his adult life at Livery Street in Birmingham. He married Sarah Gowan (b 1787) in 1812 in Birmingham, having children in Birmingham

  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1813);
  • Sarah Matilda Anstey (b 1814);
  • Emma Anstey (b 1815);
  • Simeon Gowen Anstey (b 1817, died 1819);
  • Edwin Anstey (b 1820, married Ann Elizabeth Gale in 1848, he was a jeweller apprentice in the 1841 Census in Livery Street with his father);
  • Caroline Anstey (b 1821, married John Bagley in 1844 in Harborne – father’s name was given as Simeon Anstey);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1824, died 1832);
  • Simeon Edward Anstey (b 1825, a pocket book maker by trade, he married Elizabeth Ford in 1846 in Aston, having a son William Anstey (b 1850 Birmingham). The family were living at Ludgate Hill in Birmingham in the 1851 Census. However Elizabeth Anstey died in 1852 so later that same year Simeon married Mary Ann Mason in Birmingham. In the 1861 Census they were living at Caroline Street, Birmingham. Simeon died in 1867 in Birmingham);
  • William Henry Anstey (b 1827, died 1832);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1830, living in Livery Street in 1841, married James Genders in Edgbaston in 1854);
  • Harriet Anstey (b February 1832, died 1845).

Sarah Anstey (wife) died in November 1832 in Birmingham (living at Livery Street) so Simeon Anstey remarried to Amelia (Linney or Jenny) in 1834 in Edgbaston, having children:

  • Selina Anstey (b 1837, died 1838); and
  • Arthur Anstey (b 1839, he was living with his parents Simeon and Amelia in Livery Street in the 1851 Census. He became a jewellery case maker living at George Street, Birmingham and married (probably) Elizabeth Homer (b 1842 Birmingham, though we cannot find the marriage entry to confirm this) in c1866. They had children in Birmingham Arthur Anstey (b 1867, a jewellery case maker, married Charity Hickman in Birmingham in 1890 – see below for 1891 Census); Edwin Anstey (b 1868, died in 1877 buried at Witton Cemetery, Birmingham); Selina Anstey (b 1870); Elizabeth Anstey (b 1872, living with her brother Arthur in the 1891 Census); Caroline Anstey (b 1876, died 1888 buried at Witton Cemetery); Henry Anstey (b 1879, aka Harry, an Anstey Hero); George Anstey (b 1880, living with his brother Arthur in the 1891 Census); and Ada Anstey (b 1884, living with her brother Arthur in the 1891 Census). Arthur Anstey (father) died in 1886, and his widow Elizabeth probably died in 1890 (buried in Witton Cemetery) so in the 1891 Census the family was living in Brearly Street, Birmingham headed by Arthur Anstey (son) and his wife Charity).

In ‘Wrightsons Directory of Birmingham 1818‘ , Simeon Anstey was a “shopkeeper of Livery Street“. In the 1841 & 1851 Censuses, Simeon and family were still living in Livery Street; Simeon was a jeweller. Simeon Anstey probably died in Birmingham in 1855.

George Anstey (b c1791? Birmingham)

George Anstey was born in c1791 in Birmingham to parents John Anstey and Elizabeth Buckstone. He was a shoemaker and he married Sarah Bell in 1807 in Edgbaston Warwickshire. They returned to Birmingham, then moved to Ulverston, Lancashire for about five years with other members of his family (for example George‘s brother John Anstey), before returning to Birmingham (again with various members of his family). George Anstey and Sarah had children (Birmingham unless stated):

  • John Anstey (b 1807 – see below);
  • William Ansty (b 1809 in Ulverston – George was listed as a ‘shoemaker’)
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1812 Ulverston)
  • Joseph Anstey (b 1815, a brass founder in Ryland Street, Birmingham in the 1851 Census. He married firstly Jane Kimbley in Solihull in 1838, having children in Birmingham Alfred Anstey (b 1840); Lavenia Anstey (b 1844); and Selina Anstey (b 1845). Jane must have died because Joseph Anstey remarried Harriet Jones in 1848 in Birmingham (his father’s name was given as ‘George Anstey‘). They had further children William Anstey (b 1849); Frederick George Jones Anstey (b 1852, baptised 1856); Jane Anstey (b 1854); Harriet Anstey (b 1856); Joseph Anstey (b 1859));
  • George Anstey (b 1816, married Ann in c1837 and was a milkman in the 1841 Census living with his brother James Anstey, a brass founder. George Anstey and Ann had children Joseph Anstey (b 1838, married Ann Busst in 1861 in Solihull and became a milkman in Aston, having amongst other children Sylvester Anstey (b 1862). Joseph in 1883 was found ‘Not Guilty’ of “stealing a milk can, the property of the London and North West Railway Company“. His son Sylvester Anstey became a die sinker in Albert Road, Birmingham and in 1927 was charged with “conspiring to counterfeit coins” – see ‘Sheffield Daily Telegraph‘ 19 August 1927) and Ann Anstey (b 1840); Sarah Anstey (b 1846); Mary Anstey (b 1850). George Anstey was still a milkman in Birmingham in the 1851 Census);
  • Henry Anstey (b 1821, died 1827 at Allison Street, Birmingham);
  • James Anstey (b 1823, married Emma Eades in 1845 – see below);
  • Emma Anstey (b 1824);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1827, married Thomas Weston in 1856 in Birmingham. They had a son Alfred John Weston (b 1857) who was living with his uncle Joseph Anstey in the 1871 Census);

In the 1841 Census, George Anstey was living on his own (or with Charles and Charlotte Wells, the Census is unclear) at Allison Street, Birmingham – he was a shoemaker, aged 50.

John Anstey (b 1807 Birmingham)

John Anstey (b 1807 Birmingham, baptised 28 December 1807 in Birmingham to parents George Anstey and Sarah) married Matilda Jones (b 1810 Birmingham) in 1830 in Aston Juxta Birmingham (mistranscribed as ‘Anstley’). They had children in Birmingham:

  • Matilda Anstey (b 1830);
  • Albert Anstey (b 1833, a brass founder in the 1851 Census);
  • Emma Anstey (b 1835);
  • Joseph (Josh?) Anstey (b 1835, a brass founder in the 1851 Census, does not appear in the 1841 Census for some reason, this is possibly a duplicate of John George Anstey below);
  • John George Anstey (b 1837, baptised 11 December 1837 in Birmingham, he appears in the 1841 Census, aged 4. John George Anstey married Emma Harper in 1859 in Solihull; by the 1871 Census John Anstey was a ‘brass founder‘ living in Banbury Street, Birmingham with his family and his mother in law Hannah Harper);
  • George Anstey (b 1839, married Rebecca Henn in Bordesley in 1862, where his father was given as ‘John Anstey‘. They had children in Aston/Birmingham George Anstey (b 1864); Sarah Matilda Anstey (b 1867); Ann Anstey (b 1869); Matilda Anstey (b 1871); Thomas Anstey (b 1873); Agnes Anstey (b 1875). In the 1871 Census George was a brass founder, living in Bordesley, Aston, Birmingham);
  • Harriet Anstey (b 1839);
  • Peter Anstey (b 1842, a tin burnisher in the 1851 Census);
  • James Anstey (b 1842)
  • Ann Anstey (b 1843 died an infant)
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1845);
  • Caroline Anstey (b 1846);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1849 – this is NOT Frederick George Anstey b 1851 or baptised 1856);

In the 1841 & 1851 Censuses, the family were living at Trent Street, Birmingham, John Anstey (father) was a “brass founder” (1841) and “provision dealer” (1851). By the 1871 Census, various members of the family were living in Kings Norton, Worcestershire.

John Anstey (b 1811 Ulverston)

John Anstey (b 1811 Ulveston, Lancashire to father John Anstey (b 1774)) married Rebecca Parton in Aston Juxta Birmingham in 1833 (mistranscribed as ‘Ansley’). They had children in Birmingham:

  • Rebecca Anstey (b 1835);
  • John Mathew Anstey (b 1837 – see below);
  • Hannah Anstey (b 1840, died young?)
  • Ann Elizabeth (Hannah) Anstey (b 1846);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1847);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1850);
  • Frederick George Anstey (b 1853);

In the 1851 Census the family were living at Nelson Street, Birmingham. John Anstey (father) was a “chaser“, his birth details given as “1812 in Ulverston Lancashire“. By the 1861 Census, John Anstey (still a chaser) and his family were living in Stour Street Birmingham; his birth details were somewhat confusing given as “1812 in Scotland (Newland)” – Newland being next to Ulverston and certainly not in (but near to) Scotland. By the 1871 Census John Anstey (an “owner of property (houses)“) and his wife were living in Stour Street, Birmingham; his birth details were given as “1812 in Newland [Ulverston] near Scotland“. According to a 1912 letter from Archibald Francis Anstey to Anstey researcher Thomas John Anstey (Tom), John Ansteywas connected with the button industry and also cultivated certain estates in Birmingham“.

Rebecca Anstey (mother) died in 1873 “aged 62“; she was buried at Birmingham, Warstone Lane Cemetery. John Anstey (father) died in 1879 in Birmingham “aged 67“.

William Samuel Anstey (b 1822 Birmingham)

William Samuel Anstey was born in 1822 in Birmingham to parents Samuel Martin Anstey and Jane Gilkes. He married Mary Cooper in Aston Juxta Birmingham in 1840 and they had children in Birmingham:

  • Jane Anstey (b 1840);
  • William Anstey (b 1842, died young);
  • Emma Anstey (b 1844);
  • Nehemiah Samuel Anstey (b 1847, known as Samuel, married Elizabeth Shemmans in 1870 in Birmingham. They moved to Staffordshire having children Elizabeth Anstey (b 1871 Wednesbury, Staffs) and William Thomas Anstey (b 1873, Wednesbury, Staffs, married Ellen Slater in 1896 in Sheffield, having (amongst others) a son William Anstey (b 1899 Sheffield – an Anstey Hero)). By the 1881 Census the family were back in Birmingham – Samuel Anstey was a “gun barrel filler” living at 23, New John Street, Birmingham. By the 1891 Census Samuel and his son William were boarders at Russell Street, Wednesbury, West Bromwich. Nehemiah Samuel Anstey died in 1899 in Sheffield);
  • Simeon Anstey (b 1849);
  • William Anstey (b 1851);
  • Edward Anstey (b 1853);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1854);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1857);
  • Maria Anstey (b 1860); and
  • George Anstey (b 1862)

In the 1841 Census the family were living at Sheep Street, Birmingham. By the 1851 Census William Anstey (father) was a broker, with the family living at Upper Tower Street, Birmingham. They were still there in the 1861 Census, William was a “trawler?? with brushes“. William Samuel Anstey died in 1897 in Birmingham.

James Anstey (b 1823 Birmingham, m Emma Eades)

James Anstey was born in 1823 in Birmingham, baptised in 1825 to parents George Anstey (shoemaker) and Sarah Bell. In the 1841 Census, James Anstey was a ‘brass founder’ living with his brother George Anstey in Birmingham. He married Emma Eades in King’s Norton in 1845 and they had children in Birmingham:

  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1845)
  • Priscilla Anstey (b 1846 to mother ‘Eades’, died an infant);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1846 to ‘Eades’, baptised in 1847 in St Martins, Birmingham. Eliza married Henry Wilmot [Willmott] in c1865, having a daughter Emma Wilmot b 1866 in Edgbaston, King’s Norton. Emma was living with her Anstey grandparents in Edgbaston in the 1871 Census); and
  • Thirza Anstey (b 1850 to ‘Eades’, was living with her parents in Edgbaston, King’s Norton in the 1871 Census. Thirza married John Cross in 1874 in Birmingham. They moved to Woodstock, Oxfordshire where in the 1881 Census Thirza‘s mother Emma (widow) was visiting); and
  • Ellen Priscilla Anstey (b 1854, died 1860)

In the 1851 Census, the family were living at Cheapside, St Martins, Birmingham. By the time of the 1871 Census, the family had moved to Lee Banks Road, Edgbaston, King’s Norton where James Anstey was a vinegar salesman. James Anstey died in Kings Norton in 1876, “aged 52“. In the 1881 Census, Emma Anstey (widow) was visiting her daughter Thirza Cross in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

James Anstey (b c1823 Birmingham, m Emma Brown)

James (aka Jacobi) Anstey was Catholic, which is quite unusual for Ansteys at this time and may be a helpful clue because we cannot currently definitively place him in the Anstey pedigree. James Anstey was born in c1823 in ‘Birmingham’ to father Thomas Anstey.

In the 1841 Census, James Anstey, a shoemaker, was a patient at the Birmingham General Hospital. In August 1849 at St Mary’s Church, Handsworth, Staffordshire, James Anstey, a “bootmaker abode Handsworth son of Thomas Anstey“, married Emma Brown, also of Handsworth (daughter of James Brown, copper engraver). They had children:

  • Edwin (Edward) Henry Anstey (b 1850, baptised in Birmingham St Chad’s Cathedral (Catholic) as “Edwardus Henricus, son of Jacobi Anstey and Emma Brown“. Edwin Anstey probably married Ellen Ford in 1870 in Birmingham, the family living in Irving Street, Birmingham in the 1881 Census);
  • Samuel James Anstey (b 1851 was baptised in Birmingham St Chad’s Cathedral (Catholic) as “Samuel Jacobus Anstey, son of Jacobi Anstey and Emma Brown“, died in 1853);
  • Selina Jane Anstey (b 1852 to mother ‘Brown’, married Alfred James Clark in 1878 in Aston. In the 1901 Census she was living in Birmingham with her family and her father James Anstey);
  • Ellen Rebecca Anstey (b 1855 to mother ‘Brown’ died 1856);
  • Esther Sarah Anstey (b 1858, the mother’s maiden name is incorrectly given as ‘Blackhurst’, but Esther appears with her family in the 1861 Census. She married John Simpson in 1878 in Birmingham, her father confirmed as James Anstey); and
  • Eliza Agnes Anstey (b 1862 to mother ‘Brown’. Eliza married Frederick George Ward in 1884 in Aston. They emigrated to Illinois, America where Eliza died in 1937 at Arlington Heights, Cook, Illinois where they had lived for about 15 years prior to her death. Her parents on the ‘Illinois Deaths‘ register were confirmed as “James Austy and Emma Brown“).

In the 1861 Census the family were living at Clement Street Birmingham, James Anstey was a button maker. By the 1871 Census James was a cattle driver living at Wilton Street, Aston with his family. By the 1881 Census, James Anstey was a gardener in Aston, living with his wife and daughter Eliza Anstey, and two grandchildren Nellie May Anstey (b 1876 in Aston) and Francis Albert (possibly Frederick) Anstey (b 1878 in Aston, an Anstey Hero). In the 1891 Census James Anstey was a widower and a cattle drover, living with his grandson Francis Anstey in Wilton Street, Aston. In the 1901 Census, James Anstey was living with his daughter Selina Jane Clark in Birmingham.

John Mathew Anstey (b 1837 Birmingham)

John Mathew Anstey was born in 1837 in Birmingham to parents John Anstey (b 1811) and Rebecca. In the 1861 Census he was living with his parents at Stour Street, Birmingham; he was a “manager of carriage works“. Later in 1861, John Mathew Anstey married Amelia Mary Jones in Birmingham. After a couple of years in Birmingham, they moved to Harborne, King’s Norton, Staffordshire; they had children (born in Harborne unless stated):

  • John William Anstey (b 1863 Birmingham, known by his second name ‘William‘, a traveller in Harborne in the 1891 Census. He married Catherine (Katherine) Darrall in 1891 in Aston and they had two children John Darrall Anstey (b 1892 Erdington, Aston, an Anstey Hero) and George Henry Anstey (b 1893, an Anstey Hero). John William Anstey died in 1895, buried in St Peter’s, Harborne. His widow Katherine was living in Princess Road, Edgbaston in the 1911 Census with her two sons, she was a boarding house proprietress);
  • Agnes A. Anstey (b 1865);
  • Lillian R. Anstey (b 1867);
  • George Frederick Anstey (b 1868, an insurance clerk in Harborne in the 1891 Census. He drowned in 1892 in a bathing accident reported in the ‘Worcestershire Chronicle‘ on 11 June 1892 “TWO VISITORS DROWNED: A Shocking bathing accident occurred at Bewdley on Sunday afternoon when two young men from Harborne named Waldron D. Chavassr and George Frederick Anstey, both aged 23, lost their lives…Anstey was a clerk in the Edinburgh Life Office, Bennet’s Hill Birmingham…“);
  • Nellie F. Anstey (b 1870);
  • Henry (Harry) Bertram Anstey (b 1872, a junior clerk in Harborne in the 1891 Census. He was with his brother George Frederick Anstey when George drowned in 1892.);
  • Edwin Herbert Anstey (b 1874, a junior clerk in Harborne in the 1891 Census and an “electro plate manufacturer” in 1915 when his father died);
  • Graham Alfred Anstey (b 1878, an insurance company manager in 1915 when his father died);
  • Gordon Westbourne Anstey (b 1879 King’s Norton, married Dora Hubbard in 1909 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Archibald Francis Anstey (b 1881, communicated with Anstey researcher Thomas John Anstey (Tom) in 1912, at which time he was living in both Nottingham (46 Bridlesmith Gate) and London (26 Herondale Avenue Wandsworth). In his letter, which was on paper headed ‘London and Lancashire Life and General Assurance Association LimitedArchibald Francis Anstey wrote that “I know that Fred Anstey (the sculptor) left a considerable amount of money, which I personally benefit from“. Tom‘s letter to Archibald Francis Anstey can be found on Tom’s Correspondence page);
  • Irene C. Anstey (b 1888).

In the 1871 Census, John Mathew Anstey was a clerk at a coach builder, living at York Street in Harborne, Kings Norton with his family, where he lived for the rest of his life (his aunt Sarah Priddey was also living with them). By 1881 John Mathew Anstey was a commercial traveller.

John Mathew Anstey died in 1915, his probate stating “ANSTEY: John Mathew of 24 York Street, Harborne, Birmingham, retired commercial traveller died 5 February 1915. Probate Birmingham 20 March to Edwin Herbert Anstey electro plate manufacturer and Graham Alfred Anstey insurance company manager

Further Details on the Birmingham Ansteys

#1. Anstey Physical Training College at Edington, Birmingham was not named after this sub-branch, but after Rhoda Anstey of the Tiverton Ansteys.

#2. Francis (Frank) Anstey who lived in St Thomas, Birmingham in the 1841 Census with his wife Charlotte and their one year old son James is patriarch of the Grand Rapids, Michigan Ansteys.

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