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).

The ‘London Gazette‘ in 1818 has “By Order of the Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors: The petitions of Samuel Anstey (rendered as Samuel Ansty) late of Sheffield in the West Riding County of York, cutler and ironfounder and of Benjamin Watts (sued with John Watts), late of Holnest in the county of Dorset, farmer and butcher, but now prisoners for debt in the Kings Bench Prison in the County of Surrey…” We are not sure if this is Samuel or one of his direct descendants (ie his son) and we seek further clues.

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 – see below). 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 [Sutchell] in 1812 in Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring – the ‘Oxford Journal‘ on 5 December 1812 reported “Mr T. Satchell Jun of Warwick to Miss Elizabeth Anstey of Bradnock’s Marsh, Warwickshire“);
  • 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 [Wheatley?] 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 – the ‘Birmingham Journal‘ on 7 December 1839 reported “Marriage: On the 3rd inst at All Saints, by the Rev. Mr. Morgan, Charles Glanvill, son Samuel Glauvill, of Honiton, Devonshire, to Mary Ann Anstey, daughter of John Anstey of Lionel Street, 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 – see below);
  • 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 – see below);
  • 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 on 7 June 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 – see below); 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 & 1901 censuses. He married Lily [Susan?] Clements in 1902 in West Bromwich and they had children in Birmingham Lily May Anstey (b 1907); Violet Anstey (b 1913); Harold Arthur Anstey (b 1915); and Margaret M. Anstey (b 1921). In the 1911 Census George was a silver polisher living with his family at 43 Great Russell Street Birmingham); and Ada Anstey (b 1884, living with her brother Arthur in the 1891 Census and still living with him in the 1911 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 – see below);
  • George Anstey (b 1816 – see below);
  • 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);

It is possible that George Anstey spent a short time in the Royal Navy, though this does not fit easily with the rest of the evidence we possess about him. All we have is that in 1811/12 a “George Anstey Rank P. M. wife Sarah wages paid ex Birmingham” served on HMS Barfleur. In 1817 the family were living at Allison Street, Birmingham.

In any case, 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.

Samuel Anstey (b 1800 Birmingham)

Samuel Anstey (probably Samuel James Anstey – see presently) was born in 1800 in Birmingham, baptised 29 September 1800 at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring, to parents Samuel Anstey and Mary Bowdler. He moved to Shoreditch in c1820, living at Half Moon Court from 1820 to at least 1827. He married Mary (b c1806 Shrivenham) in c1825 or so (probably Mary Kirby on 20 August 1822 in St Martin in the Fields) and they had children in Hoxton, Shoreditch:

  • Lavina Anstey (b 1827, in 1841 and 1851 Census – also 1861 Census but as ‘Louisa’);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1831, in 1851 and 1861 Census)
  • Alfred H. Anstey (b 1832, in 1841 and 1851 Census);
  • Louisa Anstey (b 1835, in 1841 Census);
  • Amelia Anstey (b 1838, in 1851 Census);
  • Elisa Anstey (b 1841, in 1851 Census);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1845, in 1851 and 1861 Census); and
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1846, baptised in Shoreditch on 20 August 1847 to parents “Samuel Anstey and Mary” – living with family in 1851 and 1861 Census. He married Martha Jones (b 1845) in 1867 in Lambeth and they had children in Stockwell, Brixton in Lambeth Samuel Anstey (b 1871, baptised 26 March 1871 in Kennington. He married Edith Olivia Elgood in q1 1901 in Camberwell and in the 1901 Census he was a chemist’s assistant living at 141, Grove Lane, Camberwell. They had daughters Nellie Doris Anstey (b 1901, known as Doris) and Winnie Anstey (b 1905) and in the 1911 Census Samuel was still a chemists assistant living at 140 Copleston Road E Dulwich, Camberwell); Alfred Anstey (b 1873); Elizabeth Anstey (b 1875, living with her family in 1891); Louisa Anstey (b 1875, living with her parents in 1901); Horace Anstey (b 1876, living with his family in 1891. He was still unmarried in the 1911 Census, a restaurant manager living with his mother at The Royal Arms 10 North Street Guildford); Leonard Anstey (b 1878, living with his family in 1891 and an unmarried butcher visiting the ‘Rolington’s at 76 Ashburnham Grove Greenwich in the 1911 Census); and Albert George Anstey (b 1885 West End/Westminster aka George Albert Anstey – living with his parents in 1901 and with his mother in the 1911 Census where he was an auctioneers clerk). In the 1881 Census Samuel Anstey was a licensed victualler at Devonshire Arms, 17, Denman Street, St James Westminster; in 1891 they were at the Bull Hotel, Village, Fulmer, Eton and by the 1901 Census he was a restaurant keeper at the Royal Arms Coffee Tavern, 2, North Street, Guildford. Samuel Anstey died in Guildford on 16 July 1902 living at 10 North Street, Guildford, probate was to his widow Martha Anstey and Edward Kent, chemist – the ‘West Surrey Times‘ reported on 25 July 1902 “DEATHS. ANSTEY.—On the 16th inst., at 10, North Street, Guildford, Samuel Anstey, aged 55“. In the 1911 Census Martha Anstey (widow) was still a restaurant and hotel keeper at The Royal Arms 10 North Street Guildford, running it with two of her sons)

In the 1841 Census Samuel Anstey (b 1799 in ‘Middlesex’ – certainly incorrect because his wife’s birth location was also given incorrectly as Middlesex) was living with his family at Devonshire Street, Shoreditch. By the 1851 Census he was bizarrely called ‘James Anstey‘ (b 1799 Birmingham), but certainly the same person as the family were still at 10 Devonshire Street, Shoreditch – he was a melting pot maker. Samuel Anstey likely died in q4 1851 in Shoreditch and by the 1861 Census, Mary Anstey, widow, was a melting pot manufacturer still living at 10 Devonshire Street with her family.

John Anstey (b 1807 Birmingham)

John Anstey (b 1807 Birmingham, baptised 28 December 1807 in Birmingham to parents George Anstey and Sarah Bell) 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 – not to be confused with Joseph Anstey (b 1838 Birmingham) below);
  • John George Anstey (b 1837 – see below);
  • George Anstey (b 1839 – see below);
  • 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 – NOTE: this is NOT Frederick George Anstey b 1851 or baptised 1856. Frederick Anstey married Ruth Wilson in 1885 in Bethnal Green and they had children in Mile End Frederick Anstey (b 1885, known as Frank, single in the 1911 Census working as a coal porter at a gas works); Dorothy Ada Anstey (b 1889, single in the 1911 Census working as a sewing machinist); and Helena Maud Anstey (b 1892, known as Nellie, single in the 1911 Census working as a sewing machinist). In the 1901 Census the family were living at 53, Rowsell Street, Mile End where Frederick was a small arms gun maker and by the 1911 Census Frederick was a widower and a “brass finisher” living with his children at 40 High Street Shadwell);

In 1837 as well as 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, alive in 1861);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1847, alive in 1861);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1850, died 1851?);
  • Frederick George Anstey (b 1853, died 1858? buried at Warstone Cemetery in Birmingham);

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“.

Joseph Anstey (b 1813 Birmingham)

Joseph Anstey was born in Birmingham in 1813 to parents John Anstey and Hannah Whateley. He married Catherine Lee in Rotherham, Yorkshire in 1834 and 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 Whately Anstey (b 1850 Birmingham, baptised 10 February 1850 in Birmingham. He married Elizabeth Stubbs in 1874 in Birmingham and they had children Francis Joseph Anstey (b 1875 Birmingham, died an infant); Herbert Joseph S. Anstey (b 1879 Handsworth, alive in 1891); Ada Elizabeth Anstey (b 1881 Handsworth, living with the family in 1901 working as a bridle stitcher. She married Ernest Willis Dolman and in the 1911 Census they were living with her parents); Edwin Anstey (b 24 September 1882 Aston Birmingham, attended Palfrey Boys School in Walsall in 1889, a corn and seed factor in 1901 living with his parents. He married Florence Mary [May] XX in 1907 and in the 1911 Census he was a manager for a corn and seed merchant living at 18 Villiers Street Walsall. They were living at 20 Ashcombe Road, Weston-Super-Mare in the 1939 Register where he was a clerk at a corn and seed merchants) and Eva Jane Anstey (b 1884 Walsall, died 1885). The family were living at 18, Villiers Street, Walsall in the 1891 and 1901 censuses where Joseph was a railway guard – in the 1911 Census they were living at Alrewas Burton on Trent where Joseph Whately Anstey was a “pensioned railway guard“. He later married Annie Jane Fallowfield in 1921 in Lichfield and he died in Lichfield in 1927);
  • Emily E. Anstey (b 1854); and
  • Annie Matilda Anstey (b 1856, baptised 27 January 1856 in Birmingham. She married William Alfred Nash or George Lowe in Birmingham in 1876).

The ‘Globe‘ on 23 June 1838 reported “Partnerships Dissolved: Joseph Anstey and William Meggitt, Sheffield. Yorkshire, mother-of-pearl shell dealers“. In 1840 according to the ‘Birmingham Journal‘ newspaper “Joseph Anstey, pearl shell dealer of Sheffield…was declared bankrupt“. Other newspapers reporting the same event in 1840 stated “Insolvent Debtor: JOSEPH ANSTEY, late of Broom Spring-lane, in Ecclesall Bierlow, near Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Pearl Button Manufacturer and Pearl Shell Dealer, late of Monmouth Street…then of Fargate in Sheffield…and formerly of Trippet Lane in Sheffield, Grocer on his own account…” and “BANKRUPTS. Joseph Anstey, Sheffield, Yorkshire, pearl button manufacturer to surrender February to, and March 10, eleven, at the Town Hall, Sheffield

Joseph Anstey was a pearl button maker in Springfield Street Birmingham in the 1851 Census. By the 1861 Census the family were living at 132, Icknield Street East, Birmingham. Catherine Anstey (mother) was buried in the family grave in Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham in 1870 and Joseph Anstey was buried there in 1876.

Joseph Anstey (b 1815 Birmingham)

Joseph Anstey was born in 1815 in Birmingham to parents George Anstey and Sarah Bell. He married firstly Jane Kimbley in Solihull in 1838, having children in Birmingham:

  • Alfred Anstey (b 7 December 1840, baptised 30 December 1840 in Birmingham St Martin in the Bull Ring. He married Elizabeth Roper in Aston. In the 1881 Census he was a brass founder living with his family at 359, New John St West, Birmingham. By the 1891 Census he was a widower boarding at Ellen Street, Birmingham with his daughters Ellen Anstey (b 1874) and Harriet Anstey (b 1879). By the 1911 Census Alfred was a brass dresser at the Birmingham Workhouse Infirmary);
  • John Anstey (b 1842, died an infant);
  • Lavenia Anstey (b 1844); and
  • Selina Anstey (b 1845)

In 1840 they were living at Milk Street, Birmingham. Jane died on 25 October 1847 and Joseph Anstey remarried Harriet Jones on 22 October 1848 at St George’s, Birmingham (his father’s name was given as ‘George Anstey‘). They had further children:

  • William Anstey (b 1849, married Ann Hayes (b 1849 Kidderminster) on 31 May 1875 in Kidderminster (father confirmed as Joseph Anstey) and they moved into 171 Darwin Street, Aston where in 1881 William was a chandelier maker; in 1891 he was a brass worker – ditto 1901 and in the 1911 Census they were still living at Darwin Street – they had no children);
  • Frederick George Jones Anstey (b 1852, baptised 5 May 1856 at Birmingham St Martin in the Bull Ring. He married first Mary Ann in 1879 in Aston and in the 1881 Census they were living at 105, Dymoke Street, Aston. She died however and by the 1891 Census Frederick was a widower and brass founder living at Dymoke Street, Bordesley. Later in 1891 he remarried to Laura Eldershaw in Birmingham and by the 1901 Census they were at 28, Ravenhurst Street, Aston together with Laura‘s father James EldershawFrederick was a brass finisher. By the 1911 Census they were living at 93 Runcorn Road Balsall Heath – Frederick was still a brass finisher. He died in 1913 in Kings Norton, not having any children from either marriage);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1854, had an illegitimate daughter Elsie Mary Anstey (b 1887 Birmingham to mother ‘Haiborne’?, an unmarried milliner living with her aunt Harriet Hoult at Gordon House Yardley Road South Yardley in the 1911 Census – she married Arthur William Smart). In the 1901 Census Jane and her daughter were living with her sister Harriet Hoult at 24, Beach Road, Sparkhill, Yardley and in the 1911 Census Jane was visiting Mary Ann Roberts at 17 Marina Brighton Road, Worthing. Jane died on 8 July 1938, a spinster living at 29 Stockfield Road Birmingham – probate was to her daughter “Elsie Mary Smart, wife of Arthur William Smart“);
  • Harriet Catherine Anstey (b 1857, baptised 28 February 1859 at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring. She married Edwin John Hoult and in the 1911 Census they were living at Gordon House Yardley Road South Yardley together with her niece Elsie Mary Anstey, daughter of Jane);
  • Joseph Anstey (b 1859); and
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1862, baptised 4 August 1862 in Birmingham)

Joseph Anstey was a brass founder in Ryland Street, Birmingham in the 1851 Census. By 1861 they were at Trent Street, Birmingham where he was a brass puncher. By 1871 he was a brass caster and by 1881 he was a brass founder at Barford Street Birmingham. Joseph Anstey died in 1893.

George Anstey (b 1816 Birmingham)

George Anstey was born on 1 October 1816, baptised 24 March 1817 at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring to parents George Anstey (shoemaker) and Sarah Bell. He married Ann Pratt in c1837. George Anstey and Ann had children in Birmingham:

  • Joseph Anstey (b 1838 – see below);
  • Ann Anstey (b 26 December 1839, baptised 30 March 1840 at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring);
  • George Anstey (b 1841, died an infant buried at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring on 26 January 1842);
  • Julia Anstey (b 1842, died a young child buried at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring on 13 September 1844);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1846);
  • William Anstey (b 1847, baptised 15 November 1847, died a young child buried at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring on 7 September 1848);
  • Caroline Anstey (b 1849, died an infant?);
  • Mary Jane Anstey (b 1849);
  • Fanny Anstey (b 1852, died a young child buried at Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring on 27 March 1854);
  • Betsy Anstey (b 1856 to mother ‘Pratt’); and
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1858, died an infant).

By 1840 the family were living at Doe Street, Birmingham. George Anstey was a milkman in the 1841 Census living with his brother James Anstey, a brass founder. He was still a milkman in Birmingham in the 1851 Census and in the 1861 Census he was a milkman living at Doe Street. By the 1871 Census he was a provision dealer living at Doe Street, Birmingham – ditto 1881

Henry Anstey (b 1820 Birmingham)

Henry Anstey was born in Birmingham in 1820 to parents John Anstey and Hannah Whateley, baptised on 23 April 1821. He married Hannah Throseby [Throssby] in Birmingham on 21 November 1841 and they had children in Birmingham and later West Bromwich:

  • Mary Hannah [Ann] Anstey (b 1844, living with the family in 1871);
  • John William Henry Anstey (b 1848);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1851);
  • Sarah Rebecca Anstey (b 1852, living with the family in 1871);
  • Joseph Charles Anstey (b 1854, living with the family in 1871. He married Mary Ann Chorley in 1877 in West Bromwich and they had two children Mary Catherine H. Anstey (b 1878 Birmingham) and Florence Rosetta Anstey (b 1884 Aston Manor – an unmarried press worker in the 1911 Census). In 1881 Joseph was a ‘engine driver in manufacturing’ living at West Court 26, 13, New John Street, Birmingham. In the 1911 Census they were living at 197 Farm Street Birmingham where Joseph was a ‘wire working machinist’. Joseph Charles Anstey died in 1933 in Birmingham, buried at Witton Cemetery);
  • George Whateley Anstey (b 1856, died an infant buried at Birmingham Warstone Lane Cemetery);
  • George Wallace Anstey (b 1857, living with the family in 1871. He married Rose Hannah [or Roseanna] Brown in 1877 in West Bromwich and they had children in Birmingham/Aston Lizzie Hannah Anstey (b 1879 Aston, died in 1886 buried at Witton Cemetery); Rose Anstey (b 1883); Annie Anstey (b 1892 Birmingham); Fred Anstey (b 1895 Aston); and one other (died young). In 1881 they were at Yates St 3 House, 26, Back of, Aston where George was a brass worker. In the 1891 Census they were at Beales Street, Aston where George was an electrical apparatus maker. In the 1901 Census George was a tool maker living at 70, Park Street, Thame, Oxfordshire and in the 1911 Census he was still a tool maker living with his family at Nutting Grove Terrace Farnley, Armley and Bramley, Yorkshire);
  • Ada Anstey (b 1868 West Bromwich to mother ‘Smith’, living with the family in 1881 where she was revealed as their granddaughter, not their daughter)

In the 1851 Census the family were living at Latimer Street South, Saint Thomas, Birmingham where Henry was a baker. Henry was present at the death of his father John Anstey in 1857. In the 1871 Census the family were living at Witton Lane, Handsworth, West Bromwich where Henry Anstey was an ammunition packer. Hannah died in 1872 so in 1874 Henry remarried to Eliza Starkey in Birmingham. By 1881 Henry and Eliza were still living at Witton Lane, Handsworth, by now Henry was a life assurance agent. Henry Anstey died in 1887 in West Bromwich. His widow Eliza Anstey was boarding at 41 Oscott Road Handsworth in the 1911 Census.

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 – see below). 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 – see below);
  • 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, was a mental nurse in the 1911 Census living at 19 Rookery Road Handsworth with her sons Ernest Philip Anstey (b 1907) and Frank Anstey (b 1908)) 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 George Anstey (b 1837 Birmingham)

John George Anstey was born in Birmingham on 11 November 1837, baptised 11 December 1837 to parents John Anstey (b 1807) and Matilda Jones. He married Emma Harper in 1859 in Solihull and they had children in Birmingham:

  • John Thomas Anstey (b 1862, a bedstead maker in the 1881 Census at 35, Marshall Street South, Aston. He married Ada Turner in Sparkbrook in 1893 and they had children in Aston Ethel May Anstey (b 1896, died 1897); Ada Maud Anstey (b 1898); George Leonard Anstey (b 1900); Ethel Vera Anstey (b 1901); Eva Victoria Anstey (b 1903); Ida Dorothy Anstey (b 1904); Edna May Mary Anstey (b 1907); and Howard Arthur Anstey (b 1909). In the 1901 Census they were living at 54, Osborn Road, Aston with John‘s father – he was a “brass bedstead worker“. By the 1911 Census they were living at 148 Aubrey Road Small Heath Birmingham, Aston);
  • Frank Anstey (b 13 November 1869, a “gun filer” living with the family in South Road, Bordesley, Aston in 1891. He married Florence Gertrude White (b 1872) in 1894 in King’s Norton and they had children in Birmingham and later Hanford Florence Nora Anstey (b 1896); Frank Silvester Anstey (b 1898 – an Anstey Hero); Harry Norman Anstey (b 1900, married Hilda Stonely Davis in August 1939 at Stoke Parish Church, at which time he was a “director and secretary of Hanford Garage” – he was still a director in his brother Frank‘s Garage business in 1953); Elsie Rose Anstey (b 1903); Bernard Anstey (b 1905, was groomsman at his brother Harry‘s wedding in 1939 – a director in his brother Frank‘s Garage business in 1953); Dennis Cleve Anstey (b 1907, the ‘Staffordshire Sentinel‘ on 19 April 1934 reported that he was charged with being drunk in charge of a motorcycle. His brother Harry said that “he went to India [to serve for five years in the Army] a fine upstanding man and returned a complete wreck“. He was a director in his brother Frank‘s Garage business in 1953); Maurice Anstey (b 1911); and Muriel Eileen Anstey (b 1915, still unmarried in 1939 when she was bridesmaid to her brother Harry‘s wedding). In the 1901 Census the family were living at 9, Holder Road, Aston where Frank was a “Stove polish representative“. By the 1911 Census they were living at High Street Hanford Stoke-On-Trent, Trentham where Frank was a “Traveller Margarine“. During World War One, Florence Gertrude Anstey (wife) was an Anstey Hero, volunteering for service with the Red Cross from August 1916 to December 1918 as a “N. Sister” at Staffordshire, St John’s Ambulance Brigade, performing “Convoy & Hospital duty” for a total of 260 hours. During this time the family were living at The Cottage, Hanford, Stoke-on-Trent. Florence Gertrude Anstey died in 1956 in Trent. By the 1939 Register the family were living at Highfield House Stone Road, Stoke-On-Trent. Florence Gertrude Anstey died in July 1956, still living at Highfield House, Hanford – effects to her daughter Muriel Eileen Anstey, “spinster“)

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. By the 1881 Census they were living at 35, Marshall Street South, Aston – John was a “chandelier polisher“. By the 1891 Census the family were at South Road, Bordesley, Aston – John was a brass polisher.

Emma Anstey (wife) died in Aston in 1892 and by the 1901 Census John G. Anstey was a widower in the “chandler trade” living at 54, Osborn Road, Aston with his son John T. Anstey. John George Anstey died in 1903 in Aston.

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, on 2 December, 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 Annie Anstey (b 1865, known as Annie – she married Arthur Skelton in 1890 in Kings Norton and they had a son Denis Skelton (b 1904) who was living with his ‘Anstey’ grandfather in the 1911 Census);
  • 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. He married Marian Hadgkiss in 1897 in Kings Norton and he died in 1909 in Harborne. His widow Marian Anstey was living with her parents at Penrough, North Bromsgrove in the 1911 Census – we find no children of this marriage);
  • Edwin Herbert Anstey (b 9 November 1873, a junior clerk in Harborne in the 1891 Census and an “electro plate manufacturer” in 1915 when his father died, He married Mona (Crabbe) Ramsey in 1905 in Paisley, Scotland and they had at least two children Douglas Gordon Anstey (b 1906 Kings Norton) and Beatrice A. N. Anstey (b 1912 Kings Norton). In the 1911 Census Edwin was an electro plate manufacturer living with his family at 14 Park Hill Road Harborne Birmingham. In the 1939 Register they were living at 40 13 Salisbury Road, Birmingham, where Edwin was still a “electro plate manufacturer“. He died in 1952 in Birmingham);
  • Graham Alfred Anstey (b 1878, married Ida Dorothea Nelson in 1901 in Aston, having children Dorothy Eileen Anstey (b 1903 Harborne, living with her ‘Nelson’ grandparents at 41 Russell Terrace Leamington in the 1911 Census); Phyllis Marjorie May Anstey (b 1906 Kings Norton); Graham Nelson Anstey (b 1908 Chorlton); and Queenie Marguerite Anstey (b 1908 Chorlton). In the 1911 Census Graham was a ‘resident secretary of an insurance company’ living with his family at 61 Lonsdale Road Harborne Birmingham. He was 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, married Muriel Kate Purdy in 1899 in King’s Norton having children Elaine Muriel Anstey (b 1900 Kings Norton, aka Muriel Elaine); Baron Archibald Anstey (b 1903 Birmingham); and Frances Marie Anstey (b 1911 Wandsworth). In the 1911 Census Archibald was an agency manager living at 26 Herondale Avenue Wandsworth. He 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 Constance May Anstey (b 1888, married Thomas Henry Lawley on 26 December 1909 in Harborne).

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 and in the 1911 Census he was a widower and a retired coach builders traveller, living at 24 York Street Harborne with a grandson Denis Skelton.

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

Joseph Anstey (b 1838 Birmingham)

Joseph Anstey was born in 1838 in Birmingham to parents George Anstey and Ann Pratt. He married Ann Busst in 1861 in Solihull and became a milkman in Aston, having children in Birmingham:

  • Silvester Anstey (b 1862 – see below);
  • Edward Anstey (b 1863, a metal smith living with his family in 1891. He married Mary Worthington Bond in 1895 in West Bromwich and they had a single child Maud Beatrice Anstey (b 1896 Birmingham, baptised 30 December 1896 in ‘Parish of St Matthias, Birmingham’). In the 1911 Census Edward was a ‘beer house keeper’ living with his family at 60 Miles Street Birmingham);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1865);
  • Frederick Anstey (b 1868, a carver and caterer living with his family in 1891. He married Ann Hannah Esther Gibbard on 15 August 1896 in Sparkbrook, Aston and they had children Ethel Anstey (b 1899 Warwick); Grace Anstey (b 1901 West Bromwich); Lilly Anstey (b 1902 West Bromwich, died in 1903); Doris Anstey (b 1904); Harold Horatio Philip Anstey (b 1906, known as Philip); Norman Anstey (b 1909); Ivy Anstey (b 1910 Warwick); and Arthur Anstey (b 1915 Warwick). In the 1911 Census the family were living at 3 Binswood Street Leamington where Frederick was a die sinker’s designer);
  • Lucy Anstey (b 1870);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1872, a die sinker living with his family in 1891 and living with them at 28, Vauxhall Street, Birmingham in the 1901 Census. He married in 1904 in Birmingham and died there in 1906); and
  • Clara Anstey (b 1877, a cook at a hotel living with her mother at 28, Vauxhall Street, Birmingham in the 1901 Census. She married John Cutler in 1901 in Birmingham and in the 1911 Census she was living with her family and mother Ann Anstey at 1 /254 New John Street West Birmingham)

In the 1871 Census the family were living at 6 A B Row, Aston – Joseph was a dairyman. Joseph Anstey in 1883 was found ‘Not Guilty’ of “stealing a milk can, the property of the London and North West Railway Company“. In the 1891 Census the family were living at Long Acre, Nechells, Aston where Joseph was a dairyman. In 1901 Joseph Anstey was described as a cowman and ‘widower’ (though he wasnt because his wife Ann and children were living at 28, Vauxhall Street, Birmingham in 1901), boarding at 4, Portland Street, Ratcliff, Stepney – he died a year later in 1902 back in Aston.

In the 1911 Census Ann Anstey (widow) was living with her daughter Clara Cutler at 1 /254 New John Street West Birmingham

George Anstey (b 1839)

George Anstey was born in Birmingham in 1839 to parents John Anstey (b 1807) and Matilda Jones. He married Rebecca Henn (b c1840 Coventry) in Bordesley in 1862, where his father was confirmed as ‘John Anstey‘. They had children in Aston/Birmingham:

  • George Anstey (b 1864, a brass founder in the 1881 Census. He married Amelia Fleetwood in Kings Norton in 1888 and by the 1891 Census they were living with their two daughters Amelia Anstey (b 1888); and Sarah Matilda Anstey (b 1890, known as Matilda, alive in 1911) at Bolton Road, Bordesley, Aston where George Anstey was a “brass founder” – also with them was Abraham Fleetwood – miswritten as ‘Abraham Anstey’. They also had children in Aston George Anstey (b 1891, alive in 1911); Arthur Anstey (b 1896, alive in 1911); Elsie Anstey (b 1899, died by 1911?); Edward Victor Anstey (b 1901, alive in 1911); Abraham Henry Anstey (b 1902, died by 1911?); and Gladys Anstey (b 1904, alive in 1911). By the 1911 Census the family was living at 58 Cattell Road, Aston where George Anstey was a “brass dresser” – also with them was George‘s brother Arthur and his family. The 1911 Census also indicates that they had 11 children of whom 6 were then still alive);
  • Sarah Matilda Anstey (b 1867, a warehouse girl confectioner in the 1881 Census. She married William Laishley in 1886 in Aston – two of her children were living with her ‘Anstey’ family in 1901);
  • Ann Anstey (b 1869, known as Annie, married John Cooke in 1890 in Aston and they were living with her parents in 1891);
  • Matilda Anstey (b 1871, died before 1881?);
  • Thomas Anstey (b 1873);
  • Agnes Anstey (b 1875, died before 1881?) and
  • Arthur Anstey (b 23 August 1882, an enamel fuser living with his parents in the 1901 Census. He married Sarah Fellows (b 1887 Birmingham – some sources say ‘Sarah Gallagher’ which is surely incorrect) in 1907 in Aston and they had a daughter Hilda May Anstey (b 1908 Birmingham, mother confirmed as ‘Fellows’, married L. H. McDonald). In the 1911 Census they were living with Arthur‘s brother George Anstey at 58 Cattell Road, Aston where Arthur Anstey was an “enameller“. A year later Arthur and his family emigrated to Albany, New York, America aboard the ‘White Star‘ ship. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Arthur Anstey noted that he was a “Shell Worker? at Consolidated Car Heating Company of England” living at 14 Boneheim, Albany, New York. They were still in Albany, New York in 1920 together with another daughter Irene F. Anstey (b 1916 New York, still unmarried in 1951 and died in Albany in 1999 still unmarried). By 1940 Arthur was a mechanic living in Colonie Town, Menands, Albany, New York with his wife and daughter Irene. Arthur Anstey died in December 1951 in Albany, buried at Albany Rural Cemetery Menands where the burial card states “Arthur Anstey was born in 1882 in Birmingham, England, and died on 28 Dec 1951 in Menands, aged 69 years, 4 months, 5 days. Late residence 27 Clifford Road, Menands. Widower of Sarah Gallagher[?] Anstey. Father of Mrs. L. H. McDonald and Miss Irene Anstey and the late Sallie Anstey. Interment 31 Dec 1951 in the Arthur Anstey plot, section 208, lot 104.”. His wife Sarah Anstey pre-deceased him by 6 months in June 1951)

In the 1871 Census George Anstey was a brass founder, living in Moseley Road Courts, Aston, Birmingham. By 1881 they were living at 15 Back OF, 59, Miles Street, Aston. By the 1891 Census they were living at Mona Place, Miles Street, Bordesley, Aston, where George Anstey was a ‘cabinet brass founder‘. By 1901 they were living at 22, Bordesley Park Road the Retreat, Aston, where George Anstey was a ‘brass finisher‘.

Rebecca Anstey (wife) died in 1906 in Aston – George died in the same year in Birmingham.

Edwin (Edward) Henry Anstey (b 1850 Birmingham)

Edwin Henry Anstey, also known as Edward, was born in 1850 in Birmingham, baptised in Birmingham St Chad’s Cathedral (Catholic) as “Edwardus Henricus, son of Jacobi Anstey and Emma Brown“, to parents James Anstey and Emma Brown. Edwin Anstey married Ellen Ford in 1870 in Birmingham and they had children in Birmingham:

  • Emma Eliza Anstey (b 1872, a polisher in 1891. She married John Tipper in c1895 and was living with her parents in 1901. By the 1911 Census she was living with her family and her sister Minnie at 80 Heneage St Ashted Birmingham);
  • Minnie Agnes Anstey (b 1874, a pen marker in 1901 and living with her sister Emma Tipper at 80 Heneage St Ashted Birmingham in the 1911 Census. She married Frank Henry Summers on 3 June 1911 in Ashted, giving her age fully nine years younger than her true age);
  • Samuel James Anstey (b 1876, a ‘sewing button maker’ in 1891 and a blacksmith in 1901. He married Elizabeth Betsy XXX in c1906 and they had a son Samuel James Anstey (b 1909 Aston). In the 1911 Census the family were living at 90 Duddeston Mill Road Birmingham where Samuel was a ‘blacksmith’s striker’);
  • Edward Charles Anstey (b 1878, a tank maker in 1901);
  • Ellen Catherine Anstey (b 1881, alive in 1901); and
  • Florence May Anstey (b 1886, died 1887 buried at Witton Cemetery)

The family were living at Ct 47/, 5, Irving Street, Birmingham in the 1881 Census where Edwin/Edward was a tube drawer. By 1891 they were living at Brighton Terrace, Irving Street, Birmingham where Edward was a pencil case maker – ditto 1901.

Silvester Anstey (b 1862 Birmingham)

Silvester Anstey was born in 1862 in Birmingham to parents Joseph Anstey and Ann Busst, He married Clara Isabella Jane Brazier in 1891 in Aston and they had children:

  • Elsie Anstey (b 1892 Birmingham, living with parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Horace Anstey (b 13 July 1893 Handsworth, baptised 2 August 1893 in Birmingham – living with parents in the 1911 Census. He married Edith M. Shineton in 1920 in Cleobury Mortimer and in the 1939 Register he was military naval badge toolmaker living with his wife at 46 Gipsy Lane, Birmingham – they had no children to our knowledge);
  • Daisy Anstey (b 1896 Handsworth, living with parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Blanche Evelyn Anstey (b 1902 Handsworth, living with parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Millicent Helena Louise Anstey (b 1906 Handsworth, living with parents in the 1911 Census – still unmarried in 1931 when she was executor to her father’s will); and
  • one other (died by 1911)

In the 1911 Census Silvester was a die sinker of military buttons and medals, living with his family at 61 Hamstead Road Handsworth, where he was also living in the 1901 Census. Silvester was a die sinker in Albert Road, Birmingham in 1927 when he was charged with “conspiring to make or dispose of dies to be used for counterfeit coins in India ” – see ‘Sheffield Daily Telegraph‘ 19 August 1927 for example.

Silvester Anstey died on 28 September 1931, living at 116 Albert Road Birmingham – the ‘Sheffield Daily Telegraph‘ on 1 October 1931 reported “The death is announced of Mr. Silvester Anstey, of Albert Road, Handsworth, who was closely connected with the Midland Counties Amateur Athletic Association“. The ‘Birmingham Daily Gazette‘ on 1 October 1931 reported “DEATH OF MR. S. ANSTEY. Former Birmingham Athlete and Legislator. The death has occured, at the age of 70, of Mr. Sylvester Anstey of Handsworth, Birmingham, who for many years was a potable figure in amateur athletics in Birmingham and the Midlands. In his younger days he was a member of the Edgbaston Harriers and was a distinctive performer on the track. He later became concerned in legislative matters with the Heathfield Harriers and the Lozells Harriers. For a long period he was a member of the Midlands Counties A. A. A. Board of Control and in 1896 he was President of the Midlands Cross Country Association“.

Silvester Anstey was buried in Birmingham Handsworth Cemetery – probate was to his widow Clara and daughter Millicent.

Arthur Anstey (b 1867 Birmingham)

Arthur Anstey was born in 1867 in Brimingham to parents Arthur Anstey and Elizabeth Homer. He was a jewellery case maker, marrying Charity Hickman in Birmingham in 1890, having children in Birmingham:

  • Arthur Herbert Anstey (b 1891 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Charity Minnie Anstey (b 1892, died 1895 buried at Witton Cemetery);
  • Beatrice Nellie Anstey (b 1896, died 1901 buried at Witton Cemetery);
  • George Harold Anstey (b 1899, died an infant buried at Witton Cemetery);
  • Florence Ada Anstey (b 1901, died 1902 buried at Witton Cemetery);
  • Albert Edward Anstey (b 1902, alive in 1911);
  • May Elizabeth Anstey (b 1903, died an infant); and
  • Annie Lillie Anstey (b 1908, alive in 1911)

In the 1891 Census the family was living in Brearly Street, Birmingham together with some of Arthur‘s younger siblings – he was a jeweller. He was still a jeweller (seal maker) in 1901, living at Great Russell Street, Birmingham. By the 1911 Census Arthur Anstey was a gilt jeweller living with his family and siblings at 228 Great Russell Street Birmingham. Arthur Anstey died in 1933 in Birmingham, buried at Witton Cemetery.

William Thomas Anstey (b 1873 Wednesbury)

William Thomas Anstey was born in Wednesbury, Staffordshire in 1873 to parents Nehemiah Samuel Anstey and Elizabeth Shemmans. He married Ellen Slater on 9 February 1896 in Sheffield (at which time he was a striker living at 16 Bevis Street), having children in Sheffield:

  • Florence Ann Anstey (b 1896, died an infant);
  • Nellie Anstey (b 1897, died an infant, buried at Sheffield City Road Cemetery on 30 August 1898 aged 9 months);
  • William Anstey (b 1899 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1900, alive in the 1911 Census);
  • Edith Anstey (b 1901, died an infant, buried at Sheffield City Road Cemetery on 24 December 1901 aged 10 months);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1902, known as Charlie, alive in the 1911 Census);
  • Ada Anstey (b 1903, died in 1904);
  • John Anstey (b 24 December 1904, unmarried in the 1939 Register, a ‘Labourer Siemens Casting Pit’ living with his parents);
  • Alice Anstey (b 1906, alive in the 1911 Census);
  • Sarah Elizabeth Anstey (b 1908, died 1909 buried at Sheffield City Road Cemetery on 2 February 1909 aged 9months);
  • Ellen Anstey (b 1910, known as Nellie, alive in the 1911 Census);
  • Ernest Anstey (b 1913, died 1917);
  • Lilly Anstey (b 1917, died an infant); and
  • Fred Anstey (b 19 April 1919, unmarried in the 1939 Register, a ‘Labourer B P Steel Helmet Furnace’ living with his parents )

In the 1911 Census the family were living at 7 Court No 2 Duke St Lane, Sheffield where William Thomas Anstey was a steel ferule maker (in 1911 they had 11 children of whom 6 were still living). By the 1939 Register William was an ‘incapacitated old age pensioner’ living at 173 Deerlands Avenue, Sheffield. He died later in 1939, buried at Sheffield City Road Cemetery on 30 November 1939.

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.

#3. A Robert Anstey (b 1754) was victualler of the Royal Oak, Charlbury from 1811 to 1822. He died in 1836, the ‘Oxford University and City Herald‘ 10 September 1836 edition “Died: On Sunday last aged 82, Mr Robert Anstey of the Royal Oak, Woodstock and formerly of Charlbury

We are actively on the lookout for Birmingham Anstey experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Birmingham 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 research@theansteystory.com.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Birmingham 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 ‘Birmingham‘ 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 research@theansteystory.com and we will correct it.

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