The Coleshill Ansteys

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

Overview of the Coleshill Ansteys

The Coleshill Ansteys of Warwickshire are a sub-branch of the Hampton in Arden Ansteys. The patriarch of the Coleshill Ansteys is Samuel Anstey (b 1705 Hampton in Arden).

Samuel Anstey (b 1705 Hampton in Arden)

Samuel Anstey was born in 1705 in Hampton in Arden to parents Joseph Ansty Junior and Susanna. He was a rakemaker by trade and he married Ann Chetland (b 1718?) in Coleshill in 1740, where he was described as “of the parish of Hampton in Arden“. They had children in Coleshill (though for a small time between c1762 and c1772 they seemed to reside in Birmingham where most of their children had relocated):

  • Samuel Anstey (b 1742 – co-patriarch of the Birmingham Ansteys);
  • Thomas Anstie (b 1743, married Ann Howkins in Coventry in 1766. Thomas died in Coventry St Michael in 1814 as ‘Ansty’ “aged 70” – see the Coventry Anstey page for more);
  • Anne Anstey (b 1745, died in 1765);
  • Sarah Anstey (buried 1750 “daughter of Samuel Anstey“);
  • John Anstey (b 1748 (though we cannot find the baptismal entry) – co-patriarch of the Birmingham Ansteys);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1752, married Mary Linton in 1772 in Birmingham. They had children in Birmingham Ann Anstey (b 1774, died 1775); and Ann Anstey (b 1777). Charles Anstey died in Birmingham in 1782);
  • Mary Anstey (b 1755, numerous sources cite this lady as being Mary Ann Anstey, an Anstey Convict Sent to Australia, sent on the ‘Lady Juliana‘ arriving in New South Wales on 3 June 1790 and probably “convicted at Warwick in 1787 or 1789, at 40 years old” for “the theft of two handkerchiefs from the shop of George Stubbs in Birmingham“. On balance this connection is probably correct because others in her family were also living in Birmingham, though we seek further ‘formal’ confirmation);
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1757);
  • Edward Anstey (b 1760 Birmingham, died an infant);
  • George Anstey (b 1762 in Birmingham, died in 1764 in Birmingham);

Ann Anstey (mother) died in 1772 in Birmingham, and Samuel Anstey (b 1705 “widower“) remarried Elizabeth Davies (b 1725, a “widow“) in 1773 in Coleshill (both signed with an ‘X’ so presumably this family was illiterate) . Despite their age they appear to have had another daughter:

  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1774 in Coleshill);

In 1806 Samuel Anstey died in Coleshill at the extraordinary age of 102. His age at death was considered so extraordinary that it was mentioned in the ‘Northampton Mercury‘ 18 June 1806 edition, stating “On Saturday last at Coleshill, Warwickshire in the 103rd year of his age, Samuel Anstey, formerly a rakemaker at that place [died]. He had been blind for some years but retained his other faculties unimpaired.” His widow Elizabeth Ansety died in Coleshill in 1813 “aged 88“.

Further Details on the Coleshill Ansteys

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