The Foleshill Anstys

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

Overview of the Foleshill Anstys

We are still trying to connect the Foleshill Anstys of Warwickshire, headed by Thomas Ansty (m 1808 Coventry). Given that Foleshill is a suburb of Coventry the Foleshill Anstys are likely connected to the Coventry Ansteys and they are surely connected to the Hampton in Arden Ansteys.

Thomas Ansty (m 1808 Coventry)

Thomas Ansty married Elizabeth Kimberley (b 1789) in Coventry in 1808. They had children:

At this time, their residence was “Far Gosford Street” and Thomas Ansty‘s occupation was “weaver“.

Elizabeth Ansty (wife) died in January 1817, buried at Coventry Holy Trinity. So Thomas Ansty remarried Ann Hubbard (b 1797) in August 1817 in Foleshill, St Laurence (Anglican) – they were both “of the parish of Foleshill” at the time and both illiterate, signing with an ‘X’.

Ann died a year later in December 1818 in Foleshill so Thomas Ansty remarried Hannah Packer in 1819 in Foleshill. They had children:

  • William Ansty (b 1819, died an infant); and
  • Hannah Ansty (b 1821 died an infant).

The family lived at Court House Green (1819) and Brikkiln Lane (1821) in Foleshill at this time.

David Kimberley Anstey (b 1814 Coventry)

David Kimberley Anstey was born in 1814 in Foleshill, Coventry to parents Thomas Ansty and Elizabeth Kimberley. He married firstly Mary Ann Scott in 1837 in Marylebone and after she presumably died in c1845 or so he married Martha Vaile (b 1803 Newark, Nottinghamshire) in 1849 in St Martin, London (father confirmed as Thomas Ansty). David and Mary Ann had children:

  • David John Anstey (b 1837 Marylebone – see below);
  • Emma Anstey (b 1841 Marylebone, alive in 1851);
  • Rosanna [Rose Hannah] Anstey (b 1841 Marylebone, died an infant); and
  • Edward Joseph Anstey (b 1844 Marylebone, mother confirmed as ‘Scott’ – see below)

In the 1841 Census, David and Mary Ann were living in Harley Mews, Marylebone. By the 1851 Census, Mary Ann must have died because David Ansty, Martha (Vaile) and his children were living at Fitzroy Mews, Saint Pancras – David Ansty indicated he was a coachman born in “Crealy, Warwickshire“. By the 1861 Census just David and his wife Martha were living at Pleasant Grove, St Marys Islington – David was still a “coachman, born Foleshill“.

David “Kimbly” Anstey died in 1864 in Islington.

David John Anstey (b 1837 Marylebone)

David John Anstey was born in 1837 in Marylebone to parents David Kimberley Anstey and Mary Ann Scott, baptised St Margaret, Westminster in December 1837. He was an unmarried “groom” in the 1861 Census boarding at Arlington Street, St James Clerkenwell. David John Anstey married Eliza Waller in Islington in 1863 and they had children:

  • David Edward Anstey (b 1865 Barnsbury/Islington, sometimes known as Edward D. Anstey. He married Eleanor Agnes Pritchard in Islington in 1890 and in the 1891 Census they were living at Bingfield Street, Islington – he was a “carman“. Eleanor died in Islington in 1892 and by the 1901 Census David Edward Anstey was a widower and a “carman” in Blundell Street, Islington. In the 1911 Census he was a carman boarding at 12 Dorinda Street Holloway, Islington);
  • Elizabeth Sarah Anstey (b 1867 Islington);
  • Louisa Isabella Anstey (b 1869, an unmarried “cartridge maker” in the 1891 Census. She married George Henry Manning or Frederick Hart Woods in 1892 in Islington);
  • John George Anstey (b 1871, an unmarried “carman” in the 1891 Census. He married Louisa Amelia Broadhead or Clementina Pellolio in 1891 in Islington. She must have died soon afterwards because John Anstey remarried Alice Maria Rose in 1898 in Pancras. They had children Alice Louisa Anstey (b 1898 St Pancras); Henrietta Emma Anstey (b 1900 St Pancras); Lillian Rose Anstey (b 1901 St Pancras); Mabel Dorothy Anstey (b 1903, died an infant); Georgina Elizabeth Anstey (b 1904 Islington); John William Anstey (b 1907 Islington, died 1915 in Islington – ‘The People’ on 21 February 1915 reported “CHILD WITH A GREAT BRAIN. At an inquest held yesterday by Mr. Schroder at Islington, on John Wm. Anstey, the eight-year-old son of railway porter residing at Blundell Street Islington , it was stated that the child’s brain weighed 53oz., whereas the normal weight of the brain of a grown man was only 49oz“); Beatrice Ada Anstey (b 1909 Islington); and Albert George Anstey (b 1913 Islington, alive in 1921). In the 1901 Census John Anstey was a horsekeeper at Whidborne Buildings Midhope Buildings, 33, St Pancras. By the 1911 Census he was a bus horsekeeper living at 6 Surr Street Cattle Market, Islington. In 1915 John George Anstey was a porter at Kings Cross Station and a member of the National Union of Railwaymen. John George Anstey was living in Islington with his family in 1921 and he died in Islington in 1944);
  • Emma Sarah Anstey (b 1875, an unmarried “cartridge maker” in the 1891 Census. She married in 1892 in Islington); and
  • Michael T. Anstey (b 1876 Somers Town Middlesex, he was an unmarried “carman” in Blundell Street, Islington in the 1901 Census)

In the 1891 Census the family was living at Roman Road, Islington – David was a coachman (like his father). By the 1901 Census, David, a “bus minder” and his wife Eliza were living at Blundell Street, Islington with their unmarried sons.

Edward Joseph Anstey (b 1844)

Edward Joseph Anstey was born in 1844 in Marylebone to parents David Kimberley Anstey and Mary Ann Scott, baptised in Aldenham in Hertfordshire in June 1844 to “David Anstey coachman and Mary Ann“. In the 1861 Census “Edward J. Anstey born in London, Middlesex, aged 19” was an “Ordinary 2nd Class” seaman with the Royal Navy, aboard “Js M Ship Queen Vessel” positioned in Beirut, Syria. Edward Joseph Anstey married Mary Ann Stone in 1866 in Islington and they had children in Islington (and later Hackney):

  • Ada Mary Ann Anstey (b 11 October 1867 Islington – married James Walter Utting on 11 August 1890 at Gray’s Inn Road, Middlesex. In November 1924 they were living at 59 Croftdown Road, London);
  • David Anstey (b 1869 Islington – in 1895 he pleaded guilty to “being found by night in his possession and without lawful excuse certain implements of housebreaking” at Clerkenwell Court. He was sentenced to 5 months hard labour at Wormwood Scrubs. He was a hawker. By 1901 David was unmarried, lodging in Penge, Camberwell – he was a “music agent“);
  • Annie [Emma?] Anstey (b 25 October 1872 Islington – emigrated to America and married William Charles Jarvis on 7 June 1904 in Manhattan, New York. They were living at Bronx Assembly District 32 in 1910. She died on 11 July 1924 in the Bronx);
  • Frederick Edward Anstey (b 1873 Islington, died 1874)
  • Rose Elizabeth Anstey (b 1875 Islington, lived in Clayton House Orphans Home, Epsom Surrey in the 1891 Census. In the 1911 Census she was an unmarried ‘companion’ living at 30 Palace Road Streatham. She was still unmarried when she went to America in November 1924 on the ship ‘Berengaria‘ – her arrival port contact was her sister Mrs Laura Herold);
  • Laura Anstey (b 1877 Hackney, lived in Clayton House Orphans Home, Epsom Surrey in the 1891 Census. She emigrated to America in 1905 and was living with her sister Annie Jarvis in Bronx Assembly District 32 in the 1910 American Census. She married Charles Herold before 1920 and was alive in 1924);
  • Edith Bessie Anstey (b 1878 Hackney, married John Mason Ellis in 1902 in New Jersey, America as ‘Edith Beatrice Anstey‘ – she died in 1967, buried at Oakwood Cemetery Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York on 4 November 1967, gravestone inscription “Edith B. Ellis 1878-1967“);
  • Frederick Edward Anstey (b q3 1880 Hackney – an Anstey Hero)

In the 1871 Census Edward was a “silk manufacturers warehouseman” living at Essex Road, Islington with his family. Mary Ann Anstey (wife) died in the first quarter of 1881 in Whitechapel so by the 1881 Census Edward was a widower and “ribbon agent” living at Lenthall Road, Hackney with his children.

In around 1884 Edward Anstey remarried Clara Noall (b c1857 Blackpool or c1861 St Lukes depending on Census) and they had children:

  • Allan Anstey (b 1885 St Luke Holburn);
  • Percy John Anstey (b q1 1886 St Luke Holburn. In February 1905 he emigrated to Newfoundland Canada from Liverpool aboard the ship ‘Lake Erie‘ – he was an unmarried labourer. In 1909 he entered Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence, New York, United States from Canada – presumably he was visiting his brother John Anstey. He returned to England and then in May 1910 he returned to Canada again aboard the ship ‘Virginian‘ – still an unmarried labourer. In the 1911 Canadian Census Percy was living at Wellington South Sub-Districts 1-52, Ontario. Percy again returned to England, marrying Elizabeth Wharfe in Stratford, Essex in 1917 (father confirmed as “Edward Joseph Anstey” and address 57 Boyd Road Tidal Basin). He died on 8 April 1925 in West Ham still living at 57 Boyd Road Tidal Basin, effects to his widow Elizabeth Anstey);
  • John Anstey (b 1887 Woolwich – a Canadian Anstey Pioneer and an Anstey Hero)
  • Emilia Mary Anstey (b 1889 Holburn district);
  • Arthur Anstey (b 1891 Plumstead – an Anstey Hero); and
  • Edith Gladys Anstey (b 1894, Plumstead, Woolwich, known as Gladys – unmarried and living with her mother at 18 Swetenham Place Plumstead in the 1911 Census)

In the 1891 Census two of Edward‘s children from his first marriage were in an Orphans Home, he was living with his second family (plus his youngest son Frederick Anstey) at Sweetenham Place, Plumstead, Woolwich – Edward was a general labourer. By the 1901 Census they were living at Charles Street, Woolwich. By the 1911 Census Edward was an inmate at the Workhouse in High Street Plumstead; he was “married” but not with his family members – his wife Clara was living with her daughter Gladys at 18 Swetenham Place Plumstead.

Edward J. Anstey” died in 1913 in Woolwich.

Richard [Dick] Anstey (b 1860 Foleshill)

We are very confused about this gentleman and his family. Even though he was born in Foleshill we are unsure if he connects to this sub-branch, principally because it is very unclear who his father ‘James Anstey‘ was, when he died, and when/where he was born – this is what we know (note: some of the clues, especially about Mary Ann/Ann being a ‘widow’ in 1861, are very confusing).

Dick Anstey was born in q3 1860 in Foleshill near Coventry (presumably) to mother Mary Ann [possibly Clarke] and father James Anstey (per Dick‘s 1883 marriage entry) who was a labourer in 1862 in Foleshill – though we cannot locate any such marriage (which would have probably occurred in c1843, unless James was a second husband?)

[Note: Dick‘s parents were not Ann Clarke and James Anstey (b 1825, a labourer of Cashes Meadow father Thomas Anstey ‘plush weaver’) who married 22 May 1858 in Coventry St John the Baptist, because that James Anstey died a month later buried in Coventry London Road Cemetery on 27 June 1858 at the time living at Much Park Street Coventry].

We cannot find the 1851 Census which would be really useful. In the 1861 Census the family were living at Nine Houses, Stoney Stanton Road, Foleshill, namely:

  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1817 Birmingham Head, widow and a washerwoman – why is she a widow if her husband James Anstey was still alive in 1862 per the below baptism of Ellen?? – if James was still alive then why isnt he in the 1861 census?);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1844 West Bromwich, a shute filler);
  • Alice Anstey (b 1851 Oldbury, Staffs a silk winder);
  • Ellen Anstey (b 1855 Birmingham, baptised in Foleshill on 5 December 1862 to “James Anstey, labourer, and Ann“. She married John Samuel Barsby in 1876 in Birmingham);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1857 Coventry); and
  • Richard [Dick] Anstey (b 1860 Foleshill)

By 1871 the family were living at Sherborne Road Sherborne Terrace, Kings Norton, namely:

  • Anne Anstey (b 1816 Birmingham, Head, widow and a charwoman);
  • Dick [Richard] Anstey (b 1860 Coventry – son)
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1863 Coventry – daughter);
  • Ann Maria Anstey (a niece born 1860 in Birmingham – we cannot find her birth details); and
  • Ellen Gorum? (a married sister born in 1832 in Birmingham)

By the 1881 Census the family were living at Pin House, 3, Cross Street, Birmingham namely:

  • Ann Anstey (b 1820 Birmingham Head, widow and a housekeeper);
  • Richard [Dick] Anstey (b 1860 Coventry – son and a Fender bronzer – at this time Richard was one of the original members of Small Heath (now Birmingham) football club);
  • Elizabeth Ann Anstey (b 1865 Coventry – daughter and a glass worker);
  • Joseph Anstey (b q3 1875 Birmingham – “son“, who clearly was not ‘son’, he was actually ‘grandson’ of Ann. This is confirmed in the 1891 Census where he was living with his grandmother ‘Ann Ansty b 1814 Northamptonshire’ at 2 Court, Ellis Street, Birmingham‘ (Ann Anstey likely died in 1893 in Birmingham “aged 78“). Joseph married Agnes Jane Staples on 4 August 1895 in Birmingham, giving his father’s name as ‘Joseph Anstey‘, and they had one child who was deceased by 1911. In the 1911 Census they were living at 2 Bell Barn Road Birmingham where Joseph Anstey was a general fitter. He died in q2 1911 in Birmingham)

Richard Anstey married Elizabeth Cozens [Couzens] (known as Lizzie) on 16 December 1883 at Coventry St Michael (father confirmed as James AnsteyRichard was an illiterate fitter living at Much Park Street, signing his name with an ‘x’), and they had children:

By the 1891 Census Richard was living at Larch Street, Leicester with his family – he was a shoe rivetter. By 1901 he was a ‘fish dealer’ living at 273, Charnwood Street, Leicester, together with a nephew William Barsby (b 1879 Leicester)

By the 1911 Census Richard was an ‘iron moulding machine hand’ living at 132 Charnwood St Leicester with his wife (three of their five children were still living). They were still in Leicester in 1921 – Richard died in 1937 in Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire – the ‘Leicester Chronicle‘ 04 December 1937 edition noting “The death has occurred at the age of 78 of a former athlete, Mr Richard Anstey, of 132 Charnwood Street, Leicester, one of the original members of the Old Small Heath (now Birmingham) Football Club and at one time Midlands Champion Cross Country runner.

Further Details on the Foleshill Anstys

#1. For John Turner Anstey who lived in Foleshill in the 1860s see the Coventry Ansteys.

#2. Thomas Anstey and his family who lived in Paradise Grove, Crabmill Lane, Foleshill in the late 1800s are of the Hampton in Arden Ansteys

We are actively on the lookout for Foleshill Ansty experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Foleshill Anstys who fought in World War One, preferably with personal souvenirs such as letters sent by the soldiers or military photos etc. 

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