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.

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);
  • Elizabeth Sarah Anstey (b 1867 Islington);
  • Louisa Isabella Anstey (b 1869, an unmarried “cartridge maker” in the 1891 Census);
  • John George Anstey (b 1871, an unmarried “carman” in the 1891 Census. He married Louisa Amelia Broadhead or Clementina Pellolio in 1891 in Islington. He died in Islington in 1944);
  • Emma Sarah Anstey (b 1875, an unmarried “cartridge maker” in the 1891 Census); 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 A. Anstey (b 1867 Islington);
  • 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 Anstey (b 1871 Islington);
  • 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);
  • Laura Anstey (b 1877 Hackney, lived in Clayton House Orphans Home, Epsom Surrey in the 1891 Census);
  • Edith Bessie Anstey (b 1878 Hackney);
  • 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 1909 Percy John Anstey entered Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence, New York, United States from Canada – presumably he was visiting his brother John Anstey. Percy married 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)

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 1911 Edward was an inmate at the Workhouse in High Street Plumstead; he was “married” but not with his family members.

Edward J. Anstey” died in 1913 in Woolwich.

Further Details on the Foleshill Anstys

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

Anybody who has such expertise and inclination, please contact us at

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Foleshill Anstys, 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 ‘Foleshill’ 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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