John Anstee (DY 14)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Dyrham Ansteys. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Dyrham Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

DY 14. John Anstee: He was baptised on 7 June 1778 in Wapley to parents John Anstee (DY 9) and Susannah Parker – he was the elder brother of Robert Anstee (DO 1 – patriarch of the Doynton Anstees). He married Betty Strange (b 1766? – see below) in Dyrham on 27 August 1801 and they had children in Dyrham:

  • Robert Anstey (b 1801, died an infant buried 18 December 1801);
  • John Anstey (baptised 24 October 1802, living with his parents in 1841);
  • Robert Anstee (DY 20 – b 1806);
  • Joseph Anstey (b 1807);
  • Aaron Anstey (DY 21 – b 1809);
  • Charles Anstey (baptised 4 March 1809 in a private baptism);
  • George Anstee (DY 22 – b 1811); and
  • Hannah Anstey (b 1813, buried 10 November 1837)

John, Betty and their adult children John and Robert (DY 20) were living in Hinton Road in Dyrham in the 1841 Census – he was an agricultural labourer. Next door to them was his sister Hannah and her husband George Anstee (DY 26). He died on 11 May 1844 in Dyrham and his widow Betty died on 27 December 1846 “aged 80” (though the 1841 Census says she was born in c1771).

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