John Anstey (BI 16)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Birmingham 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 Birmingham Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

BI 16. John Anstey: He was born in 1807 in Birmingham, baptised 28 December 1807, to parents George Anstey (BI 7) and Sarah Bell. He 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 (BI 27) below – not to be confused with Joseph Anstey (BI 31));
  • John George Anstey (BI 27 – b 1837);
  • George Anstey (BI 28 – b 1839);
  • 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 (BI 29 – b 1849);

In 1837 as well as in the 1841 & 1851 censuses, the family were living at Trent Street, Birmingham, he was a “brass founder” (1841) and “provision dealer” (1851). On 25 June 1856 “John Anstey of Birmingham, brass founder and provision dealer” had a hearing at the Warwick County Court regarding his bankruptcy. By the 1871 Census, various members of the family were living in Kings Norton, Worcestershire.

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