John Anstey (CO 8)

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

CO 8. John Anstey: He was born in 1824 in Coventry, baptised 6 December 1824 to “James Ansty [CO 5] weaver and Elizabeth“, and he was an apprentice watchmaker in the 1841 Census. He married Sarah Mulliss in 1846 in Coventry – the ‘Banbury Guardian‘ on 6 August 1846 reporting “Marriage: at the Great Meeting House. Coventry, by the Rev. J. Gordon, Mr. John Anstey, to Miss Sarah Mulliss, both of Coventry. “. They had children in Coventry:

  • Arthur Anstey (CO 13 – b 1848);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1849, died an infant, buried at Coventry London Road Cemetery);
  • Jane Helen [Ellen] Anstey (b 1851, married Mr Johnson and by the 1901 Census she was a widow living at 22, Attleborough Road, Nuneaton with her children and brother John);
  • Elizabeth Sarah Anstey (b 1854); 
  • Walter Anstey (CO 14 – b 1856);
  • Mildred Anstey (b 1859, died an infant – “Death: On the 19th [Sep 1859]., Mildred, infant daughter of Mr. John Anstey, of Spon-street“); and
  • John Anstey (b 1864, an unmarried tailor presser boarding with his sister Jane in 1901 and at 17 Fitton Street Nuneaton in the 1911 Census).

The family were living in Spon Street, Coventry in the 1851 Census, where he was a ‘watch jeweller master’. He was still a watch and jewellery maker in 1881 at Hope Street, Coventry and by the time he died in 1894 he was living in Nuneaton, buried at Coventry, London Road Cemetery.

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