John Anstey (DY 16)

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 16. John Anstey: He was born in Dyrham in 1801 to parents Robert Anstee (DY 11) and Ann Sainsbury, baptised in Dyrham on 24 May 1801. He married firstly Mary Stephens on 4 October 1823 in Dyrham, having children:

  • Thirza Anstey (baptised 28 March 1824 Dyrham, married William Norris Keats in Huntspill, Somerset in 1856, was living with her Aunt Sarah (see DY 11) in Huntspill in 1851 Census);
  • George Anstey (DY 24 – b 1826 Abson);
  • Sarah Anstey (baptised 8 July 1827 Doynton, married Charles Gooding in Bishopsworth, Somerset in 1865. She died in Bedminster in 1873);
  • Cornelius Anstey (DY 25 – b 1829 Doynton); and
  • Mary Ann Anstey (baptised 5 June 1831 Doynton)

His first wife Mary died in 1831, buried in Dyrham on 15 October 1831 so he remarried Susanna Holloway (b 1802 Yate) on 15 May 1837 at Wapley and they had another child:

  • Elizabeth Holloway Anstey (baptised 9 September 1838 Doynton, alive in 1851).

In the 1841 Census the family were living at Cheescomb Farm, Wapley. He died aged 49 on 1 October 1850 of Haemoptysis? (3 weeks) still living at Cheescomb Farm Wapley. His son Cornelius (DY 25) was present at the death, which was registered on 5 October 1850. He left a will which appears to have been signed on the same day that he died.

In 1851 his widow Susannah was still living in Wapley with her sons George (DY 24) and Cornelius (DY 25), and daughters Sarah and Elizabeth Holloway. There was also a William Poole, a nine year old ‘servant’. By 1861 she was living with her two brothers Arthur and Samuel Holloway in Wapley, working as a housekeeper.

The ‘Western Daily Press‘ on 21 March 1863 reported “Death: On the 18th inst., at Midsomer Norton, suddenly, Mrs Susannah Anstey, relict of the late John Anstey Wapley.”

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