John Anstey (DY 36)

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 36. John Anstey: He was born in 1849 in Dyrham to parents Robert Anstee (DY 20) and Mary Clifford. His father died when he was very young so he was living with his mother and stepfather Joseph Naish at Toll Down, Hinton in the 1861 Census and Hinton Cottage, Dyrham in the 1871 Census. He married Eliza Elliott on 17 June 1871 at Dyrham St Peter and they moved to Doynton, having children there: 

  • Eliza Ellen Anstey (b 1872, alive in 1881); 
  • Robert Charles Anstey (b 17 May 1873, an unmarried boot & shoe maker in 1901 and still unmarried living with his brother Howard at Bury Cottage Doynton in the 1911 Census. He married Lilly and by the 1939 Register they were living in Doynton as a smallholder, next door to his brother Howard and his family); 
  • George Frederick Anstey (b 1874, baptised 9 August 1874 in Doynton – buried 30 August 1874 in Doynton); 
  • George Edward Anstey (DY 66 – b 1875, served during World War One); 
  • Annie Anstey (b 1877, died before 1881); 
  • William Anstey (DY 60 – b 1880); 
  • John Anstey (DY 61 – b 1883); 
  • Annie Anstey (b 1886, alive in 1901); and 
  • Howard Anstey (DY 74 – b 1888, served during World War One).

In 1874 he was a cordwainer. In the 1881 Census he was a boot & shoe maker in Doynton with his family – in 1891 & 1901 they were at Bury Cottage, Doynton – he was still a boot and shoe maker, known as ‘John Anstee Senior’ in 1891 and ‘John Anstey’ in 1901. He was buried in Doynton on 28 August 1901, as ‘Anstey’.

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