John Thomas Anstey (BI 38)

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 38. John Thomas Anstey: He was born on 29 November 1862 in Birmingham to father John George Anstey (BI 27). He was a bedstead maker in the 1881 Census at 35, Marshall Street South, Aston. He married Ada Turner in Sparkbrook in 1893 and they had children in Aston: 

  • Ethel May Anstey (b 1896, died 1897); 
  • Ada Maud Anstey (b 13 November 1898 an unmarried cafe waitress in 1939 in Aubrey Road, Small Heath – she died in 1975 never marrying, the ‘Birmingham Mail on 17 January 1976 reported “death by misadventure 77-year-old Miss Ada Anstey of Aubrey Road Small Heath was killed she was knocked down by car in Somerville Road Small Heath December 11“); 
  • George Leonard Anstey (b 1900); 
  • Ethel Vera Anstey (b 1901, an unmarried shorthand typist in 1939 in Aubrey Road, Small Heath); 
  • Eva Victoria Anstey (b 1903); 
  • Ida Dorothy Anstey (b 1904); 
  • Edna May Mary Anstey (b 1907); 
  • Howard Arthur Anstey (b 1909), 
  • Frank Arthur Anstey (b 1912, a grocers assistant living with his parents in 1939); and 
  • Aubrey Silvester John Anstey (b 4 June 1916, alive in 1939).

In the 1901 Census the family were living at 54, Osborn Road, Aston with John‘s father – he was a “brass bedstead worker“. By the 1911 Census they were living at 148 Aubrey Road Small Heath Birmingham, Aston. In 1939 he was a retired pattern maker still living at Aubrey Road. He died in 1954 in Birmingham.

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