Joseph Anstey (CO 4)

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 4. Joseph Anstey: He was born in c1776 and baptised 10 June 1776 in Coventry to father Thomas Anstey (CO 2). He likely married Ann Crabdon in Coventry in 1803 (we find no children of this union) and became a victualler, doing very well for himself (referred to as “Gentleman” in later life). By the 1851 Census he was a widower and retired victualler living at King William Street, Hillfield, Coventry. He died on 28 September 1853 “aged 78“, still living there, making a will and being buried at Coventry St Peter.

The ‘Coventry Standard‘ on 25 November 1853 reported “FREEHOLD DWELLING- I HOUSES, situate in King William-street, near St. Peter’s Church, Coventry, late the property and one of them lately occupied by Mr. Joseph Anstey, deceased, and the other being now occupied by Mr. Edward Maun ; with Gardens to be auctioned“.

The ‘Coventry Standard‘ 24 March 1854 noted “NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS, ALL Persons having any claim or demand upon the Estate of JOSEPH ANSTEY, late of KING WILLIAM-STREET, in the City of Coventry, Gentleman, deceased, are requested to send particulars thereof to us, in order that they may be examined and discharged. And all Persons indebted to his Estate, are required to pay the amount of their Debts to us within Fourteen days from the date hereof. By order of the Executors, WOODCOCK & TWIST, Their Solicitors. Coventry, 24th March, 1854.”

Then on 28 April 1854 the same newspaper reported “CHARITABLE GIFTS.— Mr.Joseph Anstey formerly of the Royal Sailor, in Upper Well-street, in this City, and late of King Williams-Street, Hill-field. deceased, by his will bequeathed the following charitable legacies: To the Incumbent and Churchwardens of the Sunday School in the district of St. Peter’s. 10. To the Trustees of the Coventry Hospital, 10; and To the Trustees of the Iying in-Charity, Coventry, 10; and to the Trustees of the Industrial Home Institution for Females, in Coventry, 10; all of which have been duly paid by his executors.

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