Mary Ann Anstey (CO 18)

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 18. Mary Ann Anstey: we have conflicting information on this lady, who is almost certainly Mary Anstey, born in 1755 in Coleshill to parents Samuel Anstey (CO 1) and Ann.

Firstly we have that she was convicted at the Warwickshire Assizes on 23 March 1790 for an unknown petty crime, sentenced to 7 years jail and she was transported to Australia as a convict on the “Active, Albermarle, Atlantic, Barrington, Britannia, Mary Ann, Matilda, Salamander or William and Mary” in January 1791, arriving in New South Wales on 9 July 1791. Secondly we have that she actually departed June 1789 on the ‘Lady Juliana‘ arriving in New South Wales on 3 June 1790. We are still trying to establish which is correct.

We have received information that she was “convicted at Warwick in 1787 or 1789, at 40 years old [so born in 1747 or 1749], of the theft of two handkerchiefs from the shop of George Stubbs in Birmingham. She married William Standley (who served as a Private in the Royal Marines on the convict transport ship ‘HMS Sirius’ between 1787 and 1791 as a member of the 5th Portsmouth Company) in 1791 on Norfolk Island. They had children Mary (b 1792), Joseph (b 1795) and William (b 1795). Mary and William settled in Tasmania. Mary Ann died on 12 November 1812 at Hobart, Van Diemen’s Land, Australia. buried at St. David’s Park, Hobart“.

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