Moses Anstey (DY 28)

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 28. Moses Anstey: He was born in 1817 in Dyrham, baptised 23 November 1817 to single mother Hannah Anstee (see (DY 17)).

[Research Note: Moses’ marriage registration says his father was ‘Richard Anstey‘ for a reason we currently cannot explain. His mother was called ‘Hannah Sparrow’ when she married Edward Smith on 30 November 1835 in Dyrham (we currently don’t know why exactly – perhaps she married a ‘Sparrow’ who died, though we cannot find that marriage, or perhaps it is connected to the fact that Hannah was sister to Robert Anstee (DY 27) – whose widow remarried a ‘Sparrow’)].

In the 1841 Census he was living with his stepfather Edward Smith and his mother Hannah Smith at Hinton Hill. He married Hannah Moss (daughter of Robert Moss) on 23 March 1845 in Dyrham, having a son:

  • Henry Anstey (b 1846 Dyrham. He married first Ann pre-1871 and in 1871 they were living at Cottage, Dyrham next door to his parents. They were at Hinton Hill in 1891 where he was a labourer. On 26 September 1898 he remarried Hester Salmon and in 1901 they were at Soundwell Road, Soundwell, Mangotsfield where he was a road labourer. In the 1911 Census they were living at Windsor Place Mangotsfield – he was a labourer and we find no children of either marriage. He was buried in Mangotsfield, St James on 19 March 1924)

In the 1861 Census they were at Toll Down, Hinton where he was a potato merchant and his wife was a laundress – next door were his mother and stepfather Hannah and Edward Smith and next door to them were Hannah Moss’s parents. In 1864 he was sentenced to three months imprisonment for stealing hay. In 1871 he was a haulier living at ‘Cottage Dyrham’ next door to his son and a few doors down from George Anstee and Betty (see DY 13). By 1881 he was a labourer in Dyrham. He was buried in Dyrham on 8 May 1885 – his widow Hannah was living with her son Henry and his wife in 1891 at Hinton Hill.

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