Philip Anstee (DY 10)

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 10. Philip Anstee: He was born in 1757 (some sources say 1755) in Dyrham, baptised 11 June 1757 to parents Robert Anstee (DY 6) and Elizabeth (Betty) Gunning. He married Elizabeth Williams on 26 July 1781 at St John the Baptist, Bedminster, with one of the witnesses being his brother Cornelius (who probably married Elizabeth’s sister – see DY 6). They had children in Westerleigh:

  • Jane Anstee (b 1782, baptised 4 January 1782 in Westerleigh);
  • George Anstee (b 1783, baptised 20 May 1783 Westerleigh, died an infant buried 26 August 1783);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1784 baptised 1 August 1784 Westerleigh, died 28 July 1785); and
  • John Williams Anstee (DY 15 – baptised 22 January 1786 Westerleigh)

[Note: He may also have had a son Charles Anstey (DY 18 – b 1783)]

He died at a very young age in 1786, buried 29 November 1786 in Westerleigh St James, leaving a widow and two very young children. His widow Elizabeth likely remarried William Russell on 27 December 1790 in Westerleigh – though we seek verification of this.

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