Richard Anstey (CO 12)

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 12. Richard Anstey: Known as Dick, he was born in July 1860 in Foleshill to mother Ann Anstey (CO 7 – she was illiterate and no father’s name is mentioned on the birth certificate).

[Note: Per his marriage entry, his mother was Mary Ann Anstey and father James Anstey and per his sister Ellen’s 1862 baptism in Foleshill, James Anstey (her ‘father’) was a labourer in 1862 in Foleshill. However, James (CO 7) cannot be Dick’s father as he was already deceased by the time he was conceived, so he was only his ‘official’ father – his actual father is thus unknown.]

Dick grew up with his mother and siblings, living at Pin House, 3, Cross Street, Birmingham in 1881 working as a fender bronzer – at this time he was one of the original members of Small Heath (now Birmingham) Football Club.

He married Elizabeth Cozens [Couzens] (known as Lizzie) on 16 December 1883 at Coventry St Michael (father stated as ‘James Anstey’) – he was an illiterate fitter living at Much Park Street, signing his name with an ‘x’ [Note: Much Park Street was where James (CO 7) died in 1858 and Thomas Anstey (CO 3) lived in 1834], and they had children:

In 1889 the family were living at 5 Cyprus Cottages, Occupation Road, Leicester – he was a “fitter and turner“. By the 1891 Census he was living at Larch Street, Leicester with his family – he was a shoe rivetter. By 1901 he was a ‘fish dealer’ living at 273, Charnwood Street, Leicester, together with a nephew William Barsby (b 1879 Leicester)

By the 1911 Census he was an ‘iron moulding machine hand’ living at 132 Charnwood St Leicester with his wife (three of their five children were still living). They were still in Leicester in 1921. He died in 1937 in Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire – the ‘Leicester Chronicle‘ 04 December 1937 edition noting “The death has occurred at the age of 78 of a former athlete, Mr Richard Anstey, of 132 Charnwood Street, Leicester, one of the original members of the Old Small Heath (now Birmingham) Football Club and at one time Midlands Champion Cross Country runner.

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