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 20. Robert Anstee: He was born in 1806 in Dyrham to parents John Anstee (DY 14) and Betty Strange. He married Mary Clifford in 1845 in Chipping Sodbury – the ‘Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette‘ 30 October 1845 reported “Marriage: October 18 at West Littleton Mr Robert Anstee of Durham [sic] to Miss Mary Clifford of the former place“
They had children in Dyrham:
- Ann Anstee (b 1847, died before 1861?);
- John Anstey (DY 36 – b 1849); and
- William Anstee (b 1850, died before 1861?)
In the 1851 Census the family were living at Cottage, Dirham & Hinton where he was a pauper labourer. He died a year later in 1852. His widow Mary remarried Joseph Naish on 7 July 1856 in Dyrham St Peter and in the 1861 and 1871 censuses they were at Toll Down, Hinton and Hinton Cottage, Dyrham, together with her son John (DY 36).
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