Robert Anstey (DY 34)

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 34. Robert Anstey: He was born in Dyrham in 1833 to parents Robert Anstee (DY 27) and Betty Ricketts. His father died when he was an infant so he was living in Dyrham with his mother and stepfather Thomas Sparrow in 1851. He married Fanny Beer on 31 January 1860 in Dyrham and they had children: 

  • Charlotte Anstey (b 1861, she married Joseph Gastrell in c1895 and in the 1911 Census they were living at Camphouse Cottage Camp Road Clifton, Bristol. By 1921 they had moved into the family home at 4 Algiers Street Windmill Hill and by 1927 when she was executor of her father and brothers estates she was a widow); and 
  • Enoch Anstey (b 1865, an unmarried tram car driver in 1901. He married Sarah Jane Sheppard on 29 December 1903 at Bristol, St Michael & All Angels, Windmill Hill and in the 1911 Census they were living at 10 Vivian Street Windmill Hill Bedminster with no children – he was still a tramway motorman. In 1921 he was still at Vivian Street, living with Susannah James. He died on 4 October 1927, still at 10 Vivian Street in Windmill Hill – probate to his sister “Charlotte Gastrell widow“).

In the 1871 Census they were living at 4 Lower Street Cottage, Dyrham (a few doors down from many in his family) where he was a labourer. By 1881 they were living at Hatch Beauchamp, Hatch-Beauchamp, Taunton where both Robert and Fanny were both domestic servants. In 1899 and 1900 he was elected ‘sidesman’ for St Michael and All Angels Church, Windmill Hill. By 1901 he was an insurance agent living at 4, Algiers Street, Windmill Hill Bedminster, Bristol – ditto the 1911 Census where he was a ‘former insurance agent’.

He died on 21 April 1919, still living at 4 Algiers Street in Windmill Hill – probate was in 1927 to his daughter Charlotte Gastrell “widow“.

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