Samuel Anstey (BI 26)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Birmingham 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 Birmingham Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

BI 26. Samuel Anstey: He was born in 1846 in Hoxton, Shoreditch, baptised in Shoreditch on 20 August 1847 (to parents “Samuel Anstey and Mary”), to father Samuel Anstey (BI 15). He was living with family in 1851 and 1861 Census. He married Martha Jones (b 1845) in 1867 in Lambeth and they had children in Stockwell, Brixton in Lambeth:

  • Samuel Anstey (b 1871, baptised 26 March 1871 in Kennington. He married Edith Olivia Elgood in q1 1901 in Camberwell and in the 1901 Census he was a chemist’s assistant living at 141, Grove Lane, Camberwell. They had daughters Nellie Doris Anstey (b 1901, known as Doris) and Winnie Anstey (b 1905) and in the 1911 Census Samuel was still a chemists assistant living at 140 Copleston Road E Dulwich, Camberwell);
  • Alfred Henry Anstey (BI 45 – b 1872, served during World War One); 
  • Elizabeth Anstey (b 1875, living with her family in 1891); 
  • Louisa Anstey (b 1875, living with her parents in 1901); 
  • Horace Anstey (BI 46 – b 1875, served during World War One); 
  • Leonard Francis Anstey (BI 47 – b 1877, served during World War One); and 
  • Albert George Anstey (b 1885 West End/Westminster aka George Albert Anstey – living with his parents in 1901 and with his mother in the 1911 Census where he was an auctioneers clerk. By 1948 when he was administrator of his brother Alfred (BI 45)‘s estate he was an “estate agent’s managing clerk“).

In the 1881 Census he was a licensed victualler at Devonshire Arms, 17, Denman Street, St James Westminster and in 1891 they were at the Bull Hotel, Village, Fulmer, Eton near Gerrard’s Cross (which he had taken over in April 1889).

By the 1901 Census he was a restaurant keeper at the Royal Arms Coffee Tavern, 2, North Street, Guildford. He died in Guildford on 16 July 1902 living at 10 North Street, Guildford, probate was to his widow Martha and Edward Kent, chemist – the ‘West Surrey Times‘ reported on 25 July 1902 “DEATHS. ANSTEY.—On the 16th inst., at 10, North Street, Guildford, Samuel Anstey, aged 55“.

In the 1911 Census Martha (widow) was still a restaurant and hotel keeper at The Royal Arms 10 North Street Guildford, running it with two of her sons

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