Simeon Anstey (BI 4)

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 4. Simeon Anstey: He was born in 1788 in Birmingham to father Samuel Anstey (BI 1). Like his father, he was a jeweller by trade living most of his adult life at Livery Street in Birmingham. He married Sarah Gowan (b 1787) in 1812 in Birmingham, having children in Birmingham

  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1813);
  • Sarah Matilda Anstey (b 1814);
  • Emma Anstey (b 1815);
  • Simeon Gowen Anstey (b 1817, died 1819);
  • Edwin Anstey (b 1820, he was a jeweller apprentice in the 1841 Census in Livery Street with his father and he married Ann Elizabeth Gale in 1848 – the ‘Birmingham Journal‘ on 22 April 1848 reported “Marriage: On the 15th inst at Harborne, (by the Hon. and Rev Chancellor Law,) Edwin, eldest of Mr. Simeon Anstey, of Livery Street, to Ann Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Mr. William Gale, of this town“. By 1851 they were at New John Street West, Saint George, Birmingham – they were still there in 1861 when he was a cabinet liner and fixer – they appear to have had no children and he died in 1887 in Birmingham);
  • Caroline Anstey (b 1821, married John Bagley in 1844 in Harborne – the ‘Liverpool Mail‘ on 11 May 1844 reported “Marriage: On the 4th instant, at Harborne. the Rev. Mr. Simons.- Mr. John Bagley, of Smethwick, to Caroline, fourth daughter of Mr. Simeon Anstey, of Wolverhampton“);
  • Eliza Anstey (b 1824, died 1832);
  • Simeon Edward Anstey (b 1825, a pocket book maker by trade, he married Elizabeth Ford on 7 June 1846 in Aston, having a son William Anstey (b 1850 Birmingham). The family were living at Ludgate Hill in Birmingham in the 1851 Census. However Elizabeth Anstey died in 1852 so later that same year Simeon married Mary Ann Mason in Birmingham. In the 1861 Census they were living at Caroline Street, Birmingham. Simeon died in 1867 in Birmingham);
  • William Henry Anstey (b 1827, died 1832);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1830, living in Livery Street in 1841, married James Genders at Edgbaston Church on 14 March 1854);
  • Harriet Anstey (b February 1832, died 1845).

His wife Sarah died in November 1832 in Birmingham (living at Livery Street) so he remarried to Amelia (Linney or Jenny) in 1834 in Edgbaston, having further children:

  • Selina Anstey (b 1837, died 1838); and
  • Arthur Anstey (BI 10 – b 1839).

In ‘Wrightsons Directory of Birmingham 1818‘ , he was a “shopkeeper of Livery Street“. In the 1841 & 1851 Censuses, the family were still living in Livery Street; he was a jeweller. In 1844 he was described as being “of Wolverhampton“. He probably died in Birmingham in 1855.

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