Thomas Anstey (CO 2)

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 2. Thomas Anstey: He was born in Coleshill in 1743 to parents Samuel Anstey (CO 1) and Ann Chetland. In 1758 he was apprenticed as a weaver to John Lowke ‘master weaver of Coventry’ and afterwards became a “plush weaver” in Coventry. He married Ann Howkins in Coventry in 1766, however she must have died because soon afterwards (say c1770?) he married Elizabeth, having children with her in Coventry:

  • Thomas Anstey (CO 3 – b c1775)
  • Joseph Anstey (CO 4 – b c1776);
  • Ambrose Ansty (b 1780, died an infant);
  • Christian Ansty (b 1782, a “silk winder“, had an illegitimate daughter Ann Anstey (b 1813 Coventry));
  • Ambrose Ansty (b 1784, died 1785);
  • James Anstey (CO 5 – b 1787 to “Thomas Anstey plush weaver”)

He was buried in 1814 at Coventry St Michaels “aged 70“.

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