Walter Anstey (CO 14)

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 14. Walter Anstey: He was born in 1856 in Coventry to parents John Anstey (CO 8) and Sarah Mulliss. He married Maria Bullcock (c1861-1921) in Coventry in 1878 and they had children in Coventry:

  • William Anstey (b 7 November 1880 baptised Coventry, St John the Baptist 7 August 1881, an unmarried letterpress printer living with his widowed mother in the 1911 Census);
  • Walter Anstey (b 30 Aug 1882, baptised 5 November 1882 at Coventry St John the Baptist. He married Clara Georgina Wallis (b 1885 Plymouth) in 1908 in Plymouth and they had children Dora May Anstey (b 1909 Bolton) and Walter H. Anstey (b 1913 Bolton). In the 1911 Census they were living at 21 Elmwood Grove Bolton where Walter was a “machine minder printing“. In 1918 he was nominated and elected as a “machineman representative” for the Northern Division (Bolton) of the Executive Council of the Printing and Kindred Trades Federation – they were still in Bolton in the 1921 Census. Walter emigrated to Pennsylvania in America later in 1921 aboard the ship ‘SS Haverford‘. At this time his wife Clara was living at 492 Wigan Road, Bolton and he was a printer by trade. By the 1925 Rhode Island State Census the family were living at Providence Ward 06, E.D. 262, Providence, Rhode Island. Walter Anstey died in 1965 in Massachusetts, though the ‘Social Security Death Index‘ says ‘Rhode Island’ Social Security Number 038-03-7085);
  • Nellie Anstey (b 1885, married “Auckland” in c1905 and had a daughter Hilda Auckland (b 1907 Coventry) who was with her ‘Anstey’ grandmother in the 1911 Census) and
  • Robert Anstey (b 1887, an unmarried motor part turner living with his widowed mother in the 1911 Census).

In 1882 the family were living at Ryley Street Coventry, he was a “watch jeweller“. In the 1891 Census they were still living in Ryley Street, Coventry St Michael, he was still a “watch jeweller“. He died later in 1891 and by the 1901 Census his widow Maria was a coach lace weaver living with her children at 15 Bond Street, Coventry. In the 1911 Census Maria and two of her sons were living at 35 Leicester Street, Coventry where she was a general shopkeeper.

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