William Anstey (DY 32)

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 32. William Anstey: He was born in Dyrham in 1826, baptised 16 April 1826, to parents Robert Anstee (DY 27) and Betty Ricketts. His father died when he was a small child so he was living in Dyrham with his mother Elizabeth and stepfather Thomas Sparrow in 1851, working as a labourer. Later that year, on 17 August 1851, he married Eliza Hook in West Littleton and they had a very large family in Dyrham:

  • Robert Anstey (b 1853, married Ellen Palmer in 1875/6 in Standon/Ware Hertfordshire – at the time of his marriage he was living in Gilston, Essex. They had no children and in the 1911 Census he was a “seller of chicken and eggs” living with his wife at Aberdeen Cottage New England Road Haywards Heath);
  • Ellen Anstey (b 1854, baptised 4 June 1854, alive in 1861);
  • John Anstey (DY 55 – b 1856);
  • Elizabeth Ann Anstey (b q4 1858, baptised 24 October 1858, alive in 1871);
  • Jane Anstey (b 1860, baptised 18 November 1860, alive in 1871);
  • Winifred Anstey (b 1862, baptised 30 November 1862, alive in 1871);
  • Emily Anstey (b 1864, a servant at Kingswood Road, Oldland in the 1881 Census. She married Louis John Hopkins in Dyrham on 25 December 1890 – father confirmed as ‘William Anstey’. In the 1901 Census they were living at Hillsley Street, Hillsley);
  • Sarah Anstey (b 1866, baptised 25 December 1866, alive in 1881);
  • Alfred Anstey (DY 56 – b 1869);
  • Charlotte Anstey (b 1871, married Henry Gent in 1894 in Chipping Sodbury and in 1901 they were living at Hinton Farm);
  • Henry Anstey (DY 57 – b 1874) and
  • Arthur Charles Anstey (DY 58 – b 1876)

In the 1861 Census, he was an agricultural labourer at Lower Street Cottage, Dyrham; by 1871 he was a “cowman” at 13 Lower Street Cottage (a few doors down from many of his family); 1881 a “herdsman“, 1891 a “farm servant“; 1901 an “estate labourer“; and by the 1911 Census he was living with his wife Eliza at Dyrham Street, a “Retired hand on gentleman’s estate”. He died in 1912 in Dyrham.

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