William Anstey (DY 60)

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 60. William Anstey: He was born on 3 July 1880, baptised 25 November 1880 in Doynton to parents John Anstey (DY 36) and Eliza Elliott. He was an agricultural labourer in 1901 then on 8 April 1901 in Doynton he married his somewhat distant cousin Edith Annie Anstee (known as Annie, daughter of George Anstee (DO xx), a Doynton Anstee). They flipped between living in Doynton and Dyrham, having children:

  • Gwendoline Lilian Beatrice Anstey (b 1905, baptised 11 June 1905 in Doynton – married James Rawlings in Bath in 1922); and
  • Percy William John Anstey (b 15 July 1907, baptised 8 September 1907 in Doynton. He married Mary A. White in Chipping Sodbury in q4 1930 and they had at least two children Molly J. Anstey (b 1931) and William G. Anstey (b 1934). He was living with his wife and children in Hinton in the 1939 Register, working as a farm carter, and he was buried in St Peter’s Churchyard in Dyrham in 1990, showing that ‘Anstey’s were still going strong in Dyrham 350 years after the first arrival)

In 1905 he was a labourer in Dyrham. By the 1911 Census he was a horseman on a farm, living with the family at Talbot Cottages Dyrham. They were back in Doynton by the 1921 Census. By the time of the 1939 Register, William and his wife were living at 1 School Cottage, Doynton – he was a cowman.

He died in q1 1950 in ‘Bristol’ (likely Doynton or Dyrham)

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