William Anstey (HA 14)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Hampton in Arden 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 Hampton in Arden Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

HA 14. William Anstey: He was born in Balsall, Hampton in Arden in 1823 to parents Thomas Anstey (HA 10) and Ann Maynar and he became a grocer. The ‘Coventry Herald‘ on 11 April 1856 reported “WILLIAM ANSTEY, TEA DEALER, GROCER, AND PROVISION MERCHANT, BROAD-GATE BEGS respectfully to inform the Inhabitants of Coventry and its Neighbourhood, that he has TAKEN THE SHOP AND PREMISES late in the Occupation of Mr. THOMAS PRATT, which he intends OPENING on FRIDAY, April 25, for supplying genuine TEAS, COFFEES, SPICES,SUGARS, FOREIGN FRUITS, PICKLES,HUNTLEY AND PALMERS BISCUITS and a well-selected Stock of PROVISIONS, and other Family Articles of the best Quality at the Lowest Prices and trusts that by conducting his Business on those correct principles which have ever given entire satisfaction to the public he will receive that Patronage which he thus presumes to solicit. OBSERVE THE PREMISES ! Two Doors from the Great Butcher-Row, Broad-Gate, Coventry.“.

In 1857 he was sworn in as foreman of a Grand Jury in Coventry as “William Anstey grocer of Coventry”. In 1861 “Mr. William Anstey, grocer, of Broad-gate, was returned without opposition in the Municipal Election for Gosford Street Ward“. The ‘Coventry Standard‘ 10 March 1865 reported “HUGH SUFFOLK Has received instructions from Mr. Wm. Anstey (who is leaving Coventry), to arrange for SALE BY AUCTION On MONDAY and WEDNESDAY, 20th and 22nd MARCH, 1865, upon the premises, No. 11, Broadgate, Coventry, THE WHOLE of his STOCK.IN.TRADE, as grocer and provision dealer, comprising 3 tons of moist and lump sugars, Teas (about 400 lbs.), coffees, cheese, bacon, currants, starch, nuts, spices, soda, rice, soaps, 11 pockets of very prime Sussex hops (1864), cigars, tobacco, foreign and home-made wines,&c.; also Avery’s scales and weights; coffee, sugar and pepper mills; canisters, scopes, and other utensils; also the kitchen, parlour, dining room, and chamber FURNITURE and effects.” He moved to Kenilworth and in 1867 he was co-executor to his father’s will, described as “a grocer of Kenilworth“.

He married Mary Elizabeth Newton (b 1844 Kenilworth) in Kenilworth on 27 May 1875 (“On the 27th inst., at John’s Church, Kenilworth, Mr. William Anstey to Mary Elizabeth, eldest daughter the late Mr. J. Newton, both of Kenilworth“) – they appear not to have had any children.

He was a Councillor in 1861 sitting alongside two of his brothers – the ‘Coventry Herald‘ 22 November 1861 reported “MEETING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL AND LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH. A special meeting of the Town Council and Local Board of Health was held on Tuesday last, at St. Mary’s Hall. Present— T. Soden, Esq., Mayor, in the Chair; Aldermen Browett, Caldicott, Jenkins, Lynes, S. Newsome, and F. Wyley; Councillors Joseph Anstey [HA 13], John Anstey [HA 11], William Anstey, Bailey, Barnes, Bell, Clarke, Crutchlow, Davis, Dutton, W. Eaves, Glennan, Goate, Harris, Hemming, Hickling, Masters, Matterson, Matthews, Minster, Rose, Salt, H. Soden, Stevens, Streetly, and J. Wyley.”.

The ‘Leamington Spa Courier‘ 22 May 1880 reported “THEFT BY A CHARWOMAN.-Caroline Boswell, a respectable looking woman, of Kenilworth, was charged with stealing two half pounds of butter, value 1s. 6d., the property of William Anstey, grocer, Kenilworth, on the 14th inst.— The prosecutor stated that he lived in Castle End, Kenilworth. The prisoner had been in his employ, weekly, for more than twelve months, as a charwoman. Having lately had suspicion that she was robbing him, he on the previous Thursday placed ten half pounds of butter on a shelf in the pantry, and on the following morning he secreted himself in the cellar, where he could see the butter..The prisoner came to work early that morning, and he saw her fetch two half pounds of butter off the shelf and leave -Police-constable Hawkins said, on the morning of the 14th, he accompanied the prosecutor to the prisoner’s house, and told her that he wanted the butter she had taken from Mr Ansteys. She denied having taken any, and the constable then told her he must search the house. She told him he could do so. Prisoner subsequently produced the butter from her pocket wrapped up in a pocket handkerchief, remarking ” here it is.”-Prisoner pleaded guilty.-_Prisoner’s husband,”.

In the 1881 Census they were living at Castle End East Side, Kenilworth. In 1885 “William Anstey of New Street” was fined for using obscene language. In March 1887 he was nominated for the ‘Kenilworth Local Board’, being a “highly respected tradesman, highly esteemed by his fellow townsmen and well qualified from his long and intimate knowledge of Kenilworth to act for the greatest benefit of the place

In 1891 they were at The Square in Kenilworth – he was still a grocer.

He died in 1897, buried in London Road Cemetery, Coventry with his brother and wife. Their headstone has the inscription “In loving memory of Jane Lawson the beloved wife of Joseph Anstey [HA 13] who departed this life May 5 1875 aged 34 years. Her end was peace neither shall there be any more pain for these things are passed away. In loving memory of William Anstey who died Nov 9 1897 in his 74th year. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord for they rest from their labours. In loving memory of Joseph Anstey [HA 13] who departed this life Feb 5 1900 aged 78 years. Also Mary Elizabeth the dearly beloved wife of the late William Anstey who departed this life Nov 28 1918 aged 75 years. The will of the Lord be done. (Acts 21 verse 14)

His widow Mary Elizabeth Anstey was living off private means at 10 Priory Street Coventry in the 1911 Census. She died 28 November 1918 in Coventry – effects to Alfred Henry Newton and Augusta Newton (presumably her siblings?).

The ‘Coventry Standard‘ 31 January 1919 reported “Estates of Mr. William Anstey and Mrs. M.E. Anstey, deceased COVENTRY, KENNILWORTH AND BALSALL George Loveitt & Sons Are instructed by the Trustees, TO SELL BY AUCTION, at the MART on TUESDAY, 25th FEBRUARY, 1919, in Lots. THE UNDERMENTIONED INVESTMENTS (Freehold except as to one Lot as mentioned). Estate of Mr. William Anstey, deceased BALSALL Close of Land. Fen End. 2a. Or. 19p. (Copy hold). KENILWORTH “Two Valuable Shops and Premises ( one having Off-Beer Licence), Nos. 5 and 7, The Square leased to Mr.F.J. Hibell and Mr. A.J. Cooke. COVENTRY Nos. 1 and 3, Hertford Square. Nos. 312 to 322 (even), Foleshill Road Nos. 466 to 474 (even), Stoney Stanton Road (Oliver’s Buildings). No. 36, Bright Street. Nos. 28 to 34 (even), Cobden Street. Estate of Mrs, M. E. Anstey, deceased. Nos. 54. 56, 58, and 58a, Cromwell Street Nos. 304 to 314 (even), Stoney Stanton Road Nos. 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17 and 19, Awson Street Solicitors: Messrs. Hughes and Masser.

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