William Anstey (HA 18)

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 18. William Anstey: He was born in 1843 in Coventry to parents John Anstey (HA 11) and Elizabeth Docker. He was a warehouseman in the 1861 Census, and then became a ribbon manufacturer. The ‘Coventry Standard‘ 03 September 1864 reported that “William Anstey Bishop Street Ward, Ribbon Manufacturer was granted freedom of the City“. He married Emma Elizabeth Bridge in Coventry in 1865 and they had children:

  • Emma Elizabeth Anstey (b 1866 Coventry – the ‘Coventry Herald‘ 15 March 1872 reported “Death: On the 12th inst at Smethwick in the 7th year of her age, Emma Elizabeth the beloved daughter of William and Emma Anstey, formerly of this city“)
  • Alice Maud Mary Anstey (b 1868 Coventry, baptised 6 October 1868 in Coventry – the ‘Coventry Herald‘ 23 February 1872 reported “Death: On the 18th inst at Smethwick aged 3 years and 5 months, Alice Maud Mary the dearly loved child of William and Emma Anstey, formerly of this city“)
  • Annie Louisa Anstey (b 1868 Coventry, unmarried in 1911 living with her brother John at 19 Church Lane, Coventry. By 1921 she was in Blandford with her sisters);
  • Amy Gertrude Anstey (b 1872 West Bromwich, an unmarried school mistress living with her sister Florence and her niece Winifred Anstey Sadler (b 1906 Birmingham – daughter of Ethel per below) at The School House Huntshaw Torrington in the 1911 Census. Gertrude Anstey was on the 1910 Electoral Register in Huntshaw despite being a woman, her qualification being “school house“. By 1921 she was in Blandford with her sisters) ;
  • William Henry Anstey (HA 24 – b 1874);
  • Florence Beatrice Anstey (b 1877 West Bromwich, an unmarried housekeeper living with her sister Amy and niece Winifred at The School House Huntshaw Torrington in the 1911 Census. By 1921 she was in Blandford with her sisters);
  • John Anstey (HA 25 – b 1879 West Bromwich, served during the Second Boer War); and
  • Ethel Anstey (b 3 July 1881 West Bromwich, baptised 18 September 1881 at West Bromwich, St John. She married Herbert Walden Sadler in 1905 in West Bromwich and they had a daughter Winifred Anstey Sadler (b 1906 Birmingham) who was living with her aunts Amy and Florence Anstey in The School House Huntshaw Torrington in the 1911 Census)

In 1868 he was a clerk living at Stoney Stanton Road Coventry. In c1870 he was described as “William Anstey of the said City of Coventry, Ribbon Manufacturer” with reference to his father’s will. By 1872 they were living in Smethwick. In the 1881 Census the family was living at 17, Hope Street, West Bromwich, where he was a commercial clerk at an iron works. He died in West Bromwich on 5 January 1900 intestate (see his father for more details), administration to his widow. In the 1901 Census his widow and children were living at 52, Beeches Road, West Bromwich.

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