William Philip Anstey (DY 46)

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 46. William Philip Anstey: He was born in Wapley in 1865, baptised there 10 July 1865, to parents George Anstey (DY 24) and Caroline Andrews. He grew up at Cheescomb Farm, Wapley cum Codrington and then Tyning Farm Codrington near Wapley by 1881. By 1891 the family were at Little Llanwellin, Caerwent, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, he was by now a farmer. At some point he was with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, perhaps as a Territorial?

He married Anne Keene (b 1869) in Llanvaches, Monmouth on 12 April 1893 and they had children in Caldicot and later Rogiet in Monmouthshire:

  • George Benjamin Anstey (DY 79 – b 1894 Caldicot, served and died during World War One);
  • Mary Caroline Anstey (DY 81 – b 24 October 1895 Caldicot, the only daughter in the family. In the 1911 Census she was working on the family farm at Rogiet. During World War One, she volunteered for the Red Cross between January 1916 and October 1918. At the time she was living at the family farm (Manor Farm) in Rogiet. Her rank was “O. Member“; she worked at the “Walker Memorial Red Cross Hospital, Portskewett” performing a total of 2,250 hours of “household work and surgery” at the hospital. After the war, she married George Henry Baker on 2 February 1919 in Bedwellty – she was still living at Rogiet at the time. By 1921 they were living at The Manor Farm Street Bridge, Chepstow. She was buried on 20 July 1939 at Llantilio Pertholey);
  • Philip Roger Anstey (DY 83 – b 2 November 1897 Caldicot, served during World War One);
  • Edward Keene Anstey (DY 88 – b 1 October 1899 Caldicot, served during World War One);
  • Ernest William Anstey (b 26 September 1901, Rogiet, was best man at his brother Philip‘s wedding in 1925. He married Ivy Jones on 10 October 1929. The ‘Western Mail‘ on 31 May 1933 reported “GIRL CYCLISTS DEATH Farmer Accused of Manslaughter Ernest William Anstey, aged 31, a farmer, of Llanedeyrne, was accused at Cardiff on Tuesday of the manslaughter of a girl cyclist, Miriam M. Mary Bealing who died following injuries received in a collision with the defendants motor van…[the girl] was on the proper side when Anstey, who was on the crown of the road, swerved to his right, apparently with the intention of cutting in front of the girl. The result was a collision between the front wheel of the bicycle and the left front wing of the van. The collision caused the girl to be thrown from her machine and she fell on her head, sustaining serious injuries. She died at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary of cerebral haemorrhage. There was no suggestion that Anstey was travelling at an excessive speed but the brakes of the van were found to be most inefficient due to the need of relining and adjustment” – a couple of days later when the case resumed, the judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to send the case before a jury and he was acquitted and discharged – Ernest inherited Manor Farm);
  • Robert John Anstey (b 2 May 1903, Rogiet, married Gwendoline Stephens in 1936 and farmed The Court, Llanvihangel);
  • Leonard Frank Anstey (b 24 July 1905 Rogiet, died 7 December 1907 Rogiet);
  • Owen Anstey (b 13 February 1907, baptised in Rogiet in 1907. Per the ‘Western Mail‘ 30 November 1931 “When two men were walking along the road at Magos at night one of them, Mervyn Ward, was struck down from behind by a motorcyclist and knocked unconscious. The motorcyclist, Owen Anstey of Rogiet, was accused at Newport County Police Court on Saturday of driving a motor cycle without due care and attention and using a cycle without third party insurance. Anstey had his brother as pillion rider. Anstey’s defence was that the men were in the shade of a high hedge“. He married Joan Robinson in February 1935 having at least two children Jean and Dennis. He died in 1991 in Ogwr, Glamorganshire); and
  • Thomas Colin Anstey (b 25 October 1911 Rogiet, married Nancy Park on 9 September 1939)

William was the first person to transport livestock on a train through the Severn Tunnel. They moved to Village Farm, Caldicot, in 1893 and obtained the tenancy of Manor Farm, Rogiet in 1901.” In 1894 he was appointed Overseer of the Poor for Caldicot.

In the 1901 Census the family was at Caldicot Village, Caldicot together with his father George Anstey (DY 24 – now a widower). Very soon after they moved to Manor Farm in Rogiet where the family were living at the time of the 1911 Census. He was still at Rogiet in 1937 when he won the “yearling cart colt or filly competition” at St Bride’s near Magor. He was still at Manor Farm, Rogiet in the 1939 Register together with his wife Ann. He died on 9 March 1955 living at Jubilee House Caldicot, buried on 12 March 1955 in Bedwellty.

[Note: With seven sons surviving to adulthood, and six of them marrying, this family has the potential to be rather large in ‘Anstey’ terms in future generations.]

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