William Thomas Anstey (BI 34)

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

BI 34. William Thomas Anstey: He was born in Wednesbury, Staffordshire in 1873 to parents Nehemiah Samuel Anstey (BI 21) and Elizabeth Shemmans. He married Ellen Slater on 9 February 1896 in Sheffield (at which time he was a striker living at 16 Bevis Street), having children in Sheffield:

  • Florence Ann Anstey (b 1896, died an infant);
  • Nellie Anstey (b 1897, died an infant, buried at Sheffield City Road Cemetery on 30 August 1898 aged 9 months);
  • William Anstey (BI 55 – b 1899, served during World War One);
  • Samuel Anstey (b 1900, alive in the 1911 Census);
  • Edith Anstey (b 1901, died an infant, buried at Sheffield City Road Cemetery on 24 December 1901 aged 10 months);
  • Charles Anstey (b 1902, known as Charlie, alive in the 1911 Census);
  • Ada Anstey (b 1903, died in 1904);
  • John Anstey (b 24 December 1904, unmarried in the 1939 Register, a ‘Labourer Siemens Casting Pit’ living with his parents);
  • Alice Anstey (b 1906, alive in the 1911 Census);
  • Sarah Elizabeth Anstey (b 1908, died 1909 buried at Sheffield City Road Cemetery on 2 February 1909 aged 9months);
  • Ellen Anstey (b 1910, known as Nellie, alive in the 1911 Census);
  • Ernest Anstey (b 1913, died 1917);
  • Lilly Anstey (b 1917, died an infant); and
  • Fred Anstey (b 19 April 1919, unmarried in the 1939 Register, a ‘Labourer B P Steel Helmet Furnace’ living with his parents )

In the 1911 Census the family were living at 7 Court No 2 Duke St Lane, Sheffield where he was a steel ferule maker (in 1911 they had 11 children of whom 6 were still living). By the 1939 Register he was an ‘incapacitated old age pensioner’ living at 173 Deerlands Avenue, Sheffield. He died later in 1939, buried at Sheffield City Road Cemetery on 30 November 1939.

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