John Ansted, Jr. was my great-great-great grand uncle. His sister Dionysia was my great-great-great grandmother. John intrigues me because he was the eldest of a family of seven and he was the only son. He worked with his father at the family business (Clark, Ansted & Co., fruit brokers) until his death a year before his father’s passing. The business then was handed down to his two sons.

According to his baptismal record, John Ansted, Jr. was born on May 21, 1821. He was baptized on December 28 of the same year at Saint Botolph Aldgate in Middlesex, London. John’s mother, Dionysia (Northeast) Ansted passed away shortly after the birth of her second daughter (my great-great-great grandmother) in 1827. John’s father married Jane Ann Mary Sharpe on January 15, 1829, when John was about 8. John appears with his father and step-mother on the 1841 census. They were living at Portland Place on Clapham Road in Lambeth, Surrey. John, Jr. is listed as a clerk.

The Saturday, October 30, 1847, Times of London included a marriage announcement for John Ansted, Jr. and Harriett Elizabeth Burton:

On the 27th inst., by the Rev. W. H. Beauchamp, John Ansted, jun., Esq., of the Grove, Clapham-road, to Harriett Elizabeth, second daughter of Thomas Burton, Esq., of the Grange, Langley, Norfolk.

According to FreeBMD records, the couple was married in Norfolk. Harriet’s brother, Thomas Burton, Jr., married John’s sister Dionysia about six months later.

In 1851, John is listed on the census with his wife and young family. They are living at 15 The Grove in Lambeth, Surrey. John (29) and Harriet (29) are living with their son Edward (2). Also living with the family are Harriet’s sister Emily (35) and a cook (Emma Nicholls), housemaid (Hannah Hussey), and nurserymaid (Maryann Hussey).

In 1861, the family was living at Balham Terrace, Streatham, London. John (39) and Harriet (39) now have five children: Edward (12), Dionysia Mary (9), Alfred (7), Ernest (3), and Florence (1). Also with the family are four servants. Sadly, Ernest passed away in November 1861 at four years of age. Florence died in 1865.

I have also discovered that there were two other children born to John and Harriet. Laura Harriet Ansted died at 6 months old in 1856 and Burton Ansted died at 7 weeks old in 1861. The thought of losing four of seven children saddens me – I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for them. Obviously, childhood mortality was much higher in the mid-1800s than it is today and losing one child or several would have been much more common. However, the Ansteds were quite well-to-do and one would have thought that would offer some protection over those living in more reduced circumstances.

In 1871, the family was living at the Lodge, Upper Tooting, Streatham. John (49) was listed as a fruit broker. Harriet (49) is listed as a ‘fruit broker’s wife’. The only child at home now is Alfred (17). The family also has three servants.

On April 7, 1876, John passed away at his home. All of his effects, as outlined in the National Probate Calendar, passed to his wife.


ANSTED John. Effects under £2000.
19 June. Administration of the effects of John Ansted the Younger late of the Lodge Upper Tooting in the County of Surrey Fruit Broker who died 7 April 1876 at the Lodge was granted at the Principal Registry to Harriet Elizabeth Ansted of the Lodge Widow the Relict.

In 1881, Harriet (59) is heading the household, which still resides at the Lodge in Upper Tooting. Living with Harriett are her unmarried son Edward (32, fruit broker) and her unmarried daughter Dionysia (29). Also in the home are son Alfred (27), also a fruit broker, and his wife Mary Bridger (30). Harriett’s sister Annie Burton (50) is also living with the family. They employ three servants.

In 1891, Harriet (69) continues to head the household at the Lodge. Edward (42) and Dionysia (39) are both still unmarried and living with their mother. Harriet’s sister Annie Burton, a schoolmistress, continues to board with them. The family employs two servants.

In January 1901, Harriet passed away. She was buried in the Norwood Cemetery in Lambeth.

The 1901 census later that year shows Edward (52) and Dionysia (49) living together. They now reside at 292 Balham High Road in Streatham. Also living with them is Ellen Lund (22). I am not sure how she is connected to them. They employ two servants. That same year, Alfred (47) is living with his wife Mary (50) at 7 Nevern Manor, Kensington. They employ two servants.

Dionysia Mary died on March 26, 1907.

In 1911, Edward (62) is living with his aunt Annie Burton (81) at 292 Balham High Road. The household employs three servants. Also that year, Alfred (57) and Mary (60) are shown as living at 7 Nevern Mansions. The census return indicates it is a flat with 7 rooms. They have two servants. The saddest part of their census return is the notation that they had one child born living, but the child died.

Edward was the first of the two brothers to die. He passed away on September 17, 1917 and his considerable estate went to his brother:

ANSTED Edward of Eastcheap-buildings Eastcheap London died 17 September 1917 at 292 Balham High-road Surrey Probate London 3 November to Alfred John ansted equire. Effects £14970 3 s. 7d.

Alfred’s wife Mary Bridger (Philby) Ansted died on May 9, 1927 and Alfred died on October 4, 1936. As they had no living children, his estate was probated to, I believe, one of his nephews and to a director of the company. I am uncertain if there is any other relationship there.

ANSTED Alfred John of 7 Nevern-mansions Nevern-square Middlesex died 4 October 1936 at 251 Leigham Court-road Streatham Surrey Probate London 30 November 1936 to Alfred Walker Frank Burton civil servant and Daniel Charles Benwell company director. Effects £20485 9s 6d.

And there ends the Ansted name – at least for this branch of the family. If anyone ‘out there’ knows differently, I would love to hear from you!

It’s Saturday again (how did that happen?!), which means it’s time for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun over at Genea-Musings. The mission tonight is:

1)  Think of the genealogy related wishes you have – what education, database, or information would make your genealogy research dreams come true?  Be specific – as many wishes as you want to list!
2)  Tell us about some of your genea-wishes in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

My first wish is simple – I wish I had more time for my genealogy research. Between an almost-full-time job and two small children, however, I can wish all I want and it’s still not going to happen. I do enjoy the little snippets of time I get here and there, but it does make it much more difficult to really get into the research and follow a trail. Stopping and starting is much less efficient.

My second wish is for the Montreal Star newspaper to be digitized so that I can browse it from the comfort of my own home. I would like to search for obituaries and other information on a number of my ancestors to hopefully help fill in some of the gaps I have in their lives.

My third wish would be to visit some of the places my ancestors come from. I have been to some of them but there are others that I would some day like to see – Thurton, Nofolk, England; certain parts of London, England; Eastham, Massachusetts, USA; and Uxbridge, Ontario – among others. There are more to come, I’m sure!

My fourth wish is related to my first – I would like to finish the National Institute of Genealogical Studies certificate I started years ago. I’m finished all but one of the first set of nine courses. Progress on those stopped when child #1 arrived!

My final wish – for the moment – would be to attend RootsTech. I enjoyed reading everyone’s tweets and blogs this year and was quite envious of everyone who attended. I don’t know how likely it is – given two very small children – but a girl can wish. Right?

My great-grandmother Gertrude Ethel Thomas (1875-1971). The photo is undated.

It’s Saturday night, which means it’s time for Randy Seaver’s Genealogical Fun over at Genea-Musings. Our mission tonight is to:

1)  Find the last genealogy book that you have read cover-to-cover or from which you learned something about genealogy.  Write a complete source citation, and transcribe the first paragraph of the Introduction.

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook status or post.

I haven’t read a genealogy book cover-to-cover in some time. As the mother of two children under four, I haven’t read much of anything cover-to-cover in some time. As a formerly voracious reader, this is rather sad but not entirely surprising! The lack of reading time does not necessarily translate to a lack of ability to acquire, however. So I’m going to share the genealogy book I most recently acquired and fully intend to read – one of these days.

Irish Palatine Pioneers in Upper Canada: Commemorating 300 Years, 1709-2009. Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2010.

This commemorative book, honouring the 300th anniversary of the Irish Palatines’ journey from their homes in what would become Germany to England, Ireland and thence to British North America, has come about because of the dedicated work of many people. Initially a small group of descendants of the pioneer Irish Palatine families to Upper Canada (now the Province of Ontario) came together to discuss how they might celebrate in 2009 the 1709 emigration of their ancestors from the Rhine River valley. The concept of a commemorative book, focused on the period 1750-1850 in North America and emphasizing the individual stories of the pioneer Irish Palatine families in Upper Canada, evolved from this group. Later many more Irish Palatine descendants came forward with their family stories. The Ontario Genealogical Society then provided advice and assistance in preparing the material for publication.

I acquired the book in the hopes it might contain some information on my St. John line (which settled in Brock Township, Ontario County, Upper Canada) in 1817. As it turns out, it doesn’t, but there is a lot of useful information on the Irish Palatines in general and many familiar names I have come across in my St. John research (including Shier, Dulmage, Tesky and Switzer). Additionally, it fits in well with some of the other Irish Palatine-related books in my collection, including Carolyn Heald’s The Irish Palatines in Ontario: Religion, Ethnicity and Rural Migration and Eula Lapp’s To Their Heirs Forever: United Empire Loyalists, Camden Valley, New York to Upper Canada.

John Ansted was my great-great-great-great grandfather. Baptismal records state he was born on October 27, 1789 to Thomas and Esther (Carruthers) Ansted. He was baptised on November 22 of that year at St. Dunstan in the East, London, England.

In 1820, the following wedding announcement appeared in April edition of The London Review and Literary Journal:

11. Mr. John Ansted, of the firm of Clark and Ansted, Fruit Brokers, Mincing-lane, to Miss Dionysia Northeast.

They received a marriage licence on March 27, 1820, according to the Society of Genealogists Vicar-General Marriage Licence Allegations 1694-1850 as indexed on findmypast.com. A marriage on April 11, 1820 therefore seems quite reasonable. John would have been 30 and Dionysia, who was born around 1796, would have been about 23. Her father was Thomas Northeast and she had at least one brother.

John and Dionysia had three children. John Jr. was born on May 21, 1821. Rebecca was born on April 8, 1823. And Dionysia was born on July 27, 1827. Sadly, Dionysia Northeast Ansted died shortly after her second  daughter was born and was buried on August 10, 1827.

John married Jane Ann Mary Sharpe on January 15, 1829. Jane was born around 1808 although I have yet to find any record to confirm that. They had four daughters together: Emily Jane, born in 1829 or 1830; Clara Maria, born in 1833; Alice Emma, born in 1837; and Isabel Gordon, born on January 2, 1840.

On the 1841 census, John (50) and Jane (40) were living on Clapham Road, Lambeth, Surrey. Living with them was their son John (20) and daughters Rebecca (18) and Isabel (1). Daughters Dionysia (13), Emily (11) and Clara (8) were away at school. I have not yet found Alice listed anywhere. She would have been four and I would have expected her to be home with her parents.

Like his father before him and his son after him, John was involved in the politics of the day. The September 3, 1844 Times of London includes both John Sr. and John Jr. in the list of the Liverymen and friends hoping to promote the election of Mr. Alderman Brown to Chamberlain of London.

John (61) and Jane (50) are still living on Clapham Road in the 1851 census. With them is Emily (21) and two servants, Sarah Chapman and Patience Martin. John is listed as a merchant. Daughter Clara (18) appears to be visiting David Thomas Ansted, the well-known Cambridge-based geologist. I am curious as to whether David Thomas is somehow related to “my” Ansteds, but have not yet been able to prove an actual connection.

In 1856, daughter Clara married Thomas Outhwaite Hutton. He was a widower and was listed in the marriage register as a wholesale stationer. Clara and Thomas had eight children together, in addition to Thomas’ daughter from a previous marriage.

John (71) was listed as a gentleman on the 1861 census and he was away from home visiting the brother of his first wife – Thomas Barnes Northeast. Thomas was listed as a farmer of 880 acres employing 17 men and 8 boys in North Tidworth, Wiltshire. Also with Thomas was his wife Mary, his neice Martha Gilbert and a couple of servants. Jane (60) was at home with Alice (24) and Isabel (21), a cook (Ann Brown) and two servants (Sarah Holman and Ann Barnes).

On April 30, 1863, daughter Isabel married William Harvey. William was a merchant and, as far as I can tell so far, they had no children.

In the 1871 census, John (81) and Jane (70) are still living at 194 Clapham road. John is listed as a fruit broker. Emily (41) and Alice (34) are living with their parents. The family now has a cook (Jane Lucas), a parlormaid (Esther Harmer), a ladies maid (Mary Foster) and a housemaid (Alice Parley).

John passed away at 87 years of age on February 4, 1877.  He was buried on February 9, 1877 in the South Metropolitan Cemetery (Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Road, Lambeth). His will was proved by his wife later that month:

ANSTED John. Effects under £10,000.
26 February. The Will with a Codicil of John Ansted of Mincing-lane in the City of London and of 194 Clapham-road in the County of Surry Fruit Broker who died 4 Febrary 1877 at 194 Portland-place Clapham-road was proved at the Principal Registry by Jane Ann Mary Ansted of 194 Portland-place Widow the Relict one of the Executors.

By the 1881 census, Jane (80)  is living at 35 Palace Grove in Bromley, Kent, with her daughter Alice (44) and two servants, Ellen Tagg and Rosa Banks.

Jane passed away on October 3, 1890. At the time she was living at 38 Palace Grove in Bromley. The will was proved by her daughters Clara Hutton and Isabel Harvey of 38 Palace Grove.

Related posts:
John’s father: Thomas Ansted (ca1764-1846)
John’s daughter: Dionysia Ansted Burton (1827-1898)
The best laid plans…: Update on the Ansteds
Australia Day 2011 – Clark & Ansted
The Ansteds of London

Joseph and Anna (Workman) Bascom on their honeymoon in 1863. (Joseph and Anna later adopted my great-grandmother Gertrude Thomas when she was orphaned as a young child.)

It’s Saturday night, which means it’s time for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun over at Geneamusings. The mission tonight is:

1)  Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.
2)  Tell us which GMP you’re using and how you did this task.
3)  Tell us how many surnames, and if possible, which Surname has the most entries.  If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5!
4)  Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

I use Family Tree Maker because it’s what I started with many, many years ago. To count the surnames in my main family tree database, I went to the Publish tab and chose the Surname Report. I chose all individuals  and had it Sort by surname count.

The report tells me I have 1293 people in my tree. There are 35 surnames per page and the report I generated is almost 9 pages long. Consequently, I have about 310 different surnames. Most of those are for only one or two people, which suggests to me I have a lot more work to do!

The surname with the most entries is St. John with an even 100. This doesn’t surprise me as it is the name I’ve been working on the longest. 

Of these ten names, St. John, Coulman, Thomas, Oakley, Summerville, Fee, Hunter and Burton are ‘main’ lines for me. Barker and Reid are more collateral lines. It’s obvious to me which families I have spent the most time on – and now I can clearly see which ones need a bit more attention. Even though I’ve been doing research for nearly 20 years, it’s also apparent that the on and off nature of that research has been mostly ‘off’!

I thought, in honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I would post those lines of my family that hail – directly or indirectly – from Ireland.

Christopher Summerville/Somerville (1822-1901) & Elizabeth Humphreys/Humphries (1820-1886)
The Summervilles emigrated from around Enniskillin, Northern Ireland to Sharon, Ontario, Canada in 1846. They travelled with three of their children, one of whom died at sea. At least five more children were born in Canada. I don’t have much additional information on them pre-emigration. They are buried in the Children of Peace cemetery near the Sharon Temple in Sharon, Ontario.

Robert Hunter (1816-1888) & Hannah Dool (1823-1908)
The Hunters emigrated from Ireland to Canada around 1840. They settled in the Brampton, Ontario area. He was a weaver by trade. I believe all 14 children of their children were born in Canada. I don’t know where in Ireland they came from, and some family sources suggest they were instead Scottish (or Scots-Irish?). There’s a lot more research to be done here!

Thomas Fee (ca1816-1897) & Charlotte Williams (1825-1896)
Thomas and Charlotte married in Quebec in 1844. Thomas emigrated from somewhere in Ireland around 1837. I believe Charlotte was also of Irish descent, but I don’t have anything conclusive to prove that at this point. They had eight children. I have written more about Thomas here.

Philip St. John (1793-1874) & Ann Nancy Baker (1792-1880)
The St. John’s emigrated from Co. Limerick, Ireland in 1817. They first landed in New York but decided once there to head north instead. They settled in Brock Township, near Uxbridge, Ontario. They were farmers and had eleven children. Mind you, the St. John’s were not actually Irish but Palatine German. The family was part of the exodus of Palatines from Germany in the early 1700s. Instead of heading directly to America, however, they were settled around Rathkeale, Limerick where the family lived for about 100 years  until they emigrated to Canada. 

So, there’s all the Irish I know about in my family tree! I look forward to fleshing out these brief annotations over the next weeks, months, years… And to seeing whether there is any other Irish I don’t yet know about.

My great-great-great-great-great grandfather Thomas Ansted was born around 1764, likely in London, England. I hope to eventually find solid information on his birth, but for now the best I can find is his death certificate that suggests his birth would have been around 1764. I don’t have any information on Thomas’ childhood or young adulthood at this point so the next time we encounter him is at the time of his marriage.

On January 22, 1787, Thomas married Esther Barrass in Saint Leonards, Shoreditch, London. Thomas was a bachelor, but the marriage register indicates that Esther was a widow:

That was news to me. With some further research, I located Esther Carruther’s first marriage to John Barrass in April 18, 1774. Their daughter Elizabeth Barrass was born on May 16, 1883 . John died of consumption and was buried on December 29, 1785 at Saint Luke in Middlesex, Islington. I have not yet found any record for Esther Carruther’s birth but working from her burial record it appears she would have been born around 1753. From that, I figure she would have been around 34 when she married 23 year old Thomas.

Following their marriage, Thomas and Esther had three children of their own. Their first born, John Ansted, became my great-great-great-great grandfather. He was born on October 27, 1789 and was baptised on November 22 of that year at Saint Dunstan in the East in London. Younger brother Thomas Ansted was born on July 4, 1791 and baptized on November 27 of that year. Daughter Sarah Ansted was born on July 25, 1796 and baptised on October 5 of that year. Both were baptised at Saint Dunstan in the East. Judging from her inclusion in Thomas’ 1846 will, Elizabeth was raised with the rest of the children and he considered her one of his own, ensuring that his will included provision for her. (I hope to eventually fully transcribe his will and will post further information on it in the future.)

Thomas was widowed in 1802, when Esther passed away at age 49. She was buried on June 5, 1802, in the South Yard of St. Dunstan in the East, London.

Thomas was politically active, as evidenced by this notice I found in the October 15, 1803, Times of London:

THE MEMBERS of this SOCIETY are respectfully invited to DINE at the London Tavern on Tuesday, the 25th day of October, 1803, being the Anniversary of his MAJESTY’s happy ACCESSION to the THRONE.
Mr. EDWARD KEMBLE, Chairman,
Mr. NATHANIEL BRICKWOOD, Deputy-Chairman.11

Mr. Thomas Ansted is one of the men listed as a member following this notice. The dinner was to start at four o’clock and tickets were 7s. 6d. each. Being relatively unfamiliar with this period in English political history, I did a little bit of digging and discovered that the Constitutional Livery was a conservative club formed in 1797 to strengthen the hand of the government. Liverymen were freemen attached to London city companies and were entitled to vote.

Following that notice in the papers, I have no information on Thomas until his listing in the first English census in 1841. He is living alone, at age 75, with two female servants. His residence is York Row, in the Borough of Lambeth, Kennington, Surrey and his profession is that of broker. Other research has determined that he was a fruit broker and the Ansted half of Clark & Ansted (formerly Fielder, Clark & Ansted). I hope to outline a brief history of the company soon.

Thomas died at 82 years of age. According to the Times of London, he died on October 30, 1846.

His death certificate corroborates this, listing his date of death as October 30, 1846. He was living at 6 York Row, Kennington Road at the time of his death and the cause of death was ‘Decay of Nature’. That would seem to mean that, at 82, he died of old age.

The informant was Robert Silvester (his step-daughter’s husband) and he was living with Thomas at the time of his death. In fact, further research showed that Robert married Thomas’ daughter Sarah the following year. Presumably Elizabeth had died sometime prior to Thomas. She is mentioned in Thomas’ will, but that was signed in September 1838, eight years before his death. I have not yet located her death information but, presumably, she died between 1838 and 1846.

Thomas was buried on November 8 in the South Yard of St. Dunstan in the East. His will was probated November 19 and his first-born son, John, was his sole executor.


Related posts:
Thomas’ son: John Ansted (1789-1877)
Thomas’ granddaughter: Dionysia Ansted Burton (1827-1898)
The best laid plans…: Update on the Ansteds
Australia Day 2011 – Clark & Ansted
The Ansteds of London

It’s time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, courtesy of Randy Seaver at Gena-Musings. The mission, should we decide to accept it, is to:

1) Go to the Geneabloggers website – www.geneabloggers.com – and look for the post New Genealogy Blogs March 12, 2011.
2) Pick out at least five blogs from this list that interest you. 
3) If you like them, add them to your blog reader (whether Google Reader, Bloglines, your Favorites or Bookmarks, whatever).
4) Tell us which ones you subscribed to in a blog post or a comment on this post. Also tell us how many genealogy blogs are in your blog reader.
Each week, Thomas MacEntee writes a post concerning new genealogy blogs that he finds or is tipped to on Geneabloggers. These posts make it easy for blog readers to find new content, and potentially useful content, in their never-ending thirst for more genealogy information.
5) For extra credit (no actual rewards…), go back through the past few weeks of these New Genealogy Blog listings here.
6) Was that FUN? I hope so.

This mission was comparatively easy for me. Over the past few weeks, I have taken to perusing the Genabloggers weekly list on a regular basis and adding blogs of interest to Google Reader. Today I added the following:

Ancestral Journeys

Family Pursuit

Leaves & Branches

Pid was her Name

Real Big Tree

Your Local History

I had used Google Reader in the past and then stopped and just bookmarked blogs. I’m back to Google Reader but haven’t moved all my bookmarks over yet. Consequently, I don’t have as many blogs in the reader as I actually follow since I’m only gradually moving blogs into the Reader. At this point, I have 66 blogs in my reader and probably another 30 or so bookmarked. I don’t really have time to read much more than that but I know I’ll keep adding to the list anyway. At least some of those bloggers are like me – we don’t post all that often!!

I didn’t go back through previous listings tonight as I had already done so in earlier weeks.

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