Arthur Anstee (ED 16)

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

ED 16. Arthur Anstee: He was born in 1868 in Guiltcross to father James John Anstee (ED 9). He married Sarah Ann Pearson on 28 December 1896 in Cambridge St Barnabus – at the time of his marriage he was a “railway checker of St James Grimsby“ (father confirmed as James John Anstee). They had a single daughter (born three years before their official marriage) 

  • Decima Lavinia Phyllis Anstee (b 1893 Cambridge, never married? and died in 1969 in Grimsby as “Anstee or Pearson“).

A week after he had presumably inherited his mother’s property after her death – see ED 9 – the ‘Diss Express‘ 09 November 1894 reported “ON MONDAY NEXT. WHITE HART STREET, EAST HARLING. Sale of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, comprising—mahogany Pembroke, oak, dining, and deal tables, mahogany, elm concave seated, and other chairs, capital American 8-day clock timepieces, couch, cheffioneer, pictures, matting, mats, carpets, mahogany 4-post, iron and French bedsteads, feather beds, bolsters, pillows, mattresses, washstands, toilet ware, dressing glasses, linen, inlaid oak chest of drawers, earthenware, kitchen requisites, shoemaker’s tools, and Miscellaneous Effects, of Mr. Arthur Anstee, who is leaving the county…“.

So he left Guiltcross as soon as his mother died in 1894 and the family were living at 25 Duchess Street, Grimsby in both the 1901 and 1911 Census where he was a railway foreman. He died in Grimsby on 15 March 1931, by now a carter, buried at Scartho Road Cemetery – probate “Mr. Arthur Anstee, of 25, Duchess Street, Grimsby (net personalty £1,162)” to his widow Sarah Ann.

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