Arthur John Anstee (BA 12)

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

BA 12. Arthur John Anstee: He was born in 1851 in Hendon to parents Benjamin Anstee (BA 6) and Ann Buckell. In the 1871 Census he was living with his uncles William (BA 5) and Joseph Anstee (BA 4) in Union Lane, Chipping Barnet, Barnet – he was a bricklayer. In the 1881 Census he was living with his stepfather (father in law) John Silston and his nephew George Anstee (BA 16) at 40, Union Street, South Mimms – he was still a bricklayer, but already married (it is unclear to whom).

Arthur then married Ada Rebecca [May?] Matthews (b c1863 Hadley) in q1 1883 in Lambeth and they had children in Hendon and later Barnet:

  • Helena Ann Anstee (b 1886 Hendon, died an infant in 1887);
  • Henry Benjamin Anstee (b 1887 Hendon, not to be confused with Henry Benjamin Anstee (b 1890 Hammersmith). In the 1911 Census he was an engine cleaner boarding at 170 Bolton Road Blackburn. Later in 1911 he married Mary [May] Rothwell in Blackburn and had numerous children in Blackburn including Arthur Anstee (b 1922 died 1925 Blackburn). He died in 1965 buried at New Row Methodist Churchyard in Livesey, Blackburn (Grave Number: 150 Section/Plot: B). His widow was also buried there in 1968);
  • Edward Arthur Anstee (b 17 August 1889 Hendon, an “invalid” in the 1911 Census living with his parents – he was living with some of his brothers at 32 The Drive, South Mimms in 1919, 1923 and 1930 and by the 1939 Register he was still single, a “window cleaner” living with his brother and sister at 32 The Drive, Barnet);
  • Eleanor Ann Anstee (b 1892 Barnet, living with her parents in the 1911 Census);
  • John Anstee (BA 23 – b 1894 Barnet, served during World War One);
  • Arthur Leonard Anstee (BA 24 – b 1895 Barnet, served during World War One);
  • Ada May Anstee (b 1899 Barnet, living with her parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Elsie Maud Anstee (b 21 September 1900 Barnet, living with her parents in the 1911 Census and with her brothers at 32 The Drive, Barnet in 1930 and 1939); and
  • Florence Annie Anstee (b 1903 Barnet, living with her parents in the 1911 Census. She died in 1922 buried at New Row Methodist Churchyard in Livesey, Blackburn (Grave Number: 150 Section/Plot: B))

By the 1891 Census they were living at Florence Street, Hendon, he was a bricklayer (Ethel J. Dunks, a “niece” was also living with them). By the 1901 Census they were at 12, Wood Street, Chipping Barton (Herts), Barnet (Mary Buckell “aunt” was also living with them). By the 1911 Census they were living at 48 Wood Street Barnet, Chipping Barnet – he was a “jobbing builder“.

In 1923 Arthur, together with his wife Ada and sons Edward Arthur Anstee and John Anstee (BA 23) were living at 32 The Drive, South Mimms – ditto 1930.

He died in 1937 in Barnet.

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