Arthur John Anstee (IV 14)

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

IV 14. Arthur John Anstee: He was born in 1875 in Kempston to father Thomas Anstee (IV 10). He was a tailor’s apprentice in 1891 in Cranfield. He married Emily Robinson in Ampthill in 1897 and they had a single son:

In 1901 he was a “gentleman’s tailor” living at High Street, Cranfield; ditto the 1911 Census where they were living at Poplar Row Cranfield Woburn Sands. In 1914 at the outbreak of World War One, he agreed to be a ‘Special Constable’ in Cranfield. 

He died in March 1937; the ‘Bedfordshire Times and Independent‘ reported on 19 March 1937 “MR ARTHUR ANSTEE: Death and Funeral at Cranfield: The death of Mr Arthur Anstee of High Street Cranfield took place on 11 March at the age of sixty one years after an illness lasting several months. The funeral took place at Cranfield Parish Church on Monday… The mourners were Mr Jack Anstee (son); Mrs Rogers, Mrs Turney (sisters); Mr Thomas Anstee (brother)…Mr Walter Anstee…“. His widow Emily was still alive in 1953 when she attended her son Jack Anstey‘s funeral.

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