Benjamin Anstee (BA 6)

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 6. Benjamin Anstee: He was born in Kensworth on 21 Feb 1822 to parents Richard Anstee (BA 1) and Elizabeth Birchmore; he was baptised as an adult in Barnet in 1840. He was an agricultural labourer in Barnet in the 1841 Census. He married Ann Buckell (b 1823 Barnet) in St George Hanover Square in 1849 and they had children in Hendon:

  • Benjamin Anstee (b 1850, died an infant aged 8 weeks);
  • Arthur John Anstee (BA 12 – b 1851);
  • Frederick Anstee (BA 13 – b 1853);
  • Charles Thomas Anstee (b 1854, he never married but either he or his younger sister Jane had an illegitimate son George Anstee (BA 16 – b 1877, served during World War One). In 1891 and 1901 he was an unmarried builder living at 68, Union Street, Barnet with his mother Ann (Silston then Anstee). He was still single but now living there on his own in the 1911 Census – a bricklayer. In the 1930 Electoral Register he was living at 84 Union Street on his own. He died on 12 November 1934, likely never marrying, living at 84 Union Street, Barnet – probate to his brother Frederick Anstee (BA 13));
  • Ann Elizabeth Anstee (b 1855, living with her ‘Buckell’ grandparents in Wood Street, Chipping Barnet in the 1861 Census);
  • Edith Mary Anstee (b 1856, known as Mary, living with her uncle Richard Anstee (BA 2) at 28, Union Street, South Mimms in 1881. By the 1911 Census she was still unmarried, living at 24 Union Street Barnet and working as a caretaker); and
  • Jane Anstee (b 1863, father clearly not Benjamin Anstee. Either Jane or her elder brother Charles had an illegitimate son George Anstee (BA 16 – b 1877, served during World War One). She was a servant at 1, South Grove, St Pancras in the 1881 Census and she married Thomas John Dunks in 1883 in Barnet).

In the 1851 Census Benjamin and Ann were living at East Holcombe Hill, Hendon – he was a bricklayer. On 20 August 1855 “Benjamin Anstee, a bricklayer” was a witness in an Old Bailey trial. He died in 1859 in Hendon (note the ‘Greater London Burial Index‘ incorrectly gives his age as 57 instead of 37). In the 1861 Census Ann Anstee (widow) was living with her children in Mill Hill. She remarried Charles Selston [Silston, Silstone] in 1870 in Barnet and by the 1871 Census they were living at Union Street, South Mimms, Barnet with her younger ‘Anstee’ children.

In the 1891 Census Ann Silston was a widow, living with her son Charles Thomas Anstee at 68 Union Street. By 1901 Ann (still a widow but calling herself Anstee again) was still living at 68, Union Street, Barnet with her son Charles.

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