Charles Anstee (MB 6)

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

MB 6. Charles Anstee: He was born in 1855 in Marylebone to parents Joseph Anstee (MB 1) and Louisa Mary Hickman. In the 1871 Census he was an unmarried labourer living at 21 Henry Street, St John’s Wood Terrace with his mother Louisa and brother Henry (MB 5). On 21 November 1876 he was “a plumber aged 21” when he enlisted with the ‘Paddington Rifles‘, a unit of the Territorial Army (Service Number: 2288).

He married Emma Elizabeth Lane (b c1859 Westminster) in 1878 in Marylebone and they had children in Marylebone:

  • Charles William Anstee (b 1877/8, died an infant)
  • Edward Charles Anstee (MB 11 – b 1879, served during World War One);
  • Henry Francis Anstee (b 1881, a “hydraulic filter” in the 1901 Census living with his family at 77, St Johns Wood Terrace, St Marylebone. He married Florence Susannah Gibbs in Hampstead in 1909 and in the 1911 Census he was a “fitter at a railway hydraulic power station” living at 217 Portnell Road, Paddington with their daughter Dorothy Florence Anstee (b 1911, alive and unmarried in 1938 when she was bridesmaid for her brother). They also had a son Edward Henry Anstee (b 1912 Marylebone, married Aileen Annie Pratt in Victoria in 1938 – “Anstee-Pratt A gown of white cloque, caught at the heart-shaped neckline with clusters of orange blossom, and a tulle veil held in place with an orange blossom coronet,1 were worn by Miss Aliean A. Pratt for her wedding on Saturday at the Church of the Eplphamy, Northcote, to Mr. Edward Henry Anstee. The bride, who was given away by her father, is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Pratt. Victoria road, Northcote. Miss Dorothy Anstee (sister of the bridegroom) and by her cousin. Miss Ursula Miller, i lThey wore respectively pink. blue, and green tinsel façonne frocks with princess bodice high, lame collars, and with sashes and cuffs of lame. Their plaited toques of lame had shoulder length scalloped veils, and the flowers in their bouquets toned with their dresses Mr. C. Stanley was best man. The bridegroom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Anstee. Foster street, Heidelberg.”. He died there in 1979). In 1923 the family emigrated to Australia aboard the ship ‘Themistocles‘ and they were living at “Foster street, Heidelberg” in 1938. He died on 12 June 1965 “aged 83“, buried at Springvale Botanical Cemetery in Springvale, Victoria, Australia);
  • Frederick William Anstee (b 1884, a “law clerk” in the 1901 Census living with his family at 77, St Johns Wood Terrace, St Marylebone. By the 1911 Census he was still unmarried, living at 4 Henstridge Villas, St Johns Wood where he was a “printers clerk“. He died in 1982 in Bromley – we are unsure if he ever married); and
  • Charles John Anstee (b 1887, a “telegraph messenger” in the 1901 Census living with his family at 77, St Johns Wood Terrace, St Marylebone. By the 1911 Census he was still unmarried, living at 4 Henstridge Villas, St Johns Wood where he was a postman. He died in 1913 in Paddington; probate was to his mother Emma Elizabeth Anstee);

In the 1881 Census he was a plumber living with his family at 18, Henstridge Place, Marylebone together with two lodgers. He died on 10 August 1886 at St George Hanover Square. The ‘Marylebone Mercury‘ on 8 October 1887 reported “We are asked to state that a grand concert will take place in the Eyre Arms Assembley Rooms on Monday October 31st in aid of the widow and four children of the late Brother Charles Anstee, who are in very distressed circumstances. Deceased was for many years a member of Foresters Court ‘Duke of Portland’ No 1817“.

By the 1901 Census his widow Emma Elizabeth was living at 77, St Johns Wood Terrace, St Marylebone with her four sons. By the 1911 Census she was living with two of her sons at 4 Henstridge Villas, St Johns Wood. She was living “off private means” with her son Edward (MB 11) and his wife in 1939.

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