Charles George Anstee (TH 6)

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

TH 6. Charles George Anstee: He was born in 1867 in Stony Stratford to father James Anstee (TH 4), also known as George Charles. He first married Emma Olney (b 1868) in 1893 in Newport Pagnell, having children:

  • Lucy Lillian Anstee (b 1897 Stony Stratford, living with parents in the 1911 Census); and
  • Ernest Leonard Anstee (b 1902 aka Leonard Ernest Anstee, living with parents in the 1911 Census – also see below)

He was a fitter at a railway works in 1901 living at Park Road, Calverton, Potterspury with his wife Emma and daughter. In 1903 he was asked to provide maintenance to his father – the ‘Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press‘ on 3 October 1903 reported “Stony Stratford Petty Sessions: The Guardians of the Potterspury Union v Charles Anstee fitter, Wolverton Road, Stony Stratford… James Anstee entered the Potterspury Union Workhouse on August 14th last and was still an inmate…[Charles] had two children dependent upon him…the Board considered it was a proper thing on behalf of the ratepayers for [Charles] to pay 1s 6d per week… [James] was capable of working until he fell down some steps in a public house [when drunk]. [Charles] took [James] to the Northampton Infirmary…but all [James] wished to do was have sufficient money to spend in beer and tobacco and as [Charles] would not give him money to spend on beer [James] said he would go to the workhouse and did so… [Charles] had been discharged from Brompton Consumptive Hospital as late as last July and now had to take special emulsions. His wife [Emma] was an invalid and a child had been an invalid since birth and required special care…[Charles] was a non smoker and he had not touched intoxicating alcohol for twenty years…The Bench decided they could not make an order [of Charles to pay 1s 6d per week] unless evidence was adduced of [James] inability to work

His wife Emma died in 1906 so in 1908 in Pottersbury he remarried to Mary Francis Yates. By the 1911 Census they were living at 49 Wolverton Road Stony Stratford – he was a railway carriage fitter. Also in 1911, on 26 August, he joined the National Union of Railwaymen – he was a fitter in Wolverton.

The ‘Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press‘ 13 April 1918 reported “Charles George Anstee (52), fitter, and Leonard Ernest Anstee (16), apprentice. L. and N.-W. Railway Works. Wolverton St. Mary, were summoned for stealing on April 4 from a field at Wolverton a log of wood…On being charged the father said ‘It is the first time I have done such a thing I ought not have done it…the Bench decided not to convict and fined Charles one pound..’“. 

He died in 1919 in Potterspury.

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