Christopher Anstee (PO 10)

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

PO 10. Christopher Anstee: He was born in 1814 in Northampton, baptised 8 November 1814, to father John Anstee (PO 3). He married Ann Thurgood on 17 March 1837 in Marylebone having (at least) five children: 

  • Martha Emily Anstee (b 1838 Marylebone, buried as a ‘Non-Conformist’ on 13 June 1839 at Spa Fields Burial Ground in Marylebone);
  • a daughter (b 23 June 1840 at Holborn, British Lying-In Hospital, Endell Street); 
  • Martha Anstee (b 1844, bap 6 April 1844 Pancras);
  • Charles Anstee (b 1844, bap 16 April 1844 Pancras – some sources say 1845, he joined the Royal Navy on 16 February 1861 as a Boy Second Class (Service Number: 15478A) – he then signed up for 10 years of full time service on 16 April 1863); and
  • one or two others (born before 1859)

The ‘Morning Advertiser‘ 05 September 1859 reported “THE CHARGE OR ROBBING A CAPTAIN-William Trench, aged 45, but whose real name is Christopher Anstee, Eliza Trench, aged 25, a woman with whom he cohabits, and Frederick Trench, aged 20, nephew of the first named prisoner, were brought up on remand, before Mr. Traill charged with stealing a sum of 19l. 10s and a brass whistle from the person of William Wardell, captain of the ship Waterford, of Sunderland. The particulars of the previous examination of the prisoners have already been reported, from which it will be remembered that the prosecutor came ashore at Greenwich at a late hour on the night of Monday week, when he was found near Greenwich Hospital, surrounded by women of loose character. The female prisoner then claimed his acquaintance as a former neighbour, and hearing that he wanted a nights lodging, ordered to acommodate him if he had no objection to share the humble abode of herself and husband, they having, she said, a small house to themselves. The prosecutor accepted the proffered accommodation, proceeded to her house at 4, Caradoc-street, Greenwich, and being shown into a room, lay down without divesting himself of his clothes, and fell asleep. The following morning, about five o’clock, he discovered that his trousers pocket had been cut away, and 19l, 10s, and a small brass whistle used by him on board ship stolen. He then walked into an adjoining room, where he found the two first-named prisoners to whom he communicated the fact that he had been robbed, when they both offered to obtain the assistance of the police. The prosecutor, however, insisted that neither of them should leave the room until his property was restored, when the man forced his way out and made his escape, not being apprehended until four days afterwards, at a coffee shop in Marlborough-street, Greenwich, in company with the younger prisoner, who claimed two parcels as his property, in one of which the stolen whistle was found. Mrs.Trench, of 36,Foley street,Marylebone, now attended the court, and said the younger prisoner was her son, and the elder prisoner was her brother, his name being Christopher Anstee, and he being a married man with a family of five children, whom he had deserted, as also his wife, who was the daughter of a person of respectability living in Titchfield-street. Witness’s name by marriage had thus been assumed by her brother and the female prisoner, with whom he cohabited“.

The ‘Bedfordshire Times and Independent‘ 05 March 1861 reported “Woburn: Christopher Anstee was brought up in custody having been apprehended in London, charged with deserting his children. It appears the children had been in the workhouse five years but were now out of the ‘house’. The prisoner said times had been very bad with him and he had tried to get some money to partly repay the parish but had failed in doing so. Committed for one month“.

The ‘Surrey Comet‘ 15 September 1866 “Christopher Anstey was charged with being drunk and using obscene language and fined 5s..committed for 14 days in default

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