Daniel Anstee (FL 6)

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

FL 6. Daniel Anstee: He was born in 1837, baptised 20 October 1837 in Flamstead, to parents James Anstee (FL 3) and Sophia Mary Dell. By 1851 he was already a straw plaiter living with his parents in Flamstead. He married Mary Ann Burgess on 17 March 1860 in Flamstead having children:

  • Arthur Anstee (FL 13 – b 1861 Flamstead);
  • Jane Anstee (b 1867 Flamstead or Luton, sources differ, probably alive in 1911);
  • John Anstee (b 1869 Luton, died 1871)
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1874 Luton known as Eliza, alive in 1891 and probably alive in 1911);
  • Fred Anstee (FL 14 – b 1875 Luton);
  • Rose Anstee (b 1878, died an infant)
  • Edward [Edwin] Anstee (FL 20 – b 1879 Luton, served and died during World War One); and
  • Horace Anstee (FL 22 – b 1882 Luton, served during World War One)

In the 1861 Census the family were living at Wheat Sheaf, Flamstead where he was a bonnet blocker. By 1871 the family were living at 64 Windsor Street, Luton – he was still a blocker and in 1881 they were still living there, he was a straw hat blocker. He died in 1889 in Luton aged 51.

By the 1891 Census his widow Mary Ann Anstee (a straw hat sewer) and her children were living at Duke Street, Luton. By 1901 she was living with her youngest son Horace (FL 22) at 35, Elizabeth Street, Luton, still a straw hat sewer. The ‘Luton Times and Advertiser‘ 21 May 1909 reported on a Jumble Sale where the crowd were “squeezed in in such tight masses that the guard room door at the side of the entrance suddenly gave way, and an old lady named Mary Ann Anstee, of 53 Hastings-street, who is 70 years old, was precipitated into the room beyond. She fell heavily to her wrist, which was broken by the shock“.

By the 1911 Census she was still living at 53 Hastings Street Luton.

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