George Ernest Anstee (FL 12)

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 12. George Ernest Anstee: He was, according to both 1901 and 1911 Censuses, born in c1871 in St Albans, Hertfordshire (1939 Register says 1 April 1871) and he is very likely a grandson of Thomas Anstee (FL 5) – see below for reasoning.

He married Agnes Sarah Thursfield, known as Sarah (b 1872 West Bromwich) on 26 January 1895 at the Wesleyan Chapel, London Road, Edgbaston, King’s Norton, Worcestershire – at the time of his marriage he was a 23 year old upholsterer living at 3 Gladys Road, Smethwick. The marriage certificate states that George Ernest Anstee (the younger)’s father was “George Ernest Anstee deceased painter“.

[Research Note: Herein lies a problem as we can find no existence of any ‘George Ernest Anstee‘ (the elder) who was already an adult in c1871 when George Ernest Anstee (the younger) was born – see also below]

George and Agnes moved to Three Shires Oak Road, Smethwick in Kings Norton (on the Worcestershire/Staffordshire border) where they were all living in the 1911 Census – he was still an upholsterer by trade.

They had two children being:

In 1929 George and Agnes were at Thursfield, Slade Road, Roughley, Sutton Coldfield together with their son George (FL 26) and his wife. In the 1939 Register they were living at 43 Upper Holland Road, Royal Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire – he was still an upholsterer, giving his date of birth as 1 April 1871. He died in 1955 in Sutton Coldfield.

[Research Note: This gentleman is surely of the Flamstead Anstees, more specifically connected to one of the children of Thomas Anstee (FL 5), because two of Thomas’s sons were living in St Albans in c1870 (George Anstee (FL 7) and Thomas Anstee (FL 8)). As such, currently we believe George Ernest Anstee (FL 12) must have been an illegitimate son of one of the daughters of Thomas Anstee (FL 5), with his birth not being registered for some reason

To advance this thread we could do with finding either:

  • George Ernest Anstee (the elder or younger)’s birth certificate or birth registration;
  • George Ernest Anstee (the elder) in any pre-1881 Census;
  • George Ernest Anstee (the elder or younger) in the 1881 Census;
  • George Ernest Anstee (the elder or younger) in the 1891 Census; or
  • George Ernest Anstee (the elder)’s pre-1895 death certificate]

Anybody who can add anything to this account, or can enlighten us further as to the origin of George Ernest Anstee (elder or younger), or finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at

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