George Frederick William Anstee (ED 20)

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

ED 20. George Frederick William Anstee: He was born in 1862 in Barnet to parents William Austin Anstee (ED 14) and Caroline Curtis. He was baptised in Barnet in April 1862, living at East Side, Wood Street, Chipping Barnet in the 1881 Census with his mother Caroline – he was a butcher. He married his cousin Alice Ellen Collicot (b 1864 Writtle) in Writtle in 1887 and they had children:

  • Frederick William Anstee (b 27 June 1890 Lambeth, played football for Writtle F. C. in 1912 and was still playing for them in 1919. We cannot locate him in the 1911 Census. He married Janet Hayden in High Roding, Essex in October 1917, at which time he was living in Writtle. In the 1919 Electoral Register they were living at Oxley Green, Writtle. They had a son John W. Anstee (b 1925). On 22 October 1924 “aged 34 years 97 days” Frederick signed up for service with the Royal Engineers (Service Number: 2212184) for 4 years – he was then an electrician, and he signed up for a total of another 7 years before being discharged on 21 October 1935. In the 1939 Register the family were living at Albert Villas, Oxney Garden, Writtle where he was an “electrician and ARP warden“);
  • George Anstee (ED 25 – b 1893 Writtle, served and died during World War One);
  • Edward Curtis Anstee (ED 26 – b 1894 Writtle, served during World War One);
  • Hugh Austin Anstee (ED 27 – b 1896 Writtle, served during World War One);
  • Richard Collicott Anstee (ED 29 – b 1898 Writtle, served during World War One);
  • Robert Anstee (b 1901 Writtle, living with parents in the 1911 Census); and
  • Dorothy Louise Anstee (b 1904, living with parents in the 1911 Census – became a Lady’s Maid).

In the 1901 Census they were living at The Green, Writtle where he was a “butcher/slaughterer“. In 1905 he was left “one or two properties which provided small rents” in his mother Caroline‘s will. In the 1911 Census the family was still living in Writtle where he was a “retired butcher“. In 1913, he was a member of the ‘National Reserve’, taking part in a shooting competition (‘Essex Newsman‘ 4 January 1913 edition).

In 1916 he was a member of the Writtle Parish Council. In the 1919 Electoral Register George and Alice were living at Writtle Green. On 2 September 1922 the ‘Essex Newsman‘ reported “Writtle: Old Lady’s Fall: A painful accident befell Mrs Lucy Turner of Town End, who is 81 years of age. She had been speaking to Mr. G. F. W. Anstee and turning to enter her house fell and broke her thigh. Mr. Anstee, hearing her scream, helped her indoors and summoned Dr. R. N. Arnold Wallinger“.

He died in 1950 in Chelmsford, having lived at ‘Heroffs’ on Writtle Green for nearly fifty years (it is said the house they lived in was built with stone from the collapsed tower of All Saints) – the ‘Chelmsford Chronicle‘ 24 February 1950 reported “DEATHS ANSTEE. On February 22nd, at ‘ Hydrangea,” Town End, Writtle, Essex, George Frederick William Anstee, of High Barnet, aged 87

He was described by his granddaughter Margaret Joan Anstee as “a big man with a drooping walrus moustache…early in life he became crippled, a mixture of arthritis and gout…he read a lot and dabbled in history and poetry“.

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