Hercules Anstee (PO 26)

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 26. Hercules Anstee: He was born on 29 January 1869 in Bedworth to parents John Turner Anstey (PO 14) and Mary Ann Hirons – he was later known as ‘Arculus’. In the 1881 Census he was an inmate at Foleshill Union Workhouse with his family, who had fallen on hard times. He married Clara Wheatley in Leicester on 1 July 1891 however something rather bizarre occurred because in 1901 Clara Anstee (still “married”) was a housekeeper at 71, Jarrom Street, Leicester and Hercules himself had “remarried” to Emma L. Frears (aka Emma Sharman, who he “married” in 1896 per the 1911 Census – though in fact he married her in 1913 in Leicester). Hercules and Emma had children in Leicester:

  • Ethel Anstee (b 1900, living with parents in the 1911 Census);
  • William Anstee (b 1903, living with parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Florence Anstee (b 1905, living with parents in the 1911 Census); and
  • George Anstee (b 20 April 1906, living with parents in the 1911 Census. He married Phyllis Thorpe and they had a son Graham Anstee (b 31 July 1937). In 1939 they were living with his parents in Spinner Street – he was a shoe clicker – the 9th generation of his family to be involved in the shoe trade)

In the 1911 Census he was a shoe maker for a boot manufacturer living at 20 Spinner Street Leicester – he was the 8th generation of his family to be involved in the shoe trade

They were still there in 1931 and in the 1939 Register – he was a shoe master and his wife was a shoe machinist. He died in Leicester in 1948.

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