George B. Anstee (b 1841)

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

George B. Anstee was born in c1841 in England to currently unknown parents – as such we cannot yet connect him to the Anstey pedigree (see below Research Note). According to different sources he either emigrated to America in 1850 or 1855, marrying Mary Haley (born in Ireland) on 11 August 1862 in Lucas Ohio. They had children:

  • Elizabeth A. Anstee (b 1862 Centerville, Allegany County, New York, living at Centreville Allegany New York in 1892);
  • Floy Gertrude Anstee (b 16 January 1870, living at Centreville Allegany New York in 1892. She married William J. Davies on 20 November 1894 in Pike, Wyoming, New York. she died on 25 November 1926 in Pike); and
  • Georgia May Anstee (b 1878 Centerville, Allegany County, New York, living at Centreville Allegany New York in 1892)

George fought on the side of the Union in the American Civil War, enlisting at Portage, New York on September 9 1864. He was posted to the 2nd Regiment New York Mounted Rifles as a Private (Service Number: 15394). He was discharged on 18 May 1865 at at Petersburg, Virginia, having presumably fought in the Siege of Petersburg.

After the conclusion of hostilities, George applied for naturalisation, writing “To the County Court of the County of Wyoming, New York. The undersigned, an alien of the age of 21 years and upwards, who enlisted in the Military Service of the United States and who has been honourably discharged from said Military Service respectfully petitions that he may be admitted to become a citizen of the United States. Dated at Warsaw July 11 1865 Signed George B. Anstee

In the 1880 Census George was a farmer living with his family at Centerville, Allegany County, New York. By the 1900 Census George and Mary were at ED 131 Pike Township Pike village, Wyoming, New York – they both indicated that they had immigrated to America in 1850. By the 1910 American Census they were both at Hornell Ward 1, Steuben, New York – by now George indicated he was living off his own income and arrived in America in 1855.

George B. Anstee died on 30 December 1917 at Hornell, Steuben, New York, buried at Saint Ann Cemetery Hornell. His widow Mary was also buried there in 1925, having died on 14 January 1925.

Research Note: We are struggling to connect George despite the fact there is remarkable consistency in documentation that he was called ‘George B. Anstee’ born c1841 in England. He certainly isn’t any of the following:

  • George Anstee (b 1840 Mill Hill, Hendon, emigrated to Denver, Colorado then Salt Lake City);
  • George Anstey (b 1840 Bristol, lived in and around Bristol all his life)
  • George Anstee (b 1842 Evenley, emigrated to Wentworth South, Ontario)
  • George Anstee (b 1843 Hanham, emigrated to America in 1857 but had returned to England by 1861)
  • George Spencer Anstee (b 1843 Holborn, died in 1846)

It is possible, but unlikely, that he was:

  • George Anstee (b q4 1840 Doynton, living in Doynton in the 1861 Census)

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