The Salt Lake City, Utah Anstees

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

Overview of the Salt Lake City, Utah Anstees

The patriarch of the Salt Lake City Anstees of Utah in America is George Anstee (b 1840 Hendon) of the Barnet Anstees.

To our knowledge, this sub-branch is now Anstey-extinct, though research continues…

George Anstee (b 1840 Hendon)

George Anstee was born on 12 August 1840 (per his gravestone – other sources state August 1839 which is incorrect) in Mill Hill, Hendon to parents John Anstee and Ann Seagrave. He was lodging in Joseph Street, Alverstoke in the 1861 Census as a bricklayer, then he married Mary Jane Ford (sometimes known as Mary, sometimes as Jane) in 1867 in Reading (at the time he was a “27 year old bricklayer” residing at 46 Swinton St, Grays Inn Rd, London, father confirmed as John Anstee). George Anstee and his family emigrated first to Denver in Colorado, America in c1870, (joined in 1882 by his nephew James Alfred Anstee), having the following children there, before relocating to Salt Lake City, Utah by 1899:

  • Jennie [Jane] Elizabeth Anstee (b 3 May 1868 Islington (though later sources say 3 May 1870). She was baptised in August 1868 in St George, Hanover Square, Middlesex. Jennie married George Titus Brice in 1886 in Denver though they were living in Salt Lake City in 1919. She died in 1954 buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery Salt Lake City, Utah);
  • George Anstee (b 22 January 1869 Kensington (per his death certificate, though the birth was registered in Kensington in q1 1870). He was living in Denver in the 1880 Census [Note: he did NOT marry Clara Southern in 1891 in Manchester – that was a member of the Flamstead Anstees]. George Anstee married Ellen B. Kelley [Kelly] (known as Nellie) on 10 April 1899 in Denver and they had a single child Georgina Ellen [or C.] Anstee (b c1914 Arizona). In the 1910 American Census George and Nellie were living in Maricopa, Phoenix where George was a “contractor at a brickyard“. He was still living in Phoenix in 1919. By the 1930 Census the family was still living in Maricopa, George was a “fire brick contractor“. George Anstee died on 19 May 1938 living at 2106 Van Buren Street, Maricopa County, Phoenix, where he had been living for the past 29 years (per his death certificate, which also confirmed his parents as “George Anstee and Mary Jane Ford“). At the time of his death he was a bricklayer and contractor; he was buried at St Francis Cemetery, Phoenix on 23 May 1938. His widow Nellie Anstee was also buried there in 1951 “aged 81“);
  • Anna Anstee (b 1874 Denver, married George Campbell in Denver in 1893. They were living in Los Angeles in 1919);
  • Ernest Anstee (b 4 August 1878 Denver, a “druggist” living with his family in Salt Lake City in the 1900 Census. He married Leona Erekson in 1905 in Salt Lake City and they were living together in Salt Lake Ward 3 (next door to his family) in the 1910 American Census where he was still a “druggist“. She died in 1912 – the ‘Deseret News (Salt Lake City)‘ on 17 Feb 1912 reporting “ERNEST ANSTEE BETTER President of Sun Drug Co. Recovering From Pneumonia. The condition of Ernest Anstee, president of the Sun Drug company, who is ill at his home. 79 Wall Street, of pneumonia, was reported this afternoon to be much improved, and that the chances are good for his ultimate recovery. Mr. Anstee has been the victim of most unfortunate circumstances. Last week he was called to California where his wife was critically ill. Mrs. Anstee had gone to California in the hope that a change of climate would benefit her, but before she could be brought back home she died. Mrs. Anstee passed away at a point just west of Las Vegas and when the sorrowing husband arrived in Salt Lake with the body Sunday, his condition was serious. Pneumonia developed and for a time it was feared he would not recover. The funeral of Mrs. Anstee was held Thursday and the body is in a vault at the mortuary Undertaker Eber W. Hall and will remain there until the recovery of Mr. Anstee.“. The same newspaper on 2 May 1912 reported “Funeral of Mrs. Anstee—The body of Mrs. Leona Anstee, who died in California, Feb 9, 1912 was buried yesterday in the Mt. Olivet cemetery. The burial had been delayed pending the recovery of William [Ernest!] Anstee, who was stricken with pneumonia while bringing the body of his wife home from California. Mr. Anstee was able to leave his room yesterday for the first time. Funeral services were held April 1, so there remained only the short service at the grave.” She was buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery. Ernest remarried Barbara Bell Barton in Ogden, Weber, Salt Lake City in 1920. In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Ernest was a self employed druggist living at 359 Wall in Salt Lake City. Ernest died on 31 March 1924 at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a “drug store proprietor” at the time of his death, buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City plot reference “R_228_9“. The ‘Salt Lake Telegram‘ on 1 April 1924 reported “Ernest Anstee, Druggist, Dies; III for Week Ernest Anstee, druggist of Salt Lake died last night at a local hospital after an operation for stomach trouble. Mr. Anstee was ill for a week but his condition was not thought serious. He was born in Denver forty-six years ago. There he received his elementary education. Having decided to become a druggist. he went to St. Louis and attended the St.Louis College of Pharmacy. After graduating from that institution, seventeen years go he went into business here with his brother Fred. The two brothers had been partners ever since, operating the Rex Drug Company at broadway and West Temple streets. Mr. Anstee is survived by his widow Barbara Barton Anstee living at 351 Wall Street: his mother, Mary Jane Anstee; three sisters, Mrs. George T. Brice, Mrs. H.M Chamberlain of Salt lake and Mrs.Annie Campbell of Los Angeles; two brothers George of Phoenix Ariz, and Fred of Salt Lake. The body was removed to the O’Donnell undertaking parlors“. His second wife Barbara Anstee was also buried there in 1940. There were no children from either marriage);
  • Gertrude W. Anstee (b 1879 Denver, married Herbert Marvin Chamberlain in 1899 in Salt Lake City – still living there in 1919. She was buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City in 1948); and
  • Frederick John Anstee (b 28 May 1882 Denver, known as Fred, a “salesman” living with his family in Salt Lake City in the 1900 Census. He married first Harriet C. Chase in 1902 in Salt Lake City and they had children Ardene Anstee (b 1903, died young?) and Helen J. Anstee (b 1904, living with her ‘Chase’ grandparents in Salt Lake City Ward 1 in the 1910 American Census. She married Graham Henry Susman [Susmore] – they were living with her mother Harriet Anstee in Salt Lake City in the 1940 Census). However they must have divorced because in the 1910 American Census Fred was living at Salt Lake City Ward 3, now “single” with his parents (“[Fred] went into business [in Salt Lake] with his brother Ernest in 1907. The two brothers had been partners ever since, operating the Rex Drug Company at broadway and West Temple streets.“). Fred later married Zena [Zina] S. [Simpson?] Smith in 1912 in Weber, Utah and they had children Ernest Fred Anstee (b 1914 Utah, married Evelyn Rich in 1944 in Salt Lake City – we find no children of this marriage) and Anna Maria Anstee (b 1917 Utah). In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, Fred was a self employed druggist in Salt Lake City. In the 1940 Census they were living in Salt Lake, Frederick was a pharmacist. Fred died in 1950, buried in Salt Lake City)

In the 1880 Census the family were living in Denver, Araphoe, Colorado where George Anstee was a “contractor“. Living with them was George‘s younger brother Henry Anstee (b 1848 and still single in 1880). By the 1900 Census they had moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where George Anstee was a “contractor“. By the 1910 American Census George was living off his “own income” with his wife in Salt Lake City Ward 3. George Anstee died on 31 December 1918 at 351 Wall Street, Salt Lake City, buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City plot reference “R_228_6“. The ‘Salt Lake Herald‘ on 1 January 1919 reported “George Anstee, 72 years old died at the family residence, 351 Wall Street. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Denver. Those surviving are his wife, three sons and three daughters. Ernest and Fred Anstee, Mrs. H.M. Chamberlain and Mrs.George T. Brice of this city, George Anstee, Phoenix Ariz and Mrs. Campbell of Los Angeles.

His widow Mary Jane Anstee died in 1927 – the ‘Salt Lake Telegram‘ 1 February 1927 reported “FUNERAL WEDNESDAY. Private funeral services for Mrs. Mary Jane Anstee, widow of the late George Anstee of Salt Lake, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Brice, 44 Apricot street interment will be at Mt.Olivet cemetery. The body of Mrs.Anstee arrived from Los Angeles Tuesday. Besides Mrs.Brice, she is survived by his daughters, Mrs.Annie Campbell of Los Angeles and Mrs.Gertrude Chamberlain of Salt Lake and her sons , George Anstee of Arizona and Fred Anstee of Salt lake.” – she was also buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery.

Further Details on the Salt Lake City, Utah Anstees

We are actively on the lookout for Salt Lake City, Utah Anstee experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Salt Lake City, Utah Anstees who fought in World War One, preferably with personal souvenirs such as letters sent by the soldiers or military photos etc. 

Anybody who has such expertise and inclination, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Salt Lake City, Utah Anstees, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.

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Anybody who finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com and we will correct it.

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