The Hemel Hempstead Anstees

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

Overview of the Hemel Hempstead Anstees

The Hemel Hempstead Anstees of Hertfordshire are a sub-branch of the Swanbourne Ansteys of Buckinghamshire, very closely linked indeed to the Flamstead Anstees. The patriarch of the Hemel Hempstead Anstees is William Anstee (b c1741) – though see Further Details #1.

William Anstee (b c1741 Hemel Hempstead)

William Anstee was baptised in Hemel Hempstead to parents William Anstee and Elizabeth Kempster (who married in Hemel Hempstead in 1733 – they also had a daughter Sarah baptised in 1738). He married Sarah Ward (b c1742) in October 1766 in Hemel Hempstead and they had a large family packed with sons in Hemel Hempstead, being:

  • William Anstee (b 1767);
  • Henry Anstee (b 1769);
  • Sarah Anstee (b 1771);
  • John Anstee (b 1772, married Mary Bates in Ivinghoe in February 1797 when he was described as “of Ivinghoe“. They returned to Hemel Hempstead and had children Henry Anstee (b 1797 Great Gaddesden in Hemel Hempstead); William Anstee (b 1798 Hemel Hempstead); Thomas Anstee (b 20 December 1800 Hemel Hempstead, baptised 11 January 1801); and Joseph Anstee (b 1803 Great Gaddesden));
  • Daniel Anstee (b 1774, buried in 1781 in Hemel Hempstead);
  • Thomas Anstee (b 1775);
  • Mary Anstee (b 1777);
  • George Anstee (b 1779 – see below);
  • Daniel Anstee (b 1782, baptised 15 September 1782 Hemel Hempstead. He may have married Ann – the ‘Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette‘ on 07 April 1866 reported “DEATHS. Anemia—At Oving, on the Ist inst., Ann, the widow of Daniel Anstee, late of Stoke Hammond, aged 87 years“);

Sarah Anstee (wife) was buried in Hemel Hempstead on 28 June 1809 “age 67

George Anstee (b 1779 Hemel Hempstead)

George Anstee was born in 1779 in Hemel Hempstead to parents William Anstee and Sarah Ward. He married Mary Wells on 20 February 1804 in Hemel Hempstead and they had children in Hemel Hempstead:

  • Sarah Anstee (b 20 March 1808, baptised 28 April 1808);
  • Maria Anstee (b 13 October 1810, baptised 10 January 1811, married James Redrup on 19 October 1828 in Hemel Hempstead);
  • Eleanor [Ellen] Anstee (b 1813, baptised 24 October 1813, married Peter Martin on 27 July 1834 in Hemel Hempstead); and
  • William Anstee (b 1816, baptised 25 February 1816. He married Eliza Dyer? in c1837 and they had children in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans Thomas William Anstee (b 1839 – see below); Eliza Anstee (b 1842); Mary A. Anstee (b 1848, alive in 1861); Maria Anstee (b 1852, alive in 1861); and Edwin Anstee (b 1857). In 1841 the family were living at Queen Street, Hemel Hempstead where William was a cordwainer – also with them were stepsons Daniel Dyer (b 1833) and William Dyer (b 1836). In the 1851 Census William Anstee was a cordwainer living with his family at Village Road, Kensworth, Luton. By 1861 William was a bootmaker living at 1, Crescent Avenue, Islington with his family. By 1891 William Anstee was a widower, shoemaker and pauper, living at Luton Union Workhouse in Dunstable Road)

In all of the above baptisms George was described as a labourer living at Crouchfield, Hemel Hempstead. He was buried in Hemel Hempstead on 18 April 1816 “age 37“.

Thomas William Anstee (b 1839 Hemel Hempstead)

Thomas William Anstee was born in 1839 to parents William Anstee and Eliza Dyer? He married Caroline Tomkins in Shoreditch in 1859 and they had children in Stoke Newington:

  • Thomas Anstee (b 1860, alive in 1871);
  • Caroline Anstee (b 1861, died young?)
  • Walter Anstee (b 1867, married Charlotte in 1891 having children Walter Albert Anstee (b 1892 Stoke Newington, a junior clerk living with his parents in the 1911 Census); and two others (died before 1911). In the 1911 Census Walter was a boot maker and repairer living with his wife and son at 12 Olinda Road Stamford Hill N, St John At Hackney. Walter Anstee died in 1922 in Hackney);
  • Alice Anstee (b 1869);
  • Emma Anstee (b 1871);
  • Albert Anstee (b 1874, died before 1881?);
  • Minnie Anstee (b 1876);
  • Ernest Anstee (b 1877, died before 1881?); and
  • Ellen Anstee (b 1880)

In the 1871 Census Thomas was a bootmaker living at High Street York Buildings, St Mary Stoke Newington, Hackney – ditto 1881.

Further Details on the Hemel Hempstead Anstees

#1. Another Swanbourne Anstey, Edward Anstee (b 1731?), married Mary in c1755 and they also had the following children in Hemel Hempstead:

  • Jos? Anstey (b 1756)
  • John Anstee (b 1759 died young?);
  • Edward Anstee (b 1761);
  • William Anstee (b 1764);
  • John Anstee (b 1767);
  • Jane Anstee (b 1769);

We have not managed to trace any of these people to modern times though Edward Anstee was buried in Hemel Hempstead in 1801 “aged 70

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

The best way to find said information is to enter ‘Hemel Hempstead’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

We are actively on the lookout for Hemel Hempstead Anstees alive today who are willing to add their Anstey research to this project. We are especially interested in disentangling the early Hemel Hempstead pedigree and how precisely it links with the Swanbourne Anstey pedigree. Anybody who has already researched this, please contact us at

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