The Barnet Anstees

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

Overview of the Barnet Anstees

The Barnet Anstees are a sub-branch of the Houghton Regis Anstees. The patriarch of the Barnet Anstees is Richard Anstee (b 1779 Houghton Regis). We also include Mill Hill, Hendon in this sub-branch analysis.

[Note ‘Barnet’ includes both Chipping Barnet in Hertfordshire, as well as Barnet in North London/Middlesex, of which Chipping Barnet became a part.]

Richard Anstee (b 1779 Houghton Regis)

Richard Anstee was born in 1779 in Houghton Regis to parents Joseph (Junior) Anstee and Sarah Billington. He married Elizabeth Birchmore (b c1783 Whipsnade) in 1803 in Whipsnade, Bedfordshire. They moved to Kensworth, Hertfordshire and had children:

  • Richard Anstee (b 1809, married Mary Ann Anstee (b c1816 Dagnall – see the Edlesborough Anstees) in 1834 in St Pancras, Middlesex. In the 1851 Census, Richard Anstee was a master bricklayer and shopkeeper living in South Mimms, Barnet, Middlesex with children George Anstee (b 1836), Morgeana Anstee (b 1838), Henry Anstee (b 1842), Josiah Anstee (b 1844), Emily Anstee (b 1846) and Charlotte Lydia Anstee (b 1848)); 
  • Sarah Anstee (b 1811);
  • John Anstee? (b c1811, tentative placement – see below) 
  • Ann Anstee (b 1814, married Joseph Matthews in Luton in 1838 and had a son Thomas Matthews (b 1843 Luton) who was living with her brother William Anstee in 1851); 
  • Joseph Anstee (b 27 Sep 1816, baptised as an adult in Barnet in 1840. He was a bricklayer in Barnet in the 1841 Census. He married Sarah Chambers (b 1817 Northam) in Barnet in 1847 and they had children Walter Anstee (b 1848 Barnet, married Sarah Holt in 1875 in Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire. They emigrated to America in c1882 and in the 1900 Census they were living in Ellisburg, Camden, New Jersey where Walter was a farmer. They had no children but they were living with a stepbrother George Richards born 1883 in Pennsylvania); William Anstee (b 1852); and Mary Anstee (b 1854). By the 1851 Census Joseph Anstee and his family were living at Barnet Common, Chipping Barnet – he was a bricklayer. Sarah Anstee (wife) died in 1854 in Barnet so in the 1861 Census, Joseph Anstee (still a bricklayer at Barnet Common) was a widower living with his children, his brother William and a nephew Tom Matthews. By the 1871 Census Joseph was living with his brother William and nephew Arthur Anstee at Union Lane, Chipping Barnet, Barnet); 
  • William Anstee (b 14 April 1819, baptised as an adult in Barnet in 1840 [Note: not to be confused with William Austin Anstee born 1818 Kensworth/Elstree – he is of the Edlesborough Anstees]. He was an agricultural labourer in Barnet in the 1841 Census. In the 1851 Census he was a single bricklayer living with his widowed mother Elizabeth Anstee and her grandson Thomas Mathews (b 1843 Luton, son of Ann Anstee per above) at Barnet Common, Chipping Barnet. By the 1861 Census he was a “bricks labourer” living with his brother Joseph and his family. By the 1871 Census he was an unmarried bricklayer living with his brother Joseph and nephew Arthur Anstee in Union Lane, Chipping Barnet, Barnet); and 
  • Benjamin Anstee (b 21 Feb 1822, baptised as an adult in Barnet in 1840. He was an agricultural labourer in Barnet in the 1841 Census. He married Ann Buckell (b 1823 Barnet) in St George Hanover Square in 1849 and they had children in Hendon Benjamin Anstee (b 1850, died an infant aged 8 weeks); Arthur John Anstee (b 1851 – see below); Frederick Anstee (b 1853 – see below); Charles Thomas Anstee (b 1854); Ann Elizabeth Anstee (b 1855, living with her ‘Buckell’ grandparents in Wood Street, Chipping Barnet in the 1861 Census); Edith Mary Anstee (b 1856); and Jane Anstee (b 1863, father clearly not Benjamin Anstee, married Thomas John Dunks in 1883 in Barnet). In the 1851 Census Benjamin and Ann were living at East Holcombe Hill, Hendon – Benjamin was a bricklayer. On 20 August 1855 Benjamin Ansteea bricklayer” was a witness in an Old Bailey trial. Benjamin Anstee died in 1859 in Hendon (note the ‘Greater London Burial Index‘ incorrectly gives his age as 57 instead of 37). In the 1861 Census Ann Anstee (widow) was living with her children in Mill Hill. Ann Anstee remarried Charles Selston in 1870 in Barnet and by the 1871 Census they were living at Union Street, South Mims, Barnet with her younger ‘Anstee’ children).

In 1840 Richard Anstee was a labourer when three of his adult children were baptised in Chipping Barnet. In the 1841 Census the family was living in Chipping Barnet, Hertfordshire, where Richard Anstee was an agricultural labourer. Richard Anstee died in 1843 due to “decay of nature.” In 1851 his widow Elizabeth was living with her son William Anstee at Barnet Common, Chipping Barnet.

John Anstee (b c1811)

We believe that John Anstee (b c1811 per 1841 Census) was son of Richard Anstee, however we cannot definitively confirm this. We think this mainly because a) he lived in Mill Hill which is very close to Barnet and b) he was a bricklayer like ALL of the other sons of Richard Anstee per above. We need to find either confirmation that his father was ‘Richard’ or his birth was Kensworth, Hertfordshire.

John Anstee married Ann Seagrave (b 1815 Totteridge, Herts) in 1836 in St Pancras and they moved to Mill Lane, Hendon having children:

  • John Anstee (b 1836 – see below);
  • George Anstee (b 1840 – patriarch of the Salt Lake City, Utah Anstees);
  • James Seagrave Anstee (b 1842, staying with his ‘Seagrave’ uncle in George Yard, Saint Anne Westminster, Strand in the 1851 Census. He was a bricklayer who joined the Army in 1860 as a Private with the 5th Regiment Of Lancers and served for nearly five years in Cawnpore in the ‘East Indies’, before being discharged in 1869 as “being unfit for future service” after contracting syphilis at Chichester in 1863 with “the secondary disease becoming apparent since December 1867 [where] he has been constantly in hospital for it, occurring during, but not because of, his service“. On his Discharge Form James wrote that he was born in Mill Hall; that he was a bricklayer; and that he intended to return to live in Hendon)
  • William Anstee (b 1845, a bricklayers labourer living with his brother John Anstee in 1861);
  • Alfred Anstee (b 1847, a carter living with his brother John Anstee in 1861);
  • Harry [Henry] Anstee (b 1848 Mill Hill living with his brother John Anstee in Mill Hill in 1861 and 1871, he was a labourer. By the 1880 Census he had emigrated to Denver in America and was living with his brother George Anstee and his family); and
  • Susannah Sarah Anstee (b 1850, died 1858 Mill Hill)

In 1836 they were living at Lincoln Farm in Mill Hill. In the 1841 Census John Anstee was living at Bittacy Hill, Hendon – he was a bricklayer. John Anstee died in Hendon in 1850 leaving a will (which we cannot locate); probate was to his widow Ann.

In the 1851 Census his widow Ann Anstee was a “bricklayer employing five men” (presumably having taken over the business) living with her children (except Harry who was temporarily in an orphanage). She was also licensee of the Three Hammers Public House in Hammers Lane, Hendon in 1851 according to the Post Office Directory. By the 1861 Census Ann Anstee and her children were living at the Three Hammers Public House, Hendon with her eldest son John Anstee and his new wife Georgina.

John Anstee (b 1836 Hendon)

John Anstee was born on 11 November 1836 in Highwood Hill Barnet (or Hendon, sources differ), to parents John Anstee and Ann Seagrave; he was baptised at Mill Hill, St Paul on 4 December 1836. He married Georgina Matilda Ross in 1860 in St Pancras and they had children in Mill Hill, Hendon:

  • Amy Susan Anstee (b 1860, died an infant);
  • Ernest John Anstee (b 1861 – an Anstey Hero);
  • Annie Louisa Anstee (b 1863, boarding at Friern Park (Hope Villa), Friern Barnet with the ‘Horsey’ family in 1871 and a shop assistant in Hendon with her family in 1881. She married Harry Thompson in 1884 in Hendon);
  • James Alfred Anstee (b q3 1865 (or July 1864 depending on source). He was a shop assistant in Hendon with his family in 1881. He emigrated to Denver in Colorado, America in 1882, joining his uncle George Anstee there. James Anstee married Lillian M. McFareland in Denver on 12 February 1885 and they had two children, one of whom was Edward Anstee (b 1890 Colorado); the other child died before 1900. In the 1900 Census James was a butcher living in Arapahoe, ED 73 Precinct 11 Denver city Ward 9, Colorado with his family. By the 1910 Census he was still in Denver but married to Belle [Turner nee Campbell?] living with her son Thomas A. Turner (b 1887) and ‘stepmother’ Mary Campbell. By the 1930 Census James Anstee was a widower and bricklayer boarding in Denver.); and
  • Edgar John Anstee (b 1874, a bricklayer in the 1891 Census in Hendon living with his parents. He married Edith Kate Burchell in 1896 in Islington. By the 1911 Census he was a bricklayer living at 2 Bittacy Road Mill Hill, Hendon with his wife Kate Anstee and children Edgar Stanley Anstee (b 1900, known as Stanley); Arthur Leonard Anstee (b 1903, known as Leonard); Gladys Kate Anstee (b 1906); and Florence Elsie Anstee (b 1909, known as Elsie). Edgar John Anstee died in 1962 in Hendon.)

In the 1861 Census the family were living at Three Hammers Public House, Hendon with John‘s mother Ann Anstee and his brothers; John Anstee was a bricklayer employing two men. In 1865 according to the ‘County Chronicle, Surrey Herald and Weekly Advertiser for Kent‘ “Thomas Taylor was charged with stealing from the Three Hammers, Mill Hill, a knife and fork, value Is., the property of John Anstee, on the 10th July

In the 1871 Census they were living at Mill Hill, Hendon with their children; John Anstee was a bricklayer and victualler of the ‘Three Hammers’ . In the 1881 Census they were living at Hammers Tavern, Hendon – John Anstee was a builder. By the 1891 Census he was a victualler at the same address.

John Anstee died in 1894 in Hendon, his probate in July 1894 reads “Anstee John of the Three Hammers, Mill Hill, Hendon, Middlesex licensed victualler died 27 May 1894 probate to Georgina Matilda Anstee widow“. The ‘Hendon & Finchley Times‘ on 1 June 1894 wrote “FUNERAL OF MR JOHN ANSTEE: By the death of Mr John Anstee of the Three Hammers which sad event took place in the early hours of Sunday morning, Mill Hill has lost one of its best known figures and one who was regarded with esteem by a large circle of friends. As is well known, Mr Anstee has been in failing health for some time while past, and although he had rallied upon two or three occasions, he was still very weak and the end was not altogether unexpected. Mr Anstee was a Mill-Hillian ‘born and bred’. He was born some 59 years ago upon Lincoln Farm, now in the occupation of Mr Anderson, and with the exception of the time passed in London during the serving of his apprenticeship to the building trade, his residence has been Mill Hill. For some time he followed the trade of a master builder, but upon the death of his father who had also been in the building line, he took up the position as landlord of the ‘Three Hammers’. In this latter capacity he has become very well known. His geniality and good humour ably fitted him for the post of host of a little country hostelry and his happy way of answering friends in rhyme has earned him the soubriquet of ‘The Mill Hill Poet’…

On John Anstee‘s death the license to the Three Hammers Public House in Hendon was taken over by his widow Georgina, however she died later the same year. Her probate in October 1894 reads “Anstee Georgina Matilda of the Three Hammers, Mill Hill, Hendon, Middlesex widow died 14 August 1894 probate to Mary Elizabeth Day widow“. The ‘Hendon & Finchley Times‘ on 24 August 1894 wrote “The funeral of Mrs Anstee, the wife of the late Mr John Anstee of the ‘Three Hammers’ Mill Hill took place at the Mill Hill Churchyard on Friday last week. The deceased conducted the licensed victuallers business since the death of her husband but survived him only a few months. The deceased suffered from dropsy and had been confined to bed for many days. She was held in great respect by the inhabitants of Mill Hill…

Arthur John Anstee (b 1851 Hendon)

Arthur John Anstee was born in 1851 in Hendon to parents Benjamin Anstee (b 1822 per above) and Ann Buckell. In the 1871 Census he was living with his uncles William and Joseph Anstee in Union Lane, Chipping Barnet, Barnet – he was a bricklayer. Arthur married Ada Rebecca Matthews (b c1863 Hadley) in c1885 and they had children in Hendon and later Barnet:

  • Helena Ann Anstee (b 1886 Hendon, died an infant in 1887);
  • Henry Benjamin Anstee (b 1887 Hendon, married Mary [May] Rothwell in 1911 in Blackburn and had numerous children in Blackburn including Arthur Anstee (b 1922 died 1925 Blackburn). Henry died in 1965 buried at New Row Methodist Churchyard in Livesey, Blackburn (Grave Number: 150 Section/Plot: B). His widow was also buried there in 1968);
  • Edward Arthur Anstee (b 1889 Hendon, an “invalid” in the 1911 Census – he was living with some of his brothers at 32 The Drive, South Mimms in 1923);
  • Eleanor Ann Anstee (b 1892 Barnet);
  • John Anstee (b 1894 Barnet, living with some of his brothers at 32 The Drive, South Mimms in 1923);
  • Arthur Leonard Anstee (b 1895 Barnet – an Anstey Hero);
  • Ada May Anstee (b 1899 Barnet);
  • Elsie Maud Anstee (b 1900 Barnet); and
  • Florence Annie Anstee (b 1903 Barnet, died in 1922 buried at New Row Methodist Churchyard in Livesey, Blackburn (Grave Number: 150 Section/Plot: B))

By the 1891 Census they were living at Florence Street, Hendon, Arthur Anstee was a bricklayer (Ethel J. Dunks, a “niece” was also living with them). By the 1901 Census they were at 12, Wood Street, Chipping Barton (Herts), Barnet (Mary Buckellaunt” was also living with them). By the 1911 Census they were living at 48 Wood Street Barnet, Chipping Barnet – Arthur was a “jobbing builder“.

In 1923 Arthur John Anstee, together with his wife Ada and brothers Edward Arthur Anstee and John Anstee were living at 32 The Drive, South Mimms.

Arthur John Anstee died in 1937 in Barnet.

Frederick Anstee (b 1853 Mill Hill)

Frederick Anstee was born in Mill Hill in 1853 to parents Benjamin Anstee and Ann Buckell. He married Annie Potter in 1886 in Newington and they had children in Cheshunt:

  • Frederick Thomas Chambers Anstee (b 1887, working on the family farm in Cheshunt in 1911. Per the ‘Hertford Mercury and Reformer‘ 24 February 1939 edition “MARRIED AT CHESHUNT MR. F. T. C. ANSTEE AND MISS DAISY MITCHELL The wedding took place at Cheshunt Union Church on Saturday of Miss Daisy Maraquita Maud Mitchell, third daughter of the late Mr. H. Mitchell and of Mrs. Mitchell, of Forest Road, Cheshunt and Mr Frederick Thomas Chambers Anstee, eldest son of Mr and Mrs F. Anstee of Brookfield Lane, Cheshunt…”. In the 1939 Register they were living at 13 Forest Road, Cheshunt where Frederick was a “dairy farmer“);
  • Charles James Anstee (b 1889 – an Anstey Hero);
  • William Benjamin Anstee (b 1890 – an Anstey Hero); and
  • Ernest Gilbert Anstee (b 1892 – an Anstey Hero)

In the 1891 & 1901 Censuses Frederick Anstee was a cowkeeper living at Primrose Cottages, Brookfield Lane, Cheshunt, Edmonton with his family. They were still there in 1911 where all four sons were “working on the farm” and Frederick Anstee was a “farmer and dairyman“. Throughout the 1920s, the Electoral Registers show Frederick and Annie Anstee had “land at Holyfield Marsh – abode Brook Lane, Cheshunt“.

On 10 September 1938 the ‘Herts and Essex Observer‘ reported “SALE: Wednesday 28 September Live and Dead farming stock including the entire herd of 44 first class Dairy Cows at Brookfield Lane Farm Cheshunt for Mr F. Anstee who is giving up cowkeeping“.

Frederick Anstee was still living at Brookfield Lane, Cheshunt in 1939. He died on 16 April 1945 living at Turner’s Hill, Cheshunt.

Further Details on the Barnet Anstees

#1. William Austin Anstee had a family in Barnet in the 1860/70s. He is of the Edlesborough Anstees.

#2. There is still an ‘Anstee Yard‘ on Union Street in Barnet – certainly named after this sub-branch.

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

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We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Barnet 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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