The Prittlewell Anstees

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

Overview of the Prittlewell Anstees

The Prittlewell Anstees of Essex (which includes those Anstees who moved to next-door Leigh-on-Sea) are a sub-branch of the Houghton Regis Anstees of Bedfordshire (who themselves are a sub-branch of the Swanbourne Ansteys of Buckinghamshire).

The patriarchs of the Prittlewell Anstees are brothers John Anstee (b 1692 in Newton Longville), who married Sarah, and Joseph Anstee (b 1695 in Newton Longville), who married Elizabeth (both John and Joseph are sons of Benjamin Anstee and Mary – see the Houghton Regis Anstees for more). We cannot currently find either of John or Joseph‘s marriage entries, but they were in c1720 or so.

As to why John and Joseph Anstee both moved from Newton Longville in Buckinghamshire all the way to Prittlewell in Essex in c1720 we currently cannot even hazard a guess and would appreciate enlightenment!

John Anstee and Sarah had children:

  • Martha Anstee (b 1722 in Prittlewell);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (buried 1724 Leigh-on-Sea);
  • John Anstee (buried 1729 in Leigh-on-Sea);

Sarah then died so John Anstee remarried Ann Etherington in 1729 and they had children:

  • Mary Anstee (b 1730 in Prittlewell, died 1741);
  • John Anstee (b 1734 in Prittlewell);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1736 in Prittlewell, married John Cricks in Leigh-on-Sea in 1757);
  • Sarah Anstee (b 1737 in Prittlewell, married Anthony Bundick in Leigh-on-Sea in 1757);

John Anstee died in Prittlewell, buried 22 November 1741.

Joseph Anstee and Elizabeth had children:

  • Benjamin Anstee (b 1727 Prittlewell);
  • Joseph Anstee Junior (b 1729 Prittlewell, moved to Leigh-on-Sea and then back to Houghton Regis – see the Houghton Regis page for more on this gentleman);
  • John Anstee (b 1731 Prittlewell – see below);
  • William Anstee (b 1733 Prittlewell, died an infant);
  • William Anstee (b 1735 Prittlewell)

John Anstee (b 1731 Prittlewell)

John Anstee was born in Prittlewell in 1731, baptised 10 August 1731, to parents Joseph Anstee and Elizabeth (per above). He married Rebecca Bush in Prittlewell in 1755 and they had children in Prittlewell:

  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1756, baptised 12 September 1756, buried 28 February 1761);
  • Rebecca Anstee (b 1757, baptised 23 October 1757);
  • Benjamin Anstee (b 1759, baptised 25 November 1759, married Ann and had children in Prittlewell Phoebe Anstee (b 1784); Elizabeth Anstee (b 1785); William Anstee (b 1789). Benjamin Anstee died in 1792 in Prittlewell);
  • Joseph Anstee (b 1761, baptised 6 September 1761);
  • John Anstee (b ?, buried 12 December 1762)

Joseph Anstee (b 1796)

It is unclear precisely where Joseph Anstee (also known as ‘Josephus Anstee‘ suggesting he was Catholic) was born (some sources say Sussex, others Surrey, and yet others ‘unknown’) but he is clearly a Prittlewell Anstee – to connect him precisely we need to find his c1796 baptism. He married Elizabeth Martin on 15 January 1825 in Leigh, Essex and they had children:

  • John Anstee (b 1827 Rayleigh, Essex);
  • James Anstee (b 1830 Thundersley – see below);
  • Mary Ann Anstee (b 1832 Prittlewell, baptised 8 January 1832, had an illegitimate daughter Mary Ann Anstee (b 1850 Prittlewell) – Mary Ann married John Cockley on 20 October 1850 in Prittlewell);
  • Eliza Anstee (b 1835 Prittlewell, married Isaac George Prior on 5 February 1855 in Eastwood);
  • Susannah Anstee (b 1837 Prittlewell, baptised 9 July 1837, married Thomas Wright in 1856 in Rochford);
  • Phoebe Ann Anstee (b 1839 Prittlewell, baptised 6 October 1839, alive in 1851);
  • Joseph Anstee (b 8 July 1842 Prittlewell, baptised 29 August 1842. He married Sarah Richell on 17 November 1867 in Eastwood and they had children Richard Anstee (b 1872 Eastwood, living with parents in 1901. He married Sarah (Williams in 1904 in Orsett?) and in the 1911 Census they were living at 43 Richmond St Southend on Sea Essex, Prittlewell where Richard was a carman at a gas works); Sarah Anstee (b 1880 Prittlewell); Mary Anstee (b 1882 Prittlewell); and Edith Anstee (b 1884 Prittlewell, an unmarried asylum night nurse at Horrington Wells, St Cuthbert Out in the 1911 Census). In the 1871 Census Joseph, Sarah and his brother William were living at Cottage in a Meadow, Eastwood. In the 1891 Census the family were living at West Street, Mundon, Rochford where Joseph was a general labourer. By 1901 he was a night watchman living at Bragges Yard, Prittlewell);
  • William Anstee (b 1846 Prittlewell, living at Cottage in a Meadow, Eastwood in 1871 with his brother Joseph. He married Esther Walford on 21 September 1872 in Eastwood and had children Florence Emily Anstee (b 1874, died an infant);​ Herbert Henry Anstee (b 1876, married Elizabeth (b c1866 Dumfries) in c1899 and in the 1911 Census he was a brickmaker living with her and no children, but a ‘Simmons’ nephew at 2 Cecil Road Leytonstone); Kate Rose Anstee (b 1878); Alice Esther Anstee (b 1880); and​ Albert Walter Anstee (b 1883, died 1884). In 1881 the family were at Botelers, Shopland, Rochford where William Anstee was an agricultural labourer. By 1891 Esther had remarried to William Thorington and they were living at Hopes Green, South Benfleet with her ‘Anstee’ children.);

In 1827 Joseph Anstee was a labourer living in Rayleigh. By the 1851 Census the family were living at Eastwood Lane, Prittlewell where Josephus Anstee was an agricultural labourer. By 1861 the family were living at Back Lane Rayleigh, Eastwood, Rochford. By 1871 Josephus Anstee and his wife were living at Poplars Corner Cottage, Eastwood.

Joseph Anstee died in 1878, buried 8 April 1878 in Rochford “aged 82

James Anstee (b 1830 Thundersley)

James Anstee was born in Thundersley, Essex in 1830 to parents Joseph Anstee and Elizabeth Martin, he was living with his family in 1851. James Anstee married Mary Ann Nichols [Nicholls] in 1851 in Rochford, having children in Thundersley/Rochford:

  • Mary Ann Anstee (b 1850, died young?);
  • Agnes Anstee (b 1852, married James Coppins on 16 October 1876 in Upchurch);
  • John Anstee (b 1856, died young?);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1857, died young?);
  • Isaac Anstee (b 1860, married Louisa Alice Lowe (b c1862 Kennington) in 1887 in Lewisham, having a son William Frederick Anstee (b 1888 East Dulwich – an Anstey Hero). In 1901 Isaac was a lead glazier living at 12, Rhodesia Road, Lambeth and in the 1911 Census he was still a glazier, boarding at 17 Netherbury Road South Ealing with Gertrude Jane Attaway (b 1870, nee Marsh) and Jane Rebecca Marsh. In the 1911 Census his wife Louisa was at 34 Larch Road Balham. Isaac died in 1921 living at 146 Wellesley Road Chiswick, probate to Gertrude Jane Attaway (widow). He was buried at St Nicholas Chiswick inscription “South side: In loving memory of our dear mother JANE REBECCA MARSH who passed away 12th July 1924 aged 86. North side: Also our dear brother ISAAC ANSTEE, who passed away 10th Dec. 1921 aged 62.“);
  • William Anstee (b 1865, alive in 1871);
  • Emma Amelia Anstee (b 1867, alive in 1871); and
  • Mary Ann Priscilla Anstee (b 1870, alive in 1871);

In the 1871 Census James was a pork butcher living with his family at Meeting Lane, Rayleigh, Rochford, Essex

Further Details on the Prittlewell Anstees

We are always on the lookout for Prittlewell Anstee experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Prittlewell Regis 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

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the Prittlewell 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 ‘Prittlewell’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

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

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