The Marylebone Anstees

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

Many thanks to Julia for her help in constructing this pedigree

Overview of the Marylebone Anstees

The Marylebone Anstees of London/Middlesex are very likely a sub-branch of the Edlesborough Anstees and surely a sub-branch of the Swanbourne Ansteys of Buckinghamshire, though we seek formal confirmation of this. The sub-branch is headed by Joseph Anstee (b c1811 – though the exact year and place of birth is very uncertain – see below).

Joseph Anstee (b c1811)

It is quite hard to pin down where Joseph Anstee was born because in the Censuses we have:

  • 1841 – he was born in “1811 in Middlesex
  • 1851 – he was born in “1806 in Hampstead
  • 1861 – he was born in “1811 in Ireland” – this is clearly a mistake by whomever filled in the census because the entire family was written as “born in Ireland” which is nonsense

So our best guess at the moment is that Joseph Anstee was born in Hampstead, Middlesex in c1811 (though it is possible he was born as early as 1802, see below) – we seek his baptismal record for verification. From the naming of his children, it is likely his mother was called ‘Jane‘ or ‘Elizabeth‘ (see also Further Details #1 & #2 for other possible leads – it is for these reasons that we are currently pencilling in Joseph Anstee as being an Edlesborough Anstee).

We do know that Joseph Anstee (written as ‘Hanstee’ by the clerk) married Louisa Mary Hickman (b 23 July 1815 to parents John Hickman and Alice Ann) on 23 July 1832 at Trinity Church in Marylebone (he was a bachelor, she was a spinster and both were residents of Marylebone). Joseph Anstee was illiterate, signing with an ‘x’ (his wife appeared to be literate – note by 1855 Joseph was signing his name when his daughter Louisa Jane Anstee married). Witnesses were Richard Turner, E W K Turner (brothers in law to Louisa Mary Hickman) and Elizabeth Louisa Lund??.

Joseph Anstee and Louisa Mary Hickman had children:

  • Joseph John Anstee (b 1836 Kilburn – a blacksmith in the 1851 Census living with the family. He probably died in 1869 in Marylebone as ‘John Joseph Anstee‘);
  • Louisa Jane Anstee (b 1837 Kilburn, living with the family in the 1851 Census. She married Daniel Fisher (some sources incorrectly say William Tucker) in December 1855 in Marylebone – father confirmed as ‘Joseph Anstee‘);
  • Alice Anstee (b 1840 Kilburn, living with the family in the 1851 Census);
  • William [Romane?] Anstee (b 1843 Marylebone to mother ‘Hickman’, living with the family in the 1851 Census – a labourer in the 1861 Census living with the family. He married Jane Ellis (b c1845 Ireland) in c1865 and they had children William Henry Anstee (b 1867 Woolwich – see below); Flora Jane Anstee (b 1869 Fareham, baptised 2 May 1869 in Wymering. At the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich in 1881 with her brother William – she married Robert James Mercer on 4 July 1897 at St Andrew Jersey); and Joseph George Anstee (b 1871 Woolwich, baptised 23 July 1871 in Woolwich). In the 1871 Census William Anstee was a Sergeant with the Royal Artillery at the Depot living with his family at Royal Artillery Cottages, Charlton, Woolwich);
  • Frederick Anstee (b c1845 Marylebone, living with the family in the 1851 Census – a labourer in the 1861 Census living with the family. He probably married Emily [Emma] Sarah Bridge (b c1844/49? Marylebone) in 1870 in Marylebone. In the 1871 Census they were living at Frederick Street, Marylebone where Frederick was a florist. They had two children Emily Sarah Anstee (b 1872 Marylebone, died 1876); and another child who died before 1911. Frederick died in 1883 in Marylebone “aged 38“. His widow Emily Sarah Anstee was a laundry woman living alone at 14 Townshead Cottage, St Marylebone in the 1911 Census. She died in 1928 in Marylebone “aged 84“);
  • John Edward Anstee (b 1848 Marylebone – mother confirmed as ‘Hickman’. Living with the family in the 1851 & 1861 Census – it was likely this gentleman who was a member of the ‘Paddington Rifles‘ (Serial Number: 1851), enlisting 26 November 1874 as a “27 year old painter” and being struck off on 16 June 1875);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1850 Marylebone – mother confirmed as ‘Hickman’. Living with the family in the 1851 & 1861 Census. Elizabeth married Charles Bunyan in 1871 in Marylebone);
  • Henry Anstee (b 1852 Marylebone – mother confirmed as ‘Hickman’. He was living with the family in the 1861 Census. In the 1871 Census he was a “deaf and dumb carpenter” living with his mother at 21 Henry Street, St John’s Wood Terrace. He married Harriet Maria Currie (b c1850 also “deaf and dumb“) in 1874 in Marylebone and they had two daughters Maria Anstee (b 1876, an unmarried domestic helper at 9 Henstridge Place St John’s Wood in the 1911 Census); and Emily Anstee (b 1881). In the 1881 Census they were living at 40, Earls Court Road, Kensington. Harriet Maria Anstee died in Kensington in 1887. In the 1891 Census Henry Anstee was a “widower, carpenter, deaf and dumb” living at Upper William Street, St Marylebone with his two daughters. He died in 1896 in Marylebone);
  • Charles Anstee (b 1855 Marylebone – see below); and
  • Edward Anstee (b 1857 Marylebone – see below)

In the 1841 Census the family were living at Kilburn, St John Hampstead, Edmonton, Middlesex where Joseph Anstee was a labourer. In 1849 Joseph Anstee and his wife Louisa witnessed the marriage of Louisa’s sister Jane Mary Hickman to George Spaull at St. John the Evangelist, Hyde Park Corner. 

In the 1851 Census Joseph Anstee and his family were living at Townshead Cottages, Marylebone, London where Joseph Anstee was a gardener and his wife was a “laundress“. By the 1861 Census they were living at 6, Henry Place, Marylebone where Joseph Anstee was a bricklayer’s labourer.

Joseph Anstee probably died in 1863 in Islington (certainly before the 1871 Census). It is possible that he died in 1866 in Marylebone “aged 64” which would put his birth at c1802. In the 1871 Census his widow Louisa Anstee (an “ironer“) was living with two of her sons Henry Anstee and Charles Anstee at 261 Henry Street, St John’s Wood Terrace. By the 1881 Census Louisa Anstee (a “laundress“) was living with her youngest son Edward Anstee and his family at 28 Townshend Cottages, Marylebone.

Louisa Anstee (widow) died in 1884 in Marylebone, “aged 68“.

Charles Anstee (b 1855 Marylebone)

Charles Anstee was born in 1855 in Marylebone to parents Joseph Anstee and Louisa Mary Hickman. In the 1871 Census he was an unmarried labourer living at 21 Henry Street, St John’s Wood Terrace with his mother Louisa Anstee and brother Henry. On 21 November 1876 Charles Ansteea plumber aged 21” enlisted with the ‘Paddington Rifles‘, a unit of the Territorial Army (Service Number: 2288).

Charles Anstee married Emma Elizabeth Lane (b c1859 Westminster) in 1878 in Marylebone and they had children in Marylebone:

  • Charles William Anstee (b 1877/8, died an infant)
  • Edward Charles Anstee (b 1879, not to be confused with the Edward Charles Anstee of Kempston. He was an unmarried law clerk in the 1901 Census living with his family at 77, St Johns Wood Terrace, St Marylebone. In 1903 he was a witness at an Old Bailey trial where he stated that he was a “clerk in the Royal Courts of Justice Central Office“. He married Beatrice Daisy Honhold in 1905 in Hampstead and in the 1911 Census he was a ‘civil servant’ living at 56 Mazenod Avenue Kilburn NW, Hampstead with their daughter Eileen Daisy Anstee (b 1908));
  • Henry Francis Anstee (b 1881, a “hydraulic filter” in the 1901 Census living with his family at 77, St Johns Wood Terrace, St Marylebone. He married Florence Susannah Gibbs in Hampstead in 1909 and in the 1911 Census he was a “fitter at a railway hydraulic power station” living at 217 Portnell Road, Paddington with their daughter Dorothy Florence Anstee (b 1911));
  • Frederick William Anstee (b 1884, a “law clerk” in the 1901 Census living with his family at 77, St Johns Wood Terrace, St Marylebone. By the 1911 Census he was still unmarried, living at 4 Henstridge Villas, St Johns Wood where he was a “printers clerk“); and
  • Charles John Anstee (b 1887, a “telegraph messenger” in the 1901 Census living with his family at 77, St Johns Wood Terrace, St Marylebone. By the 1911 Census he was still unmarried, living at 4 Henstridge Villas, St Johns Wood where he was a postman. Charles John Anstee died in 1913 in Paddington; probate was to his mother Emma Elizabeth Anstee);

In the 1881 Census Charles Anstee was a plumber living with his family at 18, Henstridge Place, Marylebone together with two lodgers. Charles Anstee died on 10 August 1886 at St George Hanover Square. The ‘Marylebone Mercury‘ on 8 October 1887 reported “We are asked to state that a grand concert will take place in the Eyre Arms Assembley Rooms on Monday October 31st in aid of the widow and four children of the late Brother Charles Anstee, who are in very distressed circumstances. Deceased was for many years a member of Foresters Court ‘Duke of Portland’ No 1817“.

By the 1901 Census Emma Elizabeth Anstee (widow) was living at 77, St Johns Wood Terrace, St Marylebone with her four sons. By the 1911 Census she was living with two of her sons at 4 Henstridge Villas, St Johns Wood.

Edward Anstee (b 1857 Marylebone)

Edward Anstee was born in 1857 in Marylebone to parents Joseph Anstee and Louisa Mary Hickman. On 17 March 1871 he was “aged 13 and a grengrocers boy” when he pleaded guilty to “larceny and receiving..stealing 30 knives to the value of 16s, the property of Helen Southern” at Marylebone Police Court and sentenced at Clerkenwell Quarter Sessions on 11 April 1871 to “3 years at the Industrial School Feltham“. He married Caroline Busby in c1879 and they had children in Marylebone:

  • Henry William Anstee (b 1880, “unable to work due to epilepsy” in the 1911 Census, unmarried and living with his mother at 16 Henry Place St Johns Wood. He was living at 32 Newcourt Street St Johns Wood when he died in 1932 (probably having never married); probate to his siblings Bert Anstee and Edith Jane Collins);
  • Louisa Sarah Anstee (b 1882, a dressmaker’s assistant in 1901); 
  • Jane Elizabeth Anstee (b 1885, died 1886);
  • Edith Jane Anstee (b 1888, married William Frederick Thomas Collins in 1907 in Marylebone – she was executor to her brother’s will in 1932);
  • Caroline Maud Anstee (b 1891, known as Maud, unmarried dressmaker living with her mother in the 1911 Census at 16 Henry Place St Johns Wood);
  • Edward Charles Anstee (b 1892 – an Anstey Hero); 
  • Bertie Anstee (b 1894 – an Anstey Hero)

In the 1881 Census Edward Anstee was a painter living with his family and mother at 28 Townshend Cottages, Marylebone. In 1891 he was still a painter, the family living at Henry Place, St Marylebone; they were still there in the 1901 Census.

Edward Anstee died in 1905 in Shoreditch, “aged 47“.

By the 1911 CensusMrs Edward Caroline Anstee‘ (widow) was living at 16 Henry Place St Johns Wood, she was a charwoman with 6 of her 10 children still living. Caroline Anstee (widow) died in 1928 in Marylebone.

William Henry Anstee (b 1867 Woolwich)

William Henry Anstee was born in 1867 in Woolwich to parents William [Romane?] Anstee and Jane Ellis. He was living with his parents at Royal Artillery Cottages, Charlton, Woolwich in 1871 and still there in 1881 with his sister Flora. He married Phyllis Campbell (b 1869 Jersey) in St Hellier Jersey on 25 December 1895 and they had children in Jersey:

  • Lawrence William Leonard Anstee (b 1898, “Lawrence W. ANSTEE died 9 August 1920 aged 23 [years] buried 12 [August], 1st North [grave]. 7 feet. Minister officiating: Rev. Ward. Funeral Director: C. P. Le Quesne Mont à L’Abbé New Cemetery Block U Plot 156 Grave n1“);
  • Phyllis Anstee (b 1902, married Keith James Clark on 29 June 1925 – “Will and Testament of Phyllis Anstee, widow of Keith James Clarke, of Old England Hotel, Cheapside, St Helier. Dated 14/06/1962“);
  • Flora Ada Anstee (b 1904, baptised at St Saviour Church Jersey 23 October 1904 – “Will and Testament of Flora Ada Anstee, widow of Clarence Hamon, of Cambella, 19, Magnolia Gardens, Bel Royal, St Lawrence [Jersey]. Dated 19/01/1966“)

In the 1911 Census William was an innkeeper living with his family at 25 Cheapside Jersey, St Helier, Jersey. William Henry Anstee died 2 June 1918, buried at St Andrews Church in Jersey on 5 June 1918.

Further Details on the Marylebone Anstees

#1. A family of Edlesborough Anstees came to Marylebone in the mid-1800s, likely after the patriarch of the family, Mathew Anstee, died in 1827. It is feasible that Joseph Anstee attaches to this family, though we seek evidence to support that – see also #2 below.

#2. Related to #1, William Austin Anstee, another Edlesborough Anstee, married in Marylebone in 1838.

#3.  The ‘London Courier and Evening Gazette‘ on 31 May 1825 reported “In Chemistry: To Mr L. Anstey, 27, Drummond Crescent, Somers Town, for his improved melting pots for iron and brass-founders, the Silver Vulcan Medal and twenty guineas [prize]” – we currently have no idea the identity of ‘Mr L. Anstey’. In 1836 a William Anstey, journeyman baker, was indicted for receiving stolen spoons, the property of somebody living at Skinner Street, Somers Town.

We are actively on the lookout for Marylebone Anstee experts alive today who are willing to add their findings and knowledge to this project. We are particularly interested in research regarding Marylebone 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 Marylebone 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 ‘Marylebone’ 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 research@theansteystory.com and we will correct it.

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