The Market Harborough Anstees

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

Overview of the Market Harborough Anstees

The Market Harborough Anstees, situated on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border, are a sub-branch of the Swanbourne Anstees. We include Arthingworth next door to Market Harborough in this sub-branch analysis.

The patriarchs of the Market Harborough Anstees are three brothers William Anstee (MH 1); James Anstee (MH 2); and Alfred Anstee (MH 3).

Also see ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘.

Further Details on the Market Harborough Anstees

#1. A ‘William Anstey’ was born in Groby, Leicester in c1783 – he married first Elizabeth Mackley in 1810 in Grimston and then later married Frances Harrison, again in Grimston, in 1833. In the 1841 and 1851 censuses they were living in Grimston, apparently with no children. In the ‘Leicester Chronicle‘ on 3 February 1827 there was timber being auctioned which was “growing on land at Grimstone in the occupation of Mr Austin and Mr Wm Anstey“. In 1842 in the administration of Harrison James we find “Bond, bound William Harrison cordwainer of Eaton, William Anstey cottager of Grimstone and Richard Read wheelwright of Birstall £200 14 February 1842, condition bound William Harrison son and one of next of kin of James Harrison cottager and widower of Grimston intestate to produce inventory and administer estate“. In the ‘Reading Mercury‘ on 18 October 1856 was reported “Melancholy Accident at Leicester: On Saturday morning while a farmer named William Anstey of Grimstone, near Melton Mowbray, was at the house of Mr Hall, cheese factor of Leicester, he went into the back yard. A short time after Mrs Hall had occasion to go to the cellar when she saw him at the bottom of the steps with his legs uppermost. On examination his skull was found severely fractured and on his being taken to the infirmary the medical gentleman said he must have died the instant he fell“. Whether this gentleman is connected to the Market Harborough Anstees we are not sure but there were very few Ansteys in Leicestershire at this time – research continues.

#2. George Anstee (ST 1) who married Emma Ann Cherry in 1857 in Market Harborough is a Stratton Audley Anstee

See also ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘.

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