James Anstee (PR 6)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Prittlewell Anstees. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Prittlewell Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

PR 6. James Anstee: He was born in Thundersley, Essex in 1830 to parents Joseph Anstee (PR 5) and Elizabeth Martin – though note his burial and obituary below give his birth as 1820 which is surely incorrect. He was living with his family in 1851, then he 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 (PR 9 – b 1860);
  • William Anstee (b 1865, alive in 1881);
  • Emma Amelia Anstee (b 1867, alive in 1871); and
  • Mary Ann Priscilla Anstee (b 1870, alive in 1881);

The ‘Essex Standard‘ 01 July 1853 reported “James Anstey, labourer, 24, was charged with stealing a whip from Stephen Allen at Eastwood but the evidence, not being complete, he was acquitted“. In the 1871 Census he was a pork butcher living with his family at Meeting Lane, Rayleigh, Rochford, Essex (noted as born 1828) – in 1881 he was living at High Street, Rayleigh (now noted as born 1823 Thundersley)

The ‘Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser‘ 08 March 1900 reported “Rayleigh: Death of the Town Crier. Mr James Anstee Town Crier of Rayleigh, died on Friday at the age of 81 [surely this is incorrect]. Mr Anstee who was one of the ‘old inhabitants’ and something of a character in his way, united with his office the performance of the duties appertaining to the position of the pig killer and pork butcher in the parish

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