James Francis Anstey (SA 4)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the St Albans, Vermont Ansteys. 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 St Albans, Vermont Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

SA 4. James Francis Anstey: He was born in 1876 in Vermont to parents John Francis Anstey (SA 3) and Lucy Ann Labelle. He married first Josie May Jacobs in Vermont in 1902. However by the 1910 American Census he was divorced and working as a farm labourer on a stock farm at Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire – his ex wife Josie was in the 1910 American Census living at the Sheldon Poor House Franklin Vermont with her son Earl (only two of her five children were alive at this time).

He then married Bessie May Thrasher in 1913 in Spencer, Worcester, Massachusetts; then Katherine Estella Somers (nee Herbert) in 1922 in Waterbury, Washington, Vermont (she was buried in 1931 at Holy Cross Cemetery Duxbury, Washington County, Vermont) and finally Louisa J. Duclos in 1939 in Plymouth, Grafton, New Hampshire. James Francis Anstey’s children were:

  • Lulu Francis Anstey (b 1904 St Albans, died an infant);
  • John Francis Anstey (b 1906 St Albans, died 1907);
  • Thomas James Anstey (b 1907 St Albans);
  • Carl Elmer Anstey (b 1908 Sheldon, Franklin, aka Earl, living with his mother in the 1910 American Census);
  • Hazel M. Anstey (b 1915 Worcester, Massachusetts);
  • Nellie L. Anstey (b 1917 Worcester, Massachusetts);
  • Clarence Edward Anstey (b 1918 Worcester, Massachusetts);
  • Viola Anstey; and
  • Lucille Belle Anstey (b 1922 Waterbury, Washington, Vermont).

In 1900 he was living at Washington, Vermont. The ‘Burlington Daily News‘ on 22 November 1907 reported “FRANKLIN COUNTY COURT: In the case of Mrs Josie Anstey, who pleaded guilty to neglecting her infant child, she was sentenced to two years at hard labour in States prison at Windsor. The sentence was stayed however and the woman placed on probation

In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, he was living in Charleston, Worcester, Massachusetts, an unemployed fireman. By 1940 he was living at Woodstock Town, Grafton, New Hampshire, a fireman at a saw mill. He was buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lebanon, Grafton, New Hampshire – his fourth wife was buried with him in 1952

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