John Anstee (EV 4)

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

EV 4. John Anstee: He was born in 1821 in Sulgrave to parents Robert Anstee (EV 2) and Anna Maria Griffiths and he was a butcher in the 1841 Census. He married Sarah Hurley in Daventry in 1842 and they had children in Brackley:

  • Emma Anstee (b 1845, a dressmaker living with her mother at Princes Street, North Meols, Ormskirk, Lancashire in the 1871 Census and at 24, Talbot Street, North Meols, Ormskirk in 1881. The ‘Preston Chronicle‘ 16 May 1885 reported “BREACH OF THE FACTORY ACT AT SOUTHPORT.- At Southport Borough Police-court, yesterday, Emma Anstee, milliner and dressmaker, was summoned charging her with having employed two females named Maggie Brooks and Annie Atkins after the hour of four o’clock on Saturday afternoon, the 25th ult., contrary to the provisions of the Factory and Workshops Act. -The magistrates imposed a fine of 5s, and in each case.“. By the 1911 Census she was still unmarried, living with her sister Ann Maria Hurley at Coton Chacombe Banbury, Wardington, Oxfordshire);
  • Ann Maria Anstee (b 1846, living with her uncle John Hurley at Wood House, Farthingstone, Daventry in 1871. She married John Albert Hurley in 1872 in Daventry and in the 1911 Census she was a widow living with her sister and daughters at Coton Chacombe Banbury, Wardington, Oxfordshire); and
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 6 February 1849 Brackley, died in 1863?).

The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 11 July 1846 reported “John Anstee, of Brackley, farmer, was charged by William Blackwell, toll collector. Turweston, with having assaulted him early in the morning on 19 June. The magistrates suggested a compromise, which was done, with the defendant paying 9s 6d costs“.

The ‘Bucks Herald‘ 24 July 1847 reported “BUCKINGHAM. ASSAULT.— On Saturday, the 17th instant, Mr. John Anstee, of Brackley, in the county of Northampton, appeared before James Harrison, Esq Mayor, to answer the complaints of Humphrey a policeman of this place, one for having assaulted him on the 5th instant, and the other for furiously riding. Both cases were compromised by consent of the Mayor, the defendant paying all costs in carred. He was also convicted on his own confession of being drunk on the same day and was fined 5s and costs.“.

The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ 29 January 1848 reported “On Saturday the 224 inst., John Anstee, of Brackley, farmer, appeared before the Mayor, in consequence of a summons having been served for his appearance at the Buckingham Petty Sessions on the 25th, to answer a charge preferred against him by police-constable Seaton, for being drunk early on Sunday morning the 16th inst. The defendant expressed a wish that the Mayor would hear the case on the 22d, as he had made a previous engagement for Tuesday. The Mayor consented,and he pleaded guilty. He had been convicted of an assault on police constable Ray, and of furious riding, in July last.“. 

The ‘Banbury Guardian‘ on 1 March 1849 reported “FARMING IMPLEMENTS. TO BE SOLD AUCTION, By Mr. RUSSEL, Friday. March the and 1849, at Brackley. on the premises of Mr. John Anstee who is leaving…“.

The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 20 September 1851 reported “Deaths: June 15, at Pieter Maritzburgh, Port Natal aged 29 John eldest son of the late Mr. Robert Anstee, farmer, Thenford Hill“.

Sarah Anstee (widow) was living at Princes Street, North Meols, Ormskirk, Lancashire with her daughter Emma in 1871 – she was an annuitant. By 1881 they were at 24, Talbot Street, North Meols, Ormskirk.

There is a dedication to John Anstee and his wife Sarah at St Mary the Virgin Farthingstone which states “In memory of JOHN ANSTEE who died in Africa June 15 1851 aged 29 years, also SARAH his wife who died January 25 1898 aged 79 years. ‘Her end was peace’. Footstone (J.A.: S.A)“.

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