John James Anstee (ED 4)

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

ED 4. John James Anstee: Aka James John, he was born on 20 November 1790 in either Flamstead or Cripplegate (sources differ) to parents Joseph Anstee (ED 1) and Francis (Fanny) Gurney. He was registered in May 1809 in London as a non-Conformist at the same time as his brother Mathew (ED 5). He married Harriet (possibly Townshend and probably Tulley – b c1790 Norfolk) in c1812 and they had children:

  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 14 November 1812 Bermondsey, baptised 20 December 1812 to “John Anstee and Harriet“. In the 1841 Census she was a dressmaker living with her parents at Ossulston Street, St Pancras – given the ages it is very likely that James John Anstee (ED 9 – below) was her illegitimate son); and
  • James John Anstee (ED 9 – b 1837, probably actually their grandson)

He was a baker and confectioner. In the 1841 Census the family were living at Ossulston Street, St Pancras where he was a baker and his wife was a dressmaker. He died in 1850 “age 61“, buried at St Martin in the Field on 29 September 1850. In the 1851 Census his widow Harriet was a servant and a widow living at Penton Street, Clerkenwell – she died in 1855, also buried at St Martin in the Field on 6 June 1855.

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