Joseph Anstee (BA 4)

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

BA 4. Joseph Anstee: He was born on 27 September 1816 in Kensworth to father Richard Anstee (BA 1). He was baptised as an adult in Barnet in 1840 and he was a bricklayer in Barnet in the 1841 Census. He married Sarah Chambers (b 1817 Northam) in Barnet in 1847 and they had children in Barnet: 

  • Walter Anstee (BA 11 – b 1848); 
  • William Anstee (b 1852); and 
  • Mary Anstee (b 1854).

By the 1851 Census the family were living at Barnet Common, Chipping Barnet – he was a bricklayer. His wife Sarah died in 1854 in Barnet so in the 1861 Census, he was a widower and still a bricklayer at Barnet Common living with his children, his brother William (BA 5) and a nephew Tom Matthews.

In August 1867 “BANKRUPTS. (To Surrender at the Bankrupts’ Court, London). Anstee, Joseph, Chipping Barnet, bricklayer, Sept. 10“.

By the 1871 Census he was living with his brother William (BA 5) and nephew Arthur Anstee (BA 12) at Union Lane, Chipping Barnet, Barnet.

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