Mathew Anstee (ED 2)

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 2. Mathew Anstee: He was born in 1761 in Houghton Regis, son of Joseph (Junior) Anstee (HR 2) and Mary. He married Mary Elliot in Houghton Regis in 1783 – “Allegation on 19 July 1783. Matthew Anstee of Houghton Regis aged 22 years and Mary Elliott of Houghton Regis, spinster aged 22 years to marry at Houghton Regis. Signed Matthew Anstee before William Jeffreys“. They moved to Dagnall, Edlesborough where he became a farmer – in 1788, “Matthew Anstee, Dagnall Buckinghamshire, farmer” was insured by the Sun Fire Office. They had two children in Edlesborough, being:

  • Mary Elliott Anstee (b 1784); and
  • Mathew Anstee (ED 6 – b 1786)

His wife Mary died very soon after so he remarried to Sarah Howard in Kensworth in 1788 and they had children:

  • Joseph Anstee (ED 7 b c1790 in Dagnall);
  • William Anstee (ED 8 – b c1793 in Dagnall);
  • John Anstee (b 1795 – baptised in Edlesborough on 23 March 1817 – note some source incorrectly give his birth as 6 February 1817 instead of 1795 – not to be confused with John Anstee (b 1817 Edlesborough – see ED 5)); and
  • Mary Anstee (b 1796 – baptised in Edlesborough in 1821. She was witness to her brother William (ED 8)‘s wedding in 1813). 

In the 1798 ‘Buckinghamshire Posse Comitatus‘ “Matthew Anstee Farmer” was the only ‘Anstee‘ listed in Dagnall. He was co-executor to his father’s will after he died in 1803. In the ‘Northampton Mercury‘ on 24 March 1804 appears “All persons who have any claim or demand on the said Joseph Anstee deceased are desired to send an account to…. or Mr Mathew Anstee of Dagnall in the county of Bucks, executors of the said deceased“.

He died in 1821 in Kensworth.

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