Mathew Anstee (ED 6)

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 6. Mathew Anstee: He was born in 1786 in Edlesborough to parents Mathew Anstee (ED 2) and Mary Elliot. He married Elizabeth Purser (b 1783 in Middlesex) in Dagnall by License in January 1809, having children in Edlesborough:

  • Lucy Anstee (b 1809. She never married however she did have two daughters, being Fanny Louise Anstee (b c1838 Downton, Hampshire. In 1851 she was a ‘Nurse Child’ for the Hicks family together with her sister Maud at Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Epping – she never married, see below) and Maud Gervis Anstee (b c1840 Hampshire or c1844 London. In 1851 she was a ‘Nurse Child’ for the Hicks family together with her sister Fanny at Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Epping. She married Alfred Ward – see below). Lucy was living with her mother Elizabeth Anstee at Oxford Market, Marylebone in 1851 and in Castle St, East, St Marylebone, London in the 1871 Census. In the 1891 Census she was living at Coast Guard Station, Semaphore, Ringwould with her daughter Maud Ward – she was described as a “mother in law and widow living on her own means born Dagnat, Bucks“. She died in Leyton, Essex in 1901 living at Cowley Road Leytonstone – effects to her daughter Fanny Louise Anstee spinster. Fanny Louise Anstee herself died in 1911 in Wanstead, Essex, effects to Mard Gervis Ward her sister “widow“); 
  • Edward Anstee (ED 10 – b 1812, brutally murdered in 1880);  
  • Frederick Anstee (b 1814, also known as Frank. He was living with his mother Elizabeth Anstee at Oxford Market Marylebone in 1851 and in Castle St, East, St Marylebone, London in the 1871 Census, appears not to have married).

He was a farmer at Pound Farm in Dagnall until his death in 1827, buried in Edlesborough. His widow Elizabeth moved to Marylebone with her children and she was living at 14 Oxford Market, Marylebone in 1851.

The ‘Dundee, Perth, and Cupar Advertiser‘ 11 November 1845 reported “in a paragraph mended “Honesty Rewarded,”a Correspondent of the Times made this statement: “A few days ago, a boy in the employ of Mr Anstee, a respectable butcher, residing at 14 Oxford Market, was sorting some waste paper, which had been purchased at a common rag shop, among which were some circulars in sealed envelopes; it was his duty to open them and string them for use. On observing one directed to Lord Ashley, he opened it; and, to his great surprise, discovered a bank-note for 100l., with a small note from the Reverend Mr Mizenby, dated May 26, requesting his Lordship to place it to the use of the Scottish Pastoral Aid Society. The note was discovered by the boy on the 17th of October; and he immediately took the prize to his mistress, who despatched a messenger to Lord Ashley’s residence. His Lordship being out of town, she went to her solicitor, requesting him to apprise his Lordship of the discovery. Two days afterwards he arrived in town, and desired to see the woman: She accordingly waited on his Lordship; who, after commenting upon the loss it would have been to the Society, blamed her very much for breaking the seal and threw out insinuations tending to implicate the poor woman; who felt astounded at being reproached for having done a strictly conscientious act. Without even thanking her for the trouble she had taken, or commending the boy’s honesty, Lord Ashley, in the most uncourteous manner, ordered his servant to show her the door. This was a damper; but judge of her surprise, when, the next day, the gentleman whom she had employed informed her that his Lord-ship’s solicitor had called upon him with a view of prosecuting the parties who had acted such an honourable and praiseworthy part.? Lord Ashley has sent a letter to the Times, giving a different turn to the affair. “On my return to London, I was informed that a letter, sealed and addressed to myself, with money enclosed for the use of some religious Society, had been broken open by parties who had found it…

Elizabeth died in 1874, the ‘Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette’ on 10 February 1874 reporting Anstee.— On the 30th ult, 24, Castle Street, Oxford Street, London, Elizabeth, widow of the late Matthew Anstee, of Pound Farm, Dagnall, Bucks., aged 92 years.

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