Michael Anstee (ED 12)

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 12. Michael Anstee: He was born in 1814 in Edlesborough to father Joseph Anstee (ED 7). He married Elizabeth Keys on 25 December 1841 at Heath and Reach and in the 1851 Census they were living without children at Rhos Lodge, Llandingad, Llandovery where he was a gamekeeper (with them were a nephew Edmund Anstee (ED 17) and niece Temperance Anstee). He was a gamekeeper like his father, and he caught numerous poachers and was thence a witness in their subsequent prosecution.

For example in 1842 “James Hedges was brought up for trespassing in search of game in a piece of enclosed land belonging to Lord Chandos, Baron Leigh, on the 5th of March last. The charge was proved by Michael Anstey, of Potsgrove“. In 1843 “Michael Anstee, gamekeeper to Major Gilpin, of Hockliffe“. In 1844 “They were in this case, on the oath of Michael Anstee, assistant gamekeeper, found guilty, and committed for two months’ hard labour.”. In 1855 “Michael Anstee gamekeeper of Kensworth‘. The ‘Luton Times and Advertiser‘ 10 May 1862 reported “USING SNARES. – Thomas Dudley pleaded not guilty to a charge of setting snares for the purpose of taking game on land in the occupation of Joseph Bailey.-Michael Anstee said : I am in the employ of A. Macnamara, Esq. I saw some snares in a field called * Pond Field;”* it is in the parish of Studham. I saw a snare there on Thursday. About half-past ten o’clock I saw the prisoner go up to the snares. He re-set three of them. I spoke to him about it, and I told him what I should do.-By Mr.“. In 1863 “in search of conies on land in the occupation of Mr. William Bailey on the 22nd ult. Mr. Shepherd conducted the prosecution. Michael Anstee, gamekeeper, Whipsnade, proved the case” and in 1877 in Whipsnade “Michael Anstee, gamekeeper to Mr Macnamara, said he saw defendants come through wood where there were several hares“.

He was a gamekeeper in 1871 living at Deadmonsdy Lodge in Whipsnade, Bedfordshire when he was administrator to his sister Sarah’s will.

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