Reuben Anstee (PO 28)

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

PO 28. Reuben Anstee: He was born on 9 August 1878 in Portsea to father Alfred Ernest Anstee (PO 21). He was living with his mother in Portsea in 1891. In the 1901 Census he was single and a general labourer, visiting the Baker family at 4, Maple Street, Sheerness. In the ‘Portsmouth Evening News‘ 12 March 1903 edition “A COMMERCIAL ROAD INCIDENT. Reuben Anstee, 24, for using obscene language in the course of argument with two other men, in Commercial Road, Mile End, on Wednesday evening was fined 10 shillings“.

Later in 1903 he emigrated to Canada, initially heading for ‘Parry River Saskatchewan’; he returned to Canada again in 1907 giving his nearest relative in England as his brother Roy Anstee (PO 40). He was unmarried and living with his mother Mary Elizabeth Cobden and brother Thomas (PO 38) at 37 Edmonton West, Alberta, Canada in 1916. In 1926 he was still unmarried, living with his family at 11th Avenue East Block 80, Peace River North, Alberta. In August 1937, whilst giving his address at 140 Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth and a “carman” by trade “aged 59“, he embarked on the ship ‘Empress of Australia‘ bound for Quebec, Canada again intending to permanently reside there.

He died on 11 February 1964 in British Columbia, Canada “aged 85

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