Robert Anstee (EV 6)

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

EV 6. Robert Anstee: He was born in 1841 in Culworth (though one source says 1851 – see presently), baptised in Culworth on 26 January 1841 to parents Robert Anstee (EV 2) and Anna Maria Griffiths. He was a “Farmer of 190 acres employing 8 men and 2 boys” at High Street, St Peter, Brackley in the 1861 Census having taken over the running of the family farm. The ‘Northampton Mercury‘ 12 January 1861 reported “MATHEWS QUADRILLE BAND will attend; the BAND of the 2ND NORTHAMPTONSHIRE RIFLES WILL PERFORM during the evening. Tickets (not transferable) including supper, 10s. 6d. each, to be obtained of the following Stewards only:- Walter Moore, Esq., Brackley. John Hoperaft, Esq., Brackley. Robert Anstee. Esq – Brackley. Charles Perkins, Esq, Toweester. Henry Cooper, Esq., Hardingstone. Henry Phipps, Esq., Northampton. Officers and Members of the Yeomanry Cavalry, and of Volunteer Rifle Corps, are requested to appear in uniform.“.

A year later in 1862 in Bicester he married Sarah Margaret Phillpotts “Jan 22 at Stratton Audley Church by Rev. J. E. Tweed, Incumbent, assisted by the Rev J. C. Llomfteld, Rector of Lantos and Rural Dean, Robert, youngest son of the late Mr R. Anstee, of Thenford Hill, to Sarah Margaret, only child of the late Mr W. Phillpot, of Lowden“.

By the 1871 Census he was a railway porter living at Rhyl Street, St Pancras, London with his wife and their children Beatrice Laura Anstee (b 1862 Brackley); Florence Edith Anstee (b 1863 Brackley); and Robert Ernest George Anstee (b 1864 Brackley). They also had children in Pancras Louisa Adelaide Anstee (b 1871, died an infant) and Sydney Herbert Anstee (b 1873).

On 22 May 1872 at Regents Park Barracks Robert Anstee signed up for service with the 1st Life Guards of the Household Cavalry (Service Number: 598). Even though his age was given as 21 (rather than 31), it is definitely this ‘Robert’ as he put that he was a “farmer born in Culworth“. After receiving a Good Conduct pay on 23 May 1874 he proceeded to “desert” on 14 September 1874. This is confirmed in the ‘Bicester Herald‘ on 9 October 1874 where it states “DESERTERS FROM HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE: Robert Anstee, farmer Culworth, 1st Life Guards“.

After this the entire family simply disappears – currently we have no idea what became of them and can only assume that they changed their name?

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