Robert Anstee (SW 42)

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

SW 42. Robert Anstee: He was born in 1852 in Swanbourne to father William Anstee (SW 35). He was visiting his brother William Anstee (SW 40) in Mursley in the 1871 Census. He married Elizabeth Spittles (b 1861 Oxford) in 1880 in Westminster and in the 1881 Census they were living at 3, Boyce Street, St James Westminster – he was a “coachman“, likely for the Royal Household. They had daughters: 

  • Ida [Ada] Nellie Anstee (b 1894 Oxford, living with her mother in the 1911 Census); and 
  • May Anstee (b 1897 Oxford, living with her mother in the 1911 Census).

In 1894 he was groom for William Franklin of Oxford (see ‘Bicester Herald‘ 16 March 1894 edition) and in 1898 he was a Hackney Carriage Driver living at 1 Park Passage, Holywell (see ‘Oxford Times‘ 8 October 1898 edition). He died in 1899 in Headington, Oxford “aged 41” (his age seemed to reduce at each census). By the 1901 Census his widow Elizabeth was living in St Cross Road, Oxford Holywell with her daughters and a nephew Albert [Elliot?] Anstee (SW 53 – “b 1881 London, a groom”, served during World War One). By the 1911 Census they were living at Bliss Court, Broad Street, Oxford, still with their nephew Albert (SW 53).

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