Robert George Anstee (HR 22)

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

HR 22. Robert George Anstee: Known frequently as George, he was born in 1854 in Bermondsey to father Robert George Anstee (HR 20). He married Marion Darlasson (who already had two children – see note below) in c1883 having children:

  • Robert Samuel Anstee (b 1884 Southwark, aka Samuel Robert Anstee, baptised 3 February 1884 in Southwark to parents George and Marion – died before 1891?);
  • Mary Agnes Anstee (b 1886 baptised 14 November 1886 in Southwark, died before 1891?);
  • Florence E.? Anstee (b 1885 Southwark, living with her mother in the 1911 Census); and
  • Edgar Elliot Anstee (HR 30 – b 1889, served during World War One).

In 1886 he was a cooper living at 54 Surrey Street and in 1889 he was a cooper journeyman still living at 54 Surrey Street. He must have died between 1889 and 1891, though we seek formal confirmation of that, because in the 1891 Census Marion Anstee was a widow and a charwoman living at Paved Place, Christchurch Southwark with her children. By the 1911 Census Marion (as Mary), her daughter Florence (Anstee) and son Edward Darlasson were at 52 Grosvenor Terrace Walworth.

[Note: Marion Darlasson was an unmarried dressmaker in the 1881 Census living at 54, Little Surrey Street, St George the Martyr Southwark with her sons Richard Darlasson (b 1870 Marylebone) and Edward Darlasson (b 1880 Camberwell, Lambeth, an omnibus conductor living with his family in 1901 under the name ‘Edward Anstee’ – he was still living with his mother in 1911 but with his surname switched back to ‘Darlasson’)]

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