Thomas Anstee (HH 8)

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

HH 8. Thomas Anstee: He was born in 1860 in Stoke Newington to father Thomas William Anstee (HH 7). The ‘Islington Times‘ 10 February 1874 reported “CLERKENWELL. DARING ROBBERY.-Thomas Anstee, aged 13, of 6, York-buildings, High-street, Stoke Newington, was charged before Mr. Barker with stealing from a till 9s. 11d., the property of Thomas Potter, residing at 25, High-street, Stoke Newington. Mr. Thomas Potter stated that he was a bootmaker, and the prisoner was in his service as an errand boy, and he, suspecting that the prisoner had taken some money from the till, he put 1 in silver in the till while the prisoner was gone out. About six o’clock, on his counting the money, he missed 9s. 11d. He then marked some more money, and put it into the till, and sent the prisoner by the counter to clean a pair of boots. After having cleaned the boots he sent the prisoner out on an errand, and while he was gone he counted the money, and missed a marked shilling. On his return he gave him into custody. Police-sergeant Thomas Hampley, 29 N, stated that he took the prisoner into custody, and on telling him the charge he said he had spent the money. At the station he searched the prisoner, and found in his left boot a two shilling piece, a sixpence, and a marked shilling. The prisoner, in answer to the charge, said that he was guilty. Mr. Barker sentenced the prisoner to be imprisoned for six weeks in the House of Correction with hard labour.” 

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