Thomas Anstee (SW 24)

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 24. Thomas Anstee: He was born in 1754 in Swanbourne, baptised 28 July 1754 to “John Anstee [SW 20] blacksmith“. He married Ann Tredwell on 19 February 1776 in Swanbourne and they had children in Swanbourne:

  • William Anstee (TH 2 – bap 26 May 1776 – patriarch of the Thornborough Anstees);
  • John Anstee (bap 8 August 1779, he was a blacksmith in business in Swanbourne with his brother Thomas (SW 27) in the early 1800s, though he was an unmarried “pauper ex blacksmith” in the 1851 Census at 81 Church Street, Swanbourne, next door to his sister Jane Anstee “grocer aged 60” and William Anstee (SW 35) “calf dealer”);
  • Mary Anstee (bap 9 June 1782, probably married Robert Doe on 5 May 1806 in Swanbourne);
  • Rebecca Anstee (bap 17 April 1784);
  • Thomas Anstee (SW 27 – b c1790);
  • Sophia Anstee (bap 7 December 1792, married Thomas Williat [Willat] on 18 May 1818 in Adstock – witness was ‘Thomas Anstey’. In the 1871 Census she was a grocer and widow living with her sister Jane);
  • Jane Anstee (bap 30 March 1794, had an illegitimate daughter Margaret Anne Anstee (b 1819, baptised in 1825 in Swanbourne to “Jane Anstee, lacemaker“, married William Anstee (SW 35)). Jane was an unmarried “grocer aged 60” at Church Street, Swanbourne in 1851. The ‘Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette‘ 31 December 1853 reported “ILLEGAL WEIGHING MACHINES, Jane Anstey, grocer, of Swanbourne, was, by Inspector Hodgkinson, charged with having had an illegal weighing machine in her shop.-The officer stated that the machine was half an ounce against the purchaser, and that she had also another pair of scales in her possession a little deficient.— It was shown that The defendant had been before convicted of a similar offence.— The defendant was fined 3, and 12s. 6d. costs.— The scales were condemned.“. By the 1871 Census she was living with her sister Sophia at 13 Church Street Swanbourne, next door to her brother Thomas (SW 27)’s widow Elizabeth);
  • James Anstee (SW 28 – b 1795);
  • Leah Anstee (bap 19 November 1797, witness to her brother Thomas (SW 27)‘s wedding in 1821);
  • Joseph Anstee (bap 24 February 1799)

He was a blacksmith – he was still alive in 1821 witness to his son Thomas (SW 27)‘s wedding and he was buried in St Swithins, Swanbourne in December 1823.

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