Thomas Anstee (SW 32)

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 32. Thomas Anstee: He was born in 1822, baptised in Swanbourne 25 September 1822 to father Thomas Anstee (SW 27). He married Elizabeth Rebecca Rogers (known as Rebecca) in Clerkenwell, London in 1848 and they had children in Clerkenwell: 

  • Elizabeth R. Anstee (b 1850, married Thomas Mitchell on 23 October 1869 in Pancras. In 1881 they were living at 26, Smeaton Road, Wandsworth with her brother William); 
  • Thomas H. Anstee (b 1855); 
  • James C. Anstee (b 1857); 
  • William George Anstee (SW 37 – b 1859); and 
  • Alfred Ernest Anstee (SW 38 – b 1860).

They were still living in Clerkenwell in 1861 where he was a “post office letter carrier” and soon after returned to Swanbourne. Then in August 1870 “The magistrates transferred the license of the Star Inn, Heath and Reach, from George Page to Thomas Anstee, of Swanbourne, a pensioner”, and in the 1871 Census the family were at Leighton Road Star Public House, Heath & Reach, Leighton Buzzard. 

He died on 2 March 1879 at the Star Inn, Heath and Reach and his widow Rebecca was living with her son Alfred (SW 38), daughter in law Sarah Anstee [nee Webber] and her grandson William Thomas Anstee (SW 51) at Ashwell Street, Leighton Buzzard in 1881.

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