William Albert Anstee (IV 6)

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

IV 6. William Albert Anstee: He was born in Caldecott Mill in 1851 to parents William Anstee (IV 3) and Mary Ann Mee (nee Tongue). He married Mary (b c1857 Cranfield) in c1877 (probably Mary Millard in 1880 in Ampthill) and they had children in Cranfield and later West Deeping in Lincolnshire:

  • Annie Anstee (b 1879 Cranfield, married Samuel Lewis Robertson in Stamford in 1903. She was with her parents in the 1911 Census);
  • Elizabeth Anstee (b 1881 Cranfield, married William Edward Measures in Stamford in 1902. She died in 1963, the ‘Stamford Mercury‘ 22 March 1963 reporting “The death took place on Tuesday at St George’s Hospital Stamford at the age of 83 of Mrs Elizabeth Measures of Church Street. A native of West Deeping. Mrs. Measures was the younger daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Anstee, who carried on West Deeping Mill for many years. She had resided at Market Deeping for 30 years, and was a regular worshipper at St. Guthlac’s Church…“);
  • Walter Edward Anstee (b 1885 West Deeping, baptised there 15 November 1885 and known as Ted. He was unmarried and “assisting in the family business” in the 1911 Census. The ‘Grantham Journal‘ on 7 August 1915 reported “Walter E. Anstee, of West Deeping, was summoned for having no control over a horse and cart, at Boston on July 29th. Pc Wright stated that defendant’s trap was left unattended for fifteen minutes. This was denied by defendant and a witness. The Bench held the case proved and fined defendant 10s“. The ‘Grantham Journal‘ 8 January 1916 “Edward Anstee. of West Deeping, was fined 10s. for having a vehicle without light, at Market Deeping, December 24th.“. He was a “miller” when his father died in 1919 per below and he was “accidentally killed in Canada on 29 August 1930“);
  • Joseph Anstee (IV 18 – b 1890 West Deeping, served and died during World War One)

In the 1881 Census the family were living at Cranfield where he was a “Miller master (corn) employing 3 men” – also living there was his father and brother Edward Anstee (IV 7). In the 1891 Census the family was living at Mill House, Kings Street, West Deeping where he was a miller. In 1898 “WEST DEEPING. Accident occurred to William Lake in the employ of Mr. Anstee, miller, on Saturday last. He was driving a horse and cart through the village, when the animal took fright at something on the road and jumped on one side. The cart was thrown over

By the 1911 Census they were living at The Mill, Church Lane. West Deeping where he was still a miller. He died in 1919 in West Deeping, probate was to his son Walter a “miller“.

The family “carried on West Deeping Mill for many years“.

The family gravestone in West Deeping reads “IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ WILLIAM ALBERT ANSTEE,/ WHO DIED AUGUST 13th 1919,/ AGED 68./ “HIS END WAS PEACE.”/ ALSO/ WALTER EDWARD ANSTEE/ TED/ AGED 40. ACCIDENTALLY/ KILLED IN CANADA AUGUST 29th 1930/ THY WILL BE DONE./ ALSO/ LIEUT. J. ANSTEE,/ KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE/ JULY 1st 1916,/ AGED 26./ AND/ WILLIAM ANSTEE,/ INFANT SON OF THE ABOVE.”

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