William Alexander Anstee (HR 12)

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 12. William Alexander Anstee: He was born in 1843 in Flamstead to father Joseph Anstee (HR 7). He married Mary Jane Timms in 1869 in Woburn and they had a son: 

The ‘Luton Times and Advertiser‘ 27 February 1869 reported “WILLIAM A. ANSTEE COAL, COKE, AND SALT MERCHANT, Midland Railway Station,Luton. W A. A, begs to inform the inhabitants of Luton and the neighbourhood, that he has commenced Business as above, and hopes by supplying a good article at a moderate price, and strict attention to business, to insure a share of public support.”. 

He died in 1873 in Woburn and his widow (who had another child James Timms (b 1877)) was living with her son in 1901. We cannot find Mary Jane Anstee in the 1911 Census but she died in 1915 in Barnet.

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