William Anstee (ED 8)

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

ED 8. William Anstee: He was born in c1793 in Dagnall to parents Mathew Anstee (ED 2) and Sarah Howard. He married Charlotte Hudson (b 1793 – daughter of Austin Hudson) in Edlesborough in 1813 – witnesses were Austin Hudson and Mary Anstee. They had children:

  • Sarah Elizabeth Anstee (b 1814 Dagnall – baptised in King’s Langley, Hertfordshire in 1814, married Henry Frederick Sharp in Holborn, Middlesex in December 1833, having a daughter Emma Sharp (b c1841) who lived with her ‘Anstee’ grandparents in 1841 and 1851. She was witness to her sister Mary Ann’s wedding in 1834);
  • Mary Ann Anstee (b c1816 Dagnall – married Richard Anstee (BA 2 – of the Barnet Anstees), in 1834 in St Pancras, Middlesex, her sister Sarah Elizabeth Sharp was a witness);
  • William Austin Anstee (ED 14 – b 1818 Kensworth);
  • Emma Anstee (b 1820, alive in 1841);  
  • Lucy Rebecca Anstee (b 1826 Elstree, died an infant and buried in Elstree); and
  • Alfred Henry Anstee (ED 22 – b 1828, emigrated to Canada)

He became a butcher and moved to Barnet in c1830 with his family. The ‘News (London)‘ on 24 February 1833 reported that “William Anstee [Barnet] butcher” had been declared insolvent. At the time of his son William (ED 14)‘s 1838 wedding, he was still being described as a “butcher“. He moved to Monken Hadley, Barnet, Middlesex and in the 1841 Census he was a “dealer” at Hadley Green living with his wife and children, as well as Emma Sharp (granddaughter). By the 1851 Census he was a ‘cow keeper’ at Hadley Green – his granddaughter Emma Sharp was still living with them.

He died in 1854 in Barnet (Note: he should not be confused with William Anstee (SW 31) who died in 1869 in Winslow). His widow Charlotte Anstee (nee Hudson) remarried William Dennant on 1 December 1859 in St Pancras.

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