William Anstee (HH 6)

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

HH 6. William Anstee:  He was born in 1816, baptised 25 February 1816 in Hemel Hempstead to father George Anstee (HH 5). He married Eliza Dyer? in c1837 and they had children in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans: 

  • Thomas William Anstee (HH 7 – b 1839);
  • Eliza Anstee (b 1842); 
  • Mary A. Anstee (b 1848, alive in 1861); 
  • Maria [Ellen?] Anstee (b 1852, alive in 1871 living with her parents as ‘Ellen’); and 
  • Edwin Anstee (b 1857).

In 1841 the family were living at Queen Street, Hemel Hempstead where he was a cordwainer – also with them were stepsons Daniel Dyer (b 1833) and William Dyer (b 1836). In the 1851 Census he was a cordwainer living with his family at Village Road, Kensworth, Luton. By 1861 he was a bootmaker living at 1, Crescent Avenue, Islington with his family. In 1871 he was at Albert Road, St Albans working as a bootmaker and living with his wife and daughter ‘Ellen’.

Eliza died in St Albans in 1874 and by 1891 he was a ‘widower, shoemaker and pauper’, living at Luton Union Workhouse in Dunstable Road.

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