William Anstee (HR 14)

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 14. William Anstee: He was born in 1840 in Houghton Regis to father William Anstee (HR 8). He married Ann Allen in 1863 in Luton and they had children

  • Jane Anstee (b 1872, known as Jennie, a straw hat machinist living with her widowed father in 1891. She had an illegitimate daughter Jessie Anstee (b 1 August 1891 Houghton Regis to mother “Jane Anstee straw hat machinist” per birth certificate. In the 1911 Census Jessie was living at 4 Downs Road Dunstable)); and
  • Annie Anstee (b 1874, living with her widowed father in 1891).

The ‘Dunstable Chronicle, and Advertiser for Beds, Bucks & Herts‘ 07 February 1857 reported “HOUGHTON-REGIS, SERIOUS ACCIDENT.-On Tuesday morning last, an accident occurred at the residence of H. Brandreth, Esq. of Houghton House, to William Anstee, an apprentice of Mr. Henry Vickers, plumber, of Dunstable. It appears that the lad was repairing the pipe which conveys the water to the washing copper, and standing on the top of the copper, his foot caused the lid to slip on one side, which precipitated his left leg into the nearly boiling liquid. The usual remedies were speedily applied, and from what we can learn, the lad is progressing favourably,“.

In 1871 they were living at High Street, Houghton Regis where he was a house painter. In the 1881 Census the family were living at 210 Albert Road Houghton Regis where he was still a house painter. By 1891 he was widowed, living with his daughters at Queen Street, Houghton Regis. In the 1911 Census he was living alone at 7 Queen Street Houghton Regis, still a widowed house painter (he was the only Houghton Regis Anstee left actually residing in Houghton Regis in 1911).

By 1921 he was in Luton, where he died in 1926.

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