William Anstee (HR 8)

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 8. William Anstee: He was born in 1808 (though later censuses give his birth year as anywhere between 1812 and 1817) in Houghton Regis, baptised 14 May 1808, to parents John Anstee (HR 5) and Mary Eames . He married Jane Gower on 13 October 1836 in Houghton Regis and they had children in Houghton Regis:

  • Sarah Anstee (b 1838, an unmarried bonnet sewer living with her parents in 1881 – still living with them in 1891);
  • William Anstee (HR 14 – b 1840)

In 1841 the family were at Town Street, Houghton Regis where he was an agricultural labourer. In the 1851 Census  he was a farm labourer living with his family at Chamber’s Yard, Houghton Regis – in 1871 they were living at High Street, Houghton Regis, next door to his son William (HR 14). By the 1881 Census he was an agricultural labourer living at 208 Albert Road, Houghton Regis – two doors down from his son William (HR 14). By 1891 they were living at 137 Queen Street Houghton Regis.

He died in Luton in 1898 “age 86

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