William Anstee (PO 22)

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

PO 22. William Anstee: He was born in q3 1843 in Northampton to parents William Anstee (PO 11) and Eliza Brown. In the 1861 Census he was living with his family at living at Desborough Mews, 2, Paddington, Kensington working as a boot maker. In q4 1861 in St Pancras he married Louisa Jemima Parsons and they had children in St Pancras and later Kensington and Ealing:

  • William Silas Anstee (b 1862 St Pancras, died 1863);
  • Louisa Anstee (b 1863 St Pancras, died young?);
  • Stephen Anstee (PO 29 – b 1865 St Pancras);
  • Thomas D. Anstee (b 1866 Kensington, died an infant);
  • Louisa Anstee (b 1867 Kensington, died an infant);
  • Mary Ann Anstee (b 1868 Kensington, alive in 1871);
  • Louisa Anstee (b 1871 Kensington, died young?);
  • Rosina Anstee (b 1874 Kensington, the ‘Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper‘ 14 April 1889 reported “SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A PHYSICIAN. William Roe, 38, described as a physician-surgeon, residing at “Darholme,” Market place. Brentford, was charged at Brentford petty sessions yesterday with having committed an indecent assault upon Rosina Anstee, aged 13 years and four months.- The girl deposed that she lived with her parents at 11, Windmill-road, Brentford, but was in the doctor’s service as general servant. About 11 a.m, the previous day the prisoner and his wife went out together, and shortly after the prisoner returned alone, and went into his bedroom, where she was making the bed. Eventually succeeding in escaping from her master, she immediately procured her hat and cloak, and ran out of the house to her home. She then informed her parents of the occurrence, and at her father’s instigation he was arrested, and charged. Mr. T. Woodbridge, for the defence, gave an emphatic denial to the charge, which the prisoner (who was allowed to give evidence) protested had been (trumped up against him.- Their worships decided that the charge was of too serious a nature to be disposed of by them. They accordingly committed the prisoner for trial, allowing him bail in two sums of 50%. each, and one security of 100“.She married William James Tailby [Toilby] in 1893 in Brentford. Two of their daughters were living with Louisa Anstee in 1901 in 6, Hope Road, Ealing);
  • William Anstee (b 1879 Ealing (or 1875 Brentford), married Lillian Louisa Russell in 1902 in Brentford and they had a son Harold Anstee (b 1907 Ealing). In the 1911 Census he was a boot repairer living with his family at 10 Felix Road W Ealing, Ealing);
  • Joseph Anstee (b 1881 Kensington, died young?);
  • John Anstee (b 1882 Ealing, a milk carrier living with his family in 1901. He married Emma Elizabeth Dawson in 1904 in Edmonton and they had a son John Frank Anstee (b 1906 Ealing). In the 1911 Census he was a greengrocer living with his family and sister in law Clarissa Dawson at 311 Chiswick High Road Chiswick); and
  • Joseph Anstee (PO 37 – b 1883, served during World War One).

In the 1871 Census he was a bootmaker living with his family at Western Terrace, Kensington. They were living at 11, Windmill-road, Brentford in 1889. By 1891 the family were living at Connaught Road, Twyford Abbey Ealing together with Louisa‘s brother Frank S. Parsons (though William was not there). By 1901 they were living at 6, Hope Road, Ealing together with two ‘Tailby‘ granddaughters (William was still not with them but she was ‘married’ not widowed’). We cannot find Louisa in the 1911 Census, and we lose track completely of William, but she died in 1919 in Brentford.

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