William Anstee (PR 8)

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

PR 8. William Anstee: He was born in 1846 in Prittlewell to father Joseph Anstee (PR 5). He was living at Cottage in a Meadow, Eastwood in 1871 with his brother Joseph (PR 7). He married Esther Walford on 21 September 1872 in Eastwood and had children: 

  • Florence Emily Anstee (b 1874, died an infant);​ 
  • Herbert Henry Anstee (b 1876, married Elizabeth or M (b c1866 or c1871 Dumfries) in c1899. In the 1901 Census they were at Poplar Cottage, 1, Chapel End, Walthamstow with a nephew ‘Arthur Anstee (b 1898 – his sister’s son)’ – he was a gas stoker and in the 1911 Census he was a brickmaker living with his wife and no children, but a ‘Simmons’ nephew at 2 Cecil Road Leytonstone. He likely remarried Elizabeth Kirkpatrick in 1915 in q4 1915 in West Ham and he died in 1922 in West Ham “aged 45“); 
  • Kate Rose Anstee (b 1878, in July 1890 “HADLEIGH.— William Gillman, labourer, was summoned for indecent behaviour.—Two girls, Alice and Kate Anstee, gave evidence of the occurrence, and the case was adjourned.“. She had an illegitimate son Arthur Anstee (b 1898 baptised 15 August 1900 in Walthamstow) – she was living at Poplar Cottage Walthamstow in 1900 – her brother’s address); 
  • Alice Esther Anstee (b 1880, in July 1890 “HADLEIGH.— William Gillman, labourer, was summoned for indecent behaviour.—Two girls, Alice and Kate Anstee, gave evidence of the occurrence, and the case was adjourned.“); and​ 
  • Albert Walter Anstee (b 1883, died 1884).

In 1881 the family were at Botelers, Shopland, Rochford where he was an agricultural labourer. He died in 1883 in Rochford and by 1891 Esther had remarried to William Thorington and they were living at Hopes Green, South Benfleet with her ‘Anstee’ children.

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