William Anstee (SW 30)

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

SW 30. William Anstee: He was born in 1801 in Swanbourne, baptised 17 May 1801, to parents John Anstee (SW 25) and Elizabeth Cox. He probably married first Clemence Willington on 14 November 1824 in Swanbourne (‘Joseph Anstee‘ was a witness so we may be incorrect in this marriage) and in the 1841 Census they were living at Augustus Street, Pancras where he was a coal porter (confirmed born 1801).

However he must have very soon afterwards married Elizabeth (unless Elizabeth and Clemence are the same person?) and they had children:

  • Henry Anstee (SW 34 – b c1840 Marylebone); and
  • John Anstee (b 1841 St Pancras, a porter living with his parents in the 1861 Census)

In the 1851 Census the family were at 36 Augustus Street, Pancras where ‘Elizabeth’ was a laundress and in the 1861 Census the family were living at 62, Augustus Street, Pancras, St Pancras where William (“b 1804 Swanbourne“) was a laundryman.

[Research Note: This must all be the same person as there was only one ‘William Anstee’ baptism around this time in Swanbourne.]

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