William Anstee (SW 40)

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 40. William Anstee: He was born in 1837 in Swanbourne to father William Anstee (SW 35). He married Emma Spratley in June 1857 in Swanbourne, having children in Mursley:

  • William Charles Anstee (SW 44 – b 1861); 
  • Ellen Anstee (b 1864, visiting the Harding family in Mursley in 1871 – married in 1887 “July 14, at the Parish Church, Swanbourne, by the Rev. M. D. Myree, Vicar, Mr. William Morris, to Ellen Anstee, both of Swanbourne“. She was alive in 1914 when she attended her brother’s funeral); 
  • Minnie Anstee (b 1867, a nurse maid in Hoggeston, Winslow in the 1881 Census and back living with the family at Winscot Farm, Soulbury Road, Soulbury in the 1891 Census); 
  • Edward Harry Anstee (SW 45 – b 1869); and 
  • Hugh Anstee (SW46 – b 1871). 

In the 1861 Census they were living at the Butchers Shop, Mursley with no children just yet; they were still living in Mursley, Winslow in the 1871 Census, however he died the same year, buried in Mursley on 8 January 1872 – the ‘Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News’ on 6 January 1872 reporting “Death: On the 31st Dec at Mursley Mr William Anstee farmer and butcher aged 34“.

The ‘Bucks Herald‘ 27 January 1872 reported “MURSLEY, BUCKS. SEVERAL RICKS OF CORN AND CLOVER, QUANTITY OF HAY, VALUABLE GRASS KEEPING upto Michaelmas next, 150 Bushels of POTATOES, Cart Horse, the useful FARMING IMPLEMENTS, Scotoh Carts, and various other effects, TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY DUDLEY & SON, EARLY IN FEBRUARY, By direction of the Executors of the late Mr. Anstee. Full Particulars will appear next week,“.

His widow Emma remarried to William Sumerfield in Pancras, London in 1886 and the family was living at Winscot Farm, Soulbury Road, Soulbury by 1891. Emma was executor of her son Hugh (SW 46)’s will when he tragically died in 1893.

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