William Charles Anstee (SW 44)

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 44. William Charles Anstee: Known as Charles, he was born in 1861 in Mursley to parents William Anstee (SW 40) and Emma Spratley. He married Sarah Ann Cooper in 1886 in Steeple Claydon and they had children in Swanbourne and Soulbury:

  • William John Anstee (SW 54 – b 1887, served during World War One);
  • Alice Maud Anstee (b 1889 – “Birth Anstee.—At Swanbourne, on the 6 [August] inst., the wife of Mr. Charles Anstee, of a daughter“. She was unmarried in the 1911 Census living with her family – she married Lionel Curtis in 1919 in Winslow and they were living in Winslow with her brother Harry (SW 55) in 1921 and at Box Cottage, Mursley, Winslow in the 1939 Register with her brother Arthur (SW 57));
  • Harry Edward Anstee (SW 55 – b 1891, served during World War One); and
  • Arthur George Anstee (SW 57 – b 1893, served during World War One)

By the 1891 Census the family were living at Nearton East, Swanbourne where he was a farmer. The ‘Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette‘ 07 April 1896 edition had an advert “Shorndown Farm, Swanbourne and Mursley: 42 acres of rich grass keeping. Up to Oct 11 1896, lying well for occupation and nearly adjoining the road from Swanbourne to Mursley To be sold by Auction by Mr. G. Wigley on Mon April 20 1896 by Direction of Mr Charles Anstee

In the 1901 Census the family were living at Hollindon, Soulbury, Soulbury (Bucks), Leighton Buzzard and by the 1911 Census they were living in Mursley Winslow Buckinghamshire. He died in 1914 – the ‘Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press‘ 06 June 1914 edition reported “MURSLEY: Funeral of the Late Mr W. C. Anstee. The funeral of the late Mr W. C. Anstee of ‘Shorndown [House]’ Mursley, which took place on Wednesday week, was accompanied by many tributes to the memory of the deceased gentleman and the large number of people who assembled at the graveside was evidence of the high esteem in which he was held and of sympathy with those bereaved by his sad death. When living at Soulbury, Mr Anstee had a severe illness some seven years ago, from which he happily recovered, but which caused him to relinquish farming. He then went to reside at Mursley where he built his house. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and many will be sorry to know that his kind ways and cheery manner will be felt no more. Unostentatious in his manner he was always willing to give a helping hand and to further any good cause. He was an ardent churchman and the Church was benefitted by his kind gifts. He leaves a widow and one daughter and three sons. The family mourners were Mrs W. C. Anstee (widow); Miss A. M. Anstee (daughter); Mr W. J. Anstee (son); Mr H. E. Anstee (son); Mr A. G. Anstee (son); Mr W. Summerfield (father in law [stepfather]); Mr H. Anstee (brother); Mrs W. Morris (sister)…the coffin was of polished oak and bore the inscription on the breastplate ‘William Charles Anstee died 22 May 1914 aged 52 years’…

His widow died in 1919 – the ‘Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press‘ 15 February 1919 reported “MURSLEY Death of Mrs. Anstee.-Universal regret has been felt in this and the neighbouring villages by the unexpected death of Mrs. Anstee. Mr. and Mrs. Anstee, coming from Soulbury had been for several years residents in this parish, where their uniform kindness and willingness to assist in any good work made them most deservedly popular. Mrs. Anstee had for some years taken a warm interest in the Mothers’ Union and Nursing Association, and was ever ready with her presence or material help to do what she could to further anything for the welfare of the village. Mrs. Anstee leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Wednesday, Feb. 5th, and notwithstanding a heavy snowstorm, a very large number of friends assembled to show by their presence their regret at the loss of a kind friend and neighbour. The coffin, covered with lovely flowers, was borne into the Church to the strains of,”I know that my Redeemer liveth” The chief mourners were Mr. W. Anstee. Mr. H. Anstee. Mr. A. Anstee (sons) Miss Anstee (daughter). Mrs. G. Draper (sister), Mr and Mrs. Price (sister and brother-in-law), Mr. J. Cooper (brother), Mrs. S. Souch (sister). Mr. and Mrs. Draydon (sister and brother-in-law),Mrs. W. Print (niece), Mrs. L. Curtis, Miss White, Mrs. Bates. Mr. W. Bates, Mr.Corkett (Soulbury) Miss Andrews, Mrs. J. Sonster, and Mr.A. Sonster (Haver-bam) The service, which was taken by the Rev J.R.C Forrest, Vicar of Swanbourne, owing to the indisposition of the Rector of Mursley, was. simple but most impressive…

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