William Henry Anstee (PO 24)

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 24. William Henry Anstee: He was born on 25 January 1862 in Coventry (as ‘William Henry Anstey’ to mother ‘Hiorns’) to parents John Turner Anstee (PO 14) and Mary Ann Hirons. He was baptised as a child in Bedworth on 25 January 1871. He married Ellen Parr in Leicester in 1881 and they had children in Leicester:

  • Florence Anstee (b 1882, married George William Taylor on 8 July 1900 in Leicester St George’s – alive in 1911);
  • Frances Lillian Anstee (b 1886, married Benjamin Sharp on 15 November 1903 – alive in 1911);
  • William Henry Anstee (PO 49 – b 1895, served and died during World War One);
  • Kate Bishell Anstee (b 1897, baptised in St George’s Leicester on 28 September 1900, an apprentice bookbinder in the 1911 Census);
  • George Ernest [Edward] Anstee (b 8 February 1899, baptised in St George’s Leicester on 28 September 1900, living with parents in the 1911 Census. He married Elvina [Eleanor?] B. Beaver in 1922 in Leicester and they had a son Alfred V. Anstee (b 26 February 1922 Leicester, alive in 1939). The ‘Leicester Daily Mercury‘ 19 March 1958 reported “CRIPPLED CRAFTSMAN TO LOSE HIS “HOME. A crippled Leicester craftsman – one of a dwindling number of surgical boot and shoe makers in the city – may soon have to leave the house he has lived in for the past 50 years. He is Mr George Edward Anstee, 16 Richard Street, Leicester, whose home and workshop are threatened with demolition being on the foreshadowed extension of the site of the Leicester Wholesale Market. Mr Anstee propels himself by his hands about the house on a flat four wheeled wooden base. He often goes for a spin in his invalid chair.Mr Anstee has laboured throughout the years against a big physical handicap to win a reputation as a craftsman. Hospital surgeons place with him orders for surgical boots and shoes for patients at numerous hospitals. The cirppled workers hands developed their skill early in his boyhood. His father was in the trade and under his expert tuition he made raid headway. At 59 years of age, Mr Anstee has been a member of the Leicester Guild of the Crippled since 1902. He was born near the Guild’s headquarters in Colton Street.“ – he was the ninth consecutive generation of his Anstey ancestors to be in the shoe trade);
  • Thomas Harry Anstee (b 1907, living with parents in the 1911 Census. The ‘Leicester Daily Post‘ 12 December 1914 reported “At the inquest into the death of Thomas Harry Anstey, 7 year old son of William Henry Anstey of 16 Richard Street, Leicester Dr Binn gave evidence that the deceased, a weakly child, died in his opinion from heart failure“); and
  • Faith Winifred [Lilly] Anstee (b 1908, known as Winnie, living with parents in the 1911 Census and in 1921)

In 1891 the family were at Elm Street, Leicester and in 1900 when three of their children were baptised he was a publican living at 6 Colton Street. In 1901 they were still at 6, Colton Street, Leicester where he was a shoe rivetter (the eighth consecutive generation of his Anstey ancestors to be in the shoe trade). In the 1911 Census the family were living at 16 Richard Street Leicester where he was a rivetter for a boot manufacturer – they had moved there in c1908 and family members (ie his son George) were still at 16 Richard Street in 1958 (see above). They were still there in the 1921 Census.

Ellen died in 1927 in Leicester so he remarried Catherine Dear in 1930 in Leicester and by the 1939 Register he was a retired shoemaster living with Catherine at 31 Ann Street, Leicester. He died in 1941 in Leicester.

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