William Howton [Henry] Anstee (TO 4)

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

TO 4. William Howton [Henry] Anstee: He was born in 1864 in Toddington, baptised in Sundon, Bedford in 1866, to father William Anstee (TO 2). [Note: Some sources say his middle name was ‘Howton’, some say it was ‘Henry’]

He married Florence Charlotte Elliot (1867-1942) in July 1890 in Houghton Regis (“July 9. MARRIAGE Anstee—Elliott.— At the Parish Church, Houghton Regis, William H., son of Mr. William Anstee, J.P., of The Tythe, near Luton, to Florence C., daughter of Mr. William O. Elliott, J.P., of Wentworth House, Dunstable,”). They had sons 

  • Benjamin William Howton Anstee (b 1891 Houghton Regis, was a student at Tredennyke, Barbourne Terrace, Worcester in 1901 – he emigrated to South Africa and married Ethel Llewellyn Cardwallder there on 19 July 1919, having at least one son Chris Anstee. Benjamin died in Durban in 1944 and his widow died in Cape Town in 1973); and 
  • Geoffrey Arthur Anstee (TO 8 – b 1895 Woburn, served during World War One).

They lived in Chalton in 1894 (see Further Details #3), still there in 1896. By the 1901 Census he was an insurance inspector working ‘on his own account’ living with his family at 82, Castle Road, Bedford Eastern Ward St Cuthbert, Bedford. He attended his grandmother’s funeral in 1903; he was living in Bedford. The family lived in Bedford in 1906, and they had moved to 1 Langdale Road Hove, Sussex by the 1911 Census where he was living off independent means with two servants. He attended his brother Arthur (TO 6)‘s funeral in Putney in 1918.

He died on 21 September 1928 living at 74 Walsingham Road in Hove as ‘William Henry Anstee’ (probate to his son Geoffrey) and his widow, who was living at 174 Sunningdale Road, Worthing in 1939, died in 1942 buried in Worthing Cemetery.

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