THE KINGS CANDLESTICKS Alston Family History

Descendants of John Alston of Newton by Sudbury Suffolk


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87. William ALSTON of Woodbridge [2835] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1594 in Marlesford SFK, died on 11 Jun 1641 aged about 47, and was buried in Chancel Marlesford Church.

General Notes:
William was Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, he settled in Marlesford Suffolk. Was more than 21 yrs of age at his fathers death.
William Alston - Matric. pens. from Queen's Easter 1612; of Suffolk. perhaps of Gt Cornard Suffolk. Admitted to the Inner Temple, Nov. 1612; Son of William of Polstead.

First Name: William
Last Name: Alston
Occupation Given: gentleman
Address: Great Cornard Suffolk
Admission Date: 14/05/1613
Notes: Pledges: William Towse, Henry Faulkner.
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)

Parliment held on 15 Oct 10 Chas I AD1634.
William Alston called to the bar.
Inner Temple records 1603-1660 Vol II. NZSOG.

Letter of Hen: Sekford,
Record Office v, Cal. State Papers, 1626-8.
William Alston, of Woodbridge, who finds a corslet (of estate reported to be better worth than L1000, and a-going man of able body) that did at a muster held at Woodbridge 28 Feb. 1626, absolutely and contemptuously refuse to serve in his arms, and not thinking himself sufficiently satisfied with his thus confronting me, but at a later muster held since 4 Ap. 1627 last came and braved me in the field."
The Alstons were of Woodbridge only for the early part of 17th Cent. No entry in Reg. before 1618.
Alstoniana Pg 268

ALSTON V. BURWELL.
Chancery B. and A. Charles I. A. 22. (66,)
Bill dated 4 November 1630, by William Alston of Woodbridge, co. Suffolk, gent., and Avice his wife, one of the daughters and coheirs of Jeffrie Pytman, the elder, late of Woodbridge Esq., deceased, and one of the sisters and coheirs of Jefferie Pytman the younger of Woodbridge aforesaid, gent., deceased, as well on behalf of themselves as of Avice and Alice Alston, their children, who are under age, V. Edmund Burwell, husband of Marie, sister and coheiress of said Jeffry Pytman the younger, &c.
Both sisters were married at the date of the elder Pytman's will, viz. 18 May 3 Charles I.
This bill (which is about 20ft long) was for remedy against fraud by the defendants with regard to the carrying out of of the said Will.
Alstoniana Pg 171

CHANCERY PROCEEDINGS
FROM THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE.
ALSTON v. ALSTON.
1623. Chancery B. and A. James I. A.1. No. 4.
Bill, dated 20 May 1623, by William Alston of Woodbridge, co. Suffolk, gent. v. William Alston, his father.
About 36 years since one William Alston of Newton, co. Suffolk, gent., Orator's grandfather, was seised of a messuage and 40 acres of land in Sudburie, co. Suffolk, the said house being then and now an inn called "The Swanne." He had issue William Alston, orator's father, who about 35 years since married one Marryan Holborowe, daughter of Richard Holborowe of Bullmer, co. Essex, with whom he had a great marriage portion, to the sum of L200 or L300 at the least, whilst William Alston the grandfather settled the above-said premises on his said son in tail.
Marion died about 24 years since, leaving Orator a child not above 8 years old. The trust deeds &c. were put into the hands of Edward Newman of Sudbury, who has given them up to defendant or his agents; and Orator's estate from this and other causes is greatly endangered.
Defendant's answer acknowledges that his father held lease for 1000 years of said messuage &c. under demise from Roger Warryn, Esq., dated in or about October 27 Elizabeth, and settled such parts thereof as were freehold as above stated as Jointure in consideration of defendant's marriage, December 34 Elizabeth.
After death of said Marion, defendant sold the premises to one Richard Ellis, late of Sudbury, in or about October, 1 Jas.I., a fine being levied thereof, Easter term 2 Jas. I., in which defendant's father joined.
Page 168 Alstoniana.
PRO C 2/JasI/A1/4 William Alston v William Alston. The Swan Inn, Sudbury, Suffolk Between 1603 and 1625

THE WILL OF WILLIAM ALSTON OF MARLESFORD SFK. Gent.
Dated 9 June 1641
I desire my executors to receive the rents and profits of my mess. tents and heredts in Marlesford and Parham, co. Sufl. until my son Samuel be 21 when said Samuel is to have possession of said property -
My lands and ten'ts in Aspall or near thereto I give to my son Samuel at the age of 14, my executors to receive the rents of lands and tenements in Framsden and Creatingham co. Suff. during Samuel's minority
The said Samuel not to interfere in any way with the lands left to my son Thomas
My executors to hold in trust for my son Thomas until he is 14, my mess. lands, Tenements and heredts in Eyle co. Suff. also until Thomas is 21 my lands and tents in Woodbridge, co. Suff.
I give to Margaret my wife my mess. lands &c in Hacheston, near Parham, Suff. with remainder to my son Thomas.
Also to my son Thomas my mess lands etc in Walton, Co. Suff said Thomas not to interfere in any with lands left to Samuel
I desire my executors to receive the rents of certain lands in Walton in trust for my dau. Avis until she is 21
My executors to hold in trust for my daughter Elizabeth until she is 21, the rents of my Mess. and lands in Chelmsford Co. Essex called the Beerehouse
I give to my dau. Avis L20 yearly, until she is 21 - the same to my dau. Elizabeth - to be paid out of the profits of the lands left to them
I give to my dau. Mary L20 yearly until she is 21
to my dau Avis L500 on her marriage or age of 21
to my dau. Eliz. L800
to my dau. Mary L1000
according to bonds entered into between me and my kinsmen Thomas Kant and Jefferie Burwell
I desire that Margaret my wife may have all goods, chattels, cattle, plate and household stuff, which were hers before our marriage, she to give to my son Thomas and dau. Marie L100 at her decease
I give to my three brothers, Raphe, Edward and Thomas L5 each
to Edmund Coleman and Will. Chaplyn, kinsmen and godsons L4 each
to my sister Coleman 20/- for rings
to my sister Chaplyn 20/- for rings
to Mary Cranwell wife of Richard 20/-
to the poor of Marlesford 40/-
to the poor of Wickham 40/-

Proved PCC 6 Aug 1641 by Alice Alston daughter and Executrix. (Ref pg 7 Alstoniana)
Ref. Evelin 108
Copy on this file

WILLIAM ALSTON, Gentleman.
Inquisition Post Mortem taken at Bury St. Edmund's.
4 September 17 Charles i. (1641).
Ser.ii Vol 497, No 61 1641 co. Suffolk.
The said William was seised of a capital messuage known as Sherts, and land in Marlesford and Parham, held of Robert Nawton, Esq., as of his manor of Kettleburgh, and of John Barbor, as of his manor of Marlesford ; and messuages and land in Aspoll, Framesden and Hacheston, co. Suffolk.
Part of his will is recited.
He died II June 17 Charles i. (1641).
Samuel Alston is his son and heir, and was 11 years old on the 10th January last.
Avice, his daughter and executrix, and Margaret Alston his widow, are both surviving.
Alstoniana pg 262
Images of I.P.M. in latin "Alston William 1641"

MARLESFORD.-The wall of ye Chancel.
A monument of blk marble and alabaster
The busts of a man and his wife-stone-colored
wth. ruffs rd. their necks and in an oval frame work
of leaves-agst. a semi circular Pediment a shield
a skull on each side-on the shield.

Alston AZ 10 Etoiles, 4, 3, 2, and I
on a panel of blk marble below ye busts
To the memory of William Alston, Gent. who
married Avis, daughter of Jeferie Pitman
of Woodbridge, in the county of Suffolk, Esqr
and had issue 3 sonnes and 5 daughters; Avis the
eldest daughter who in pious memory
of her deceased parents hath here erected
this monument.
He died third of June 1641 and is buried in the Chancel
Alstoniana Pg 368.

Research Notes:
Image courtesy Simon Knott, Suffolk Churches
http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/

Williams birth/bap location needs checking.

Published on Flickr by JMC 4 Church Explorer - 2014:
Suffolk Marlesford - where there's a will
"To the memory of William Alston, Gent. who married Avis, daughter of Jeferie Pitman
of Woodbridge, in the county of Suffolk, Esqr and had issue 3 sonnes and 5 daughters; Avis the eldest daughter who in pious memory of her deceased parents hath here erected
this monument. He died third of June 1641 and is buried in the Chancel"
William, a barrister at law was the son of William Alston 1619 of Gedding Hall, Polstead by Marian daughter of Richard Holborow of Bulmer,
Avise d1633 was the daughter and co-heir with her sister Mary ++of Jeffrey Pitman 1561-1627 of Woodbridge, High Sheriff of Suffolk 1625 by 1st wife Alice www.flickr.com/photos/52219527@N00/9569925174/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/52219527@N00/9569925174/>
Children
1. Samuel m1 Elizabeth Mann m2 Alice Nicholson
2. Thomas m Anne Guilford of Chelsea widow
3. William m Margaret daughter of Mathew Hammond of Bury gent
1. Avis m Sir Thomas Foster son of judge Robert Foster www.flickr.com/photos/52219527@N00/9571683658/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/52219527@N00/9571683658/> of Egham by Elizabeth daughter of Sir Edward Burton of Bourne
2. Mary
3. Elizabeth m Thomas son of Edward Mann of Ipswich by Dorothy Mannock
4. Catherine
5. Alice
William m2 Margaret daughter of Henry Groom Gent of Ufford
++ 1630 - William Alston of Woodbridge, co. Suffolk, gent., and Avice his wife, one of the daughters and coheirs of Jeffrie Pytman, the elder, late of Woodbridge Esq., deceased, and one of the sisters and coheirs of Jefferie Pytman the younger of Woodbridge aforesaid, gent., deceased, as well on behalf of themselves as of Avice and Alice Alston, their children, who are under age, V. Edmund Burwell, husband of Marie, sister and coheiress of said Jeffry Pytman the younger, &c. Both sisters were married at the date of the elder Pytman's will, 1627 - bill for remedy against fraud by the defendants with regard to the carrying out of the Will
Will of William Alston 1641
" I desire my executors to receive the rents and profits of my mess. tents and heredts in Marlesford and Parham, co. Sufl. until my son Samuel be 21 when said Samuel is to have possession of said property -
My lands and ten'ts in Aspall or near thereto I give to my son Samuel at the age of 14, my executors to receive the rents of lands and tenements in Framsden and Creatingham co. Suff. during Samuel's minority
The said Samuel not to interfere in any way with the lands left to my son Thomas
My executors to hold in trust for my son Thomas until he is 14, my mess. lands, Tenements and heredts in Eyle co. Suff. also until Thomas is 21 my lands and tents in Woodbridge, co. Suff.
I give to Margaret my wife my mess. lands &c in Hacheston, near Parham, Suff. with remainder to my son Thomas.
Also to my son Thomas my mess lands etc in Walton, Co. Suff said Thomas not to interfere in any with lands left to Samuel
I desire my executors to receive the rents of certain lands in Walton in trust for my dau. Avis until she is 21
My executors to hold in trust for my daughter Elizabeth until she is 21, the rents of my Mess. and lands in Chelmsford Co. Essex called the Beerehouse
I give to my dau. Avis L20 yearly, until she is 21 - the same to my dau. Elizabeth - to be paid out of the profits of the lands left to them
I give to my dau. Mary L20 yearly until she is 21
to my dau Avis L500 on her marriage or age of 21
to my dau. Eliz. L800
to my dau. Mary L1000
I desire that Margaret my wife may have all goods, chattels, cattle, plate and household stuff, which were hers before our marriage, she to give to my son Thomas and dau. Marie L100 at her decease
to the poor of Marlesford 40/-
to the poor of Wickham 40/-

William married Avice PITMAN [2871], daughter of Jeffery PITMAN Esq. of Woodbridge [2872] and Alles [15903], on 21 May 1618 in Woodbridge SFK. Avice was baptised on 28 Feb 1592/93 in Woodbridge SFK, died in 1633 at age 40, and was buried on 18 May 1633 in Woodbridge SFK.

General Notes:
Baptism - Alstoniana Pg 267.

The IGI show a marriage entry for a William Alston to Avis Pitman on 21 May 1618 at Woodbridge.

Avis Alston of Woodbridge 1640 A6 18 34
Wills/Probates Archdeaconry of Suffolk - NZSOG Library 2007


Children from this marriage were:

+ 224 F    i. Mary ALSTON [2891] died before May 1714.

+ 225 F    ii. Avice ALSTON [2879] was baptised on 17 Dec 1620 in St Mary Woodbridge, died on 26 Apr 1656 at age 35, and was buried in Thorpe Chertsey SRY.

+ 226 F    iii. Alice ALSTON [2886] was baptised on 1 May 1623 in Woodbridge SFK and died in 1673 at age 50.

+ 227 F    iv. Catherine (Cattren) ALSTON [5739] was baptised on 10 Feb 1623/24 in St Mary Woodbridge.

+ 228 F    v. Elizabeth ALSTON [2888] was baptised on 17 Jan 1626/27.

+ 229 M    vi. William ALSTON [2876] was baptised on 5 Mar 1627/28 in Woodbridge SFK.

+ 230 M    vii. Samuel ALSTON of Marlsford [2877] was baptised in 1630 in Woodbridge SFK and was buried on 21 Dec 1675 in Marlesford SFK.

+ 231 M    viii. Thomas ALSTON [2878] was baptised on 3 Jul 1631 in Woodbridge SFK and died after 1712.

+ 232 F    ix. Mary ALSTON [2890] was baptised on 20 Nov 1632 in Woodbridge SFK and was buried on 1 Sep 1633 in Woodbridge SFK.

William next married Margaret GROOM [2873], daughter of Henry GROOM Gent of Ufford. [2874]. Margaret died after Jun 1641.

General Notes:
Margaret was living 9 June 1641, they had no issue.

88. Ralph ALSTON [2836] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 20 Mar 1595/96 in Semer SFK and died after 1641.

General Notes:
Ralph was living 9 June 1641 when he was mentioned in his brothers will. He is described as an Attorney in an old Alston Pedigree (Pg 367 Alstoniana), Cresswell conjectures he might be Sir Ralph Alston Knt of Lincolnshire 1660?.

Ralph Alston assessed for the Subsidy Tax 1625 - goods L4 tax 10/8d

A Ralph Alston - Matric. sizar from Queen's, Easter 1636; B.A. 1639-40 of Essex.

Mentioned in Bury File A2A - 1754/4/6 - date: Oct 1637 a Ralph Alston acting as a receiver for the Crown the file is a receipt for rent paid by a Mr Samuel Coleman to Ralph.

Ralph married Elizabeth CAUSTON [9029] in 1617 in Wormingford ESS. Elizabeth was baptised in 1598 in Gt Clacton ESS.

General Notes:
Essex Record Office 13.2.07: Tom Perrett checked Boyd's Marriage Index
MALES A - K, 1600-1625
1617 ALSTONE Ralf & Elz Caston @ Wormingford


Children from this marriage were:

+ 233 M    i. Philip ALSTON [9030] was baptised on 24 Jun 1625 in Assington SFK.

+ 234 M    ii. Thomas ALSTON [9031] was baptised on 9 Aug 1627 in Assington SFK and died on 12 Apr 1627.

+ 235 F    iii. Elizabeth ALSTON [9032] was baptised on 9 Nov 1628 in Assington SFK.


89. Rev Edward ALSTON [2837] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 20 Jun 1598 in Semer SFK and died before 1675.

General Notes:
Alston Edward of Suffolk: pens. Queens Camb, Matric Easter 1615. (Perhaps son of William of Polstead.) LL.B. from Trinity Hall 1619. Incorp. at Oxford 1621. Ord. Priest (Peterb.) Mar 9 1622-3. Rector of Pentlow Essex 1623-45; sequestered; restored, 1660-75
Al. Oxon

ALSTON (EDWARD), LL.B., incorp. 10 July, 1621 (one of this name rector of Pentlow, Essex, 1623, from which he was sequestered 1645).
Fosters Alumni Oxoniensis 1891
Alstoniana Pg 348

Edward Alston settled at Pentlow, he was evicted from his living, (see Walker's "Sufferings of the Clergy"). Cresswell conjectured he was the" Edwardus Alston Suffolk Rector of Pentlow" mentioned in the Register of Queens Admissions 9 Feb 1614, from which his marriage details were obtained.

Annals of Nonconformity by David Essex Pg 442. Pentloe. The Rectory was sequestrated from Edward Alston. Alston recovered his living after the Restoration and retained it until he died before Dec. 1675.

COPY OF AN OLD LETTER.
Pentlow Rectory,
Nr. Sudbury, Suffolk,
Nov. 17th 1862.
Dear Sir,
The information I have it in my power to give you respecting Edward Alston is but little. He appears to have been admitted to this Rectory per mort. Nicholas Wallys alias Wallies who died in the year 1625.
I find the following entry in an old Register.
Married 11 Jul 1639 Alpheton SFK - Edward Alston Rector of this parish widower, Faith Lister Daughter of Randolph Lister late Rector of Alpheton in Suffolk single
There is another entry
Edwardus Alston Quondam Rector
Hujus Ecclesiae Obiit Octogesimo Anno
Aetatis et sepultus fuit nono die
decembris Anno domini 1675 et tune
temporis incipit Georgius Carter
The above entry was no doubt made by George Carter who was the next Rector admitted.
Should I find any other record I will inform you.
Suffer me to apologize for unavoidable delay in replying to yours of the 7th instant.
Believe me, Dear Sir,
Yours sincerely
(Rev.) EDWD. BULL.

ESDAY v. ALSTON.
Bill, 17 May 1661, by Henry Esday of Pentlow, co. Essex, clerk, v. Edward Alston of Pentlowe, clerk.
About August 19 Chas. I. (1643/4) Edward Alston, as a scandalous minister, was sequestered from Pentlowe by the Committee for plundered ministers, and complainant was appointed to the living in April 1650, and officiated there until the recent act of 12 Chas. II. restoring ejected ministers.
Mitford. 325/120. 1661.
Alstoniana Pg 203
Cresswell notes this suit relates solely to tithes but indicates Edward was reinstated at the Restoration.

ALSTON v ALSTON.
Bill, 7 Feb. 1632, by Edward Alston of Stanton, co. Suffolk, clerk, v. Joseph Alston [2843] and Annie Alston [2834]. William Allston, late of Newton, co. Suffolk, gent. Orator's father, with the consent of his own father William Allston, took to wife Marryan, daughter of Richard Holeborough of Bulmare, co. Essex, gent., with whom he had a portion of L300, and by whom he had issue four sons, William, Ralph, the Orator, and Thomas., and two daughters, Margery and Elizabeth, all of them now living. About March 1615/16 Orator's grandfather delivered to his said son L40 for the benefit of Orator, then a lad of about 17, and took his bond to one Peter Allston, Orator's uncle, for payment of the same to Orator when 21; his grandfather shortly after gave Orator L100, which he also delivered into, his said father's hands, until he should be 21.
Orator's grandfather and mother afterwards died, and about 27 years since Orator's father did intermarry with Anne, his second wife, and now widdow, who brought him no portion that
could be any advancement to his issue, only an estate in lands during her own life, of some L30 or L40 per annum ; by whom he had issue Joseph Allston, her eldest son, and other children. Now the said Anne, being of a subtle wit, and taking advantage of her husband's facile and inclinable disposition, and propounding to herself to draw her husband's whole estate, both his lands (being clearly worth to be let L200 per ann.) and also his personal estate of the value of L3000, to herself and her children, did from time to time labour to work a dislike between her said husband and his children by his first wife, and in combination with her said son Joseph did from time to time suggest sundry untruth concerning the other children, so as to work a displeasure and hardness in him towards them ; and Orator's father was thereby drawn to scant and shorten the allowances he had formerly made them, inasmuch as your Orator, living then in the University of Cambridge, could have no supplies of money for meat or apparel, unless he would first become bound to his father for repayment of it, and it was agreed it should be discounted from the sums abovesaid, in his father's hands. After which your Orator falling in a treaty of marriage with Millisent, daughter of Simon Wells, D.D., your Orator's father approving thereof did promise the said Dr. Wells to give his son L300 on the marriage; and promised Orator in private, without the privity of the said Anne, another L100.
Whereupon the marriage took place, but Anne and Joseph so worked upon Orator's father that neither the L300 nor the L100 were paid ; and the Orator, to have means of livelihood was driven to take a farm of L40 a year in Foxearth, co. Essex; and Orator's father became bound with him to one John Haward, his lessor, for the payment of the rent, whilst Orator gave his father a counter-bond. Anne and Joseph wrought upon the said William in the making of his will, shortly after making of which he died, in Nov. 1633. Joseph proved the will and has possessed himself of the whole estate, and now demands sums alleged to be forteit under the bond, though Orator's father granted him a full; and also pretends that his father gave a bond of L3000 in the Court of Wards and Liveries, upon the grant of the wardship of John Allston [2975], eldest son of Edward Allston of Boxford, which recognisance the said Joseph now alleges to be forfeit, and that he has not assets in his hands sufficient to pay it.
Defendants in their answer say that the said Marian's marriage portion was not above L100 ; they know nothing about the sums of money given to Orator by his grandfather.
William and Anne had issue 5 other children beside Joseph.
They deny the charges of undue influence &c. &c.
The bond in the Court of Wards and Liveries was given on behalf of one Peter Allston.
Mitford. 38/26. 1634/5

ALSTON v. SIR GEORGE KEMP, Bt. & another.
Chancery Depositions. Eliz.- Chas. A. 5. (7.)
Depositions taken in the suit of Edward Alston v. George Kemp Bart,, and Thomas Jernegan.
Writ dated 20 February 2 Charles I. 1627/28
The suit is brought respecting a lease of the Rectory of Pentlow, co. Essex.
William Crisall of Pentlow says Complainant receives L10 per ann. from defendant Jernegan for serving the cure of Pentlow, and he has heard complainant has been very negligent.
(No light is thrown on the history of Edward Alston)


Chancery Proceedings. Charles 1. A. 32/21.
Answer dated 20 April 1647, of John Kempe, Esq., one of the defendants to the complaint of Edward Alston,
clerk, respecting lease of the Rectory of Pentlowe, bequeathed to defendant by his father, and since disposed of.

Alstoniana Pg 170, 172, 173, 174.
Edwards family has been based on information from this suit (2004)

Edward married Millicent WELLS [2863], daughter of Simon WELLS D.D. [2864] and Elizabeth BOWNESS [11769], on 19 Jan 1625/26 in Brockley SFK. Millicent was born in Wymondham NFK and was buried on 24 Mar 1634/35 in Stanton SFK.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 236 F    i. Martha ALSTON [7235] .

+ 237 F    ii. ALSTON [7236] .

Edward next married Faith LISTER [2865], daughter of Randolph LISTER Rector of Alpheton. [2866], on 11 Jul 1639 in Alpheton SFK.

Marriage Notes:
Boyds puts marriage at Pentlow

90. Thomas ALSTON [2838] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 6 Jan 1598/99 in Semer SFK and died after 1641.

General Notes:
Thomas was living 9 June 1641.

91. Margery ALSTON [2839] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died after 1641.

General Notes:
Margery was living in 1641 when she was mentioned in her brother William's will.

Margery married Francis COLEMAN Gent [2867] before 14 Jul 1632.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 238 M    i. Edmund COLEMAN [2868] .

92. Elizabeth ALSTON [2840] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 12 Feb 1594/95 in Semer SFK and died after 1641.

General Notes:
Elizabeth was mentioned in her brother William's will.

Elizabeth married CHAPLIN [2869] before 14 Jul 1632.

General Notes:
Wills and Pedigrees for the Chaplin family of Monks Eleigh and elsewhere. A reasonable search revealed no link with Alston.
Ref Suffolk Manorial Families Vol 3 Qs 929.2 Ipswich RO. (2004)


The child from this marriage was:

+ 239 M    i. William CHAPLIN [2870] .

93. Joseph ALSTON of Siam Hall [2843] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died before 1692.

General Notes:
Joseph, the eldest son of William and Anne Alston, was of Sayham Hall and Kersey Suffolk, he was living in 1664 at Hindolveston co Norfolk. He died before 27 July 1692, predeceasing his wife.

First Name: Joseph
Last Name: Alston
Admission Date: 19/05/1626
FATHER'S DETAILS
Name: William Alston
Occupation: gentleman
Father/Son Relationship: son
Address: Newton Suffolk
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)
( Placement unproven)

Joseph was aged under 18 as a legatee under his grandfathers will

Joseph Alston of Norfolk Admon October 1688 is mentioned thus in the index Cresswell was unable to locate more.

Bury Ref 458/2/77 Indenture dated 30 Oct 1648 Joseph & Elizabeth Alston sell part of Siam Hall to Thomas Gunton of Sudbury for L2820, a further sale of the messuage of Siam Hall by Ann widow of William Alston and son Joseph and his late wife Eliz to Thomas Gunton 15 Aug 1654.

Bury Ref HD 1747/3/13 - Transcript of agreement (of 1656) re three messuages gardens orchards woods and land in Great and Little Waldingfield, Groton, Acton and Edwardstone of about 160 acres between Joseph Alston, William Clopton, and Henry Dawson of the Manor of Sandesfords for payment of rents on the above lands.

ALSTON v. ALSTON.
Answer (date illegible) of Jacob (? Joseph) Alston, gent. to the bill of Complaint of Jacob Alston and Jonas ?Alston,
Defendant acknowledges that his grandfather William Alston left legacies to the children of his son William, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The said William, defendant's father, settled lands upon defendant, his eldest son, and in consideration of a marriage to be had between defendant and Elizabeth Brand [? daughter] of Benjamin Brand of Edwardstone, co. Suffolk, Esq., a settlement was made about 30 August 8. . . . . , of lands in Edwardstone, Boxford and Newton.
Defendant gave bonds in various sums at different times as security for his father, who also made over to him divers lands for certain sums of money, but never in trust, as alleged in the bill.
Collins. 41. (In rather bad state.)
Alstoniana Pg 178

Research Notes:
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch:
Title deeds and associated papers relating to properties in Acton, Boxford, Brent Eleigh, Chilton, Great and Little Cornard, Edwardstone, Groton, Hadleigh, Lindsey, Milden, Polstead, Sudbury, Thorpe Morieux, Great and Little Waldingfield
Catalogue Ref. HD 1747
Creator(s):
Canham family of Suffolk
Dawson family of Suffolk
Pochin family of Suffolk
Preston family of Suffolk
Dawson family - ref. HD 1747/3
FILE - Three messuages and land in Great and Little Waldingfield, Groton, Acton and Edwardstone. Transcript of agreement (of 1656) between Joseph Alston, William Clopton and Henry Dawson - ref. HD 1747/3/13 - date: 1809
Ref A2A

Joseph married Elizabeth BRAND [2850], daughter of Benjamin BRAND OF EDWARDSTON HALL. [2851], before 17 Mar 1637/38.

General Notes:
Elizabeth d.s.p.

Joseph next married Frances CLOPTON [2852], daughter of William CLOPTON OF GASELYNS HALL GROTON. [2853] and Alice DOYLEY [8862], on 27 Jun 1654 in Letheringham.

General Notes:
Frances dau. of Wm. Clopton of Groton Suffolk by Alice dau. of Edmd. Doyley of Shottisham Norfolk and of Pond Hall Hadleigh living 1637 baptised Hadleigh 11 June 1627 married to Joseph Alston of Kersey gent. at Letheringham 27 June 1654.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 240 M    i. Joseph ALSTON [2854] was born about 1655.

+ 241 M    ii. William ALSTON [2855] was born about 1657 in Newton SFK.

+ 242 M    iii. Francis ALSTON [2856] was born about 1659 in Newton SFK.

+ 243 M    iv. Robert ALSTON [2857] was born about 1661.

+ 244 F    v. Elizabeth ALSTON [2858] was born about 1663 in Newton SFK.

94. Benjamin ALSTON [2844] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Benjamin was aged under 18 as a legatee under his grandfathers will

Benjamin was living in 1663-4 and mentioned in his fathers will.

95. Jacob ALSTON [2845] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Jacob was aged under 18 as a legatee under his grandfathers will

Jacob was living in 1634 and mentioned in his fathers will as then being under age

96. Anne ALSTON [2848] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Anne was aged under 18 as a legatee under her grandfathers will

Anne married John TRACY JNR [2859].

General Notes:
John is identified through his mother-in-law's will, as were his children.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 245 M    i. Paul TRACY [2860] .

+ 246 M    ii. James TRACY [2861] .

+ 247 F    iii. Sarah TRACY [2862] .

97. Neuce ALSTON [5745] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1612 in Newton SFK.

98. Jonas (Jonah) ALSTON of Ballingdon. [2846] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 5 Sep 1613 in Gt Cornard SFK.

General Notes:
Jonas was aged under 18 as a legatee under his grandfathers will

Jonas was living at the date of his fathers will being then under age. Principle executor and beneficiary under his mothers Will he was deceased before probate. Died between 16 May 21 Car. I (1660) and 30 April 1661.

PCC Administrations - Alstone Jonas of Moulton SFK 1658 - 230
Ref Chadwick Healey fiche ENG AID 072 FCH NZSOG Auck - 2007 Also PCC Amin 1658 - 230.

Essex Hearth Tax, Hinckford Hundred 1671.
Ballingdon Hamlet, Jonas Alliston 2 hearths.

Research Notes:
DAVY'S COLLECTIONS. EXTRACTS from PARISH REGISTERS.
MOULTON.
19103 f10
Anne Alston, dau. of Jonas A. baptized by Mr. Westwood, of Dalham, 14 Aug., 1651.
Mary Alston, dau. of, &c., 30 Sept., 1653.
Jonas Alston sworn Registrar by Parliament orders.
Anna Alston, dau. of Thomas and Anna, baptized 1 May, 1679.
Mrs. Mary Alston, widow, buried 9 Dec., 1680.
Johijs Alston et Dorothea uxor ejus obiit Edus Alston solus filius et haeres dce Dorothea
adten, &c., quze preds. Johes et Dorothea cepit 6 Oct. 1681 et suis redd Thomae Sidney.
Alstonia Page 269.

Jonas spouse unknown.

His children were:

+ 248 M    i. John ALSTON [6136] .

+ 249 F    ii. Anne ALSTON [15904] was born on 14 Aug 1651 in Moulton.

+ 250 F    iii. Mary ALSTON [15905] was born on 30 Sep 1653 in Moulton.

99. John (James) ALSTON [6156] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 5 Sep 1613 in Gt Cornard SFK.

General Notes:
John was aged under 18 as a legatee under his grandfathers will

100. Jane ALSTON [2849] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 2 Jan 1614/15 in Gt Cornard SFK and was buried on 25 Apr 1621 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Jane was aged under 18 as a legatee under her grandfathers will

Jane was aged 6 years at her death.

101. Neuce ALSTON [2842] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 1 Jan 1616/17 in Gt Cornard SFK and was buried on 24 Oct 1624 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.


102. Tobias ALSTON [2847] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 2 Apr 1620 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and died after 1632.

General Notes:
Tobias Alston a Suffolk teenager is reported as the compiler of a miscellany of 58 poems between 1637 and 1639 owned since 1972 by Yale's Beinecke Library. Tobias obtained much of his material from a circle of Cambridge men.
Tobias was living in 1632 but was not named in his mothers will 1645, therefore probably deceased.

103. Susan ALSTON [5816] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Susan was aged under 18 as a legatee under her grandfathers will

104. Bridget ALSTON [5817] (William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Bridget was aged under 18 as a legatee under her grandfathers will



105. John ALSTON [2975] (Edward of Boxford43, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 10 Aug 1605 in Boxford SFK, died on 10 May 1626 at age 20, and was buried on 12 May 1626 in Boxford SFK.

General Notes:
John Alston of Boxford Batchelor. Letters of Administration granted 30 June 1626 to John Brand (Johannis Bronde in origional) uncle on the mothers side during the minority of Joseph Alston brother.
PCC Admins. 1620-30 NZSOG

Mentioned in Alston v Alston Mitford 38/26 Date 1634/5 Pg 172 Alstoniana, see Rev Edward Allston [2837]

JOHN ALSTON, gent.,
Son and heir of Edward Alston, deceased, a minor.
Inquisition Post Mortem taken at Hadleigh 7 June 2 Charles i. (1626)
Ser.ii Vol 426, No 116 1626 co Suffolk
Reciting the findings of the inquisition post mortem of Edward
Alston, 16 James i.
One third of all the holdings therein recounted descended to John Alston, the deceased, who died 10 May last, a minor, ward to the King, at Boxford.
Joseph Alston, his brother and heir, was then aged 11 years and 13 weeks,
Another inquisition (Ser. ii. Vol. 428) on the death of the above John refers to tenements in Boxford, co. Suffolk, only; held of Edward Peyton, Kt. and Baronet, of his manor of Peyton Hall.
Alstoniana pg 260

106. Anne ALSTON [2984] (Edward of Boxford43, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 15 Oct 1607 in Boxford SFK and died after 1667.

General Notes:
Anne was mentioned in her parents wills, and with her children in her brother Joseph's Will 18 Nov 1643.
She was mentioned in her son Edward's will, still alive in 1667.

Anne married Rev William WELLS [7261], son of Simon WELLS D.D. [2864] and Elizabeth BOWNESS [11769], on 5 Jul 1627 in St Mary le Tower Ipswich SFK. William was born in Jan 1587/8 in Lawshall SFK and was buried on 1 Feb 1635/36 in Rougham NFK.

General Notes:
William Wells College: QUEENS Entered: 1602, Died: 1635 Adm. sizar at QUEENS', June, 1602. Of Suffolk. Possibly s. of Simon (1578-9). Matric. 1604; B.A. 1606-7; M.A. 1610. Doubtless R. of Ickworth, Suffolk, 1614, and R. of Rougham, 1620-35. Died 1635. Will (P.C.C.) 1636; left his manor of Shimpling Thorne to son Robert (1640-1).
Ref: Ancestry Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900.

Wells had issue a son and a daughter, living 14 Apr 1646.
Ref Bright v Alston Pg 198 Alstoniana


Children from this marriage were:

+ 251 M    i. William WELLS [11776] was born on 5 Feb 1628/29.

+ 252 F    ii. Anne WELLS [11799] was born on 25 Aug 1630.

+ 253 F    iii. Elizabeth WELLS [11800] was born on 30 Jan 1632/33.

Anne next married Henry PAYNE [2985]. Henry died before 13 Sep 1639.

General Notes:
Henry was a gent from Worlington Suffolk. His descendant Rev William Grigson Rector of Whinburgh Norfolk contributed, via Rev F Simpson Alston, to Cresswells work on the Alston family. Ref: Alstoniana Pg 11

Henry did not make a will dying intestate before the date of an administration granted 13 September 1639, probate granted to his brother-in-law Thomas Bigg or Briggs.
Ref: P Wells 2015


Children from this marriage were:

+ 254 M    i. Edward PAYNE [11777] died in 1667 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

+ 255 F    ii. Anne PAYNE [22698] .

107. Susan ALSTON [2989] (Edward of Boxford43, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 26 Oct 1609 in Boxford SFK and died before 19 Dec 1643.

General Notes:
Susan is mentioned in both her parents wills, and in her brother Joseph's Will as "To the two children of my sister Susanne Bright deceased 20 pounds apiece at 21"

Susan married Edmund BRIGHT Gent of Mildenhall & Bury [2990], son of Thomas BRIGHT [4558] and Mary [4559], on 10 Oct 1632 in Woolpit SFK. Edmund was baptised on 6 Apr 1600 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and died before 9 Jan 1657/58.

General Notes:
BRIGHT v. ALSTON.
Bill, 14 April 1646, by Edmond Bright of Mildenhall, co. Suffolk, a gent. V. Mary Alston, widow, James Withe, and others.
One Joseph Alston of Washingbrooke, Suffolk, decd., was seised of the manor of Shelland, and freehold lands in Boxted &c., besides copyhold tenements held of several manors, and a great personal estate in money and plate &c. He had issue only two daughters, Mary and Susan, and had no brothers, but three sisters, Anne, Susan and Bridget. Anne was married to Mr. Wells, clerk, by whom she had issue a son and a daughter now living ; and at the death of the said Wells, she was married to one Mr. Paine, since dead, by whom she had issue a son now living. Susan was married to complainant, by whom she had issue a son since dead. By his will the said Joseph left bequests to the children of complainant and the said Susan, besides bequests to the children of the said Anne
and Bridget. But Mary Alston, his widow, pretends that, a few days before his death, Joseph made another will by which he left but L20 apiece to the said children ; a year after Joseph's death complainant searched in the Registry at Norwich but could find no such will proved.
Answer of Mary Alston and Thomas Lilly (signed by both) 8 May 1646.
Joseph Alston made a will about 6 months before his death, the provisions of which are unknown to the said Mary, because, when he offered to read it to her, she could not bear to hear it read ; a few days before his death, viz. about 18 December 1643, he made the will which the complainant disputes.
Thomas Lilly was the said Joseph's servant, and attended upon him in his sickness, and witnessed the will made a few days before his death.
Collins 16 1646

BRIGHT V. ALSTONE & others.
Bill, 24 April 1646, by Edmund Bright of Mildenhall, Suffolk, gent., v. Mary Alston, widow, James Withe, John Arnold, ,John Harwell, Thomas Lilly, Augustin Parker, Lawrence Whiting, Peter Alston and Edward Brasier.
Edmund Bright was husband of Susan Alston, deceased, sister of Joseph Alston decd. ; the suit is to recover legacies under the will of the said Joseph.
Mitford. 110/10 1640.
Alstoniana Pg 198

Edmund's will was proved PCC 9 Jan 1658, his issue a son being dead.

108. Bridget ALSTON [2991] (Edward of Boxford43, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 29 Aug 1611 in Boxford SFK and died after 1643.

General Notes:
Bridget was living in 1643, she is mentioned in both her parents wills, and with her children in her brother Joseph's Will 18 Nov 1643.
Issue untraced.

Bridget married Rev Edward BRIDGEMAN [2992].

109. Joseph ALSTON of Bramford [2976] (Edward of Boxford43, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 8 Feb 1614/15 in Polstead SFK, was baptised on 8 Feb 1614/15 in Polstead SFK, died on 21 Dec 1643 in Washbrooke at age 28, and was buried in Bramford SFK.

General Notes:
Joseph was surviving heir to his fathers Manor of Shelland Hall. After his fathers death he was under the Wardship of his Uncle Peter Alston, ref Peter Alstons will.

WYNN v. ALSTON.
Bill, I January 1655/6, by Thomas Wyn [3014] of London, merchant, v. Mary Alston, widow.
Thomas Alston, one of the sons of Peter Alston, late of Bramford, co. Suffolk, gent. decd., devised messuages and lands in Bramford to complainant and Margery, then his wife (sister of the said Thomas) and their children ; and in virtue of the said bequest they duly entered in, and let the said property. Some time afterwards (about Michaelmas 1630 or 1631) one Joseph Alston, a near kinsman of the said Margery, repaired to complainant's house in London, and there had diet and lodging, and complainant procured him to be admitted to the free school of St, Paul's, London, and furnished him with a gown, books, &c. Joseph was a ward in Chancery, and the Master of the Court of Wards sent for him, and delivered him into the custody of the usher of the said court, who kept him 4 days without any manner of sustenance, so that he would have died, but the complainant sent for him to his own house again, and provided him with physicians and a nurse for a great length of time; and so the said Joseph received his health again. Complainant afterwards sent him to the University of Cambridge, until about 1639,
shortly after which the said Joseph married one Mary Warner, daughter of . . . . . Warner, since deceased ; and came of age in 1639 and was in enjoyment of the real and personal estate left by his father and elder brother (which personal estate was valued at L4000 or L5000) ; his elder brother had died under age, a ward to the court. Joseph was very sensible of his debts to complainant, but his wife incensed him against him, to such an extent that the said Joseph knowing the deeds of the late Peter Alston were in the hands of one Francis Andrewes of Hadley, co. Suffolk, by
fraudulent means got possession of them and detained them from complainant, alleging he had deeds that upset complainant's title to the premises abovesaid. He afterwards promised to surrender the deeds, but died about 10 years since, and the said Mary, his widow, still retains them.
Defendant, in her answer, denies all knowledge of the expenses incurred by complainant for her late husband ; if it is as stated the cost should be defrayed by Peter Alston, to whom he was ward. In 13 Chas. I. after a long suit in the court of Wards and Liveries upon a bond of L5000 wherein the said Peter Alston's father stood bound to account for the moneys &c. of Edward Alston, then decd., father of Joseph, the said Joseph obtained a decree against Peter for the payment of L3450, and for non-payment thereof the said Joseph did extend certain lands which formerly belonged to the said Peter's father ; and so the deeds and premises came into his hands.
Hamilton, 421. 1055/6. & Hamilton 384/42 1656/7
Alstoniana Pg 201 & 202
Although this suit was against Joseph's wife Mary I have recorded this in his file for the insights as to his youth. 2004


ALSTON v. PARKER.
Chancery B. and A. Charles 1, A. 14. (54)
Bill dated 7 February 1645/6 by Mary Alston of Stowmarkett, co. Suffolk, widow of Joseph Alston late of Washbrooke in the said co., deceased, V. Augustine Parker, feoffee of certain lands bought by the said Joseph, and overseer of his will.
The suit relates only to business connected with Josephs Will.

ALSTON v. COOKE & others,
Chancery B. and A. Charles 1. A. 5. (IO)
Bill dated 10 February 1646/7, by Mary Alston of Stowmarkett, widow and executrix of Joseph Alston, gent., V. Lionell Cooke, Edward Parris and Robert Alcocke.
The said Joseph Alston, after a long and tedious suit in the court of Wards and liveries, obtained an order and execution thereupon against the lands and tenements of Peter Alston and Edward Alston and some others for the sum of L3000, and about February 1638 delivered the writ for the execution to Lionell Cooke, then under sheriff of co. Suffolk. Joseph survived until the month of December 1643. The suit is brought for redress against a conspiracy
to obtain money on the part of said Lionell and the other defendants, pursued before and since the decease of the said Joseph Alston.
Alstoniana Pg 174

WARREN (sic) v. ALSTON.
Bill, 25 May 1649, by Francis Warner of Parham, co. Suffolk, esq, v Joseph Alston and Mary his wife.
Edmund Warner, late of Parham, Esq., orator's father deceased, died about 17 Jas. I., leaving (among other children) orator and one Mary Warner, who, being of tender years, your orator did maintain her with meet apparel and diet from the time he was 21 until about the month of January 11 Chas. I. (1635/6), when the said Mary was about to marry Joseph Alston. Orator then had to go to London, and his sister gave him a note to deliver to the said Joseph (then in London) enclosing a list of articles she wished him to buy, and asked orator to buy them for her if the said Joseph did not, saying she would see him paid. Orator bought the articles. being apparel and linen for said Joseph and Mary, amounting to threescore pounds and upwards.
ln February following Joseph and Mary were married Orator gave her L250 over and above her own portion.
They now refuse to refund the said L60.
In their answer the defendants say that Anne Warner, Mary's mother maintained her till her brother Francis was 21, when he did so out of the interest of her portion.
Joseph Alston denies all knowledge of the purchases in question, but says he was promised a portion of L500 with his wife, and that her relations promised to find her wedding apparel and necessaries. Some years since they referred the matter to Sir Anthony Wingfeild, for his arbitration therein, but the complainant refused to abide by his award.
Collins. 25. 1649.
Cresswell notes he may have made an error in his transcription of the date which should probably read 1639
Alstoniana Pg 199

JOSEPH ALLSTON, Gentleman.
Inquisition Post Mortem taken at Ipswich.
May 21 Charles i. (1644).
Ser. ii. Misc. Pt. 26, No. 88, 1644 co. Suffolk
The said Joseph was seised of the manor of Shelland and two messuages and land in Rattlesdon, Shelland and Wollpitt, co. Suffolk; a messuage and land in Bures St. Mary; and messuages and land in Chilton in the parish of Clare, Stoke by Clare and Poslingford ; a messuage and land called Osmonds, in Assington, Wissington and Stoke by Nayland, formerly John Turner's ; land in Polsted and Boxford, formerly John Yeoman's ; a messuage and land in Great Waldingfeild and Acton ; and the site of the manor of Overtie and land in Bramford, late farmed by Francis Colburne, decd., and parcel of the said manor ;and three closes of land there, lately bought by the said Joseph of Nicholas Bacon, gent. ;
and four messuages and land, bought by him of James Baldwin, gent., in Washbrooke, Hintlesham and Chattisham.
Portions of his will, dated 18 December 19 Charles i. (1643), at Washbrooke, are recited,
Joseph died at Washbrooke 21 December 1643 ; his widow Mary is living at Stowmarket.

His daughters Mary and Suzanna were his heirs, aged at their father's death respectively 4 and 2.
On the 4th December last past the said Suzanna died at Beeston, co. Norfolk.
Alstoniana pg 262

Loraine Family Archive
Ipswich Record Office
Ref HA61
Item: Incomplete copy of will of Joseph Alston of Washbrook, Suffolk. - ref. HA61/436/78 - date: 18 Dec 1643
A2A

Jacob Brand held in trust for William Alston, Esq. of Bramford
Property in Bramford, Blakenham and Baylham, Suffolk - descended from Joseph Alston through Dame Mary Hanmer, wife of Sir John Hanmer, Bt. of Hanmer Hall, Flint, daughter and heir, then to Samuel Alston & to grandson.
Date: 1766.
Ref Ipswich RO HA61/436/142

WILL of JOSEPH ALSTON of WASHBROOK
Consistory Court, Norwich-Register No. 133 fol I - 1643.
18 Nov 1643. Joseph Alston of Washbrook co Suffolk gent being sick in body etc.
My soul to the Holy Trinity of Heaven etc. and my body to the earth from whence I received the same to be interred in Christian burial at the discretion of my executrix.
To poor of Bramford L5, Rushbrooke 40/-, Spowton 40/-.
To most needy poor of Boxford L3,
All my messuages, lands, gardens &c. in Boxford, Groton, Powlstead, Assington and Wiston co. Suffolk now occupied by John Hamond, Samuel Carter, Joseph Cole, and John Brownsmyth, to be sold for the purposes aforesaid and my executrix may at all times (until my daughter Mary shall be 18 years of age) have the timber upon my manor or demesne land called Shelland Hall in Rattlesden and or any other my lands now occupied by Joseph Isaacke and liberty of ingress and egress, sawing pits, etc. whereof I have a lease assigned to me diverse messuages lands, etc. in Bramford co. Suffolk being freehold messuages lands etc. of Peter Alston, Edward Alston and Margery now wife of Thomas Wynn all ye children late of Peter Alston my late deceased Uncle and I now give and demise to my executrix all my right, title etc. with term of years therein to sell same and whereas there has been some speech as to an agreement between me and the parties owners of said premises for payment to me of L2500 (and wh hath in no sort been performed) if said Peter Alston, Edward Alston and Mary wife of Thos. Wynn, shall pay to my executrix L1900 and to Bridget Bridgman my sister now wife of Edmund Bridgeman L500, then executrix to convey her right in sd premises to them-and money arising from such sale to pay debts and legacies.
To my dear and loving wife Mary (in satisfaction of dower) my messuages, lands &c. in Bramford and Blakenham on the Hill for her life and then as follows :If she be with child a son then to remain to him, and if a daughter then to her, and my daughters Mary and Susan to hold same to them for ever.
If my children all die s.p. then to go to my loving wife Mary, to her heirs etc. for ever.
To my daughter Mary my Manor or Messuage called Shelland Hall in Shelland, Rattlesden and Woolpit and its lands and appurtenances &c. to her for ever, at 21, and if she die under age and s.p. then to my daughter Susan (at 21).
To my said daughter Mary L1000 at 18 years or marriage.
To my said daughter Susan L2000 (L1000 at 18 or marriage and L1000 at 21).
If daughters die before legacies are due, then to my other children, and if children die, then above money to be divided equally between Anne Payne, my sister and the children of my sister Bridget Bridgman who may then be living.
To my sister Bridget Bridgman my messuages &c. in Clare co. Suffolk for her life, and then to her children.
To my sister Anne Payne all messuages in Great Waldingfield for her life, and then to her children.
To my wife the rents and profits of the Capital Messuage wherein I now dwell and all lands &c. bought of James Baldwyn and his wife in Washbrooke, Chattesham or Hintlesham co. Suffolk for two years and then to Augustine Parker, son of Augustine Parker my kinsman for ever, and said Augustine the father to have profits until the son Augustine is of age.
To the two Children of my sister Susanne Bright deceased L20 apiece, at 21.
To Joseph Colman, son of Frances Colman, deceased my godson and kinsman L60, at 21
To my wife's brother Mr. Robert Warner and to Mrs. Ursula Warner and Mrs. Dorothy Warner my wives sisters each a ring value L20.
To Thomas Lilly my servant a suit and a cloak and L10.
To Charles Sterne my man L5 and my brown mare, or L5 more and a suit of apparel and a cloak.
To William Pilborough my servant L5.
Legacies to 3 female servants of L5 each.
To Mary Parker, wife of said Augustine Parker the elder, a ring value L5, and to Susan Parker his daughter L100 at 18.
To my wife all household goods &c. linen, plate, &c. for her life and then to come to my children equally.
Also to my wife my coach and furniture.
To my kinsman Augustine Parker, the elder, my grey nagge.
My dear well beloved wife to be sole executrix and said Augustine Parker the elder to be the supervisor, and he to have L100 for his pains.
18 December 1643.
Signed Joseph Alston
Will on ten sheets and witnessed by James Wythe, John Hurrell, John Arnold, Thomas Lillye, Joseph Alston.
Proved at Washbrooke 11th January 1643 by Mary Alston the widow.

Phyllis Wells writes in Dec 2011 from a copy of Josephs Will:
Think that the month has been misread. It is December (Signing date, not Nov as in Alstoniana). Re the probate, the Will was proved 11.1.1643/4 and administration was committed to Mary Alston, widow, the executrix in the said testament (will). On the 22.2.1643/4 she is back again and ' alleged the testament above of the above said deceased testator to have been the original and principal evidence for herself and her daughters for various lands and tenements in the same will by the testator given, and the relict ( ie widow ) etc,. . . . . ' after that it is incomprehensible. That actually sounds as though someone else was contesting her right of ownership.



Joseph married Mary WARNER [2977], daughter of Edmund WARNER [2978], on 25 Feb 1634/35 in Parham. Mary was baptised on 22 Jul 1617 in Parham, died on 17 Sep 1687 at age 70, and was buried in Bramford SFK.

General Notes:
Mary lived at Stowmarket after her husbands death, then Moulsey SRY. Ref HA61/436/576 [n.d.] Ipswich R.O.

PARKER v. ALSTON.
Bill, 10 November 1645, by Augustine Parker of Washbrook, co. Suffolk, gent. v. Mary Alston.
The bill recites orator's reversionary interest &c. under the will of Joseph Alston, decd., of which he is overseer.
Mary Alston, the defendant, his widow and executrix, soon after his death grew weary of abiding in tbe house &c. bequeathed to her for two years and afterward to orator's son, both by reason of the place, and for trouble of occupation thereof, with care of servants ; and she advised with her friends to induce Orator to buy her stock of cattle &c. there. An agreement was made for the purchase ; orator conceived an allowance should be made him out
of the purchase money, for sums due to him from his said late cousin Joseph Alston, and also for the legacy bequeathed to him in the will. The suit arises out of this and other small financial transactions.
Collins, 15. 1645,
Alstoniana Pg 197

BRIGHT v. ALSTON.
Bill, 14 April 1646, by Edmond Bright of Mildenhall, co. Suffolk, a gent. V. Mary Alston, widow, James Withe, and others.
One Joseph Alston of Washingbrooke, Suffolk, decd., was seised of the manor of Shelland, and freehold lands in Boxted &c., besides copyhold tenements held of several manors, and a great personal estate in money and plate &c. He had issue only two daughters, Mary and Susan, and had no brothers, but three sisters, Anne, Susan and Bridget. Anne was married to Mr. Wells, clerk, by whom she had issue a son and a daughter now living ; and at the death of the said Wells, she was married to one Mr. Paine, since dead, by whom she had issue a son now living. Susan was married to complainant, by whom she had issue a son since dead. By his will the said Joseph left bequests to the children of complainant and the said Susan, besides bequests to the children of the said Anne
and Bridget. But Mary Alston, his widow, pretends that, a few days before his death, Joseph made another will by which he left but L20 apiece to the said children ; a year after Joseph's death complainant searched in the Registry at Norwich but could find no such will proved.
Answer of Mary Alston and Thomas Lilly (signed by both) 8 May 1646.
Joseph Alston made a will about 6 months before his death, the provisions of which are unknown to the said Mary, because, when he offered to read it to her, she could not bear to hear it read ; a few days before his death, viz. about 18 December 1643, he made the will which the complainant disputes.
Thomas Lilly was the said Joseph's servant, and attended upon him in his sickness, and witnessed the will made a few days before his death.
Collins 16 1646

BRIGHT V. ALSTONE & others.
Bill, 24 April 1646, by Edmund Bright of Mildenhall, Suffolk, gent., v. Mary Alston, widow, James Withe, John Arnold, ,John Harwell, Thomas Lilly, Augustin Parker, Lawrence Whiting, Peter Alston and Edward Brasier.
Edmund Bright was husband of Susan Alston, deceased, sister of Joseph Alston decd. ; the suit is to recover legacies under the will of the said Joseph.
Mitford. 110/10 1640.
Alstoniana Pg 198

Ref WYNN v. ALSTON. see Joseph Alston [2976]

WYNN v. ALSTON.
Bill, I January 1655/6, by Thomas Wyn [3014] of London, merchant, v. Mary Alston, widow.
Thomas Alston, one of the sons of Peter Alston, late of Bramford, co. Suffolk, gent. decd., devised messuages and lands in Bramford to complainant and Margery, then his wife (sister of the said Thomas) and their children ; and in virtue of the said bequest they duly entered in, and let the said property. Some time afterwards (about Michaelmas 1630 or 1631) one Joseph Alston, a near kinsman of the said Margery, repaired to complainant's house in London, and there had diet and lodging, and complainant procured him to be admitted to the free school of St, Paul's, London, and furnished him with a gown, books, &c. Joseph was a ward in Chancery, and the Master of the Court of Wards sent for him, and delivered him into the custody of the usher of the said court, who kept him 4 days without any manner of sustenance, so that he would have died, but the complainant sent for him to his own
house again, and provided him with physicians and a nurse for a great length of time; and so the said Joseph
received his health again. Complainant afterwards sent him to the University of Cambridge, until about 1639,
shortly after which the said Joseph married one Mary Warner, daughter of . . . . . Warner, since deceased ; and came of age in 1639 and was in enjoyment of the real and personal estate left by his father and elder brother (which personal estate was valued at L4000 or L5000) ; his elder brother had died under age, a ward to the court. Joseph was very sensible of his debts to complainant, but his wife incensed him against him, to such an extent that the said Joseph knowing the deeds of the late Peter Alston were in the hands of one Francis Andrewes of Hadley, co. Suffolk, by
fraudulent means got possession of them and detained them from complainant, alleging he had deeds that upset complainant's title to the premises abovesaid. He afterwards promised to surrender the deeds, but died about 10 years since, and the said Mary, his widow, still retains them.
Defendant, in her answer, denies all knowledge of the expenses incurred by complainant for her late husband ; if it is as stated the cost should be defrayed by Peter Alston, to whom he was ward. In 13 Chas. I. after a long suit in the court of Wards and Liveries upon a bond of L5000 wherein the said Peter Alston's father stood bound to account for the moneys &c. of Edward Alston, then decd., father of Joseph, the said Joseph obtained a decree against Peter for the payment of L3450, and for non-payment thereof the said Joseph did extend certain lands which formerly belonged to the said Peter's father ; and so the deeds and premises came into his hands.
Hamilton, 421. 1055/6.

WILL of MARIA ALSTON of MOULSEY:
Dated 18th August 1685
Will of Maria Alston of Moulsey in the County of Surrey widow dated 18th August 1685
Devises to her sister Dorothy Warner and her heirs, the Manors, Messuages, Lands Tenements and hereditaments and real estate in any part of England--also to the said Dorothy Warner her ready money, plate, jewells, wearing apparel, debts owing and all personal estate whatsoever.
The said Dorothy Warner appointed full. and sole executrix--All other wills revoked.
Witnesses : Edmund Warner, Esther Maria Foord, Charles Minors.
Probate granted 19 Sep 1687
Page 120 Alstoniana
Foot 112

Refer to a precis of Bramford land transactions in "Notes" William Alston [2958] Ref: HA61 refers to the Loraine Archive Ipswich R.O.
Mary was party to many property transactions:
1 Dec 1648 - Bargain and sale for L510 by Edward Alston gent of Bramford to Mary Alston of Moulsey widow of Joseph Alston of Washbrooke SFK, of a messuage called Oserpitte in Bramford occupied by Henry Bradstreete with 39 acres of pasture and pightles, variously named. HA61/436/569.

Trinity 1649 - Two halves of final concord for L60 between Mary Alston Widow, and Edward Alston [2997] gent and wife Elizabeth of a messuage in Bramford with garden orchard woods and lands totaling 58 acres. Ref. HA61/436/570.

10 & 11 Aug 1660. Copy of lease and release by Peter Alston Esq. of Bramford, Suffolk and Mary Alston, widow of Joseph Alston Esq. late of Bramford, to Sir John Hanmer, kt. of Whittingham Hall, Suffolk HA61/436/73

20 July 1663. Copy of a Grant by the Crown of lands to Mary Alston, widow of Joseph Alston, late of Shellands Hall, Suffolk. Lands held by Peter Alston for ward Joseph and seized by Crown when L5000 bond of Peter Alston's forfeited. Held by Joseph throughout his life but without proper grant, which was interrupted by Civil Wars. HA61/436/72

21 April 1664. Assignment of lands to Mary Alston, widow of Joseph Alston (late of Shellands Hall, Suffolk) of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, extended to William Gilbert, clerk, of Brent Eleigh, Suffolk in trust for William Baker, clerk, of Monks Eleigh, Suffolk. Hulver Hill (manor of Lovetofts) occupied by Phillip Dwight, yeoman, and Alderfields (in Bramford) lately occupied by Richard Wellam, now occupied by Edward Freeman, yeoman. (Total 90 acres). All formerly part of estate of Peter Alston, late of Bramford. HA61/436/66

1664 Copy of final concord between Wm. Baker, clerk, complainant and Sir John Hanmer and Mary Alston, widow, deforciants, for 2 messuages, 60 acres land, 10 acres meadow, 30 acres pasture in Bramford HA61/436/67

22 April 1664. Deed by Sir John Hanmer, kt. of Whittingham Hall, Suffolk and Mary Alston, widow of Joseph Alston, late of Shellands Hall, Suffolk, to William Baker, clerk, of Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, to levy a fine on buildings and lands HA61/436/71

23 Nov 1664. Copy of general release by Sir John Hanmer, Kt. of Whittingham Hall, Suffolk and Mary Alston, widow of Joseph Alston, late of Shellands Hall, Suffolk, of William Baker, clerk, of Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, for L725. HA61/436/70

19 Dec 1671 - Bargain and Sale for L500 by Mary Alston of Moulsey SRY to Edward Warner Esq. of Parham of the property in Bramford described in above 436/539, including that purchased by the late Peter Alston father of Edward Alston from Henry Aldham.
Ref. Ips RO HA61/436/572

22 Dec 1671. Grant and release and confirmation (for L500 paid) by Mary Alston of Moulsey, Surrey (widow of Joseph Alston, gent. of Washbrook, suffolk) to Edmond Warner, Esq. of Parham, Suffolk, above HA61/436/572 HA61/436/571

15 & 16 April 1675 - Lease and Release of the lands in 436/572 by Mary Alston and Edward Warner to Dorothy Warner (Mary's sister) of St Martins in the Fields MDX. Then later declared in trust for Mary Alston.
Declaration of trusts for property sold by Mary Alston to Dorothy Warner 16 April 1671 now declared to be in trust to use of Mary Alston and after her death for her debts and surplus on sales to executors. 22 April 1675.
HA61/436/573 & 574

21 April 1684 - Mortgage for 1000yrs for L100 by Mary Alston widow of Stowmarket and Dorothy Warner to Thomas Fiske gent of Stoneham on property described in 436/569 above. With endorsements of assignment:-
To John Brandlinge Esq. of Grey's Inn in trust for Elizabeth Brandlinge, his sister. 12 May 1687. To Nathaniel Hawes, citizen and fishmonger, of London. 13 May 1689. With deed, 22 July 1708, to Dame Mary Hanmer (on paying off mortgage on purchase of property by Dame Mary Hanmer, 2 June 1708 HA61/436/575

12 & 13 May 1687 Assignment of mortgage by lease and release for L100 to Mary Alston and Dorothy Warner of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, and for L100 to Thomas Fiske, gent., of Rattlesden to Elizabeth Branlinge, spinster, of St. Andrews, Holborn, of property purchased 19 Dec. 1671
Bond for L100 by Mary Alston and Dorothy Warner to Elizabeth Brandlinge to perform covenants. 13 May 1687. HA61/436/577.

Will on file and images on this file for transcription.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 256 F    i. Anne ALSTON [2979] was baptised about 1637 in Boxford SFK.

+ 257 F    ii. Lady Mary ALSTON [2980] was born on 24 Mar 1640/41 in Bramford SFK, died on 11 Dec 1709 at age 68, and was buried in Bramford SFK.

+ 258 F    iii. Susan ALSTON [2982] was baptised on 12 Aug 1642 in Bramford SFK and died on 4 Dec 1644 in Beeston NFK at age 2.

110. Edward ALSTON [2983] (Edward of Boxford43, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 8 Jan 1616/17 in Boxford SFK and was buried on 15 Oct 1628 in Hadleigh SFK.

General Notes:
Edward was aged 12 at his death. Mentioned in his parent's wills, where he was left property by his father in Nayland, Stoke by Nayland and elsewhere.

Alston (Edward). Sepulchral inscription at Hadleigh 1628.
Ref British Library 2007

111. Thomas ALSTON [3006] (Peter of Bramford46, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried on 28 Jul 1661 in Groton SFK.

General Notes:
Thomas Alston 3rd son of Peter Alston late of Bramford deceased - Matric. pens. from St Catherine's Easter 1631; Admitted to Grays Inn 31 May 1633. (Vis. of Essex 1634). Father noted as deceased - from Grays Inn admissions PRO

Alston Thomas: 3rd s Peter A late of Bramford Suffolke, gen., dec'd - 31 May 1633 f897.
Collectanea Genealogica

ALSTON (THOMAS) third son of Peter, late of Bramford, Suffolk, adm. 1633,
GRAY'S INN REGISTER, 1521-1887.-ALSTON. - Alstoniana Pg 349

Thomas's marriage to Ann is not proven

Mentioned in his grandfathers Will 30 May 1616

Thomas obtained property under his fathers Will at Gt & Little Waldingfield.

Researcher Cresswell notes:"Wife and family of Thomas are derived from the Groton Registers, and credited to this Thomas with much doubt and hesitation".

Alston Thomas of Grays Inn MDX Esq., brother Edward, sister Margery Wynne V Exor., Peter Alston. Sent PRO Conf Test Nov 22 1634 (106 Segar) Will apparently unregistered
PCC Probates & Sentences Index 1630-39 NZSOG

Thomas married Ann [5709].

The child from this marriage was:

+ 259 F    i. Ann ALSTON (Alstone) [5710] was baptised on 26 Feb 1627/28 in Groton SFK.

Thomas next married Bridgett [3007]. Bridgett was buried on 1 Jul 1661 in Groton SFK.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 260 M    i. Thomas ALSTON [3008] was baptised on 18 May 1630 in Groton SFK.

+ 261 M    ii. Thomas ALSTON [3009] was baptised on 30 Mar 1632 in Groton SFK.

+ 262 M    iii. Samuel ALSTON [3010] was baptised on 26 May 1637 in Groton SFK.

+ 263 M    iv. John ALSTON [3011] was born about 1639 and was buried on 16 Feb 1660/61 in Groton SFK.

112. Margery ALSTON [3013] (Peter of Bramford46, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 24 Apr 1606 in Bramford SFK.

General Notes:
Mentioned in her grandfathers Will 30 May 1616

Margery married before her fathers death, she is said to be living in 1643

Margery married Thomas WYNNE [3014] in 1626 in Chelmsford ESS.

General Notes:
Ref suit WYNN v ALSTON see Joseph Alston [2976]

Margery next married Francis FOX [7262].

General Notes:
Ref Rumbald v Alston see Peter Alston [2996]


The child from this marriage was:

+ 264 F    i. Martha FOX [7263] .

113. Elizabeth ALSTON [3015] (Peter of Bramford46, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 17 Jan 1603/04 in Bramford SFK.

General Notes:
Mentioned in her grandfathers Will 30 May 1616

Elizabeth was married before her fathers death, and living in 1643.

Appears to be mentioned in her Step-Mothers Will Katherine Alston nee Buggs 1650

Elizabeth married Thomas KNAPP [3016] on 17 Nov 1636 in St Matthew Ipswich SFK.

General Notes:
This family based on Harl. MSS 6071
Alstoniana Pg 368


Children from this marriage were:

+ 265 F    i. Elizabeth KNAPP [8864] .

+ 266 M    ii. Thomas KNAPP [8865] .

+ 267 F    iii. Anne KNAPP [8866] .

+ 268 M    iv. John KNAPP [8867] .

+ 269 M    v. Robert KNAPP [8868] .

114. Peter ALSTON [6151] (Peter of Bramford46, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried on 20 Nov 1603 in Bramford SFK.

General Notes:
Burial from Bramford Registers, this placement is unproven.

115. Peter ALSTON [2996] (Peter of Bramford46, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1593 in Bramford SFK.

General Notes:
Peter Alston - Matric. admitted fellow commoner from St Catherine's Easter 1624; B.A. 1627 Admitted at Grays Inn May 27 1628. " Peter Alston son and heir of Peter Alston of Bramford Suffolk, gent deceased". Under age at his Fathers death.
Ref Grays Inn admissions PRO. Also Alstoniana Pg 349

Alston Peter: son and heir of Peter Alston of Bramford Suffolke, gen., dec'd. - 27 May 1628 f851. [Peter Alston (the father) of Bramford (3rd s of Wm., Alston of Saham Hall) bap., at Newton 30 Nov 1569, d 3 April 1628. Will dated 26 March].
Collectanea Genealogica.

Mentioned in his grandfathers Will 30 May 1616
Peter inherited Lovetot Manor Bramford from his father.

Copy of lease and release by Peter Alston Esq. of Bramford, Suffolk and Mary Alston, widow of Joseph Alston Esq. late of Bramford, to Sir John Hanmer, kt. of Whittingham Hall, Suffolk - ref. HA61/436/73 - date: 10 & 11 Aug 1660

ALSTON v. ALSTON & others.
Chancery B. and A. Charles 1. A. 6. (44) (In bad condition.)
Bill dated 15 July 1627, by Peter Alston of Bramford, co. Suffolk, gent., son and heir and executor of Peter Alston, late of the said place, deceased, v. Katharine Alstone, Tobias Minter and his wife, and others. . . . .
Now it happened that the father had been entrusted with a great personal estate by his brother Edward Alston, whose executor he was, and guardian to his five children, while Edward's eldest son was a ward to the King.
Katherine Alston, Orator's stepmother, (who, though she brought to her husband but a mean portion, not exceeding L100, has lately attempted to bring a writ of dower &c. &c.) caused much waste of Orator's father's estate by her extravagence, having not less than 20 gowns of wrought velvet, tufftaffeta satin damask and other stuffs, and petticoats suitable to them, all laid very thick with gold and silver lace, far unfit for her degree, and all made at the charge of her husband, which he was willing to undergo, hoping thereby to have procured a peaceable and quiet conversation with the said Katherine, yet could not have it, &c. &c.
The suit is brought to recover possession of divers trunks, containing jewels, evidences &c. &c. conveyed away from Bramford

ALSTON v. ALSTON & another.
Chancery B. and A. Charles I, A. 29. (43.)
Bill, dated 16 May 1628, by Katherine, widow of Peter Alstone of Bramford, v. Peter, Edward and Thomas
Alstone, and Francis Andrews. (In matters as before)

ALSTON v. ALSTON & others.
Chancery B. and A. Charles I. A. 21. (3.)
Bill, dated 28 June 1629, by Katharine, widow of Peter Alston, v. Daniel1 Heron, Peter Alston and Francis
Andrewes.
Respecting annuity granted to Oratrix by her late husband (similar to A16 below)

ALSTON V. ALSTON.
Chancery Proceedings. Charles I. A. 32/10.
Bill dated 27 November 1629, by Peter Alston of Bramford, co. Suffolk, gent., v. Katherine Alston, widow of Peter Alston of Bramford, his late father.
On 18 May 5 Chas. I. the Orator and defendant became mutually bound in a penal sum of L2000 to abide the arbitrament of Sir Nicholas Hyde, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, in controversies then pending as to the jointure and dower of the said Katherine. The award made was that the late Peter Alston's estate should be divided into three equal parts, one of which at her own choice, should be assigned to Katherine together with the
sum of L35, and her gowns, linen and other apparel, to be delivered to her in the house of Samuel Ward, clerk, in Ipswich.
Before this award was delivered Katherine had actually waived the jointure made her by his father, wherefore, under his father's will, the said property descends to Orator, with reversion to his brother Thomas. Still he has divided and is ready to assign the lands according to the award, but the defendant says they have not been divided as required by the award &c. &c.

ALSTON V. ALSTON & others.
Chancery Proceedings. Charles I. A. 34/21.
Replication of Katherine Alston to Peter Alston and Francis Andrewe, and to the joint answers of Edward
Alston and Thomas Alston, defendants.




ALSTON V. ALSTON & others.
Chancery B. and A. Charles I. A. 16. (15.)
Bill, dated 15 November 1630, by Katharin Alston, widow of Peter Alston, late of Bramford, co. Suffolk, Esq. deceased, V. Peter Alston, Edward Alston, Thomas Alston, Francis Andrewes, Thomas Wynn, Jeremie Dicklemore and John Wilky.
Peter Alston deceased bought of the Earl of Cleveland, then Lord Wentworth, the manor or farm of Lovetofts, in Bramford, parcel whereof was at the time of purchase leased for a term of years to one Thomas Denton ; this lease Peter also bought, and took the assignment thereof in the name of Edward Alston, an infant, one of his younger sons., in mere trust and confidence to the only use of himself portron in the said purchase.
Having married Oratrix, he employed part of her portion in the said purchase.
About April 1628 the said Peter fell into sickness, and Peter Alston the younger and the said Edward Alston, his sons by a former marriage, both being under age, with the help of one Francis Andrewes, an attorney, and one Thomas Wynn, who had married a daughter of the said Peter the elder, persuaded their father to alter a will, wherein he had dealt well and lovingly with Oratrix, and add a codicil by which he left one quarter of his lands to his 1st, second and third sons, the said Peter, Edward and Thomas.
The suit is brought to obtain redress against several fraudulent acts and designs on the part of the defendants.

ALSTON v. ALSTON & another.
Chancery Proceedings. Charles 1. A. 30/33.
Another suit (bill dated 12 October 1638) between the same parties, as in Alston v. Alston 1629 ; Roger Norfolke
is joined as defendant.
Katherine is described as Katherine Buggs, one of the daughters of Edward Buggs, Esq.
Re Katherine's jointure, and lease granted by her to the complainant Peter.
Alstoniana 169, 170, 171, 173.

Alston's Petition, to be freed from an Arrest, being in the Parliament's Service.
Upon reading the Petition of Peter Alston Gentleman, now a Prisoner in Newgate; being in the Service of the Parliament, under Colonel Martin, Governor of Alsebury, and arrested by Katherin Alston Widow, his Mother in Law; and considering he is in immediate Service of the Parliament, desires their Lordships would please to take his Condition into Consideration.
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the said Mrs. Alston shall have a Copy of this Petition, and return an Answer on Monday next to this House; and then further Consideration shall be had thereof.
13 Feb 1645.

From: 'House of Lords Journal Volume 7: 13 February 1645', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 7: 1644 (1767-1830), pp. 191-193. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33233 Date accessed: 05 July 2012.
ALSTON & others v. ALSTON & others.
Chancery Proceedings before 1714. Collins 144.
Bill, 4 July 1655, by Peter Alston of Gray's Inn, Middlesex, gent., son and heir and executor of Peter Alston,
gent., deceased, and Thomas Wynn of London, merchant, and Margery his wife, one of the daughters of the late
P. Alston, v. Mary Alston (and others).
Edward Alston of Boxford, Suffolk, gent. (eldest brother of Orator's father) made his son John and his brother Peter his executors.
His son John, being a minor, and holding by Knight service, became a ward to the King ; wardship was granted to Anne, mother of the said John, who died about 1625 ; John died shortly afterwards, leaving Joseph, his brother and heir, a ward to the King. It was ordered by the court of Wards and Liveries 3 July 2 Charles I that Orator's father should give his bond to one John Brand, Kinsman of the said ward, for the proper administration of the estate.
Joseph Alston came of age in April or May 12 Charles I., and then demanded an account from orator's father.
Various proceedings have been had in the Court of Wards, and proper deductions were not made from the estate
for expenses, maintenance of Edward Alston's younger children &c. &c.
In 1641 Joseph agreed with Orator (Peter) to give a general release upon payment by the said Orator and the other
complainants of a sum total of L5800.
Orators intended to raise the money at the time appointed, but the late troubles happening about that time, they could
find no chapman that would adventure in the midst of those distractions (whereof most men were doubtful what might be the issue and event) to purchase any lands.
Joseph Alston afterwards desired to buy some lands of your Orator Peter, that lay intermixed with his., and agreed to take some in satisfaction of the said sum, or part of it ; and shortly afterwards fell sick, and made hrs last will 18 December 19 Charles I ; and being mindful of your Orator's great suffering in the late troubles made provision respecting the matter between them (as in the said will appears).
Now Mary (the defendant in the first place) his widow and executrix is oppressing orators with regard to the said claim contrary to equity and the provisions of her husband's will.
(The bill is not concluded on the only membrane preserved)
Alstoniana Pg 175

BARKER v. ALSTON.
Bill, 25 January 1655/6 by Thomas Barker of Gray's Inn, co. Middlesex, esq. v. Peter Alstone of Gray's Inn, gent., George Nedham, esq., and Philip Tylney, gent.
The suit relates only to financial transactions connected with the estates of Sir Francis Needham and their settlement. No Alston except the defendant is mentioned, and he seems to have acted legally.
Whittington 49 1655/6
Alstoniana Pg 202

ALSTON v. STORER.
1651. Chancery Proceedings before 1714. Collins 144.
Bill 27 November 1651, by Peter Alston of Alton, co. Derby, gent. v. John Storer.
About 8 or 9 years since the manor of Alton was settled on your orator and his heirs by those who had good and lawful power so to do. John Storer is tenant of tbe said manor for a parcel of land, but orator can obtain from him neither the rent reserved, nor a sight of the lease under which he holds.
Defendant says he holds an unexpired lease of the land from Thomas Needham, Esq., and has never atturned
tenant to the complainant, or acknowledged him his landlord.
Alstoniana Pg 175
(Uncertain if correctly placed 2004)

RUMBALD v. ALSTON.
Bill, 15 November 1676, by John Rumbald of Shadwell, co. Middlesex, pewterer, v. Peter Alston.
One Margery Wynne of London, widow, deceased about six years since, orator's near kinswoman, was seized of an inn called "The Bell" in Bramford, co. Suffolk; soon after her death one Peter Alston of London, clerk, her brother, brought forward a claim to interest therein, which he offered to make over to his kinsman Charles Fox, son of Martha, only daughter of the said Margery, by one Francis Fox her husband: and a bargain of sale was accordingly made between complainant (the next friend of said Charles Fox) and the said Peter Alston, 31 July 1674. Since this time, however, complainant has been disturbed again by Alston's claims ; and meanwhile a deed has come into complainant's hands by which the said Peter Alston, as executor of Peter Alston, late of Bramford deceased, granted the said tenement to the said Margery Wynne for certain sums of money, 24 March 1659/60.
Alston lodges a demurrer, shewing that neither Martha nor Charles Fox are parties to the bill, and that therefore he should not be forced to answer.
Collins, 239. 1676.
Alstoniana Pg 207

House of Lords Record Office: House of Lords: Journal Office [HL/PO/JO/10/1/120 - HL/PO/JO/10/1/224]
House of Lords
Catalogue Ref. HL
Creator(s):
House of Lords
Records of the Parliament Office, House of Lords
FILE - Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/1/180 - date: 10 Feb 1645 - 19 Feb 1645
[from Scope and Content] 13 February 1645 -- Petition of Peter Alston, gent., prisoner in Newgate. Petitioner while serving under Colonel Martin, Governor of Aylesbury, was sent to London in charge of Colonel Busbrigg and other prisoners, and as he was returning, was arrested at the suit of his mother-in-law, Katharen Alston.
1 Affidavit of Robert Sharpe, that he has been unable to serve the order upon Katharen Alston.
FILE - Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/1/181 - date: 20 Feb 1645 - 7 Mar 1645
3 March 1645 -- Petition of Clara, wife of Peter Alston. Her husband, notwithstanding the order for his discharge, is still detained in Newgate by the keeper.
FILE - Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/1/189 - date: 24 Jun 1645 - 9 Jul 1645
8 Information of Doctor Alston, taken before the Committee. 13 June.
Ref A2A

Peter married Clara [5587].

116. Edward ALSTON [2997] (Peter of Bramford46, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1595 in Bramford SFK and died in 1657 aged about 62.

General Notes:
Edward lived in Bramford.

Mentioned in his grandfathers Will 30 May 1616

Loraine Family Archive, Ipswich Record Office, Ref HA61.
1648-1721. Bundle marked: "No. 22A. Ancient writings. Part late Alston's. A.D. 1648 to 1721. Sickamore House Farm, Tye Farm, Brown's Farm and land adjacent in Bramford and Blakenham Parva - purchased by N. Acton from W. Alston in 1771. HA61/436/568-590

1 Dec 1648. Bargain and sale for L510 by Edward Alston, gent., of Bramford to Mary Alston of Moulsey, Surrey, widow of Joseph Alston, gent., of Washbrook, Suffolk HA61/436/569

Trinity 1649. Two halves of final concord (for L60) between Mary Alston, widow - quer. and Edward Alston, gent. and wife Elizabeth - deforcs. For 1 messuage, 1 garden, 1 orchard, 12 acres land, 6 acres meadow, 20 acres pasture, 20 acres wood, etc. in Bramford. HA61/436/570.

Edward benefited under his fathers Will left the manor of Lovetoftes and its contents, the manor at Bramford passed from his brother Peter to Edward Alston who held his first court 3 Jan 1632/33. The next Lord named is John Burrough who held a first court 6 July 1700.


Edward Alston Gent 1669 - W99/123 (unproven placement)
Wills/Probates Archdeaconry of Suffolk - NZSOG Library 2007

Edward married Elizabeth RICHARDSON [2998], daughter of William RICHARDSON of Halstead ESS [3005]. Elizabeth was buried on 19 Jul 1656 in Bramford SFK.

General Notes:
THE WILL OF ELIZABETH ALSTON
Dated 3rd June 1656.
Wife of Edward Alston of Bramford co. Suffolk gent.
I make this will with the consent of my husband to dispose of L200 and a certain quantity of plate bequeathed to me by my late father William Richardson of Halsted Essex. gent. L100 I have already disposed of to my two eldest daughters, Elizabeth and Alice
The other L100 I give to my five daughters viz. Mary, Anne,Susan,Barbara and Martha L20 each at the age of 18 or days of marriage.
I give to my son John Alston the plate left me by my father.
I appoint my brother in law George Guyon of Coggeshall co. Essex gent. executor of this my will.
Signed Elizabeth Alston.
Witnesses: Edward Alston , Thos. Reene, John Colman.
Proved: 24th May 1658 by George Guyon the executor named in the will.
Ref. Wooton 349.
Alstoniana Pg 114
Copy on this file PROB 11/278

PCC Wooton Abstract of Wills 1658 Vol 7
451 - Eliz Alston w Edward Alston of Bramford SFK Gent date 3 Jun 1656. Wm Richardson my father late of Halstead co ESS Gent decd. My two eldest daughters Elizabeth and Alice - My younger daughters Mary, Ann, Susan, Barbara, Martha - son John. Brother-in-law Geo Guyon of Coggeshall co ESS gent., Exec. Elizabeth Alston. Witness Edward Alston, Thomas Reeve, John Coleman (Pr 24/5/1658 PA Pg 255)
Ref: NZSOG 2008


Children from this marriage were:

+ 270 M    i. John ALSTON of Woodbridge [2999] was baptised about 1617 in Bramford SFK and was buried on 16 Apr 1710 in St Mary Woodbridge SFK.

+ 271 F    ii. Mary ALSTON [3156] was baptised about 1621 in Bramford SFK.

+ 272 F    iii. Martha ALSTON [5499] was born about 1631 in Bramford SFK.

+ 273 F    iv. Annah ALSTON [22517] was baptised on 16 May 1631 in Bramfield SFK.

+ 274 F    v. Elizabeth ALSTON [3155] was baptised on 5 Sep 1633 in Bramford SFK.

+ 275 F    vi. Alice ALSTON [3157] was baptised on 20 Mar 1636/37 in Bramford SFK.

+ 276 F    vii. Ann ALSTON [3158] was baptised on 14 Jan 1641/42 in Bramford SFK.

+ 277 F    viii. Susan ALSTON [3159] was baptised on 23 Sep 1645 in Bramford SFK.

+ 278 F    ix. Barbara ALSTON [3160] was baptised on 3 Nov 1648 in Bramford SFK.

117. William ALSTON [3012] (Peter of Bramford46, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1599 in Bramford SFK and died before 1628.

General Notes:
Mentioned in his grandfathers Will 30 May 1616 "To . . . . . William, son of my son Peter, L120 upon reaching 18 years"

William was not mentioned in his fathers Will 26 Mar 1628 so is presumably deceased if placed correctly by other pedigrees.

118. Elizabeth NORTHEY [3147] (Elizabeth ALSTON47, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

119. Ralph NORTHEY [3148] (Elizabeth ALSTON47, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

120. Edward NORTHEY [3149] (Elizabeth ALSTON47, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

121. Margerye NORTHEY [3150] (Elizabeth ALSTON47, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

122. Dorothie ALSTON [5699] (Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 24 Jan 1595/96 in Newton SFK.

General Notes:
Dorothie is not ascribed to this family by Cresswell, the transcripton of the Register reads "Dorothie dau of Thomas Allston"



123. William ALSTON Esq of Odell & Pavenham [3020] (Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 12 Oct 1607 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 16 Mar 1637/38 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
William was Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple and purchaser of the estates at Odell. Memorial in Chancel Odell Church.
Had in 1630 a grant of the office of Custos Brevium in Com. Banco, and in 1634 a further grant of Keeper of the Briefs in the Kings Bench in Reversion a place of considerable profit and honour, being usually conferred on the nobility or eminent persons. (Rym. Foed. tom VIII, part III, fol 163; and part IV, fol 113.).
William was a pious and charitable man, gifting plate and bells to the Church of Odell, he did not marry

William Alston - Adm. pens. at Caius 22 May 1624 age 16; Eldest son of Thomas Gent. of Polstead SFK; School Newton SFK; Admitted at the Inner Temple 6 Feb 1626-7; Of Odell Beds.Buried there 16 Mar 1636-7; Perhaps migrated to Queens and graduated there as Aliston. (Venn. I. 266; Vis of Beds. 1634)
Alumni Cantabrigienses.

First Name: William
Last Name: Alston
Occupation Given: gentleman
Address: Gedding Hall Suffolk
Admission Date: 06/02/1627
Call Date: 15/10/1634
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)

Alston, William: son of Thomas Alston, gent., of (Polstead and Gedding Hall) Newton, Suffolk (bapt., Oct. 12, 1607). At school there, under Mr Meade, three years. Age 16. Admitted, May, 22, 1624, pensioner to the bachelors table. Surety, Mr Moore, fellow. Eldest son. Admitted at the Inner Temple, Feb. 6, 1626/7. Bought the estate of Great Woodhull (Odell), Beds. Died unmarried. Buried at Odell, March, 16, 1637. M.I. there. Will proved (P.C.C.)March 8, 1637/8 (F.G.) Pedigree in vis. of Beds., 1634. Brother of Thomas, 1626; Edward 1628; and John 1631.
Ref: Gonville & Caius College Register Pg., 266. Dr Venns. NZSOG.

Extract from the Bedfordshire Magazine Vol 7 Pg 32 Bed RO.
"The first Alston of Odell was Keeper of Briefs in the Kings Bench, and his brother Thomas, also a lawyer was created a Baronet"
Extract from the Bedfordshire Magazine Vol 2 Pg 261 Bed RO.
Pavenham is isolated and almost completely encircled by the river Ouse, in Doomsday its Manors numbered three. Between 1635 & 1638 Sir William Alston bought one and portions of the others, which together were known as Stevington Manor. In 1649 his brother John bought Cheneys and Brays the remainder.
Note: William is incorrectly described as a Knight.

ALSTON v. STOCKDALE & others.
Chancery B. and A. Charles I. A. 22, (19.)
Bill dated 17 June 1631, by William Alston of the Inner Temple, London, gent. v. Thomas Stockdale and others.
Orator, who was heretofore seised in fee of Bilton Park, co. York, by indenture dated 25 November last, between himself and the said Thomas Stockdale of Preston, co. Lancaster, Esq., sold the said property to Stockdale.
The suit is brought in consequence of annoying proceedings on the part of Stockdale and his confederates.
Alstoniana Pg 171

ALSTON v. CHETWOOD.
Bill, 3 June 1633: by William Alston of the Inner Temple, London, Esq. v. Sir Richard Chitwood of Odyll, co. Bedford, Kt., and Richard Chitwood, his son and heir apparent.
About Hilary term last past Orator agreed with the defendants for the purchase of the manors of Great Odyll and Little Odyll, and for divers lands &c. in those places, and did give the greater sum therefore, being assured that the same was free of all incumbrances. Now, before full conveyance is made, the defendants acknowledge divers recognisances and judgments to which the premises are and will be liable, whereby orator is not only in danger of losing his money paid for the said manors, but also of being evicted from the same.
Defendants, in their auswer, acknowledge and recite a number of judgments given, chargeable on the said lands, but say the Orator was aware of these, before entering into the purchase.
Mitford 42/29 1633

ALSTON v. TUKE & another.
The answer of George Tuke, Esq. and John Seamer to the complaint of William Alston, Esq. They acknowledge complainant has acquired the reversion of the manor of Stebington and Patenham, after expiry of a lease granted thereof to William Seamer. The suit relates to the corn mills which form part of the property.
Mitford. 52/4, 1633?

ALSTON v. ESTWICK & another.
Bill 10 Oct. 1637, by William Alston of Wodhull, co. Bedford, Esq., v. William Estwick and John Seamer.
Cp. suit, Alston v. Tuke., (Mitford 52/4).
This is the bill in the said suit, the name of Tuke being mentioned, and his name apparently torn away here, (the bill is damaged). The answer annexed is that of Wm. Estwick, which accounts for the fresh naming of the suit.
The Manor is here spelt Stevington ad Patenham, no Alston particulars are given
Mitford, 76/45 1637.
Alstoniana Pg 172 & 173.

Inner Temple records 1603-1660 Vol II. NZSOG.
John? Alston Esq departed his life in his chambers in the Inner Temple and paid all dutyes belonging to the Temple Church for burial, and after all dutyes were paid his body was carried out of the Temple, the 13th March 1637/38 to be buried in the country.
This is taken to be William not John.
General Account Book.
Account from 3 Nov 13 Chas I, AD 1637 to 3 Nov 14 Chas I, AD 1638.
Reciepts: Of the Executors of William Alston, deceased, late one of the utter barristers of this House, as given by him towards the beautifying of the Temple Church of The Inner Temple 20L

FUNERAL CERTIFICATE OF WILLIAM ALSTON, FOUNDER OF THE ODELL FAMILY.
Heralds College.
Mr. William Alston of Odell in the county of Bedford, Departed this mortal life at his Chamber in the Inner Temple London upon the 3rd day of March Anno Dni 1637 from whence his body was conveyed in a Carriage with the rights befitting his degree unto Odell two Officers of Armes ryding in the proceeding from the Temple to Islington and John Philipott Somersett Herald one of them appoynted to goe to Odell where upon the day of the funerall he directed the funerall rights which being performed the defuncts body was interred in the Chauncell of Odell Church he being Lord of the manner of Odell and patron of the said church. He died a Batchelor and his second brother Mr. Thomas Alston is his heire who hath testified this Certificate to be true by the subscription of his name.
(signed)
Ex. J. P. S.
Thomas Alston.
The above is a faithfull extract from the book of Funeral Certificates marked I 24 now remaining in the Records of the Heralds College, London.
G. Ambrose Lee,
Bluemantle.
5th April, 1898.
Alstoniana Pg 273

THE WILL OF WILLIAM ALSTON OF THE INNER TEMPLE Esq.
Dated 2nd March 1637
I desire to be decently buried at the discretion of my executrix
By an Indenture dated 1st March I have settled all my Manors, lands tentaments and hereditaments to the use of myself and my heirs and in default of such issue to my mother Dame Francis Temple widow and her heirs, with a power of revocation reserved to me -
I now confirm the said indenture - any lands which I have bought in the names of my younger brethren, I direct shall be conveyed to my mother and her heirs - I appoint my mother sole executrix and leave to her the residue of my estate
signed : WILLIAM ALSTON
Witnesses : Edward Alston, Henry Teague, Joseph Alston, Isaac Allen, Row: Jewkes Will. Jenins, Andrewe Baddeley.
CODICIL
I give for beautifying the parish Church of Great Woodhall one hundred marks
for beautifying the inside of the Temple Church L20
to the poor of the parish of Gt. Woodhall, L10
to the poor of the parish of Stevinton Bedf. L5
to the poor of the parish of Patenham Bedf. L5
to the poor of the parish of Newton Suff where I was born L5
I give to my nephew and godson eldest son of my brother Edward L300
to my nephew and godson. eldest son of my brother John L300
to my cousin Mr Doctor Alston L40
to my cousin Mr Will Blomfeild of the Temple L20
to my servant Rich. Cecill L20
(legacies to other servants)
Signed: WILL: ALSTON
Witnesses :Edward Alston, Joseph Alston, and others same as to will
Proved: 8 March 1637/8 by Lady Fran. Temple widow, mother of testator and executrix named in will.
Ref. Lee 25.
Alstoniana pg 110
Copy of Will on this file.

WILLIAM ALSTON, Esquire.
Inquisition Post Mortem taken at Bedford.
6 September 14 Charles i. (1638).
Ser. ii Misc. Pt 22 No 16 1638 co. Bedford & co. Essex
The said William was seised of the manor of Great Woodhull, alias Odle, and Little Woodhull, alias Odle, and of land in both places, and in Langford, Hockliffe, Shernbrooke, and Wymyngton, and of the adowson of the church of Great Woodhull, bought by the said William of Richard Chetwood, Kt., and Dorothy his wife ; held of the King in chief by military service.
Also of the manors of Stevington alias Steynton, and Pavenham alias Patnam, and land in both places and in O'Kell, Bromham, Stageden and Sturvy alias Turvy, bought by the said William of William Terrell Esq., and Dorothy his wife, and held as above ; and the manor of Pavenham alias Pabenham, bought by him of Edward, Lord Gorges, and others; by tenure unknown;
and also of other messuages and parcels of land in the above named places.
Also of 2 messuages and land in Halsted, Pebmarsh and Colne Engaine, co. Essex, formerly belonging to William Thurgood, gent., by tenure unknown,
By his indenture dated 1 March 13 Charles i. (1638), by the name of William Alston of the Inner Temple, Esq.,
he conveyed the premises above set forth to the use of Lady Frances Temple, widow, his mother, after his death.
He died at Great Woodhull, 3 March 13 Charles i. (1638).
The said Lady Frances is now living at Woodhull aforesaid.
Alstoniana pg 261.

Monument Odell Church.
Here Lie Interred The Bodies Of.
William Alston Esqr eldest son of ye said Thomas
and Frances who died Bachelor at the Inner
Temple was buried here March xvi
1637.

Research Notes:
Parvengham Manor
The names of the successive owners with the dates of their deaths are as follows: John Tyringham, 1484 (fn. 22) ; Thomas Tyringham, 1504 (fn. 23) ; Robert Tyringham, 1531'962 (fn. 24) ; Thomas Tyringham, 1595 (fn. 25) ; Anthony Tyringham, 1614 (fn. 26) ; Thomas Tyringham, 1637'968. (fn. 27) John Tyringham, son of the last-named Thomas, almost immediately on the death of his father sold Pavenham Manor to William Alston, who died seised of it in 1638. (fn. 28) It thus became merged into the larger estate of the Alstons in Odell, under which parish its descent will be found traced until the year 1814, when Thomas and Justinian Alston suffered a recovery of the manor. Mr. Rowland Crewe Alston is the present lord of the manor. (fn. 29)
Ref: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42386&strquery=John%20Alston

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service:
Archdeaconry of Bedford
Catalogue Ref. AB
Creator(s): Church of England, Archdeaconry of Bedford, Bedfordshire
COURT
Case Papers - ref. ABCP
FILE - Testamentary: (Hockliffe?) deposition of Tho. Goodall of Ur.Gravenhurst, blacksmith - ref. ABCP115a - date: 7 June 1718
[from Scope and Content] Maladministration of estate of Tho. Coote planned by Langley of Leighton: he heard conversation in the Cock, Hockliffe, betw. Chas. Ventris & Mr. Alston (tenant of Tho. Coote).
A2A
Placement uncertain 2005



124. Sir Thomas ALSTON Kt & Bt. of Odell [3021] (Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 28 Aug 1609 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 11 Jul 1678 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
Sir Thomas of Odell Castle Beds., was a Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire 1641, created Baronet by Charles 1, 13 June 1642. Noted as having seven sons and two daughters, Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica, Vol IV., and on the Memorial in Odell Church. Cresswell was able to trace only six.

Thomas Alston - Admitted pensioner at Caius College Camb 7 June 1626; Matric (as Alsten) 1626; afterwards as fellow commoner, Admitted at the Inner temple 17 Nov 1627; Barrister 1639; Knighted c 1641 etc. Of Woodhill Beds. (Venn I. 276: degree wrongly assigned there; G.E.C.)

Manor of Odell.
In 1632 Sir Richard Chetwood and Dorothy his wife conveyed the manors of Great and Little Odell by fine to Roger Nicholls and Thomas Tirrell, (fn. 105) preliminary to a sale to William Alston which took place the following year. (fn. 106) William Alston, who was of the Inner Temple, was made keeper of the writs in the King's Bench, a post according to Cooper 'of considerable profit and honour, being conferred only on the nobility or some other eminent persons.' The same authority states that he was a pious and charitable man, giving to the church of Odell a large chalice of silver-gilt, and completing a peal of five musical bells. (fn. 107) He died unmarried in 1638, when his brother Thomas, also of the Inner Temple, succeeded to the Odell property. (fn. 108) He was created a baronet in 1642, in which year he was sheriff for the county. By his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Rowland St. John and sister of three successive Lords St. John of Bletsoe, he had two sonsThomas, who predeceased him, and Rowland, who together with his father made a settlement of the manor in 1674. (fn. 109) Sir Thomas Alston died in 1678, when Rowland acquired the Odell property. He died in 1697, (fn. 110) and was succeeded by his son Sir Thomas Alston, bart., (fn. 111) who sat for Bedford borough in 1698, and on whose death unmarried in 1714 Odell passed to his brother Rowland. He died in 1759, aged eighty, (fn. 112) when his son Thomas succeeded to the baronetcy and family estates. He, who sat as member for the county in 1747 and for Bedford borough in 1760, died in 1774, (fn. 113) having devised his property by will to his natural son Thomas Alston, who with his son Justinian made a settlement of the manor in 1803, (fn. 114) and again in 1814. (fn. 115) Justinian Alston succeeded his father in 1823, and was followed by his son Crewe Alston, on whose death in 1901 the castle and manor passed to his son Rowland Crewe Alston, the present owner.
Ref: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42385&strquery=John%20Alston

Parliment held on 26 May 15 Chas I AD1639.
Thomas Alston called to the bar.
Inner Temple records 1603-1660 Vol II. NZSOG.

Alston, Thomas: (second) son of Thomas Alston, gent. Born at Newton, Suffolk. (bap. Aug. 28, 1609). At school (there) three years, under Mr Mede. Age 16. Admitted pensioner to the bachelors' table, June, 7, 1626, under his tutor and surety, Mr Moore. (Re-admitted as fellow-commoner, Feb. 21, 1626/7). B.A. (Kings) 1629/30: M.A. 1633. Admitted at the Inner Temple, Nov. 17, 1627. Of Woodhill Beds., knt. Sheriff of Beds., 1641. Created baronet, June 13, 1642. Married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Rowland St John, K.B. Buried at Odell, July 11, 1678. Will proved at P.C.C. (F.G.). See William of 1624.
Ref: Gonville & Caius College Register Pg., 276. Dr Venn. NZSOG.


Sir Thomas Alston of Odell was an important county, if not national, figure. His establishment at Odell Castle was more impressive than the Alston home in Pavenham. In 1671, he paid hearth tax on fourteen hearths, twice as many as were levied on Berrystead Mansion. He was a member of parliament when the Civil War broke out in 1642. He gave his support to the ordinance putting Charles I on trial and remained in parliament after his execution. Bedfordshire was divided in its loyalties, but Sir Thomas was one of a band of county parliamentarians which included the Earl of Kent and John Vaux. He was a member of the Midland Association, an amalgamation of eight counties set up by parliamentary ordinance to raise forces, not always an easy task as military service was unpopular and the people of the countryside found themselves politically unenthusiastic about either side of the contest.
Ref . PAVENHAM, The Life story of a Village, by Rachel Marchbank.
Published 1993.

ALSTON v. ALSTON & others.
Chancery Proceedings before 1714. Collins 227.
Bill 24 October 1677, by Sir Thomas Alston of Odell, co. Beds. Knight and Baronet v. William Alston, John Alston and Sir Edward Alston.
William Alston, late of the Inner Temple, London, Esq., being possessed of a considerable personal estate made his will 2 March 1637, and (inter alia) bequeathed to William Alston, his nephew and godson son of his brother John Alston, Esq. L300, and made Dame Francis Temple, his mother, his executrix, who paid the sum to the boy's father.
By her will, dated 3 August 1642, and also by word of mouth, she gave to your orator the household goods then remaining in the mansion house of Odell, and made her two youngest sons, the defendants last named, her
executors.
Continuation of family dispute see William Alston [3094]

SYMONDS v ALSTON
Bill, 22 November 1644., by Richard Symonds of March, co. Cambridge, gent. v. Sir Thomas Alston, - Hooper,
William Bletsoe, John Dillington and others.
Sir Thomas Alston is now sheriff of the county of Bedford, and is made a party to the suit, which relates to the
financial affairs of the defendant Bletsoe, only by virtue of his office.
Bridges. 617. 1644.
Alstoniana Pg 197

BOTELER, Kt. v. ALSTON, Bart.
The answer, 16 May 1648, of Sir Thomas Alston bart., to the complaint of Sir William Boteler, knight.
Defendant acknowledges that orator and his ancestors for 60 years past have been seised of woods called Wood End in the parishes of Odell and Puddington, co. Bedford ;but he denies their right to a freeboard of seven feet wide extending round the said woods.
Defendant has lately become possessor of woods and grounds late belonging to Sir Richard Chetewood. Knight, deceased, adjoining the said woods &c.
Collins. 41 1648
Alstoniana Pg 198

FILL v ALSTON Knt
Bill, 22 June 1648, by Nicholas Fill of Lidlinch, co, Dorset, yeoman, Bartholomew Romayne of the same yeoman, and John Vowles of Haydon, co. Dorset, yeoman, v. Sir Thomas Alston and Anne Molynes.
Sir Thomas Alston of Westhall has acquired certain lands called Bagber farm in Lidlinch, of which Fill holds a lease from one Edward Molynes of Westhall, co. Dorset, and others. The suit is brought for redress against a claim for payment of rent twice over, Sir Thomas sometimes pretending that the rent is due to him, sometimes that
it should be paid to Mrs. Anne Molynes, the other defendant, whose guardian he is.
Collins. 120 1648.
Alstoniana Pg 198

See also MONSON v. ALSTON. Viscount Monson [3173]

TYRINGHAM v. ALSTON.
Bill, 15 February 1653/4, by William Tyringham of Tyringham, co. Bucks. Esq. v. Sir Thomas Alston of Odell, Kt.
Relating to payment of a bond, on which complainant became security for his brother, since deceased. Sir Thomas Alstone is angered against the complainant, because he refused to join with Alstone's brother in the sale of certain lands of inheritance ; and he has absented himself from his lodgings in London and from his house in the country whenever complainant, or any one on his behalf, has attended to make payment of the sums still due.
Reynardson 15/158 1653/4

ST. JOHN v. ALSTON.
Bill, 15 April 1668, by St. Andrew St. John, bart., Rowland, Oliver, Barbara, Sibilla, Elizabeth and Dorothy St.
John, children of Sir Oliver St. John, late of Woodford, co. Northants, bart. decd., by Dame Elizabeth Bale, widow
of Sir John Bale, late of Carlton Curliew co. Leicester, Kt., v. Miles Fleetwood and Dame Barbara his wife, Sir Thomas Alston and Sir John Robinson.
The defendant Barbara, mother of complainants, and the said Sir Thomas and Sir John are trustees under the will of the said Sir Oliver St, John, and have neglected all the terms of the trust, and all care of the estate.
Sir Thomas and Sir John, in their answer, say that they have not yet received any of the profits of the said estate.
Collins, 180. 1668,
Alstoniana Pg 205

EARL OF PETERBOROUGH v. ALSTON.
Bill, 8 February 1669/70, by Henry, Earl of Peterborough, v. Sir Thomas Alston of Odell alias Woodhall, co. Bedford, bart.
The Earl's father about November 9 Charles I (1633/4) settled the manor of Carlton, co. Lincoln, to the intent that he might sell the same ; and shortly afterwards did sell the same to the defendant. The deed included the settlement of other manors on the orator., but cannot be found. Sir Thomas Alston refuses to allow orator to inspect his part of the indentures, and maintams he has no such deeds.
Sir Thomas in his answer says the deeds and copies he holds relate to his title to the premises, part of which he has since sold to the Bishop of Norwich; and he conceives he is not bound to produce them to any one except of his own free will.
Collins. 188. 1669/70.
Alstoniana Pg 205

COUNTESS OF PETERBOROUGH v, ALSTON.
Bill, 29 June 1670, by Elizabeth, Countess Dowager of Peterborough, and John, Viscount Mordant of Aviland,
v. Sir Thomas Alston, bart. and Henry, Earl of Peterborough.
The late Earl of Peterborough, husband and father of the two complainants, by deeds of 14 and l9 Charles I
(1638/39 and 1643/4) settled the manors of Chellington and Stagisden, co. Bedford, on the said Elizabeth for life, with remainder to his eldest son, the present Earl, in tail male, and contingent remainder to Viscount Mordant. One Mr. Richard Cocks, who had the custody of most of the countess's deeds and evidences pretends he has a settlement in his hands of 9 Chas. I (1633/4) barring these remainders. The present Earl and the said Sir Thomas conspire to uphold this alleged deed, and to defraud the countess of her rents, &c.
In his answer Sir Thomas says that about 30 years ago he purchased from the late Earl of Peterborough the manor of Carleton in co. Bedford, and obtained copies of the writings relating to the said manor; but never examined them. About three years since he sold part of the manor to the Bishop of Norwich, and on that occasion shewed the copies to the Bishop's solicitor. About a year since the Countess Dowager, now complainant, had defendant
examined in chancery to prove the writing of Sir Rowland St. John, Kt. of the Bath, his son in law. It was only after this, and after the present Earl exhibited a bill against him in or about Hilary term last, for the setting forth of evidences, that defendant ever perused his copies, and then found the settlement of 9 Charles I amongst them.
Mitford, 286/26 1670.
Alstoniana Pg 205

Court of Chancery, Six Clerks Office.
Pleadings before 1714, Whittington C 10/2/118
Elizabeth [Howard] Mordaunt dowager Countess of Peterborough v Sir Thomas Alston baronet, Edward Alston, Joseph Alston and William Blomefield: manor of Grafton Underwood, [Northants]. Two answers . Date: 1649.
National Archives.gov.uk

ASHTON v. ALSTON.
Bill, 12 February 1674/5 by Thomas Ashton alias Benson of Senthill, co. Bedford, yeoman, v. Sir Thomas Alston bart., William Ashton alias Benson and others.
Sir Thomas Alston is made a party only as Lord of the manor of Stephenton, lands in which are the matter in dispute.
Bridges. 436/97. 1674/5
Alstoniana Pg 207

PICKERING v. ALSTONE.
Bill, 24 November 1679, by Sir John Pickering of Tichmarsh, co. Northants, bart., v. Sir Rowland Alston, bart. and Mary Pheasant.
Sir Thomas Alston of Odell, bart., having, and having always expressed a particular affection for his davghter Frances, promised complainant, when he treated with the said Sir Thomas about a marriage with the said Mistress Frances, that he would at or before his death., give her L500 in addition to her portion. This has never been paid, and Sir Rowland alleges there is not sufficient to pay the whole of the legacies, &c., after satisfaction of Sir Thomas's debts.
Attached to Sir Rowland's answer are 2 schedules (I) of the whole of the personal estate of the said Sir Thomas, (2) of his debts. The former includes a complete inventory of the furniture. No pictures are mentioned. Among the sums spent by the executor is L120 for erecting a monument in the chancel of Odell church, in memory of William Alston, Esq. and of Dame Frances Temple. L300 has been spent in funeral charges and expenses connected with the will.
Mitford. 302/119. 1679. Ref TNA C8/302/119
Alstoniana Pg 208
This has been placed in Sir Thomas's notes as a view on his financial position at his death as represented by his executor

Norfolk Record Office:
THE WODEHOUSE FAMILY OF KIMBERLEY
Catalogue Ref. KIM
TITLE DEEDS TO WODEHOUSE PROPERTIES
KIMBERLEY
FILE - Conveyance from William Alston to Thomas Alston of land in Kimberley - ref. KIM 3/11/16 - date: 9th May 1667
Ref A2A It is not known (2005) if this item is correctly placed.

Inner Temple Records 1660-1714 Vol III - NZSOG
Miscellanea - Parliment held 29 Nov 29 Chas II AD 1677
Alston at his request is discharged continuing Master of the Revels
Uncertain placement - Revels were a celebration of the intervention of Robert Dudley in the 1560's settling a dispute in the Temple's favour.

THE WILL OF SIR THOMAS ALSTON OF ODELL . Knt & Bart.
Dated 25 April 1678
I desire to be buried in the Church of Odell -
I give to my son Rowland all the furniture in my house at Odell, plate and books Brewing Vessels, Carts Ploughs
I give to my son in law Sir John Pickering L20
To my daughter Dame Frances Pickering wife of above L40
To my grandson Gilbert Pickering L20
To my son in law Stavely Staunton L20
To my dau. Elizabeth Staunton L40
To all the children of the said Stavely and Elizabeth Staunton L10 each
To my grandchildren, children of my son ------ Alston L10 each
To my brother Sir Edward Alston L10
To my brother John Alston L10
To my nephew William Alston son of Sir Edward L20
To my nephew Charles Alston to buy books L50
To my daughter Alston wife of my son Alston L20 for a ring I desire my executor to spend L120 in erecting a tomb in the Chancel of Odell in memory of my brother Will. Alston decd and my mother Dame Frances Temple decd.
To my servant Henry Woodward L20
To my servant Richard Clarke L5
To my servant Thomas Sherman L5
I give to the poor of the parish of Odell L5
I give to the poor of the parish of Stevington L3
I give to the poor of the parish of Patenam, Carleton and Cherrington each 40/-
I give to my son Rowland L500 owing to me by Lord Crew and Sir Thomas Crew The residue of my estate I give to my sons in law Sir John Pickering and Stavely Staunton whom I appoint joint executors, to whom also I leave my farm and land in Kimberley co. Norfolk to be sold in payment of my debts and legacies But should my son Rowland Alston give sufficient security to the executors above named for the due performance of my will, then I desire that he may be executor and receive the lands and farm in Kimberley (Signed) THO. ALSTON

Witnesses : Robt Guy, John Ekins, Henry Woodward, Tho Sharman,
Proved: 19 July 1678 by Rowland Alston son and executor named in will.
Ref. Reeve 73.
Page 118 Alstoniana

Monument Odell Church.
Here Lie Interred The Bodies Of.
Sir Thomas Alston Baronet 2nd son of ye said Thamas
and Frances and Heire of ye said William who
married Elizabeth daughter of Sir Rowland St.
John of Woodford Northampton Shire descended
of ye honourable family of St. John of Bletshoe
and lived with her xxxviii yeares having issue by
her vii sonnes and two daughters he was buried
July xi 1678.

ODELL CASTLE was originally built by Walter Flandrensis, a Norman adherent of William the Conqueror, it was progressively rebuilt by the Alstons emerging as a stone-build mansion of some magnificence, with its stable yard and broad terraced lawns which were once the outer bailey, the great well called King John's Well, its "Monk's hall", panelled in dark oak, its Renaissance south-facing facade, with finely moulded window frames and chimney-caps, and its rooms hung with old oil paintings.
However by the start of the 20th C it was in a depleted state, and was destroyed by fire on the 24th Feb 1931, the present house was rebuilt on the site.

BEDFORDSHIRE TIMES AND INDEPENDENT
FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY 1931.
ODELL CASTLE DESTROYED BY FIRE.
RAPID SPREAD OF FLAMES. One of the historic mansions of Bedfordshire, Odell Castle, was also completely destroyed by fire on Tuesday. The Castle, which dates back several centuries, is situated in one of the most delightful parts of the county, and stand on high ground overlooking the picturesque River Ouse, from which panoramic view of the surrounding countryside is obtained. It has a wealth of historical associations and in the reign of King John was used by that monarch as a hunting-box when the chase of wild deer took place in the extensive park.
The mansion is owned by Mr. Rowland Crewe Alston, who occupied it until a year ago, when on medical advice he went to live in a bungalow at Little Odell. During this time the Castle has been unoccupied, but Mr. Alston, a venerable figure in his 80th years, never lost interest in the Castle, which had been in his family for over 300 years.
On the day of the fire he had arranged to lunch there, together with his wife, son and daughter. The outbreak is believed to have originated in the boiler house which connects with the heating installation. There was no sign of any danger when the caretaker, Mr. George Askew, left to go to his breakfast. On his return at 10.30 a.m. he discovered the outbreak, but by this time the flames had got a strong hold on the aged woodwork, and fanned by a light breeze quickly enveloped the west wing of the Castle, and spread rapidly throughout the adjoining rooms. (Temperance Alston says, not quite the true version - 2003)
In an interview with the caretaker, Mr. George Askew, a Bedfordshire Times reported elicited the fact that there were no signs of anything being on fire when he left the castle. After going to breakfast he returned to the Castle at 10.30 a.m. to light the boiler fire of the heating apparatus, and another in the main hall. On entering, he smelt fumes in the passage and saw smoke issuing from between the boards. He went down to the basement where the fire was and saw flames where the chimney of the stokehold joins the wall. He tried to quench the flames, and with another workman succeeded in deadening the fire by throwing water on the blaze, but it afterwards "beat them". The estate steward Mr. Hawkes, summoned the fire brigades by telephone. Asked his opinion of the outbreak Mr. Askew said he believed it was due to a broken flue pipe through which the flames penetrated.
The Bedford brigade received the call at 11 a.m. and proceeded to Odell with country fire-fighting equipment under Chief Officer Corby, Second Officer Grice, Foreman Nutting and other members of the brigade, quickly followed and had begun operations on the arrival of the Rushden brigade.
The fire by this time had got such a strong grip on the mansion, which was blazing fiercely, that they could only concentrate on saving the north and east wings. Their work was particularly hazardous, falling beams and masonry preventing any operations from within. Intense heat and walls of flames forced the firemen back, and several were nearly trapped on the narrow landings and winding stairways which run throughout the house. They directed their efforts to smashing in the windows and roof, and by these means got their hosepipe's into play, but by this time the upper storey's were a raging inferno. Ample water was available from the river, and Mr. Alston, a pathetic figure in the loss of his stately home, watched the firemen combat the conflagration.
When a Bedfordshire Times reporter called at his bungalow later in the day he was stated to be prostrated and not fit to be interviewed. Little could be salved from the fire, so fiercely did the castle blaze, the smoke issuing from the building being visible for many miles around. In their work to subdue the flames several firemen had miraculous escapes when brick-work weighing my tons hurtled down, but they were just in time to jump to safety, the falls being preceded by ominous cracks. Otherwise they would have been buried beneath the debris. The collapse of a large stone chimney nearly entrapped Fireman Northwood, of the Bedford brigade, for it fell within a foot of where he had been standing a few second previously. He noticed the pile tottering and although inside the walls managed to jump clear at the same time giving the warning to two Rushden firemen who had just got to safety.
The force of the water from the hose-pipes dislodged projecting masonry and when in apparent safety and viewing the damaged interior from the balcony, foremen, police officers and two reporters had a fortunate escape from falling brickwork. They emerged unhurt from a cloud of dust, the accumulation of centuries. After four hours work the Rushden brigade was able to return, the fire then being under control. Bedford continued to watch the building and quelled any further outbreaks until 8.40 p.m. when they returned to their station. Owing to the dense volume of smoke issuing from the castle ruins on Thursday morning the Bedford brigade was summoned as a precautionary measure and remained on watch, as a strong wind made a further outbreak probable.
Only an estimate of the damage can yet be given, but it is understood to run into thousands of pounds. Amongst the valuables was some Victorian furniture which was destroyed and also some antique china and plate.

A FIRE FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO.
It is the second time in the history of the castle that it has been burnt down and a legend is attached to the story. Some five hundred years ago the castle was used by the then Baron de Wayhull, who had an attractive daughter whose hand was sought by Baron Felversham. He met with refusal and the story goes that Baron Felversham, enraged, traversed an underground tunnel which led from Radwell to Odell and sought to capture her. He attacked the castle, and when repulsed set fire to it and razed it to the ground.
Records state that the original caste dated back to Saxon times. In later times it was a secret rendezvous for priests and usurpers fleeing from tyranny and religious suppression. Mr. Alston has found subterranean passages and blackened ruins under the castle. A secret door unbolted by pressure on an oak panel led up to a small room sparsely furnished with a crude wooden bench and table, which it is thought was used by the priests as a retiring room. Many such legends enshroud its history, but their accuracy cannot be vouched for.
On another occasion Mr. Alston when exploring the old well in the courtyard discovered some quaint old pewter mugs and plates. The well takes its name from King John and is fed by a spring of sparkling water. A crack in the wall a few years ago exposed some exquisite oak paneling and although Mr. Alston expressed a deep wish to carry on his work of exploration he was prevented by the presence of foul air in the cellar, which are filled with old wine casks.

Research Notes:
Odell Castle was a large and partially embattled mansion of stone, and the grounds, which are tastefully laid out, extend over about 11 acres. The manor of Great Woodhull, (one of Odell's former names) was sold to the Alstons of Suffolk early in the 17th century and has remained in the family ever since. Sir Thomas Alston, knight, was created baronet by Charles I. In 1641, he was sheriff of the county and in 1642 he married a member of the St. John family.
The second baronet, Sir Rowland, married Temperance, daughter of Lord Crewe, and after Sir Rowland's death she married Sir John Wolstenholme. It was Lady Wolstenholme who built the greater part of the existing Odell Castle on the sire of the old castle keep.
The third baronet, Sir Thomas, was M/P/ for Bedford Borough in 1698. The fourth baronet, Sir Rowland, was M.P. for the county in the parliaments of 1722, 1727, and 1734.
The fifth baronet, Sir Thomas, was Tory M.P. for Bedford county in 1747 and 1754, and for Bedford Borough in 1750. The baronetcy became extinct at the death of Sir Rowland the sixth baronet, colonel of the first regiment of Foot Guards, and Sheriff of the county in 1779. The property then passed to Thomas Alston of Harrold, and his descendants.
The Castle, only a small part of which was older than the beginning of the 18th century, had several noteworthy tenants during the last century. Through a considerably part of the former half of the century the Castle was tenanted by the third Earl of Egmont (half-brother of Spencer Perceval, the prime minister who in 1812 was shot in the lobby of the House of Commons by the mad John Bellingham) and the earl's half-sister, Lady Elizabeth Perceval. Odell has borne a prolific crop of superstitious tales, in which the Castle has always figured prominently.
The late Mr. Arthur Ransom contributed to this journal in 1899 the following account of his investigations into the story of the "Odell Ghost". Among the earlier Alstons was one who, for some cause of other acquired after his death the sobriquet of "the wicked Sir Rowland". It may be that his wickedness was not worse but only more conspicuous on account of his social position and the candour with which he acted, than that of many who have helped to invent and perpetuate the legends that have amused the listeners and frightened the timid on many winter's night.
These legends exist in several variants, which is common to them all being the assertion that Sir Rowland's ghost, after his death, was disturbing the peace of the living. He would ride his black charger up the hall of the castle; and those who doubt it may still see the print of one of the horse's hoofs in one of the flags of the floor. So intolerable became his mad pranks to the villagers that a solemn attempt was made to lay the ghost; and rumour says that twelve clergymen with books and torches assembled round the pond on Odell Wold (near which then stood what is known as Sir Rowland's haunted cottage) and did their best to "lay" the troubled and troublesome spirit. Having got him into the middle of the pond, they were startled to see rise up above the water the central mound that still exists. It is a pity that no discoverable documents still exists containing the names of the twelve reverend men who engaged in this pious work.

BEDFORDSHIRE TIMES & CITIZEN
Sept. 25th 1997.
A CASTLE built in the 1960's in a Bedfordshire backwater is up for sale at L.1.7 million. Dowager Lady Luke has found Odell Castle too large for her purposes since the death of her husband, Lord Luke, last year and is looking to sell. Also in the sale are 514 acres of farmland and ancient woods. Estate agents Strutt and Parker says it has had interest from local buyers in the house, reputedly haunted by Sir Roland (sic) Alston, as well as prospectors from London. The present Odell Castle was built in the 1960's after fire destroyed the 17th century mansion that stood on the sire once occupied by a medieval castle and, before that a wooden fort. Brian Dickson, of Strutt and Parker, said:" You can see stonework from the middle ages around the base of the house and there are thick walls which are obviously from earlier times. "Odell Castle itself is not actually a listed building, but some of the cottages in the grounds are. There is a lot of work that needs doing inside for whoever buys it."
The buyer might also have to contend with the ghost of Sir Roland (sic), a former resident, who is said to gallop into the main hall on a spectral horse on the anniversary of his death. No less that 12 priests attempted to exorcise his ghost in the last century, all to no avail. The estate is being offered as a whole, or in seven parts. Dowager Lady Luke will be moving to a smaller house in Odell village when the sale of the castle goes through.
Note: In 1934 George Lawson-Johnson by then the first Lord Luke purchased Odell Castle Estate, which had been leased to the Repton family, from the Alstons.

BEDFORDSHIRE TIMES and CITIZEN
Thursday January 29th 1998. By Mark Carter.
HAUNTED Odell Castle had been bought by a mystery local businessman to use as his home. Agents Strutt and Parker, who are selling the mansion, are refusing to reveal the identity of the man who has bought the L.1.7million former home of the late Lord Luke., who died in 1996. The buyer has purchased virtually the entire estate, which was being sold in seven parts, including Odell Great Wood, hundreds of acres of farmland and two 17th century cottages.
Mark McAndrew, of Strutt and Parker, said: " He's not a ghost hunter or a lottery winner, he is a local businessman who wants to turn the castle into his home. "He obviously isn't worried about any hauntings. I have been there a few times myself but, unfortunately never saw anything" The house is reputedly haunted by Sir Roland (sic) Alston, who is said to gallop into the hallway on a ghostly horse on the anniversary of his death.
The present house only dates back to the 1960, when it was rebuilt after fire destroyed the original 17th century mansion. Odell Castle takes its name from the Norman fortress that originally stood on the site. The foundations can still be seen around the base of the present house. Dowager Lady Luke and her son, the present Lord Luke, have moved out of the castle into homes in Odell village. Mr. McAndrew said: " The house needs work to be done inside, which I'm sure the new owner will be undertaking. "The sale will be completed on February 2 and he will be moving in shortly after that."

Bedford PRO - Photographs of thumbnail sketches of houses and coats of arms from William Gordon's map of 1736. FILE - Odell - Sir Rowland Alston. - ref. Z 50/143/225 - date: c1962 - c1995 FILE - Pavenham - William Alston. - ref. Z 50/143/226 - date: c1962 - c1995 Not of note

ALSTONE V. SAUNDERS & others.
Bill 10 May 1651, by Thomas Alston, Kt. and Bt., Edward Alston, Kt., and John Alston Esq. V. John Saunders,
Peter and Robert Sewell, John Trott and William Preston.
Orators are trustees for Dame Frances, wife of William, Viscount Mounson ;and the suit is to recover rent, etc. from defaulting tenants of the said Dame Frances,
Hamilton.15/82. 1651.
Alstoniana Pg 174

House of Lords Record Office: House of Lords: Journal Office [HL/PO/JO/10/1/120 - HL/PO/JO/10/1/224]
Catalogue Ref. HL
Creator(s):
House of Lords
Records of the Parliament Office, House of Lords
House of Lords: Parliament Office: Journal Office
[Access Conditions] All records are open.
House of Lords: Journal Office: Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10
House of Lords: Journal Office: Main Papers 1509-1700
FILE - Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/1/130 - date: 22 Jul 1642 - 9 Aug 1642
[from Scope and Content] 1 Statement of Sir Thomas Alston, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire. In compliance with an order has made diligent search in Sir Lewis Dyves' house.
[from Scope and Content] 2 Certificate of Sir Thomas Alston, High Sheriff, and Thomas Rolt, one of the justices of Bedfordshire. After Sir Lewis Dyves had ridden away, and the riot was past, fourteen persons were produced, but there was no proof that any of them were actors in the riot, except Edward Stevenson, Thomas Cashe, and John Albonie.
FILE - Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/1/180 - date: 10 Feb 1645 - 19 Feb 1645
[from Scope and Content] 13 February 1645 -- Petition of Peter Alston, gent., prisoner in Newgate. Petitioner while serving under Colonel Martin, Governor of Aylesbury, was sent to London in charge of Colonel Busbrigg and other prisoners, and as he was returning, was arrested at the suit of his mother-in-law, Katharen Alston.
[from Scope and Content] 1 Affidavit of Robert Sharpe, that he has been unable to serve the order upon Katharen Alston.
FILE - Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/1/181 - date: 20 Feb 1645 - 7 Mar 1645
[from Scope and Content] 3 March 1645 -- Petition of Clara, wife of Peter Alston. Her husband, notwithstanding the order for his discharge, is still detained in Newgate by the keeper.
FILE - Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/1/189 - date: 24 Jun 1645 - 9 Jul 1645
[from Scope and Content] 8 Information of Doctor Alston, taken before the Committee. 13 June.
Ref A2A

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service:

Archdeaconry of Bedford
Catalogue Ref. AB
Creator(s):Church of England, Archdeaconry of Bedford, Bedfordshire
COURT
Case Papers - ref. ABCP
FILE - Church repair: (Stevington) churchwardens (Robt. Gael, Jn. Cox) v. Sir Tho. Alston - ref. ABCP40-42 - date: [After 1660]
[from Scope and Content] Jn. Odell of Pixhill, farmer, 78, has lived there 50 yrs.; has lands & tenements worth L.30 p.a. The 2 aisles of the church are much decayed, and part fallen down. It has always been reported that the owners of the manor or courthouse should repair them. This for 20 yrs. has been Sir Tho. Alston. For 40 yrs. the owner of the manor or courtho. & his tenants have sat in the N. aisle; and the owner has usually buried in the S. aisle & allowed no other burials there. Deponent has heard that Robt. Brumall, while tenant of the manor or courtho., buried his w.'s dau. in S. aisle & refused fee.
[from Scope and Content] Margt. Bromhall of Stevington, wid., 70, has lived there 28 yrs. Sir Tho. Alston is owner of manor or courtho., & has been since her husband's d. 7 yrs. ago. Her lands are worth L.20 p.a. She & her husband once suggested that they should repair the aisles if freed from church rates.
[from Scope and Content] Ralph Harvey of Stevington, mercer, 61, has lived there 27 yrs. He & Bernard Hopkins were churchwardens 1643-8 and mended leads of N. aisle by parish rate. Sir T. Alston has lands & tenements in Stevington to a very considerable value, usually taxed towards church repair.

Alston (Thomas). Sir. 1st Bart. Letter to Parliamentary Committee for co. Bedf. 1646.
Alston (Thomas). Sir. 1st Bart. Orders by, as member of sequestrations committee for co. Bedf. 1644-1646. Mostly drafts. Partly signed.
Alston (Thomas). Sir. 1st Bart. Pass issued by 1645. Copy.
Ref British Library 2007

Commissioners of Assessment for Bedfordshire 1660
Ordered, That William Beecher Esquire, St. John Thompson Esquire, St. John Charnock Esquire, Henry Chester Esquire, Oliver Luke Esquire, Sir William Palmer, Sir Thomas Alston Knight and Baronet, John Alston Esquire, John Neale Esquire, John Harvey Esquire, William Butler Esquire, Walter Robert Esquire; Edward Cater Esquire, and Sam. Bedford be, and are hereby, nominated and appointed Commissioners for the Assessment for the County of Bedford: And that they, and every of them be, and are hereby, impowered and authorized, to sit and act as Commissioners for the Assessments, as fully to all Intents and Purposes, as if they had been named in the Act, intituled, An Act for an Assessment of One hundred thousand Pounds, by the Month, upon England Scotland, and Ireland, for Six Months.
Ref: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=24948&strquery=John%20Alston

Other Records

1. Odell Castle: Extract from the Millennium Book, by Barbara Corley. A brief history.

Thomas married Dame Elizabeth ST JOHN [3022], daughter of Sir Rowland ST JOHN Kb of Woodford Northants. [3026], in 1640 in Woodford nr Thrapston NTH. Elizabeth died on 8 Sep 1677 in Odell BDF and was buried on 10 Sep 1677 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
A sermon at the funeral of Lady Elizabeth preached by William Dillingham DD at Woodhill Church Bedfordshire on the 10 Sept 1677 conflicts?. Published at the instance of her nearest relations. Lond. 4to 1678 pp. 44.

Monument Odell Church.
Here Lie Interred The Bodies Of.
Dame Elizabeth Alston wife of ye said Sir Thomas,
she died Sept viii and was buried Sept x
1677.

The first Sir Thomas of Odell was an important county, if not national, figure. His establishment at Odell Castle was more impressive than the Alston home in Pavenham. In 1671, he paid hearth tax on fourteen hearths, twice as many as were levied on Berrystead Mansion. He was a member of parliament when the Civil War broke out in 1642. He gave his support to the ordinance putting Charles I on trial and remained in parliament after his execution. Bedfordshire was divided in its loyalties, but Sir Thomas was one of a band of county parliamentarians which included the Earl of Kent and John Vaux. He was a member of the Midland Association, an amalgamation of eight counties set up by parliamentary ordinance to raise forces, not always an easy task as military service was unpopular and the people of the countryside found themselves politically unenthusiastic about either side of the contest.
Ref . PAVENHAM, The Life story of a Village, by Rachel Marchbank.
Published 1993.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 279 F    i. Dame Frances ALSTON [3028] was baptised on 2 Mar 1641/42 in St Leonard Shoreditch LON and died in 1703 at age 61.

+ 280 M    ii. Thomas ALSTON [3023] was baptised on 11 May 1647 in Odell BDF, died on 2 Jun 1668 in Oxford, Vita Patris. at age 21, and was buried on 2 Jul 1668 in Odell BDF.

+ 281 M    iii. Rowland ALSTON [3024] was baptised on 26 Jul 1650 in Odell BDF and was buried on 11 Oct 1652 in Odell BDF.

+ 282 F    iv. Elizabeth ALSTON [3031] was baptised on 28 May 1651 in Odell BDF.

+ 283 M    v. Sir Rowland ALSTON 2nd Bart [3025] was baptised on 11 Nov 1652 in Odell BDF, died in Sep 1697 at age 44, and was buried on 24 Sep 1697 in Odell BDF.

+ 284 M    vi. Edward ALSTON [3034] was baptised on 18 Nov 1655 in Odell BDF and was buried on 1 Nov 1658 in Odell BDF.

125. Sir Edward ALSTON Knt of Strixton [3074] (Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 22 May 1611 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, died in Jan 1681/82 at age 70, and was buried in Jan 1681/82 in Strixton NTH.

General Notes:
Sir Edward was a Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, and of Alvercote Oxford, Marken Frith, Strixton, and Bozeat Northants. He was Knighted at Oxford 1643. His will proved 12 Jan 1682 bequeathed to his son William, his coach and harness, two suits of armour, two cases of pistols and holsters etc.

Alston 1626-1628.
Edward; 3rd s. of Thomas Alston of Gedding Hall in Polstead co. Suffolk and Frances dau. of Simon Blomfield of Monks Eleigh; b. at Newton near Sudbury; adm. pensioner at Caius College Cambridge 4 Apr. 1628 aged 16; adm. fellow commoner 13 Sep. 1628; adem. at the Inner Temple 17 may 1628; of Strixton co. Northampton and Monken Firth co. Hertford; Suffered as a Royalist; knighted 30 Sep 1643; mar. 1st Ester dau. of Sir William Ashcombe of Alvescot co. Oxford (sic. had issue); 2nd 1670 Anne Stratton of St Clement danes London; d. s.p. 1682; bur. at Strixton. Etoniana i. 54; Venn; Harl. Soc. viii. 111;xix 74.
Ref: Eton School Lists. NZSOG.

Edward Alston - Matric. pens. from Caius, Easter 1628 (adm. Apr 4, age 16); Son of Thomas gent of Polstead; Born at Newton Suffolk; School, Eton; Adm. at the Inner Temple 17 May 1628; Of Strixton Northants. and Monken Firth, Herts; Knighted 30 Sep 1643; Suffered as a Royalist; Died 1682; Buried at Strixton; Father of Charles (1665-6) and William (1648). (Venn 1 283)

First Name: Edward
Last Name: Alston
Occupation Given: gentleman
Admission Date: 17/05/1628
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)

Alston, Edward: of Suffolk: (third) son of Thomas Alston, gent. Born at Newton (bapt. May 22, 1611). At school, under Mr Meade, and at Eton for two years. Admitted pensioner to the bachelors' table, April 4, 1628. Surety, Mr Moore. (Re-admitted, as fellow-commoner, Sep. 13, 1628.) Admitted at the Inner Temple May 17, 1628. Of Strixton, Northants. Knighted 1643. Married Esther, daughter of Sir William Ashcombe, of Alscot, Oxon. Fined L4991 as a deliquent. "At the beginning of the war lived with his mother at Odell, Beds. Afterwards enforced to go to Oxford to endeavour the abatement of taxes on his land, which was paying contribution to both sides, whereupon his estate in Beds. was sequestered" (Cal. of Com. for Compounding) Buried at Strixton. Will proved (P.C.C.) Jan. 12, 1682/3. Leaves to his eldest son, William, "coach and harness, and both my suits of armour, with both my cases of pistols and holsters" (J.J.M.; and F.G.) See William of 1624.
Ref: Gonville & Caius College Register. Dr Venn. NZSOG.
1 Summoned for nonpayment 9 Apr 1652 - Alstoniana Pg 268.

Sir Edward Alston knight of Strixton, co Northampton, widower, and Anne Stratton, of St Clement Danes Middlesex widow; at St Mary Savoy, or St Paul Covent Garden Middlesex or Bridewell Chapel London. 24 Nov 1670

ALSTON v. COUCHER & others.
Bill 12 February 1658/9, by Edward Alston of East Barnet, Kt., and Robert Alston of Lincoln's Inn, Esq. v. John Coucher and Elizabeth his wife and others.
By indenture dated 10 October 1658 Orators bought from Henry Browne and Elinoranne, his wife, and Elinor Dobbins, for L1730, the manor or mansion-house called Walden's or Walden's Court, and three messuages called Hill house, Greaves and Nashes, in the parishes of Pauntley and Newent, co. Gloucester, with various parcels of land; and fine was thereupon duly levied. Orators have not a good estate therein unless the defendants, who are
brothers-in-law and sisters of the said Eleanoranne join in the conveyance; which this suit is brought to force them to do.
Collins. 58/10. 1658/9

ALSTON & OTHERS v ALSTON & OTHERS
Depositions taken in January 162, in the suit of Sir Thomas Hampson, Bt., Esq., Robert Yarroway and Thomas Sallowes v. and Mary his wife, Robert Alston v Edward Alston, Kt., William Alston Esq. and Elizabeth his wife, and Gertrude Dennis.
These are depositions with regard to the partition of lands
Whittington bundle 759
Alstoniana Pg 176

SIR EDWARD ALSTON v. SIR THOMAS HAMPSON & others.
Chancery Proceedings before 1714. Collins 175.
Bill, 16 May 1665, by Sir Edward Alston of East Barnet, Kt., v. Sir Thomas Hampson and Dame Mary his wife,
Nicholas Glynn and Gertrude his wife, and William Alston.
One Anthony Denny of Orleigh in the parish of Buckland Brewer, Devon, Esq. deceased, was seised of the manors of Orleigh, Playstowe &c. co. Devon, and died about 23 years since leaving all the premises to descend to his daughters and co-heirs, viz., the defendants Mary and Gertrude, and Elizabeth, afterwards wife of William Alston, orator's eldest son. Which Elizabeth, in consideration of a projected marriage between herself and the said William, did by indenture of August 1656 settle her third upon Orator and his heirs, with the condition that if L2500
were paid Orator on 28 October 1657, and another L1000 within 5 years after the marriage, the deed should then be void. Orator settled a jointure in Northants upon the said Elizabeth. In Michaelmas term 1655 Sir Thomas Hampson and others, sued his wife's two sisters under an alleged settlement of the manors made 23 February 1654/5.
Orator has never received full assurance of the said conveyance, free from equity of redemption unless the said
L3500 be paid.
Elizabeth Alston died about 4 June 1664, leaving issue only 3 daughters viz. Gertrude, Hester and Elizabeth, who are all since dead.
Defendants will neither pay the sum aforesaid to Orator, nor assure his title.

ALSTON v. HAMPSON.
Bill 26 May 1665, by Sir Edward Alston of East Barnet, CO. Hertford, Knt., v. Sir Thomas Hampson, Bt. and others.
One Anthony Dennys of Orleigh in the parish of Bricklane, Brewer, co. Devon, decd., was seised of the manors or reputed manors of Orleigh, Playstowe, Hankford, Wandford, Rose Ash alias Ash Rolfe, co. Devon, and Lesnewick and Tresack, co. Cornwall.; he died about 23 years since, when his said manors descended to his three daughters and co-heirs, viz. Mary, now wife of Sir Thomas Hampson, of Taplow, CO. Bucks. Bt. ; Gertrude, now wife of Nicholas Glynn of Glynnfourde in the parish of . . . . . , co. Cornwall, Esq., and Elizabeth, afterwards wife of William Alston, Orator's eldest son. (Bill incomplete)
Alstoniana Pg 177

HAMPSTON v. ALSTON.
Bill, 28 May 1666, by Sir Thomas Hampson of Taplow, co, Bucks. bart., and Dame Marie his wife, Nicholas Glynn of Glynnford, co. Cornwall, esq. and Gertrude his wife, v. Sir Edward Alston of East Barnet, Kt, and William Alston, esq. his son.
The complainants Marie and Gertrude are daughters of Anthony Dennys of Orleigh in tbe parish of Buckland Brewer, Devon, esq. deceased, who died about 24 years since, leaving as his daughters and coheirs the said Marie and Gertrude, and one Elizabeth, afterwards wife of the defendant William Alston.
By deed of 6 August 1656 the said Elizabeth settled her third share of the Dennys estate on the said William, but the settlement was to become void if her marriage portion of L3,500 were punctually paid to Sir Edward Alston.
The marriage was solemnized about 20 August 1656, and Sir Edward settled an annuity of L400 on the said Elizabeth. No part of her portion was paid, whereby the above mortgage on her third became forfeit.
Sir Thomas Hampson and his wife, and Robert Alston and others, previously sued the complainant Gertrude with regard to the division and settlement of the property, in this court.
Sir Edward believes that his son has sold the reversion expectant of part of said mortgaged estate which will be his after Sir Edward's death.
Sir Edward and his son and the said Elizabeth, have all joined in granting leases etc. of the property.
Whittington. 80. 1666
Alstoniana Pg 204

ALSTON v. COLE.
Bill 1 Dec. 1674, by Edward Alston of East Barnet, Knt. V. George Cole and Dame Mary Hampson.
The same matter as in Alston v. Hampson. (Collins 28.)
Defendants have obtained possession of several of the old manor rolls, and numbers of them were lost or destroyed in the time of Sir Thomas Hampson. They now conspire to defraud complainant of his rents.
Hamilton, 15/79. 1674.
Alstoniana Pg 179

ALSTON v. LIELL.
Bill 14 June 1671, by Edward Alston of East Barnet, Kt., and William Alston of Brickston, co. Northants. Esq. v. Matthew Liell the elder and the younger.
A mortgage was made to Sir Edward of a tenement and lands in Bradworthy, co. Devon, in the occupation of the Liells, William Alston having the right of redemption in right of Elizabeth, his late wife, Arrangements were made for a sale of the premises to Matthew Liell the younger, and a meeting was accordingly had about Easter 1664 at the manor house of Orleigh, co. Devon, between the said Wm. and his wife Elizabeth., and the defendants, for the purpose of executing the deed ; and while William went into another room, one of the Llells snatched up the agreement already sealed by Sir Edward, then lying upon the table, and with much force and violence carried the same away: and they refused to permit William and Elizabeth to sign and seal the deed, or themselves to give any security for the payment of the sum agreed upon etc.
Collins 588/13 1671
Alstoniana Pg 179

ALSTON v. BINGLEY.
Bill 14 April 1676, by Edward Alston of East Barnet, co. Hertford, Kt., and John Alston of Hunwicke in the parish of Puddington, co. Bedford, Esq. v. Richard Bingley.
About the years 1646 and 1647 the orator Edward Alston bought the manor of Strixon, co. Northants, and certain lands of inheritance from Sir Andrew Joyner, Bart. and his lady, and Mrs. Elizabeth Wiseman, widow, in the name of your orator, John Alston his brother, Richard Bingley and Frances his wife, John Gage and Elizabeth his wife and John Bourne, Esq., they or their trustees having some right or interest therein for a term of years, or other
particular estate.
The suit refers merely to transactions had with regard to a ,certain parcel of land, and the payment of bonds.
Reynardson. 74/14 1676.
Alstoniana Pg 180
PRO C 9/74/14 Alston, bart. v. Bingley 1676

North Devon Record Office:
SUMNER OF BIDEFORD
Catalogue Ref. 2239 B
Creator(s):
Sumner, Bideford, Devon, land agents
Further deposit was received in the Devon Record Office on 10 April 1986
TITLE DEEDS
Bradworthy
FILE [no title] - ref. 2239 B-8/7 - date: 1672
[from Scope and Content] Sir Edward Alston of East Barnet, co. Herts, knight
Buckland Brewer
FILE [no title] - ref. 2239 B-8/9 - date: 1685
[from Scope and Content] William Alston of Strixton, co. Northants, esq. (son and heir of Sir Edward Alston, knight, deed.) and Charles Alston of Strixton, doctor in divinity, executors of the will of Sir Edward
More than one parish
FILE [no title] - ref. 2239 B-8/52 - date: 1686
[from Scope and Content] Charles Alston of Strixton, co. Northants, doctor in divinity
Ref A2A

Hearth Tax 1666.
City of London
St Mary at Hill.
A Sir Edward Alston paid tax on11 hearths.
Unproven which Sir Edward Alston

Royal Household.
Alston Sir Edward, Knt. Jnr.
Shown as a Gentleman Pensioner to King Charles II at L100 in Ch. 1670-77.

THE WILL of EDWARD ALSTON KNT. of BOZEATT NORTHAMPTON
25 Nov 1682
Bequeaths to eldest son William, Coach and Harness, 2 suits of Armour, 2 cases of Pistols and Holsters
To son William and Grandson John Wiseman all the furniture that was in the great parlour and the best chamber, also in the withdrawing room
To second son Edward L500 to be paid within six months after testator's lands in Devonshire shall be sold - also another sum of L500, which money is to be held by testator's sons William and Charles, they paying to Edward each
quarter L7-10-0 as interest - Should Edward marry and have a child some land to be bought (Does not state how much money is to be expended for this land) and settled upon him and his
To said son Edward the black Gelding which he sometimes rides, also the bed and furniture in the Chamber usually occupied by testator
To third son John Alston the sum of L300 to be paid within 6 months after sale of lands in Devonshire, also the bed and furniture in the Chamber he usually occupied
To fourth son Charles Alston the sum of L1000 to be paid within 6 months after the sale of the lands in Devonshire, also the bed and furniture of the White Chamber, all testator's Books at Bozeat and Strixton and elsewhere
To five grandchildren L100 to be paid after sale of lands in Devonshire - to Grandchildren the little plate which testator leaves
The sum of L3500 due to testator with interest to be paid out of the Lands formerly conveyed to testator by daughter Elizabeth Dennis deceased being her marriage portion, to be reckoned as part of testator's estate, the said sum being awarded to him by a decree in Chancery, the total amounting to L4579-19s-2d
The remainder of the estate to be equally divided amongst all his children William, Edward, John, Charles, and daughter Wiseman
The sons William and Charles named as executors

Proved 12 Jan 1682
Page 119 Alstoniana
Ref. Drax I

Research Notes:
Manor of Strixton.
It seems probable that Margaret Smyth was the widow of Richard, that he was a connexion of Philip Smyth, mentioned in 1588, and that this conveyance was in preparation for a transaction with the Wisemans, who held a lease of Strixton property. Sir John Lambe, Chancellor of the diocese of Peterborough and Dean of the Arches (a persecutor of recusants and nonconformists, against whom petitions in parliament were presented in 1621 and 1624), had prosecuted John Wiseman and his wife Frances in 1615 for profanation and dilapidation of the church of Strixton, and for marriage within the prohibited degrees. Wiseman stated he was not bound by his lease to repair the church but had done so several times, and the court found the charges groundless, Lambe prosecuting merely for the sake of molestation. (fn. 43) In 1642'963 Elizabeth Wiseman was dealing with a moiety of the manor and advowson of Strixton, which she conveyed to William Wiseman. (fn. 44) In 1647 a conveyance of the whole manor and advowson was made to her by Sir Andrew Jenour, bart., and Margaret his wife, John Gage and Elizabeth his wife, and Richard Binglye and Frances his wife, with warranty against the heirs of Margaret, Elizabeth, and Frances, (fn. 45) apparently Wiseman ladies. Ten years later it appears as held by the Alston family, and a fine was levied of the manor and advowson, by Edward Alston, esq., and Hester his wife, John Alston, esq., and Dorothy his wife, Edward Alston, M.D., and John Wayne, gent., who conveyed them to Sir Thomas Alston in 1656. (fn. 46) According to Bridges Sir Edward Alston of East Barnet on his death in 1682 bequeathed the manor and advowson to his eldest son William Alston, (fn. 47) who presented in 1681 and 1688; and William, dying s.p. in 1690, bequeathed them to his third brother Charles Alston, D.D., Vicar of Northall and Archdeacon of Essex, by whom they were sold to his sister Catherine widow of John Wiseman (who presented in 1707), passing from her to her daughters Hester and Elizabeth Wiseman, (fn. 48) who presented to the church in 1721 and 1723. (fn. 49) Before 1753 the presentations show that the advowson, and presumably the manor, was in the hands of John Spencer of Althorp, and since that date the Earls Spencer have been lords of the manor and sole landowners. (fn. 50)
Ref: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66314&strquery=John%20Alston

Roy Alston conjectures that Edward may have issue by Anne - check

Edward married Esther (Hester) ASHCOMBE [3075], daughter of Sir William ASHCOMBE of Alvescot Oxford. [3076] and Katherine TEMPLE [23528]. Esther was born in 1634.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 285 M    i. William ALSTON of Strixton NTH [3077] was born circa 1632, died in 1690 aged about 58, and was buried in Strixton NTH.

+ 286 F    ii. Frances ALSTON [3088] was baptised on 31 Dec 1633 in Odell BDF and was buried on 1 Apr 1634 in Odell BDF.

+ 287 M    iii. Thomas ALSTON [3078] was baptised on 14 Apr 1635 in Odell BDF and died before Jun 1658.

+ 288 F    iv. Frances ALSTON [4026] was baptised on 3 Jan 1636/37 in Odell BDF.

+ 289 F    v. Catherine ALSTON [3082] was baptised on 24 Feb 1638/39 in Odell BDF and died after 1716.

+ 290 M    vi. Edward ALSTON [3079] was baptised on 14 Mar 1640/41 in Odell BDF and was buried on 9 Dec 1715 in St Andrew Holborn LND.

+ 291 M    vii. John ALSTON [3080] was baptised on 7 Apr 1643 in Odell BDF, died in Jan 1704/05 at age 61, and was buried in Strixton.

+ 292 M    viii. Dr Charles ALSTON D.D. Archdeacon of ESS [3081] was born about 1648, died on 7 Jun 1714 aged about 66, and was buried in 1714 in Strixton.

Edward next married Anne STRATTON [3090] on 24 Nov 1670 at St. Mary's, Savoy, or St. Paul's, Covent Garden, or Bridewell Chapel.

Marriage Notes:
This marriage may not have taken place, the only evidence of it as at 2012 being a Marriage Licence

General Notes:
CHESTER'S LONDON MARRIAGE LICENCES, 1521-1869.
London, Quaritch 1887. ALSTON.
ALSTON, SIR EDWARD, Knight, of Strixton, Northants, widower, and Anne Stratton, of St. Clement's Danes, Middlesex, widow, at St. Mary's, Savoy, or St. Paul's, Covent Garden, or Bridewell Chapel, 24 Nov., 1670.

Cresswell was uncertain about Ann Stratton. It now appears proven that an Ann Stratton, widow of Edward Stratton married Sir Joseph Alston of Chelsea on the 5 Dec 1671 at the Temple Church London.
By coincidence there may have been two Anne Stratton's, or one, who changed her mind?
Ref Ann Stratton [3217] see Research Notes research by Adrian Bridge 2012.



126. John ALSTON of Pavenham [3091] (Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1610 and was buried on 15 Aug 1687 in Pavenham BDF.

General Notes:
John was a Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple and of Pavenham Bedfordshire. His birth details are uncertain but a date of about 1610 is supported by his death age, although his parents lived at Gedding Hall Polstead his siblings appear to have been mainly born or baptised at Newton.

Defendant in an action by his son William 1676 Collins 229 Pg 180 Alstoniana, and others.

Alston c.1626-1631.
John; 4th s. of Thomas Alston of Gedding Hall in Polstead co. Suffolk and Frances dau. of Simon Blomfield of Monks Eleigh; b. at Polstead; adm. pensioner at Caius College Cambridge 7 Jun. 1631 aged 16; matric 1631; adm. at The Inner temple 6 June 1631 as of Pavenham co. Bedford; called to the Bar 1646; mar. Dorothy dau. Sir John Temple of Stanton Barry co. Bucks, who had married as his 2nd wife John Alston's mother; buried at Pavenham 15 Aug 1687. Etoniana i 54; Harl. Soc. viii. 111; xix 74; Her. and Gen. iii. 530 et seq.
Ref: Eton School Lists. NZSOG.

John Alston - School Eaton, Matric. 1631; Adm. pens. at Caius College Camb. 7 June 1631 aged 16; Admitted to the Inner Temple 6 June 1631 (Venn I. 300; Vis. of Beds.1634)

Alston John: of Suffolk; (fourth) son of Thomas Alston Esq. Born at Polstead. School, Eton, under Mr Bust , one year. Age 16. Admitted, June 7, 1631, pensioner to the bachelors table. Tutor and surety, Mr Moore.
Admitted at the Inner Temple, June 6, 1631. Of Pavenham, Beds., Esq. Married Dorothy, daughter of Sir John Temple, of Bucks. See William, of 1624.
Ref: Gonville & Caius College Register Pg 300. Dr Venn. NZSOG.

First Name: John
Last Name: Alston
Occupation Given: gentleman
Address: Polstead Suffolk
Admission Date: 06/06/1631
Call Date: 05/11/1646
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)

Inner Temple Records 1603-1660 Vol II - NZSOG
Parliment held 5 Nov 22 Chas. AD 1646
John Alston called to the bar
Inner Temple Records 1660-1714 Vol III - NZSOG
Parliment held 25 Jun 23 Chas II AD 1671.
Stewards for Readers Dinner John Alston.


John was Executor for his son Thomas's estate 2 Jul 1678.

PAVENHAM AND ITS CHURCH"
Vol 11 by C.D.Linnell, Vicar of Pavenham 1882-1919 (abridged)
Abt 1647 Edward Lord Vaux sold his Pavenham estates to John Alston, the Vauxes-except perhaps the recusant Elizabeth appear not to have resided in the village, but many Alstons lived and died here. Without any doubt the head of the Pavenham branch lived at the Bury. An inscription close to the Bury pew records that John Alston died on August 13th, 1687, aged 77, so that he must have been born in 1610. Doubtless he is the man who bought Bray's and Cheyneys in 1649. This conclusion is confirmed by two marriage licences mentioned in Beds. Notes and Queries, Vol II. They show that the father of the brides, John Alston, was living in Pavenham in 1661 and 1671.

ANOTHER STATELY HOME FOR THE HAMMER
PAVENHAM BURY TO BE SOLD TOMORROW
BEDFORD TIMES FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER 1957.
Pavenham Bury must date back many centuries, for "bury" meant "fort" or "encampment" in Anglo Saxon times. But little is known about it till centuries later. However, by working back from the BRAYS, who apparently owned the Bury in the 16th century and whose manor house was called the Berrystead, we are convinced that at the time of the Hundred Rolls (1278) the owner was John d'Abernon, not a de Pabenham, as might have been expected. Much later this estate came to be known as Bray's, later still as Bury Manor. About 1570 the Brays sold it to the Vauxes of Harrowden, near Wellingborough, who already owned Cheneys, another Pavenham Manor.
In 1649 Edward Lord Vaux sold his Pavenham property to John Alston, the brother of Sir William Alston, who bought three other Pavenham manors and incorporated them with Stevington Manor. After about a century at the Bury the Alstons sold it to the representatives of Mrs. Winstanly (deceased) by Francis Green, a timber merchant of Bedford. Dying in 1840, he left it to his nephew, Thomas Abbott Green, the father of the late Harry Green, of Felmersham. He transformed it into an "Elizabethan" mansion and then in 1850, sold it to Mr. Harvey, a Cornish gentleman. IN 1853, the latter do it to the late Mr. Tucker. In or about 1919 Mr. Tucker's grandson sold it to Sir George Lawson Johnston, later created Lord Luke. He added several rooms, but migrated to Odell, where he had bought the estate of Mr. Crewe Alston. During the war the Bury was occupied by American officers, then let to Sir Percy Laurie, Lord Luke's brother-in-law. After Sir Percy left a few years ago it was never occupied again. Owing to rising costs all round it became impossible to 'run'. Moreover, modern maids could not be got. So the mansion remained unlet and began to disintegrate. Of the remainder of the old house the most notable part is the Court Room, which according to Professor Richardson, is 'pure Queen Anne". It is called the Court Room because Mr. Tucker, when getting old and feeble used it when his turn came to hold Petty Sessions here, instead of at Bletsoe Falcon (later Sharnbrook).

PAVENHAM,
The Life story of a Village by Rachel Marchbank. Published 1993.
The Pavenham Alstons, though less flamboyant than some of their Odell kinsmen, exercised a much closer influence on the village. It is not known when John Alston, after acquiring Cheynes and Braes Manor, actually moved from Hinwick Hall to the Berrystead Manor House. He had seven children and by the time one of the girls was married in 1661 he was described in the registers as 'of Pavenham', although he did not pay hearth tax there until 1671. It seems likely that he and his wife Dorothy were living at the Berrystead in their later life as Dorothy, who died in 1687, (this should be 1668) was buried at Pavenham. John died, in 1687 at the age of 77. Certainly William, John's son and heir, lived in Pavenham, but he died, according to an inscription on a Pavenham gravestone, in 1713 when his children were all very young. His widow Elizabeth, creating one of those complicated cross references in the Alston family tree, then married the Reverend Vere John Alston of Odell, he who fell from his horse in Sharnbrook Field. He, though, acted only as a trustee until the children came of age and another William inherited his father's manors. By this time, the lordships of the manors were beginning to be considered separately from the real estate which roughly coincided with them. It was the real estate that mattered to the families concerned and the Alstons, throughout their many generations had, whenever the opportunity arose, acquired additional freehold land to add to their possessions. William came of age in 1734, but enjoyed his inheritance for only two years. His wife died soon afterwards in 1741, when the estate, a consolidated holding based on the old Cheynes and Brays Manors, with Berrystead house as its focal point, was shared by William's two sisters, Mary and Frances. (Mary's husband was the same Reverend John Lord who inherited the personal estate of the Reverend Vere John Alston of the Odell side of the family, thus further complicating the family relationships.) The two sisters, or rather their husbands, who each under the law, of the time automatically acquired his wife's property, eventually sold their two halves of the estate in 1745, at an interval of only a month, to John Franklyn, an ex-mariner and one-time master of HMS Solebay. The later generations of the Alstons had by the end of their time in Pavenham very much assumed the mantle of 'squires' of the village, a term that had come into common use during the sixteenth century. Once it had been used only to describe the young men who attended knights, but the meaning had changed. It was now applied to those well-found gentlemen who were acquiring sizeable estates and who could, although not members of the aristocracy, prove their right to heraldic arms. The village looked to the Alstons as their squires and certainly they produced one or two characters who well filled the role of the traditional hard-riding, hard-drinking squire of eighteenth century literature. In his highly personal and idiosyncratic little booklet (A New Old Time Pavenham) published in the early nineteen eighties, Mr. I. H. Poole makes mention of a Squire Alston who 'used his twelve bore on the skittles' at the George and Dragon public house. Interestingly too, he refers, not to the Bury, but to Hill Farm, once Manor Farm on the site of the original Cheynes manor house, as `the home of the Alstons'. The little kingdom over which the Alstons ruled was a pleasant enough place. The open field system still operated. The water mill served the village and there were even one or two experiments with windmills on the high ground in the north of the village. However, they tended to catch alight due to friction and did not survive. The old quarry (close to the present-day playing field) had in the eleventh century produced stone to build St Mary's Church in Bedford. It now sent stone downstream on the river to the village of Milton Ernest and provided Pavenham itself with the limestone which gives the houses their characteristic charm. Village craftsmen, such as masons, carvers and stone-cutters were, according to records for 1699, locally employed to process the rough products of the quarry. There were also a gravel pit and lime kiln near the quarry. Animals drank from several ponds, long since filled in, located here and there in the fields, and in the river there was an abundance of fish. Two pretty dovehouses (later demolished at Hill Farm and Home Farm) provided a little extra food for the pot. Yet amid this apparent plenty there was poverty, privation and ignorance.

Pavenham
Buried 1687 Bishops Transcripts
John Alston Esq August 15 (date difficult to read)

IOHANNI ALSTON ARMIGERICUJUSRELQUIFF
John Alston Esquire Whose Remains (reliquie)
HIC SUNT DEPOSITAE IN SPEM FELICAE
Here Are Deposited The Hope Happy
RESURECTIONIS
Resurrection
OBIJT 13 AUGUSTI 1687
Died 13 August 1687
AETATIS SUAE 77
Age His 77
Ref: P Daniel 2013

Research Notes:
Johnn Alston Barrister-at-Law, of the Inner Temple, and of Pavenham, Bedfordshire married on the 4th January, 1634, at Odell Dorothy, daughter of Sir John Temple, Knt., of Stanton, Bucks., Bedfordshire, said to be a descendant of Leofric, Earl of Chester, and his wife, Lady Godiva.
Alstoniana Table 20. Pg. 19

John lived for a time in the 1640-50's at Hinwick Hall North of Odell.
Hinwick Hall was sold in 1638 to John, William and Thomas Alston for £3,900. In 1641 they sold a detached portion of this estate to Richard Child (Podington Manor), and in 1653 they parted with a further parcel to Richard Orlebar, Lord of Manors in Podington and Hinwick. The Alstons do not appear to have sold the whole estate to the Orlebars, for as late as 1765 they were declared to hold land in Podington but in 1671 Richard Orlebar held what is described as Hinwick Hall History of the County of Bedford
Ref: M Terbrack

THE HISTORY OF St PETER'S CHURCH PAVENHAM
A Brief History written by Peter Daniel
. . . . . Above the canopy of the sedilia are the arms of de Pabenham. In the same wall there are two other shields, the one combining the heraldic shields of Alston and Temple and the other the shields of Alston and Brooke. Sir William Alston had purchased the Pavenham Manor from John Tyringham in 1638 but died unmarried in the same year. His mother, Frances Alston, had remarried after her husband's death and inherited the estate as Dame Frances Temple. The Brooke connection with the Alston family was Thomasin Brooke who married William Alston, the son of Dorothy and John Alston. Thomasin Brooke died in 1669 when only twenty five years old.
By 1650 the Odell branch of the Alston family had acquired all the manors that had previously existed in Pavenham and unified them into a single estate, thereby, effectively becoming owners of the entire village. Members of the Alston family occupied Hinwick Hall and Odell Castle as well as Berrystead Manor House in Pavenham which was later abbreviated to The Bury. There are memorials to several members of the Alston family in the north chapel of St. Peter's. These include Dorothy, the wife of John Alston who died in 1668, John Alston who died in 1687, a William Alston who died in 1713 and another John Alston who died in 1718.
Ref: http://www.allsaintsmiltonernest.org.uk/pav-history.html

Death day very hard to read in Bishops Transcripts original Register entry missing on IGI film. Could be 15 or 16 transcription of illegible section of the leger stone in the floor of St Peters Pavenham by Peter Daniel above suggests 13



John married Dorothy TEMPLE [3092], daughter of Sir John TEMPLE of Biddlesden BKM [3093] and Dorothy LEE [7917], on 4 Jan 1634/35 in Odell BDF. Dorothy died on 4 Dec 1668 in Pavenham BDF and was buried on 5 Dec 1668 in Pavenham BDF.

General Notes:
Pavenham Bishops Transcripts
Seputus
Mrs Dorothy Alston the wife of John Alston Esq. 5 Dec 1668

Memorial near to the Luke chapel in St. Peter's church, Pavenham.
Dorothy/Here lieth deceased/ December the 4th 1668/ The wife of John Alston Esq./ Her living Sonne
Feares/Sickness and Oppression/ Dead in her loved Jesus/She at rest.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 293 F    i. Frances ALSTON [3103] was baptised on 20 Mar 1635/36 in Odell BDF, died in Marston Trussell NTH, and was buried on 17 Sep 1722 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

+ 294 M    ii. William ALSTON [3094] was baptised on 13 Aug 1637 in Odell BDF, died on 14 Nov 1708 in Pavenham BDF at age 71, and was buried on 16 Nov 1708 in St Peter Pavenham BDF.

+ 295 M    iii. John ALSTON [3098] was born about 1640 and was buried on 2 Jan 1718/19 in Pavenham BDF.

+ 296 M    iv. Thomas ALSTON of London [3096] died before Jul 1678.

+ 297 F    v. Dorothy ALSTON [3111] was baptised on 13 Aug 1637 in Odell BDF.

+ 298 F    vi. Elizabeth ALSTON [3106] was baptised on 25 Mar 1639 in Odell BDF.

+ 299 F    vii. Sarah ALSTON [3113] was baptised on 2 May 1642 in Pavenham BDF.

+ 300 F    viii. Mary ALSTON [3108] was baptised on 27 Nov 1642 in Odell BDF and was buried on 13 May 1644 in Odell BDF.

+ 301 M    ix. Edmund ALSTON [18379] .

+ 302 F    x. Mary ALSTON [3109] was baptised on 27 Nov 1642 in Odell BDF.

127. Frances ALSTON [3171] (Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 18 May 1618.

General Notes:
Frances was Monson's second wife.
Refer Monson v Alston see Viscount Monson [3173]

ALSTONE v. SAUNDERS & others.
Hamilton. 15/82. 1651
Bill, 10 May 1651, by Thomas Alston, Kt. and Bt., Edward Alston, Kt., and John Alston Esq. v. John Saunders, Peter and Robert Sewell, John Trott and William Preston.
Orators are trustees for Dames Frances, wife of William, Viscount Mounson ; and the suit is to recover rent, &c.
from defaulting tenants of the said Dame Frances.
Pg 174 Alstoniana

Frances married George GOODAY Esq of Bowers Hall Pentlow [3172] on 3 Aug 1642.

General Notes:
George was Barrister-at-Law Grays Inn.

Frances next married Lord William MONSON Viscount Castlemaine Ireland. [3173], son of Admiral William MONSON [20809] and Dorothy SMITH [20810], in 1646. William died about 1672 in The Fleet Prison.

General Notes:
VISCOUNT MONSON.
Sir William Monson Viscount Monson of Castlemaine (d. 1672) regicide, second son of Sir Thomas Monson (Master of the Armoury at the Tower and himself a man of note) and Margaret daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson Lord Chief Justice of Common Pleas was raised to Peerage of Ireland as Vis. Monson of Castlemaine. co. Kerry 23 Aug. 1628 and was knighted 13 Aug. 1633.
Became a member of Grays Inn same day, got estate at Reigate by first marriage, lost it by dissolute habits.
Refused to pay ship-money elected M.P. for Reigate 21 Oct. 1640 he opposed the court, and subsequently acted as a committeeman for Surrey. Nominated one of Kings judges, attended Jan 20 22 & 23 1649 but refused to take part in ultimate proceedings.
Placed on Committee appointed to receive and take note of the dissent of any member from the vote of 5 Dec. 1648. On 19 July 1649 he tried to persuade the house into the belief that the sum of L 4500, was owing him as arrears of the pension due to his late wife the Countess of Nottingham, but he lost his motion by two votes. The Long Parliment when restored in May 1659, was obliged, in order to form a quorum, to send for Monson and Henry Marten from the Fleet prison where both were for debt.
At Restoration he was excepted from bill of pardon, as to pains and penalties and on surrendering himself on the 21 June 1660 was recommitted to Fleet. On 1 July 1660 brought up to bar of House of Commons made to confess his crime, was degraded from all titles and honours and deprived of all property. Sentenced to be drawn from Tower through City of London to Tyburn and so back again with halter about his neck and to be imprisoned for life.
In petitioning the House of Lords 25 July 1661 to remit what was most ignominious in his sentence, Monson declared that his design in sitting at the Kings trial was if possible to prevent that "horrid murder".
The ignominious part of the sentence was duly carried out each year on the anniversary of King's sentence 27 Jan, Monson appears to have died in the Fleet prison about 1672.
His estate at Reigate was granted to Duke of York.
1st wife Margaret d 1639 daughter of James Stewart earl. of Murray and widow of Charles Howard earl of Nottingham.
2nd wife was Frances Alston. Daughter of Thomas Alston of Polstead Suffolk by whom he left a sum Alston, d 1674 without issue.
3rd wife. (d. 1695). Elizabeth 2 d. of Sir George Reresby Kt. of Thryberg, Yorkshire widow of Sir Francis Foljambe Bart. of Aldwick.
Wikipedia.

Chelsea Manor
All the Hamilton estates were confiscated under the Act for the sale of estates forfeited for treason. (fn. 9) The duke's property in Chelsea, said to be worth £500 a year, was sequestered in 1649 on the grounds of his delinquency, (fn. 10) and in 1651 Chelsea Place was leased for seven years by the Commissioners for Compounding to William Heveningham and John Goodwin. (fn. 11) Meanwhile Monson, whose first wife Margaret had died in 1639, had married Frances Alston in 1646, (fn. 12) and as part of the marriage settlement his trustee conveyed the 40-year term to Frances's brothers, Sir Thomas, John, and Edward Alston in trust for Monson and his wife. (fn. 13) Monson had difficulty is getting the rents paid to him by 1646, and this was still a problem in 1651, (fn. 14) when he was in possession of the manor for payment of his mortgage debt and was said to be receiving c. £400 a year from the manor. (fn. 15) In 1652, when Monson and the Alstons were negotiating with the commissioners for the purchase of Chelsea manor (excluding Chelsea Place), they found that at least five undertenants had purchased their farms, which prevented the commissioners making a contract with Monson. (fn. 16) Monson succeeded in getting at least some of the sales reversed on the grounds of his rights in the manor, (fn. 17) but his efforts to buy the manor were eventually defeated because of the prior grant in 1638 to Sir John Hamilton, Lord Belhaven from 1647, (fn. 18) to pay Hamilton's debts. Belhaven assigned all his interest in the manor to Andrew Cole, the duke's agent, in trust to sell to pay off the creditors, beginning with Monson's mortgage. (fn. 19) Cole and Robert Austin, one of the principal creditors, contracted to purchase the forfeited manor, with the exception of Chelsea Place and some farmland, (fn. 20) supported in 1654 by a petition from the other creditors to the parliamentary trustees. (fn. 21) The trustees had simultaneously been negotiating to sell to Monson, but he was unable to raise the sum required until 1655. (fn. 1) In April 1654 all claims on Chelsea manor were examined and the parliamentary trustees conveyed the manor and Chelsea Place to a group of Hamilton's creditors. (fn. 2) William Heveningham and John Goodwin, lessees since 1651 of Chelsea Place, protested at being ejected from the house, having spent more than £1,000 making it habitable after the depredations by billeted soldiers; the creditors agreed to pay them £800 but their ejection was confirmed. (fn. 3) Monson's final attempt to purchase the manor in 1655 came too late, (fn. 4) but the mortgage debt owed to him was eventually repaid.
From 1655 rents were paid to Andrew Cole for the creditors and Chelsea Place itself was leased in two separate parts, to Charles Cheyne and Sir Henry Herbert. (fn. 5) Negotiations began in 1657 for the sale of both the manor and Chelsea Place to Charles Cheyne, (fn. 6) a Buckinghamshire gentleman who had acquired considerable wealth through his marriage in 1654 to Jane daughter of William Cavendish, duke of Newcastle. (fn. 7) Cheyne seems to have begun paying for the house in 1657 (£1,900), paying in instalments until the final payment for whole estate in 1661; the total cost was £13,626. (fn. 8) By that time Monson's mortgage (in the name of the Alston brothers) was finally paid off, (fn. 9) and a conveyance of the manor and Chelsea Place was made to Cheyne by Hamilton's heirs. (fn. 10)
Ref: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=28701&strquery=John%20Alston

MONSON v. ALSTON.
Bill, 12 June 1651, by Viscount Monson of Castlemaine v. Sir Thomas Alston, bart., Sir Edward Alston kt,, John Alston, esq., George Franklin and . . . . . his wife, and Anne Alston.
In 1646 orator assigned his interest in the manor of Chelsey, co. Middlesex, (of which he held a lease for about 30 years), to the three first named defendants, in trust for Mrs. Frances Alston, since his wife and now deceased, for her life, with remainder to his daughters by the said Frances, with power of revocation. Some time after Orator and his wife had great need for money, and endeavoured to sell the said lease, and whilst the business was perfecting the said Lady Frances, (having acquaintance with divers special friends) did borrow of them great sums of money, with
promise to repay, but by the procurement of the said trustees (as orator hopes to prove) these persons stood not to their agreement Not long after the said Frances was delivered of a daughter Frances, and within 14 days after her delivery, being the 29th June 1650, she died ; and at her death declared, in the presence of Sir Thomas Alston, Mrs. Anne Franklin, Mrs. Anne Alston and others, that instead of the said manor of Chelsey, her daughter should have
a portion of L3000 on her marriage. The said Mrs. Franklin and Anne Alston have fraudulently conveyed away from orator's house the deed of assignment aforesaid, into the custody of the said trustees, who have broken the key of the trunk in which it was kept, and taken out not only deeds. but jewels and other rich goods ; though they previously denied having any writings of the said Frances in their custody ; the said Lady was accustomed to leave
her monev &c. in the keening of the said Mrs. Franklin when she went out of town and had intended about a month before her death to have gone and lain in at Wymboldon in the country.
Collins. 572/196. 1651.

MONSON v. ALLSTON.
Bill,. . . . . June 1651, by Viscount Monson v. Sir Thomas and Sir Edward Alston and others.
In 1646 orator assigned to Sir Thomas his lease of the manor of Grafton Underwood, co. Northants, in trust for Dame Frances his wife, and afterwards mortgaged woods therein to Sir Thomas for L1500 ; but he has received only L700 in hand ; in strictness of law the property is forfeit for non-payment, but orator has been, and is, a Parliament man, and never had any notice given him of their intentions against him.
Collins,
574/30.
1651.
Viscount Monson's self description as a "Parliament man" was a neat Roundhead touch to prejudice the Court against his Royalist brother-in-law.

LORD MOUNSON v. ALSTON.
Being the answer of Sir Thomas Alston, Bart ; Sir Edward Alston, Kt,, John Alston and others, to the complaint of Viscount Monson ; sworn 25 June 1651.
One of the defendants, whose name is torn away at the head of the answer, is Anne Alston.
The bill apparently relates to charges made by the complainant as to breach of trust &c. in the custody of a small trunk containing papers and jewels belonging to complainant's late wife, and delivered into the keeping of one of her brothers, the said Sir Thomas or Sir Edward.
Bridges. 333. 1651.

VISCOUNT STRANGFORD v. SIR THOMAS ALSTON, Kt,
Answer, 26 June 1651, of Sir Thomas Alston, Kt. and bart., Sir Edward Alston, Kt., and John Alston esq., 3 of the defendants to the bill of Viscount Strangford, an infant by his guardian the Earl of Leicester.
The suit relates to property settled by Dame Frances Temple on Frances Alston, spinster, afterwards Viscountess Mounson. Shortly after his marriage with the said Frances Alston, Viscount Mounson granted to his said wife the disposal of the lease of the manor of Grafton, co. Northants, part of the property in question They deny they were parties to a mortgage alleged to be raised in July 1649, but believe that such a mortgage was raised,
Collins. 43. 1651.
Alstoniana Pg 200

COLE (sic) v. ALSTON.
Bill, 25 November 1656, by James Gold of London, merchant, and other creditors of James, late Duke of Hamilton, v. Lord Monson, Richard Wallop, Sir Thomas Alston, Sir Edward Alston and others.
The suit relates simply to transactions connected with the raising of money out of the manor of Chelsea ; the Alston defendants are made parties, as confederating with Lord Monson etc. "having some interest in the premises by conveyance or otherwise"
Another bill is attached to this by Andrew Cole of Westminster, Esq. v. the same defendants in a similar matter.
In their answer the Alston defendants acknowledge that the manor of Chelsea formed part of the jointure settled on their sister Frances on her marriage with Lord Monson.
Hamilton. 443, 1656. & Collins 583/76 1660
Alstoniana Pg 202 & 203


Children from this marriage were:

+ 303 M    i. Alston MONSON [3174] died in Dec 1673.

+ 304 M    ii. Francis MONSON [3175] .

+ 305 F    iii. Elizabeth MONSON [8847] .


128. L'Estrange ALSTON [3123] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born after 1598, was baptised on 23 Apr 1601 in St Ethelbert and All Saints Belchamp Otten ESS, and died about 1681.

General Notes:
L'Estrange was aged under 18 as a legatee under his grandfathers will dated 31 May 1616

Baptisms
Belchamp Otten St Ethelbert & All Saints Baptism Date 23 Apr 1601 Forename Leastrange Sex M Father Forename John Father Surname ALLSTON
Notes Seax D-P 214-1-1 File Number 20898
Ref: Free Reg (M Terbrack 2013)

L'Estrange of Stisted, left his property to his cousins, sons of John Alston of Gosford. Anna his relict was alive in 1689 when L' Estrange Jnr died. Died d.s.p.

Visitation of Essex 1634 puts his age at 34 years.

Essex Hearth Tax, Hinckford Hundred 1671.
Stisted Mr Le Strange Alliston gent 8 hearths.

Repository: Essex Record Office
Level: Series SESSIONS ROLLS
Level: File MICHAELMAS 1616
Reference Code: Q/SR 215/49
Dates of Creation: 30 Aug.1616
Scope and Content: INQUISITION before John Deane, John Tyndallm Tho.Gardner kts. and Henry Gentleman esqus., justices on the oaths of John Hale, Anthony Bentall, John Fokes, John Trowles, Rob.Seawell, Edmd.Seawell, Rob.Edwards, Anthony Barker, Rob.Smyth, John Kettle, Wm.Parmiter, Thomas Browne, John Greene, John Harvey and Henry Cooke, who say that John ALLESTON of Sible Hedingham yeoman, John Fryer of Belchamp St.Paul gent., Rob.Smyth, Reginald Northie husbandmmen, Leetrange ALLESTON yeoman, all of Sible Hedingham, and Wm.Fytche of Toppesfield shoe-maker, with seven other unknown malefectors, 5 Aug., at Sible hedingham, riotously assembled armed with staves and Pitchforks, and broke into a close of Tho.Bigge there, assaulted William Harker, carried away two "cockes of Pease"worth 10a. in their custody belonging to Henry Earl of Oxford, Great Chamberlain of England. Transmitted to the King's bench to be returned with delay Trinity term, 15 James
Date From: 1616.

Repository: Essex Record Office
Level: Series SESSIONS ROLLS
Level: File MICHAELMAS 1616
Reference Code: Q/SR 215/123
Dates of Creation: 1 Sept.1616
Scope and Content: WARRANT from Sir John Deane and Sir John Tyndall Kts. at Great maplesteadm, to the Sheriff, recites that whereas at a Special Sessions of the Peace held before them and Sir Tho.Gardener knight and Henry Gentleman esq. at halstead on 30 Aug., concerning divers riots conceived to have been committed in the parish of Sible Hedingham. It was found and presented on the oaths of twelve and more good and lawful men that John ALLSTON of Sible Hedingham yeoman, John Fryer of Belchamp St.Paul gent., Robert Smyth, Reynold Horthie, husbandman, Leastrange ALLSTON yeoman, all of Sible Hedingham, and William Fytche of Topperfield shoemaker, had on 5 August committed an unlawful riot; for their appearance at Chelmsford on 4 October at 9 o'clock in the forenoon to answer the premises and stand to such order as the justices shall appoint.
Signatures and seals of: Sir John Deane, Sir john Tyndall Added in a different band: The above named Wm.Fythe being solemnly exacted now appeared adn was committed to Gaol until he make bail to appear at the next sessions and in the meantime to be of good behaviour.
Date From: 1616

Essex Record Office Q/SR 215/87 Q/SR 219/44,54,91
SESSIONS ROLLS MICHAELMAS 1616 - 1617
1616 Aug 5: John Allston, Lestrange Alston, both yeomen of Sible Hedingham, and others, did at Sible Hedingham, riotously assembled with staves and pitchforks, and broke into a close owned by Thomas Biggs, assaulted William Harker and Walter Priestwood, and stole "2 cockes of pease" worth 10/-

1616 Aug 10:Walter Priestwood, tailor of Castle Hedingham, to keep the peace towards John Alston.

1616 Sept: It was found at the Sessions that on the 5th Aug the above had committed an unlawful act.

1617 Aug 10: John Taule to keep the peace towards John Allston yeoman of Sible Hedingham. Also the said John Allston to keep the peace towards Walter Priestwood.

1617 Sept 1: William Priestwood of Castle Hedingham struck Lestrange Alston on the arm at Castle Hedingham. Also John Taule, weaver of Sible Hedingham, struck Lestrange Alston and 2 or 3 days later also struck his brother Matthew Allston.

Essex Record Office Q/SR 219/112
SESSIONS ROLLS MICHAELMAS 1617
Dates of Creation 10Aug.1617.
Scope and Content: Recognizances of Rob.Smyth, John Alston and "Sranges" Alston, all of Sible Redingham; Smyth to keep the peace towards Walter Pristwood, William Browne and John Tall.(As in 54,91).

Essex Record Office Q/SR 219/113
SESSIONS ROLLS MICHAELMAS 1617
Dates of Creation 10 Aug.1617.
Scope and Content Recognizances of rob. Smyth, John Alston and "Strangue" Alston; John to keep the peace towards Pristwood, Browne and Tell (as in 112).

Essex Record Office
Level: Series SESSIONS ROLLS
Level: File COURT IN SESSION: SESSIONS ROLL EASTER 1666
Reference Code Q/SR 408/20
Dates of Creation 24 April 1666.
Scope and Content Presentments by Grand Jury. Lestrange Alston of Stisted (gent.), for obstructing a watercourse in a common footpath running from "Rayne hatch" in Stisted to "Wolney greene" and so to a common meadow called "West meadowe" in the same Parish. The parish of Sandon, for a gateway in a highway (near to written above leading to struck through) "Giboracke" which is "unpassable" Signatures of the jurors.

THE WILL OF L' ESTRANGE ALSTON OF STISTED ESS. Gent.
Dated 20 April, 1678
I give to Anne my wife for her life, my manor house, called Kentish with the lands Tenements Woods Commons &c. belonging thereto, situate in Stisted and Bocking, co. Essex, with remainder to my Cousin John Alston, eldest son of my Nephew John Alston of Gosfield co. Essex, failing his issue to L'estrange Alston another of the sons of my said nephew John Alston
I give to my wife also until my said Cousin John Alston attains the age of 21, my messuage and lands in Wetherfield, Essex, with remainder to the said L'estrange Alston
To Elizabeth Alston one of the daughters of my Nephew John Alston the elder the sum of L100 on her reaching the age of 21 to be paid to her either by the said John or L'estrange Alston
I give to my wife until L'estrange Alston is 21 all my messuage lands &c, situate in Boxford and Hadley, co. Suff. and in Toppesfield, co. Essex, or elsewhere unbequeathed, with remainder to said John Alston; provided they pay to my sister
Elizabeth the wife of Edmond Drewry gent. dec'd an annuity of L12, according to the terms of the will of my late father
John Alston-also that they pay to Anne Alston another of the daughters of my nephew John Alston the elder, L100 on her coming of age.
I give to William and Henry Alston, my brothers, 10/- each
I appoint my wife Anne sole executrix and give her all my goods, chattels and personal estate
Signed L'ESTRANGE ALSTON
Witnesses: Tho. Ferrand, John Pennock, Eliz. Cornell, George Lawsell.
Proved 6 May 1681 by Anne Alston relict and executrix named in will.
North 66.
Page 119 Alstoniana



L'Estrange married Anne LEWIS [3124] on 13 Jan 1652/53 in Castle Camps CAM. Anne died about 1697.

General Notes:
Heralds Visitation to Essex 1664 -8, shows Lestrange's wife as Hannah married 1664.

Anne was alive in 1689.

The Will of Anna Alston of Stysted
16 March 1696
In the name of God Amen the 16th day of March in the year of our Lord sixteen hundred ninety and six I Ann Alston of Stysted in the county of Essex widow being sick and weak in body but of good and perfect mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the same. Revoking all other and former Wills by me heretofor made do make and ordain this my present writing to be and contain my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say first I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it me, and my body to the earth where of it was made in an assured hope of a blessed resurrection through Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer. And as for my worldly estate I Will and dispose there off as follows first I give and bequeath unto my servant John Beckwith the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England to be payed under him by my Executrix hereinafter named within three months next after my decease. All the rest of my goods chattels household stuff stock ready money and all other by personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath unto my niece Anna now a wife of John Scarlett of Brittlingsea in the same county and I do hereby make and ordain her the said Anna sole executrix of this my said Will. And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my kinsman Mr Robert Horner of Hempstead in the County aforesaid and Mr Thomas Wilson of Gosfield in the said County supervisors of this my present last Will and Testament desiring them to assist and advise my sole Executrix in and about my funeral and all things relating to this by present last Will and Testament and I do give them the said supervisors four guineas apiece for their pains to be taken therein to be paid them by my sole Executrix within one month after my decease. In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year . . . . . above written
Anne Alston
Sealed published and declared by the said Anna Alston as for her last will and testament in the presence of
Daniel . . . . . The mark of May O Bell

ESS PRO: old Ref 13 AW 2
Digital copy on file 2007



129. William ALSTON of Sible Hedingham ESS [3701] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born after 1598, was baptised between 18-25 Feb 1608/09 in Sible Hedingham ESS, and died before 5 May 1699.

General Notes:
William was aged under 18 as a legatee under his grandfathers will dated 31 May 1616

William was living 20 April 1678.

Misc entry in IGI William son John and Anna Crockrood abt 1637 of Stisted Essex.

5 April 1659 - William Alston son and heir of John Alston holds Priests Grove and Little Wrights. Also William Alston admitted to close called Prayors, late in the hands of John Alston- no date.
Ref. Manor of Prayors alias Bourne Hall ESS
4 Nov 1659 - William Alston surrenders to his will all his lands in the said Manor.
Ref. Manor of Prayors alias Bourne Hall ESS

The manor of Hoseden in Gt Maplestead was held by a William Alston or Alliston.

Essex Record Office D/DHt/T278/2
MISCELLANEOUS ESSEX RECORDS
Dates of Creation 3 December 1655
Scope and Content 2.Copy of Court-roll Berwicks and Scotneys John Blakemore Surrender by John Overed, clerk, (R. of Toppesfield 1648-1661) William Alston and others Admission of William Smith Messuage and customary lands Toppesfield

Essex Record Office T/A 225/14
CALENDAR OF SIBLE HEDINGHAM CHARITY DEEDS
GREEN AND HERWARD'S CHARITY
Dates of Creation 2 Sept., 1667
Scope and Content Feoffment with counterpart John Jegon of Hitcham (co.Suffolk) clerk, Thomas Bigge, Joseph Lawsell, sen., of Sible Hedingham, yeomen, to Thomas Jegon, John Sparrow, William Alston, Edward Harrington, sen., William Jegon, John Sparrow, jun., Samuel Killingworth, jun., Edw. Harrington, jun., all of Sible Hedingham, gent., Barth. Browne, sen., John King, senior clothiers, Moses Hurrell, Wm. Butcher, Joseph Lawsell, jun., and John Finch, all of Sible Hedingham, yeomen Property, etc., as in 225/9

Essex Record Office. T/A 225/15
CALENDAR OF SIBLE HEDINGHAM CHARITY DEEDS
Item Reference Code
Dates of Creation 2 September 1667 Title [Feoffment]
Scope and Content John Jegon of Hitcham, Suffolk, clerk, Thomas Bigge, Joseph Lawsell senior of Sible Hedingham, yeomen, to Thomas Jegon, John Sparrow, William Alston, Edward Harrington senior, William Jegon, John Sparrow junior, Samuel Killingworth junior, Edward Harrington junior, all of Sible Hedingham, gentlemen., Bartholomew Browne senior, John King senior, clothiers, Moses Hurrell, William Butcher, Joseph Lawsell junior, and John Finch, all of Sible Hedingham, yeomen.
Lands, tenements and rents belonging to 'Bernards' in Sible Hedingham.
The feoffees to make annual account to the vicar, churchwardens and 'governors' of Sible Hedingham, on Whit Sunday after evening prayer at the communion table of the church, the profits to be put into Barnard's Box in the presence of the vicar, etc.
For counterpart see T/A 225/14.

Essex Record Office D/Y 1/3/130
HOLMAN MANUSCRIPTS
Dates of Creation 12 December 1692
Title [Bond made by William Alston for his executors to pay L40 to William Hart]
Scope and Content: Executors of William Alston to pay L40 to Robert Abbott on behalf of William Hart, son of George Hart of Halstead, within a month of the death of William Alston.
This item is placed here conjecturally, ELF 2004

Manor Roll of Graveshall Sible Hedingham
Surrender from Alston to Elliot.
William Alston gentleman, since the time of the last court did surrender into the hands of the Lord of the Manor all that three and a half acres called Graveshall Fenn, John Elliot mariner of Poplar in MDX was admitted to these premises for his use and that of his heirs and assigns forever, absolutely.

PRO D/DHt/T278/2 Item 48.
3 Dec 1655 - Court Rolls mention William Alston of Topplesfield. Ref. ESS

Essex Record Office D/DHt/T295/37 (T/A 44/532,534)
MISCELLANEOUS ESSEX RECORDS
Dates of Creation 20 March 1678
Scope and Content 37.Deed to declare uses of a Fine Richard Choate, of Wethersfield, yeoman William Alston, of Sible Hedingham, gentleman and Solomon Alston, his son "Cooks Crofts" (14 ac.), Wethersfield [3 sig. seals, one arm. a chevron between 3 lions rampant]

Essex Record Office D/DHt/T295/19
MISCELLANEOUS ESSEX RECORDS
Dates of Creation Feb. 1678
Scope and Content: 19.Fine William Alston and Solomon Alston, pll. Richard Choate, def. An Acre of land, and 14 ac. of pasture with appurts in Wethersfield

Essex Hearth Tax, Hinckford Hundred 1671.
Sible Hedingham - William Alston 6 hearths.

WILL of WILLIAM ALSTON of SIBLE HEDDINGHAM.
July 5th Year of the Reign of William & Mary (1693)
To Robert his son his messuage and lands in Wethersfield ESS in the tenure and occupation of William Simson? and all other assets after the payment of his debts and bequests.
To Thomas Firman his son-in-law and Jemyma his wife all his messuage and lands in Heddingham Sible for their lives, and then to their daughter Mary his granddaughter, provided they do faithfully pay;
to his daughter Susannah 40/- for life in four payments annually of 10/-
To his son William Alston 2/6 to buy gloves.
To his son Solomon Alston 2/-
Robert Alston his son is appointed his Executor.
Proved 5 May 1699
Ref. ESS PRO D/ABR 14 108. (Wills reel 8)
The transcription is smudged and difficult to read, date of Will 5 Jul c1695? this extraction may be in error.
2009 New copy on file.

WILL of WILLIAM ALSTON of SIBLE HEDDINGHAM.
July 5th Year of the Reign of William & Mary (1693)
In the name of God Amen I William Alston of heddingham Sible in the County of Essex Gent being in reasonable good health of body & of sound & perfect mind & memory praised be almighty God therefore calling to mind the uncertainty of mans life here on earth and being desirous to settle things in order before I go hence and be no more do make ordain & declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say as touching such temporal estate as almighty God hath bestowed upon me here do order give and bestow the same as followeth Imprimis I give devise and bequeath unto my son Robert Allston & to his heires & Assigns forever All that my messuage tenement or farme lying & being in Wethersfeild in the said County of Essex with all the houses lands meadowes pastures profits Commodities rights members & appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging as they are now in the tenure and occupation of one William Simsonne or his assigns Item I give devise and bequeath all my Customary messuage or tenement
Page 65.
with all the lands meadowes pastures wayes easements rights members and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging lying & being in Heddingham Sible aforesaid and also all my customary or Coppyhold & freehold lands lying & being in Topesfeild in the said County of Essex With their and every of their rights members and appurtenances as they are now in the tenure and occupacion of one William Hayward or his Assigns unto my lovinge son in law Thomas ffurman and Jemyma his now wife for and during the term of their two naturall lives & to the longer liver of them and after their decease To the only use and behoofe of their daughter Mary ffurman my Grandchild & to her heires & Assigns for ever Provided and upon the Condicion following That they the said Thomas ffurman my said son in law Jemyma my said daughter & Mary my said Grandchild or some of them or some of their heires Executors or Assigns do and shall give and faithfully pay or cause to be paid unto my daughter Susannah Blower or her Assigns the full summe of forty shillings of currant english mony yearly & every year during the term of her natural] life by ten shillings a payment at four the most usuall feastes or termes of payment in the year that is to say the feaste dayes of the Annunciacion of the blessed Virgin Mary Saint John the Baptist Saint Michael the Archangell & the nativity of our Lord Christ the first payment to begin upon the first of those four feasts which shall happen next after my decease And for want of such payment of the forty shillings a year my mind and will is and I do hereby give full power and authority & strength unto my said daughter Susanna & her assigns to enter into and upon a certain feild parte of the Lands now in the possession of the said William Hayward called by the name of Little Chare with the appurtenances & the same to have possesse & enjoy peaceably and quietly and receive and take the rents issues and profits thereof and to be fully satisfied & paid the said forty shillings [with all costs and damages that may issue] Provided alwaies Neverthelesse upon this Condicion following It is my will & mind that if in case my said son in law Thomas ffurman shall purchase and settle so good an estate of twenty poundes a year in messuages lands & tenements as my son Robert Allston shall agree unto and approve upon himself Jemyma his wife and Mary ffurman my Grandaughter & same to be paid the fourty shillings a year to my daughter Susan Blower in such manner and forme as I have given and bequeathed all those lands and tenements unto him and them now in the possession of William Hayward That Then my will mind & meaninge is and I give and devise full power and authority unto my said son in law Thomas ffurman or his heires or Assigns to sell settle & convey All the said messuage lands & tenements with the appurtenances pertaining thereunto whatsoever in the possession of the said William Hayward or his Assigns before in this bequeathed unto my said son in law Thomas ffurman and Jemyma his wife upon some person or persons by all the lawfull ways & means whatsoever and to such use or uses as the purchaser or purchasers sold with the same to be settled for the perfect sale thereof & for the purchasers full and perfect title & security Item I give unto my son William Allston two shillings and six pence to buy him gloves Item I give unto my son Solomon two shillings Item all the rest residue & remainder of my Goods and Chattels not hereby before by this my will given and disposed my debts legacies & funerall expenses & probate of this my will being first paid & discharged I give & bequeath unto my son Robert Allston which said son Robert Allston I doe nominate and appoint to be sole Executor of this my last will & testament hoping that he will faithful] performe the same And I do pronounce this to be my last will & testament revoking & making void all other wills & testaments by me heretofore made In
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witnesse whereof to this my present last will & testament being contained in these sheets of paper written on one side to every sheet thereof have set my hand & the first & last sheet thereof my scale this fifth day of July in the fifth yeare of the reign of our Sovereign Lord & Lady William & Mary by the Grace of God King & Queen of England Scotland ffrance & Ireland Defenders of the faith etc Anno Domini 1693 [witnessed by Francis Clarke and others; proved by executor 5 May 1699].
Transcribed by David L Kent Austin Texas. 2006 Wills and Administrations of the Minor Courts of Essex and Hertfordshire, 1697-1703 'Porter', Chelmsford Registry Commissary Court [FHL film 0094229, pp. 108ff]; abbreviations extended, spelling retained

Essex Record Office D/ABW 76/107
Level: Category Archdeaconry records
Level: Fonds COMMISSARY OF BISHOP OF LONDON
Dates of Creation 5 May 1699
Scope and Content:
Will - William Alston of Sible Hedingham,
As above

Research Notes:
This tree is recorded in Alstoniana Pg 86, supplied to Cresswell by Miss Eliza Alston and Thomas Sewell Alston.
Researched and corrected in 2013 by Mary Tebrack

Data also from Alliston/Allyston tree by Mrs Sylvia Myles - on file 2003

William married Mary GREEN [3729] on 28 Sep 1637 in Bocking St Mary ESS.

General Notes:
Ref Alstoniana Pg 297


Children from this marriage were:

+ 306 F    i. Mary ALSTON [4007] was baptised on 27 Sep 1638 in Toppesfield ESS.

+ 307 F    ii. Susanna ALSTON (ALSTONE) [4317] was baptised on 25 Sep 1641 in Toppesfield ESS.

+ 308 M    iii. William ALSTON of Halsted [4114] was baptised on 5 Feb 1642/43 in Toppesfield ESS.

+ 309 F    iv. Jemima ALSTON [4211] was baptised on 12 Feb 1643/44 in Toppesfield ESS.

+ 310 M    v. Solomon ALSTON [2744] was baptised on 18 Jul 1648 in Toppesfield ESS and was buried on 20 Oct 1721 in Havering atte Bower ESS.

+ 311 M    vi. Robert ALSTON [4212] was baptised on 24 May 1652 in Toppesfield ESS and was buried on 15 Mar 1706/07 in Twinstead ESS.


130. Matthew ALSTON [3125] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1602 in Stisted ESS, was baptised on 24 Nov 1602 in St Ethelbert and All Saints Belchamp Otten ESS, and died in Oct 1677 at age 75.

General Notes:
Matthew was living 30 June 1653. Death date from Heralds Visitation to ESS, he was the third son.
However Matthew was not mentioned by name in his grandfather's will, only a Martha. Because of the lack of any evidence of a daughter Martha, her inclusion in the Will is taken to be a transcription error of Matthew, from the past.

Baptisms
Belchamp Otten St Ethelbert & All Saints Baptism Date 24 Nov 1602 Forename Mathew Sex M Father Forename John Father Surname ALLSTON
Notes Seax D-P 214-1-1 File Number 20898
Ref: Free Reg (M Terbrack 2013)

Essex Hearth Tax, Hinckford Hundred 1671.
Toppesfield Mathew Alliston 6 hearths.

The Manor of Husses Toppesfield: William Cratchrode Jnr held this Manor in 1585, about the latter end of Queen Elizabeth it was holden by John Alston of Belchamp-Oton, who gave it to his third son . . . . . Matthew, and he having no issue bequeathed it to . . . . . Thomas Cracherode.
Ref: History of the County of Essex. Rev P Morant Vol II ERO

ALSTON v. CRACHROD.
Bill, 6 June 1679, by William Alston of Heddingham Sible, co. Essex, gent., brother and executor, of Matthewe Alston, late of Topsfeild, said co. gent., decd., v. Thomas Crachrod, Christopher Layer and Mary Hobart.
The said Matthew was possessed of a messuage and about 60 acres of land in Topsfeild, of the yearly value of about L30 and personalty worth about L300 besides securities; and about three years since, finding himself very weak in body and infirm by reason of the greatness of his age, and not sufficient effectually to manage his business and affairs of such concern, he did betake himself to sojourn with one Thomas Crachrod of Cusse hall in Topsfeild, gent., where he soon after died. But before his death, viz. about October 1677, he made his will, under which complainant was residuary legatee. And very soon after, before complainant was or could be permitted to come into the room where the goods and chattels, and writings &c. of the said deceased were contained, the said Crachrode went into the said room and removed the said effects. They have also wrongfully possessed themselves of the said
messuage &c. &c.
Defendants know nothing as to the value of Matthew's estate, but say that for 4 or 5 years before his death, he being very diseased and infirm in his body, and having some time before demised away the said messuage, reserving only a room or two to himself, he being there in a helpless condition, and wanting conveniences of all sorts, came to Thomas Crachrode's house, and did frequently eat and drink at his table, and was there received and entertained, at first as a neighbour, and afterwards as a sojourner. Crachrode denies possessing himself of the goods of deceased.
Matthew sold the said farm (called Hoses) to Crachrode about 5 years since, a fine being duly levied thereof.
Ref Hamilton 552 1679
Alstoniana Pg 181

CRATCHERODE v. ALSTON.
Bill, 27 June 1681 by Anne and Dorothy Cratcherode, infants, by Thomas Cratcherode their father, v. William Alston, brother and executor of the late Matthew Alston of Topsfeild, co. Essex, gent.
The complainants demand payment of legacies of L5 apiece bequeathed to them as "daughters of his cousin Cratchrode of Cusshall" by the said Matthew, and which William refuses to pay because they are still under age.
Ref Hamilton 88/58 1681

WILL MATHEW ALSTON
In the name of God Amen
I Mathew Alston of Topsfield in the county of Essex, gent, do (conses. . . . . ) this my last Will and Testament in maner and form as follows
I . . . . . my will and that my body shall be decently buryed in the Chancel of the Parish Church of Topsfield by my executor to whom I give five pounds to defray the charges of my funeral
Item; I give to the poor of Topsfield the sum of five pounds to be distributed amongst them my Mr Erle and Mr Wilde and my wish is that all my wheat which lye in my chamber at HOSY be in the same maner distributed equally to the poor
Item; I give to my cosen An Cratchrod and to my cosen Dorothy Cratchrode daughters of my cosen Cratchrode of Cuss (Cust Hall Toppesfield) had the sum of five pounds apiece
Item; I give to Sarah Hubbard servant of my cosen Cratchrode the sum of three pounds
Item; I give unto my brother Harry Alston (Henry) and his eldest sonne the sum of five pounds to be divided between them
Item; I give to Daniel Alston sonne of my brother Harry Alston the sum of Twenty shillings and the sum of money which he owes me
Item; I give to my brother Lestrange Alston a long hutch which is in my chamber at Hosy
Item; I give to my sister Alston of . . . . . and to Elizabeth her daughter the two cups in my sisters possession
Item; I give to my nephew John Alston the horse which is in his possession
Item; I give my chest of drawers in the parlor chamber at Hosy to Mr Wild and my cosen Dorothy Cratchrod of Taylors
Item; I give my baldfaced horse and the little Hobby to Mrs. Kemp and my cosen Thomas Cratchrode of Cust Hall leaving the choice of them to Mrs Kemp
Item; I give Mr Erle my gelding in my brother Harry
(Henry) Alstons possession
Item; I give my brother William all the rest of my estate not disposed when my debts, legacies and funeral charges are discharged and I do nominate my loving brother William Alston sole executor of this my last Will and Testament
In witness whereof I have . . . . . my hand and seale the twenty third day of October 1677
Signed and seal in the presence of
Christopher Layer
. . . . . OH. . . . .
Mary Bull
7th November 1677 (in Latin)

Will Essex Record Office D/ABW 68/178 D/ABR 10
Level: Category Archdeaconry records
Level: Fonds COMMISSARY OF BISHOP OF LONDON
Dates of Creation 7 November 1677
Probate granted 1725 - Jul - 22.
Copy on file.

Research Notes:
February 2007 - Chelmsford Record Office Cust Hall searched and photographed Hosie searched and photographed No record of Mathew in Stisted Churh. No record of his death/burial in Toppesfield for 1677 Stisted church records unreadable S Perrett

131. Ann ALSTON [17910] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 9 Nov 1603 in Belchamp Otten.

Research Notes:
Baptisms
Belchamp Otten St Ethelbert & All Saints Baptism Date 9 Nov 1603 Forename An Sex M Father Forename John Father Surname ALLSTON
Notes Seax D-P 214-1-1 File Number 20898
Ref: Free Reg (M Terbrack 2013)

It is presumed that Ann predeceased her sister Anne



132. John ALSTON The Younger [3126] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in Stisted ESS, was baptised on 21 Feb 1604/05 in St Ethelbert and All Saints Belchamp Otten ESS, died in 1658 at age 53, and was buried on 20 Sep 1658 in Milles.

General Notes:
Baptisms
Belchamp Otten St Ethelbert & All Saints Baptism Date 21 Feb 1604/5 Forename John Sex M Father Forename John Father Surname ALLSTON
Notes Seax D-P 214-1-1 File Number 20898
Ref: Free Reg (M Terbrack 2013)

John was aged under 18 as a legatee under his grandfathers will dated 31 May 1616

30 March 1654 - John Alston son & Heir of John Alston holds Gt Wrights, Bakers, Colliers Grove, Wrights Laye.
Ref. Manor of Prayors alias Bourne Hall ESS

Milles was the name of the Manor house at Stisted & had a Court Baron, the Mansion House was a half mile South East from the Church of Stistead. The manor was part of the manor of Stanstead Hall in Halstead, and extended into Stistead & Pattiswick. in old Court Rolls it is stiled the hamlet of Stistead & had a leet & Constable but long since it was united to Halstead
Ref: Golding

Burial date from the Stisted Parish Register searched by Golding, alternative date unsourced 8 Oct 1658

See rates dispute under brother Henry's notes.

Essex Record Office Q/SR 215/49,87,123 Q/SR 219/44,54,91
SESSIONS ROLLS MICHAELMAS 1616 - 1617
1616 Aug 5: John Allston, Lestrange Alston, both yeomen of Sible Hedingham, and others, did at Sible Hedingham, riotously assembled with staves and pitchforks, and broke into a close owned by Thomas Biggs, assaulted William Harker and Walter Priestwood, and stole "2 cockes of pease" worth 10/-

1616 Aug 10:Walter Priestwood, tailor of Castle Hedingham, to keep the peace towards John Alston.

1616 Sept: It was found at the Sessions that on the 5th Aug the above had committed an unlawful act.

1617 Aug 10: John Taule to keep the peace towards John Allston yeoman of Sible Hedingham. Also the said John Allston to keep the peace towards Walter Priestwood.

1617 Sept 1: William Priestwood of Castle Hedingham struck Lestrange Alston on the arm at Castle Hedingham. Also John Taule, weaver of Sible Hedingham, struck Lestrange Alston and 2 or 3 days later also struck his brother Matthew Allston.

Essex Record Office Q/SR 219/112
SESSIONS ROLLS MICHAELMAS 1617
Dates of Creation 10Aug.1617.
Scope and Content: Recognizances of Rob.Smyth, John Alston and "Sranges" Alston, all of Sible Redingham; Smyth to keep the peace towards Walter Pristwood, William Browne and John Tall.(As in 54,91).

Essex Record Office Q/SR 219/113
SESSIONS ROLLS MICHAELMAS 1617
Dates of Creation 10 Aug.1617.
Scope and Content Recognizances of rob. Smyth, John Alston and "Strangue" Alston; John to keep the peace towards Pristwood, Browne and Tell (as in 112).

John Alston of Stisted was buried the eighth day of October 1658.
Ref: Stisted Register (somewhat illegible)

WILL JOHN ALSTON OF STISTED. Gent.
8th September 1658.
To my son John all my lands called Colurds, Wrights & Nottalls in occupation of Joseph Roote and Richard Gawrode in Sible Hemingham.
To my wife Johanne for life the profits of the rest of the lands and tenements towards the education of my three daughters Mary Johanne and Elizabeth, and to pay them L100 each at their ages of 21 years.
Should my wife die before that time, then my son John to pay my said daughters, and also L100 each more at their ages of 24 years.
To my said John after his mothers decease all my lands and tenements in Toppesfield, Sible Hemingham and Weathersfield.
Rest of my goods to my wife my executrix.
Witnesses: Henry Alston, Elizabeth Alston.
Proved London 24th November 1658 by Johanna Alston, relict.
Ref. ESS PRO 929.3 Deanery of Bocking. Wooton 591.
Ref Pg 297 Alstoniana.
Copy of Will on this file.



John married Joanna MALTWOOD [3127] on 28 Sep 1637 in Bocking St Mary ESS. Joanna was buried on 23 Apr 1688 in St Andrew Earls Coln ESS.

General Notes:
23 Apr 1688 Joanna Alston of Earls Colne, buried nk at St Andrew Earls Colne.
ESS Burials


Children from this marriage were:

+ 312 F    i. Mary ALSTON [3176] died after 1675.

+ 313 M    ii. John ALSTON of Wethersfield [3128] was born about 1639.

+ 314 F    iii. Anne ALSTON [255] was born in 1640 in Stisted ESS, was baptised on 14 May 1640 in Stisted ESS, and was buried on 6 May 1658 in Stisted ESS.

+ 315 F    iv. Johanna ALSTON [3177] was baptised on 21 Sep 1646 in Toppesfield ESS.

+ 316 F    v. Elizabeth ALSTON [3178] was baptised on 15 May 1650 in Toppesfield ESS and died in 1684 at age 34.


133. Elizabeth ALSTON [3133] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born after 1598 in Stisted ESS, was baptised on 9 Jan 1606/07 in Sible Hedingham ESS, and was buried on 3 Oct 1684 in St Mary Swaffham Prior CAM.

General Notes:
Elizabeth was aged under 18 as a legatee under her grandfathers will dated 31 May 1616

Elizabeth was living 20 April 1678.

Elizabeth married Edmund DRURY. Gent of Swaffham Prior Cam [3134], son of Francis DRURY. of Swaffham Prior Cam [9944] and Jane [17924], in 1631 in Ridgewell ESS. Edmund was born in 1607 in Swaffham Prior CAM, was baptised on 26 Apr 1607 in St Cyriac Swaffham Prior CAM, and was buried on 3 Nov 1668 in St Mary Swaffham Prior CAM. Another name for Edmund was DRURYE.

General Notes:
Edmond Drury is described by Cresswell (Pg 21) as Edmund Drewry Gent Of Swaffham Priors Camb.

This data Ref Suff Man Families Vol 1 Pg 364 Ips PRO.


The child from this marriage was:

+ 317 M    i. Lestrange DRURY [17911] was baptised on 4 Apr 1639 in St Cyriac Swaffham Prior CAM.


134. Anne ALSTON [3136] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born after 1598, was baptised on 28 Jun 1611 in Sible Hedingham ESS, and died after 1654.

General Notes:

Anne was aged under 18 as a legatee under her grandfathers will dated 31 May 1616

Anne married Francis ROWLEY of Burnt Pelham [3137] in 1628 in Thaxted ESS. Another name for Francis was ROWLER.

Research Notes:
Alternative marriage date 28 July 1661 Brent Pelham



135. Susanna ALSTON [3138] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 14 Dec 1614 in Sible Hedingham ESS.

General Notes:
Susan was aged under 18 as a legatee under her grandfathers will dated 31 May 1616

Her marriage to Jacob is unproven

Susanna married Jacob RICHARDSON [7285] on 28 Sep 1637 in Bocking St Mary ESS. Another name for Jacob was James.

General Notes:
Ref Alstoniana Pg 297
Name Jas in Boyd's Marriage Index



136. Henry ALSTON of Stistead [3139] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in Stisted ESS and was baptised on 3 Jun 1616 in Sible Hedingham ESS.

General Notes:
Henry was living 20 April 1678 being mentioned in his brother L'Estranges will. Henry was a Churchwarden at Stisted Church 1648, (1669, 1670, 1677) these later dates may have been a son. His wife and family details are presumed from entries in the registers of Stisted Church.

Essex Hearth Tax, Hinckford Hundred 1671.
Stisted Henry Alliston 7 hearths.

A second Henry is mentioned in the Heralds Visitation to Essex 1634
Ref pg 273.

Essex Record Office Q/SR 360/18
COURT IN SESSION: SESSIONS ROLL EASTER 1654
Dates of Creation 28 March 1654
Scope and Content Indictment of Henry Alston senior of Stisted gentleman assaulted Robert Wood, one of the constables of the parish, in the execution of his office. pleads not guilty.


Essex Record Office Q/SO 1/220
ORDER BOOK EPIPHANY 1652 - MICHAELMAS 1661
Date: 1654
Scope and Content Stistead: Alston Whereas Henry Alston of Stistead in this County, gent[leman], and John Brockwell of same place, yeoman, being overseo[r]s for the poore of the said p[ar]ish for the yeare ending att Easter last, the parishone[r]s of the said parish in Easter weeke aforesaid did nominate Robert Aylette, John Baysey and Isaack Medcalfe to bee overseors for the poore of the said parish for this p[re]sent yeare, who wer confirmed by two of the Justices of the peace of this County according to Law, as was proved openly in Court, But the said warrant of Confirmac[i]on comeing to the handes of the said Henry Alston and by him deteyned from the p[re]sent overseors, hee the said Henry Alston afterward procured himself to bee continued in this office w[i]thout the knowledge or consent of the said parishon[er]s And whereas John Alston gent[leman], father of the said Henry, being convicted for swearing severall oathes, Dionisius Wakering Esq[uire], one of the Justices of the peace of this County, before whom the said Convicc[i]on was, directed his warrant to the Constables, Churchwardens and overseors of the poore of the said parish for the levying the Twenty Shillings of the goods of the said John Alston for his said offence, which said warrant the said Rob[er]t Aylett and Isaac Medcalfe as overseors for the poore of the said parish, w[i]th the Constables and Churchwardens thereof did endeavour to execute, but did forbeare to doe anything therein in regard the said John Alston p[re]tended the said Twenty shillings was formerly paid to Henry Alston his sonn, [f.78v.] which said matter hereby adjudge and declare that the said Robert Aylett, John Baysey and Isaack Medcalfe were legally nominated and confirmed overseo[r]s for the poore fo the said parish att the time of the Convic[i]on of the said John Alston as aforesaid, [and] att the time endevouringe to take the side distresse were and still are overseors for the poore of the said parish.

Essex Record Office Q/SO 1/13
ORDER BOOK EPIPHANY 1652 - MICHAELMAS 1661
Date: 1652
Scope and Content: Alston
Whereas upon the Petic[i]on of John Alston of Stysed and Henry Alson of the Same, gent[lemen], p[re]sented unto this Courte at Easter Sessions last, settinge forth that they were much oppressed by beinge overated to the Poore, Constables rates and other rates in the saide, Parrish, It was ordered that [th]e matter of Complainte should bee referred to the two next Justices who were desired to call before them all p[ar]ties concerned, and to examine the equallity of the Rates, and order therin as they should see cause, Now this Courte beinge this Day informed by the saide John Alston and Henry Alston that nothinge hath beene done for rectifyeinge the inequallity of the saide rates, and complayninge that new rates have beene since made for other sum[me]s wherein they are overated as before, & desiring [th]e further order of this Courte for their releife herein, This Courte doth order that the matter of compl[ain]te be referred to S[ir] Tho[mas] Honywood k[nigh]t, Dionis Wakeringe W[illia]m Harlackenden & Dudly Templar Esq[uire]s or any 3 of them, who are disired to call before them all p[ar]ties concerned, and to examine the equallity of the saide Rates, and order therin as they should see cause, Now this Courte beings this Day informed by the said John Alston and Henry Alston that notinge hath beene done for rectifyinge the inequallity of the saide rates, and complaynings that new rates have beene since made for other sum[me]s wherein they are coverated as before, & desiring the[e] further order of this Courte for their releife herein, This court doth order that the matter of Compl[ain] tte be reffered to S[ir] Tho[mas] Hoywood k[nigh]t, Dionis Wakeringe, W[illia]m Harlackenden & Dudly Templar Esq[uire]s or any 3 of them, who are disired to call before them all p[arties therein concerned & to examine the equallity of th[e] s[ai]d rates [f.4r.] and to make such Order therein as they shall see cause for puttinge an end to the said diffeence, the saide John Alstone and Henry Alston promising in open Courte to play to all rates such p[ro]porc[i]on as the said Justice shall soe Order them to pay

Essex Record Office Q/SR 341/18
COURT IN SESSION: SESSIONS ROLL MIDSUMMER 1649
Dates of Creation 26 April 1649
Scope and Content Indictment of Roger Breadday of Stisted Cordwainer at Halstead, assaulted Henry Alston gentleman Witnesses: Alston, Robert Sidey. Confessed, fined 2s.6d.

Essex Record Office Q/SR 306/19
SESSIONS ROLLS MIDSUMMER 1639
Dates of Creation 31 July 1639
Scope and Content Indictment of John Wyndle of Bocking yeoman at Stisted, stole and drove away 26 sheep worth 28 of Henry Alston.

Essex Record Office Q/SBa 2/78
36 SESSIONS BUNDLES: EARLY SERIES
Dates of Creation Epiphany 1652
Title [Informations, examinations, petitions and certificates]
Scope and Content Informations, include . . . . . at the instigation of Henry Alston and his father the parishioners of Stisted refused to pay their rates on the grounds that the constables had no authority to collect them, Alston did not contribute to rate for 'drummes and cullours'; . . . . .

Essex Record Office Q/SR 363/7
COURT IN SESSION: SESSIONS ROLL EPIPHANY 1655
Scope and Content JURY LIST to enquire upon their oaths whether Henry Alston of Stisted son., gent., be guilty of a certain trespass and assault on Robert Woodhen, one of the contables of Stisted, as he Standeth indicted of.

Essex Record Office Q/SR 360/30
COURT IN SESSION: SESSIONS ROLL EASTER 1654
Dates of Creation 16 March 1654
Scope and Content INQUISITIONS taken at Great Coggeshall, 15 March, before Sir Thomas Honywood knight and Dionysius Wakeringe, on the oaths of 14 jurors (named), who say that Richard Kay of Colne Engaine husbandman, having seisin and possession delivered to him by the sheriff of a messuage called colne engaine Hall, was in peaceable possession until Edward Mullins yeoman and George Hudson husbandman, both of colne Engaine, and many others unknown to the jurors, 6 March, between the hours of 5 and 6 in the afternoon, forcibly disseised him.
Witnesses: Thomas Spurgeon, Thomas Hatch, John dines, Richard Ray, Henry Alston

Henry married Elizabeth GREEN [3140], daughter of John GREEN [4791], about 1643.

Research Notes:
The Heralds Visitation to Essex 1644-8 records: Elizabeth wife of Henry Alston of Gt Braxted, daughter and co-heir of John Green of Marlstead ESS. Married 1664?? Had issue; Sam son & heir aged 20 in 1664, Joseph, Daniel, Elizabeth.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 318 M    i. Jonathan ALSTON [3141] was baptised on 12 Feb 1646/47 in Stisted ESS.

+ 319 F    ii. Elizabeth ALSTON [3142] was baptised on 25 Apr 1650 in Stisted ESS.

+ 320 M    iii. Samuel ALSTON [4792] was born about 1644.

+ 321 M    iv. Joseph ALSTON [4793] .

+ 322 M    v. Daniel ALSTON [4794] .

Henry next married Susanna DAY of Raydon [4560] on 27 Oct 1674 in Boxford SFK.

General Notes:
SFK Manorial Families Vol 2 Pg 405 Susanna Day of Raydon widow was married to Henry Alston of Stisted 27 Oct 1674 at Boxford she was described in the licence as Susan Mann

137. Thomas ALSTON [254] (John of Stisted & Belchamp Otten49, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 19 Apr 1620 in Toppesfield ESS and was buried in 1636 in Stisted ESS.

General Notes:
Thomas Alston gent was the son of John Alston gent

138. Augustine PARKER [3153] (Margery ALSTON51, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Augustine was a beneficiary under the will of Joseph Alston (2976) of Washbrooke.

139. Susan PARKER [3154] (Margery ALSTON51, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).


140. Sir Edward ALSTON Kt M.D. [2674] (Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1595, died on 24 Dec 1669 in Gt St Helens Bishopsgate. at age 74, and was buried on 31 Dec 1669 in St Helens Bishopsgate London.

General Notes:
Sir Edward of St Johns College Cambridge B.A. 1615, M.A. 1619, M.D. 1626. Fellow (1631), Treasurer (1649), and President (1653-66), of the College of Physicians. At the Restoration he was Knighted on 3rd September 1660.

ALSTONE (SIR EDWARD), B.A., from St. John's Coll., Cambridge, 1615 ; M.A. 1619; D. Med. 1626; Incorp. 1626. (Son of Edward, Edwardstone, Suffolk). Fellow Coil. of Physicians 1631 ; Treasurer 1649-54; President 1655-66. Knighted by Chas. II. 1660.
Died in Great St. Helen's, Bishopgate, 24 Dec., 1669.
Oxoniensis 1891

Lincolns Inn Admissions 1420-1799 Vol 1
1639/40 17 Feb.
Edward Alston of Suffolk Dr of Medicine at request of Charles Jones now reader.

Edward was living in the Parish of St. Mary Abchurch, London at the time of his marriage, he was aged 28, a bachelor and she was aged 32, a widow of ? Hudson (Hussey), late Merchant, dec'd. bur 3 Aug 1670 St Helens Bishopsgate (Bedfordshire Notes and Queries Vol. II page 98- No. 160 1624, & London Visitation Pedigrees 1664).

He died very rich at his house in the Parish of Great St Helens, Bishopsgate. His will dated 24 Nov 1669 with codicil was proved PCC 24 Jan 1669-70 provided for a wide variety of bequests, he desired to be buried in his Parish Church.
Edward attended St. John's College, Cambridge, graduated B.A. 1615: M.A. 1626: Fellow of the College of Physicians 1631: Treasurer 1634-49. An eminent Physician, ultimately becoming President of the College of Physicians 1653-66.
While President of the College of Physicians, he increased the power of the College by judicious inclusion of physicians who during the Rebellion had practiced without the College Licence. Thus seventy honorary fellows were created at once, the diploma fees filled the almost empty College chest, but while the College was unguarded during the plague thieves carried off the money. When in the following year fire inflicted a still more serious loss on the Society, Sir Edward Alston promised money to rebuild the College but a quarrel arose as to the site, and at the Annual Election he was not again chosen President.
He withdrew his promise of money and never renewed it. He published in 4to. a collection of Grants to The College of Physicians, London 1660.
In his will Sir Edward desired to be buried in the Parish Church where he died.
The Testator's property after payment of legacies was subjected to the dispositions and appointment of his surviving daughter Dame Sarah Seymour, wife of John Lord Seymour.
Among the legacies is one to a spectacle woman by Crosby House gate (the Alston arms, by the way are in one of the glass windows if the old Crosby Hall in the city of London, possibly because of some connection Sir Edward had with the place), and another to a bricklayer, Norkett, who bricked up the vault that preserved the testators goods at the time of the Great Fire.
Sir Harbottle Grimston, Bart. Master of the Rolls and George Lowe were named executors.
Limited administration was granted 13th December 1698, to George, Earl of Warrington and George Lowe. Administration to the effects of Susanna Alston was granted to Lady Seymour her daughter, 15th August 1670 (P.C.C.).

Alston Edward.
Matric. pens. from St Johns, Easter 1612. Son of Edward of Edwardstone Suffolk. Matric. 1612; B.A. 1615-6; M.A. 1619; Med. Lic 1620; M.D. 1626; Incorp. at Oxford 1626. Fellow of College of Physicians 1631; President 1655 - 67. Knighted 3 Sept 1660. Died 24 Sept 1669. D.N.B.; Burke, Ex. Bart., Roll of Royal College of Physicians by Williams Munk M.D., Vol.1 p.202, see also Foster;s Alumni Oxonienses).

In a list of the principal inhabitants of London,1640, in Billinsgate Ward, appears the name Edward Alston, Dr. in Phisick. Miscell.Gen.et Her., 2nd series, Vol 2, p 36. See Images.

ALSTON, Sir Edward [Concise Dictionary of National Biography March 1992]
Categories: Biography
Summary: Dates: 1595-1669 Occupation: president of College of
Physicians, 1655-66 Details: MD, St John's College, Cambridge, 1626 . . . . .

Evelyn's Diary. Pg 298, Oct. 5, 1664. I heard the Anniversary Oration in praise of Dr. Harvey in the Anatomic Theatre on the Coll. of Physitians after which I was invited by Dr. Alston the President to a magnificient feast.
Alstoniana Pg 372

Edward (Sir) Alston
b.? d.24 December 1669
AB Cantab(1615) AM(1619) MD(1626) MD Oxon(1626) FRCP(1631)

Sir Edward Alston, M.D., a native of Suffolk, ['a native of Suffolk' deleted in Munk's notes] [the son of Edward Alston of Edwardstone in the county of Suffolk - by his wife Margaret dr of Arthur Penning of Kettleborough in the same county. The Visitation of London. Anno dom. 1633-34 &35. Harveian Society Vol.XV, 1880, p.16. He was] was educated at St. John's college, Cambridge, as a member of which he proceeded A.B. 1615, A.M. 1619, M.D. 1626. He was incorporated at Oxford 10th July, 1626; was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 10th December, 1628, and a Fellow 4th April, 1631. He was Censor in 1642; Elect, 9th August, 1648; Treasurer, from 1649 to 1654 inclusive; Consiliarius, 1653, 1667, 1668; and President for twelve consecutive years, viz., from 1655 to 1666, both included. Being President of the College at the Restoration of Charles II, he on the 3rd September, 1660, kissed hands in his official capacity, and received the honour of knighthood.
The affairs of the College had in the political disturbances of the times fallen into great disorder. The funds were well nigh if not quite exhausted; the lectures were suspended; a large number of physicians were settled and practising within the liberty of the College without a licence; and the examination of apothecaries' apprentices, which for many previous years was rigorously enforced, had been discontinued. Sir Edward Alston, as President, exerted himself actively in the correction of these abuses. With the view of bringing within the pale of the College those practicing without its licence, and at the same time of improving the finances of the Institution, he suggested in 1664 the creation of Honorary Fellows: "1664, Sept. 1. Com. Maj. Extraordinariis. Resarciendis Collegii impensis, firmandæque ejusdem auctoritati, consultum videbatur, viros doctos, gravesque, Doctoratûs laureâ ornatos, in Collegium nostrum, Sociorum Honorariorum titulo, adsciscere. Placuit itaque omnibus hæc sententia: Quoniam in urbe hâc complures Doctores medici, tum ætate et moribus graves, tum dignitatis ac literarum famâ celebres reperiuntur, quos examinationi publicæ sisti durum videtur, et tamen in Collegii nostri communitatem admitti commodum fuerit; ideò statuimus et ordinamus, ut quicunque ejusmodi tesseræ videbuntur, consentientibus in id Sociorum plurimorum in Comitiis Majoribus suffragiis, Sociorum Honorariorum nomine insigniantur; medicinamq. intra civitatem hanc ejusque regiones amburbicas faciendi libertate aliisque privilegiis gaudeant, quibus Socii, Candidatique extra Collegium legitimiè fruantur."
"Anno 1664, Sept. xvj. Statutum de admittendis Sociis Honorariis, sponsioque ab iis danda, præleguntur, et plurimorum suffragiis sanciantur."
In sequel to this statute, upwards of seventy physicians, many of whom, however, as will be seen hereafter, were resident in the country, and not in the town were, ere the close of the year, elected Honorary Fellows. The objects aimed at by the new regulations were fully attained. All physicians practising in London were thus brought into the College, and the finances of the Corporation were so much augmented, that, as we are informed by Hamey, they were then in a more prosperous condition than at any former period in the history of the Institution. Misfortunes, however, of a severe character were in store.
In 1665, when the plague was raging in London, the President and most, if not all, the College officers retired for safety into the country. During their absence the College was broken into, and the treasure chest, containing the whole of the College funds, now greatly augmented by the contributions of the Honorary Fellows, was robbed of its entire contents. (1) In the following year the College, and the whole of the library, with a few unimportant exceptions, were destroyed by the great fire. (2) Sir Edward Alston was still the President. He entered warmly into the arrangements for rebuilding the College, counselled liberality to his colleagues, and by his own munificent promises encouraged them to more ample contributions. At this point a difference unfortunately occurred among the Fellows as to the site of the new building. Sir Edward not only took, but by his conduct in and out of the College gave offence to his colleagues, and at the general election next ensuing Dr. Glisson was elected President. Sir Edward thereupon revoked his promised subscriptions, and died shortly afterwards at his house in Great St. Helen's Bishopsgate, on the 24th December, 1669. [He was buried at St. Helen's Church in the chancel there and near to his daughter the Lady Langham on 31 Decr. His relict did not long survive and was buried in her husband's grave 3 August 1670 ? Vide Fox's Annals of St Helen's Bishopsgate.]
Sir Edward Alston was fortunate in his professional career, and accumulated an ample fortune. [By his wife Susan dr of Christopher Hudson of "Norridge" he had two daughters.] He married his eldest daughter to a son of Sir John Langham, and gave her a handsome dower. His youngest daughter he married to a son of Sir Harbottle Grimston, endowing her with the same sum he had given to the elder, and when, shortly afterwards, she became a widow, Sir Edward gave her an additional 10,000l. as a portion on marrying into the family of the duke of Somerset. Sir Edward Alston was the author of A Collection of Grants, &c, to the College of Physicians. 4to. Lond. 1660.
William Munk
[(1) "1665 Junii xxvi. Subitò post, pestifera lues densissimâ strage grassatur et complura hominum millia demessuit: sequutumq. nobis est aliud magnum incommodum. Nam postquam, Thesaurarii potissimùm suasu et consilio, supellectilem argenteam, nummosq. longo tempore corrasos, cistæ ferreæ in Ædibus Collegii concredidimus, occlusisq. probe foribus, omnia in tuto fore arbitrati sumus; crescente plurimum Libitinæ censu, ipse ædium custos, Dr. Merrett, sibi familiæq, suæ cavens, rus secedit; intereàq. ærarium nostrum, mille circiter librarum pretii, à Lavernione nescio quo, prorsis expliatum est."
(2) "1666 2do Septembris, exortum est ingens, nec fando auditum antehâc incendium quo Urbs propemodum tota, ipsumq. adeò Collegium, cum maximâ Bibliothecæ parte, conflagrârunt." - Annales.]
[Note the family connections between Sir Edward Alston and Colonel A. A. Fenn, Alson Court, Nayland. (12.12.55)]
[See also Medical History 1974, 18, 370-374]
[Dr. A Briscoe of Woodbridge, Suffolk, reported verbally to the Librarian RCP, 6.3.73 that his quest for the portrait of Sir Edward Alston (originally in the possession of Augustus ?) had ended when he found that it had been stored at Maples' during World War II, and had been destroyed when the store was bombed.?]
(Volume I, page 202)
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Essex Record Office D/DHt/T111/1
MISCELLANEOUS ESSEX RECORDS
Dates of Creation 6 December 1661
Scope and Content: Lease Sir Edward Alston, of London, Kt. Penninge Alston, of London, grocer, his brother and Judith, his wife The manor of Frinton Hall with the patronage of the Church, etc., Frinton

Essex Record Office D/DMh/T40
MAJENDIE FAMILY OF CASTLE HEDINGHAM
Dates of Creation 1663
Scope and Content Deed of Manor of Frinton alias Frinton Hall, Frinton and Kirby- le-Soken, advowson of Frinton, manor of Skirmans Fee, Frinton, and all properties, lands and rights in Frinton, Kirby-le Soken and Walton-le-Soken in occupation of Sarah Grimston wid., Sir Harbottle Grimston, Master of the Rolls, Sir Edward Alston, James Baker, Rich. Hawkin, Mgt. Seagrave wid., Richard Stone, Thomas Carter, Robt. Swanton. (Incomplete date and details, no seals or signatures) Endorsed with brief notes re Wix Abey estates and purchases

ALSTON & LEMAN v. OFFLEY.
Chancery Proceedings. Charles 1. A. 33/25.
Bill, dated 23 January 1629/30, by Edward Alston, doctor of Physic, and William Leman, citizen and Fishmonger of London, V. Robert Offley.
One Jasper Hussey, citizen and fishmonger of London, held leases of tenements in Billingsgate, which by his Will he bequeathed to Susan his wife, whom he made executrix. About December 1624 the complainant Alston did intermarry with the said Susan, and in view of the said leases, did settle upon her a competent jointure. About May 1625 (seeing the said Alston was not a freeman of London, which precluded him from holding the said leases)
Edward Alston conveyed the leases to William Leman in trust to his own use.
Robert Offley is fraudently endeavouring to defeat his title.
Page 170 Alstoniana

ALSTON & another v. OFFLEY.
Chancery B. and A. Charles 1. A. 5. (59)
The replication of Edward Alston and Wilham Leman, complainants to the insufficient answer of Robert Offley, defendant. (Undated.)

ALSTON v. ELSOME.
Collins. I. Bill, 31 October 1629, by Edward Alston of London, Esq. and Susan his wife, executrix of Jasper Hussey, late citizen and fishmonger of London, deceased v Elizabeth Elsome and Joseph Blades.
In Easter term 3 Chas. I. Orators recovered judgment in the court of Common pleas, against one Thomas Elsham Elsome alias Elsham late of Kingston upon Hull., chapman, deceased., on account of certain parcels of hops supplied him by said Jasper Hussey, defendant Elizabeth being his relict and executrix.
Alstoniana Pg 170

ALSTON v. SIR JOHN HARPER & others.
1656. Chancery Proceedings before 1714. Collins 143.
Bill 24 November, 1656, by Edward Alston, Doctor of Physic, President of the College or Commonalty of the Faculty of Physic, London, and the said College or Commonalty, and William Harvey,.the late reader, and Charles Scarborough the present reader of the art or science of chirurgery In the house of the said President or College (both Doctors in Physic) v. Sir John Harper and others.
Respecting an annuity left by the late Richard Caldwell, Dr. in Physic in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, payable
to the said College.
Alstoniana Pg 175

ALSTON v. HARPER.
Bill, 24 November 1656, by Edward Alston, Dr. of Physic, President of the College or Commonalty of the Faculty of Physic, London, and the said Commonalty, and William Harvey-(as in a previous suit) v. John Harper and others, re premises left by Richard Caldwell, for the benefit of the said College.
Collins 576/10
See Table 27 page 24.
Page 175

OFFLEY v. ALSTON.
Bill, 29 January 1661/2, by Robert Offley of the Middle Temple, London, esq., and Elizabeth his wife, and other executors of John Wynne, late of London, dyer, deceased, v. Sir Edward Alston, Kt.
In January 1649/50 the said John Wynne entered into a bond to defendant, (then Edward Alston, doctor of physic)
to pay a portion of L100 to his relative Elizabeth Wynne.
Elizabeth died unmarried and under age, under which circumstances the bond was to become void. Alston was only a person named in trust, but yet from a covetous desire of unlawful gain has brought an action against the defendants in the court of Common Pleas.
Reynardson 24/120. 1661/2.

Alstone v Lowe 1678 - Sir Edward Alston of St Helens
Inheritence Disputes Index TNA C10/495/2

Essex Record Office D/DHt/T111/1
MISCELLANEOUS ESSEX RECORDS
Dates of Creation 6 December 1661
Scope and Content: Lease Sir Edward Alston, of London, Kt. Penninge Alston, of London, grocer, his brother and Judith, his wife The manor of Frinton Hall with the patronage of the Church, etc., Frinton

Royal Household.
Alston Sir Edward, Knt. Senr.
Shown as a Gentleman Pensioner to King Charles II at L100 in Ch. 1670-77.

London Hearth Tax 1666.
Parish of St Mary Hill
A Sir Edward Alston paid tax on 11 hearths.
www.british-history.ac.uk
No Alston recorded in Parish of St Helens or any other Parish, unproven to which Sir Edward Alston.

THE WILL OF SIR EDWARD ALSTON Knt., Doctor of Physic.
Of Parish of Great St. Helen's.
Dated 24th November 1669
I give to Dame Susanna my wife the use of all my jewels plate goods chattels and household stuff and an annuity of L200 to be paid by my executors out of the interest of my money.
I give to my granddaughter Mrs Mary Langham daughter of Sir James Langham L20 in old gold.
To Deborah Crew L100
To Abraham Alston of Walter Beauchamp co. Essex L100
To Mary Crew daughter of said Deborah L50
I desire my executors to pay into the hands of Mr Amos Martin, within 3 months of my wife's death the sum of L400 to be disposed of as follows:- The interest of L100 to be paid to Rachel Skinner of Sudbury, widow, or to her husband if she marries again, or if she died and does not remarry to her three children. The other L300 to be paid to her 3 daughters on their coming of age, the interest to be paid, until that time to their mother towards their maintenance.
I give to Deborah Wathing and Sarah West daughters of Francis and Hester Browne of Worlingworth Suffolk L20 each on the death of my wife.
I give to Sir Harbottle Grimston Bart. Master of the Rolls L100 To George Lowe of Lincoln's Inn L50 and appoint these two gentlemen my executors, to whom also I leave the residue of my estate to be disposed of as my daughter Dame Sarah Seymour the wife of John Lord Seymour shall desire.
Signed: Ed. Alston.
Witnesses Thos. Alston, Ed Alston, Will Phillips, Peter Bennett.
A Declaration of such Legacies as I entrust my daughter Dame Sarah Seymour to give to certain persons.
To Sir John Langham L20 in Guinea gold as a testimony of my thankfulness to him.
To Sir James Langham L10
To my cousin Steven Langham L10, to his wife L10, to his son and daughter 40/- each in old gold.
To Mrs Waterhouse, Sir John Langham's housekeeper L10
To my sister Alston wife of Penning Alston dec'd L5
To my cousin Sarah Harrington L5
To my brother Joseph Alston's wife L5
To Mrs Chandler for her kindness to my cousin Harrington L5
To Mr Burrows, minister at St. John Langham's L5 and to his five children 20/- each
To a spectacle woman by Crosby house gate 40/-
To Sarah my maid 20/- and L5 more if she stay with my wife
To Matthew Offly such clothes of mine as are fit for his wear and my velvet coat if he intends to practice Physic also some of my Physic printed books. (legacies to Sir John Langham's servants, to Lady Seymour's servants and other maids)
To Mary Crew daughter of Deborah Crew L50 besides the L50 left in my will; this L100 to be put into the hands of Arthur Arts for the maintenance of said Mary Crew until her marriage
To my Sister Gilbert L5
To my cousin Elizabeth Finny L5
To Mr Norbett, a bricker, who blocked up my vault and thus preserved my goods in the time of the great fire 40/-
Signed: Edward Alston
14th December 1669.
Witnesses: Amos Martin, Peter Bennett, Matthew Offley.

Proved with Codicil 24th January 1669/70 PCC by George Low and Sir Harbottle Grimston executors named in will.
Letter of administration (with the will annexed) were granted 13th December 1698 to George Earl of Warrington and George Low.
Ref. Penn 2.
Copy of Will on this File

A representative of St Helen's Bishop Gate London wrote to R Woodbridge-Smith 2013.
"I have checked all our existing records and only found a reference in a 1904 book of St Helen's registers which shows Mary's (Langham) burial in 1660 and Sir Edward in 1669. This reference book by 'The Harlein Society' states under Sir Edwards details that he and Mary were buried together just to the north of Sir John Crosby's tomb. Crosby's tomb is still in its original position, so it can reasonable be assumed where Mary and Edward were buried. The tomb was never marked with a ledger stone or memorial slab ( not uncommon) and was probably a simple brick covered in earth affair. All remains within the church were removed for re-ordering in 1894. All remains were put into a mass grave at City of London Cemetery, Ilford Essex."

Research Notes:
House of Lords Record Office: House of Lords: Journal Office [HL/PO/JO/10/1/225 - HL/PO/JO/10/1/339]
Catalogue Ref. HL
Creator(s):
House of Lords
Records of the Parliament Office, House of Lords
House of Lords: Parliament Office: Journal Office
[Access Conditions] All records are open.
House of Lords: Journal Office: Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10
House of Lords: Journal Office: Main Papers 1509-1700
FILE - Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/1/236 - date: 6 Jul 1647 - 15 Jul 1647
[from Scope and Content] 15 July 1647 -- Certificate from Dr. Edward Alston, that Lord Capel ought not, on account of indisposition, to reside in London. Lords Journals, IX. 332.
Ref A2A

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office:
GRETTON (SHERARD) MANUSCRIPTS
Catalogue Ref. DE1431
Creator(s):
Sherard family of Stapleford, Leicestershire
SHERARD FAMILY WILLS & SETTLEMENTS
Joas Croppenbergh, father of Anne, wife of George Sherard, esq
FILE - Assignment of lease - ref. DE1431/508 - date: 15th January 1632/3
[from Scope and Content] Reciting a lease of 24th March 1631/2 by Edward Alston, doctor of physic, London and William Leman, citizen & fishmonger, London to (i) for 21 years of a wharf called Great Somers Key and Little Somers Key, with crane & cranehouse in the parish of St. Botolph near Billingsgate and 2 other messuages nearby at a rent of L.100 p. annum. (i) now transfers the lease to (ii) for the remainder of the term.
FILE - Assignment - ref. DE1431/509 - date: 28 Nov. 1643
[from Scope and Content] (ii) Edward Alston, doctor of physic of London
FILE - Bargain & Sale - ref. DE1431/510 - date: 5 Dec. 1643
[from Scope and Content] (i) Edward Alston of London, Doctor of Physic
FILE - Release - ref. DE1431/511 - date: 1 May 1652
[from Scope and Content] Moiety of capital messuage in Chelsea, late in the tenure of Joseph Alston, merchant.

Manchester University, John Rylands Library: Rylands Charters [RYCH/3278 - RYCH/4779]
Catalogue Ref. RYCH
KILBY, co. Leic
FILE - Acknowledgment by William Bale of Kilby, co. Leic., esq., of the receipt from Sir Edward Alston, kt., of consideration money mentioned in an indenture of the same date - ref. RYCH/3674 - date: 4 Mar. 1667

Royal College of Physicians of London:
COLLEGE FINANCE
Catalogue Ref. RCP-FINAD
Creator(s):
Royal College of Physicians of London
[Access Conditions]
Open to consultation, unless otherwise indicated
FILE - "Rationes accepti et expensi in Collegio Medicor. Londinensium etc. Edwardo Alston Eqr. Av. Praiside et Balduino Hamey Thesaurario. 1664." - ref. RCP-FINAD/2073 - date: 1664-1709
[from Scope and Content] Alston (Sir Edward), 1595-1669
Ref A2A

THE PURITAN CONNEXIONS OF SIR EDWARD ALSTON, PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS 1655-1666
by WILLIAM BIRKEN of 20 Riggsbee Home Court, RFD 8, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514, U.S.A.
SIR EDWARD ALSTON was the son of Edward Alston senior and descended from a family that had lived and held land in Suffolk since the days of Edward III.1 Edward Alston senior has been variously identified with either Edwardstone or Boxford in Suffolk. Topographically, these tiny villages are virtually inseparable. American readers will perhaps remember that Edwardstone was the birthplace, in 1588, of John Winthrop, the first Governor of Massachusetts. Indeed, it is apparent from the diary of his father, Adam Winthrop, that the lives of the Winthrops and Alstons, were closely bound. Carefully noted by the elder Winthrop were all the petty transactions that made up the life of these Suffolk landowners. The entry of 15 April 1595 was typical of the relationship between Adam Winthrop and Edward Alston: "Item I bought of Mr. [Edward] Alston the XVth of Aprill 1595 a grey Colt xl S.12 On other occasions Adam Winthrop noted the sale of peas to Alston or the renting of a cart and plough to his neighbour. Often, the two men would exchange their roles of creditor and debtor and Winthrop has a few entries to remind him of money which he owed to Alston. References to dealings between the families spanned the generations and in 1628 John Winthrop reported the death of Peter Alston, perhaps the grandson of Edward Alston senior, of Edwardstone. The interests of the Winthrops in the Alstons were by no means limited to business. On 21 April 1595 Adam Winthrop announced the marriage of Edward "Aulston" to Susan Brand of Sudbury, about five miles to the west of Edwardstone. This is soon followed by a more tragic note on 5 December 1595: "Susan Bronde the wyfe of Edward Aulston died of childbed".3 The child involved in this misfortune may have been the future President of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Sir Edward Alston. All the sources seem to agree that he was a native of Suffolk, but there is a discrepancy among them in the date of his birth. The Dictionary of National Biography does in fact list 1595, but on what basis it is impossible to ascertain.4 The author of the article, Sir Norman Moore, was deeply versed in sixteenth and seventeenth century medical history and his conclusion, even though lacking documentary substantiation, cannot be dismissed lightly. The antiquarian Musgrave, in his Obituary, recorded the clearly correct date of death as 1669, but gave the age at death as seventy one.5 Indirectly then, Musgrave has suggested 1598 as Sir Edward Alston's birth year.
On 8 December 1624, he married Susan Hudson, a widow and the daughter of Christopher Hudson of Norwich. On that occasion the marriage licence read, "Alston, Edward, gent., of St. Mary Abchurch, London, bachelor, 28.6 This information, therefore, suggests a third possible birth-date, 1596. However, Alston himself has testified against the years 1598 and 1596. In 1633 he informed the Heralds of the College ofArms that his mother was "Margaret da. of Arthur Penning of Kettleborough co. Suffolk".7 The London visitation of 1664 indicated that Margaret Penning was the mother of Joseph and Penning Alston, two prominent Londoners, as well as of Dr. Edward Alston.8 It is at this point that Adam Winthrop's Diary becomes invaluable when it informs us that Edward Alston senior almost certainly re-married in 1596, for on 24 June 1597 ("A festo Johannis Baptiste"), "The same day Edward Aulston his wife was d[elivere]d of hir first sonne".9 If Sir Edward Alston was born in 1598, the age given at his marriage becomes more difficult to understand unless we posit 1597 as his true birth-date. It is not unlikely that at the age of 27.1/2 in 1624 he would have given the age of twenty-eight to the licensing authorities. Thus, at his death in 1669 Sir Edward Alston would have been seventy-two, not seventy-one.
In 1633, Edward Alston junior, by this reckoning a family man of thirty-six who had recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, referred to his father as "of Edwardstone". In 1605 and 1606, Adam Winthrop associated Edward Alston senior with Boxford, Suffolk. On at least one occasion I have seen Edwardstone referred to as Edwardstone "nigh Boxford", indicating the closeness of the two localities."9a The identification of the elder Alston with Edwardstone in 1633 may therefore have been somewhat arbitrary. Nonetheless, prior to his matriculation as a pensioner from St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1612, Sir Edward Alston's earliest years must have been spent either solely in Boxford, or in Boxford and the neighbouring Edwardstone.10 Between 1600 and 1624, official religion here was primarily in the hands of the rector of Boxford, Joseph Bird. Suffolk was an intensely Puritan county in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and Boxford was no exception. In 1584, Henry Sandes of Boxford, "Preacher of the word of God", was among those suspended for not subscribing to the Articles of Archbishop Whitgift.11 Joseph Bird (M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1591) seems to have continued in the tradition of Sandes. The fervent Puritan, Adam Winthrop, was an approving auditor of his sermons as witnessed by the entry he made in his diary on 5 August 1603: "Mr. [Joseph] Birde preached at Boxforde upon the 124 psalme, pie et docte". In 1620, Winthrop was still listening to Bird's sermons, as well as those of the minister's son. The rector's puritanism is confirmed by Adam Winthrop's note on 17 September 1613:
"There mett at Mr. Sands, Mr. Knewstubbs, Mr. Birde and his wife, Mr. Chambers, John Garrold and his wife, John
Warner and his wife, Mr. Stebbin Barker of the pryorye, and I with my company, where we appointed all to meete
again the next year on that frydaye which should be nearest to the 17 of September, and in the meaite tyme every of us
eache fryday in the week to be mindefulll one of another in desiring God to grante his petitions that were made to him
that daye."12
There is, of course, nothing in this unassailably to indicate the religious predilections of Edward Alston or his son. However, it must be borne in mind that the distance between Edwardstone and Boxford being a mere mile and three-quarters, the relationship between neighbours was close and personal. The daily contact with the zealous Winthrops, as well as the intense puritanism of the locality would have been hard to resist, particularly by a rather prominent "ancient" family, which was so tightly bound up with the community. At the very least, it would have been difficult for the Alstons not to pay a measure of lip service to the deeply held religious views of Winthrop or of Joseph Bird, even if they did not share their convictions, which seems unlikely. It was within this atmosphere that Sir Edward Alston passed his first fifteen years before going up to Cambridge in 1612. The religious background may account for his family's decision to send him to St. John's. Although undergoing educational decline and passing through a repression of puritanism within its quarters, this was still the school of Cartwright and Whitaker and, in 1609, it elected the Suffolk puritan, Richard Sibbes, as its preacher. Among the chief luminaries of the college at the time of Alston's entry was John Williams, soon to emerge as the most puritan of bishops and Archbishop William Laud's enemy. Evidence drawn from the later life of Sir Edward Alston seems to confirm that not only did he grow up surrounded by intense puritan influences, but that in all likelihood he was deeply affected by them. One of the few direct indications of Alston's religious feelings is in Edward Reynolds' funeral oration for Lady Mary Langham, Alston's daughter. Lady Mary, according to the future Bishop of Norwich (himself a moderate Puritan), "looked after Heaven very young; would frequently bless God for the religious Education which she had under her parents . .. She was a woman mighty in Scriptures".13 Further reference to Alston's religious beliefs is more indirect. By 1647, he was one of the wealthiest physicians in England and able, in that year, to supply a handsome dowry to the elder of his two children, Mary, for her marriage to James Langham, son of the London Turkey merchant John Langham. Official accounts of the Langham family are scrupulously devoid of any specific reference to Puritanism or revolutionary fervour.14 Yet, Valerie Pearl has discovered John Langham to be among those members of London City government whom she classifies as "parliamentary puritans" and "staunch political presbyterians".15 In 1660, with most of England, the Langhams joyously greeted the return of Charles II. However, the fact remains that when John Langham took the oath as an alderman for Portsoken Ward on 12 May 1642 he had, perhaps reluctantly, committed himself to the Parliamentarian cause.16 His son and Alston's son-in-law, James Langham, sat for the family's native Northamptonshire, a country suffused with as much Puritanism as Suffolk, during the period 1656-58 and for Northampton in 1659. Financially, the family prospered during the Interregnum and by the Restoration Sir John Langham was one of the great merchants of England. The case for Sir Edward Alston's Puritan connexions is even more clearly established by the marriage of his youngest daughter, Sarah. In 1652, with a dowry as handsome as that of her sister, Sarah Alston was married to George Grimston, a son of Harbottle Grimston. The active role played by the puritanical Grimston in the Long Parliament is well known and need not be recounted. In passing, a few similarities between the Langhams and Grimstons might be noted in order to illuminate the politics and religion of Sir Edward Alston. Both families were composed of dedicated Parliamentarians, continually at odds with Cromwell and the Army. Their social position almost inevitably made them distrust the revolution after 1646 and they were active promoters of Monck's restoration of the king, who rewarded their efforts with knighthoods and baronetcies. The affluence and position they enjoyed after 1660 was disturbed only by their violent anti-papal outbursts on behalf of Whiggery. The Restoration also brought knighthoods, baronetcies, increased wealth and growing social position to the Alstons. Coincidentally, all three men, Sir John Langham, Sir Harbottle Grimston, and Sir Edward Alston made public addresses to the returned monarch that were generally received as excessively adulatory and even "servile". Perhaps they all felt a certain guilt that they had too readily acquiesced to the Parliamentarian cause and to the circumstances that brought about Cromwell's Protectorate. During the Interregnum, Alston played an important role in guiding the affairs of the Royal College of Physicians. Adept in financial matters, he served as the College's Treasurer from 1649 to 1654, and as its President from 1655 to 1666. As Munk has observed, Alston had to cope with many disorders in the College occasioned by political disturbances: funds nearly exhausted; lectures suspended; physicians practising within the liberty of the College without licence; and the discontinuation of the examination of apothecaries' apprentices.17 In the early years of the Restoration Alston managed to increase the funds of the College to a high level and resolved some of its legal problems by creating by College statute the new status of Honorary Fellow. He thereby incorporated into the College seventy physicians who had practised during the Rebellion without licence. With the Puritan background and Parliamentarian sympathies we have postulated, Alston was in an excellent position to serve as a conciliator for the Restoration Royal College.
Sadly, these important achievements were somewhat tarnished by the College's behaviour during the Great Plague of 1665, the robbery of its treasure chest and the petty disputes which finally forced Alston, near the end of his life, to sever all ties with the institution which he had done so much to preserve. This brief sketch enables us to understand, in part, how a "royal" college could survive intact through the middle years of the seventeenth century. A number of prominent physicians like William Harvey and Sir Matthew Lister were less able to reach a compromise with the Parliamentarians and it is doubtful whether a London institution composed entirely of devoted Royalists and high Anglicans would or could have been allowed to exist through the Civil War and its aftermath. Fortunately for the College, there were men within it, like Alston, who were able to adapt to the circumstances without too great a strain on their consciences. It was these men, both within and outside the College, often Puritan in background but with an extraordinary talent for compromise and statesmanship, upon whom the Restoration depended. To the names of Downing, Petty, Monck and Montagu must now be added the name of Sir Edward Alston.
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2. Winthrop Papers, Boston, The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1929-47, vol. 1, pp. 47-385.
3. Ibid.
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12. Winthrop Papers, op. cit.
13. John Wilford, Memorials and characters, with lives of eminent persons, London, 1741, pp. 325-326.
14. Oswald Barron, Northamptonshire families, London, Archibald Constable, 1906, pp. 208-225.
15. Valerie Pearl, London and the outbreak of the Puritan revolution: City government and national politics, 1625-43, Oxford University Press, 1961, pp. 173, 243, 321-323.
16. Complete Baronetage, ed. by G. E. C., Exeter, William Pollard, 1903, vol. 3, pp. 30-31.
17. W. Munk, Roll ofthe Royal College ofPhysicians, London, Royal College of Physicians, 1878, vol. 1, pp. 202-204.
Ref: Med Hist. 1974 October; 18(4): 370'96374



Edward married Susanna HUDSON [3203], daughter of Christopher HUDSON Esq of Norwich [3204] and Marye [22081], on 8 Dec 1624 in St Botolph without Aldersgate LON. Susanna was baptised on 1 Feb 1689/90 in St Clement Norwich NFK and was buried on 3 Aug 1670 in St Helens Bishopsgate London..

Research Notes:
Baptisms
St Clement Norwich
01 Feb 1589/90
Susan
Father forename Christopher
Father surname HUDSON

Marriages
St Peter Mancroft Norfolk
1 Nov 1607
Groom forename Jasper
Groom surname HUSSYE
Groom condition Single man
Groom abode London
Groom occupation merchant
Bride forename Susan
Bride surname HUDSON
Bride parish OTP
Bride father forename Christopher
Bride father surname HUDSON
Notes by lycence

CHESTER'S LONDON MARRIAGE LICENCES, 1521-1869.
London, Quaritch 1887. ALSTON.
ALSTON, EDWARD, gent., of St. Mary Abchurch, London, bachelor, 28, and Susan Hussey, of London, 32, widow of . . . . . Hussey, late merchant, deceased. St. Botolph, Aldersgate, London, 8 Dec., 1624.

Lady Susan Alston of London. Letters of Administration granted 15 Aug 1670 to Sarah Lady Seymour daughter of the deceased.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 323 F    i. Mary ALSTON [3205] was born in 1627, was baptised on 29 Mar 1627 in St.Martin Orgar, London, died on 3 Sep 1660 at age 33, and was buried on 12 Sep 1660 in St Helens Bishopsgate London.

+ 324 F    ii. Rebecca ALSTON [9632] was baptised on 6 May 1628 and was buried on 20 Sep 1630 in St Martin Orgar LON.

+ 325 F    iii. Susan ALSTON [9630] was baptised on 8 Sep 1629 and was buried on 13 Apr 1627 in St Martin Orgar LON.

+ 326 F    iv. Sarah ALSTON Duchess of Somerset [3210] was born in 1631, was baptised on 6 Mar 1630/31 in St Martin Orgar LON, died on 25 Oct 1692 at age 61, and was buried on 2 Nov 1692 in Westminster Abbey London.

+ 327 F    v. Susanna ALSTON [9631] was baptised on 8 Sep 1629 in St Martin Orgar LON and was buried on 15 Feb 1629/30 in St Martin Orgar LON.

141. Thomas ALSTON [3188] (Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised in 1598 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Thomas was living 1631 mentioned as being under age in his Uncle Issac's will 1625, then as dead having issue in his fathers Will 1648.

On the North Wall of the Chelsea Church is the Monument of Thomas Alstone, Esquire, of the County of Suffolk, the date of which is obliterated. Cresswell ponders was this the Thomas Alston of Chelsea, who was buried in the parish Church of St Luke there.

However E L Fenn in 2004 constructed the following completely unproven tree partly prompted by that on page 371 of Alstoniana Future research may well prove or disprove this view.

Thomas spouse unknown.

His children were:

+ 328 M    i. Edward ALSTON of Boxford Gent [3189] was born about 1629 and died in 1694 aged about 65.

+ 329 M    ii. Thomas ALSTON [3190] .

142. Arthur ALSTON [3187] (Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised in 1600 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Arthur was living 1625 mentioned as under age in Uncle Issac's will.

A Will, nuncupative, Arthur Alston apothocary of St Magnus the Martyr London 1625 (origional Will)
Ref: Index Archdeaconry Court London 6 199V
NZSOG 2008



143. Sir Joseph ALSTON Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell [2676] (Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born after 20 May 1604 in Edwardstone SFK, died in 1688, and was buried on 31 May 1688 in Chelsea Parish Church.

General Notes:
SIR JOSEPH ALSTON, BART., was a successful merchant businessman, created first a Knight, and then elevated to the higher rank of Baronet on 20th January, 1681. His first wife Mary Crookenberg, was one of the daughters and co-heirs of a wealthy Dutch merchant, of Bergen-op-Zoom, in the province of Brabant. Her dowry was L12000. His second wife Anne was also women of considerable personal means.
Sir Joseph, who took up his residence in London, purchased, after the death of the Countess of Devonshire, the historic Shrewsbury House, Chelsea, said to be at one time the residence of Sir Thomas More, and re-named it Alston House. The exact date of purchase of this house is unknown, but Sir Joseph was in possession of it in 1664
He also purchased the estate of Bradwell Abbey, co. Bucks., two miles south of Wolverton, and a quarter of a mile west of Bradwell. The Abbey was formerly the Benedictine Priory of St. Mary, and was partly rebuilt as a mansion. It had a moat and a long avenue of trees. It is now a farm house, and the estate belongs to the Mercers' Company.

Joseph was mentioned for L5 in Isaac Alston's will, 20 May 1625, he was aged under 21 years at that date.

Lyson's Magna Britannia.
Priory of Bradwell - passed by purchase to the Lawrence's in 1647 and from them in 1664 to Sir Joseph Alston bart then of Chelsea who made Bradwell Abbey his residence.
After his death it was successively in the families of Fuller and Owen.

Bradwell Bucks. Monument for Sir Joseph Alston of Bradwell Abbey (in the adjoining parish of Wolverton) who died 1688.
The demesne of the manor of Houghton was sold to the Alstons and by them about the year 1699 to the Hanslapes.
Alstoniana Pg 365

ALSTON HOUSE, CHELSEA,
The residence of Sir Joseph Alston, the first Baronet of the Chelsea line and his immediate successors, is said to have been the old time residence of Sir Thomas More, the famous Chancellor of Henry VIII's reign. In this case Beaufort House would be its original name, and it would be from here that the upright Chancellor took boat to the Tower. The present Apothecaries Garden is said to have formed a part of the gardens attached to the house.
" In Alfred Beaver's Memorials of Old Chelsea is a note that during the week commencing May 30th, 1664 some Chelsea fishermen caught, it appears, off what is now known as Cheyne Walk, 172 pounds of salmon, which they sold to the Duchess of Ormond, Lord Cheyne, Squire Alston (afterwards Sir Joseph) and others at fourteen to eighteen pence per pound."
Sir Joseph Alston, Bt. one of the gentlemen of the Privy Chamber in 1701. for that year - See Compleat History of Europe
Alstoniana Pg 298

HALLAM v. ALSTON.
Bill, 21 May 1650, by John Hallam, citizen and draper of London, v. Joseph Alston and Mary Croukenbery.
The defendants (who are not described) were appointed executors of her will by one Clare Buck, widow of Robert Buck, citizen and draper of London, complainant's aunt, who was near one hundred years old at her death; they have possessed themselves of a considerable part of her estate, and defraud orator.
Bridges, 405. 1650.

SENTLEY v. ALSTONE.
This is the bill, dated 25 November 1650, to which the answer is filed in Reynardson, 6/189 (q. v.).
Mary Brakenbergh and Joseph Alstone are executors of Clare Buck, late of London, widow.
Of the bond in dispute orator was promised an indemnity: and he has really no responsibility whatever therein.
He prays defendants may be restrained from demanding payment.
Reynardson. 11/158, 1650.

SENTLEY v. ALSTONE & others.
Answer, 31 May 1651, by Joseph Alston, one of the defendants to the complaint of Robert Sentley, esq.
Defendant is executor of one Clare Buck, widow, who died about February 1648/9;. He is satisfied the bond given her by the complainant and others was not paid during her lifetime.
Reynardson 6/189 1651
Alstoniana Pg 199

SOUTHWOOD v. ALSTON.
Bill, 7 May 1653, by John Southwood the elder of London, merchant, v. Thomas Burton, Joseph Alston and Henry Hickford.
" One Joseph Alston " is made party to this suit, as having cognisance of certain bonds &c. given on the marriage of complainant's daughter Hannah to Thomas Burton, and now combining with said Burton to complainant's disadvantage.
In his answer Alston says he knows nothing whatever of the transactions had in connection with the said marriage. Burton was indebted to him in over L400, for divers pieces of Norwich stuffs supplied to him by this defendant. He attached the complainant's goods as a debtor of the said Burton.
Reynardson 13/133 1653 & Hamilton 442 1658 & Reynardson 20/14 1658
Alstoniana Pg 201 & 202
Placement of this suit as against Sir Joseph is purely conjectural 2004.

MARRIOTT v. ALSTON.
Bill, 6 February 1671/2, by Richard Maryott of the parish of St. Clement Danes, Middlesex, Esq. v. Richard Chandler, Joseph Alston, and Framlingham, Bussingborne, Charles, Mary and Sir John Gawdy.
In October 1667 complainant sold the manor of Knettishall Stantons Salhouse and Hopton, co. Suffolk to one Penning Alston of London, grocer, charged with several rent-charges laid on it by previous owners. Penning Alston took the conveyance of the estate in the names of Richard Chandler and Sir Edward Alston. Penning Alston is
since dead, leaving as his trustees the said Sir Edward Alston, Richard Chandler, Joseph Alston and William Cole, of whom Joseph Alston and Chandler only survive,
The suit relates to the payment of the rent-charges, etc., laid on
the manor as aforesaid.
Bridges, 61 1671/2,
Alstoniana Pg 205

ALSTON v. RYDER.
Bill 13 May 1672, by Joseph Alston the elder, of London, Esq. v. Dame Priscilla Rider and Thomas Rider.
One Wm. Courteene late of London, Esq. and afterwards Kt., borrowed a sum of money from Clare Bucke, late of London, widow, decd., who was aunt to Mary, your Orator's wife, late deed. The said Clare Bucke made complainant her executor.
Whittington,165. 1672.
Alstoniana Pg 179

Privy seal for the discharge of the baronet fee of L1,095. due to the King from Joseph Alston, senr., of Chelsea, co. Middlesex
30 Dec 1681 King's Warrant Book VIII, pp. 334-5. Money Book III, p. 256.

Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Pleadings before 1714, Whittington C 10/150/5
Sir Joseph Alston baronet v John Jaggard and Mary his wife, and Joseph Man: Edwardstone, Suffolk. Bill and two answers. Sir Joseph Alston baronet v John Jaggard and Mary his wife, and Joseph Man: Edwardstone, Suffolk. Bill and two answers Bundle 150:
Date: 1684.
Source: The Catalogue of The National Archives From: 'Entry Book: December 1681', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 7: 1681-1685 (1916), pp. 353. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=83825 Date accessed: 05 July 2012.

EXTRACTS from the WILL of SIR JOSEPH ALSTON:
Dated 17th March, 1684,
This is a much more interesting document than the usual run of Wills (see below), revealing as it does many pleasing traits of the aged merchant baronet's personality and a deep and devout faith in his religious belief.
It begins, " In the name of God Amen. I Sir Joseph Alston of the parish of Chelsea in the County of Midd. Bart. being. in good health of body and of perfect and disposing mind and memory thanks be therefore given to Almighty God and calling to mind the uncertainty of this present life that I am borne to change the same as my former deare wife hath done. And alsoe that as the change and death of this life is most certaine to every liveing creature so the time to us is most uncertaine as a signall proofe thereof the Lord hath manifested unto mee in my last most deare and well beloved consort.
Giveing thankes to God for all his benefitts bestowed upon me in this life doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to say ffirst and principally I commend my Soule into the hands of Almighty God my Creator the ffather of our Lord Jesus Christ and to Jesus Christ my onely Saviour and Redeemer by whose death and passion I faithfully beleive to bee saved and to the Holy Ghost the Comforter of his elect three persons and one invisible imortall onely wise God blessed for evermore before Whome I shall at the generall day of judgment appear with joye in the Robes of Christs Righteousness through whose meritts I beleive my sinns shall not be imputed to me and by whome I hope and believe I shall enter into that everlasting Kingdome of Heaven with the faithful members of that triumphant church whereof Jesus Christ is the head."
After this pious but lengthy confession of faith, Sir Joseph orders his body to be buried in the Parish Church of Chelsea, "in the same place where my deare beloved wife lyeth buryed, my coffin to lye upon her coffin under the pew where we alwaises satt together in the Chancell and to be buryed in the coffin which I have provided and which is now in a closset at my dwelling house at Chelsea."
Sir Joseph died possessed of a very considerable estate, out of which he made many bequests to kinsfolk and dependents. Among the more interesting are those of his great silver Bason and Ures, his two silver flaggons, one paire Silver Candlesticks the best paire, his own Watch his Seale gold ring and his Character Bible writt" 1 with his own hand to his son Joseph, also to the same son after his (testator's second) wife's decease the use of his great necklace of pearls for life, and then to Joseph Alston his grandson (Joseph's son). To Mary, wife of his son Isaac, his "greate Diamond Jewell" The rent of a certain house he orders to be distributed among his poor kindred as his executors think fit, which he says he does " In token of my thankfulness to Almighty God who did blesse extraordinarily my poore endeavours in the aforesaid parish of St. Edmond's the King where through his mercy and goodnesse I gott my estate. And I doe order and appointe that my said executors shall keepe a bagg on purpose to putt the rent of the said house in and not to make any other use of it.
Sir Joseph desires Dr. Littleton to preach his funeral sermon upon the same text he preached upon at his former wife's funeral, i.e., Acts xiii 39, with L5 for mourning and L5 for his sermon. Not more than L300 to be spent on his funeral for rings, mourning, and other charges.
He appoints his sons Joseph and Isaac executors, enjoining " them to be very carefull and faithfull in the performance of this trust which I repose in them as they will answer for it at the great day of account."
It was proved 12th June, 1688 (P.C.C. 74 Exton),
1 The "Character Bible" is an interesting relic of the old merchant baronet - a copy of the holy scriptures written entirely by him in shorthand and handsomely bound in leather with engraved silver clasps - Lionel Cresswell in 1898 discovered it in the possession of Sir Joseph's descendant, Mr Augustus J C Hare [3569].

THE WILL of SIR JOSEPH ALSTON Bart. of CHELSEA
Dated 17 March 1684
In the name of God Amen I Sir Joseph Alston of the parish of Chelsea in the County of Midd Bart. being in good health of body and of perfect and disposeing mind and memory thankes be therefore given to Almighty God and calling to mind the vncertainty of this present life that I am borne to change the same as my former deare wife hath done And alsoe that as the change and death of this life is most certaine to every liveing creature soe the time to vs is most vncertaine as a signall proofe thereof the Lord hath manifested vnto mee in my last most deare and welbeloved consort
Giveing thankes to God for all his benefitts bestowed vpon me in this life doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to say flirst and principally I commend my, soule into the hands of Almighty God my Creator the ffather of our Lord Jesus Christ and to Jesus Christ my onely Saviour and Redeemer by whose death and passion I faithfully believe to bee saved and to the Holy Ghost the Comforter of his elect Three persons and one invisible imortall onely wise God blessed for evermore before whome I shall at the generall day of judgment appeare with joye in the Robes of Christs Righteousness through whose meritts I believe my sinns shall not be imputed to me and by whome I hope and believe I shall enter into that Everlasting Kingdome of Heaven with the faithfull members of that triumphant Church whereof Jesus Christ is the head My body I committ to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buryed according to the discretion of my Executors hereafter named in the parish Church of Chelsea in the same place where my late deare beloved wife lyeth buryed my Coffin to lye vpon her coffin vnder the pew where wee alwaies satt together in the Chancell and to be buryed in the Coffin which I have provided and which is now in a Closset at my dwelling house at Chelsea
And as touching the disposeing of all and singular my goods Chattells Leases Implements Plate Jewells readymoney household stuffe debts and all other my reall and personall Estate which it hath pleased God to endow me withall in this present world I dispose and bequeath the same in manner and forme following In the first place I give and bequeath vnto my deare and loveing wife Anne Alston All such my Messuages or Tenements as herein after are particularly mentioned (that is to say) All that my Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenannces commonly called or knowne by the name or signe of the George and Vulture being a taverne now in the tenure or occupation of Mr. Thompson Vintner who payeth me for it One hundred Eighty and one poundes a yeare (be the same more or lesse) And all that my Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances wherein Mr. Yardley lately dwelt and which is now in the tenure or occupation of Mrs Yardley widdow who payeth me for the same Sixty and six pounds a yeare (be the same more or lesse) : And all that my Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances wherein Mrs Cooteley dwelleth the same being now or late a Coffee house who payeth mee for the same Seaventy poundes a yeare (bee the same more or lesse) To be had held and enjoyed by my said wife for and dureing the terme of her naturall life (my termes in the said houses soe long continuing) And from and after her decease I doe give devise and bequeath all the aforesaid Messuages or Tenements unto my eldest sonne Joseph Alston his Executors Administrators and Assignes for and dureing all the rest and residue of the severall and respective termes of yeares which in the said Messuages or Tenements shall be then to come and vnexpired. All which said Messuages or Tenements are scituate lying and being in or neare George yard or Lombard Street in London
And I doe give and bequeath vnto my said sonne Joseph Alston All that my Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances towards Lombard Street aforesaid late in the tenure or occupation of Mr Rawlinson deceased (who payed mee for it One Hundred pounds a yeare (be the same more or lesse), And all that my Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances wherein Mr Thomas Ruddiard lately dwelt which is now in the tenure or occupation of . . . . . Springate who payeth me for the same ffifty pounds a yeare (be the same more or lesse) And all that my Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances wherein Mr. Moore now or lately dwelt who paid me for the same seaven and forty pounds a yeare ( be the same more or lesse) And all that my Messuage or Tenement with the appurtenances wherein Mr Lee liveth who payeth me for the same ffifty pounds a yeare (be the same or lesse) And all that my Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances wherein Mr Bencon (deceased) lately lived who payd mee for the same ffifty pounds a year (be the same more or lesse) And all that my Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances wherein Mr Job Bolton liveth who payeth me for the same Sixty and foure pounds a yeare (be the same more or lesse) All which said last mentioned Messuages or Tenements are scituate lying and being in or near George Yard or Lombard Street aforesaid To be had held and enjoyed by my said sonne Joseph his executors and administrators for all my termes in the said houses
And I do give and bequeath vnto my said sonne, Joseph All that my Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances wherein Mr John Johnson now liveth who payeth me for the same Eighty pounds a
yeare (be the same more or lesse) and is situate lying and being in or near George Yard or Lombard Street aforesaid. Which said last menconed house shall be had held and enjoyed by my said son Joseph his Executors and Administrators To and for the vses intents and purposes herein after mentioned that is to say That hee his Executors and Administrators shall receive and take the rents issues and profitts thereof To his and their owne vse and behoofe for and vntill his the said Joseph's sonne Edward shall arrive and attaine the age of one and twenty yeares (and be then liveing) and then and from thenceforth my terme of Yeares in the said house continuing I doe will and appoint that the same messuage with the appurtenances shall be had held and enjoyed by the said Edward Alston his Executors and Administrators for all the residue of the terme therein to come and vnexpired But if the said Edward shall happen to dye before he arrives at the age of one and twenty yeares and Morrice the said Edwards Brother one other of the sonnes of the said Joseph Alston shall happen to survive him that then and in such case he the said Morrice at his said age of one and twenty yeares (being then liveing.) shall have hold and enjoy the said house with the appurtenances for the remainder of the terme of yeares therein then to come and vnexpired But if the said Morrice shall happen to dye before he shall attaine his said age of one and twenty yeares Then and in such case my mind and will is And I doe soe order and appoint that my said sonne Joseph Alston his Executors and Administrators shall have hold and enjoy the said house dureing the residue of the terme of yeares which shall be therein then to come and vnexpired
Item I give devise and bequeath vnto my said sonne Joseph Alston and to his heires and Assignes for ever All that my great house at Chelsea with the Appurtenances in the County of Middx in part whereof the Lady Bateman (deceased) heretofore lived And which said House is now in the tenure or occupation of the Honorable Banastre Maynard Esqr at the rent of one Hundred poundes a yeare (be the same more or lesse) And I give unto my said sonne Joseph Alston One Thousand and ffive hundred pounds in money and my great silver Bason and Ure my two silver flaggons one paire of Silver Candlesticks the best paire my owne Watch and seale gold ring and my Character Bible which I writt with my owne hand
and one paire of Holland sheets one dozen of damasque napkins and one damasque Table Cloath And I will direct and appoint that my said sonne Joseph shall pay and satisfy all ground rent from time to time out of his owne Estate which is due and payable for all and any the said Messuages or Tenements Termes and Estates in or neare George Yard and Lombard Street aforesaid herein before given to my said sonne Joseph or any other the persons before menconed Which said ground rent amounts unto two hundred fforty and eight pounds per Annum (be the same more or lesse) and is payable unto the Lady ffairfax Sr Kingsmill Lucy and Sr Rowland Lytton or others the proprietors thereof And I doe likewise order that my said sonne Joseph shall and doe out of his owne Estate pay and satisfye another rent of fforty shillings yearely (more or lesse) payable unto Mr Hawkins Scrivener for a passage or way leading into or from Burching Lane London And all that my said Houses in or neare George Yard and Lombard Street aforesaid or either of them shall be enjoyed by those I have given or hereinafter doe give the same unto freed and discharged by my said sonne Joseph Alston of and from all ground rent payable for the same And alsoe my Will and mind is that my said sonne Joseph Alston and his Heires shall permitt and suffer And I doe charge him and them that they doe permitt and suffer my said deare and loveing wife from and immediately after my death quietly and peaceably to dwell in vse and enjoy And my Will and minde is that my said wife shall dwell in vse and enjoy the house I now live in at Chelsea with the Stable Hay roome Coach house and Cellar with the Appurtenances thereunto belonging dureing her life And I doe hereby enjoyn my said sonne Joseph to make vnto her a good Estate therein for and dureing her life (if he can) or otherwise to give her good security for her quiet enjoyment thereof for and dureing the terme of her naturall life without rendring or paying any rent for the same But if in case my said sonne Joseph doe not make or procure unto her a good Estate therein for her life or otherwise give unto her good and sufficient security for her quiet enjoyment thereof dureing her life as aforesaid Then whereas I have herein before given to my said sonne Joseph the sume of One Thousand and ffive hundred pounds I doe hereby in such case give my said sonne Joseph but the summe of one thousand pounds and that the residue of the said One Thousand and five Hundred pounds I doe then give unto my said deare wife in liew and compensacon of the Estate for her life in the said house And my Will and mind is And I doe hereby devise unto my said Wife the vse of all hangings plate lynnen Brasse pewter and all other household stuffe and furniture whatsoever which is now in the said house other then and except such parte of the said furniture plate and other things hereinafter otherwise disposed of for and dureing the terme of her naturall life
And I doe also Will devise order direct and appointe that the rent of my house in George Yard aforesaid wherein Mr John South (deceased) lately dwelt whoe paid me for it Sixty pounds a yeare (be the same more or lesse) be wholly imployed and disposed of by my Executors herein after named for the benefitt of my poore Kindred and such other the purposes as in this my Will I have and doe hereinafter order direct and appoint the same to be distributed dureing my terme in the said House Upon trust and to the intents and purposes following And I doe make ordaine and appoint my said sonne Joseph and my sonne Isaac Alston full and whole Executors of this my last Will And I doe hereby enjoyn them and the Executors of the Survivor of them to be very carefull and faithfull in the performance of this trust which I repose in them As they will Answer it at the great day of Account (that is to say) That they shall and doe pay and distribute dureing all my terme in the Lease of the said house All the cleare yearely rent of the said house over and above all reprizes in this manner (that is to say) Tenn pounds per annum by half yearely payments dureing all the said terme shall be paid by my said Executors to such the Curate or reader of the parish Church of St Edmond the King in Lombard Street London (for the time being) to his owne vse who shall read publicke prayers in the said Church according to the Liturgy and practice of the Church of England now vsed two daies in every weeke weekly over and besides the Sunday called the Lord's day dureing the continuance of my terme in the said house Provided alwaies And in case any neglect shall happen to bee made and Prayers not read in manner as aforesaid That then the said Legacy or bequest of Ten pounds per Annum in manner as aforesaid to be paid to the said Curate shall from thenceforth cease and be noe longer paid (any thing in this my said Will contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding) And I doe give five pounds a yeare more of the said Rent issueing out of Souths house to the poore of Edwardstone in the County of Suffolk the place where I was borne every Christmas yearely to be paid and distributed amongst the said poore in such manner and proportions as my Executors shall thinke most fitting and not otherwise And five pounds a yeare more of the said rent I Will shall be paid to Mrs Deborah Travill halfe yearely at Christmas and Midsummer dureing Twenty yeares next after my decease (if she soe long live) and six pounds a yeare more of the said Rent I will and appoint shall be paid halfe yearely at Christmas and Midsomer to Lydia Smith wife of Methuselah Smith a Silversmith dureing her life And foure pounds a yeare more of the said Rent at like half yearely payments I will and appoint shall be paid vnto Samuell Skinner brother to the said Lydia Smith dureing his life (my terme in the said house soe long continueing) And my mind and Will is that all the rest and residue of the rent of the said house shall be disposed of halfe yearely by my said Executors to and amongst such of my poore kindred and in such proportions as my Executors in their discretions shall thinke fitting and not otherwise And this I doe in token of my thankfulness to Almighty God who did blesse extraordinarily my poore endeavours in the aforesaid parish of St Edmonds the King where through his mercy and goodnesse I gott my Estate And I doe order and appointe that my said Executors shall keepe a bagg on purpose to putt the rent of the said house in and not to make any other vse of it but to dispose of the same in manner as before I have ordered and appointed
Item I give unto my said sonne Joseph All that my Stable and Interest therein which Stable Mr Cratford and his partner hold of me and pay me for the same Twenty pounds a yeare (be the same more or lesse) And I doe give unto my said sonne Isaac after the death of my said wife All the aforesaid furniture of my aforesaid now dwelling house at Chelsea And all my silver plate except what before I have given my said son Joseph and herein after doe give my sonne Edward Alston to be had held and enjoyed by my said sonne Isaac his Executors and Administrators
Item I give my said sonne Edwards sonne Joseph one hundred pounds And to all other the now borne Children of my said sonne Edward respectively Two Hundred pounds a peece the said Legacies to be paid to such of the said Children as are sonns at their respective ages of one and twenty yeares And to such of the said Children as are Daughters at their respective ages of Eighteene years or on their daies of marriage (which shall first happen) and Interest for the same If in case my Executors shall in the meane time putt the same moneyes out at Interest But in case any of the said Children shall happen to dye before their respective ages or daies of marriage then the said Child or Childrens part soe dying shall be devided between the Survivors of them (share and share alike) But if all the said Children shall happen to dye before thelr respective ages or daies of marriage as aforesaid That then all such their Specificall Legacys shall remain and be vnto, my said Executors and not otherwise And my mind and Will is That when any of the said Children shall be of yeares fitt to be putt and placed out Apprentices or to other fitting imployments That my said Executors shall out of the said Childrens said respective legacies lay out and dispose soe much thereof as they shall thinke convenient for such purpose as aforesaid
And whereas I have herein before given vnto my said deare and loveing wife Anne the house called the Vulture Tavern in Mr Thompsons possession and have given unto my said sonne Joseph the afore mentioned house to be in the said Rawlinsons possession both which houses upon my marriage with my said wife I setled on her as part of her Joynture But now calling to mind that I had setled the same on my said sonne Joseph on his said marriage Therefore in liew and compensation thereof and to make good my said Wife's Joynture therein I have herein before given and devised and doe hereby give and devise unto my said deare and loveing wife for her life the said houses herein before mentioned to be in Yardley and Cootleys possession And I doe will and appoint that the rent of the house wherein Sr Jeremiah Snowe Goldsmith lived who payed me for the same Eight and Twenty pounds a yeare
(be the same more or lesse) And the rent of the house in Mr Stories possession who payeth me for the same Eighty pounds a yeare (be the same more or lesse) shall be paid by my said Executors to my said sonne Edward dureing his life (my terme in the said premisses soe long continueing) and after his the said Edwards decease my said Executors shall out of the rents of the said premisses pay vnto the said Edwards wife (she her said husband surviving) one full third part of the cleare yearely profitts thereof soe long as she keeps herselfe a Widdow And the Surplusage of the Rents thereof and likewise the whole rents thereof after the determination of her Widdowhood and Estate therein shall be paid unto and equally divided
amongst all and every the younger sonns and daughters of my said sonne Edward as shall be liveing or his wife Ensient with at the time of his death and to the Survivors of them And whereas I was possessed or Interested in certaine Actions Stocke or Summes of money which I formerly had in the English East India Company consisting of an originall or principall stock of six hundred and ffifty pounds sterling or thereabouts the which I lately sold and parted with and now calling to mind that at or upon the marriage of my said sonne Joseph or otherwise I assigned setled or otherwise assured the same Actions and Stock to him for his benefitt vpon his said marriage Now my Will and mind is That if in case my said sonne Joseph or any others in his right or for his benefitt or otherwise by vertue or means of any Assureance Covenant or Agreement I made vpon his said marriage or otherwise shall take advantage thereof That then and in such case my mind and Will is And I doe soe order direct and appoint that my said sonne Joseph shall be defalked cutt of and loose double the value of what the said Actions or Stock shall amount vnto into vallue out of my personall Estate which by this my Will is given him or which shall otherwise be comeing vnto him by vertue of his being an Executor of this my said Will, and suche Sume soe defalked I doe will and appoint my said sonne Isaac shall have to his owne vse and benefitt
Item I give and bequeath vnto my said sonne Edward two silver pottingers, three paire of sheets, three dozen of diaper Napkins and three diaper Table cloths
Item I give vnto my said sonne Isaac the summe of Nine hundred pounds in money And also all those my Nine houses scituate in Ball Alley neare George Yard aforesaid in London the which houses I heretofore setled on him on his marriage He paying all the ground Rent for the said houses vnto St Sepulchres parish yearely dureing the termes in the said houses And I doe further give vnto my said sonne Isaac All my Estate and terme of yeares in my two houses with their Appurtenances scituate in George Court London in the one liveth Mr Banister who payeth me for it ffifty pounds a yeare (be the same more or lesse) and the other I have left with Mr Clithers who payeth me for it Sixty and five pounds a yeare (be the same more or lesse) the said Mr Clithers being obliged to pay all Taxes whatsoever Moreover out of which said two houses my said sonne Isaac is to pay vnto the parish of Cornhill Thirty poundes a yeare (be the same more or lesse) for both which payments I have made my Agreement with him in writing wherein I setled the Eleaven houses vpon him at his marriage
Item I give and devise unto my said sonne Isaac All those my Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whether freehold or Leasehold in Edwardstone the place where I was borne in the County of Suffolk which
said last menconed premisses were heretofore the Estate of Mr Joseph Mann (deceased) To hold to my said sonne Isaac his heirs Executors Administrators and Assignes for ever
Item I give vnto my said deare wife One hundred pounds to
dispose of for mourning And I give unto her my two Coaches and two Coach horses And all the hay Oats Coales and wood that are in my house
Item I give to my Son in Law James Clayton and to my daughter Mary his wife Twenty pounds a peece to buy them mourning which is all I doe give them by reason I lately gave my said daughter a portion of ffoure
Thousand two Hundred and ffifty pounds on her marriage
Item I give to my sister Mrs Elizabeth Gilbert and her daughter Tenn pounds a peece to buy them mourning And to Harrington and his wife sonne of my Brother Penning Alston Ten pounds a peece to buy them mourning And to Mrs Gould who was my now wifes Maid ffive pounds to buy her mourning To Henry Wood my Butler ffive pounds for mourning if he liveth with me at the time of my decease otherwise not To Margaret Ambler five pounds if liveing with me at the time of my decease otherwise not
Item I give to soe many poore men as I shall be yeares of age when I dye twenty shillings a piece to weare mourning Gownes at my funerall the said
poore men to be had out of the parish of Chelsea where I now live or elsewhere at the discretion of my Executors And I doe desire Doctor Littleton to preach my funerall Sermon vpon the same Text which he preached vpon at my former wifes funerall (to witt) the Thirteenth Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles and the nine and Thirtieth verse And I doe give him five pounds for mourning and five pounds for his sermon And I doe order and appoint that not above three hundred pounds shall be expended in my funerall for Rings, mourning. and all other charges over and above what I have herein before given and herein after doe give And I leave and committ the same to the management of my deare wife and my said Executors as they shall thinke fitting
Item I give unto my grandaughter Mary Whitrong Three hundred pounds in money to be paid her at her marriage or age of one and twenty yeares which shall first and next happen But in case she dyes before her marriage or age of one and twenty yeares as aforesaid Then the said Legacy to be null and voyd And I give vnto her one of my silver Trenchard plates
And I Will that my said Executors shall pay vnto Twenty poore Ministers whome my said Executors shall name and thinke most fitting objects of such charity five pounds a peece within Six Moneths next after my decease And I give to Sr James Clerke of Moulsey in the County of Surrey Knight and to his wife Tenne pounds a peece to buy them mourning and to my Cozen Saunders my sonne Isaacs wifes Sister Tenne pounds for mourning and to Mr William Milman my Attorney Tenne pounds to buy him a ring And to my said Grandchild Joseph Alston my sonne Isaacs sonne one Hundred pounds And to Mrs Deborah Travills daughter Mary Crew ffive and twenty pounds to be paid her vpon her day of marriage But if she dye before then the said Legacy to be voyd And to Mrs Joane Selden my wifes Chamber maid Ten pounds for mourning (if she be liveing with her at the time of my decease otherwise not)
And to Elizabeth Fisher and Dorothy King my Maids ffive pounds a peece for mourning (if liveing with me at the time of my decease otherwise not)
And I give unto my Grandchildren the said Maurice and Isaac my sonne Joseph's sonns one Hundred pounds a piece to be paid them at their respective ages of one and twenty yeares But if either of them Dye in the meane time the Survivor shall have the parties share so dying And I give unto my said sonne Joseph after my said wifes decease the vse of my great
Necklace of pearls during his life And from and after his decease I give and bequeath the same to Joseph Alston his sonne
And I give and bequeath vnto Mary Alston my sonne Isaacs wife after my said wifes decease my great Diamond Jewell And all the rest and residue of my goods Chattells and personall Estate whatsoever I doe give and bequeath vnto my said Executors Joseph and Isaac equally to be divided betweene them
And lastly I doe charge and comand my said Executors as they doe tender their duty to be contented and rest satisfied with what I have herein before given them and Doe waies goe about to disturbe alter change or hinder my purposes therein
And I doe hereby revoke adnull and make voyd all former Wills And doe declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seale this Seaventeenth Day of March in the first yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord James the second by the grace of God of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland King Defender of the ffaith etc Anno Dni one Thousand Six Hundred Eighty foure.
JOSEPH ALSTON.
This Will consisting of two skinns of Parchment was signed and Sealed by the said Sr Joseph Alston and by him published and declared to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of vs the Witnesses herevnder Subscribed who Subscribed our names in the presence of the said Sr Joseph Alston
Bann: Maynard, Jo Preston, Will Milman, Nath: Gifford Cl. to Mr Milman.
Proved at London 12 June 1688 by Sir Joseph Alston Bart. and Isaac Alston Sons and Executors

There is a note in the the margin of the Will recording the grant of letters of administration (with Will annexed) 14th of April 1720 to Mary widow of Isaac Alston the younger of the two sons and executors named in the will both being dead and the estate not yet wound up.
Exton 74
Pages 121 - 124 Alstoniana


Letters of Administration
Sir Joseph Alston Knt. and 1st Bart. of Chelsea (died 1688).
Granted with will annexed 14 April 1720 to Mary widow and administratrix of Isaac Alston one of the executors and residuary legatees named in the will.
Exton 714
Admon April 1720
Page 133 Alstoniana.

Research Notes:
Bradwell Abbey was also described in 1806 in "Magna Britannia" in the section on Wolverton as follows:
The priory of Bradwell adjoining to this parish, the site of which is now deemed extraparochial, was founded in the reign of King Stephen, for black monks, by Manfelin, Baron of Wolverton: it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and was originally a cell to Luffield. In 1526 it was given with other small monasteries to Cardinal Wolsey; after his attainder, the king granted it with the manor, in the year 1531, to the prior and convent of Sheen: the site was granted after the reformation, to Arthur Longueville esq. From the Longuevilles it passed by purchase to the Lawrences, in 1647; and from them, in 1664, to Sir Joseph Alston bart. then of Chelsea, who made Bradwell Abbey his residence: after his death it was successively in the families of Fuller and Owen. About the year 1730 the Bradwell Abbey estate was purchased by Sir Charles Gunter Nicholl, K.B. whose only daughter and heir married the late Earl of Dartmouth: it is now vested in their son, the present earl. The site of the abbey, of which there are no remains, is occupied as a farm-house.
Ref: G Dives 2012

. . . . . Sir John Lawrence, the purchaser of Bradwell, sold it in 1666 to Joseph Alston of Chelsea and his son Joseph. The elder Joseph was created a baronet as of Chelsea and Bradwell Abbey in 1682, and died in May 1688, his son Joseph, who had been sheriff in 1670, and who succeeded him, dying in March of the following year. His son, the third Sir Joseph Alston,who was likewise Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 1702, made a settlement of the manor on his marriage in1690 with Penelope Evelyn, with whom he dealt with the manor in 1705, and again in 1713, when their son, the fourth Joseph Alston, was joined with them. The third baronet was succeeded in 1716 by his son, the fourth Sir Joseph, who immediately sold Bradwell to John Fuller . . . . .
From: 'Parishes : Bradwell', A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 4 (1927), pp. 283-288. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62585 Date accessed: 25 June 2013.

Precis of Will of Hannah Wallin alias Poulter of St. Andrew Undershaft, London, spinster.
Dated 15 Mar 1662.
To be buried at St. Mary at Hill where my brother John Wallin alias Poulter is buried. L10 to Thomas Poulter now in Va. or overseas, brother of Mary Poulter who is daughter of my cousin John Poulter of Hitchin, Herts. Other principal bequests to: Mr. Joseph Alstone of London, Norwich merchant, Mary his wife and their children Joseph, Edward, Isaac and Clare Alstonc; Mr. Edward Alstonc; John Baldridge; my kinsman Thomas Hunt and his children Thomas and Hannah Hunt; the son and daughter of my cousin Isaac Poulter of Hitchin, deceased, whose names I know not; the poor of Hitchin where I was born. Execs: Joseph Alstone Sr. and Mary his wife. Wits: Thomas Goodwin, scrivener, and Timothy Howford. Pr. 7 Aug 1663 by Joseph Alston. (PROB 11/312/112).
Sir Joseph & his family appear to be executors & beneficiaries of Hannah Wallin's Will of 1662.

Original image of Sir Joseph, Courtesy of Dr A Sills

Other Records

1. Sir Joseph Alston's Bible: This "Character Bible" is an interesting relic of the old merchant baronet - a copy of the holy scriptures written entirely by him in shorthand and handsomely bound in leather with engraved silver clasps - Lionel Cresswell in 1898 discovered it in the possession of Sir Joseph's descendant, Mr Augustus J C Hare [3569].
Image courtesy Bloomsbury Auctions.


2. Sir Joseph Alston & Family: Boyd's Inhabitants of London.

Joseph married Mary CROOKENBERG [3215], daughter of CROOKENBERG of Bergen-Op-Zoom [3216], on 5 Nov 1639 in St Mary Undershaft LND. Mary died in 1671 in Alston House and was buried on 7 Feb 1670/71 in St Lukes Chelsea LON.

General Notes:
Mary was wealthy woman, her dowry was 12,000pds. She is buried with her husband " under the pew where we alwaises sat together in the Chancell" a quote from Sir Joseph's will. Mary had other children who died young.
His wife died there in 1671, and her funeral sermon was preached by Dr. Littleton, who published it shortly after.

In the Chelsea Registers are various entries relating to the family, including that of Lady Alston, buried 7th February, 1671.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 330 F    i. Clare ALSTON [3222] died on 12 Oct 1669 and was buried in Stanton Bury BKM.

+ 331 M    ii. Sir Joseph ALSTON 2nd Bart [3218] was born about 1640, died on 14 Mar 1688/89 aged about 49, and was buried in Bradwell Church.

+ 332 M    iii. Edward ALSTON of Loughton [3219] was born on 5 May 1650 in Parish St Edmund, King Lombard St. and died in 1699 at age 49.

+ 333 M    iv. Isaac ALSTON of Chelsea [3220] was born in 1651 in Edwardstone SFK, died in 1688 at age 37, and was buried on 26 Jan 1688/89 in St Luke Chelsea LON.

+ 334 M    v. Benjamin ALSTON [3221] was baptised on 14 Aug 1659 in St Lukes Chelsea.

+ 335 F    vi. Mary ALSTON [3227] was baptised on 7 May 1661 in St Lukes Chelsea and was buried on 21 Jun 1663 in St Lukes Chelsea.

+ 336 F    vii. Mary ALSTON [3228] was baptised on 21 Jun 1663 in St Lukes Chelsea and died in May 1730 at age 66.

Joseph next married Lady Anne PHEASANT [3217], daughter of William PHEASANT [16632] and Joane [16633], on 5 Dec 1671 in Temple Church London. Anne was buried in Chancel Molesey Church SRY.

General Notes:

12 Oct 1639 Edward Stratton, Gent., of St Martin's in Fields, Widower, and Ann Phesant, of St Dunstan's West, Spinster 19, dau. of William Phesant, of same, Tallow Chandler who consents; in the Temple Church.
London: - Marriage Licences, 1611-1828

EXTRACTS from WILL of LADY ANNE ALSTON of CHELSEA
Dated 19 April 1694
The will of Dame Anne Alston of Chelsey Middlesex widow.
Bequeathed to her niece Dame Anne Clarke wife of Sir James Clarke Knt the lease of Priory Farm near Selburn Hampshire held from Magdalen College, Oxford; lease of a house in Fetter lane in the possession of Mr Reynolds Cooke also of one in Thicketts or Lincoln's Inn Fields in the possession of Widow Jew Also all the Copyhold estate at Molesey in the County of Surrey in the Manor of the said Sir James Clarke to the said niece Anne Clarke the rents &c arising from said houses to be at the disposal of Lady Clarke as an addition to her Joynture notwithstanding her Coverture. From to be paid an annuity for life to her old servant Sarah Gould wife of James Gould of L10 per annum paid quarterly. Sir James Clarke is entreated not to frustrate this intention of testatrix.
L100 to said niece
To Sir James Clarke L50
L100 to James Clarke eldest son of Sir James provided he marry with the consent of his father and mother, otherwise the money to be equally divided between his two sisters Anne and Mary Clarke or to the Survivor of them
L500 towards the marriage portion of Lydia Clarke eldest daughter of Sir James, provided she marry with the consent of her father and mother, otherwise the money to go to her sisters Anne and Mary of to the Survivor.
L100 to Joseph Clarke second son of Sir James
L100 to Edward third Son of Sir James Clarke.
L1000 a piece to Anne and Mary daughters of Sir James Clarke, to be given them on their days of marriage, same proviso as in the case of Lydia.
L10 to daughter in law Mary Alston for mourning
L5 to her son for mourning.
L5 to Madam Saunders for mourning
5/- to Nephew William Stratton
L10 to kinswoman Elizabeth Chapman wife of James Chapman
L10 a piece to Mr. James Clayton and wife for mourning
L10 to Nephew James Buck for mourning
L5 a piece to Mr. William Phillips and Mary his wife
L5 a piece to Mr. Daniell Child and wife
20/- to Mr. Jequel minister of the New Chapel Westminster
To the Treasurer and Governors of Christ Church Hospital London, the tenement known as the White Horse in New palace yard Westminster of the yearly rent of L22 let to James Hunter Victualler for the better education and bringing of the poor children in the said Hospital This bequest revoked in case the children should ever be brought up as Papists, the money then to go to Lady Clarke and her heirs
L5 a piece to widows of ten poor ministers
40/- a piece to various poor persons
L10 for the poor of Molesey
L10 to James Gould
L5 for her coachman William Middleton
L5 for her cook maid Margaret Marsh 20/- to her mother
L5 for putting out John Levett her foot boy as apprentice
L100 for funeral expenses, desires to be buried in the Chancel of Molesey Church, leaves instructions for her funeral
L5 for her funeral sermon
Lady Anne Clarke appointed sole Executrix and residuary legatee
Signed Ann Alston
Proved 29 July 1696
Ref PROB 11/432 Q107
Alstoniana Pg 127.

Lady Anne's burial location is not proven 2012.

Research Notes:
Cresswell was unable to decide as to whether Anne was in fact the wife of Sir Edward Alston [3074] as follows:
"Odd as it may seen: there is difficulty in deciding whether this Dame Anne was the widow of Sir Joseph Alston, 1st Bart., of Chelsea, or of Sir Edward Alston, Knt., of Strixton the second wives of both owning the Christian name of Anne. In the tables she will be found attributed to each, by oversight of course.
I have failed to ascertain who Sir Joseph's second wife was, indeed the only mention of her anywhere is in his will. She appears in no Pedigree except this"

2004 - Alston v Alston Alstoniana Pg 191 names Anne Stratton widow of Sir Joseph as his second wife.Cresswell decides that two Anne Strattons married Alstons

Sir Edward married, for his second wife, Anne widow of William Stratton (see Chester's London Marriage Licenses) and in the above will (see general notes Anne [3090]) mention is made of the testatrix's nephew William Stratton.
But testatrix [3090] describes herself as of Chelsea, mentions James Clayton and his wife (daughter and son-in-law of Sir Joseph) and mentions her daughter-in-law Mary Alston and her (Mary's) son. Sir Edward mentions no wife in his will, whence it may be inferred his second wife predeceased him, and all his sons died bachelors, whereas Sir Joseph's son Isaac's wife bore the name of Mary and had a son.
L Cresswell.

However help was to hand in 2012 via The Kings Candlesticks
Hello Edward,
I might be able to help explain the confusion of Anne Stratton because of my research into the Clarke family of Molesey.
Your Anne 3217 as the second wife of Sir Joseph Alston is the only proven "real" Anne.
She was the widow of Edward Stratton from a 1639 marriage at Temple Church in London and married widower Sir Joseph Alston on 5 Dec 1671 at Temple Church in London.
As her Will states she had a nephew William Stratton and she had a niece Anne who had married Sir James Clarke.
I have a complete family tree demonstrating these relationships ( as well as to Buck, Chapman, Phillips, also in the Will).
The Clarkes are the Will's main heirs, as she herself was childless from her two marriages.

Two things have caused confusion.
Firstly the transcription of the 5 Dec1671 marriage on IGI and elsewhere is Joseph Arleston not Alston, so the marriage has not been picked up.
Secondly there is the fascinating conundrum of the Marriage Licence Allegation a year before (24 Nov 1670) for Sir Edward Alston, widower of Strixton and Anne Stratton widow of St Clement Danes (St Clement Danes being of course close to Temple Church).
Unless there is some other real evidence I haven't spotted of the existence of another widow Anne Stratton of St Clement Danes/Temple Church at this time- I can see no reference to a living wife in your transcript of Sir Edward's 1682 Will---- my guess is that Anne changed her mind and married Sir Joseph instead of Sir Edward.
Hope this is of interest, A Bridge.

144. Abraham ALSTON [3191] (Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1605 in Edwardstone SFK and died about 1634 aged about 29.

General Notes:
Abraham was mentioned as under age in his Uncle Isaac's will, and dead when his father made his will in 1648. IGI ESS has him married to a Deborah Coo ? No record in the Edwardstone Registers of a baptism

Fine levied Mich term. 2 Chas. 1 (1626/27) between Richard Skinner gent. and Abraham Alston gent. Jun. and Edward Alston Sen. gent. and Margaret his wife and Edward Alston Jun. M.D. of 6 messuages 15 cottages 1 loft 2 gardens 13 orchards and 8 acres of land 13 acres of meadow 18 acres of pasture and 1 acre of wood with the appurs in Edwardstone Little Waldingfield and Groton.

Abraham benefited under the will of his brother, Sir Edward Alston [2674], by L100

Abraham Alston of Sudbury co Suffolk. Letters of Administration granted 8 Jan 1634/5 to Deborah Alston relict.

Abraham married Deborah STEELE [3192] on 10 Aug 1625 in Stambourne ESS. Another name for Deborah was COOE.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 337 M    i. Abraham ALSTON of Bilderstone [3193] was baptised on 28 Jul 1624.

+ 338 M    ii. Samuel ALSTON [22066] was baptised on 7 Oct 1627 in Liston ESS and was buried on 16 Mar 1627/28 in Liston ESS.

+ 339 F    iii. Margaret ALSTON [3194] was baptised on 2 Feb 1628/29 in Liston ESS and died after 1648.

+ 340 M    iv. Edward ALSTON of Boxford [3195] was baptised on 8 Oct 1633 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

+ 341 F    v. Deborah ALSTON [3196] was baptised on 22 May 1634 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.


145. Penning ALSTON [2675] (Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised in 1606 in Edwardstone SFK, died on 26 Apr 1668 at age 62, and was buried on 28 Apr 1668 in Saint Botolphs Aldersgate LND. The cause of his death was consumption.

General Notes:
Penning was born at Edwardstone, a minor on 21 May 1625. He was in trade, a member of the Grocers Company, and an Alderman of London 1664 and lived at St Botolphs without Aldersgate London. His will dated 6 Mar 1667, shows his extensive property holdings. He gave "a standing cupp of the price of thirty pounds" to the Grocers' Coy, it was still in use c1899.

ALSTON v. THROWER & others.
Chancery Proceedings before 1714. Bridges 436/11.
Bill 16 June 1666, by Penning Alston of Aldersgate Street, London, Esq., Thomas Browne of Eye, co. Norf., gent., Margaret Funston of Heigham, co. Suffolk, widow, and Elizabeth Cole of London, spinster, v. John Thrower and others.
Lease was originally made by John Thrower, father of the defendant, of certain land in Sudden, in the parish of
Eve, for 1000 years at a peppercorn rent, which lease Penning Alston acquired of lessee on 20 May 1658. Defendants
have brought forward claims on the said estate, and Alston begs they may be forced to display their titles etc.
Alstoniana Pg 178

ALSTON v. THROWER & others.
Chancery Proceedings before 1714, Bridges 415.
Another bill and answer respecting the land in Eye, between parties as before, viz. Penning Al&on and John Thrower &c.
Alstoniana Pg 179

ALSTON & others v. SEAMAN.
Answer 20 June 1666, of Nathaniel Seaman, clerk, one of the defendants to the complaint of Pennyng Alston, Esq., Thomas Browne and Margaret Funston, widow, and Elizabeth Cole, spr, re property mortgaged by one John Thrower.
Alstoniana Pg 178

YAXLEY v. ALSTON.
Bill, 9 May 1666, by Charles Yaxlee the younger of Yaxley, co. Suffolk, v Penninge Alston and John.Cullum.
About 13 Chas. II. complainant purchased certain land in Eye of one John Thrower; Thrower is since dead, and now one Penninge Alston, citizen and grocer of London, and John Cullum of Occolt, co. Suffolk, yeoman, confederate together to bring forward mortgages they allege they hold on the said land.
In his answer Penninge Alstone Esq. asserts that he lent Thrower L650 on the said land in 1658.
Bridges. 374. 1666,
Alstoniana Pg 204


Essex Record Office D/DQ 41/138
MISCELLANEOUS DEEDS AND MAPS OF ESSEX
Dates of Creation 1667-1753
Title [Deeds]
Scope and Content Deeds of farm called the Wickett, Wicketts or Wickhouse Farm 122 acres; wood called Archland or Archland Grove 4 acres, Frinton. The property is described as Frinton Wick alias Frinton Hall in deeds from 1738. Parties include: Henry Hecklefield,
Pening Alston, Edward Smith, Mary Hecklefield, John Lee, Robert Jones, Robert Capell, John Hecklefield, Elianor Hecklefield, Cornelius A Tilburg or Tilburgh, Cavendish Weedon, Charles Cox, John Tilburg, James Hinsum, David John Barbutt, Samuel Farrant, John Quallett, William Cox, Bethiah Barbutt, Elizabeth Cox, Michael Hills

Essex Record Office D/DL/T1/762
BARRETT LENNARD FAMILY OF AVELEY, KENT, SUSSEX, NORFOLK, CUMBERLAND, IRELAND
Dates of Creation 28 June 1642
Scope and Content Lease for 31 years at a pepper-corn rent. Rich. Blackmore of Childerditch, yeoman, to Roger Bird of Stanford-le-Hope, gent. Messuage etc. called Lentropps and 11 ac.land in Wennington in occupation of Roger Lawrence. This indenture shall be void if the said Rich.Blackmore shall pay to Penning Alston, citizen and grocer of London, the sum of L104 in fulfilment of a bond by which the said Roger Bird is bound with Rich.Blackmore dated 27 June 1642.

London Metropolitan Archives:
Delme-Radcliffe Collection
Catalogue Ref. ACC/0349
Creator(s):
Delme-Radcliffe family
Radcliffe, Delme-, family
FILE - Mortgage. - ref. ACC/0349/80 - date: 3 June, 1648
[from Scope and Content] Penington Alston, citizen and grocer and Judith his wife, eldest daughter and one of the Coheus of William Williams late of Tower Wharf, mariner, to Clement Farnham of Grays Inn, gentleman. Messuage which the grantors are to surrender i.e. in Barrowfield hitherto in occupation of Henry Moyzes and later to John Creamer and another close called Partridges and Peacocks devised to said Judith and to Ann her sister by will of their father.
FILE - Indenture of fine. - ref. ACC/0349/81 - date: Michaelmas 1648
[from Scope and Content] Clement Farnham, plaintiff and Penninge Alston and Judith his wife deforciants. Moiety of a messuage etc. in Edmonton.
FILE - Declaration of redemption of mortgage. - ref. ACC/0349/85 - date: No date 17th C. [?1652]
[from Scope and Content] Pening Alston citizen and grocer, Judith his wife to Clement Farnham of Grays Inn, gentleman. Recites deed dated 3 June 1648 concerning a moiety of a messuage etc. in Edmonton and land in Barrow Field some time in occupation of Henry Moyses and later of John Creamer; Partridges and Peacocks late of William Williams father of said Judith. See ACC/0349/80
Ref A2A

Exchequer: Treasury of Receipt: Modern Deeds, Series A E 44/477
Bond binding Peninge Alston of the parish of St Clement Eastcheap, [Middx], citizen and grocer of London, Edward Alston of the parish of St Mary at Hill, London, DM, and Joseph Alston of the parish of St Edmund the King in Lombard Street, in 3000, Date 15 Chas I July 15 Part in Latin
Source: The Catalogue of The National Archives

THE WILL OF PENNING ALSTON Esq., of St Botolphs Aldersgate.
Dated 5th March 1667.
I give to my nephew Mr Joseph Alston the younger his heirs and assigns the reversion upon the death of Mrs Whittingham of my messuage called Weston Grange, co. Suffolk.
I give in trust (to pay debts funeral charges and legacies) to my brother Sir Edward Alston of London, Knight, Doctor in Physic, Richard Chandler of London, gent, my brother Joseph Alston of London, merchant and William Cole of Gray's Inn Esq., my Manor or Lordship of Knettishall Stanton, Salehouse and Hopton co. Suffolk the rest of my lands and tenements in the parish of Aye co. Suffolk and any other lands in Suffolk these lands to be put up for sale within a year of my death and the proceeds to be applied as directed.
The lease of my houses and tenements in Aldersgate Street, London, the furniture of my dwelling house, the plate, linen bedding, hangings and other household implements, also L100 in money to my wife Judith.
I give to my niece the Lady Sarah Seymour L100 for her own use.
To my daughter Sarah L30 To my niece Mrs Elizabeth Finney L50
To my cousin Mr Abraham Alston L100
To my cousin Mistress Rachel Skinner L100
To my cousin Mistress Deborah Crewes L80
To Mistress Mary Page of the parish of Newington co. Middlesex widow L10
To George Almery of the Inner Temple London gent. L20 if he pay me the debt of L150 now owing
To Mr William Farre of the parish of St Andrew's Holborn L5
To my two maid servants 40/- each
To the Hospital of Christchurch London L50
To the poor of the parish of St. Buttolph without Aldersgate L5
To the poor of the parish of Edwardstone, Suffolk where I was born L5
To the Grocers Company London of which I am a member one standing Cup of silver and gilt plate of the price of L30, my trustees to buy the same. My Coat of Arms to be engraven thereon with this inscription "Ex dono Penning Alston Arm".
My trustees to receive my Corn money which I paid to the said Company with the interest therof, the same to be distributed amongst the poor Alms-men of Grocers Hall London.
To the following persons for mourning
To my brother Sir Edward Alston and his lady L10each
To my brother Mr Joseph Alston and his wife L10 each
To my sister Mrs. Elizabeth Gilbert and her daughter my niece L10 each
To my nephew Mr Joseph Alston the younger and to his wife L10 each
To the Hon. the Lady Seymour and to her husband L10 each
To my daughter Sarah such mouring as the said Sir Edward Alston and her mother shall think fit
To my brother Mr Richard Chandler and his wife L10 each
To my brother Johnson L10
To William Cole L10
To Doctor Wells for preaching my funeral sermon L3
For two hundred rings or so many of them as shall be used all of them at the price of 8/- except three at 20/- upon which my coat of arms is to be enamelled, the said three rings to be for my brothers Sir Edward Alston and Joseph Alston and my sister Mrs. Elizabeth Gilbert.
My funeral to take place from Cook's Hall.
I desire to be buried in the parish Church of St. Buttoph without Aldersgate as near my Pew Door as may be.
I desire that there may be a Velvet Pall and escutcheons of my arms.
I desire Mr Cole, my brother Chandler, my brother Johnson, Mr Farre, Mr John Mynne and Mr John Townsend to be pall bearers and to have Love scarves and gloves.
The manor of Ewden 'als' Greenland parish of Hambledon in the co. of Bucks, with woods and grounds of about 430 acres for which I am to pay L7000, I leave in trust to Sir Edward Alston, Joseph Alston's will. Cole and Richard Chandler to be applied to the purposes hereafter named - the premises are to be let for their uttermost yearly value and out of the proceeds my daughter Sarah is to reveive L80 annually for her own separate use - Edward Skynner of London merchant who makes some pretence of contract or marriage with my said daughter shall not intermeddle with said annuity.
To my wife Judith L200 annually in lieu of Dower or her thirds.
The residue (if any) of the rents arising from said manor to be employed in paying my debts ( if any) or put out at interest by my said trustees for performing the trusts hereby imposed on them - the bequest to my daughter Sarah to be void if she is or shall be married to said Edward Skynner, or if she allow him to receive any benefit from said annuity, or if she marry without the consent of her mother and Sir Edward Alston - should the said Edward Skynner died and my daughter Sarah remain unmarried or marry with the consent of her mother and Sir Edward Alston, then the said manor of Greenlands is to be sold and the sum of L4000 to be given to my daughter Sarah as her portion - the residue of the money arising from such sale to be laid out for the best advantage of my wife Judith, during her lifetime - at her death the further sum of L200 to be paid by my trustees to my daughter Sarah of her child or children, provided she married with the consent above mentioned.
Should Sarah die without issue, I give to my niece the Lady Sarah Seymour L2000 for her own separate use, her husband Lord John Seymour not to intermeddle.
To my niece Mrs. Elizabeth Fynny L1000
To my cousin Abraham Alston L500
To my cousin Mrs Rachel Skinner and her 3 daughters L500 to be equally divided between them
To my cousin Deborah Crewes L200
To Christ's Hospital London L500
To St. Bartholomew's Hospital London L200
Such there be any residue after paying above legacies the same shall be paid to such poor widows and fatherless children as my trustees shall think fit, my poor kindred to be first preferred.
I give to my trustees my goods, chattels, mortgages, debts, Worme (sic) seeds &c towards the payment of my debts and legacies, they to have free egress and ingress to my house in Aldersgate Street, for the space of three months.
I also appoint my trustees, executors of this my will - I give to my executors L20 annually, during the continuance of their trust.
Signed: Penning Alston
Witnesses: G. Almery, Francis Bull, Thomas Fox, Peter Cox.

CODICIL dated 31st March 1668
Besides the cup given to the Grocer's Company, I bequeath to said Company L100 for the augmentation of their public stock, to be paid to them out of the proceeds of the sale of my lands in Suffolk.
I revoke the bequest of L80 annually to my daughter Sarah on her marriage with any man other that the said Edward Skinner
My trustees to pay all taxes for the house in Aldersgate Street which I have left to my wife Judith I remit any interest due to me from Mr. George Almery on a loan of L120, as a return for his care in my affairs during my sickness.
Signed: Penning Alston.
Witnesses: James Pearson, Peter Cox, Thomas Wellings.

I also give to my daughter Sarah L20 more annually, so long as she continues unmarried, or on the same conditions as the L80 is devised to her by my will and this codicil.
Signed: Penning Alston.
Witnesses: Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Alexander, G. Almery.

I further give to Deborah Crewes L20 which with the former legacy of L80 will L100
Also to my niece Mrs. Elizabeth Finney another L50
Signed: Penning Alston. 4th April 1668.
Witnesses G. Almery, Peter Cox, Thomas Wellings.

I desire that the legacies to my wife may be made up of L200
Signed: Penning Alston.
Witnesses: G. Almery. Elizabeth Gilbert.

I desire that the L100 left to my cousin Rachel Skinner shall remain in the hands of my brothers Sir Edward and Joseph Alston Esq. - she to receive the interest and the principal at her death to be divided between her surviving daughters or daughter.
Signed: Penning Alston. April 9th 1668.
Witnesses: Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Alexander.
Proved: 14th May 1668 by Sir Edward Alston, Joseph Alston, William Cole and Richard Chandler executors named in will.

Ref. Hene 58.

Richard Smith's Obituary.
1688. Ap. 27. M. Penning Alston in Aldersgate St buried in Aldersgate Church
Alstoniana Pg 302

Research Notes:
Documents held in Alston Archive HA 541 Bury Record Office SFK

Other Records

1. Penning Alston & Family: Boyd's Inhabitants of London.

2. Will of Penning Alston: Account of Moneys for Sarah Harrington daughter of Penning, 1669.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/10


3. Estate of Penning Alston: Affidavits in Harrington v Alston, 1670 1672.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/25

4. Estate of Penning Alston: Disposal of Penning Alston's Estate Knettishall Manor, Cir 1670.
Richard Chandler Trustee & Executor
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/12


5. Estate of Penning Alston: Petition in suit Judith Alston v Wm Cole et. al., cDec 1670.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/29

6. Estate of Penning Alston: Lease Manor of Knettishall, 23 Sep 1670.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/13


7. Estate of Penning Alston: Letter re William Cole's dishonesty, 26 Sep 1670, Concerning management of Manor of Knettishall.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/14


8. Estate of Penning Alston: Penning's Will disputed: Bury R/O 2584/15 01, 3 Dec 1670.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/15


9. Estate of Penning Alston: Committal of William Cole to prison, 5 Dec 1670, Concerning dishonest management of the Manor of Knettishall.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/17


10. Estate of Penning Alston: Decree restraining William Cole, 15 Dec 1670, Concerning Manor of Knettishall.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/18


11. Estate of Penning Alston: Decree making absolute restraint of William Cole, 29 Dec 1670, Concerning Manor of Knettishall.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/19


12. Estate of Penning Alston: Deeds of release, 1671.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/24

13. Estate of Penning Alston: Summons Harrington v Alston on 26 Jan, 25 Jan 1670/71.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/20


14. Estate of Penning Alston: Petition of Complaints Harrington v Alston, 12 Jun 1671.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/21
(Sharper image in 2584/22)

15. Estate of Penning Alston: Petition of complaints Harrington v Alston & draft brief, Jun 1671.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/22

16. Estate of Penning Alston: Notices adjourning hearing Harrington v Alston, 27 Jun 1671.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/23


17. Estate of Penning Alston: Receipts for legacies paid out, 18 Nov-17 Dec 1673.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/11


18. Estate of Penning Alston: Settlement Harrington v Alston, 30 Apr 1677.
Quitclaims of right of dower and other matters pursuant to Chancery decree 15 May 1675.
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/27 - 28

19. Estate of Penning Alston: Settlement Harrington v Alston, 30 Apr 1677, Part 1.
Office copy of Chancery decree in Harrington v Alston. The main provisions are for Joseph Alston to surrender his trust under Penning Alston's will; Judith Alston to execute a quit claim to dower in the estates of her husband; Richard Chandler to execute the trust by sale of the Manor of Greenlands and properties in Co. Bucks, and the Manor of Knettishall and other Suffolk properties, and out of the proceeds to pay an annuity of L120 for life to Judith Alston, and L4000 to William Harrington and John Thompson as the marriage portion of Sarah Harrington, and to secure L2000 for the increase of the said marriage on the death of Judith Alston. (10 sheets of paper joined at head, outer sheet torn; contemporary marginal glosses in various hands)
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/26

20. Estate of Penning Alston: Settlement Harrington v Alston, 30 Apr 1677, Part 2.
Office copy of Chancery decree in Harrington v Alston. The main provisions are for Joseph Alston to surrender his trust under Penning Alston's will; Judith Alston to execute a quit claim to dower in the estates of her husband; Richard Chandler to execute the trust by sale of the Manor of Greenlands and properties in Co. Bucks, and the Manor of Knettishall and other Suffolk properties, and out of the proceeds to pay an annuity of L120 for life to Judith Alston, and L4000 to William Harrington and John Thompson as the marriage portion of Sarah Harrington, and to secure L2000 for the increase of the said marriage on the death of Judith Alston. (10 sheets of paper joined at head, outer sheet torn; contemporary marginal glosses in various hands)
Alston Archive Bury HA 541 2584/26

Penning married Judith WILLIAMS [11223] on 2 Jan 1637/38 in St Mary at Hill LON.

General Notes:
Pening Alston
Marriage Date:2 Jan 1637
Parish:St Mary at Hill City of London
Spouse:Judith Williams
Register Type:Parish Register


The child from this marriage was:

+ 342 M    i. Edward ALSTON [18036] was baptised on 27 Nov 1638 in St Mary at Hill City of London.

Penning next married Judith CHANDLER [3428] before 3 Feb 1647/48. Judith was buried on 18 May 1683 in St Botholph Aldersgate City.

General Notes:
ALSTON v. COLE & others.
Chancery Proceedings before 1714, Bridges 436/130.
Bill 28 March 1670, by Judeth Alston of London, widow of Penning Alston, late citizen and grocer of London, v. Joseph Alston, William Cole and Richard Chandler.
Oratrix's husband left an estate of inheritance in co. Suffolk to the value of L300 a year, and personalty to the amount of about L10,000, in which Oratrix is dowable. He left only one child, married since his death to Edmund Harrington Esq., though some evil disposed persons have circulated a report that she was married or at least contracted to one Edward Skinner, a person so disliked by Oratrix's husband, that he determined to invest his personal estate in the names of other persons, to settle as he chose by his last will.
He thereupon purchased land in Bucks. to the yearly value of L200, in 1660 (in Hambledon). His will is in part quoted.
His brothers, the said Sir Edward and Joseph Alston, and the defendants Cole and Chandler, were his trustees.
The said testator's daughter Sarah has since freed herself from the said Skinner by definitive sentence in the Court of Arches of the diocese of Canterbury, and shortly afterwards, viz. about 23 September last past a marriage was publicly solemnized in the Church of England, with the necessary consent of your Oratrix and the said Sir Edward Alston, between the said Sarah, and Edmund Harrington, Esq., son and heir apparent of Dame Katherine Alston (? Harrington).
The suit is brought for contingent legacies &c. &c. under the said Penning Alston's will.
The answers of defendants include an account of their expenses as executors.
Alstoniana Pg 178
Ref TNA C5/436/130.

Alston's Charity.
Judith Alston in 1687 gave to the Company 300L to pay:
To the vicar of St. Giles', Cripplegate, for the use of the poor L5.0.0
To the vicar of St. Andrew, Holborn L5.0.0
To the vicar of St. Mary, Whitechapel L5.0.0
The bonds stated by the Commissioners of Inquiry to have been given for these sums are probably not in existence, and if they were, would not, I apprehend, be available by the successive incumbents. No special investment exists in respect of the donation, but it forms a charge on the corporate funds.
The three sums of L5 per annum are paid to the three incumbents upon their several receipts.
From: 'Report on the Charities of the Merchant Taylors' Company', City of London Livery Companies Commission. Report; Volume 4 (1884), pp. 363-394. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=69723 Date accessed: 09 November 2009.

THE WILL OF JUDITH ALSTON of London.
Dated 18th January 1677/78.
Widow of Penning Alston late citizen and grocer of London.
I desire to be buried within the Chancel of St. Buttolph, Aldersgate, London.
I give to the minister of St. Buttolph for preaching my funeral sermon L3 and to the poor of the parish L3 To the poor of Edmonton, co. Middlesex L5
I give the sum of L24 to buy 60 rings, value 8/- each to be given to 60 persons attending my funeral
I give rings value 20/- each to John Beresford, citizen and apothecary, Edward Atwood, citizen and painterstainer, James Gurdon Esq. and Joseph Girdler Esq. L4 to be spent in gloves for persons attending my funeral L5 for a coffin and L3 for velvet pall and Scouchens (sic)
To my cousin Richard Chandler 20/- for a ring
To Will. Jenkyn minister L5
To my daughter Sarah Harrington and her husband L15 each to buy mourning
I desire that my said daughter may have the use of my household goods at Edmonton and that she shall live in my house there- on her death my nephew James Littlepage to enjoy the same, and at his death the said goods to be sold.
My daughter Sarah to have use of my plate and household goods which are in London for her life and the interest of the money with remainder to any child or children of my said daughter on their reaching the age of 21-should she died without issue the goods to be sold and the money paid into the hands of John Beresford and Edward Attwood and applied to such Charitable uses as they think fit.
I appoint Edward Attwood sole executor and give him L10 for a legacy.
Signed: Judith Alston.
Witnesses Tho. Avis, Tho. Fox, Richard Greenaway.
CODICIL
Dated 17th April 1683
I give to Dr Edward Stillingfleete Minister of St Andrew's, Holborn-Doctor Edward Fowler, minister of St. Giles, Cripplegate Mr Will Paine, minister of St. Mary Matfellon (Whitechapel), the sum of L300 in trust for my kinsman James Littlepage who is now in certain remote parts beyond seas- the said sum to be held in trust for him, until he return and settle in England-my daughter Sarah Harrington in the meantime to recieve the interest of said sum of L300.
On the death of my daughter and kinsman, the respective ministers of above named churches each to recieve L100 the interest of said L100 to be spent in coal for the poor of said parishes.
I give to each of the ministeres of said churches at the time of my death 20/- each for rings.
Signed: Judith Alston.
Witnesses: Tho. Staresmore, Elizabeth Carter, Wm. Smythies.
Proved: 2nd June 1683 by Edward Attwood executor named in will.
Page 119 Alstoniana.
Drax 67
PROB 11/373 Copy on file


The child from this marriage was:

+ 343 F    i. Sarah ALSTON [3429] was born in 1649.

146. John ALSTON [4449] (Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised in 1612 in Edwardstone SFK.


147. Elizabeth ALSTON [3197] (Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1613 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Elizabeth was mentioned in her brother Sir Edward's will. Said in the M S pedigree to be married first to Richard Hinney of Stafford gent, then Edward Gilbert. Not mentioned in the Edwardstone Registers.

Elizabeth married Edward GILBERT of Cheshire & London. [3198].

The child from this marriage was:

+ 344 F    i. Elizabeth GILBERT [3199] .


Elizabeth next married Richard FINNY (FYNNEY) [22113] on 5 Sep 1633 in St Mary at Hill City. Richard was buried on 15 Nov 1639 in St Lawrence Jewry City of London.

General Notes:
Richard Finney (Hynney) is from Stafford his Will 27 Nov 1639, leaves his all to Elizabeth his wife.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 345 M    i. Richard FINNY [22114] was baptised on 7 Sep 1634 and was buried on 28 Sep 1635.

+ 346 F    ii. Elizabeth FINNY [22115] was baptised on 28 Feb 1636/37.

+ 347 M    iii. John FINNY [22116] was baptised on 23 Jul 1639.

+ 348 M    iv. William FINNY [22117] was buried on 29 Mar 1636.

148. Margaret ALSTON [3201] (Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1615 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Believed to have married Richard SKYNNER of Sudbury, a late daughter Skynner being mentioned in her father's Will.
A Rachel SKYNNER of Sudbury, widow, and her three daughters are mentioned in Sir Edward Alston's Will 1669-70. Possibley widow of a son of the above Margaret and hence niece by marriage of Sir Edward. Not mentioned in the Edwardstone Registers

Research Notes: Cresswell is uncertain of Margarets decendants ref pg 23 Alstoniana

Margaret married Richard SKYNNER of Sudbury [3202].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 349 M    i. Richard SKYNNER [8181] .

+ 350 M    ii. Edward SKYNNER [8182] .

+ 351 M    iii. John SKYNNER [8183] .

+ 352 F    iv. Margaret SKYNNER [8184] .

149. Thomas ALSTON "Le Unthrift" [3179] (Thomas53, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1598 and died in 1634 at age 36.

General Notes:
Thomas was mentioned in his (Step) Grandmothers will 24-25 Jan 1625/6 as Thomas Alston of London, he appears to be also of Newton. (This detail from Cresswell is not confirmed by the extract of the Will)
The Alston pedigree in the MS Visitation of Suffolk 1561-1612, partly written by Sylvanus Morgan, calls him "le unthrift" and says that he was imprisoned in the Fleet and disinherited by his Grandfather, he attained his full age of 21 on the 28th March 1619 and therefore would have been born in 1598.


ALSTON v. COE.
Chancery B. and A. Chas. I. A. 6. (32.)
Bill dated 4 May 1626, by Thomas Alston, cousin and next heir of Thomas Alston, late of Newton, co. Suffolk, gent., deceased, and Dorothy his wife, likewise deceased ; viz. son and heir of Thomas Alston of Maplesteade, co. Essex, deceased, son and heir of the said Thomas of Newton, v. Joane Coo.
The said Thomas the grandfather, after the death of his said wife, was tenant by the courtesy of England of a moiety of the rectory and tithes of Maplestead, and of the manor of Munck's hall, being the inheritance of the said Dorothy. He was also seized of messuages, &c. called Groome's and Turrold's in Edwardstone:, co. Suffolk; the rectory and Priory of Edwardstone, and lands, &c. in Newton and Great and Little Waldingfelld, co. Suffolk,
Orator's father died, and before his grandfather's death, his said grandfather's sons. by his second wife, viz. Samuel, Isaac, Edmund, Abraham and Edmund, endeavoured to make their father settle his lands so as to disinherit Orator.
At his grandfather's death, Orator was only 17, and his affairs were managed by George Coe of Maplestead, gent. deceased.
Inquisition p.m. on Thomas the grandfather, taken 1 October 18 James I, quoted.
Orator came of age, Michaelmas 19 James I,
The suit is brought against George Coo's widow, to obtain redress for injury done to orator by said George's management of his affairs.
Alstoniana Pg 169

ALSTON v COE
Chancery B. and A. Charles I. A. 24. (10)
Another bill, dated 29 November 1632, by Thomas Alston of London, gent., v. Jone Coo.


ALSTON v. HARRINGTON & another.
Chancery B. and A. Charles I. A. 12. (56.)
Bill dated 26 November 1632, by Thomas Alston of London, gent,, v. James Harrington and Joane Coe.
Thomas Alston of Newton, co. Suffolk, Esq. Orator's grandfather, and Dorathie, his wife, daughter and heir of - Omsteade of Withersfeild, co. Essex, gent., were seised of manor of Munckshall &c. &c., and bequeathed the same to your Orator.
The suit is brought with regard to mismanagement of estate, etc., during Orator's minority.

Alstoniana Pg 171 & 172.


THE WILL OF THOMAS ALSTON OF NEWTON. Gent.
Dated 16 August 1634.
I devise to be buried according to the discretion of my executrix I give to my dear friend Sara Luxford of London widow all my lands, tenement s hereditaments with appurtances in Newton co. Suff. Little Oxley co. Essex belonging to me after the decease of my father Thomas Alston and grandfather Thomas Alston.
To Mr Tho. Elliott of Rivett co. Suff. gent L200 to be paid him by my executrix
To Mr George Garter 40/- for a mourning cloak and 20/- for a ring
To Mr John Clarke merchant taylor 20/- for a ring and to his wife 20/- to buy a muff.
To Richard Lindsay Esquire and to Robert Pickering gent 20/- each to buys rings
The residue of my goods to Sara Luxford widow whom I appoint sole executrix.
Overseers: Richard Lindsay and Robert Pickering
Signed Thomas Alston
Witnesses: Robert Caltin, Katherin ?, John Clarke, Antho: Hudson Scr.
Proved 19th November 1634 by Sara Luxford executrix named in will.
Ref. Seager 98.
Copy of Will on this file

150. John ALSTON [3180] (Thomas53, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 12 Aug 1600 in Polstead SFK.

General Notes:
Polstead Baptisms.
1020 John Alston son Thomas 12 Aug 1600

John was living 21 May 1625 and under 21 (this statement from Cresswell is uncorroberated) he is mentioned in his stepmothers will
proved 20 Apr 1626, where he is left 20/-

That John had two sons Samuel & John is conjectural

A John Alston was taxed on ? hearths at Great Waldingfield in 1667
1669 Hearth Tax:
John Alstan of Gt Waldingfield 3 hearths
1674 Hearth Tax:
John Alston of Gt Waldingfield 3 hearths

Bury St Edmunds Quarter Sessions
21 Jan 1711/12
Samuel Alston & John Alston - Being indicted for Petty Larceny and whipt in Open Court are to be discharged paying their food being 6/4d each.
On file 2003
Were they Johns sons ?

John spouse unknown.

His children were:

+ 353 M    i. Samuel ALSTON (ALSTONE) [643] was baptised on 24 Sep 1669 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 354 M    ii. John ALSTON (ALSTONE) [228] was baptised on 28 Feb 1670/71 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

151. Mary ALSTON [3181] (Thomas53, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1602 in Newton SFK.

General Notes:
Mary is mentioned in her stepmothers will proved 20 Apr 1626, where she is left 20/-

This birth entry is uncertain from IGI SFK Family Groups.

152. Jane ALSTON [3182] (Thomas53, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 17 Oct 1598 in Polstead SFK.

General Notes:
Jane is mentioned in her stepmothers will proved 20 Apr 1626, where she is left 10/-

153. Dorothy ALSTON [3183] (Thomas53, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 27 Sep 1597 in Polstead SFK.

General Notes:
Dorothy is mentioned in her stepmothers will proved 20 Apr 1626, where she is left 20/-

154. Helen ALSTON [3184] (Thomas53, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 19 Oct 1602 in Polstead SFK.

General Notes:
Helen (as Ellen) is mentioned in her stepmothers will proved 20 Apr 1626, where she is left 20/-

155. Margaret ALSTON [3496] (Abraham56, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 28 Jul 1624 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Margaret was mentioned in her fathers will, she died unmarried before 22 Aug 1642 when Administration was granted (Arch Sud.) : " Margaret Alston, minor". Proved by her Legatee and Letters of Administration granted to Abraham? (Samuel her cousin?) Alston of Newton next Sudbury 22nd August 1642. Amount given L500."

156. Thomas ALSTON [2784] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 14 Dec 1608 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 21 Dec 1608 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

157. Rachel ALSTON [2787] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 5 Aug 1610 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Rachel received L400 under her fathers will. She was mentioned for 40/-, but not by name in her Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625.



158. Edmund ALSTON [2785] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 15 Mar 1610/11 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, was baptised on 15 Mar 1610/11 in Newton SFK, died on 9 Sep 1678 at age 67, and was buried on 11 Sep 1678 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Edmund was mentioned for 40/-, but not by name in his Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625.

THE WILL of EDMUND ALSTON of NEWTON Gent:
Dated 13th September 1678.
I give to my son Edmund Alston and his heirs my messuages lands and tenements both Copyhold and freehold in Newton, Waldingfield, Edwardstone, Boxford or
elsewhere.
I give to my daughter Goodridge one of my silver spoons
I give to my daughter Ponders Children, Robert, Edmund, Samuel and Sarah 40/- each.
To my grandchild Sarah Dawson a silver spoon
To my grandchild Dorothy Alston a silver spoon
I give to my son Edmund the residue of my estate to pay my debts &c and appoint him sole executer.
Signed Edmund Alston.
Witnesses: Samuel Alston, Edward Alston, Josias Scawen, Tho. Buckely, Mary Russell.
Proved 14th November 1678 by Edmund Alston son and executor named in will.
Reeve 120

1664 Hearth Tax:
Edmund Alston of Newton: - Hearths
1674 Hearth Tax:
Edmund Alston of Newton: 7 Hearths

Edmund married Sarah COLLARD [3450], daughter of William COLLARD of Barneston ESS [3451] and Judith EXTON [6240], on 12 Apr 1637 in Barnston ESS. Sarah was buried on 21 Aug 1678 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 355 M    i. Edmund ALSTON [3452] was born on 25 Jan 1642/43 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 22 Oct 1645 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 356 M    ii. Edmund ALSTON of Rogers [3453] was born on 21 Jul 1650 and was baptised on 31 Jul 1650 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 357 F    iii. Rachel ALSTON [3468] was baptised on 6 Apr 1638 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 358 F    iv. Judith ALSTON [3471] was baptised 16 Jan 1639/40-1641 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 359 F    v. Sarah ALSTON [3473] was baptised on 17 Dec 1646 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 24 Oct 1685 in Edwardstone SFK.

159. Mary ALSTON [2788] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 26 Apr 1614 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Mary was mentioned for 40/-, but not by name in her Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625.

Research Notes:
Apart from the unnamed daughter married to Carter whose age is unknown, all other 8 children are under 21 meaning there are no children for the first 9 years of marriage, or they died in infancy. There are no parish registers for Great Henny before 1678.
Ref: Rosemary Woodbridge-Smith.

Mary is named Maria in Stemmata Alstoniana probably from her baptism entry in Latin showing Maria. However Rosemary Woodbridge-Smith has pointed out that she is named Mary in her fathers Will and also Sewell family Wills, so Mary has been adopted as her intended name.

Mary married Thomas SEWELL [201], son of John SEWELL [11581] and Parnell ELLIS [11582], on 20 Jun 1633 in Newton SFK. Thomas was baptised about 1610 in Gt Henny ESS, died in 1662 aged about 52, and was buried in St Mary Gt Henny.

General Notes:
Thomas was preferred to inherit the capital messuage Guyblons in Gt Henny

Thomas's will dated 31 Aug 1661, on this file to be transcribed, describes him as a gentleman

Research Notes:
The Sewell's are connected to the Woodbridge family via Batho/Sewell/Alston branchs of the tree.
woodbridgefamily.co.uk <http://www.woodbridgefamily.co.uk/
Ref: Les Woodbridge webmaster


Children from this marriage were:

+ 360 F    i. Mary SEWELL [11578] was born about 1637.

+ 361 M    ii. Thomas SEWELL [11574] was born in 1639 in Sudbury SFK, was baptised in 1640 in Gt Henny ESS, died on 15 May 1707 at age 68, and was buried in 1707 in St Mary Gt Henny.

+ 362 M    iii. John SEWELL [11575] was born about 1640 in Gt Henny ESS.

+ 363 F    iv. Elizabeth SEWELL [11579] was born about 1644 in Sudbury SFK.

+ 364 M    v. Benjamin SEWELL [11577] was born about 1646 in Sudbury SFK.

+ 365 F    vi. Parnell SEWELL [6000] was born about 1648 in Sudbury SFK and died after 1661.

+ 366 M    vii. Edmund SEWELL [11576] was born about 1650 in Gt Henny ESS.

+ 367 M    viii. Robert SEWELL [11580] was born about 1655.

160. Anna ALSTON [2789] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 5 Dec 1615.

General Notes:
Anna was mentioned for 40/-, but not by name in her Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625, assuming she was then alive.



161. Samuel ALSTON [1588] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in Newton SFK, was baptised on 26 Nov 1618 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, died on 23 Jan 1685/86 in Newton SFK at age 67, and was buried on 25 Jan 1685/86 in Newton SFK.

General Notes:
Samuel was of Deanes in Newton left to him by his Uncle and Godfather Samuel, the property is described in Samuel's will dated 24 Feb 1685/6, proved (Arch Sud) 18 Mar 1686 as "all the barns, mills, malting houses, yards, in my owne tenure and occupation with 3 Crofts of Lands containing 12 Acres and one piece of half an Acre and one field of 7 Acres and one field of Arable Land of 3 Acres, which is copyhold to the mannor of Buttlers". In all a total of about 22.5 acres. This Samuel left to his son Samuel for his life then to his grandson Samuel the sons son.
Samuel was also left in his fathers will " And allso all that my close or feild of Custumary Land with the aappurtennces nowe or late parcel of a tenement called Groomes holden of the Manor of Boorehouse in Edwardstone as the same close dothe lye on the other side of the highway over against the house of the said tenement called Groomes togeather with all wayes pathes Commons hedges ditches profittes easments and appurtennces therunto belonging etc"

Samuel was mentioned for 40/-, but not by name in his Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625.

A note dated 1674 copied from the Newton registers in the 19th cent by Prof Liveing of Cambridge states that Samuel and Edward Alston paid the rent charge laid on their tenements of Birchetts and Priours by their great grandfather Edward Alston and his father William Alston. Money distributed in the presence of Edmund, Samuel, and Edward Alston.

A Samuel Alston was a signatory at the Restoration to a Petition to General George Monck for a "full and full Parliament" 19 Jan 1660.
Suffolk and the Great Rebellion NZSOG Pg. 128.
Also http://interactive.ancestry.com.au/7447/SuffolkRebellion-1640-60-0125/125?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults&rc=1726,2618,1842,2657#?imageId=SuffolkRebellion-1640-60-0125

Mr Samuel Alston of Newton was taxed on 8 hearths in 1674.

THE WILL of SAMUEL ALSTON of NEWTON
Dated 24th February 1685/6
To Samuel Alston my eldest son, all my capital messuage called Deans in Newton and all the barns mills malting houses yards in my own tenure and occupation with 3 crofts of lands containing 12 acres and one piece of half-an-acre and one field of 7 acres and one field of arable land of 3 acres which is copyhold of the manor of Buttlers all situate and being at or near Newton aforesaid, to my son Samuel Alston and his assigns for his natural life and after his decease to my grandson Samuel Alston, son of Samuel Alston.
I give to Edmund Alston my son my meadow containing 2 acres in Sudbury called North Meadow.
I give my messuage called Jordan in the occupation of ? Brabrooke, widow, to my son Edmund containing 3 acres, also my tenement called Mots with all the barns yards, to my son Edmund. Also my tenement now in occupation of ?White. widow to my son Edmund.
Also I give my messuage now occupied by Edward Totman with 3 acres lying in Newton aforesaid to my son Edmund to his heirs and assigns for ever.
I give to Rachel my daughter now wife of Samuel Goldsmith Esq. 20/- within ten weeks.
I give to Parnell my daughter now wife of Thos. Hammond and to Dorothy now wife of Henry Stillman, one shilling a piece.
I give all my beds bedding plate brass pewter linen within my now mansion house in Newton to my sons Samuel and Edmund Alston part and part alike. My will is that the said Edmund my son shall have free egress during the space of 90 days for selling or disposing as my said son Edmund shall think fit. If my said son Samuel shall molest or hinder I give all my goods (before specified) to Edmund and give to my son Samuel "one shilling" of English money.
I give to my son Edmund all my corn and grain, all my cattle, all my hay and stover and all my waggons carts furniture harness implements of husbandry, ready money, securities and growing corn in the harvest time after my decease to my son Edmund
If my son Samuel his heirs or assigns shall refuse to give my sons Edmund such liberty in my now Mansion House aforesaid. Then my will is that Edmund may enter upon any of the buildings or their
appurtenances.
I do make Edmund Alston my son my sole executor and give him the sum of L10 before any dividend or division be made.
I give to my eldest daughter Ellen, now wife of Giles Duncombe Esq. One shilling.
I have to this set my hand and seal upon three sheets of paper upon the top or head thereof.
Samuel Alston.
Witnesses: Joseph Wyatt, Mary Wright (her mark) Anne Wyatt, John Griggs.
Proved 18th March 1686 by Edmund Alston.

Samuel married Ellen FRYER [2767], daughter of Hamlet FRYER OF STANSFIELD [2768] and Elizabeth [7283], on 3 Feb 1639/40 in Stansfield SFK. Ellen was born about 1620 in Stansfield SFK, died on 17 Dec 1681 aged about 61, and was buried on 19 Dec 1681 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK. Another name for Ellen was Ellen FFRIER.

General Notes:
Extract from the Registers of Stansfield Parish Church searched by the Rev. J. R. Little, Rector.
"1639. Samuel Alston et Ellen Frier nupti erant 13 ffebruary"
Letter accompanymg it "If I find any other references to the Alstons in other parish documents I will communicate with you again"
Alstoniana Pg 374

Susan Perrett notes in 2007 "there are no baptisms noted for Ellen Ffrier between 1600-1625 or any other Ffrier/Fryer on the LDS film" of Stansfield.

Research Notes:
Susan Perrett reports no births for Ellen between 1600 - 1625 or any other Fryer/Ffrier refenences in Stansfield Registers.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 368 F    i. Ellen ALSTON [2773] was baptised on 31 Aug 1641 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 369 M    ii. Samuel ALSTON [2765] was baptised on 14 Dec 1643 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 370 M    iii. Edmund ALSTON of Surrey [2769] was born on 11 May 1647 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, was baptised on 16 May 1647 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, and died after 1689.

+ 371 M    iv. Edward ALSTON [2770] was born on 10 Mar 1647/48, was baptised on 25 Mar 1648 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, died on 21 Nov 1653 at age 5, and was buried on 23 Nov 1653 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 372 F    v. Rachael ALSTON [2774] was born on 18 Apr 1651 and was baptised on 27 Apr 1651.

+ 373 F    vi. Parnell ALSTON [2777] was born on 31 Mar 1653, was baptised on 17 Apr 1653, and died before 1699.

+ 374 F    vii. Elizabeth ALSTON [2779] was born on 20 Dec 1654, was baptised on 21 Dec 1654 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, and was buried on 5 Sep 1666 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 375 F    viii. Dorothy ALSTON [2780] was born on 3 Nov 1657 and was baptised on 3 Nov 1657 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 376 M    ix. Fryer ALSTON [2771] was born in Jan 1659/60 in Newton SFK, was baptised on 23 Jun 1660 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, died in Sep 1683 in Newton SFK at age 23, and was buried in Sep 1683 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.


162. Edward ALSTON [2786] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 29 May 1621 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 21 Apr 1690 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Edward was mentioned for 40/-, but not by name in his Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625.

GRANGE v. ALSTONE.
Bill, 23 November 1646, by William Grange of Nayland, co. Suffolk,.yeoman, and Frances his wife, sole daughter
and heir of William Garnham, late of Newton, Suffolk, clerk, and Alice his wife, v. Edward Alston of Newton aforesaid, gent.
Alston has got into his hands the evidences of a certain messuage &c. in Newton, the inheritance of the complainant Frances whom he thus has found means to disinherit.
Mitford 110/100 1646
Placement against this Edward Alston is uncertain - 2004

THE WILL of EDWARD ALSTON Gent.
Dated 18th November 1680 (32nd Charles II)
In good and perfect memory, but withall considering the frail and sudden change and condition of this present life, do make this my last will &c. I humbly bequeath my soul into the hands of God &c and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried by my executor.
To Ann my dear wife, my tenement yeards &c in possession of George Sturgeon, also a tenement and yards occupied by John Smith, also a tenement with a piece of ground formerly a hop ground in possession of Edward Beard, also tenements in possession of Jonathan Kettle and 2 tenements next a lane called Rotten Row and sundry other tenements occupied by various widows, also a piece of land called Newton house field (13 acres) and a little tenement upon it, which said piece of land with the tenement was the jointure of my wife Ann, all in Newton aforesaid, All which I give to my wife for her life and then to my son Isaac Alston and his heirs for ever.
Also to said wife, piece of land planted with fruit trees next my barn and stable belonging to my mansion house (3 roods) for life and then to my son 'Edward' and his heirs for ever. Wife (while a widow) to have sole use of rooms in the house I live in and also a house newly set up in the woodyard near my brother Samuel Alston's croft, to lay wood in, If she remarries use of said rooms to go to son Edward and his heirs.
To Ann my wife L5 and bed bedstead bedding &c and all furniture in parlour chamber, three sons Isaac, Samuel, and 'Edmond' My eldest son 'Edward' copyhold messuage in Newton called Brookes held of Manor of Newton Hall in Newton and also copyholds in Manor of Butlers in Newton aforesaid, and lands in Mr Gurdons manor in Assington and my messuage in Assington now in possession of Robert Waterbury, also my lands in Boxford and Groton in possession of John Leppingwell and all other lands except these given to my wife and son Isaac, said son Edward out of these lands to pay son Samuel Alston L150 at 24 years of age and to son Edmund Alston L80 at 24 and to son Thomas L50 at 21. Said son Edward also to pay to my sons-in-law William Cock of Sudbury L100 which I am engaged to pay upon bond, on his marriage with Susan his wife.
Also to satisfy a mortgage of L150 to Joseph Brand of Edwardstone Esq. deceased of Boxford and Groton land and also a mortgage for L50 to Abraham Snelling of Great Waldingfield on Fryers meadow in Sudbury, and also pay L300 to my son-in-law Andrews of Sudbury on a mortgage on Newton lands also to Ann Ray of Assington L10 due upon a bond.
Also to cousin William Curd L5 and Mr. John Hinde L6 To my very loving kinsman Mr. Thomas Alston 10/- for a ring To poor of Newton 20/- Appoint my eldest son Edward Alston to be executor and hope he will show much love and kindness to his mother, brothers and sisters and if he refuse to take the executorhsip, I give all my messuages &c given to son Edward to my son Isaac, except such as I settled upon son Edward on his marriage and son Isaac to be my executor.
To my son Isaac all personal estate
Signed: Edward Alston.
Witnesses: Thomas Alston, Samuel Alston, Dorothy Heron, Johnathon Andrews.
Proved at Norwich 21st June 1690 by Edward Alston son and executor.
Consistory Court of Norwich 1690 - No. 75
"Armorial Seal. Crest a Crescent. Arms. Azure, 10 estoiles or 4 3 2 and 1

1664 Hearth Tax:
Edward Alston of Newton: - Hearths
1674 Hearth Tax:
Edward Alston of Newton: 6 Hearths

Research Notes:
Norfolk Record Office: Diocese of Norwich, Probate Inventories [DN/INV61A - DN/INV70]
DIOCESE OF NORWICH, PROBATE INVENTORIES
Catalogue Ref. DN
Creator(s):
Church of England, Diocese of Norwich, Norfolk
FILE - Inventories exhibited in the two years from 26 March 1690, numbered DN/INV65B/1-106, with original index. - ref. DN/INV65B - date: 1690 - 1692
item: Alston, Edward, Newton, S., gentleman - ref. DN/INV65B/12A - date: 1690 - 1692
Ref A2A placement unproven requires searching

Edward married Mary WEATHERALL [3479], daughter of Rev Thomas WEATHERALL B.D. [3480] and Maria DOMELAW [6239], on 1 Nov 1642 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK. Mary died on 11 Dec 1650 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 13 Dec 1650 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Essex Record Office
Level: Category Estate and Family records
Level: Fonds ROUND AND CREFFIELD FAMILIES OF COLCHESTER
Level: Sub-Fonds FAMILY
Level: Series Charles Gray (of Colchester)
Reference Code D/DRc/F83/3
Dates of Creation 1642
Extent 1
Scope and Content Certified copy (1691) of marriage settlement:Edward Alston and Mary Witherell,both of Newton (Suff.)

Mary died in parturition.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 377 M    i. Rev Edward ALSTON B.D. [3482] was baptised on 12 Nov 1643 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, died on 18 Feb 1721/22 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK at age 78, and was buried on 23 Feb 1721/22 in Newton SFK.

+ 378 F    ii. Mary ALSTON [3487] was born on 31 Oct 1645, was baptised on 30 Nov 1645 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, died on 8 Aug 1675 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK at age 29, and was buried on 10 Aug 1675 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 379 F    iii. Susan ALSTON [3489] was born on 19 Feb 1646/47 and was baptised on 27 Feb 1646/47 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 380 M    iv. Thomas ALSTON [3483] was born on 2 Dec 1650 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, was baptised on 13 Dec 1650 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, and died on 14 Dec 1718 at age 68.

Edward next married Anne THOROGOOD of Wormingford ESS [3481] in 1653. Anne was buried on 12 Sep 1689 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Edward Alston Gent of Newton on the 13 Aug 1653 entered into a deed of Marriage Settlement with Ann Thorogood, identifying 3 messuages (orchards), half an acre of hop ground near the Saracens Head (Public House on Newton Green), and lands called Rotten Row, Newton's House Field (51 on the boarder of great Cornard Parish, 6 fields from the Saracen down the road towards Sudbury), Knotts Garden (170 a small parcel SW of the village), Archers Lands.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 381 F    i. Rachel ALSTON [3491] was born on 10 Mar 1653/54, was baptised on 10 Mar 1653/54, and was buried on 16 Oct 1680 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 382 M    ii. Isaac ALSTON [3484] was born on 7 Sep 1655, was baptised on 16 Sep 1655, and died on 29 Sep 1683 at age 28.

+ 383 M    iii. Samuel ALSTON of St Giles Mdx [3485] was born on 8 May 1657 and was baptised on 17 May 1657 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 384 M    iv. Edmund ALSTON [2772] was born on 17 Jul 1659 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, was baptised on 30 Jul 1659 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, and died on 13 Mar 1659/60 in Newton SFK.

+ 385 M    v. Edmond ALSTON [3486] was born on 3 Mar 1660/61.

163. Susannah ALSTON [2790] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 23 Sep 1623 and died on 13 Jun 1624.

164. Isaac ALSTON [2791] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 22 Sep 1625.

General Notes:
Isaac was mentioned for 40/-, but not by name in his Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625, assuming he was then alive.

165. Rosa ALSTON [2792] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 13 May 1627 and died on 31 Aug 1628 at age 1.

166. Thomas ALSTON [2793] (Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 11 Jan 1629/30 and died on 10 Aug 1632 at age 2.


167. Rev Thomas ALSTON M.A. of Assington SFK [3432] (Thomas59, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 20 Apr 1609 in Assington SFK and died on 2 Dec 1690 at age 81.

General Notes:
Thomas was aged 2 yrs 5 mths 2 wks at the death of his father, he was educated at Queens College Cambridge, graduating M.A., he took Holy Orders.

ALSTON (THOMAS) s. Thomas, of Asin, Suffolk, gent. St. John's Coll. Matric. 1625, aged 16; (bar. at law Inner Temple 1639 ?) of Geddinghall, Suffolk. Licence 6 Aug., 1684 to marry Anne Guildford, of Chelsea, widow.
Oxoniensis 1891

First Name: Thomas
Last Name: Alston
Occupation Given: gentleman
Address: Gedding Hall Suffolk
Admission Date: 17/11/1627
Call Date: 26/05/1639
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)

Thomas Alston - Matric at Oxford from St John's 8 Jul 1625; Pens. from Queen's Michs. 1626 age 16; B.A. 1629-30; M.A. 1633; Barrister Inner Temple 1639: etc. (Vis. of Beds. 1634:Al. Oxon.)

Thomas's date of birth in 1609 is illegible, but it is midyear approx - from reference to the Register.

Thomas was mentioned for L5, in his uncle Isaac Alston's will 20 May 1625, upon reaching his majority.

St Edmunds Church Assington has a wall plaque listing Thomas's benefactions dated 1690. He bequeathed a charity to the church-attending poor of Assington, which was then administered by the local Council (1899), and "a small library of divinity books for the use of the Vicar" which were still there in 1899.
2015. A balance of 191 of the 280 books Thomas bequeathed are now held at the Suffolk County Record Office, Ipswich,
A note book belonging to Thomas listing the titles in this library and other matters is deposited in the Bury RO Ref FL521/11/2 Copy with E L Fenn 2004
He also founded a scholarship at his Cambridge College, Queens called the "Alston Scholarship", to which scholars of the name Alston, or those from Suffolk should be preferred.

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch:
ASSINGTON PARISH RECORDS
Catalogue Ref. FL521
Creator(s):
Church of England, Assington Parish, Suffolk
CHARITIES
FILE - Assington memoranda book of gifts or bequests to the Church or poor begun in 1684 - ref. FL521/11/2 - date: 1684 - 1878
Also including terriers, 1760, 1763 and catalogue of the parochial library bequeathed by Thomas Alston
FILE - Lists of beneficiaries of Gurdon, Alston and Waterflood charities, with small accounts - ref. FL521/11/6 - date: 1918 - 1957
Ref A2A

THE WILL OF THOMAS ALSTON OF ASSINGTON co. Suff. Cleric.
Dated 1st May 1690.
I give my messuage or farm called Clarbecks "als" Orrels in Newton and Assington co. Suffolk to Elizabeth Tracy 'als' Euans one of the daughters of Mr John Tracy deceased, for her life with remainder to Edward Alston Rector of Newton Church and Thomas Alston my godson, son of the said Edward Alston and his heirs.
I leave to the rectors of Newton an annuity of 40/- chargeable upon the above lands.
I give to the Vicar of Assington and his successors hoping that some worthy and charitable persons will make some additions thereto, certain books with my name at the beginning or stamped on both sides T.A. also the shelves in my study - the register of the books bequeathed which register is to be examined and compared with the books therein described on the vicarage changing hands
I desire to found and endow a scholarship in Queen's College, Cambridge, of which I was fomerly a member - the endowment of L3 yearly to be paid out of the preceeds of my lands in Assington and Newton - any scholar of the name of Alston to be preferred for this gift, or a native of Suffolk. I desire that this scholarship be called Alston's Scholarship.
I leave to the poor of Assington 26/- annually to be distributed as follows- The Churchwardens to provide every Sunday 6 penny loaves of mistelan with the June bread put into them - to be given in the first place to poor widows.
I give to Cornelius Alston son of Robert Alston 20/-
I give to Anna Hurrel, one of the daughters of my Uncle William Alston 40/-
To Rebecca Smith one of the daughters of my Uncle William Alston 40/-
To the children of Frances Williamson a third daughter of my Uncle William Alston 40/-
To the children of Rachel Rinch a fourth daughter 40/-
To the children of Mary Finch a 5th daughter 40/-
I give to Hellen Duncomb and Rachel Goldsmith daughters of Samuel Alston 20/-each
To Edmund Alston of Rogers 40/- and my gold seal ring which was my grandfathers
To Edmund my godson, son of above 20/-
To Thomas Alston of Newton Hall my silver spoons marked T.A. and my pewter plates with my coat of arms on them
To Samuel and Edmund his brothers 20/- each and a mourning ring each
To John Curd son of my Aunt Curd 20/-
To the children of Amy Dale and Susan Meller Daughters of my Aunt Curd 20/- each
To my godchildren Henry Goldsmith, Robert Ponder, Hellen Duncomb, and Susan Cook 20/- each
To Edward Alston of Boxford and his wife 20/-each
To the children of John Tracy of Moulton Suffolk, ( whose wife was Ann Alston) to Paul 40/-, to Charles 20/-, to Dorothy 40/-,and my piece of gold which was my mother's 33/- to Mary 20/-
To Luke Eales M.D. I give all my physic books and books of Chyrurgery and Gardening, my silver tobacco box and 40/-
To Mary Eales his sister 40/-
To Edward Alston Rector of Newton all my books not before bequeathed
To my friend Philip Gardon a guinea for a ring
To my kinsman Giles Duncomb a guinea for a ring
To the poor of Newton 20/-
To Ann Street widow my faithful servant an annuity of 20/- for 2 years
I appoint Elizabeth Tracy my executrix and leave to her the residue of my estate.
signed Thomas Alston
Witnesses: Barret Gudon, Will How, Philip Franck, Will. Firmin.

Proved 31 January 1690/1 by Eliz. Euans 'als' Tracy wife of ? Tracy sole executrix named in will.
Page 126 Alstoniana
Vere 1

ASSINGTON CHURCH.
In the floor of the Nave
Alston 10 Etoiles 4, 3, 2 and I a mullet for diffn.
Helmet, Mantle and Crest.
Thomas Alstonus utriusque Academiae
Alumnus et in Artibus Magister, Ecclesiae
Anglicanoe Presbyter, ad sacros ordines
Francisco White Eliensi Episcopo, juxta
Ritus ejusdem Ecclesiae admissus mortalitatem
Suam exuit sedundo die mensis Decembris et
Anno Domini 1690 Natus Aprilis sexto A.D.
1690, sepultus.
Fui in generatione ab Adamo miser
Sum in regeneratione a spiritu sancto felix
Ero in resurrectione a Christo beatus
Resurgam spe ad vitam per Christum
Fide ad oeternam in cum Christo.
Alstoniana Pg 249

168. Elizabeth ALSTON [6267] (Thomas59, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 25 Sep 1610 in Assington SFK.

General Notes:
Elizabeths baptism date is sourced from the register.

169. Thomas MANN [12441] (Susan ALSTON60, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born before 20 May 1625.

General Notes:
Thomas was mentioned for L20, in Isaac Alston's will 20 May 1625.

170. William MANN [12567] (Susan ALSTON60, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born before 20 May 1625.

General Notes:
William was mentioned for L20 in Isaac Alstons will 20 May 1625

171. William ALSTON [3435] (William of Walter Belchamp ESS61, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised in 1615 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
William was mentioned as the eldest son on his Uncle Isaac's will "I give unto William Alston the Eldest son of my brother Wm. Alston being my God child the sum of Ten Pounds when he come to the full age of one and twenty years" 1625

Also mentioned in his grandmother's (Susan Alston) will 1626.

172. Abraham ALSTON [3436] (William of Walter Belchamp ESS61, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised in 1619 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Abraham was mentioned as under 20 in his Uncle Abraham's will 1624. Was mentioned by his cousin Sir Edward Alston MD in his will 1668, as of Water Belchamp Essex.

Essex Hearth Tax, Hinckford Hundred 1671.
Belchamp Water Abraham Alliston 1 hearth.

ALSTON v. LOWE.
Bill, 2 May 1678, by Abraham Alston of Water Beacham, co. Essex, and Rachel Skinner of Sudbury, Suffolk, widow, and three of her daughters, v. George Lowe.
Sir Edward Alston heretofore of the parish of Gt. St. Helen's, London, Kt., Doctor in Physic, decd., made his will in Nov 1669 and died about 23 December following. His widow Susannah died July 1670.
The suit is against the surviving executor, for recovery of legacies under the Will.
Whittington 495 1678.
Alstoniana Pg 181

The IGI records an Abraham Alston of Belchamp Walter died abt 16 May 1662. A relative is mentioned one Harvey Hullingor.

173. Robert ALSTON [3437] (William of Walter Belchamp ESS61, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Robert was mentioned as under 20 years of age in his Uncle Abraham's will 1624, also mentioned but not by name in his Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625

Robert spouse unknown.

His child was:

+ 386 M    i. Cornelius ALSTON of Camberwell [3438] died c1703.

174. Rebecca ALSTON [3440] (William of Walter Belchamp ESS61, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died after 1690.

General Notes:
Rebecca was mentioned, but not by name in her Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625, assuming she was then born, she was living in 1690

Rebecca married SMITH [3441].

175. Rachel ALSTON [3444] (William of Walter Belchamp ESS61, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died after 1690.

General Notes:
Rachel was mentioned, but not by name in her Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625, assuming she was then born, she was living in 1690

Rachel married RINCH [3445].

176. Anna ALSTON [3446] (William of Walter Belchamp ESS61, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died after 1690.

General Notes:
Anna was mentioned, but not by name in her Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625, assuming she was then born, she was mentioned in Rev Thomas Alston's will 1690.

Anna married HURRELL [3447].

177. Mary ALSTON [3448] (William of Walter Belchamp ESS61, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Mary was mentioned, but not by name in her Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625, assuming she was then born.

Mary married Robert FINCH [3449].

178. Frances ALSTON [3442] (William of Walter Belchamp ESS61, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 13 Feb 1620/21 in St Mary Belchamp Walter ESS and died after 1690.

General Notes:
Frances was mentioned, but not by name in her Uncle Isaac's will 20 May 1625, she was living in 1690

Frances married WILLIAMSON [3443].

179. Susan CURD [7249] (Amy ALSTON63, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

Susan married MILLER [11670].

180. Amy CURD [11669] (Amy ALSTON63, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

Amy married DALE [11671].

181. John ALSTON [333] (John of Lt Cornard SFK70, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 28 Feb 1670/71 in Gt Waldingfield SFK and was buried on 25 Apr 1675 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

182. Mary ALSTON [334] (John of Lt Cornard SFK70, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 29 Jun 1674 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.


183. Joseph ALSTON of Gt Horsley ESS [335] (John of Lt Cornard SFK70, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
That Joseph was the son of John of Little Cornard is completely conjectural and unproven, as is this family descendancy down from here.
E L Fenn 2010

Research Notes:
A Joseph Alston was living at Gt Horkesley 27 Dec 1686
Ref Stoke Parish Council records.

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch:
STOKE-BY-NAYLAND PARISH RECORDS
Catalogue Ref. FB80
Creator(s): Church of England, Stoke-by-Nayland Parish, Suffolk
OVERSEERS
Bonds. - ref. FB80/G8
FILE - Bond for the sum of L.20 - ref. FB80/G8/1 - date: 1686
Joseph Alston of Horsley Magna Essex Yeoman entered into a bond for L.20 on the 27 Dec 1686 with William Spink of Horsley Magna for the payment of his outstanding debt of L.10/6/0 to William Sadler the younger of Horsley by 27 June 1687.
Ref A2A (2003 copy on file)

Great Horksley - "Kiln house on the western end of Brick Kiln Lane site of a kiln operated from before the 16th C but also in 1817 by the Alston family into the late 19th C"
Victoria History of Essex

Joseph married Mary SYDEY [5263] on 8 Jul 1732 in Lamarsh ESS.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 387 M    i. John ALSTON [5264] was baptised on 17 Jun 1733 in Lamarsh ESS.

+ 388 M    ii. Joseph ALSTON [5265] was baptised on 24 Aug 1735 in Lamarsh ESS.

+ 389 M    iii. Richard ALSTON of West Bergholt [5266] was baptised on 6 Nov 1737 in Lamarsh ESS and died before 1830.

+ 390 M    iv. Thomas ALSTON [5267] was baptised on 27 Apr 1740 in Lamarsh ESS.

+ 391 F    v. Mary ALSTON [5421] was baptised on 2 Jan 1741/42 in Gt Henny ESS.

+ 392 F    vi. Hannah ALSTON [5422] was baptised on 13 Apr 1746 in Gt Henny ESS.

184. Richard ALSTON [336] (John of Lt Cornard SFK70, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1).


185. John ALSTON [7298] (John of Lt Cornard SFK70, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died after 1719.

General Notes:
John was a beneficiary under his fathers Will

Research Notes:
This family, and that this John served in the Boxford Parish, is completely conjectural. - 2014
It is hoped that a future genealogist may shine more light on the Alston family of Edwardstone, Boxford, Groton, Waldingfield etc and prove a relationship with the Newton family

John married Sarah [7366].

The child from this marriage was:

+ 393 M    i. John ALSTON [1511] was baptised on 28 Feb 1724/25 in Edwardstone SFK.

186. Margaret ALSTON [166] (John of Lt Cornard SFK70, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 2 May 1679 in Edwardstone SFK.

187. Martha ALSTON [4020] (Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 6 Mar 1670/71 in Gt Waldingfield SFK and was buried on 12 Jun 1672 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

188. Jacob ALSTON [4021] (Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 22 Feb 1671/72 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

189. Susan ALSTON [4022] (Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 11 Apr 1675 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

190. Unbaptised Child ALSTON [7297] (Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born circa 1676 and was buried on 16 Oct 1676 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

Research Notes:
This burial date is from Susan Perrett's research 2006 and conflicts with Alstoniana pg 236

191. Samuel ALSTON [7317] (Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 13 May 1678 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

192. Mary ALSTON [4019] (Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 13 Feb 1680/81 in Gt Waldingfield SFK and was buried on 11 Nov 1683 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

193. Thomas ALSTON [7318] (Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 6 Apr 1684 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

194. Elizabeth ALSTON [4017] (Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 10 Jan 1685/86 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

195. Peter ALSTON [4023] (Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 28 Dec 1689 in Gt Waldingfield SFK and was buried on 17 Mar 1747/48 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Susan Perrett believes this is Roys connection to the family, much of the line remains unproven.

Peter married Elizabeth ROLFE [284] on 29 Jun 1710 in St Peters Sudbury SFK. Elizabeth was buried on 9 Jul 1744 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
This is presently conjectural - 2001


Children from this marriage were:

+ 394 M    i. Samuel ALSTON (ALSTONE) [715] was baptised on 20 Jun 1722 in St Peters Sudbury SFK.

+ 395 M    ii. Thomas ALSTON (ALSTONE) [6056] was baptised on 2 Feb 1722/23 in St Peters Sudbury SFK.

+ 396 M    iii. Thomas ALSTON (ALSTONE) [6057] was baptised on 21 Apr 1725 in St Peters Sudbury SFK.


196. John ALSTON Snr [4025] (Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 4 Dec 1664 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 26 Jun 1742 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
John sonne of Daniell Alstone & Margarett his wife baptised 4 Dec 1664 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

He is described as John Alston Snr in this tree this ignores the fact that he was described as Jnr at his son's baptism.

That this John was a farmer of Edwardstone and had these four sons etc is based on the old tree below:
Alstoniana Pg 371

Pedigree of Samuel Alston the elder of Edwardstone in Suffolk Maltster taken in 1745 (the paper is torn but sufficient remains to decipher . .45 and Samuel the father Will was proved in 1754) and of the whole family from Jno.
John Alston (the Ancestor)
John
John Thomas Jacob

Samuel
Samuel Sarah Ann Mary

Thomas
Thomas Grace

Jacob
Mary Jacob John Martha Elizabeth Sarah
= = d1746 = = =
Jno Wiske Ann Alston Stansfield Dounie Tiffin

This tree is inconclusive but cannot be ignored for line of names and Edwardstone roots.

That birth or baptism records of 3 of John's sons have not been knowingly found indicate he might have been living away from Edwardstone at some point, or that they are recorded at the same location as his untraced marriage, probably his wife's home?

SUFFOLK POLL, 1702.
Edwardstone - John Alston voted for Ld. Dysart and Sr. Rob. Davers.

SUFFOLK POLL, 1710.
Edwardstone - A John Alston voted for Sir Philip Parker

1667 Hearth Tax:
A John Alston was taxed on ? hearths at Great Waldingfield
1669 Hearth Tax:
John Alstan of Gt Waldingfield 3 hearths
1674 Hearth Tax:
John Alston of Gt Waldingfield 3 hearths

GT. WALDINGFIELD.
Tithe payers 1693.
John Alston and Samuel Alston of Edwardstone.

12 Jun 1711.
John Alston the elder took occupation etc of Grovefield, Thornfields, Bakers Meadow, Rudland's Bottom, from Will Chaplin of Bury John Newman also Jaggard gents. . . . .
Henry Corry Papers (1951) Edwardstone Hall.
Ref:Bury RO 391/72

Bury St Edmunds Quarter Sessions
21 Jan 1711/12
Samuel Alston & John Alston - Being indicted for Petty Larceny and whipt in Open Court are to be discharged paying their food being 6/4d each.
On file 2003
Does this refer to Johns sons ?

Research Notes:
Edwardstone Vicarage,
1st March, 1898.
Dear Sir,
At last I am able to send you copies of all the Alston baptisms marriages and burials recorded from 1646 to 1760
Our registers only date from 1645 therefore all previous books must have been either lost or destroyed. I had no idea when I first wrote to you that there were so many entries. . . . . I have spent hours and hours in searching the registers and in deciphering the indistinct writing.
I shall not forget about the memorial slabs and the "New House" Believe me,
Yours faithfully,
(Rev.) PAKENHAM WEST.

Edwardstone Vicarage
10 March, 1898.
Dear Sir, . . . . . I think it is most probable that the older Registers were destroyed in Cromwell's time. No doubt they contained many interesting records of your ancestors.
I enclose copies of inscriptions on memorial slabs, which were removed to the Lady Chapel about the year 1878 ; formerly they lay in the nave and side aisle but they are less likely to be damaged in their present position.
With regard to the New House I have made many enquiries.
It was not Edwardstone Hall because the Brands occupied that house and it is mentioned on their tombs in the Church. Nor the Grove which was a large house built last century by Colonel Waring during the lifetime of an old parishioner's (aged 85) grandfather and pulled down about 70 years ago by Richard Waring. (It was in fact the Grove ELF 2001) Nor the Lodge which is a small modern house so that I have come to the conclusion that the New House was either Edwardstone House or a smaller house about 500 yards nearer to Boxford.
May yet be able to find out which of these was built by Isaac Alston.
Believe me, yours faithfully,
(Rev.) PAKENHAM WEST.
Alstoniana Pg 376/7

Comments on John Alston [4025] son of Daniel & Margaret:
That John's parents are Samuel and Mary was suggested by Dr E L Fenn in 1898 but not accepted by Cresswell, or E L Fenn in 2001 who conjectures that the biblical christian names are more likely to have come down from Daniel and Margaret.

John sonne of Daniell Alstone & Margarett his wife baptised 4 Dec 1664 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

John is described as John Jnr as father to some of his children? Perhaps Jnr in relation to John [164] the cousin?

A John Allston was born 1666 Newton IGI no parents detailed but a wife shown Elizabeth Harris.

John Alston snr is named in an Indenture dated 1728 Ref 391 Corry Papers unlisted & unnumbered, and a mortgage to a James Firman of Stoke dated 1728.

Ref 391/6.2 and 391 Corry papers (1951) unlisted unnumbered.
Between 1678 -80 John Alston was a Church warden at Edwardstone.
Edwardstone 1710 Poll Book John Alston voted for Parker.
Edwardstone 1710 Lease Annabells Wood & Priory Down etc
Indenture signed John Alston elder dated 30 July 1728.
Indenture signed John Alston elder mortgage L.150 witness Jas Vanderzee 24 August 1728.
Indenture signed John Alston elder and John Alston junior lease and re-lease 23 July 1731.
Indenture signed John Alston elder and John Alston junior 24 July 1731.
Bond to perform signed John Alston elder and John Alston junior.
Indenture and mortgage John Alston eldest son and heir of John Alston the elder late of Edwardstone deceased and John Baines also Grimwood Clerk of Dedham involving:
1 Lords Crofts three houses and land between Windmill Green On the East and land late Richard Spences on the West and South called Sturmins and land late Gregory Alston to the North called Sloads.
2 And also the said lands called Sloads barns sheds etc formerly in the occupation of William Cooper and then of the said John Alston the elder.
3 And also the lands etc previously in the tenure and occupation of the said John Alston the elder called Grovefield, Thornfield, Bakers Meadow, Rudlands Bottom 21 acres.
4 Peppercorn rent 500 years lease.
5 Price L.231?.
Thornfield: five acres lies between woody ground late of Mrs Pretty and Priory Down on the East, and arable land called Great Reynalls on the West and Little Reynalls and Grovefield towards the North, and Annabells Wood and lands in the occupation of John Kinningall in the South.
Grovefield: seven acres lying between the land of Philip Goimer? on the East and the lane? leading from Edwardstone to Little Waldingfield in the West and North. The South head abutteth on a meadow in the tenure of Philip Goimer, Mrs Pretty's woody ground, Priory Down and Thornfield aforesaid.
Bakers Meadow: five acres of mowing ground which encloses Rudlands Bottom two acres between the lands of Haat? Newman and Roger Scarlin in the North West Haat? Newman in the West and. . . . .
The Henry Corry Papers (1951) from Edwardstone Hall were removed from the Bury RO some years ago, and the researcher (E L Fenn 2011) has not been able to access them. It is felt that they may throw some light on the correct pedigree of John Alston [164] and his family

Shirley Taylor of Rogers Farm writes 2004: after researching Suffolk. Essex and Aylesbury Archives and finding very little on the house we feel that they must have a pile of documents Freddie did admit to this when we bought the farm from him We looked in the Aylesbury Archives as we think Lord Howe may have had a connection with Siam Hall (he certainly did with Rogers) and all his documents have been lodged there. If necessary Pat may go back there and do some more research amongst his documents

Edwardstone 1742, a John Alston is buried, this has been taken to be John Alston [4025]

Edwardstone 1742 sale of lands & houses owned John Snr by heir John Jnr.

A John Alston died 1 Feb 1731/2 at Stoke by Nayland Could this be John Alston [8188].

Image Courtesy Mike Burn - 2014

John married Elizabeth [7319]. Elizabeth was buried on 10 Sep 1683 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
10 Sep 1683 Elizabeth wife of John Alston buried.
Edwardstone Burials


The child from this marriage was:

+ 397 M    i. John ALSTON Jnr Inn Holder [3130] was born about 1680, was baptised on 23 Jul 1682 in Edwardstone SFK, and was buried on 15 Jan 1761 in Nayland SFK.


John next married Mary (Martha) STOCK of Wethersfield ESS [5349], daughter of STOCK [4746] and Mary [6098], on 24 Mar 1681/82. Mary was born about 1653 in Wethersfield ESS, died in 1728 in Edwardstone SFK aged about 75, and was buried on 3 Mar 1727/28 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
A search of the Edwardstone Registers at Bury reveals a burial 3 Mar 1728 Martha wife of John Alston this conflicts with the MS below.

On an Altar tomb in Edwardstone is the following "Here lieth the body of Martha the wife of John Alston of this Parish Farmer who departed this life 20 Sept 1728 aged 75. There is no burial entry in the Edwardstone Register?

2003 researched Wethersfield register at ERO very damaged with damp, also Transcription ref T/R 55/1 1640's - 1660's no sign of a Stock family.

It is uncertain as to whether this is the correct name, the children attributed to Martha by Cresswell from an old damaged pedigree (pg 371 Alstoniana) do not fit when compared to the IGI and comments by Dr E L Fenn ( pg 357 Alstoniana). They more comfortably fit with the mothers name as Mary. Mary Stock or like cannot be traced on the IGI to fit.

An early pedigree (on file with Susan Perrett from a contact in Canada) shows John Alston married Mary Stock of W Thursfield Essex. Thursfield untraced as an English village, perhaps West Thurrock?

Weathersfield Parish Registers.
1653 Martha daughter of . . . . . bap 17 April 1653.
ERO Microfiche D/P 119/1/1 13 Feb 2007 Tom Perrett (Register in poor condition)
This baptism date fits with Martha's reported age at death.

Research Notes:
Cresswell shows a marriage date for John & Mary 24 Mar 1682 but no source has been found Alstoniana Pg 391.

Susan Perrett writes "On a visit to Salt Lake City in May 2006 I checked the Edwardstone Marriage registers but could not find an entry for this date for this marriage - or any other date"
Susan Perrett shows a date c1689 reference Gt Waldingfield registers.

Where Cresswell got his entry "Martha Stock of Wethersfield co. Essex" on Pg 79 is unknown and uncorroborated 2011

Image Courtesy Mike Burn - 2014


Children from this marriage were:

+ 398 M    i. Samuel ALSTON [640] was born about 1690, died on 20 Feb 1754 aged about 64, and was buried on 1 Mar 1754 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 399 M    ii. Thomas ALSTON [4905] was born circa 1693, died on 12 Jun 1774 aged about 81, and was buried in Jun 1774 in Family Vault Edwardstone.

+ 400 M    iii. Jacob ALSTON of Wrens Polstead [948] was baptised on 21 Jun 1696 in Edwardstone SFK, died on 18 May 1760 at age 63, and was buried on 23 May 1760 in Edwardstone SFK.

197. Daniel ALSTON [142] (Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 29 Apr 1666 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Will of Daniel Alston of Preston dated 25th Feby. 1708
I Daniel Alston at my Unkles at Preston in Suffolk 25th Feby 1708
I give to my Unkle Mr. Isaac Newman of Preston St Marys my house and Lands being at Stistead in Essex
I give to my Unkle Isaac Newman all my household goods and chattles
I make the said Isaac Newman my sole executor.
(Signed)-DANIELALSTON
Witnesses : Edward Cooper Sarah Cooper
Proved 2 Dec 1719 by Isaac Newman.
Placement against this Daniel is uncertain 2004

Marie Alston alias Tyrrell of Melford in Suffolk. Administration granted to Daniel Alston 5th May 1707.
Again this is uncertainly placed 2004

Research Notes:
Daniell sonne of Daniell Alston & Margarett his wife baptised 29 April 1666 Edwardstone

198. Joseph ALSTON [155] (Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 15 Mar 1667/68 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 25 Dec 1719 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Joseph sonne of Daniell Alston and Margarett his wife baptised 15 Mar 1668, IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

Burial entry is unproven

199. Ephraim ALSTON [156] (Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 26 Jun 1670 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Ephraim sonne of Daniel Alston and Margaret his wife baptised 26 June 1670 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.



200. Daniel ALSTON [157] (Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 26 Sep 1672 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 2 Sep 1734 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Daniel sonne of Daniel Alston & Margarett his wife baptised 26 Sept 1672 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana. Daniel Alston buried 2 Sept 1734 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.
27 Jan 1709 - abstract of title of Mr Daniel Alston of Stansted SFK, of a piece of meadow Potters of 11/2 acres lying near a meadow in the land called Road Meadow, by way of Court Roll divided into two meadows and in the occupation of Mr John Alston. Held of the Manor of Overhall and Netherall in Stansted - Special Court Barron.

Daniel married Susan [147].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 401 M    i. Daniel ALSTON [11376] was baptised on 12 Aug 1692 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 402 M    ii. Joseph ALSTON [149] was baptised on 11 Apr 1695 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 18 Apr 1695 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 403 M    iii. John ALSTON [150] was baptised on 5 Nov 1696 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 404 F    iv. Susanna ALSTON [151] was baptised on 15 Mar 1699/00 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 405 M    v. Joseph ALSTON [152] was baptised on 4 Oct 1702 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 406 M    vi. Robert ALSTON [153] was baptised on 5 Mar 1704/05 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 407 F    vii. Mary ALSTON [7315] was baptised on 14 Jul 1706 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 408 M    viii. George ALSTON [154] was baptised on 12 Sep 1714 in Edwardstone SFK.

201. Susanna ALSTON [158] (Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 20 Jan 1674/75 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 27 May 1694 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Susanna daughter of Daniel Alstone & Margaret his wife baptised 20 Jan 1675, Susanna daughter of Daniel Alston buried 27 May 1694 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

202. Jasper ALSTON [159] (Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 6 Aug 1677 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 27 Nov 1723 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Alstoniania shows a bap date for Jasper pg 389 but no source, "Jasper son of Daniel baptised 6 Aug 1677, bur 27 Nov 1723"

Roy Alstons search of Edwardstone shows a Samuel Alston s of Jasper & Hannah bap 30 Mar 1700 but no record of a bap for Hannah.

Jasper married Hannah [160].

The child from this marriage was:

+ 409 F    i. Hannah ALSTON [161] was baptised on 30 Mar 1701 in Edwardstone SFK.


203. Gregory ALSTON [162] (Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 20 Mar 1680/81 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 7 Apr 1731 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Gregory son of Daniel Alston and his wife baptised 20 Mar 1680/1 Edwardstone. Gregory Alston buried 7 April 1731 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

A Gregory Alston of Edwardstone weaver and his wife Alice lease on the 18 April 1726 land to one Joseph Grimsey yeoman of Lindsey. Ref HD 574 Bury St Edmunds PRO.

John Alston Yeoman was Bondsman at Gregory's wedding

Gregory Alston on 24 June 1713, had dealing (below) with a Mary Lincoln over a messuage called "Snows" sited between the lands of Edward Alston in Edwardstone called Grooms

THIS INDENTURE made the twenty fourth day of June in the twelfth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne by the Grace of God of Great Britain France And Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith Anno Deo 1713 BETWEEN Gregory Alston of Edwardstone in the County Of Suffolk worsted weaver of the one part and Mary Lincolne of Sudbury in the said County of Suffolk spinster of the other part WITNESETH that the said Gregory Alston for and in consideration of the sum of five pounds of lawful money of great Britain to him in hand paid by the said Mary Lincolne at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof he the said Gregory Alston doth hereby acknowledge thereof and of every parte and parcel thereof doth acquitt and discharge the said Mary Lincolne her Heirs Executors and Administrators and every of them for ever by these presents and for diverse other good and valuable consideration him hereto especially moving SEE the said Gregory Alston HATH demised granted bargained sold and by these presents doth demise grant bargaine and sell unto the said Mary Lincolne her Exec etc ALL THAT messuage and tenement called SNOWS with one yard garden or orchard thereunto belonging or by other name or names soever the same is called or known and also all and every the edifice & buildings yards gardens & orchards whatsoever to the same messuage or tenement belonging or in any wise appertaining with their appurtenances situate lying and being in Edwardstown aforesaid between ye lands sometime of Edward Alsatian gent called Depdillo and shire of Joseph Mann Gent dec'd And now of William Chaplin Gent towards ye north and a certain green that be called Shedd Green towards ye south and the same messuage or tenement was late in the occupation of Henry Glover with their and every their appurtenance WHICH said messuage or tenement with ye appurtenancee John Jaggard gent dec'd purchased to him and his heirs and of Mary Cossuine widow by Indenture of feoffment dated 12 day of March 1697 and by his will devised the same (amongst other things)in general words to John Newman alo Jaggard who hath conveyed ye same to the said William Chaplin and ye said Wm Chaplin by indenture of lease & release ye second and third days of February 1712 conveyed ye same to the said Gregory Alston and his heirs AND reversion and reversiond and rewards thereof and of every part and parcel thereof and all the estate right tithe . . . . . use trust claim & demand what so ever by him the said Gregory Alston of into or out of the said Messuage or Tenement from or with their appurtenances TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Messuage & Tenement & premises with their appurtenances unto the said Mary Lincolne her Exs etc from the day of the date of these presents unto the full end and term of 500 years from thereon next ensuing and fully to be compleate and ended YIELDING and paying therefore yearly and every year during the said term at the feast of St Michael ye Arch Angel the rent of a copper coin (if the same shall be lawfully demanded) PROVIDED always and upon condition notwithstanding that if the said full sum of five pounds and three shillings of lawful money of G.B. upon the 24 th day of December next ensuing the date hereof at or within the new dwelling house of Wm Chaplin Gent situate at Bury St Edmonds in the co of SFK without any deductions default . . . . . Or abatements whatsoever that from then and from henceforth this present Indenture and every article clause and thing herein conveyed shall cease determined and be utterly void and of none effect (anything herein contained to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding) AND the said Gregory Alston for himself his Heirs etc and for every one of them covenanteth & granteth to & with the said Mary Lincolne her Heirs etc by these presents? in manner following (that is to say) That he the sd Gregory Alston his Heirs etc or some or one of them shall and will well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the sd Mary Lincolne her Heirs etc or some or one of them the aforesaidsaid sume of five pounds & three shillings and every part thereof at the time and place aforementioned for payment of the of the same according to the true intent & meaning of these presents. AND further in case of default of or in the payment of the aforesaid sume of five pounds three shillings or any part thereof at the time and place aforementioned for payment of ye same happen to be made then and from and after such default . . . . . the sd Gregory Alston and the heirs and all and every other person and persons claiming or to claim? The said persons then . . . . . or any . . . . . thereof by from or under him or his Heirs or by from or under the sd John Newman alo Jaggard and Will Chaplin or any of them shall or will (at the request and cost in the Law of the sd Mary Lincoln her Heirs etc) make doe acknowledge levy suffer and execute cause and procure to be made done acknowledged levied suffered & executed all such and such further and other assurance and assurances in the Law whatsoever for the further better more perfect and absolute assuring suremaking and confirming of the sd . . . . . with the . . . . . to . . . . . to the use of the sd Mary Lincolne her Heirs etc of her of their councell learned in the Laws of this Realme shall be reasonably devised or advise and required IN WITNESS whereof the parties first above named to these presents have interchangeably sett their hands and seals the day & year first above written
The Mark of Gregory Alston X
Ref Bury RO 391/6.12

Research Notes:
Close ups of Indenture on Gregory's file

Gregory married Martha [163]. Martha was buried on 15 Nov 1723 in Edwardstone SFK.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 410 M    i. Gregory ALSTON [7329] was buried on 9 Jan 1749/50 in Edwardstone SFK.

Gregory next married Alice BEACHAM of Lindsay [5997], daughter of James BEACHAM of Lindsey SFK [7154], on 29 Sep 1724 by Lic Arch Sudbury.

General Notes:
Alice was a Widow when she married

204. Susanna ALSTON [186] (Robert Jnr. of Edwardstone76, Robart29, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 26 Oct 1662 in Edwardstone SFK.

205. Sarah ALSTON [187] (Robert Jnr. of Edwardstone76, Robart29, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 28 Mar 1665 in Edwardstone SFK.

206. Mary ALSTON of Robt Jnr [188] (Robert Jnr. of Edwardstone76, Robart29, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 11 Aug 1667 in Edwardstone SFK.

207. Elizabeth ALSTON [189] (Robert Jnr. of Edwardstone76, Robart29, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 25 Jul 1669 in Edwardstone SFK.

208. Robert ALSTON (ALSTONE) of Edwardstone [190] (Robert Jnr. of Edwardstone76, Robart29, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 22 May 1672 in Edwardstone SFK.

Robert married Sarah [191].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 411 F    i. Sarah ALSTON (ALSTONE) [192] was baptised on 16 Aug 1696 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 412 F    ii. Mary ALSTON (ALSTONE) [193] was baptised on 15 Oct 1699 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 413 M    iii. John ALSTON (ALSTONE) [194] was baptised on 21 Mar 1702/03 in Edwardstone SFK.

209. Samuel ALSTON (ALSTONE) Son of Robt Jnr [195] (Robert Jnr. of Edwardstone76, Robart29, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 22 Aug 1674 in Edwardstone SFK.

210. Sarah ALSTON [196] (Robert Jnr. of Edwardstone76, Robart29, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 18 Oct 1677 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 15 Feb 1678/79 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Daughter of Robt Jnr.

211. Samuel ALSTON [26] (Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 29 Sep 1700 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Edwardstone Baptisms: 29 Sep 1700 Samuel son of Samuell Alston Jnr and Mary his wife

Marriage by licence issued, 21 April 1726 Sam Alston of Edwardstone aged 26yrs single man m Elizabeth Harold of Whepstead aged 23 yrs St Mary Bury St Edmunds.
Sudbury Archdeaconry Marriage Licences: Boyds 1st Misc Series 1538-1775 SOG LON

Samuel married Elizabeth HAROLD of Whepstead [399] on 21 Apr 1726 in St Mary Bury.

Samuel next married Mary [112].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 414 M    i. Samuel ALSTON [114] was baptised on 26 May 1738 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 415 F    ii. Susan ALSTON [115] was baptised on 24 Jan 1743/44 in Edwardstone SFK.

212. Mary ALSTON [28] (Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 26 Dec 1701 in Edwardstone SFK.

213. Robert ALSTON [29] (Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 14 Dec 1703 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Placement of Robert as son of Samuel and Mary is conjectural 2006

Robert married Ann SIDEY [5664] on 25 Dec 1729 in Boxford SFK.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 416 M    i. Robert ALSTON [5665] was baptised on 21 Jul 1731 in Edwardstone SFK.

214. Joseph ALSTON [53] (Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 14 Jun 1706 in Edwardstone SFK.

215. Thomas ALSTON [73] (Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 1 Mar 1707/08 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 16 Sep 1711 in Edwardstone SFK.

216. John ALSTON [74] (Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 27 Aug 1710 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 3 Oct 1729 in Edwardstone SFK.

217. Thomas ALSTON [77] (Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 16 Nov 1712 in Edwardstone SFK.

218. Joseph ALSTON [167] (John85, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 17 Mar 1691/92 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 13 Jun 1695 in Edwardstone SFK.

219. Robert ALSTON [4582] (John85, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 25 Mar 1694 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Robert son of John Alston was baptised 25 Mar 1694 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

220. Samuel ALSTON [4568] (John85, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 13 Apr 1697 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Samuel son of John Alston Jnr and Mary his wife baptised 13 Apr 1697 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

This Samuel's dates do not fit Samuel (640) died 20 Feb 1754 aged 64yrs, nor is the description of his father as John Jnr in the register resolved perhaps it is Jnr to John [164] the cousin?

Samuel married Elizabeth [4572].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 417 M    i. John ALSTON [4573] was baptised on 15 Oct 1732 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 418 F    ii. Elizabeth ALSTON [4574] was baptised on 16 Oct 1726 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 23 Nov 1740 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 419 F    iii. Hannah ALSTON [4575] was baptised on 26 Sep 1734 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 9 Mar 1735/36 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 420 F    iv. Anne ALSTON [4576] was baptised on 26 Sep 1734 in Edwardstone SFK.

221. Mary ALSTON (ALSTONE) [299] (John85, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 11 Oct 1701 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Marys mother's name is shown as Hannah in the register and Mary IGI ?

Research Notes: Marys mother's name is shown as Hannah in the register and Mary IGI ?

222. John ALSTON [4580] (John85, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 24 Oct 1707 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 10 May 1710 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
John son of John Alston and Mary his wife baptised 24 Oct 1707 Edwardstone. 10 May 1710 John son of John Alston buried Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

223. Elizabeth ALSTON [8186] (John85, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried on 28 Apr 1718 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Elizabeths placement here is conjectural 2006

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