THE KINGS CANDLESTICKS Alston Family History

Descendants of John Alston of Newton by Sudbury Suffolk


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421. Avis FOSTER [2882] (Avice ALSTON225, William of Woodbridge87, 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:
Avis received her Aunt Mary's Silver-Plate on latters death in 1714.

422. Thomas FOSTER [2883] (Avice ALSTON225, William of Woodbridge87, William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

Thomas spouse unknown.

His children were:

+ 609 F    i. Margaret FOSTER [2884] .

+ 610 F    ii. Avis FOSTER [2882] .

423. Robert MANN of Linton KEN [2895] (Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, 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 in 1752 and was buried in Linton KEN. User ID: Linton KEN.

General Notes:
This descent is based on that contributed by Mr. A. T. Keene, to the Genealogical Magazine Vol. II. pp 317-320 is especially interesting because of the Manns.
Robert Mann sprang from a family settled at Ipswich. He was a friend of Sir Robert Walpole through whose influence Mann obtained several lucrative army contracts during the numerous wars of the first half of the 18th century and purchased Linton from General George Joscelyn. It was at that time called Capell's Court. Mann rebuilt the house in its present lovely situation.
Alstoniana Pg 310

Robert married Eleanor GUISE [2899], daughter of Christopher GUISE of Abbots Ct Glos. [2900] and Elizabeth LONG [7289].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 611 M    i. Edward Louisa MANN [2901] died on 16 Dec 1755.

+ 612 M    ii. Galfridus MANN of Egerton Kent [2903] .

+ 613 F    iii. Eleanor MANN [2906] .

+ 614 F    iv. Mary MANN [2910] .

+ 615 F    v. Catherine MANN [2912] .

+ 616 M    vi. Sir Horatio MANN K.B. And Baronet [2902] was born in 1701 and died on 6 Nov 1786 in Florence Tuscany. aged 85.

424. William MANN [2896] (Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, 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 in 1658 in Yoxford SFK.

General Notes:
William Jeffery and Margaret were mentioned in their Aunt Mary's will 1714

425. Jeffery MANN [2897] (Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, William of Siam Hall41, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

426. Margaret MANN [2898] (Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, 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 in 1659 in Yoxford SFK.

427. Mary MANN [5726] (Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, 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 in 1657 in Yoxford SFK.

428. Charles MANN [5727] (Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, 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 in 1666 in Yoxford SFK.

429. Jane MANN [5728] (Elizabeth ALSTON228, William of Woodbridge87, 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 in 1667 in Yoxford SFK.

430. Elizabeth ALSTON [2950] (Samuel of Marlsford230, William of Woodbridge87, 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 1652 in Marlesford SFK.

General Notes:
Elizabeth and her husband were living 18 Sept 1694.

TURNER v. ALSTON.
Bill, 6 December 1682, by John Turner of London, merchant, v. Elizabeth Alston, daughter of Samuel Alston, late of Marlsford, co. Suffolk, gent., decd., by Elizabeth his wife, sister of Thomas Mann, late of Yoxford, gent.
Complainant is seised of an estate of inheritance called Mayden's Hall, in Stoke, near Ipswich, which he purchased about 20 years since from the said Thomas Mann for L1800; they were then charged with a yearly rent of L24, granted by Edward Mann, gent., father of the said Thomas, to the defendant, then an infant, which he was informed was granted as a security for the payment of L400, and not as a perpetual incumbrance.
Complainant has offered the said sum to defendant, but she contends the yearly rent-charge was to be of perpetual continuance.
The answer of Elizabeth Alston recites a deed dated 3 February 1648, referring to settlements made on his marriage with his wife Dorothy (then Dorothy Mannock, spinster, daughter of Bridget Mannock of Ipswich, widow), which settlements were dated 12 October 1625. Her mother Elizabeth was eldest daughter of the said Edward Mann.
The grant was made 9 May 1650 on the marriage of her mother to Samuel Alston, who was then under age ; she died before her said husband was twenty-one, leaving the defendant an infant about 11/2 years old.
Reynardson 88/33 1682
Alstoniana Pg 210

Elizabeth Alston
ResidenceSt Martin
Marriage year1683
ParishSt Martin-in-the-Fields
Spouse's name(s)Nicholas Rookwood
Spouse residenceSt Saviours Southwark Middlesex
Record setWestminster Marriages



Elizabeth married Nicholas ROOKWOOD [2951] on 11 Sep 1683 in St Martin in the Fields LND MDX.

431. Samuel ALSTON of Bramford [2952] (Samuel of Marlsford230, William of Woodbridge87, 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 1659 and was buried on 6 Aug 1727 in Bramford St Mary.

General Notes:
Samuel was a Trustee in 1717 for Sir W Devereux's gift. He, his wife and children, are all mentioned in his Aunt Mary's will 1714, also a legatee by his fathers Will, of estates in Marlesford. He evidently sold these to Sir Phillip Skippon, member for Dunwich in the late 17thC.
Ref. Chas Golding.

Admission of Woodbridge Scholars 1670 - Samuel Alston de Marlesford

He was a beneficiary under his sister Alice Alston's will dated 18 Sep 1694

Court of Arches - Alston v Alston 1681: Elizabeth Alston of Marlesford v Samuel Alston: divorce (adultery and cruelty) sentence 4 July 1682 A15, B10/69, Ee 5 f 11, Jj 5/4.
This dates conflicts?

IGI also shows a Samuel born 1669
His burial date shown is not proven

Samuel borrowed from a John Groome of Ipswich, linen weaver. A John Gosse also involved
Ref Ips RO GB 436/590 etc

Extracts below from the Loraine Family Archive at Ipswich RO carry the Ref HA61.
24 June 1710. Mortgage (1000 years) for L100 by Samuel Alston, gent., of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, Middlesex to John Rosier, gent., of Felsham, Suffolk of property in Bramford, Blakenham and Baylham inherited from cousin Dame Mary Hanmer, occupied by John Gosse, Samuel Ashton, Edmund Garrard, Eliza Mole. HA61/436/581

3 (sic) & 3 June 1710. Lease and release by Thos. Alston Esq. of Chelsea and Bambridge Buckridge, Esq., now of St. Margaret's, Westminster To Samuel Alston of Bramford of property in Bramford and Blakenham formerly occupied by John Harwell, Robert Helwis, John Rivers and John Parry, now occupied by John Goss, Samuel Ashton, Edmund Garrett and Jacob Mole - as ordered by High Court of Chancery in decree of 11 March 1710 HA61/436/582

11 March 1710. Copy of Decree of High Court of Chancery ordering Thomas Alston and Bambridge Buckridge, trustees under will of Dorothy Warner (nee Alston) to convey property to Samuel Alston as heir (subject to payment of debts of late Mary Alston). Copy addressed to Samuel Alston Esq. at Coddenham, 15 Aug. 1717. HA61/436/583 Copy on file 2011

Easter 1711. Deed to the uses of a fine by Samuel Alston, gent., of Bramford to William Lloyd, gent., of Barnard's Inn and Philip Thomas of Yoxford, gent. In trust of capital messuage, etc. in Bramford called Sicklemore House (occupied by John Gosse), messuage etc. called Sicklemore Farm (occupied by Samuel Ashton), messuage, etc. called Tye Farm (occupied by Edmund Garrodds) and messuage, etc. called Bullen Farm (occupied by John Bartlett), and all other property in Bramford, Blakenham Parva and Flowton inherited from Dame Mary Hanmer. 14 April 1711. Two halves of final concord (for L50) as above for 4 messuages, 4 gardens, 230 acres land, 80 acres meadow, 230 acres pasture, 20 acres wood and 20 acres heath or broom in Bramford, Blakenham Parva and Flowton. HA61/436/584

24 Feb. 1712. Assignment of mortgage for L100 to John Rosier and L300 to Samuel Alston and 5/- to Lloyd and 5/- to Thomas by John Rosier, gent., of Felsham (with Samuel Alston of St. Andrews, Holborn, William Lloyd, gent., of Barnard's Inn, Philip Thomas, gent., of Yoxford) to Elizabeth Pratt, spinster, of (Riston), Norfolk of property mortgaged 24 June 1710. 24 Feb 1712. Bond for L80 by 24 Feb. 1712: Alston to Eliz. Pratt to perform covenants. HA61/436/585

24 June 1715 Copy of assignment of mortgage by Elizabeth Pratt, spinster, of Riston, Norfolk to Mary Pratt, widow, of Riston, Norfolk of mortgage with declaration that purchase money then was Mary Pratt's used by Eliz. Pratt in trust. HA61/436/586

23 & 24 Dec 1717. Lease and release (at Alston's request) by William Lloyd, gent. of Penpedwast, Pembrokeshire and Phillip Thomas, gent. of More Critchel, Dorset to Samuel Alston, gent. of Coddenham, Suffolk of Sicklemore House and Farm (occupied by John Gosse) Tye Farm (occupied by Edmund Garrard) and Bullen Farm (occupied by Daniel Somers) HA61/436/587

25 March 1719. Assignment of mortgages (1000 & 2000 years) for L559 (= principal and interest) (and L1 to Alston) by Mary Pratt, widow, of Riston, Norfolk (at direction of Samuel Alston, gent. of Bramford) to Francis Colman, gent. of Ipswich of property mortgaged 25 March 1719 Bond for L1120 by Alston to Francis Colman to secure above mortgage and to perform covenants. HA61/436/588

10 Oct. 1720. Assignment of mortgage for L560 to Colman and L240 to Alston by Francis Colman, gent. of Ipswich (at direction of Samuel Alston, gent. of Bramford) To John Groome, linen-weaver, of Ipswich of property mortgaged. Bond for L1600 by Alston to Groome to perform covenants.
HA61/436/589

11 April 1721. Deed poll of Samuel Alston, gent. of Bramford, Suffolk
Bond for L400 by Alston to Groome to secure L200 and interest. 11 April 1721.
Memo: Declaration of Charles Cutting to deliver securities with mortgage to Rosier to Samuel Alston. 24 June 1713.
Account of John Groome to Samuel Alston to discharge of mortgage. 1727 to 1736.
Receipt for L20 (= half year's interest on L800) paid by Samuel Alston to John Groome. 11 April 1721.
Orders by Alston to Gosse to pay to Groome.
HA61/436/590

ALSTON v. ALSTON & Another.
Bill, 7 March 1709/10 by Samuel Alston of Bramford, co. Suffolk, Esq., son and heir of Samuel Alstone, late of Marlesford, co. Suffolk, who was son and heir of William Alstone, late of Saiham Hall, co. Suffolk, who was son and heir of William Alstone, late of Saiham Hall in Newton, co. Suffolk, who was son and heir of William Alstone, late of Newton aforesaid, the common ancestor and great great grandfather unto your Orator and great grandfather to Mary Alstone, late Lady Hanmer, which said Mary was daughter and heir of Joseph Alston, late of Sicklemore House in the parish of Bramford, Esq., son and heir of Edward Alstone, late of Boxford, second son of Orator's said great great grandfather. v. Thomas Alston and Bambridge Buckeridge (Ref [2980]
The said Joseph Alstone, by his will dated 18 December 1643, bequeathed lands &c. to Mary his wife, for life, remainder to his daughters Mary and Susan and their heirs, and in default to the heirs of his wife. The said Mary died leaving no children behind her who had issue ; &c. to her sister Dorothy Warner and her heirs, by her will, dated 18 August 1685, she left the said lands
The said Dorothy, late of the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, co. Middlesex decd, by her will dated 24 February 1696/7 appointed the defendants her trustees of the said lands (lying in Bramford and Blackenham, co. Suffolk), to convey the same to such person or persons as should be appointed by the said Dame Mary Hanmer, wife of Sir John Hanmer of Hanmer Hall, co. Flint, Bart., or in default of such appointment, to the right heirs of the said Dame Mary. Such appointment was never made. Defendants refuse to convey the premises to your orator, pretending the devise was absolute, and not in trust.
Richardson 496/2 1709/10

ALSTON v. BUCKERIDGE.
The answers, March 1709/10 of Bambridge Buckeridge and Thomas Alston, to the complaint of Samuel Alston. (469/2 1709/10)
Defendant Buckeridge says that Lady Hanmer has paid most of the debts of Dorothy Warner, deed, out of her own estate.
Thomas Alstone says that as Dame Mary Hanmer is dead without issue, the property remains vested in himself and Buckeridge in trust for the heir at law of the said Dame Mary.
The pedigrees of the complainant and of Dame Mary, set forth in the bill are true.
Reynardson 348/21 1709/10
Alstoniana Pg 193

WARNER v. ALSTON.
Bill, 4 April 1712, by Edmund Warner, an infant (by John Upton of London, merchant his next friend) v. Samuel Alston, William and Elizabeth Alston, Susan Robinson, Thomas Alston, Bambridge, Buckerrdge and John Mountague. Joseph Alston of Washbrooke, Suffolk, decd., who was seised of manors and lands in Suffolk to the value of L1000 per annum, married Mary, one of the daughters of Edward Warner, Esq. (the great grandfather of complainant) and aunt of Edmund Warner, Esq. decd., complainant's late father, who brought him a considerable portion in marriage, and by whom he had issue only two daughters, Mary and Susanna, which Susanna died an infant. ( The provisions of Joseph Alston's Will are set forth.) The daughter Mary married Sir John Hanmer, bart., and they enjoyed the estate of the said Joseph, Sir John died about 1700 ; and Dame Mary his wife died intestate, without issue in 1709, and the estate should remain to complainant as cousin and next heir of the said Dame Mary, viz., as son and heir of the said Edmund, her only surviving nephew. But the writings have come into the possession of Samuel Alston, gent., who confederates with his son and daughter William and Elizabeth, and with Sarah Robinson, who attended Dame Mary in her last sickness, and others, to defraud complainant. The greater part of the premises are copyhold.
The Alston defendants in their answer say that all that remains of Joseph Alston's estate, is property in Bramford and Blackenham on the hill, worth about L290 per annum.
They believe Mary Warner brought no marriage portion to her husband.
They claim under the will of Dorothy Warner (sister of Dame Mary).
Hamilton. 383/22. 1712,
Alstoniana Pg 217

Refer also Mary Warner [2977].

Samuel married Elizabeth WESTCOMB [2953], daughter of Gregory WESTCOMB Esq. of Eltham Kent. [2954], about 1694 in Marlesford SFK.

General Notes:
The IGI shows the birth of John Allston son of William and Elizabeth Westcombe - 1666 Pavenham BDF


Children from this marriage were:

+ 617 M    i. William ALSTON of Bramford [2958] was born about 1695, died on 26 Jul 1749 aged about 54, and was buried in Bramford SFK.

+ 618 F    ii. Elizabeth ALSTON [2967] died before 1742.

+ 619 F    iii. Anne ALSTON [2968] .

+ 620 F    iv. Mary ALSTON of Bilderston [2970] .


432. Alice ALSTON [2957] (Samuel of Marlsford230, William of Woodbridge87, 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 1662 in Bramford SFK, died in 1705 aged about 43, and was buried on 16 Sep 1705 in Marlesford SFK.

General Notes:
Alice lived at Sibton, and was unmarried, as described in her burial entry. A legatee by her fathers Will, her will was dated 18 Sept 1694, proved (Archb Suff) 29 Oct 1705. Mentions her Aunt Mary Alston, a Thomas Alston (perhaps her uncle), brother Samuel and his children, her sisters and various cousins and friends servants and the poor. Copy on file 2004 to be transcribed. Ref Ips RO 1CAA/135/89

26 Car 2 1675, Alicia Alston de Marlesford, in Com, Suff., spinster, Rot Cur, de Kelsala.

27 Car 2 1675, Willus Veseysius redd, ad opus Alicie Alston de Marlesford, in Com., Suff. Rot, Cur de Sibton.
Alstoniana Pg 8.

Research Notes:
Her birth date appears wrong

Other Records

1. Alice Alston: Will, 18 Sep 1694. To be transcribed

2. Alice Alston: Probate, 29 Oct 1705. To be transcribed.

Alice married someone.

433. William ALSTON [2956] (Samuel of Marlsford230, William of Woodbridge87, 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 15 Feb 1665/66 in Marlesford SFK.

General Notes:
William was not mentioned in his fathers will.

A William Alston of Somersham co. Suffolk yeoman held property at Flowton. Will dated 12 Sept. 1719 proved (Arch. Suff.) 25th June 1726.
Will of William Alston of Lavenham co. Suffolk yeoman dated Sept. 12th 1719 proved (Arch. Suff.) June 23th 1726.
Alstoniana Pg 360-1
Placement under this William is uncertain, nor has the Will been found.

434. Elizabeth ALSTON [435] (Samuel of Marlsford230, William of Woodbridge87, 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:
Legatee by her fathers Will.

Elizabeth married ROOKEWOOD [7337].

435. Edward ALSTON [3001] (John of Woodbridge270, Edward116, 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 in 1681 and died after 1711.

General Notes:
An entry in the Court Books of Thorpe Hall Hasketon of the admission of Edward his father (John) and mother, Dorothy having died. It is dated 1711 an Edward is described as the only son and heir.

436. Anne ALSTON [3002] (John of Woodbridge270, Edward116, 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 Apr 1682 in Ipswich St Mary.

General Notes:
Anne is mentioned as youngest daughter in her fathers will.

437. Susan ALSTON [3003] (John of Woodbridge270, Edward116, Peter of Bramford46, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Susan was left property in Ipswich in her fathers will.

Susan married Thomas GARNHAM of Ipswich. [3004].

438. Stephen ALSTON [406] (John of Woodbridge270, Edward116, 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 20 Sep 1678 in Woodbridge St Mary.

439. Alexander ALSTON [407] (John of Woodbridge270, Edward116, 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 20 Jun 1675 in Woodbridge St Mary and was buried on 16 Jan 1694/95 in Woodbridge St Mary SFK.

440. Sarah ALSTON [408] (John of Woodbridge270, Edward116, 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 about 1681.

441. John ALSTON [410] (John of Woodbridge270, Edward116, 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 5 Nov 1671 in Woodbridge St Mary.

Research Notes:
John was not mentioned in his fathers Will, he remains unaccounted for (2013) did he settle in the USA



442. Sir Gilbert PICKERING 3rd Bt of Tidmarsh WIL [18017] (Dame Frances ALSTON279, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 in 1670 and died in 1735 in Cavendish Sq St Marylebone LND aged 65.

Gilbert married Elizabeth STANTON [18016], daughter of Stavely STANTON of Birchmoor Beds. [3032] and Elizabeth ALSTON [3031], circa 1710. Elizabeth was born on 24 Aug 1677, was baptised on 26 Aug 1677 in Woburn BDF, and died in Jul 1741 aged 63.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 621 M    i. Sir Sir Edward PICKERING 4th Bt of Tidmarsh WIL [22107] died in 1749.

+ 622 F    ii. Dorothy Elizabeth PICKERING [22108] died after 1741.

+ 623 F    iii. Frances PICKERING [22109] died after 1741.

+ 624 F    iv. Jemima PICKERING [22110] .

443. St John PICKERING [3030] (Dame Frances ALSTON279, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 13 Apr 1671 in Odell BDF.

Research Notes:
Ref: Bap http://archive.org/stream/genealogiabedfor00page#page/220/mode/2up

444. Elizabeth STANTON [18016] (Elizabeth ALSTON282, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 on 24 Aug 1677, was baptised on 26 Aug 1677 in Woburn BDF, and died in Jul 1741 aged 63.


Elizabeth married Sir Gilbert PICKERING 3rd Bt of Tidmarsh WIL [18017], son of Sir John PICKERING 2nd Bt of Tidmouth [3029] and Dame Frances ALSTON [3028], circa 1710. Gilbert was born in 1670 and died in 1735 in Cavendish Sq St Marylebone LND aged 65.

(Duplicate Line. See Person 442)

445. Sir Thomas ALSTON 3rd Bart. [3038] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 in 1676 in Odell BDF and was buried on 25 Dec 1714 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
Sir Thomas was M.P. for Bedford, 1698, and unmarried. His will dated 9 Dec 1714 was proved PCC 3 Mar 1714-15, devised the family titles & lands, etc to his brother Sir Rowland, requesting also he be carried to his grave in the Chancel of Odell Church after dark by tenants.

Thomas Alston - Adm. Fell. Com. (age16) at Trinity Coll. (Camb.) 20 April 1692. Matric 1692; M.A. 1693 (fil.nob.); Succeeded as Bart. 1697; M.P. for Bedford 1698; Said to have wasted his estate and to have died in the Fleet Prison. (Burke, Ext. Bart.;G.E.C.)
The last paragraph re Fleet Prison of the above entry in the Alumni almost certainly refers to Thomas Alston [3179] died 1634.

Given Name: Thomas
Last Name: Alston
Occupation Given: armiger
Admission Date: 06/02/1696
FATHER'S DETAILS
Name: Sir Roland Alston
Occupation: baronet
Father/Son Relationship: son and heir apparent
Address: Woodhill Bedfordshire
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)

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 - Neglect of duties: (Sharnbrook) - ref. ABCP110/1-145 - date: 1713-1716
Item: Jn. Bodington of Bletsoe, lab, 28 - ref. ABCP110/49 - date: 12 June 1716
On Sunday about St. Luke's day 1714 he saw Bolton drinking in the Bell, & Felmersham (where he sometimes came to read the news, & where deponent then lived), with Sir Tho. Alston or his bro. & Major Aspin & others, & believes he was then drunk, for though the others went home he stayed the night; but at no other time did he see him "disguised by drinking", though sometimes "merry". Has heard Bolton had a fall from horse & was brought into Castle Inn, Bletsoe, but has heard Mr. Archer (His master) say that Bolton was not then in drink. Deponent never saw him behave "unbecoming his function." At Midsummer 1713 Bolton came with bailiffs to deponent's house & seized goods for landlord Wagstaff of Colworth; he bought provisions for Wagstaff's household & gave orders for ploughing & manuring of Wagstaff's fields.
A2A

Odell
Burials Bishops Transcripts
Thomas Alston was buried 25 Dec 1714.

THE WILL of SIR THOMAS ALSTON Bart. of ODELL.
Dated 9 Dec 1714
I give to my Brother Rowland Alston and his heirs all my Manors Messuages Lands Tythes Rectories Advowsons Tenements and Hereditaments in Great Odell Little Odell, Steventon, Pavenham, Harrold, Sharnbrooke, Felmersham, Carleton, Chellenton, Hinwick and Puddington co. Bedford. I also give to my brother Rowland and his heirs all my estate right title and interest in the manors, messuages houses lands rectories Tenements and hereditaments which were settled on me by the late Lord Crewe after the respective deaths of the present Lord Crew Bishop of Durham and Dame Temperance Wolstenholme my mother-also my real estate wheresoever and whatsoever subject to certain charges, viz.
An annuity of L100 to my sister Mary, in default of payment sister Mary to take possession of lands charged.
An annuity of L40 to my sister Elizabeth Alston Provided that if the farm and lands in Odell which were part of my mother's jointure and which were conveyed to me on the marriage of my mother to Sir John Wolstenholme, revert to my mother in virtue of the limitations in the conveyance, the annuity to my said sister Elizabeth shall be void she to receive the sum of L100 only out of my real estate
I give to my sister Anne Alston L500.
I give to my sister Mary Alston L300.
I give to my sister Elizabeth Alston L200.
These legacies to be paid within six months when my said brother shall come into possession of the lands settled by the Will of Sir Rowland Alston my late father as jointure on my mother and charged with the sum of L7000 to my brothers and sisters-the reversion of these lands belonging to me and my heirs after the death of my mother, is hereby devised to my said brother Rowland
I also give to my sister Mary L100.
I also give to my sister Anne L50.
I give to my brother Vere John Alston all such sums as he may owe me at my death-any sum I may owe him for Tythes not to be deducted.
I give to Mr. Francis Brace (gent.) the younger of the Town of Bedford any four of my books (except Blows Atlas bound in velvet) or rather the books of any four authors (irrespective of the number of volumes).
I give to my Mother the gold repeating watch she lately gave me.
To the Honourable Anne Jolliffe my aunt ten guineas for a ring, she knowing the circumstances of the family, I hope she will accept so small a legacy.
(Various legacies to servants and labourers)
I give L5 to the poor of the parish of Odell.
I give to my mother for her life, my picture drawn by Mr. Brace and at her death to my sister Mary.
I give to my Mother, Brother and Sisters, $20 each for mourning.
The rest of my personal estate I give to my said brotherRowland, he paying debts and funeral expenses and I do appoint him sole executor.
(Instructions respecting funeral follow as hereunder)
Should testator die in London only one coach and six horses " to attend his corps in an Hearse" to the mansion house in Odell, desires from thence to be carried to his grave (in the Chancel of the Parish Church of Odell) after dark by tenants in Odell no pall bearers or other attendance except relations, tenants and inhabitants of Odell as shall think fit to attend to whom he gives gloves. Sister Mary to examine all papers and writings (except parchments) before Executor or any other person shall peruse or possess themselves of same. All private papers to be burned. Such as concern the real or personal estate of the testator to be given to Executor.
(Signed) THO: ALSTON
Witnesses : Joanna Holladay, F. Brace, Jon Drake.
Proved: 3d March 1714/15 by Sir Rowland Alston Bart executor named in will.
Fagg 39
Page 131 Alstoniana

Monument Odell Church.
Here Lie Interred The Bodies Of.
Sir Thomas Alston Baronet their eldest son died unmarried
in Dec 1714.

446. Mary ALSTON [18682] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 21 Sep 1676 in St Paul Covent Garden.


447. St John ALSTON [3039] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 29 Aug 1677 in Odell BDF and was buried on 23 May 1681 in Odell BDF.

Research Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
St John s of Rowland Alston Esq and Temperance his wife bap 29 Aug 1677
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

Odell
Burials Bishops Transcripts
St John the son of Sir Rowland Alston and Temperance his wife was buried 23 May 1681

448. Crewe ALSTON [3040] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 10 Aug 1678 in Odell BDF and died before 5 Mar 1702/03.

General Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
Crewe s of Rowland Alston Esq and Temperance his Lady bap 10 Aug 1678
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

Crewe apparently held a post on the ship "Essex". Died intestate.

ALSTON v. LADY TEMPERANCE ALSTON & Others.
Chancery Proceedings before 1714. Bridges 360/23.
Answer, 23 December 1698, of Dame Temperance Alston, widow, one of the defendants to the bill of complaint of Crew Alston, Rowland, Horatio, Elizabeth, Vere, John and Anne Alston, all infants under the age of 21, by the Hon. Charles Montague, Esq., their next friend, and George Nodes, gent.
Sir Rowland Alston made his will and died possessed of a considerable personal estate, but not near so much as in the bill is alleged. After the death of Thomas, Lord Crow, her father, and the Earl of Bolingbroke and Mr. Charles Alston had renounced executorship, defendant took out letters of administration to the estate. The inventory made out by the bailiff was of far too great a sum, and defendant employed an upholsterer, a skilful man,
to make one more correct. (These inventories are appended to the answer).
A sale of grain and some of the husbandry stock and furniture has realised L1892 7s. 8d. Defendant has paid debts &c. to the amount of L1479 5s 7d., and has also laid out several sums for maintaining and placing out the complainants, testator's children,
and the defendant Mary Alston, amounting altogether to L333 15s. etc.
Bridges, 360/23 1698
Alstoniana Pg 190

ALSTONE v. CREW.
Bill, 15 May 1700, by Horatio, Elizabeth, Vere John, and Anne Alstone, sons and daughters of Sir Rowland Alstone, late of Odell, co. Bedford, Bart., all under the age of 21 years, by Dame Temperance Alstone, their mother, v. Anne, Lady Crew.
Orator's grandfather, and Thomas, late Lord Crew, by his will dated 11 July 1696, bequeathed to his granddaughter Mary, eldest daughter of Sir Rowland Alstone, L500, and L100 apiece to his other children.
The defendant, his widow and executrix, refuses to pay these legacies.
Defendant says she cannot safely pay the legacies to Orators, because they are under age.
Mitford. 564/51. 1700.

ALSTON v. ALSTON & Others,
Chancery Proceedings before 1714. Bridges 360/26,
Answer, 15 December 1698, of Charles Alston, D.D. one of the dfdts to bill of Crew Alston, one of the sons of Sir Rowland Alston, Baronet, deceased, and Mary Alston, eldest daughter of the said Sir Rowland, and of Rowland - as in Bridges 360/23.)
Bridges. 360/26. 1698.
Alstoniana Pg 189


Letters of Administration
Crewe Alston of H.M.S. "Essex."
Granted 15 March 1703 to Lady Temperance Wolstenholme [3035] wife of Sir John Wolstenholme Bart. but mother of the deceased by her first marriage.
Page 128 Alstoniana
Admon March 1703



449. Sir Rowland ALSTON 4th Bt. [3041] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 6 Sep 1679 in Odell BDF, died on 2 Jan 1759 aged 79, and was buried on 12 Jan 1759 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
Odell
Baptisms 1679
Rowland s of Sir Rowland Alston and Temperance his Lady bap 6 Sept
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

Sir Rowland was devised the titles, manors, lands, tithes, rectories, etc by his brother Sir Thomas 1714. He lived at Odell Castle and was M.P. for County Beds in three Parliaments 1722-1734. He lost to John Orlebar for the 1734 election a letter by Alston to Orlebar declining a suggestion he not put himself forward refers. (ref Bed PRO OR/2071/195) Aged 80 at his death.

Sir Rowland 4th Bart was perhaps the most notorious and colourful of the whole clan. He was not popular locally and became a member of parliament only because no better candidate was available. He entered folklore as `the wicked Sir Rowland' and it was widely believed that he had sold his soul to the devil.
Drink enraged a naturally rumbustious individual, who occasionally suffered moments of repentance and resorted to the church at Odell for sanctuary: The story has it that the devil picked up the church in an effort to dislodge him, shook it and left his fingerprints on the tower for evermore.
Ref - PAVENHAM, The Life story of a Village by Rachel Marchbank. Published 1993.

Internet 2013
Odell is the setting for a tale of the supposedly diabolic Sir Rowland Alston. The Odell family had their ancestral home on the site of Odell Castle - where they had lived for over 300 years - and the majority of the family members were pillars of community and well respected. Sir Rowland was the exception. Apparently a depraved and wicked man - his crimes included brawling, gambling, drunkenness and cavorting will ladies of ill repute - who had sold his soul to the devil, so the story goes. Rowland's notoriety was such that even after death his presence still cast a black shroud over the village. His ghost was seen to walk through walls and tree trunks in broad daylight; he further terrified the villagers by riding his ghostly steed inside his ancestral home, an act that would leave demonic hoof marks on the floor. Such examples of supernatural terror eventually led the people of Odell to raise a mob and exorcise the foul spectre. His spirit was relegated to the murky depths of a pond on Odell Wold where he remained for a time, only to emerge from the pond a hundred years later ready to begin anew his tyranny. The devil hadn't forgotten the pact Alston had made when he was alive and thus was waiting for Sir Rowland when he escaped. According to folklore the devil chased Alston to Odell's All Saints Church and, fearing his prey had escaped, shook the church in a fit of rage and left five giant finger marks on the porch. It is believed that since that day Alston's ghost has restricted its appearances to every 100 years, the next visitation scheduled for 2044!

ALSTON, Sir Rowland, 4th Bt. (1670-1750), of Odell, Beds.
BEDFORDSHIRE 1722 -1741
Bur. 6 Sept. 1679, 4th s. of Sir Rowland Alston, 2nd Bt., by Temperance, 2nd daughter and co-heir. of Thomas Crewe, M.P. 2nd Baron Crew of Stene. m. by 1719, Elizabeth, only daughter and heir of Capt. Thomas Raynes, (2sons, 5daughters) suc. elder brother Sir Thomas Alston, 3rd Bt., M.P., Dec. 1714.

Name: Rowland Alston Dates: 1726-1750 Title: Baronet, Sir Gender: Male Source Date: 1739 Source Info:
Subscribed to The old Whig: or, the consistent Protestant (Vol. 1), 1739, ANON. London
Subject: miscellaneous
Ancestry.com

Sir Rowland Alston represented the county as a Whig in three Parliaments, voting for the Administration in all recorded divisions. Before the 1734 election his uncle, the Duke of Kent, wrote to Walpole: 'As for Sir Rowland Alston, tho I have no reason to like him nor his behaviour to me, yet my resentment would not carry me so far I could give it up if the public required it' Alston was then standing with John Spencer (q.v.), the Duchess of Marlborough's grandson. The Duchess disliked joining with so bad a man as Alston . . . a certain enemy to the public', but both he and Spencer were returned. He did not stand in 1741 and died 2 Jan. 1759.
Cresswell, Stemmata Alstoniana, 16 - 17
The History of Parliament - Namier & Brooke

Sir,
Your vote an intereft at the enfuing Election for the county of Bedford, is defired for the Hon PATTEE BYNG, Esq., and Sir ROWLAND ALSTON, Bart., being gentlemen well known for their Zeal and Affection to his Majefty and his Royal Family, and to our present happy Conftitution, as has conftantly appeared by the fteady Behaviour in the late parliament, and who are recommended by all the Nobility and Gentry in the faid County that earneftly promote the peace, quiet and prosperity of this Nation under his Majesty's wife and prudent administration.
London Journal 12 August 1727.

To the Gentleman, Clergy, and Freeholders of the County of Bedford.
Whereas we were encouraged by a great number of Gentlemen, Clergy, and Freeholders of the County of Bedford, to offer our service as Joint Candidates at the next Election of Knights of the Shire for the faid County, the Favour of your Votes and Interest are defired by
Your humble servant's,
J. Spencer.
Row Alston.
London Journal 2 March 1734.

THE REV BENJAMIN ROGERS DIARY.
17 Dec 1735
The 17th ; Mrs Whitworth was brot to bed of a girl. MyWife was at the crying out, having been there all the day before. Whilst she was there, Stephen Wallenger brot 2 Ducks to sell; my Wife, being below then and looking on them said the Ducks were hers and ask'd him where he had them. He said he bought them of a Man that shot them as he was on Harold Bridge. However my Wife brot them home. The next day she went to Mr. Aspin for a Warrant and carried the 2 Ducks along with her, and also 2 Live ones, but he being gone to London she turned back and went to Sir Rowland Alston, tho' with Difficulty, the Water running into her Chaise. Sir Rowland, his Lady etc. viewed the Ducks which were so exactly alike that they all said they were sure they [came] of the same Brood. Soon after the 2 Men, Hollis and How of Turvy, of whom Stephen said he had bought the Ducks, came without a Warrant before Sir Rowland; upon which Sir Rowland said immediatly to my Wife "Madam, they are guilty, or they would not have com without a Warrant." So he examined them how they came by the Ducks? Hollis told him he shot them between Odel and Felmersham; upon which the Ducks were examined but no signs appeared of their having been shot; but the Man persisting in it, he ordered them to be Stript of their Feathers; but not one Shot was to be seen. He ask'd my Wife whether she would swear they were her Ducks. "No, Sir," says she; "that I neither can nor will." Sir Rowland said he thot he cou'd punish him, having catch'd him in a Lie. However he said Mr. Farrer was to be at his House the next day, and he wou'd confer with him about it; and then wou'd let us know what should-be done in the Case. He also said he would take care of Hollis's Gun.
Ref: BDF RO Rogers Diary BHRS Vol XXX.

Sir Rowland Alston of Odell Castle co. Bedford Bart. ob. January 1759.

THE WILL OF SIR ROWLAND ALSTON OF ODELL co. BEDFORD Bt.
Dated 27th May, 1758.
I give to my son Rowland Alston the sum of L2000 chargeable upon certain estates in Northampton, Kent and Middlesex-also the sum of L10,000 to be paid to him out of my personal estate with interest at 3 per cent until he receives the principal-also the freehold, copyhold and leasehold messuages, lands, tenements, and hereditaments which I lately purchased of my brother the Rev. Vere John Alston in or near Pavenham, co. Bedford.
Several sums of money given to my said son Rowland and to my daughter Ann Pye are to be considered gifts and not part of their legacies or portions provided for them by the settlement made on my marriage with Elizabeth my wife deceased.
I give to John Orlibar of Puddington, co, Bedford Esq. and to John Bullock of Sharnbrook, co. Bedford Esq. upon
trust L4000 the same to be invested in Government securities and the interest to be paid to my daughter Ann Pye, at her
death the said sum of L4000 to be divided equally amongst her children, should she die childless, the said sum to be given
to my son Rowland Alston.
I desire my executors to spend L50 on a tomb stone for me and my wife in Odell Church also in beautifying the chancel
of said church wherein I desire to be buried.
I desire that my funeral expenses should not exceed L30 if I die at Pavenham, or L50 should I die elsewhere.
I give L5 to be distributed to the poor of Odell.
I give L5 to be distributed to the poor of Pavenham.
I give L5 to be distributed to the poor of Steventon.
I desire that John Amis of Odell Gentleman be employed to assist my executors in the execution of my will and that he
be liberally paid for his trouble.
The residue of my estate I desire should be equally divided between my two children Rowland Alston and Ann Pye
John Orlibar and John Bullock to be trustees for my said daughter and sole executors of this my will, for their trouble I
desire them to accept the sum of twenty guineas each
(Signed) R. ALSTON
Witnesses : Thomas Goostrey, William Walter Barnett, Peter Averillo, Clerks to Mr. Goostrey
Proved 15th January 1759 by John Orlibar one of the executors named in will, with power reserved to John Bullock

Grant of Letters of administration with above will annexed
On the 16th July Administration (with the Will annexed) of the goods chattels etc. of Sir Rowland Alston late of
Odell, co. Bedfordshire but in the parish of St. Mary Le Bone co. Middlesex Bart. deceased left unadministered by John
Orlibar Esq. one of the Executors now deceased was granted to Rowland Alston Esq. the natural and lawful son of and one the residuary legatees having been first sworn duly to administer
upon him the execution thereof. John Bullock the other executor dying before he had taken
Will recites articles of agreement made on the marrage of his son Thomas with Katheyine Davis Bovie)
Alstoniana Pg 141

He is buried under a black ledger stone to the left of the altar in Odell church inscribed "Sr Rowland Alston Bart died the 2nd January 1759 aged 80 He was the fourth son of Sr Rowland Alston Bart by the Hon Dame Temperance succeeded to the title and estate on the death of his elder brother Sr Thomas in Dec 1714"
Ref.Harvey - Hundred of Willey co Bedfordshire. Bedford R.O.

On the right hand side of the Chancel in Odell Church is the following memorial inscribed:
Sir Rowland Alston Bart who succeeded to the title and estate in Dec 1714 died Jan 2 1759 aged 80 he married Elizabeth sole heiress of Capt Tho Raynes, who died Aug 12 1742 aged 44 by whom he had two sons and five daughters Elizabeth their eldest daughter died Apr 30 1756 aged 37. Temperance Ann and Rachel died infants. Ann their fifth daughter married the Rev Dr Pye prebant of Rochester. Rector of Titmarsh in Northamptonshire and of this church. Sir Thos Alston 5th Bart, their eldest son married Catherine Davies-Bovie and died July 18 1774 without issue.
The present Sir Rowland succeeded to the title by whom this monument is erected in memory of his much loved and honoured parents.

Research Notes:
Roy Alston of Long Melford SFK has traced a portrait by John Wollaston, of Sir Rowland. It was sold at Christies on the 7th June 1912 for L.168 to Gooden & Fox, and was offered again by Christies 15 Nov 1991.

Reference to the Odell Alstons in "The Children of The Manor House" Index ref 190 ORL Bed PRO. Main Index - Expanded Subjects. Includes many interesting subjects that require research.

The Rev B Rogers diary, Ref BHRS Rogers Diary Bedford R.O.
give a fascinating glimpse of country life in the early 18th C.
15th April 1732 records Rogers, his wife, various Alstons including a representative of Sir Rowland ("who behav'd himself in a very rude and insolent manner") searching for Lady Jolliffe's will, she having just died. It was found in a Scutore "signed and sealed and all wrote
with her own hand"

Deeds relating to farmhouse and other property at Radwell, Felmersham parish, 1681-1862, and deeds of various Stevington properties, 1695-1810
Bedford RO FILE - ref. Z 793/50 - date: 1744-1752 Contents Manor of Steventon Admission On 29 October 1739 Jonathan Gasquine surrendered - cottage in Silver Street, Stevington, then in occupation of Robert Stratton - 3a arable in South field in Steventon---1a at Midaten Hill NE Mr Barringer S Mr Rowland Alston ---1a more in Tag Brook Furlong S Ann Stratton NW Mr Rowland Alston ---1a more (residue) at Mill Yard S Mr Rowland Alston E Mr Rowland Alston to use of John Watts of Kempston, gentleman, on following condition - if Jonathan Gasquine should pay to John Watts L.35 on 29 April next with interest then this surrender void Said principal and interest not being paid, John Watts caused said Surrender to be presented and desired that it might be enrolled Jonathan Gasquine has died since last Court. Now John Watts comes to Court and is admitted tenant to said property, as there is due to him said L.35 and one year's interest to hold said premises subject to redemption on payment of said principal sum and interet rent - 1s 7åd fine - 3s 3d 30 October 1744 On back: receipt by Winefred Craddock from Mr Thomas Lawrence for L.39 16s 6d 6 April 1752

Manor of Cowesby YKS
Before the end of the 17th century (fn. 51) the manor seems to have been sold to Nathaniel Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham, whom tradition makes the founder of the Cowesby Hospital. (fn. 52) He presented to the church in 1716, (fn. 53) and died without issue in 1721. (fn. 54) The estate appears shortly afterwards (fn. 55) in the possession of Sir Rowland Alston, bart., of Odell, whose father had married Temperance daughter of the second Lord Crewe. (fn. 56) He held the manor in 1728, (fn. 57) and his son Thomas succeeded him in 1759. (fn. 58) The latter had no legitimate child, but on the death of his brother and heir Rowland without issue (fn. 59) the estate passed under the will of Thomas to his illegitimate son Thomas Alston. (fn. 60) This Thomas with his son Justinian (fn. 61) was party to conveyances of the manor in 1803 and 1814. (fn. 62) Thomas Alston was lord of the manor in 1825. (fn. 63) Before 1832, however, it had been acquired by Mr. George Lloyd, (fn. 64) whose grandson (fn. 65) Mr. W. A. C. Lloyd is the present owner.
Refhttp://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=64601&strquery=John%20Alston



Rowland married Lady Elizabeth RAYNES [3058], daughter of Capt Thomas RAYNES [3059], on 28 Jul 1717 in Richmond SRY. Elizabeth was born about 1698, died on 12 Aug 1742 aged about 44, and was buried on 20 Aug 1742 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
Groom Rowland Alston
Bride Elizabeth Rayes
Marriage date 28 Jul 1717
Marriage place Richmond
Groom's parish Bedfordshire - Odell
Bride's parish London - St Gabriel Fenchurch Street
County Surrey
Parish Register Transcripts Surrey Marriages

Lady Alston died aged 44.

She is buried under a black ledger stone to the right of the altar in Odell church inscribed "In this grave lies interred the remains of Dame Elizabeth the wife of Sr Rowland Alston Bart. and sole heiress of Capt Thom Raynes who departed this life Aug 12th 1742 aged 44"
Ref.Harvey - Hundred of Willey co Bedfordshire. Bedford R.O.

Dame Elizabeth Alston - on the 1st December, 1742. Administration of the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of Dame Elizabeth Alston late of Odell in the County of Bedford deceased was granted to Sir Rowland Alston Baronet the lawful Husband of the said deceased being first sworn duly to Administer.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 625 F    i. Ann ALSTON [377] was buried on 4 May 1725 in Odell BDF.

+ 626 F    ii. Temperance ALSTON [3071] was born on 31 Dec 1719, was baptised on 22 Jan 1718/19 in St James Westminster London, and was buried on 29 May 1725 in Odell BDF.

+ 627 M    iii. Sir Thomas ALSTON 5th Bt. [3060] was born on 23 Mar 1723/24, was baptised on 22 Apr 1724 in St James Westminster London, died on 18 Jul 1774 aged 50, and was buried on 26 Jul 1774 in Odell BDF.

+ 628 F    iv. Ann ALSTON [3067] was born on 15 Mar 1725/26 and was baptised on 7 Apr 1726 in St James Westminster London.

+ 629 F    v. Elizabeth ALSTON [3066] was born about 1716, died on 30 Apr 1756 aged about 40, and was buried on 7 May 1756 in Odell BDF.

+ 630 F    vi. Rachel ALSTON [3073] was baptised on 24 Aug 1722 in Ampthill BDF and was buried on 6 Oct 1722 in Odell BDF.

+ 631 M    vii. Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt. [3063] was born about 1727, was baptised on 8 May 1727 in St James Westminster London, died on 29 Jun 1791 aged about 64, and was buried on 9 Jul 1791 in Odell BDF.


450. Horace ALSTON [3042] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 21 Mar 1680/81 in Odell BDF and was buried on 9 Dec 1712 in Cathedral Church Durham.

General Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
Horace s of Rowland Alston Esq and Temperance his wife bap 21 Mar 1680/81
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

In the transcription of his fathers will he is named Horatio.

Horace was appointed by Bishop Crewe, under-sheriff of Durham by patent for life in 1703, and was buried at Durham in the Cathedral Church December 1712



451. Rachel ALSTON [3053] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 20 Feb 1681/82 in Odell BDF and was buried on 30 Jun 1683 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
Rachel d Sir Rowland Alston and Temperance his Lady baptised 20 Feb 1681/82
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

Odell
Burials Bishops Transcripts
Rachel d of Sir Rowland Alston and Temperance his lady was buried 30 Jun 1683



452. St John ALSTON [4520] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 Feb 1682/83 in Odell BDF and was buried on 25 Feb 1689/90 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
Saint John s of Rowland Alston and Temperance his Lady bap 12 Feb 1682/83
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

Odell
Burials Bishops Transcripts
St John Alston was buried 25 Feb 1689/90



453. Elizabeth ALSTON [3048] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 Nov 1684 in Odell BDF, died on 21 May 1756 aged 71, and was buried in Epsom SRY.

General Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
Elizabeth d of Rowland Alston Esq and Temperance his wife bap 18 Nov 1684
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

Manning and Bray. Vol. 2, Pg. 619.
Epsom. On North wall of North Aisle, M S.
"Near this place lie the remains of Elizabeth the wife of Henry Rowe of this parish Esq. She was the relict of the Right Honourable General William Stewart and daughter of Sir Rowland Alston of Odell, Bedfordshire Bart by the Honourable Temperance daughter of the Right Honourable Thomas Lord Crew of Stean, Northamptonshire.
Her personal virtues added lustre to her birth and she lived esteemed and died lamented by all that knew her on Friday May 21 1756. Also the remains of the said Henry Rowe who died on Monday 17 April 1769 aged 77."

Research Notes:
Elizabeth was a beneficiary of the Will 1720 of Elizabeth Fawkner of Ebisham SRY, given a ring of value 20/-
Ref: Genealogical Gleanings Vol I

Elizabeth married Rt Hon General William STEUART [3049] on 27 Jan 1725/26 in Guildhall Hall Chapel. William died on 4 Jun 1726 and was buried on 10 Jun 1726 in Duke Of Buckingham's Vault, Westminster Abbey.

General Notes:
General Steuart was Commander in Chief in Ireland, Privy Councillor.

The Hon. William Steuart, of St Georges Hanover Sq. MDX Widower, & Elizabeth Alston of St Giles in the Fields MDX. spinster, 21 & upwards, at Guildhall Hall Chapel London 27 Jan 1725/6.

He married Elizabeth at short notice (weeks) after the death of his first wife who was insane. However he only lived some 4 months after his second marriage, died aged 74. He left no issue by either wife. He endowed a school for the poor in the parish of St Georges Hanover Sq where he lived.

CHESTER'S REGISTERS OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY, LONDON,
1876 - ALSTON.
Buried.-June 10th, 1726, The Right Hon. General William Stewart, Esq., in the Duke of Buckingham's vault in K. H. 7th Chapel.
The inscription on his coffin plate, exposed in 1867, describes him as follows: General of the Foot and Commander-in-Chief of all her late Majesty's forces in Ireland, Colonel of a Regiment of Foot, and one of her said Majesty's Privy Council in the aforesaid Kingdom, died June 4th, 1726, aged seventy-four. Le Neve says in one of his MSS., but without giving any authority, that he was descended from the Stewarts, Earl of Caithness.
He married first Katherine, Vicountess Grandison. A fortnight after her burial, viz: 27 Jan. 1725-6, he obtained a licence from the faculty office to marry ELIZABETH, second daughter of SIR ROWLAND ALSTON, second Bart. of Odell, a lady very much his junior, and the marriage took place shortly after. Excuse if any for this hasty action were necessary, it is probably to be found in the fact that his former wife, Vicountess Grandison, had been insane for some time before her death. A few days later, viz: 15 Feby., 1725/6, the newspapers of the day reported that he had been dangerously ill of an apoplexy, and he lived only about four months after his second marriage.
His widow remarried Henry Rowe, of Epsom, co. Surrey, Esq., and died 21 May, 1756.
He left no issue by either wife. His will, dated 31 May, 1726, was proved 16 Nov. following, by his relict Elizabeth and his nephew James Stewart. He left considerable legacies to his brother John Stewart, Esq., his sister Elizabeth Dobson, widow, his nephews Col. John Stewart and Charles Stewart, Esq., and his nieces Elizabeth, wife of Rev. Benjamin Gregory, Mrs. Jane Nugent, Eleanor Wilder, widow, Mary, wife of . . . . . Ryley, and Rose, wife of . . . . . His nephew Brigadier William Stewart, who had been ungrateful, etc., he cut off with a shilling. He bequeathed L5,000 Irish money, to erect and endow a school for twenty poor boys in the parish of St. George's, Hanover Square, where he lived.

Elizabeth next married Henry ROWE Esq of Epsom. [3050]. Henry was born about 1692, died on 17 Apr 1769 aged about 77, and was buried in Epsom SRY.

General Notes:
Henry was aged 77 at his death



454. Rev Vere John ALSTON [3043] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 13 Dec 1685 in Odell BDF, died on 20 Jun 1762 aged 76, and was buried on 23 Jun 1762 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
Vere John s of Sir Rowland Alston and Temperance his Lady bap 13 Dec 1685
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

ALSTONE (VERE. JOHN), s. Rowland, Odell, Beds., gent., Lincoln Coll. 1706, aged 17 ; B.A. 1709 (as John) rector of Odell 1714 till his death in 1762.
Oxoniensis 1891

Alston Vere John 6th son of Sir Rowland 2nd Bart by wife Temperance Christened 13 Dec 1685 Odell, Linc College Oxford, matric 31 Jan 1705/6 aged 17 BA22 Oct 1709, Rector of Odell 1714-62. Died 20 Jun 1762 bur 23 Jun 1762. Will Arch Bed 1762, 32
M1 26 Jul 1731 at Daventry by Lic Sara Goffe both of Pavenham
M2 17 Jul 1740 at Upton nr Northampton by Lic Mrs Elizabeth Bletsoe of Harrold, he being of Pavenham
Ref: Longdens Northants & Rutland Clergy - NZSOG

Rev Vere Alston make a memorable contribution to the history of Pavenham, as the sixth son some means of livelihood had to be found for him, so he was given the living of Odell, where he remained as vicar from 1714-62.
It was he who, for some reason unknown and despite the existence of thirteen siblings, inherited the Pavenham manors in 1697. He is remembered on account of a single exploit described by a brother cleric, the Reverend Benjamin Rogers, Rector of Carlton, in his diary of 1727-47.
The entry for 28th August 1729 records, `
Mr Vere John Alston had a fall from his horse which endanger'd his life; it was in Pavenham lane, having been at his Brother's and (as it is said) drank too much.
September the 2nd. It is fear'd he will die.
Note that upon my enquiry of him at his house when I went to see him, he told me that the day he had been so unhappy as to fall from his horse, he had been at Mr. Lamb's of Sharmbrook, where he din'd, and assur'd me that they had but 2 Bottles of Wine, which however disorder'd him; that he came from thence about 4 in the afternoon; that as he rode over Sharmbrook field (Sharnbrook was not enclosed till 1811).
Sir Rowland Alston, his Brother, met him, and Seeing him disorder'd by Drinking wou'd fain have had him went home with him and take a Bed there; but he woud not; and so rode homewards. Sir Rowland sent his Steward Tarry after him, who rode with him some little part of the way; but Mr. Alston clapt spurs to his horse, and, coming into the road at Chellington Fox, (an Inn now demolished 2003) his horse fell into a cart track and down he came, throwing Mr. Alston and falling over him but beyond him too, so that he was not at all hurt by him.
Tarry was about a furlong off when he fell, so he soon came up to him, and had he not been there as soon as he was he had probably died on the spot, for his head lay under his breast; so he set him up; and riding to Pavenham for help he brought him home. (To his house now called Dale Cottage. 2003)
Ref: BDF RO Rogers Diary BHRS Vol XXX

Several years before he died in 1762 or 1763 Vere John sold his Pavenham Manors to the same brother who had rescued him from the cart track, Sir Rowland, A Baronet, of Odell Castle. His real estate, Dale cottage and a few acres of land, he bequeathed to another clergyman who had married into the Pavenham Alston family, the Reverend John Lord.
Ref - PAVENHAM, The Life story of a Village by Rachel Marchbank. Published 1993.
Odell Parish Register Extracts put bap at13 Dec
1685 Vere was Rector of Odell 1714 - 1762, he died aged 77.

Buried in the chancel of Odell church, his ledger stone is now very damaged (2004) but read "To the memory of Vere John Alston rector of this Parish to which he was instituted 22 July 1714. He died 20 June 1762 aged 77"
Ref.Harvey - Hundred of Willey co Bedfordshire. Bedford R.O.

Will of Vere John Alston
10 May 1762
In the name of God Amen I Vere John Alston of Odell in the County of Bedford Clerk being weak in body but of sound mind and memory and understanding Do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say In the first place I commit my soul into the hands of my Creator hoping for a Blessed Resurrection and pardon of all my sins thro the merits death and suffering of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ And as to such worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of the same as follows That is to say in the first place I give devise and bequeath under the Reverent Mr John Lord of Drayton in the county of Bucks all my real estate both copyhold and freehold situate standing lying and being in Pavenham in the County of Bedford or elsewhere within the Kingdom of Great Britain to and for his own proper use benefit and behalf He paying thereout (besides payment of the mortgages which is upon the same) unto my beloved daughter Anne Russell a yearly annuity of 10 pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to my said daughter by even weekly payments weekly and every week during the term of her natural life and after her decease the same shall sink to the use or benefit of any executor hereafter named The first weekly payment to my said daughter to begin and be made within one week after my decease and I do hereby charge and encumber my said real estate with this payment of the same free and clear of all manner of deductions whatsoever I also give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Temperance Bedford the sum of 20 pounds of lawful money of Great Britain payable out of any said real estate within 12 months next after my decease I also give and bequeath unto my said granddaughter Temperance my diamond ring immediately after my decease I also give and bequeath unto William Ingersold who now dwells with me my watch and all my belongings I also give and bequeath unto Mary the wife of the said William Ingersold the sum of 20 pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain payable out of any said real estate within 12 months next after my decease and I do hereby order and direct any Executor hereinafter named to pay the same at the time hereintofore mentioned for the payment of the said two . . . . . legacys of 20 pounds and 20 pounds by me given and bequeathed as aforesaid I also give unto Sarah Ingersold daughter of the said William Ingersold my mourning ring with a stone therein and my gold shirt buttons immediately after my decease I also give unto my nephew Roland Alston Esq my gold headed cane immediately after my decease All the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate of what nature or kind . . . . . not herein by me disposed of I give and bequeath under the said Reverent Mr John Lord
Page 2
He paying thereout all my just debts mortgages funeral and other expenses and I do hereby desire my said executor herein after named to bury me in a decent Christian like manner at his own discretion but without any pomp or unnecessary grandeur Lastly I hereby nominate constitute and appoint the right Rev Mr John Lord sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other and former Wills by me at any time made and declare this only to be my last In witness whereof I have have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of May in the second year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George II of Great Britain France and Ireland King defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord 1762.
The mark of Vere John Alston
Signed and sealed published and declared by the said Vere John Alston the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in our presence who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have set our names as witnesses thereof Thos Witworth, John Amis, John Cavit.
August the 2nd the Executor above named was duly sworn according to Law
Before me G Birt Surrogate

This Will was Proved the 2nd day of August in the year of our Lord 1762 before the Rev Mr Birt Surrogate to the Rev and Venerable John Taylor DD Comasy (?) and official of the Archdeaconary of Bedford lawfully constituted and by him approved and allowed off and for the validity of the said Will lawfully pronounced and declared and the . . . . . thereof was and is committed and granted to the Rev Mr John Lord sole Executor named in the said Will being first sworn having the right of everyone

Digital image on file BFD R/O Ref: 1762/38

Monument Odell Church.
Here Lie Interred The Bodies Of.
Vere John Alston their youngest son Rector of this
Parish died the 20th June 1762, aged 77.

Odell
Burials Bishops Transcripts
Buried the Rev Vere John Alston Rector 23 Jun 1762

Research Notes:

The Will of William Alston of Pavenham co Beds [6425] was proved 1736 by his wife Anne. In it the testator refers to his father Mr Vere Alston, leaving him a legacy. Cresswell was unwilling to include this man as Vere's son.

Cleric Detail
Surname Alston
Forename Vere John
Reason Death
Date 14/6/1762
Office/Status Rector
Location Odel//Beds
Ordinary / Jurisdiction Green, John/Lincoln 1761-1779
Ref www.theclergydatabase.org.uk

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 - Defamation: (Bedford & Pavenham) - ref. ABCP181, 182 - date: 1732
Citation of Rev. Vere Alston, Tho. Warner, Jn. Harrison. 13 June.

Source Citations Susan Perrett - 2009
Genealogica Bedfordienis, Frederick Augusta BLAYDES, Genealogica Bedfordienis.
3. Church Records, Church Records.
4. Parish Records, Parish Records (96 p/17 Daventry 3c
Marriage Page 136 1731
July 26thnVere John Alston and Sarah Gofe both of Pevanham, Bedfordshire by Licence), Bolnhurst.
5. Parish Records, Parish Records (96 p/17 Daventry 3c
Marriage Page 136 1731
July 26thnVere John Alston and Sarah Gofe both of Pevanham, Bedfordshire by Licence), page A44, Odell PR.
6. Parish Records, Parish Records (96 p/17 Daventry 3c
Marriage Page 136 1731
July 26thnVere John Alston and Sarah Gofe both of Pevanham, Bedfordshire by Licence), Daventry.
7. Parish Records, Parish Records (96 p/17 Daventry 3c
Marriage Page 136 1731
July 26thnVere John Alston and Sarah Gofe both of Pevanham, Bedfordshire by Licence), Odell.
8. See NOTES (332 p/1 Upton 1c, Marriages 1740
The Reverend Mr. Vere John Alston of Pavenham in the County of Bedford and Mrs Elizabeth Bletsoe of Harrold in the
said county was married by Licence July ye 2).
9. Parish Records, Parish Records (96 p/17 Daventry 3c
Marriage Page 136 1731
July 26 th Vere John Alston and Sarah Gofe both of Pevanham, Bedfordshire by Licence), Harrold Registers.



Vere married Elizabeth EVERARD [6398], daughter of John EVERARD [18688] and Mary [18692], on 1 Mar 1713/14 in Bolnhurst BDF. Elizabeth was baptised on 5 Nov 1689 in St Swithun Sandy BDF and was buried on 23 Feb 1729/30 in Pavenham BDF. Another name for Elizabeth was EVERITT.

General Notes:
Elizabeth was of Norrill BED.
Bedford Archives 2nd March 2009
Checked the Norrill/Northill Parish Registers in the Beford Archives but could not find a baptism for Elizabeth between 1680-1690.
Nor could I find her possible parents between 1680-1709. S Perrett.

William and Elizabeth were married by licence.

Elizabeth had three daughters by Vere and died before 1731

Pavenham
Buried Bishops Transcripts.
Mrs Eliz Alstone ffebry 23 1730.
This burial is not proven to Elizabeth Everitt [6398]


Children from this marriage were:

+ 632 F    i. Ann ALSTON [7143] .

+ 633 F    ii. Temperance ALSTON [3162] was born about 1716 and died on 27 Jul 1742 in Odell BDF aged about 26.

+ 634 F    iii. Elizabeth ALSTON [6523] was born on 4 Aug 1718 and was buried on 24 Aug 1718.

+ 635 F    iv. Elizabeth ALSTON [6524] was baptised on 26 Dec 1722 in Pavenham BDF, died on 18 May 1724 in Pavenham BDF aged 1, and was buried in Pavenham BDF.

Vere next married Sarah GOFFE [3161], daughter of John GOFFE of Daventry [4743], on 26 Jul 1731 in Daventry, Northamptonshire. Sarah was born about 1700, died on 2 Feb 1739/40 aged about 40, and was buried on 8 Feb 1739/40 in Odell BDF.

Marriage Notes:
Marriage by Lic.
Ref: Research S Perrett 2009

General Notes:
Marriages
Daventry 1731
Northampton Registers - Ancestry 2017.
July 26 Vere John Alston & Sarah Goffe both of Pavenham in Bedfordshire by licence.

Sarah Goffe and Vere were married by licence. She and Vere were from Pavenham
Ref: Longdens Northants - Rutland Clergy

ALSTON Vere John of Pavenham, Bed. Gent
GOFE Sarah
Bd. V.J.A and John Gofe of Pavenham, Yeoman.
M. Dadford (Daventry)
M.L. Pet. 26 July 1731 (Pet.=Peterborough)

Noverent Universi per Proesentes. Nos. John Gofe de Pavenham in County of Bedford Yeoman et Vere John Alston do Pavenham aforesaid Gent. is bound and firmly . . . . . 100 pounds of legal money of Great Britian 26 July 1731
Signed sealed and deliberated in Presence - Vere John Alston and John Gofe.
Elizabeth Taylor
Carol Powell
The conditions of this obligation are such that if there shall not hereafter
appear any lawful lett or impediament be reason of any pre-contract,
consanguinty affinity or any other just cause whatsoever; but that the
above bondsman Vere John Alston and Sarah Gofe may lawfully marry together; and that there is not any suit depending before any Judge Ecclesiastical or Civil for or concerning any such Pre Contract And that the Consent of the Parents or others the Governors of the said Parties etc. etc.
Ref: Susan Perrett 2009.

Sarah had no issue, she is buried under a ledger stone on the right under the choir in Odell church inscribed "Sarah Alston ye wife of Vere John Alston clerk died Feb 2nd 1739 aged 40
Ref.Harvey - Hundred of Willey co Bedfordshire. Bedford R.O.

Vere next married Elizabeth BLETSOE [6522], daughter of BLETSOE [18116] and Elizabeth [18115], on 17 Jul 1740 in Upton nr Northampton. Elizabeth was baptised on 30 Jul 1704 in Harrold BDF and was buried on 7 Sep 1748 in Harrold Churchyard BED.

General Notes:
Marriages
Upton nr Northampton 1740
Northamptonshire Registers - Ancestry 2017
The Reverend Mr John Vere Alston of Pavenham in the County of Bedford & Mrs Elizabeth Bletsoe of Harrold in the said County were married by Licence July ye 17

Mrs Elizabeth Bletsoe was married by licence she was of Harrold.
Ref: Longdens Northants & Rutland Clergy.

Marriage Licence
ALSTON John of Pavenham Beds. Wid.
BLETSOE Elizabeth of Harrold Beds. Sp
Bd. J.A. and John Freeman of Pavenham.
M: Easton (Neston) or Gayton or Upton.
M.L. Pet. 2 July 1740 (Peterborough)
Note: Elizabeth is recorded as a spinster at her marriage, she had no issue.
Source - Susan Perrett, Northampton Record Office 3rd March 2009

Research Notes:
Short title: Harriot v Godfrey.
Document type: Two bills and three answers.
Plaintiffs: Robert Harriot, gent of Pavenham, Bedfordshire, Elizabeth Bletsoe, widow of Harrold, Bedfordshire, Vere John Alston of Pavenham and Elizabeth Alston his wife (said Elizabeth Bletsoe and Elizabeth Alston are mother and sister of Robert Bletsoe, deceased).
Defendants: John Godfrey and Mary Godfrey his wife (also as John Godfrey Hanckwitz), Henry Sisson and Daniel Gach.
Date of bill (or first document): 1725 (1745...mistake in year)
Ref: Mary Terbrack 2013



455. Temperance ALSTON [3054] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 14 May 1687 in Odell BDF and was buried on 8 Apr 1688 in Odell BDF.

General Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
Temperance d of Sir Rowland Alston and Temperance his Lady bap 14 May 1687
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

Odell
Burials Bishops Transcripts
Temperance daughter of Sir Rowland Alston and Temperance his Lady buried 8 Apr 1688

456. Mary ALSTON [3045] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 21 Sep 1687 in St.Paul, Deptford, KEN and was buried on 2 Apr 1729 in Wavendon, Buckinghamshire.

Research Notes:
These dates are unproven

Mary married James SELBY Sergeant-At-Law of Waverton [3046]. James was buried on 29 Apr 1724 in Wavendon, Buckinghamshire.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 636 M    i. Thomas James SELBY [3047] .


457. Jemima ALSTON [3056] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 23 Jul 1688 in Odell BDF and was buried on 18 Jun 1689 in Odell BDF.

Research Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
Jemima d of Sir Rowland Alston and Temperance his Lady bap 23 Jul 1688
Ref: Extracts of Odell Registers on File ELF.

Odell
Burials Bishops Transcripts
Jemima Alston was buried 18 Jun 1689



458. Ann ALSTON [3051] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 Nov 1689 in Odell BDF, died on 8 Feb 1763 aged 73, and was buried in Harold BDF.

General Notes:
Odell
Baptisms
M.. Ann Alston daughter of Sir Rowland and Dame Temperence his wife was baptised 24 Nov 1689

Ann Alston
Marriage year13 Sep 1724 (may be 13 Aug)
ParishSt James, Piccadilly
Spouse's first name(s)Richard
Spouse's last nameMead
Spouse residenceSt George The Martyr Middlesex
ArchiveCity of Westminster Archives Centre
Record setWestminster Marriages

A portrait of Ann is said to be in the possession of Col Lynn of Wickham Market SFK - Alstoniana 1898

ALSTON v. ALSTON & Others.
Chancery Proceedings before 1714. Bridges 360/27.
Bill, 25 June 1698, by Anne Alston, aged about 7, youngest child of Sir Rowland Alston, late of Odell, co. Beds. bart., deceased, by the Hon. Charles Montague, v. the E, of Bolingbroke, Charles Alston, Dame Temperance Alston,
Sir Thomas Alston and her other brothers and sisters.
Suing for her share of " substance " under her father's will.
The answers attached are to the complaints of Crow Alston and the other children, with Anne,
Alstoniana Pg 189

HARROLD CHURCH.
Flat Ledger Stone,
Mrs. Ann Mead relict of
Richard Mead Esq MD third
daughter of Sir Rowland Alston
Bart of Odell Bedfordshire by
Temperance 2nd daughter of the
Right Honourable Thomas
Lord Crewe
Died 8th Feb 1763 aged 73.
Alstoniana Pg 248

Research Notes:
Ann was a beneficiary of the Will 1720 of Elizabeth Fawkner of Ebisham SRY, given a ring of value 20/-
Ref: Genealogical Gleanings Vol I



Ann married Dr Richard MEAD M.D. [3052] on 13 Sep 1724 in St James Piccadilly MDX. Richard was born on 11 Aug 1673 and died on 16 Feb 1754 aged 80.

General Notes:
Dr Mead was a celebrated physician, there is a bust of him in Westminster Abbey with an inscription. d.s.p.

The eleventh child of Matthew Mead (1630\endash 1699), Independent divine, Richard was born at Stepney, London. He studied at Utrecht for three years under JG Graevius (Johann_Georg_Graevius). having decided to follow the medical profession, he then went to Leiden and attended the lectures of Paul Hermann and Archibald Pitcairne. In 1695 he graduated in philosophy and physic at Padua, and in 1696 he returned to London, entering at once on a successful practice.
His Mechanical Account of Poisons appeared in 1702, and, in 1703, he was admitted to the Royal Society, to whose Transactions he contributed in that year a paper on the parasitic nature of scabies. In the same year, he was elected physician to St. Thomas' Hospital, and appointed to read anatomical lectures at the Surgeon's Hall. On the death of John Radcliffe (English_physician) in 1714, Mead became the recognized head of his profession; he attended Queen Anne_of_Great_Britain on her deathbed, and in 1727 was appointed physician to George II, having previously served him in that capacity when he was prince of Wales.
While in the service of the king, Mead got involved in the creation of a new charity, the Foundling Hospital, both as a founding governor and as an advisor on all things medical. The Foundling Hospital was a home for abandoned children rather than a medical hospital, but it is said that through Dr. Mead's involvement, the Foundling was equipped with both a sick room and a pharmacy. He is even supposed to have influenced the architect, Theodore Jacobsen, into incorporating a large court yard to promote the children exercising. A full size portrait of Dr. Mead, donated by the artist Allan_Ramsay_(1713-1784) in 1747, ensures that his contribution will not be forgotten. The painting currently hangs at the Foundling Museum.
Dr Richard Mead was also a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Freemason (although it is not known to which lodge he belonged).
Mead's country estate was at Old Windsor in Berkshire, but he died at his house in Bloomsbury in 1754. It later formed the basis of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Religious views
In 1755 Mead published 'Medica Sacra; Or, A commentary on the most remarkable diseases, mentioned in the Holy Scriptures'. He made use of the work of his supposed relative Joseph_Mede's Doctrine of Demons and once patient Isaac Newton's Chronology to argue that pagan ideas regarding demons had entered Christianity. Like Arthur Ashley Sykes and others, Mead understood those afflicted by demons in the New Testament to refer simply to those suffering from a variety of illnesses:
Ref:Wikipedia

Research Notes:
Mead's first wife had died in February 1719. She was Ruth, daughter of John Marsh, a merchant of London; was married in July 1699, and bore eight children, of whom four died in infancy, while three daughters and one son survived her. On 14 Aug. 1724 Mead married Anne, daughter of Sir Rowland Alston of Odell, Bedfordshire. She bore him no children.
Ref: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Mead,_Richard_(DNB00)

The memorial to Dr Richard Mead (1673-1754), with a portrait bust by Peter Scheemakers, is to be found on the north side of the nave of Westminster Abbey, but he is actually buried in the Temple Church in London. The Latin inscription can be translated:
Sacred to the memory of Richard Mead, the eminent physician, born of an ancient Buckinghamshire family, who acquired during his earliest youth no common reputation in the practice of medicine; and subsequently brightened his name with such celebrity that he was esteemed the leading physician of his age. He was mild and merciful in healing the sick and ever ready to assist the poor free of charge; amidst his assiduous occupations in the healing art, he published for the benefit of human nature not a few learned and elegantly written works which were notable for their perspicuous ingenuity and practical daily use. A matchless patron of letters and the learned, he assembled a most choice library filled with the best and rarest books and monuments of ancient arts, where he relieved his daily labours by conversing with the learned. Thus endowed with a mind exalted and the most humane manners, and covered from all quarters with the praises of the literary world, with great splendour and dignity, full of years and fame, he peacefully died on 16 February 1754 in his eighty-first year. An injury not easily reparable to the politer arts of which he was so great an ornament and defender. He was twice joined in marriage. By the first he had ten children, of whom only three survived him, two daughters married to eminent physicians and one son, bearing his own name, who in piety erected this monument to the best of fathers.
He was born on 11 August 1673, the eleventh child of Matthew Mead (1630?-99), minister of Stepney in London, and grandchild of Richard Mead of Mursley in the county of Buckinghamshire. Educated at the university of Utrecht (as was his brother Samuel) he started his medical practice in London in 1696 and became a fashionable doctor attending Queen Anne, George II and Sir Isaac Newton. He married Ruth, daughter of John Marsh, in 1699 and had ten children before her death in 1719, several of whom died young. Richard married Anne Gore but he had no heir. His other son John died in 1721. The daughters were Sarah who married Edward Wilmot, Bathsheba who married Charles Bertie and Elizabeth who married Frank Nicholls. By his second wife Anne, daughter of Sir Rowland Alston, he had no children. The monument was erected by his son Richard and shows Mead's crest (an eagle displayed) and coat of arms (a chevron between three pelicans) together with those of his two wives.
Ref: http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/richard-mead

Richard Mead is buried in the Temple Church, but his bust also is in the nave. He was the first of that succession of eminent physicans who have been (from this example) sent forth from the homes of nonconformist ministers. His noble conduct in refusing to prescribe for Sir R. Walpole till Freind was released from the Tower, and in repaying him all the fees of his ; his fiery encounter with their joint adversary, Woodward, in the courts of Gresham College ; his large and liberal patronage of arts and sciences give a peculiar charm to the good physician who lived more in the broad sunshine of life than almost any man." (See Boswell's Johnson IV. 222).
Stanley's Hist. Memorials of Westminster Abbey, 1882, Lond., p. 296.
Alstoniana Pg 301



459. Paulet ALSTON [3044] (Rowland 2nd Bart (Sir)283, Thomas Kt & Bt. of Odell (Sir)124, 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 21 May 1691 in Odell BDF and was buried on 5 Aug 1691 in Odell BDF. Another name for Paulet was Pollet.

General Notes:
Dates checked - 2013

Baptised Pollot but Alstoniana extract shown as Mr Paulet Alston.

460. Thomas REYNOLDS [9718] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Thomas was Rector of Marston Trussell 1701

461. Mary REYNOLDS [9723] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 on 26 Jun 1660 in London, was baptised on 26 Jun 1660 in London, and was buried on 25 Jan 1708/09 in Ravensthorpe NTH.

General Notes:
Birth & Baptism details in Kingsthorpe Register.

Mary married Robert BRETON [9724], son of Francis BRETON [9725], on 24 Sep 1683 in Kingsthorpe NTH. Robert was buried on 12 Jan 1714/15 in Ravensthorpe NTH.

General Notes:
Robert was of Teeton, Parish of Ravensthorpe, he was Deputy Recorder of Northampton, and was the second son of Francis Breton

462. Frances REYNOLDS [9726] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 9 Oct 1661 in Kingsthorpe NTH and was buried on 6 Oct 1704 in Ravensthorpe NTH.

General Notes:
Frances has a MI

Frances married Thomas BRETON [9727], son of Francis BRETON [9725], on 18 Jun 1685 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

General Notes:
Thomas was the third son

463. Elizabeth REYNOLDS [9728] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 23 Jun 1663 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

Elizabeth married Leonard VOW [9729], son of Thomas VOW of Hallaton LEI [9730], on 6 Nov 1690 in Kingsthorpe NTH. Leonard was baptised on 3 May 1709.

General Notes:
Leonard was the eldest son, Elizabeth was his first wife.

Research Notes:
ED LEONARD VOW, of eldest son of Thomas Vow, Oxford Hallaton, co. of Leicester,
he buried there bapti May 3rd, 1709, 24th, aged 45. King MI.
Married ELIZABETH REYNOLDS. baptized June 23rd,1663, at Kingsthorpe, married Nov. 6th, 1690, at Kingsthorpe. (1st wife.)
He married secondly Martha, d. of Richd Butler, of Preston Capes, in 1697, and had issue.
Ref: http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/r-m-serjeantson/a-history-of-the-church-of-st-peter-northampton-together-with-the-chapels-of--hci/page-8-a-history-of-the-church-of-st-peter-northampton-together-with-the-chapels-of--hci.shtml

464. Edward REYNOLDS [9713] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 Nov 1664 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

General Notes:
Edward was educated at Trinity Coll. Oxford. Matric 16 Sep 1681 aged 16. Student of Middle Temple 1681

Edward married Hannah HALFORD [9714], daughter of Stephen HALFORD Newhouse War [9715], on 24 Jan 1687/88 in Sheppey LEI. Hannah was born about 1668.

Marriage Notes:
This marriage is registered in the Kingsthorpe register

General Notes:
Hannah was about 20 when she married by Lic (Vicar General) 29 Nov 1687


The child from this marriage was:

+ 637 M    i. John REYNOLDS [9716] was born about 1691.

465. Dorothea REYNOLDS [9731] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 19 Jun 1666 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

466. Sarah REYNOLDS [9732] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 23 Oct 1667 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

General Notes:
They had issue

Sarah married Henry BARWELL of Lyons Inn Gent [9733] on 29 Mar 1692 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

467. John REYNOLDS [9717] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 6 Dec 1669 in Kingsthorpe NTH, died on 11 Sep 1688 aged 18, and was buried on 12 Sep 1688 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

General Notes:
John was educated Pembroke Coll. Oxford maric 31 May 1688 aged 16

468. Joshua REYNOLDS [9719] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 11 Jan 1673/74 in Kingsthorpe NTH, died on 16 May 1674, and was buried on 18 May 1674 in Kingscliff N.S.W.

General Notes:
Joshia has a MI

469. Joshua REYNOLDS [9720] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 11 Mar 1674/75 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

470. Robert REYNOLDS [9721] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 17 Feb 1676/77 in Kingsthorpe NTH and was buried on 24 Feb 1676/77 in Kingsthorpe NTH.

471. Henry REYNOLDS [9722] (Frances ALSTON285, John of Pavenham125, 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 14 Apr 1680 in Kingsthorpe NTH and was buried on 14 Apr 1680 in Kingsthorpe NTH.


472. William ALSTON [6397] (William286, John of Pavenham125, 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 in 1665, was baptised on 21 Oct 1666 in Pavenham BDF, died on 28 Nov 1713 in Pavenham BDF aged 48, and was buried on 1 Dec 1713 in St Peter Pavenham BDF.

General Notes:
Pavenham
Baptism Register 1666
William the fonn of William Alston gent and Thomasine his wife baptised October 21

Pavenham
Buried Bishops Transcripts
William Alston gent December 1st 1713

There is a memorial in St Peters Pavenham recording Williams death in 1713
Ref: http://www.allsaintsmiltonernest.org.uk/pav-history.html

Precis of the Will of WILLIAM ALSTON of Pavenham gent.
Dated July 6, 1713.
William leaves all personal property to his loving wife Elizabeth Alstone. If she marry again, then property to her for life only and after her death to go to his heir at law.
The joint executors of will "my loving cousins Sir Thomas Alston, Bart. and John Wiseman of Bozeat co Northampton, Esq.," to each of whom he gives L5.
He leaves all his real estate to his executors who by Sale or Mortgage are to raise sufficient money to pay his debts and funeral expenses "so that my personal estate may be discharged thereof."
Then to apply rents and profits for maintainance of his children and
"for maintainance of such child or children of which my said wife is encient and which shall hereafter be born alive.
Each child (except my eldest son) to have L300 on attaining majority and to daughters on attaining majority or on day of marriage.
He mentions his "sister Tomasin now wife of Abraham Handson."
After payment of above legacies, rent of property and land are to be conveyed to eldest son William Alston and his heirs.
Proved, no date given ; but it is bound up with Wills proved in 1715.
Bedfordshire Wills 1711-1717, pp. 246 a & b. 1715/49
Alstoniana Pg 352

Will of William Alston of Pavenham Gent.
Dated 6 July 1713.
In the name of God, Amen I William Alston of Pavenham in the County of Bedford, Gent being sick in body but of perfect health and understanding praise be to God I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made and declare this to be my last and will and testament in manner following. First I give and devise unto my loving wife Elizabeth Alston all and singular my goods, chattels and personal estate whatsoever wheresoever for her own proper use in case she does not marry again but if she should happen to marry again then tis my mind that she shall have only the use but not the property of my said goods and personal estate during the term of her natural life and after . . . . . the same shall go to the person who shall then be my heir-at-law and I do hereby appoint my loving cosens Sir Thomas Alston, Baronet and John Wiseman of Boziatt in the County of Northampton, Esq joint Executors of this my last will and testament and give them five pounds apiece to be paid out of my personal estate for their trouble in the execution of the trust hereby in them so posed and I do hereby give and devise unto them the said Sir Thomas Alston and John Wiseman and their heirs and assigns all and singular my messuages, lands and real estate whatsoever and wheresoever not settled in jointure upon my said wife in trust nevertheless and to the intent and purpose that they and the survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivor shall by mortgage or sale of the same al such part thereof as they shall think proper in so much money as will be sufficient to pay all my debts and funeral expenses so that my personal estate may be discharged thereof and after payment there in trust to pay and apply the rents . . . . . and profits of the remainder thereof for and towards maintenance of my children which I shall leave at my death and for the maintenance of such child or children of which my said wife is now Enceinte and which shall hereafter be born alive until the portion or portions hereinafter provided for them shall respectively become payable by this my will and upon further trust that they my said executors and trustees shall by the manner aforesaid raise and pay the full sum of three hundred pounds to each of the children which I shall leave at my death (except my eldest son) and three hundred pounds to each of such child or children of which my said wife Enceinte which shall hereafter be born alive to be paid to the younger son or sons at the age of one and twenty years and the daughter or daughters at that age or days of their respective marriages which shall first happen and if any of my younger children which I shall leave at my death or which shall hereafter be born alive as aforesaid shall die before his or her portion shall be payable then such a portion of him or her so dying shall not be raised but shall sinck in the land devised for the payment thereof and upon the further trust that they my said trustees and the survivor of them shall by . . . . . aforesaid . . . . . the full sum of one hundred pounds pay the same unto such person or persons and for such intents and purposes as my sister Tomasin now the wife of Abraham Handson shall with or without the consent of her said husband direct or appoint if she shall be living at the end of two years next after my do . . . . . and if she shall be then dead to and amongst all and such of her child or children as shall be then living share and share alike and after payment of the several funds aforesaid and all costs and charges concerning the said trust then in trust to convey all the lands and possessions hereby devised aforesaid which shall not be sold for the purposes herein before directed and pay the surplus of the money raised by such sale which shall remain after payment of the several funds aforesaid to my said son William his heirs executors and administrators respectively in witness whereof I the said William Alston have to this my last Will and Testament contained in one sheet of paper I set my hand and seal this sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirteen.
(signed) W. Alston
Signed sealed published and declared by the testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, Jn Mordaunt, Robt Tole, Wm Goodhall
SOURCE: Bedfordshire Record Office, ABP/W1715/49 on 15th January, 2001 Susan Perrett.

The Sacred Monument of Wm
ALSTON Gentleman Who
On the 28th November 1713
In ye 48th year of his Age Depar
ted this transitory life meekly
Ref: P Daniel St Peter Pavenham



William married Elizabeth EVERARD [6398], daughter of John EVERARD [18688] and Mary [18692], on 18 Jul 1709 in All Hallows London Wall, LND. Elizabeth was baptised on 5 Nov 1689 in St Swithun Sandy BDF and was buried on 23 Feb 1729/30 in Pavenham BDF. Another name for Elizabeth was EVERITT.

General Notes:
Elizabeth was of Norrill BED.
Bedford Archives 2nd March 2009
Checked the Norrill/Northill Parish Registers in the Beford Archives but could not find a baptism for Elizabeth between 1680-1690.
Nor could I find her possible parents between 1680-1709. S Perrett.

William and Elizabeth were married by licence.

Elizabeth had three daughters by Vere and died before 1731

Pavenham
Buried Bishops Transcripts.
Mrs Eliz Alstone ffebry 23 1730.
This burial is not proven to Elizabeth Everitt [6398]


Children from this marriage were:

+ 638 M    i. William ALSTON [6425] was baptised on 11 Jun 1710 in Pavenham BDF, died on 23 Apr 1736 aged 25, and was buried on 26 Apr 1736 in St Peter Pavenham BDF.

+ 639 F    ii. Frances ALSTON [6427] was baptised on 16 Nov 1711 and died before 15 Apr 1769.

+ 640 F    iii. Mary ALSTON [23935] was baptised on 2 Mar 1713/14 in Pavenham BDF and was buried on 19 Apr 1797 in Drayton Parslow BKM.


473. Thomasine ALSTON [6395] (William286, John of Pavenham125, 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 in 1666 in Odell BDF and was baptised on 28 Nov 1667 in Pavenham BDF.

General Notes:
Pavenham
Baptisms 1667
Thomasine ye daughter of Will Alston Esq and Thomasine his wife 28 Nov

1684 Alston Thomasine, daughter of William, Beds., gentlemen, to John Pheasant and his wife Frances Pheasant to make linen and seamstress work. 2 May 1684. Needlemakers Company

Married by Lic issued April 18 1691. Alston Thomassin - Hanson Abraham
Ref: London Marriage Licences Vol II 1660-1700. NZSOG Auckland

National Archives Reference: C11/1747/19
Description: Hanson v Alston.
Document type: Bill only.
Plaintiffs: Tamisen Hanson of London (widow and administratrix of Abraham Hanson, late citizen and vintner of London, deceased, and sister and legatee of William Alston, gent deceased late of Pavenham, Bedfordshire).
Defendants: Vere John Alston and Elizabeth Alston his wife.
Date of bill (or first document): 1717



Thomasine married Abraham HANSON [6396], son of James HANSON [24976], on 19 Apr 1691 in St Michael Crooked Lane LND. Abraham was born about 1665 in England. and died before 1717.

General Notes:
Abraham was a Citizen and Vintner of London.

London: - Calendar of Marriage Licence Allegations, 1660-1700 (Marriage)
18 Apr 1691 Hanson, Abraham & Alston, Thomasin
Book:Book 25

Thomasin Alston
Age:23
Birth Year:abt 1668
Event Date:18 Apr 1691
Parish:St Christopher
Spouse's Name:Abraham Hanson
Spouse's Age:22
Spouse's Parish:St Christophers
Spouse's County:London
Event Type:Allegation
Reference Number:Ms 10091/30

Research Notes:
The Parish of St Christopher le Stocks is close to Basinghall St LND

Other Records

1. Abraham Hanson: Boyds Inhabitants of London.

2. Abraham Hanson: Apprenticeship as a Vintner, 4 Mar 1682/83.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 641 F    i. Elizabeth HANSON [18612] was baptised on 29 Aug 1697 in St Christopher le Stocks LND and was buried on 30 Sep 1697 in Nth Aisle St Christopher le Stocks LND.

+ 642 F    ii. Alice HANSON [18613] was baptised on 4 Sep 1698 in St Christopher le Stocks LND.

+ 643 F    iii. Thomasin HANSON [18614] was baptised on 20 Aug 1699 in St Christopher le Stocks LND.

+ 644 M    iv. Abraham Edward HANSON [18615] was baptised on 25 Aug 1700 in St Christopher le Stocks LND and was buried on 2 Sep 1700 in Nth Aisle St Christopher le Stocks LND.

+ 645 F    v. Sarah HANSON [18616] was baptised on 14 Feb 1700/01 in St Christopher le Stocks LND.

+ 646 F    vi. Mary HANSON [18617] was baptised on 25 Apr 1703 in St Christopher le Stocks LND.

+ 647 F    vii. Elizabeth HANSON [18618] was baptised on 7 Jan 1703/04 in St Christopher le Stocks LND.


474. John ALSTON [15899] (William286, John of Pavenham125, 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 25 Feb 1668/69 in Pavenham BDF.

General Notes:
Pavenham
Baptism Register
John son of William gent & Thomasine his wife 25 Feb 1668/69

Although his sister is left L100 in his brother William's Will, dated 6 Jul 1713, there is no mention of John.

Is this man the John Alston of Hammersmith [18438] supposed to have gone to the USA



475. John ALSTON of Pavenham BDF [15900] (John287, John of Pavenham125, 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 on 29 Dec 1673 in Pavenham BDF, was baptised on 31 Dec 1673 in Felmersham BDF, and was buried on 12 Feb 1710/11 in Churchyard St Mary Colechurch City LND.

General Notes:
John's birth and baptism record has been checked in the Felmersham Register it reads quite clearly: "John Alston the son of John Alston gentleman and Anne his wife 31st of December 1673: Was baptised & born ye 29th Dec aforegoing at 3 oclock in the morning"
April 2013.

Apprenticeship Indenture.
John Alfton the son of John Alfton of Pavenham in the County of Bedfordshire doth put himfelf apprentice to John Seer citizen & Barber Surgeon of London to learn his art: and with him to ferve from the date of thefe prefents until the full end and term of Seven years from thence next following to be fully compleat and ended. . . . . . etc
Dated 1 November 1698 His Admission published 4 Feb 1706/07.
Ref: London, England, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1925 Ancestry London Metropolitan Archive; Reference Number: COL/CHD/FR/02/0230-0235. Document: ELJL/230/24

John was a legatee under the Will of his cousin John Alston [3080] dated 20 Jan 1704/05 proved Feb 1705

Marriage Licence Application
Die 14 Sept A.D. 1707
Then appeared personally John Alston of St Mildred, Poultry in ye city of London. Bachelor aged twenty & three years alleged ye he intends to marry with Elizabeth Shone of ye parish of St Dunstan in ye wall's spinster aged twenty & three years and at her own consent He not knowing nor believing any Lawful Lett or Impediment by reason of any Precontracts Consanguinity Affinity or otherwise, to hinder ye said intended marriage Of ye truth of all which he then made Oath & Subjected Himself praying licence for them to be married in ye parish church of St Botolph without Aldgate London
Surety. Jn Alston John Alston
. . . . .
. . . . .
Ref: London Marriage Bonds & Allegations.

Marriage Bond & Allegation (first section in Latin)
Know all men by these presents, Johannes Alfton ye Par St Mildred & Poultry in Civit London Perriwig maker et Abraham Bush ye Par St Dunstan in ye Walls Merchant 14 September 1707 . . . . . the above bounden John Alston & Elizabeth Shone . . . . . etc
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London Metropolitan Archive 2013
"We then found a marriage of a John Alston on 14 September 1707 at St Botolph Aldgate. In the marriage register the bride's name is omitted, but as St Botolph Aldgate was a popular choice for marriage by licence we checked the bishop of London's marriage licence records (also on Ancestry). A marriage licence allegation (or application) and bond survive for this marriage; the parties were John Alston of St Mildred Poultry, 23, a periwig maker, and Elizabeth Shone, 23, of St Dunstan in the East."

John appears to have lived in Basinghall Street 1708/09/10 a street parallel to Coleman Street, his residence in Basinghall St became over time the Gresham lecture room and library, which is now buried under the Guildhall London Ref: M Terbrack data from tax records. 2013

The researcher E L Fenn has taken the view that John was buried on the 12 Feb 1710/11 in the churchyard of St Mary Colechurch City LND

Will of John Alston Barber/Surgeon of London
20 Jan 1710
In the name of God Amen I John Alstone citizen and Barber-Chyrurgeon of London being weak of Body, but of Sound and perfect Mind Memory and Understanding, Praised bee Almighty God for the Same, Doe make this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following IMPRIMIS I Commend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God who Gave it, Hoping through the Meritts Death and Passion of my Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and fforgivenef of all my Sins And to Inheritt Everlasting Life, And my Body I commit to the Earth, to bee decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix herein after named And as Touching the dispofition of all such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to Bestow upon me, I Give and dispose thereof as followeth. First I Will That all my Debts and Funeral Charges shall be paid and discharged.
Item I give devise and Bequeath all the Rest and Residue of my Estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my dear and loving wife Elizabeth Alstone And I doe hereby make Ordain Constitute and Appoint her my said wife my full and solo Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament And I doe hereby revoke disanull and make void all former Wills and Testament's by me heretofore made. In Wittnesse Whereof I the said John Alstone to this my Last Will and Testament I have Sett my hand and Seale the Twentieth Day of January In the Ninth Yeare of the Raigne of Our Sovereign Lady Anne by the Grace of God of Great Britaine Ffrance and Ireland Queene Defender of the ffaith &c Annogue Domini 1710.
John Alston1 (seal2)
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the above named John Alstone the Testator for and as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us whose names are hereunder written.
George Ratcliffe
Robt Dodge
Robt Young
Proved by Elizabeth Alstone 19 February 1710.
1 John Alston signs clearly Alston inspite of the Will spelling his name Alstone
2
The seal shows clearly the 10 stars of the Alston Crest

Research Notes:
John has been widely thought in the United States of America to be one and the same as John Alston of North Carolina [543]. This is completely incorrect, for more details refer John Alston [543]

The London Metropolitan Archives advises regarding John Alston's apprenticeship:
"We checked the records of the Barber-Surgeons' Company regarding the apprenticeship of the younger John Alston (born 1673) to John Seer. These confirm the apprenticeship of John Alston to John Seer, and also record his admission to the freedom of the Company on 4 February 1706 (copies enclosed).
A further search of the freedom admission register showed a John Seares [sic] admitted to the freedom of the Barber-Surgeons' Company on 6 September 1698 following apprenticeship to Nicholas Wilcox. We could not find any references to a John Seer, so this may be the man. It is not possible to find out if there was any reason why John Alston served his apprenticeship with John Seer, as the Company records do not record this sort of information."

Concerning the writing on the bottom of John's Apprenticeship Indenture the London Metropolitan Archive further advises:
"With regards to the hand written words at the bottom of the apprenticeship indenture, the left hand side is in Latin and we believe it is a standard phrase along the lines of 'presented at the date and time of George Minnikin' (Master of the Barber Surgeons' Company in 1698) and the right hand side of the page reads 'being first stampt w[i]th a double six penny stamp according to the Act of
Parliam[en]t." "The blue stamps show Stamp Duty has been paid."

2013
The researcher E L Fenn has been searching for a marriage for John & Elizabeth Alston. While the evidence as to John's birth, apprenticeship in London, and Will is sound, his marriage details have inconsistencies which put it in the category of unproven. These are his age given on his application for a Licence to marry, and to a lesser extent his description as a Periwig maker on the same licence.
Apart from entry errors by a Church clerk age entries on Marriage Licence's vary widely in their accuracy it is also quite likely John's training as a Barber/Surgeon enabled him to make a wig (peruke).
For further background: http://www.historiccoventry.co.uk/1605/main/surgery.php

John Alston of Pavenham
Forrest King (fkroots@yahoo.com) provides the following comments:
Some have argued that this John Alston is the same John Alston who came to Chowan, North Carolina about 1711 and left a will dated 20 Feb 1755 and recorded 2 Dec 1758 and had a wife named Mary at the time of his death. As one can see from the document provided by Mr. Fenn, this John Alston of Pavenham left a will dated 20 Jan 1710 and could not be the John Alston who went to North Carolina. There are other supporting documents as well documenting John Alston of Pavenham.
Furthermore, some have stated that this John Alston of North Carolina married Mary Clark in the Colony of North Carolina. This could not have happened for two reasons. First, probably one half of John's children were born before 1711 which means he was in North Carolina much earlier than any previous record shows or his children were born in England before coming to North Carolina. Second and more importantly, William Perry Johnson, editor of the "Journal of North Carolina Genealogy, " published an article in Volume XI, number 3, pp. 1527-1530, (Fall 1965) showing that Mary Clark could not have been the wife of John Alston.
2014.

Other Records

1. Baptism John Alston: Felmersham, 31 Dec 1763.

2. Apprtenticeship Indenture: 1 Nov 1698.

3. Apprenticeship bindings book: John Alston to John Seer.

4. Barbers Company Freedom of City of London: Admissions Book 4 Feb 1706.

5. Marriage Allegations: Alston - Shone.

6. Marriage Licence: 1707.

7. Marriage: John Alston & Elizabeth Shone, 14 Sep 1707, St Botolph without Aldersgate LND.

8. John Alston's Will: 20 Jan 1709/10.

9. Alston Seal on John Alston's Will:

10. Probate of John Alston's Will: dorse.

11. John Alston Burial: 12 Feb 1709/10, St Mary Colechurch City LND.

John married Elizabeth SHONE [14159], daughter of Thomas SHONE [18738] and Catherine [18739], on 14 Sep 1707 in St Botolph without Aldersgate LND. Elizabeth was baptised on 17 Jul 1685 in Burstow SRY and was buried on 3 Dec 1740 in Pavenham BDF.

Research Notes:

The Shone family may have been vintners.

Pavenham Registers
Buried 1740
Mrs Elizabeth Alston December 3?.
This burial is not proven to Elizabeth [14159]


The child from this marriage was:

+ 648 M    i. John ALSTON [18130] was baptised on 10 Oct 1709 in St Mary Colechurch City LND and was buried on 16 Oct 1709 in St Mary Colechurch City LND.


476. Thomas ALSTON [6423] (John287, John of Pavenham125, 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 10 May 1674 in Felmersham BDF and died after 1715.

General Notes:
Felmersham Registers
Baptisms 1674
Thomas the son of William Alston and Ann his wife - May 10
This entry is very questionable as the Parents are given as William & Ann. Also the Register says Aston, Bishops Transcripts say Alston but the l appears partly erased.

1701 Alston Thomas, son of John, Pavenham, Beds., gentlemen, to John Caddy, 3 February 1700/1. Tallow Chandlers Company.
London Apprenticeship Abstracts 1442-1850. Origins.net

Bedfordshire Apprentices - Tallow Chandlers.
Thomas Alston fil John Alston de Paveingham in the County of Bedford generos to John Caddy 7 years 3 Feb 1700/1
http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/BDF/Misc/Occupations/BedsApprentices.html

Benefits under his cousin Edward [3079] Will dated 22 Jun 1715 for L50 proved 2 Nov 1716.

477. Frances ALSTON [6424] (John287, John of Pavenham125, 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 Apr 1676 in Carlton by Harrold BDF.

General Notes:
Baptism for Francisca (Frances) Ref: http://archive.org/stream/genealogiabedfor00page#page/68/mode/2up

A footnote to this baptism entry in the Carlton Register:
Daughter of John Alston of Pavenham by Anne his wife daughter of . . . . . Wallis.
Ref: http://archive.org/stream/genealogiabedfor00page#page/362/mode/2up

Sarah was mentioned in her cousin Edward [3079] will 22 Jun 1715 proved 2 Nov 1716.
I give to my Cousins Thomas and Elizabeth Alston, Frances Whitelocke, and Sarah Alston, children of my Cousin John Alston of Pavenham co. Bedford L50 each.

Research Notes:
British History OnLine:
The Manor of Carlton Hall of Staysmore, is found in Carlton at the beginning of the 16th century.
. . . . . in 1640 John Earl of Peterborough conveyed it by fine to Sir Thomas Alston , (fn. 55 ) and in 1670 Henry Earl of Peterborough, who succeeded his father in 1643, again conveyed it to the same trustee. (fn. 56 ) Carlton Hall appears to have changed hands about this time, for in 1687 it was the property of Edward Reynolds (perhaps Dr Edward Reynolds [3104]) and Frances (perhaps [3103]) his wife . (fn. 57 ) From them the manor passed to Francis Reynolds, probably their son, by whom it was heavily mortgaged. He died intestate, and the manor fell to Charles Cutts, the mortgagee, who sold it to Uriah Bithray. (fn. 58 ) He died in 1748, leaving Carlton Hall to his son Thomas Bithray, from whom it had passed by 1764 to his nephews, Charles and William Bithray. (fn. 59 )
Ref: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42380



Frances married Richard WHITLOCK [6399] on 24 Nov 1712 in Pavenham BDF. Another name for Richard was WHITELOCKE.

Research Notes:
Pavenham
Marriages 1712
Richard Whitlock ffrances Alston Nov 24



478. Katherine ALSTON [3100] (John287, John of Pavenham125, 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 1679 in Pavenham BDF and was buried on 22 May 1679 in Pavenham BDF.

Research Notes:
Unable to find a baptism for Katherine in the years 1670-79 Pavenham, Odell, Felmersham is not complete. - Fenn 2013

Pavenham
Buried Bishops Transcripts
Katherine daughter of John Alston May 22 1679



479. Sarah ALSTON [17541] (John287, John of Pavenham125, 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 2 May 1680 in Pavenham BDF and was buried on 23 Sep 1738 in Pavenham BDF.

General Notes:
Pavenham
Baptisms 1680
Sara daughter of John Jnr gent & Anne Alston May 2

Benefits under her cousin Edward [3079] Will dated 22 Jun 1715 for L50 proved 2 Nov 1716.

Pavenham
Buried Bishops Transcripts
Sarah Alstone spinster 23 Sep C1728
Minister Thomas Bowber.
This burial is not proven to Sarah [17541]

480. Elizabeth ALSTON [3114] (John287, John of Pavenham125, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died after 1715.

Research Notes:
Benefits under her cousin Edward [3079] Will dated 22 Jun 1715 for L50 proved 2 Nov 1716.



481. Dorothea ALSTON [3102] (John287, John of Pavenham125, 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 23 Jul 1684 in Pavenham BDF.

Research Notes:
Pavenham
Baptisms Bishops Transcripts 1684
Dorothea of John Alston and Ann his wife July 23



482. Edmund ALSTON [6444] (John287, John of Pavenham125, 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 30 Jun 1689 in Pavenham BDF. Another name for Edmund was Edward ALSTON.

General Notes:
Pavenham
Bishops Transcripts 1689
Edmund s J Alston June ye 30



483. John LEMON [18640] (Mary ALSTON294, John of Pavenham125, 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 6 Feb 1671/72 in St Dunstan in the West LND. Another name for John was LEMONS.

Research Notes:
Name: John Lemons
Baptism Date: 6 Feb 1672
Parish: St Dunstan in the West
County: London
Borough: City of London
Parent(s): John Lemons, Mary Lemon
Record Type: Baptism
Register Type: Parish Register
Ancestry London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

England Marriages 1538-1973 Transcription
John Lemon
Marriage date24 Dec 1695
Marriage placeSaint Dunstan,Stepney,London,England
Spouse's first name(s)Lucy
Spouse's last nameCoats
Ref: Findmypast also in Boyds.

John married Lucy COATS [22743] on 24 Dec 1695 in St Dunstan & All Saints Stepney LND.

Research Notes:
This marriage is unproven

484. Gertrude ALSTON [11302] (William of Strixton NTH295, Edward Knt of Strixton (Sir)126, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Gertrude did not marry

485. Hester ALSTON [11303] (William of Strixton NTH295, Edward Knt of Strixton (Sir)126, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Hester did not marry



486. Elizabeth ALSTON [11304] (William of Strixton NTH295, Edward Knt of Strixton (Sir)126, 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 in Aug 1675 in St Giles Cripplegate City.

General Notes:
Elizabeth did not marry, baptism date not proven.

487. John WISEMAN [3084] (Catherine ALSTON299, Edward Knt of Strixton (Sir)126, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Succeded to Strixton on the death of Dr Charles Alston.

488. Katherine WISEMAN [3085] (Catherine ALSTON299, Edward Knt of Strixton (Sir)126, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

489. Hester WISEMAN [3086] (Catherine ALSTON299, Edward Knt of Strixton (Sir)126, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

490. Elizabeth WISEMAN [3087] (Catherine ALSTON299, Edward Knt of Strixton (Sir)126, Thomas of Gedding Hall48, William Siam Hall And Sible Hedingham ESS20, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

491. Mary FIRMAN [4681] (Jemima ALSTON309, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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).

492. John FIRMAN [11282] (Jemima ALSTON309, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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).

General Notes:
John Firman is placed here to be under review, any relationship is conjectural

John married Mary PANFIELD [11283] on 7 Jun 1715 in Sible Hedingham ESS.

493. Solomon ALSTON [2745] (Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 5 Mar 1667/68 in Gt Yeldham ESS and was buried on 16 Apr 1668 in St Andrew Gt Yeldham ESS.

494. Sarah ALSTON [2802] (Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 Feb 1668/69 in Gt Yeldham ESS and was buried on 3 Apr 1670 in St Andrew Gt Yeldham ESS.


495. William ALSTON [3089] (Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 May 1671 in Gt Yeldham ESS and was buried on 17 May 1731 in St Mary Stifford ESS.

General Notes:
William Alston: Grace for M.A. 1675 (Lit. Reg.)
Alumni Cantabrigienses.

Legatee of his grandfather Pasfield's Will 1684

Will of William Alston.
16 May 1731
In the name of God Amen I William Alston of the parish Stifford in the County of Essex Yeoman being of perfect mind and memory tho weak in body do hereby make this my last Will and Testament as follows.
Impris I commend my soul to Almighty God thro Jesus Christ My Lord & My Body to be interred at the discretion of my Executrix
Item I give to my loving brother Philip Alston one shilling
Item to my loving brother John Alston one shilling
All the rest and residue and remainder of My Goods Chattels Ready Money plate & Estate whatsoever Real or Personal after my debts and funeral charges are paid I give and bequeath to my Dear and Loving wife Sarah Alston and her heirs for ever and I do hereby Nominate and Appoint my said Loving Wife Sarah sole Executrix of this My Last Will and Testament hereby revoking All other and former Wills heretofore made by me in Witness whereof I have here unto Sett my hand and seal this Sixteenth day of May 1731
Wilm Asten (Very shaky signature)
Signed Sealed Published and Declared to be the last Will and Testament of the Testator in the presence of us.
John Broad X (his mark)
E Gillard?

Probatum er vicesimo quinto die Mensis May Anno Dom Mittimo Septingenmo picesino primo Coramt enti Viro Gulielmo Strahan Legmn Doctore Surroer Junto Sarieo Alston widng relicter dicto Defti er Estricip .........
(apologies for the Latin transcription!)

William married Sarah STEVENS [17703] in 1699 in Gt Burstead ESS.

General Notes:
From Boyd's Marriage Index. males A-K 1675-1700: Tom Perrett searching 2007 Essex RO

496. Philip ALSTON [2794] (Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 22 Apr 1675 in Wethersfield ESS and was buried on 16 Dec 1738 in St Michaels Aveley ESS.

General Notes:
17 April 1680 - By Copy of Court Roll Phil Alston holds Priests Grove & Little Wrights. Ref. Manor of Prayors alias Bourne Hall ESS

Legatee of his grandfather Pasfield's Will 1684

14 April 1705 Daniel Roof holds freely the above land purchased from Philip Alston. Ref. Manor of Prayors alias Bourne Hall ESS

Mentioned in his brother William's Will 1731

Research Notes:
Philip was said to be born Orsett ESS 1694 - Alstoniana

Philip resided at Sth Ockenden until at least 1719 but there are no further records of children, how ever a further child may have been born elsewhere between Philip and Mary

Philip married Mary STEVENS [8287] on 24 Feb 1695/96 in Havering atte Bower ESS.

General Notes:
From Boyd's Marriage Index. males A-K 1675-1700: Tom Perrett searching 2007 Essex RO. Unproven


Children from this marriage were:

+ 649 M    i. William ALSTON [17552] was baptised on 16 Jun 1697 in Havering atte Bower ESS.

+ 650 M    ii. Philip ALSTON [4693] was baptised on 10 Sep 1699 in Havering atte Bower ESS.

+ 651 F    iii. Mary ALSTON [17555] was baptised on 23 Jun 1705 in South Ockendon ESS.

+ 652 F    iv. Anne ALSTON [4694] .

Philip next married Eliza HOGG [18320] on 26 Jan 1723/24 in Fleet LND.

497. Col John ALSTON of Wethersfield ESS & Nth Carolina America. [543] (Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 16 Apr 1677 in Wethersfield ESS and died before Dec 1758.

Baptism Notes:
John Alston
Baptism year1677
Baptism date16 Apr 1677
Baptism placeEssex, England
Father's first name(s)Solomon
Father's last nameAlston
CountyEssexEngland
Category Life Events (BDMs)

Source of bap - Wethersfield Registers Transcript, ESS PRO 2002 & IGI

Mentioned in his brother William's Will 1731

Legatee of his grandfather Pasfield's Will 1684

Recognizance of Nathl. Straite Yeoman and John Alston gent., both of Wethersfield; Straite to answer for refusing to pay William Pasfeild of the same the money that Sir John Marshall ordered him to pay to Pasfeild.
12 Jun 1692.
Ref: ERO 57-Q/SR 473/22 (F.King)

General Notes:
John Alston of North Carolina [543] had been widely thought to be one and the same as John Alston of Pavenham Bedfordshire England [15900] however solid evidence now disproves this, and the actual ancestor of the American Alston family is suggested below with supporting evidence by Forrest King an American member of the Alston family.

Breaking News October 2017.
Since 2013, Forrest King in the USA and Mary Terbrak, an Alston descendant living in the Netherlands, have been working on finding an evidence based link between the Alston family of England and that of the USA.

Forrest has brought their work together in the first report of evidential links between the families.

The Parentage and Possible Wife of Colonel John Alston of Chowan County, North Carolina
Col. John Alston[1] made his first appearance in Chowan County, North Carolina records in 1713 by purchasing a tract of land on Bennetts Creek. He became the first person with the surname of Alston to live in the area. Unfortunately, there is no information in the deed or any other document in North Carolina indicating anything about his prior background. This article will show that Col. John was the same John Alston who is found in Surry County, Virginia in 1693 living with his uncle Nicholas Pasfield. Furthermore, it will show that John came to Virginia from Essex County, England sometime after the remarriage of his father in 1684. Lastly, the possible identity of his wife Mary will be discussed.
Summary of the life of Col. John Alston in North Carolina
Col. John Alston of North Carolina held a number of important positions in the community. The first documented evidence of John came with a land purchase of 50 acres on Bennetts Creek on 28 Nov 1713,[2] when he was called Mr. John Alston. He was a captain in the local militia by 14 Aug 1723[3] and had worked his way up to colonel by 1741.[4] He was a sheriff,[5] a vestryman on 3 Apr 1738,[6] and a member of the Chowan County[7] and North Carolina Colony Courts.[8] He purchased over 2,000 acres in his lifetime, left a will on 17 Sep 1754,[9] and died between the October 1758 Quarterly Court[10] and 2 Dec 1758.[11] In his will, he identified his wife as Mary. Mary Alston appeared in the records only one other time, as a witness to the will of John Maner on 21 Feb 1728/1729.[12] Mary signed her name, showing that she was literate, which was rare for women of her time.[13]

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1. The term "Col." will be used throughout this article to refer to the John Alston who died in late1758 in Chowan County, North Carolina to distinguish him from any other John Alston that will be discussed. Col. John will be used for short.
2. Chowan County, Deed Book W no. 1 1699-1803, pp. 199, 202-203, Family History Library (FHL) Salt Lake City, Utah, microfilm 0,018,487.
3. North Carolina, Secretary of State Land Grant Record Books Volume 3, 1720-1730, 1735-1738, p. 168, North Carolina State Archives, (NCSA) Raleigh, North Carolina, microfilm S.108.160.1.
4. Chowan County Miscellaneous Papers Volume 2, 1738-1741, p. 135, NCSA microfilm C.024.99002.
5. Chowan County, St. Paul's Church, Edenton, North Carolina Vestry Minutes, 1701-1776, p. 123, NCSA microfilm C.024.04001.
6. Ibid., 84.
7. Chowan County Miscellaneous Papers Volume 3, 1741-1745, p. 37, NCSA microfilm C.024.99003.
8. Robert J. Cain, ed., The Colonial Records of North Carolina [Second Series] North Carolina Higher-Court Minutes 1724-1730 (Raleigh, North Carolina: Privately printed, 1981), 64-65.
9. North Carolina Will Records, Secretary of State Record Group Folder 12.96.1.34 will, John Alston, 1758 NCSA, no pagination.
10. Chowan County, Court Minutes 1755-1761, unpaginated, FHL microfilm 0,478,499. Col. John was deceased by the January 1759 Quarterly Court when he was replaced as the public warehouse inspector.
11. North Carolina Will Records, Secretary of State Record Group Folder 12.96.1.34 will, John Alston, 1758 NCSA, no pagination.
12. North Carolina Will Records, Secretary of State Record Group Folder 12.96.16.61 will, John Maner, 1729 (NCSA), no pagination. Mentioning Mary Alston as a witness. Solomon Alston, a son of Col. John's, had purchased some property from John Maner, who was acknowledging this sale in his will since the transaction had not been completed in the courts.
13. Julia C. Spruill, Women's Life and Work in the Southern Colonies (1938, reprint, New York, New York: Russell and Russell, 1969), 187-188. The author also states "Many belonging to prominent families were unable to write their names."

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Col. John had significant social status in Chowan County. In his first land purchase in 1713, he was called "Mr." which was "a title applied only to those who had some social standing, through their family or office, before they emigrated."[14] He was a captain in the county militia, a position ordinarily available only to those of high social standing or to upwardly mobile land owners[15] rather than to those with military prowess. Col. John Alston and ten others were made Justices of the Peace by Charles Eden, Governor of the Colony, on 1 Oct 1720.[16] The responsibility of being a Justice of the Peace was to be a judge in a county court.[17] All these individuals were called "esquire", which was a title "used in this country to mean a person of considerable influence or even wealth."[18]
It is unclear from North Carolina records how Col. John attained the "Mr." and "esquire" titles. His estate and wealth were average when compared to his Chowan County neighbors in the tax records on 17 Aug 1716 and in 1721[19] as well. There were several neighbors who had more land and paid four times the taxes that Col. John paid. His higher social status probably resulted from events prior to his coming to Chowan County.
English ancestors of John Alston
The first record of John Alston in the Colonies occurred on 10 Jun 1693 in Surry County, Virginia.[20] He was a tithable,[21] or a male 16 or older, living in the home of Nicholas Pasfield in the Lawnes Creek district. Nicholas Pasfield had been in Surry County for some time. Nicholas was a tithable by 9 Jun 1677[22] when he was found in the Samuel Cornwell household. He was called "Mr."[23] on the 1690 tithable list,[24] showing that he had social status in the community. He wrote his will on 9 Jan 1700[25] in which he named wife Joana and children Nicholas and Mary who were underage.
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14. Barbara J. Evans, A to ZAX, A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians 3rd Edition (1978, reprint, Alexandria, Virginia: Hearthside Press, 1995), 176, 179. The title "Mr." was used sparingly in colonial times, showing some social standing.
15. John T. Schlotterbeck, Daily Life in the Colonial South (Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Press, 2013), 360.
16. Chowan County, Deed Book F no. 1 1716-1753, p. 80, FHL microfilm 0,018,490.
17. Helen F. M. Leary and Maurice R. Stirewalt, eds., North Carolina Research Genealogy and Local History (Raleigh, North Carolina: The North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1980), 223-224.
18. Barbara J. Evans, A to ZAX, A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians 3rd Edition (1978, reprint, Alexandria, Virginia: Hearthside Press, 1995), 107.
19. Albemarle County, Papers: State papers, letters of administration, land patents, etc. of Albemarle County, North Carolina, unpaginated, FHL microfilm 0,018,123. Mentioning Jno. Alston in both tax lists.
20. Surry County, Virginia, Deeds, Wills, Etc. No. 4, 1687-1694, p. 332, FHL microfilm 0,034,100. Mentioning Jno. Alston in the Lawnes Creek parish.
21. Edgar MacDonald and Richard Slatten, eds., "Surry County Tithables 1673, 1674, 1675," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, (May 1984): 38-39. The authors explain the tithable requirements unique to Virginia during the period.
22. Surry County, Virginia, Deeds, Wills, Etc. No. 2, 1671-1684, p. 147, microfilm 0,034,099, FHL. Mentioning Ni. Pasfield.
23. Barbara J. Evans, A to ZAX, A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians 3rd Edition (1978, reprint, Alexandria, Virginia: Hearthside Press, 1995), 176, 179.
24. Surry County, Virginia, Deeds, Wills, Etc. No. 4, 1687-1694, p. 151, FHL microfilm 0,034,100. Mentioning Mr. Pasfeild in the blackwater precinct of the Lower pish.
25. Surry County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds No. 5, Part 1 1694-1709, p. 227, FHL microfilm 0,034,101.

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Documents connecting John Alston and Nicholas Pasfield have been found in England. Fortunately, the last name of Pasfield is rare in England in the 1600s and is mostly found in Essex County, England. In the Essex County wills, there is one that mentions both Pasfields and Alstons. Phillip Pasfield, a yeoman[26] of Wethersfield, Essex, England, wrote a will dated 3 Jun 1684[27] that had the following provisions:
His land and property in Wethersfield were to go to wife Susan[28] during her natural life.
His property would then be divided at her death, with two thirds going to daughter Anne.
The remaining third would go to the four children of Mary "my daughter desed. late wife of Solomon Alstone." Children William, Philip, John, and Mary Alston would each get five pounds, with the rest being paid to them when they reached 21 years of age. Several individuals were put in charge of overseeing the estate until fully distributed.
He gave son Nicholas "five shillings of lawfull money of England to be pd to him upon his request or demand of paymt thereof."

There are several things that can be learned from the will of Phillip Pasfield. The will mentioned both a son Nicholas Pasfield and a grandson John Alston. It also implies that Nicholas was not living nearby at the time or he could have certainly and easily collected his money without demanding payment from his mother Susan as executrix. The land went first to Phillip's wife Susan and then to daughter Anne and four children of daughter Mary.

Tree: This Tree shows Alston and Pasfield relationships in Essex County that will be discussed in this article.
(Double click on the image of maps and Tree above to enlarge)

In 1677 Nicholas Pasfield filed a suit in the High Court of Chancery that showed his business relationship with Solomon Alston, the father of John. Nicholas Pasfield, yeoman, was about to travel to Virginia in 1676 and negotiated a one-year mortgage with Francis Strutt using 18 acres of land as his security.[29] Nicholas "did thinke fitt to intrust the said Solomon Alston his Brother in law" to collect the rents due and
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26. Bryan A. Garner, ed., Black's Law Dictionary 8th Edition (1891; St. Paul, Minnesota: Thompson West, 2004), 1647. Freeholder is just under the rank of gentleman who owns and cultivates properties.
27. Essex County, England Church of England ,Archdeaconry of Middlesex, Essex and Herts Division Court registered copy of wills 1678-1711, pp. 191-192, FHL microfilm 0,094,732.
28. Frederick A. Crisp, Fragmenta Genealogica, Volume 8, (1902, reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1996), 47. Susan was most likely a child of Mary Dyer. Susan inherited some copyhold land as the "next heir to Mary Dyer." Susan gave this land to daughter Anne.
29. The National Archives of the UK, Pasfeild v Strutt, 1677 (London, England: The Nationals Archives), C 7/271/32.

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to pay the debt. Solomon was also to receive the land in the event that Nicholas died and had no heirs. The suit states that Solomon tried to pay the debt in a timely manner but Francis Strutt persuaded him to delay payment by 20 days. Francis then declared the mortgage in default, refused to take the money and wanted possession of the property instead. Nicholas went to court to recover his land in July 1677. This court case shows that Nicholas and Solomon were on good terms and had both a business and personal relationship.
Nicholas also brought court action against his mother Susan Pasfield and a number of other defendants on 5 Dec 1696 over property in Wethersfield.[30] Nicholas had been in "Virginia and other parts beyond the seas" for divers years and had returned to England. Nicholas called himself the heir of Phillip Pasfield. He believed that he had inherited some other property during his absence from England and was due the rents therefrom. He discovered that no effort was being made to collect these rents on his behalf and that his title to the land was in question. Nicholas argued to the High Court of Chancery that "ye orators Grandfather Nicholas Pasfield late of Weathersfield in the County of Essex aforesaid Gent gave it by his last will and testament unto Phillip Pasfield ye Orators father and desired him not to sell it or otherways dispose of it or any part of thereof to any person but to ye Orator." Nicholas then requested the court to subpoena Susan and a number of others to get the title and rents that he was entitled to receive. No further records on this case are available in the High Court of Chancery. This lawsuit shows that Nicholas Pasfield, son of Phillip of Wethersfield, and Nicholas Pasfield of Virginia are one and the same person.
As the last three documents show, the connection between John Alston and Nicholas Pasfield was significant. The will of Phillip Pasfield in 1684 listed his son Nicholas, son-in-law Solomon Alston, and a grandson John Alston. The 1677 lawsuit shows that Nicholas had left England and was using brother-in-law Solomon Alston as his assignee. From the 1696 lawsuit, son Nicholas Pasfield is known to have lived in both Wethersfield and Virginia. In 1693, Nicholas Pasfield and John Alston are found in the same residence in Surry County, Virginia. These documents on both sides of the Atlantic support their family relationship.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, North Carolina records do not show how Col. John Alston obtained his significant social status. However, the English records do show that John Alston obtained social status from his direct ancestors.
Exhibit 1 summarizes Col. John's family relationships including the social status each had. Solomon Alston, father of Col. John and husband of Mary Pasfield, was a yeoman in Wethersfield in 1689.[31] He had married Mary about 1665. Solomon's four children mentioned in the will of Phillip Pasfield are William christened on 9 May 1671 in Great Yeldham, Essex, England,[32] with the other children being christened in Wethersfield, Philip on 22 Apr 1675,[33] John on 16 Apr 1677,[34] and Mary on 16 Feb 1678/79.[35] Mary (Pasfield) Alston died before 3 Jun 1684 when her father wrote his will. Solomon married secondly Lydia (---) Pond on 25 Nov 1684 in Romford, Essex, England[36] and was buried on 20 Oct 1721 in Havering-atte-Bower, Essex, England.[37] Unfortunately, Solomon did not leave a will.
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30. The National Archives of the UK, Pasfield v Pasfield, 1696 (London, England: The Nationals Archives), C 7/260/16.
31. The National Archives of the UK, Alston v Alston, 1689 (London, England: The Nationals Archives), C 7/595/1.
32. Essex County, England, Great Yeldham Register of Baptisms St. Andrew 1560-1812, Image 18, Essex Record Office [ERO].
33. Essex County, England, Wethersfield Register of Baptisms St. Mary Magdalene 1647-1683, Image 11, ERO.
34. Ibid.
35. Ibid., 12.
36. Essex County, England, Romford Register of Marriages St. Edward the Confessor 1610-1732, Image 95, ERO.
37. Essex County, England, Havering-atta-Bower Register of Burials St. John the Evangelist 1718-1812, Image 25, ERO.

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Solomon Alston was the second son of William Alston, gent,[38] of Sible Hedingham, Essex, England, who left a will dated 5 Jul 1693.[39] Solomon was christened on 18 Jul 1648 in Toppesfield, Essex, England.[40] His older brother William on 5 Feb 1642/43[41] and his younger brother Robert on 24 May 1652[42] were also christened in Toppesfield.
In addition to being a gentleman, William Alston was in a family important enough to be included in the Visitation of Essex. Heralds came to each county to document pedigrees of the more important residents for the visitation books and to authorize those families to bear arms.[43] The heralds reported that William was the son of John Alston, Gent, and wife Anne Crachrode.[44] William was mentioned in his father's will dated 30 Jun 1653.[45]
John Alston, as the third son of Solomon Alston of Wethersfield, had good social standing from his immediate ancestors. However, he did not have good inheritance prospects from his father. This could have been a motivating factor in his relocation to Virginia. It is also possible that with the remarriage of his father, he was being farmed out to his uncle Nicholas Pasfield. It should be noted that John would have had his 16th birthday about April 1693. That is significant because John Alston appeared in the Virginia records for the first time on 10 Jun 1693 as a tithable, just after his 16th birthday.

Other activities of John Alston of Surry County, Virginia (1693-1702)
It is evident from the records that John Alston of Surry County lived by the first branch of the Blackwater Swamp and knew families of this area, including the Baker family and Arthur Davis Jr. After his initial appearance in the home of Nicholas Pasfield, John Alston shows up four other times in the Surry County records before 1703:
1.John Alston was a tithable in the Lawnes Creek district in the household headed by widow Alice Riddick in 1696.[46]
2.Robert Sherrard caused John Alston to be arrested but did not appear to prosecute his suit; therefore, it was dismissed on 5 Mar 1699/1700.[47]
3.Arthur Davis Jr, plaintiff as assignee of Alice Reddick, was in a suit with John Alston defendant. Arthur had married Alice who was now deceased; the suit dated 5 Mar 1699/1700 was about a debt John Alston owed to her estate.[48] John pointed out that he owed the debt to Alice and not to Arthur Davis Jr. Thus John showed good knowledge of common law to avoid payment of this debt.[49] In a countersuit, John Alston caused Arthur Davis Jr. to be arrested but did not appear to prosecute, so Arthur moved for a nonsuit and it was granted.
4.John Alston caused William Fallaugh to be arrested but failed to appear, so the suit was dismissed 3 Mar 1701/1702.[50]
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38. Bryan A. Garner, ed., Black's Law Dictionary 8th Edition (1891; St. Paul, Minnesota: Thompson West, 2004), 708. A person belonging to the landed gentry.
39. Essex County, England, Probate Records for the Commissary Court of the Diocese of London, Essex, and Hertfordshire division register copy wills 1697-1708, pp. 107-109, FHL microfilm 0,094,229.
40. Essex County, England, Toppesfield Register of Baptisms St. Margaret of Antioch 1559-1692, Image 27, ERO.
41. Ibid., 25.
42. Ibid., 28.
43. Bryan A. Garner, ed., Black's Law Dictionary 8th Edition (1891; St. Paul, Minnesota: Thompson West, 2004), 743, 1602.
44. Edward Bysshe, A Visitation of the County of Essex (London, England: Mitchell and Hughes, 1888), 7. William is person 3 in the Alston of Stisted chart.
45. The National Archives of the UK, Will, John Alston, Gentleman of Stisted, Essex, 24 Nov 1658 (London, England: The Nationals Archives), PROB 11/260/263. Mentions William Alston as a child of John Alston.
46. Surry County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds No. 5, Part 1 1694-1709, p. 116, FHL microfilm 0,034,101. Mentioning Jno: Alston in the Lawnes Creek parish.
47. Surry County, Virginia, Court Order Books 1691-1712, p. 208, FHL microfilm 0,034,129.
48. Ibid.
49. John A. Brayton, Order of First Families of North Carolina Registry of Ancestors Volume 1 (Memphis, Tennessee: privately printed, 2005), 2-3. Brayton incorrectly identified Richard Robinson, who was an assignee in this suit, as Alice's husband. Richard was of an age to be a son rather than a husband to Alice. Arthur Davis was the widower and plaintiff.
50. Surry County, Virginia, Court Order Books 1691-1712, p. 221, FHL microfilm 0,034,129.

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John was living with Nicholas Pasfield in 1693. Nicholas was a neighbor to Arthur Davis Jr. and others in Lawnes Creek Parish on 4 Sep 1693.[51] On 11 Mar 1695, Mr. Henry Baker Sr. obtained a judgment against Nicholas Pasfield.[52] Also, John Alston lived in the Riddick household in 1696. Alice Riddick, as administratrix of her husband James Riddick's estate, lost a suit to Mr. Henry Baker on 5 Mar 1694.[53] Nicholas Pasfield's will was written 9 Jan 1700,[54] and his estate was appraised by Arthur Davis Jr. and others.[55] In Nicholas Pasfield's will, Henry Baker Sr. received some land.
Arthur Davis Jr.[56] of Surry County patented 461 acres of land on both sides of the first branch of the main Blackwater Swamp on 25 Sep 1679.[57] The adjoining land was owned by William Baldwin, who listed Arthur Davis Jr., Capt. Baker, and others as neighbors.[58] Arthur Davis Jr. relocated to Chowan County by 13 Jul 1718 when he purchased 640 acres on the south side of the Meherrin River from William Brown.[59] John Alston was a witness to this sale.

John Alston's relocation to North Carolina
Col. John first appears in Chowan County in 1713. A hint that he had a Virginia connection is found in a power of attorney filed in the North Carolina colony court by Henry Baker of Virginia. John Alston was a witness to this document. It reads in part:
"I Henry Baker of Virga. & Nominated Constituted Authorized and Appointed … my Very Good friend Samuell Swann Esq. in Carolina to be my true and Lawfull Atturny, Irevocable to Sue for Leavy, Recover, Receive, Demand, and take of William Early of the sd. Carolina … Given Under my hand and Seal this 17 Day of Aprill 1703."
Hen. Baker (seal)
W: John Alston, James (IF) Flemmin, and Rich. (RB) Barfield[60]

Map[61] The Blackwater River, Virginia.
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Henry Baker Sr.[62] was a merchant of Isle of Wight County, Virginia who had dealings in both Virginia and North Carolina.[63] He was a high sheriff,[64] a member of the county court,[65] and a member of the county militia.[66] He was called Mr. Henry Baker in the Surry County records.[67] His very good friend Samuel Swann, who had previously lived in Surry County,[68] and his Virginia neighbor Richard Barfield are also mentioned owning land nearby.[69]

Considering Henry's Virginia connections named in this North Carolina document, it seems probable that the witness John Alston is the same John Alston found in records of Surry County, Virginia from 1693 to 1701, where John had known Henry Baker Sr.

A chronology of John Alston's activities in Surry County, Virginia, and Chowan County, North Carolina:
10 Jun 1693 Lived with Nicholas Pasfield, Surry County
1696 - Lived with Alice Reddick, Surry County
5 Mar 1699/1700 - Brought lawsuit against Robert Sherrard, Surry County
5 Mar 1699/1700 - Brought lawsuit against Arthur Davis Jr. Surry County
3 Mar 1701/1702 - Brought lawsuit against William Fallaugh. Surry County
17 Apr 1703 - Witnessed a power of attorney of Henry Baker. Chowan County
28 Nov 1713 - Purchased 50 acres on Bennetts Creek. Chowan County
Jul 1720 - Witnessed the sale of land by Arthur Davis Jr. Chowan County
1 Oct 1720 - Became Justice of the Peace for the North Carolina Colony. Chowan County
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51. Surry County, Virginia, Deeds, Wills, Etc. No. 4, 1687-1694, pp. 319-320, FHL microfilm 0,034,100. Mentioning Nicholas Pasfield owning neighboring property.
52. Surry County, Virginia, Court Order Books 1691-1712, p. 154, FHL microfilm 0,034,129.
53. Ibid., 125.
54. Surry County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds No. 5, Part 1 1694-1709, p. 227, FHL microfilm 0,034,101. Mentioniong Henry Baker and his heirs.
55. Surry County, Virginia, Court Order Books 1691-1712, p. 220, FHL microfilm 0,034,129.
56. Surry County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds No. 5, Part 1 1694-1709, pp. 192-194, FHL microfilm 0,034,101. Arthur Sr. is listed on several tithable lists at "old fields" while Arthur Jr. is of the Blackwater area.
57. Virginia Patents 1679-1689, 7:6; FHL microfilm 0,029,324. This land was on the border between Surry and Isle of Wight Counties.
58. Ibid., 7:131. Mentioning William Boaldwinne, Capt. Baker owning neighboring properties.
59. Chowan County, Deed Book B no. 1 part 3 1715-1719, pp. 613-614, FHL microfilm 0,018,486.
60. North Carolina Colonial Court Records, Miscellaneous Papers 1677-1775 CCR 192 Power of Attorney, Henry Baker, 1703 (North Carolina State Archives: Raleigh, North Carolina), no pagination. John Alston is literate.
61. Karl Musser, The Blackwater River Virginia (Wikipedia, undated). Reprinted by permission of Karl Musser.
62. Thomas F. Baker, Buckland Plantation 1670-2014 (Omaha, Nebraska : Wooli Labs LLC, 2014), 12-25. This source provides brief biographies of Henry Sr. and his family.
63. Mattie E. Parker, ed., North Carolina Higher-Court Records 1670-1696 (Raleigh, North Carolina: Privately printed, 1968), 27.
64. Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Court Orders 1693-1695, p. 34, Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia microfilm no. [Reel 2].
65. Ibid., 1
66. Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Deed Book 2 1704-1715, p. 9, Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia microfilm no. [Reel 2]. He had the rank of colonel.
67. Surry County, Virginia, Court Order Books 1691-1712, p. 154, FHL microfilm 0,034,129.
68. Surry County, Virginia, Wills and Deeds No. 5, Part 2 1694-1709, pp. 362-364, FHL microfilm 0,034,101. Samuel is selling property that he inherited from his father.
69. Virginia Patents 1689-1695, 8:338; FHL microfilm 0,029,325. Richard Barfield's property is on Saram Swamp, which is near land owned by Henry Baker Sr. that Henry called his Buckland plantation.

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Col. John Alston land and court transactions in Chowan County (1713 to 1728) and other dealings with Henry Baker Jr.
Col. John Alston was mentioned in several land records in North Carolina.[70] These land records show that Col. John continued his interactions with Arthur Davis Jr. and began to deal with Henry Baker Jr.,[71] the oldest son of Henry Baker Sr. These activities are similar to the interactions of John Alston of Surry with these same families:
Purchased 50 acres on the southeast side of Bennetts Creek from Patrick Laughler and his wife Patience on 28 Nov 1713.[72] This is the first record for Col. John Alston in Chowan County.
In Jul 1720, witnessed the sale from Arthur Davis Jr. and wife Mary to Barnaby Mackinney of 640 acres on the south side of the Meherrin River.[73]
Obtained two land warrants for 265 and 270 acres on the northwest side of Bennetts Creek probably in 1721.[74],[75]
Witnessed along with Henry Baker Jr. the sale from Patrick Lawley to Thomas Martin of Nansemond County for 50 acres on the west side of Bennetts Creek on 25 Mar 1721.[76]
Patented 263 acres at the head of Knotty Pine Pocoson next to property owned by Henry Baker Jr. and George Vaughan on 26 Mar 1723.[77]
Lived next to his son Joseph John Alston and others on White Pot Pocoson on 14 Aug 1723.[78] Col. John was a militia captain at that time.
Lived next to Henry Baker Jr., William Baker, and others on the north side of Bennetts Creek on 27 May 1728. Henry Baker Jr. had previously purchased property on Bennetts Creek.[79]
Witnessed along with Henry Baker Jr. the sale of a slave from William Everitt to Thomas Piland of a slave on 6 Jun 1728. The slave was then assigned[80] to Col. John.[81]

Map[82] above shows many of the properties purchased by John Alston in Chowan Co. before 1730. This map shows the close proximity of the Baker properties to those of John Alston.

In addition to land transactions, Henry Baker Jr. and Col. John interacted in other significant ways. Both were mentioned together in conjunction with the formalizing of the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina. They dined with the surveying group at Buckland plantation on 20 Mar 1728. Col. John and his family had come to Buckland for a social visit with the Bakers and remained for several days.[83] Also, Col. John was an appraiser on the estate of Henry Baker Jr. in July 1742, along with Mr. James Wilson,[84] who was also a neighbor[85] to Henry Baker Jr.
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70. Thomas F. Baker, Buckland Plantation 1670-2014 (Omaha, Nebraska : Wooli Labs LLC, 2014), 16. A map is included that shows the locations of some of Col. John's purchases.
71. Ibid. 12-25. This source provides brief biographies of Henry Sr. and Henry Jr.
72. Chowan County, Deed Book W no. 1 1699-1803, pp. 199, 202-203, FHL microfilm 0,018,487.
73. Chowan County, Deed Book F no. 1 1716-1753, pp. 38-42, FHL microfilm 0,018,490.
74. North Carolina, Secretary of State Land Grant Record Books Volume 3, 1720-1730, 1735-1738, pp. 81-82, NCSA microfilm no. [Reel S.108.160.1]. This land patent is undated but is found among the 1721 deeds.
75. J. R. B. Hathaway, ed., "Abstract of Land Grants" North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, 1 (January 1900): 10. This abstract is dated incorrectly as 1711 for this patent. Given where this patent is found in Hathaway's abstracts and in state land grants volume 3, the date is a typographical error.
76. Chowan County, Deed Book C no. 1 1720-1735, p. 105, FHL microfilm 1,730,346.
77. North Carolina, Secretary of State Land Grant Record Books Volume 3, 1720-1730, 1735-1738, pp. 130-131, NCSA microfilm S.108.160.1.
78. Ibid. p. 168. Col. John's son is called John rather than his full name of Joseph John. This indicates that Col. John could have been married prior to 1703, assuming Joseph John was already of age.
79. Ibid. pp. 234-235.
80. Barbara J. Evans, A to ZAX, A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians 3rd Edition (1978, reprint, Alexandria, Virginia: Hearthside Press, 1995), 21-22. This is a transfer of ownership to Col. John.
81. Chowan County, Deed Book F no. 1 1716-1753, p. 207, FHL microfilm 0,018,490.
82. Thomas F. Baker, Buckland Plantation 1670-2014 (Omaha, Nebraska : Wooli Labs LLC, 2014), 16. Reprinted by permission of Wooli Labs LLC.
83. William Byrd, Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina (New York, New York: Dover Publications, 1967), 77, 89.
84. North Carolina, Wills and Estate Files, 1663-1978, Henry Baker Estate, pp. 183-210; FHL microfilm 1,738,554. John is called esquire.
85. Chowan County Miscellaneous Papers Volume 2, 1738-1741, p. 87, NCSA microfilm C.024.99002.

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A possible Mary as the wife of Col. John Alston
Col. John's wife Mary showed up only twice in the records as Mary (---) Alston, as a witness to a will and as a legatee in her husband's will in 1754. Mary was literate, which indicates she was probably from a higher class background.
Henry Baker Sr. had a daughter named Mary who would have been of the proper age and social standing to be the wife of Col. John. This Mary Baker is mentioned in the wills of her father Henry on 10 Jun 1709[86] and her mother Mary on 5 Mar 1732,[87] but unfortunately not by last name. In those two wills, none of her sisters were mentioned by last name either.
A number of circumstantial items point to a marriage between Col. John and Mary Baker, daughter of Henry Baker Sr.:
John Alston of Surry County would have known Mary Baker because of his proximity to the Baker family at the time he would have married about 1700. Nicholas Pasfield, uncle to John, had several dealings with Henry Baker Sr. in Surry County as well.
Henry Baker Sr. owned land on Honey Pot Swamp near Bennett's Creek by 6 Jun 1699,[88] near Col. John's first land purchase in 1713. Henry's sons Henry and Lawrence were also neighbors to Col. John.[89] (See Map [82])
Mary Baker was mentioned first of the daughters in the will of her father and received less than her sisters. It is very possible that she was married by 1709 and had previously received her dowry.[90]
This marriage would better explain why Col. John Alston was a witness to Henry Baker Sr.'s power of attorney in 1703. Col. John would have been a son-in-law rather than just a casual witness when he journeyed to the colony general court.
Col. John had the appropriate social status that would allow him to marry a daughter of Henry Baker Sr.
Col. John and Henry Baker Jr. were witnesses on documents in Chowan County in 1721 and 1728. Henry Baker Jr. may have been present because of a personal request by Col. John. This last transaction was a slave sale followed by an assignment of the slave to Col. John. It was common in personal transactions to have a trusted relative present.
Col. John and Henry Baker Jr. were socially connected.
Col. John was the appraiser on Henry Baker Jr.'s estate. While not mandatory, it was common at the time to have either neighbors or relatives perform appraisals.
Col. John interacted with the Baker family for at least 40 years.
Henry Baker Sr. had eight children. Six of the children's names were used by Col. John Alston and Mary. Four of their eight children have the same names, and two other Baker names were given to Alston grandchildren.
Although Mary Baker, daughter of Henry Baker Sr., is found in one other will, this mention provides little or no information on her potential relationship to John Alston. Silvestra (Bennett) Hill[91] in her will dated 7 Oct 1706[92] gave 550 acres in Isle of Wight County, Virginia[93] to Mary (Blake) Baker, wife of Henry Baker Sr., upon Silvestra's death by 9 Jan 1706/1707. Silvestra's will stated that after Mary (Blake) Baker's death, the land was then to go to Mary's daughter Mary. Unfortunately, Mary the daughter does not have a last name mentioned in this will either.
Tracing the ownership of the land could help identify Mary Baker's husband. Unfortunately, there is very little available information about the description of this property.[94] No further reference to the property is found in the Isle of Wight County land records through 1780. One possibility is that by the 1714 quit rents this land had ended up in the hands of James Day Jr., the great nephew of Silvestra, who at that time reported owning 1,300 acres of land in Isle of Wight;[95] 750 acres descended to him from great-grandfather Edward Bennett through several individuals, while the origin of his other 550 acres is unexplained. The 1714 quit rents list is the only known tax list in Isle of Wight County from 1705 to 1780.

Summary
There are several points showing that Col. John Alston of Chowan County, North Carolina is both the son of Solomon Alston of Wethersfield, Essex County, England and the John Alston of Surry County.
The connection between John Alston and Nicholas Pasfield is significant. The will of Phillip Pasfield and the two court cases involving Nicholas Pasfield show the relationships between the Alstons and Pasfields in Essex County, England. Nicholas Pasfield is a Virginia resident for all the documents. The 1693 tithable list supports the relationship between John Alston and Nicholas Pasfield in Virginia.
John of Wethersfield was christened on 16 Apr 1677 and therefore was first eligible to be a tithable in June, 1693 in Surry County, the same year that John Alston of Surry was shown on the tithable list.
John Alston had significant relationships with the Baker family and Arthur Davis Jr. in both Surry and Chowan Counties.
There are no overlapping events between the John Alston of Surry and Col. John Alston as shown in Exhibit 3.
John Alston of Surry County had a grasp of legal matters as did Col. John in his role as a county and colony judge.
Col. John Alston was called both "Mr."[96] and "esquire" by October 1720.[97] Both of these titles show status in the community. Col. John of Chowan County did not have any known relatives in North Carolina that would have earned him the right to this social status. As John Alston, son of Solomon Alston of Essex County, England, he had many titled ancestors as shown in this Family History www.thekingscandlesticks.com This status would have carried over to his life in early North Carolina.
There are no other Alstons found in land, will, court records, and other documents of surrounding counties for this time period.
Thus the evidence supports the conclusion that John Alston of Wethersfield, Essex, England [RIN 2755] is one the same person as Col. John Alston of Chowan County, North Carolina.

As for the maiden name of Mary (---) Alston, a number of circumstantial items point to a marriage between Col. John Alston and Mary Baker, but currently there is no conclusive evidence. It would be nice to declare Mary Baker to be his wife, but unfortunately that cannot be done with certainty at this time.
Forrest D. King fkroots@yahoo.com

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86. Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Record of Wills, Deeds, Etc. Volume 2, Part 1 1661-1719, pp. 539-540, Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia microfilm no. [Reel 23]. Mentioning daughter Mary in will.
87. Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Wills & Accounts Volume 4 1734-1745, p. 22, Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia microfilm no. [Reel 24]. Son William was given Mary (Blake) Baker's land in Nansemond County. The remaining estate was distributed equally among all of her living children. Mentioning daughter Mary in will.
88. Virginia Patents 1697-1706, 9:195; FHL microfilm 0,029,326.
89. Thomas F. Baker, Buckland Plantation 1670-2014 (Omaha, Nebraska : Wooli Labs LLC, 2014), 16.
90. Bryan A. Garner, ed., Black's Law Dictionary 8th Edition (1891; St. Paul, Minnesota: Thompson West, 2004), 530.
91. Virginia M. Meyer and John F. Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5, 3rd Edition (1956; reprint, Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Press, 1987), 112-115.
92. Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Record of Wills, Deeds, Etc. Volume 2, Part 1 1661-1719, pp. 475-476, Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia microfilm no. [Reel 23]. Mentioning Mary the wife of Henry Baker and Mary the daughter of Henry and Mary Baker. The daughter Mary Baker was called a goddaughter in the will.
93. unknown author, "Isle of Wight County Records," William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, 7 (Apr 1899): 204. This sketch shows where the land is located in Isle of Wight County. The land is referred to as Bennett's Hill.
94. Virginia Patents 1661-1666, 5:27; FHL microfilm 0,029,321. Edward Bennett's 1,500 acre property equally between his daughters Silvestra and Mary on 30 Sep 1664.
95. John D. Neville, "An Isle of Wight Quitrent Roll, 1714" The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 87 (Apr 1979): 176. Mentioning James Day.
96. Chowan County, Deed Book W no. 1 1699-1803, pp. 199, 202-203, FHL microfilm 0,018,487.
97. Chowan County, Deed Book F no. 1 1716-1753, p. 80, FHL microfilm 0,018,490.
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Will of John Alston of Chowan Co Nth Carolina America.
17 Sept 1754 [started] - 20 Feb 1755 [signed]
Probate 2 Dec 1758 Chowan Co
In the Name of God, Amen. September 17th, in the year of our Lord God one thousand Seven hundred and fifty four, I, John Alston of Chowan County and province of North Carolina being in perfect health and of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to almighty God for it., Calling to mind the uncertainty of this Transitory Life, and that all flesh must Yield unto Death when it shall please God to call, Doe make Declair ordain, appoint this my last will and testament in Manner & form following and principally I Recommend my Soul to God that gave it to me in full hope I shall receive full pardon for all my Sins Past by the merits and meditation of our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Chirst and my body to be buried in Such Christion Like manner as shall pleas my Executor hereafter naimed and appointed, and secondly I doe by these presents frustrate and make null and void all other or former wills by me made or Declaired Either by word or writing and this to be taken for my Last will and testament and no other. Thirdly my will is that all My Debts Duly that I owe in the right or concience to any maner of persons What Ever Be Justly Contested and paid in Sum convenient time after my Death By executor hereafter nam'd and now as such worldy Estate as it hath pleased God to Bestow upon me I Give & dispose of the saim in manner and from following--
Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Joseph John Alston my Land at White Oak River and other personall Estate By me all Ready delivered to him and a tract of land containing two hundred and fifty acres being in Chowan County Joining to Mrs. James Willson Line Beginning at a hickory standing on Benit's Creek Side I also give to my son Joseph John Alston one Gold Ring about fifteen shillings worth I say aforesaid Land and Estate to him and his heirs for Ever.
Item. I give and Bequeath unto my Beloved Son Solomon Alston a Negro woman named Sarah which he has in his possession and other personal Estate all Ready delivered to him by me I say the aforesad Negro and Estate to him and his heirs for Ever.
Item. I give and Bequeath unto my Beloved Son William Alston in his lifetime that part of my Estate I allotted for him and now his heirs has is in their possession.
Item. I give to my Beloved Son Phillip Alston one Negro man named Seser now in his possession and one Negro man named Robin and what Else of my personal Estate he has had of me before now in his possession I say the afor s'd Negro's & Estate to & his heirs forever.
Item. I give and Bequeath unto my Beloved Daughter Mary Seward one mulato woman named Moll and what Else she has had of me befor to her and her heirs for Ever I allso mean the use of my Dwelling House and garden to her Durin her natural life.
Item. I Give & bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Williams one Negro woman named Moll an her increas to her and her heirs for Ever and what Else of my personal Estate she has had all Ready.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my Beloved Daughter Sarah Kearny one Negro woman nam'd fanney and her increase now in her possession and what Else she had of my Estate Before the afore said negro and Estate to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I Give to my Beloved Daughter Charity Dawson one Negro woman named janey and a Negro boy named Jupiter and a negro girl named Cate and a negro girl named Nancy I say the aforesaid Negro's to her and her heirs an assigns for Ever.
Item. I mean my Dear wife Mary Alston to have the use om my Estate as vis Dick fanney peter Robin & Easup and Diner allso--my plantation stock & household Goods During her naturall Life But at her Death to be returned in manner hereafter mentioned.
Item. I Give to John Alston Son of Solomon Alston one Negro boy named Peter to him and his heirs fr Ever.
Item. I Give to Elizabeth Alston Daughter of William Alston Deceased one Negro boy named ned to her and her heirs for Ever.
Item. I Give to Paty Alston Daughter of Joseph John Alston one Negro Girl named Pru to her and her heirs for Ever.
Item. I Give to William Alston Son of Philip Alston one Negro Boy named Hary to him & his heirs for Ever.
Item. I Give to John Alston Son of James Alston one Negro woman named Diner and her increase and one negro boy named Robin to him and his heirs for Ever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son James Alston one Negro man named Dick one Negro man named Peter and one mulato man named Easop allso my plantation whereon I now live and all the Land adjoining thereunto I allso give him the Rest and Residue of my whole Estate Both Raill and personall I say the aforesaid Land and Estate to him and his heirs & assigns forever I allso leave him my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seall the 20 day of Feb'y 1755. JOHN ALSTON
Seasbrook Wilson, Thomas Byrd, Joseph Parker X his mark
Edenton 2d December 1758 - Then personally appeared before me Seasbrook Wilson & Joseph Parker two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing Will who make oath that they saw John Alston the Testateor sign seal and deliver and declare the foregoing as & for his last will and Testament and that the said John Alston was at that time to the best of their judgment & belief of sound and disposing Memory & understanding and that they together with Thomas Byrd subscribed their names to the foregoing will as witnessed thereto.
At the same time James Alston Executor before named took the Oath of an Executor.
Let Letters Testamentary issue thereon.
ARTHUR DOBBS."

Research Notes:
Background Research and Commentary:

Forrest King in 2015 writes an analysis of 4 of the theories espoused over the years to explain John Alstons antecedents,

Theories and analysis of the ancestry of Col. John Alston of North Carolina
Col. John Alston was a prominent citizen in Chowan County who held several important positions in his lifetime including being a justice on the North Carolina Colony Court1 before his death in 1758. There are four theories regarding the ancestry and activities of Col. John Alston prior to his first appearance in the primary records of North Carolina on 28 Nov 1713 when he made a land purchase on Bennett's Creek.2 Unfortunately, of the four theories discussed below, only theory three provides any documentation, which makes it difficult to verify the conclusions of the other authors. Therefore, in discussing the theories, I have added sources to help the reader identify information that is supported by records. The four primary theories and one theory response will be described and then analyzed:

Theory one by Joseph A. Groves: Groves' book was the first comprehensive genealogy of the Alston family. Mr. Groves stated that Col. John Alston was a child of John Alston and Dorothy Temple of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, England, and was christened there on 5 Dec 1673.3 He also stated that Col. John Alston married Mary Clark, daughter of John Clark and Mary Palin,4 in North Carolina about 1700. John Clark left a will on 30 May 16895 which mentions wife Mary, daughter Mary, and a possible child in esse. Mary (Palin) Clark, the widow, then married Joseph Glaister on 16 Feb 1709/1710.6 Joseph Glaister left a will on 27 Jan 1718/1719,7 and wife Mary left a will on 9 Jun 1740.8 As part of his reasoning supporting the marriage of Col. John Alston to Mary Clark, Mr. Groves tries to identify the source of their children's names. He postulates that the names came from neighboring families in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties (e.g. Akehurst, Chancey, Clark, Durant, Hatch, Hill, Palin, and Thomas) and referred to them as some of the best citizens of the colony. He then concluded, "It is here we find John Alston, among these he married, and the names Solomon, Philip, James, Martha, Charity till then not found in his ancestral lines, were doubtless obtained through his wife's mother's connections and relationship."9 Mr. Groves stated further that there is a family tradition that Mary, wife of Col. John Alston, was an orphan. 10 Mr. Groves also stated it is most probable that John Alston came to America in 1694 with Gov. John Archdale, who had been appointed governor of North Carolina. As proof, Mr. Groves asserted that John Dawson (a future Alston son-in-law) and William Williams (whose son married John Alston's daughter) came at the same time.11
Response to theory one by William Perry Johnson: Most of Mr. Johnson's comments12 were based on Mr. Groves' lack of any primary documentation. Mr. Johnson described what information is known about Col. John Alston, John Clark, Mary Palin, and daughter Mary Clark, including the marriage of Joseph Glaister to Mary (Palin) Clark. Mr. Johnson stated, "No further record of Mary (Palin) Clarke's daughter Mary has been found; it is presumed she died young. Neither is there any record of a second child being born to John & Mary (Palin) Clarke."13 Mr. Johnson also challenged the connection between John Alston of Bedfordshire County, England and Col. John Alston again because no conclusive proof was provided.
Analysis of theory one: One of the best sources that we have for assisting in this Alston analysis is the Internet. Edward Fenn hosts www.thekingscandlesticks.com, which makes available hundreds of copies of original documents on the Alston family both in England and America. Through his diligent research and the help of other contributors, Mr. Fenn has posted material providing answers to some of the disputes among the proposed theories.
Mr. Fenn documents the christening of a John Alston in Felmersham, Bedfordshire, England. Mr. Fenn shows that this particular John Alston married Elizabeth Shone on 14 Sep 1707 and was buried on 12 Feb 1710/11 in London, England. http://www.thekingscandlesticks.com/webs/pedigrees/15900.html
Thus Col. John Alston of North Carolina could not be the John Alston born in Bedfordshire County, England.

Mr. Groves lists Mary Clark, daughter of John Clark and Mary Palin, as the spouse of Col. John Alston. In John Clark's will of 1689, daughter Mary Clark received half of her father's land with caveats attached. Her mother was expecting, and if the child was a boy then the son would get the land, but if a girl the land was to be split between Mary and her sister. Daughter Mary's portion of the land was never sold by her or her mother.14 Neither the will of her mother nor the will of her stepfather mentioned any children from the mother's first marriage. To date, no primary record has been found mentioning Col. John Alston in reference to this land. In my own review of several thousand original court documents found at the Edenton Courthouse15 through 1740 including a number of unpublished tax lists, I did not find any records where a John Alston is mentioned in the same record as a Clark or a Palin. This analysis also supports Mr. Johnson's conclusions that Mary Clark probably died early and that there was no marriage between Col. John Alston and Mary Clark.
Mr. Groves stated that Col. John Alston arrived in North Carolina in 1694 with Gov. John Archdale. His evidence was a supposition that John Dawson (a future John Alston son-in-law) and William Williams (whose son married John Alston's daughter) came with Gov. Archdale. Actually, John Dawson, son of Henry Dawson of Isle of Wight County, was born in Virginia, since his father Henry Dawson was already in Virginia by 1650.16 William Williams was also born in Virginia about 1671.17 So Mr. Groves' supposition is incorrect.

Theory two by Douglas Tucker:18 Mr. Tucker was familiar with the writings of Mr. Groves and Mr. Johnson. He accepted the conclusions reached by Mr. Groves as to the birth and marriage of Col. John Alston without offering any rebuttal showing why Mr. Johnson was wrong. Mr. Tucker acknowledged that Mary (Palin) Clark could have been no older than 16 when she was married to Col. John Alston and recognized the possibility that she did not outlive her mother who died about 1740. Mr. Tucker believes that Col. John Alston arrived in 1694 with Gov. Archdale because Mary (Palin) Clark was a neighbor to Gov. Archdale but acknowledged that there was no conclusive proof. He concluded that there were no land records for Col. John Alston before 1713, so he assumes that Col. John Alston must have lived with Mary's parents. Mr. Tucker also claims that Thomas Harvey Jr.,19 son of Lt. Governor Harvey, was a personal friend of the Alstons who wrote in a letter later published that Mary Alston was a "solid Quaker influence on her ambitious husband."20
Analysis of theory two: Most of theory two is in support of theory one, which has been disproved above except for the Thomas Harvey letters. These published letters by Thomas Harvey Jr. pose an unusual problem because no source is provided. My search of books and the Internet did not locate any other mention of these letters for analysis or for any personal dealings between the Alstons and Thomas Harvey Jr. Mary Alston is also missing from all published Quaker records that I could find. The only documented time that Col. John Alston's family attended church was not in the Quaker faith.21 Until the missing letters are found, Mr. Tucker's comments about Mary (---) Alston are unsupported.

Theory three by David L. Kent: Mr. Kent was familiar with theory one and the response by Mr. Johnson but made no reference to theory two.22 Mr. Kent concurred with Mr. Johnson as to there being no documented evidence that John Alston was born in Bedfordshire County, England.23 Mr. Kent stated instead that Col. John Alston was a son of Solomon Alston and wife Mary of Wethersfield, Essex, England. This John was christened on 16 Apr 1677 and married Mary Lambert, daughter of John Lambert, on 17 Dec 1702. Mr. Kent documented his theory in two ways. The first was a power of attorney authored by Henry Baker in 1703 and filed in North Carolina that showed a John Alston as a witness. 24 The Solomon Alston family also dealt with a Baker family in Essex County, England. The second was by the circumstances surrounding this John Alston in England. John Alston of Essex County, England was born at the right time, married a Mary about the right time, and the names of the children for Solomon Alston from the parish registers of Essex County, England,25 are similar to those used by Col. John Alston
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Analysis of theory three: Mr. Fenn shows that the marriage of John Alston of Essex County, England, son of Solomon Alston, was with Mary Hinch on 16 Jan 1694/1695, not with Mary Lambert. http://www.thekingscandlesticks.com/webs/pedigrees/2755.html
Mary Hinch died in 1730 and so could not be the wife of Col. John Alston, since Col. John's wife was still alive in 1758. Mr. Fenn documents that Mary Lambert married another John Alston of Essex County, England. Thus theory three is not correct about her marriage with Col. John Alston. Also, Mr. Kent compared the names of children of Col. John Alston as does Mr. Groves.26 Although interesting, no conclusion can be drawn from these comparisons.

Theory four: This is an unpublished theory on Col. John Alston offered by Internet articles. A John Alston who participated in the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685 was convicted of treason and shipped to Barbados to serve out a ten year sentence. He later relocated to North Carolina and then became Col. John Alston of Chowan County.
Analysis of theory four: Theory four concerning Col. John Alston being part of the 1685 Monmouth Rebellion in England came from emigration documents. John Alston was one of 100 individuals convicted of high treason and shipped to Barbados dated 25 Sep 1685.27 John Alston and three others were to be servants to Col. John Hallett, effective Dec 1685.28 These convicts were viewed as political prisoners, with a status not much better than that of the black slaves of the island.29
Shortly afterwards, William of Orange became King of England, and efforts to have the sentences commuted for these convicts, including a John Alston, began on 3 Apr 1689 with a petition from several individuals from Devonshire County, England to the Privy Council in London.30 The Privy Council repealed the sentences,31 and the official pardon arrived in Barbados on 9 Jan 1690.32 Gov. James Kendall of Barbados argued that the departure of the convicts would "cause injury to planters who had 'taught them to be their boilers, distillers, and refiners and neglected to teach any other as they would otherwise have done.'"33 On 17 Mar 1691, the Barbados Assembly reached a compromise of sorts. The rebels were free five years after their arrival, but plantation owners did not have to pay the customary dues for freeing them. The convicts were "forbidden to leave the island without the King's permission" and were forced to serve in the militia.34 There had been a serious emigration from Barbados over the previous 20 years,35 so the convicts were needed to defend the island. These released convicts could have gone elsewhere in Barbados.36 However, there is no record that any one of the 41 servants mentioned in the 1689 petition to the Privy Council which left Barbados before the end of 1699. It is conjecture whether the convict John Alston ever returned to England, stayed in Barbados, or went to some other place in the western hemisphere.
Mr. Groves and Mr. Kent were not the only individuals who tried to connect John Alston from England to North Carolina. Lionel Cresswell wrote an extensive book on the Alstons of England. Mr. Cresswell, a contemporary of Mr. Groves, communicated with Mr. Groves while both were writing their books. Mr. Cresswell stated, "I have confined my attention … to the 'missing link' between the Alstons of the two worlds, and I have to confess failure." He could not identify the John Alston of North Carolina but hoped his book would assist in that effort. He believed that theory one was incorrect because "there were plenty of other John Alstons in existence." He also believed that theory four had no evidence to connect John Alston of Barbados to the successful and prosperous planter of North Carolina. Mr. Cresswell also stated , "I find no John … who can with propriety be shipped across the Atlantic to figure as the patriarch planter…."37 Mr. Cresswell's conclusions were further bolstered by a recent book by John Brayton. His section on the Alston family strongly agreed with the arguments against Col. John Alston's birth in England and his marriage to Mary Clark.38

In summary, Col. John Alston was not born in Bedfordshire County or Essex County, England and there is no evidence supporting a marriage to Mary Clark in North Carolina or any Mary in England. There is also no documentation that Col. John Alston arrived in North Carolina with Gov. Archdale in 1694 or that he was ever in Barbados.

F. D. King [fkroots@yahoo.com]
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Footnotes.
1 - Robert J. Cain, ed., The Colonial Records of North Carolina [Second Series] North Carolina Higher-Court Minutes 1724-1730 (Raleigh, North Carolina: Privately printed, 1981), 64-65.
2 - Chowan County, Deed Book W no. 1 1699-1803, pages 199, 202-203; FHL microfilm 0,018,487, Family History Library [FHL], Salt Lake City, Utah.
3 - Joseph A. Groves, The Alstons and Allstons of North and South Carolina (Atlanta, GA: The Franklin Printing and Publishing Company, 1901), 27.
4 - IBID. page 96-98.
5 - North Carolina Will Records, Secretary of State Record Group Folder 12.96.5.57 will, John Clarke, 1689 (North Carolina State Archives: Raleigh, North Carolina), no pagination.
6 - William W. Hinshaw, ed., Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Volume I North Carolina (1936; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1994), 140. Marriage possibly took place in Virginia.
7 - North Carolina Will Records, Secretary of State Record Group Folder 12.96.9.64 will, Joseph Glaister, 1719 (North Carolina State Archives: Raleigh, North Carolina), no pagination.
8 - North Carolina Will Records, Secretary of State Record Group Folder 12.96.9.65 will, Mary Glaister, 1740 (North Carolina State Archives: Raleigh, North Carolina), no pagination. Mary listed children or step children of her second marriage as well as other relatives but no Alstons.
9 - Joseph A. Groves, The Alstons and Allstons of North and South Carolina (Atlanta, GA: The Franklin Printing and Publishing Company, 1901), 96.
10 - IBID. page 98.
11 - IBID. page 96.
12 - William P. Johnson, "Alston Genealogy," Journal of North Carolina Genealogy, 11 (Fall 1965) 1527-1530.
13 - IBID. page 1528.
14 - Weynette P. Haun, ed., Perquimans County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts 1681-1729 (Durham, North Carolina: Privately printed, 1983). This book covers the likely period when this land would have been sold.
15 - Helen F. M. Leary and Maurice R. Stirewalt, eds., North Carolina Research Genealogy and Local History (Raleigh, North Carolina: The North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1980), 321-323. Edenton courthouse was the home of Chowan County court records and many of the early North Carolina colony and Albemarle County records (which includes Perquimans and Pasquotank precincts) are found there as well.
16 - Virginia M. Meyer and John F. Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5, 3rd Edition (1956; reprint, Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Press, 1987), 244-246.
17 - John A. Brayton, Order of First Families of North Carolina Registry of Ancestors Vol. 2 (Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 2008), 35-40, 106.
18 - Home pages of Rootsweb Ancestry.com histories. (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lksstarr/reports/alstnclr.txt 15 Oct 2015) article
19 - William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography: Vol. 3 H-K (Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1988), 65-67. This source provides a biography of the two Thomas Harveys.
20 - Home pages of Rootsweb Ancestry.com histories. (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lksstarr/reports/alstnclr.txt 15 October 2015 2015) article
21 - William Byrd, Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina (New York, New York: Dover Publications, 1967), 89. This happened in March 1728.
22 - David L. Kent, "English Origins of the Alston Family of the Carolinas," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, 34 (Spring 2006): 63-68.
23 - John I. Coddington, "Buford Turner, of Maury, Giles, Madison and Shelby Counties, Tennessee, and his Hunter, Alston, Estes, Magevney, and Hanson Connections," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 49 (Mar 1961): 24-26. Mr. Kent also uses this article as support for his position.
24 - North Carolina Colonial Court Records, Miscellaneous Papers 1677-1775 CCR 192 Power of Attorney, Henry Baker, 1703 (North Carolina State Archives: Raleigh, North Carolina), no pagination.
25 - David L. Kent, "English Origins of the Alston Family of the Carolinas," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, 34 (Spring 2006): 63-64.
26 - Joseph A. Groves, The Alstons and Allstons of North and South Carolina (Atlanta, GA: The Franklin Printing and Publishing Company, 1901), 96. Groves does not elaborate on commonality of children's names beyond just listing these neighbors.
27 - John C. Hotten, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality (1874; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1986), 326-328.
28 - John C. Hotten, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality (1874; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1986), 328.
29 - Jill Sheppard, The"Redlegs" of Barbados (Millwood, New York: KTO Press, 1977), 29. The author also explains the poor conditions of the convicts upon their arrival.
30 - William J. Hardy, ed., Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the Reign of William and Mary, 13th Feb1689-April 1690 (Dublin, Ireland: Hodges, Figgis, & Co., 1895), 50.
31 - J. W. Fortescue, ed., Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series, America and West Indies 1689-1692 (London, England: Mackie and Co. Ld., 1901), 77.
32 - Peter W. Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants 1661-1699 (Baltimore Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1990), 619.
33 - Parth Bhatt and Ingo Plag, The Structure of Creole Words (2006, reprint, Germany: DeGruyter, 2012), 72.
34 - Jill Sheppard, The"Redlegs" of Barbados (Millwood, New York: KTO Press, 1977), 30.
35 - Jack P. Greene, "Colonial South Carolina and the Caribbean Connection", South Carolina and Barbados Connections (Charleston, South Carolina: Home House Press, 2012), 38-41.
36 - Parth Bhatt and Ingo Plag, The Structure of Creole Words (2006, reprint, Germany: DeGruyter, 2012), 73. The convicts were primarily tavern assistants, clerks, and artisans.
37 - Lionel Cresswell, Stemma Alstoniana (unknown location: privately printed, 1898), 340-343.
38 - John A. Brayton, Order of First Families of North Carolina Registry of Ancestors Vol. 1 (Memphis, Tennessee: privately printed, 2005), 1-2.
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Information on John of Nth. Carolina from American sources:
"Little is known of John Alston until he appears in the North Carolina records.
He seems to have lived first in Pasquotank Co and married there.
1711 - He received a grant of 270 acres of land on the NW side of Bennett's Creek.
1713 - he began to enter lands in the names of his sons.
1713, 28 Nov - Patrick Laler/Laughler of Chowan Prect and Patience Laler to Mr. John Alston for 1000 pounds of Tobacco. 50 A more or less on the SE side of Bennetts Creek and is part of a patent dated 17 Mar 1704/5
1714, 16 April - same for 5000 pounds of Tobacco, the back Swamp Plantation.
1715 - 20 April - He was a juror at a court held at the house of Henry King.
1720, 1 Oct - Gov Charles Eden gives commission as Justices of Peace for the Prect. of Chowan to William Charlton, John Holbrook, John Cotton, Thomas Betterley, Thomas Roundtree, Luke Meazell, John Parker, John Bryant the son of Lewis Bryant, John Alston, William Bridges and William Lattimer, Esquires. In 1721, 1722, 1724 he was on the grand jury of the oyer and terminer courts, and again in 1740.
In 1724 - he was a justice of the peace for Chowan and again in 1739.
Until 1725 - He was called captain, then major till 1729 and later colonel.
1738 - On 3 April he was elected a vestryman of St. Paul's Parish, Chowan Co.
In 1746 he was sheriff of Chowan Co."
Ref: Stephen B Weeks

Alston Comments
Documentation
By Forrest D King 2014
Noted events in his life were:
- Lineage:4 the editor discusses how his parents are not JOHN ALSTON and ANNE WALLIS that were born in England. His wife is not MARY CLARK, daughter of JOHN CLARK and MARY PALIN. All of this runs contrary to has been previously reported. However, the documentation of this option is well and will be considered accurate until proven otherwise. JOHN ALSTON probably did have a higher stature in England because of who his children intermarried with and his positions in North Carolina.
- (possibly the John Alston) He was involved in a court case on 30 Aug 1700 in , Surry, Virginia, United States.8 (possibly the JOHN ALSTON) "In the difference depending between ARTHUR DAVIS JR ase. fo ALICE REDDICK ase. of RICHARD ROBINSON plt. and JOHN ALSTONE deft. the plt. by his petition sett forth that the deft. stands justly indebted to him ... wch. the deft. pleaded that the said plt. his accon agt. him the sd. deft. ought not to have because the said plt. and the said ALICE intermarrying & being thereby only entitled to accon during the marriage, the marriage now being disolved by the death of said ALICE the plt. is now barred in Law from accon, to wch. the plt. offered to demurre but failing therein upon the defts. motion a nonsuite is granted him and ordered that the said DAVIS pay damage according to law" dated 30 Aug 1700
- He immigrated in 1711 to , Chowan, North Carolina, United States. he could have immigrated to America in or close to 1711 and landed at Bennett's Creek near the current town of Gatesville, North Carolina (now Gates County)
- Land Purchase on 28 Nov 1713 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.9 from PATRICK and PATIENCE LALER, 50 acres on the east side of Bennett's Creek (part of a patent dated 17 Mar 1704/5), W: --- (DL) LALER, TREEDLE KEEFE, and WILLIAM (V) VANN
- He was involved in a court case on 20 Apr 1715 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.10 on a jury in the case of SARAH SMITH vs. WILLIAM WADE in Chowan County, North Carolina
- He was involved in a court case about Witness on 28 Oct 1719 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.11 assignment from ROBERT HICKS to ADAM COCKBURNE, ALSO: JOSEPH YOUNG
- Land Witness in Jul 1720 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.12 from WILLIAM MURPHEY and wife MARTHA, to BARNABY MCKINNIE, 640 acres at the mouth of a Great Branch called the Cypress Gutt joining the plantation ARTHUR DAVIS did live on (being formerly granted to WILLIAM BROWNE dated 1 Apr 1713), ALSO: WILLIAM LATTIMER
- Position: 1 Oct 1720, , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.13 made a Justice of the Peace
- Land Patent about 1721 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.14 270 acres on N. W. side of Bennetts Creek joining sd. ALSTON, THOMAS MARTIN, WILLIAM DANIEL, and WILLIAM SUMNER
- Land Witness on 25 Mar 1721 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.15 from PATRICK LAWLEY to THOMAS MARTIN of Nansemond, 50 acres on Bennett's Creek (patent granted to TREEDLE KEEFE? dated 10 Dec 1712), ALSO: HENRY BAKER and JONATHAN ROWSE
- He was involved in a court case about Witness on 6 Apr 1721 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.16 of a power of attorney from THOMAS MARTIN to ROBERT HICKS, ALSO: PATRICK (P over L) LAUGHLER
- He served in the military on 7 Apr 1722 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.17 he was a Captain in the Militia
- Land Patent on 26 Mar 1723 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.18 292 acres in Chowan County on the north side of Bennets Creek joining, Col. THOMAS HARVEY and Capt. JOHN ALSTON
- Land Patent on 26 Mar 1723 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.18 200 acres in Chowan County at the head of Bennets Creek, joining PUGH, WILLIAM WRIGHT, and White Pot Pocoson
- Land Patent on 26 Mar 1723 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.19 263 acres on the head of Knotty Pine Pocoson and Goples? pocosin, joining HENRY BAKER, GEORGE VAUN, and the sd. Knotty pine pocoson
- Land Neighbor on 14 Aug 1723 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.20 WILLIAM LEWIS and AARON ODAM on White Pot Pocoson in Chowan County, North Carolina
- He served in the military 1724 to 1729 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.21 he was called Captain ALSTON until 1724, Major to 1729 and then a Colonel
- Position: 24 Oct 1724, , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.21 he was made a Justice of the Peace
- Land Purchase on 11 Aug 1726 in , Bertie, North Carolina, United States.22 from GEORGE POWELL, 124 acres on ES. Ahoskey Swamp adj. PETER PARKER, LEONARD LANGSTON (granted GEORGE POWELL dated 1 Apr 1725), W: JOHN NAIRNE and JOHN POWER
- Land Witness on 20 Mar 1727/28 in , Bertie, North Carolina, United States.23 from JOHN NAIRN to JONATHAN DAVIS, 200 acres on SS. Morattock River at Cypress adj. JOHN WOODS, ALSO: JAMES SPIER
- Will Witness on 29 Nov 1728.24 PATRICK LAWLER, ALSO: THOS. ROUNDTREE, JAMES HINTON, and JOHN (X) MARTAIN
- Will Witness on 21 Feb 1728/29.25 JOHN MANER, ALSO: ELIZABETH SMITH and MARY ALSTON
- Land Sale on 18 Feb 1735/36 in , Bertie, North Carolina, United States.26 of Chowan County, to THOMAS PILAND, 124 acres on SES Ahoskey Swamp (by patent dated 1 Apr 1723 to GEORGE POWELL, W: HENRY BAKER, JOSEPH VANN, and MARY MORRIS
- Position: 1738 to 1747, , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.21 elected Vestryman for the Parish of Chowan 3 Apr 1738 and served until 1747
- Position: 3 Apr 1738, , Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.21 Justice for Edgecombe County, North Carolina
- Land Patent on 28 Jun 1738 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.27 150 acres in Edgecombe County on the East side of Bever Ponds, joining Co., MOSELEY'S corner on the pond
- Position: 1739, , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.28 he was still a Justice of the Peace in Chowan County, North Carolina in 1739
- Land Patent on 20 Nov 1739 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.29 500 acres in Edgecombe County on the S. W. side of Coneyway Creek, joining sd. Creek
- Land Patent on 31 Jul 1741 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.30 200 acres in Edgecombe County on the N. side of Fishing Creek joining a branch and the creek
- Land Sale on 22 Sep 1742 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.31 of Chowan County, to EDWARD YOUNG, 500 acres on the west side of Conway Creek (patent by sd. ALSTON dated 20 Nov 1739), W: JOSEPH JOHN ALSTON, PHILLIP ALSTON, and ELIZABETH ALSTON
- Land Sale on 12 Feb 1743/44 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.32 to HENRY LEDBETTER, 200 acres on the north side of Fishing Creek (patented to sd. JOHN), W: FRANCIS (X) REGAN and PHILLIP ALSTON
- Will Mention on 30 Aug 1744.33 THOMAS HOLLADAY, he had sold JOHN some land
- Land Neighbor on 11 Apr 1745 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.34 JOSEPH JOHN ALSTON, COLE, and WILSON, on the mouth of Sarum Creek where Troy Swamp joins it in Chowan County, North Carolina
- Position: Jul 1745, , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.35 he is a sheriff in Chowan County
- Position: 11 Jul 1747, , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.36 he may have been a Court Justice
- Land Sale on 22 Nov 1748 in , Granville, North Carolina, United States.37 of Chowan County, to HENRY LEDBETTER, 200 acres on the north side of Fishing Creek (patented by sd. JOHN in 1741 and originally sold to sd. HENRY in 1744 but a better deed is required), W: JOSEPH JOHN ALSTON and JOHN LEDBETTER
- Land Purchase on 20 May 1752 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.38 of Chowan County, from JOHN MOTLEY, 300 acres at the mouth of Buffalo Branch and FRANCIS YOUNG'S line, W: JOSEPH JOHN ALSTON and LEMUEL WILKSON
- Will Abstract on 20 Feb 1755 in , Chowan, North Carolina, United States.39 EX: son JAMES, W: SEASBROOK WILSON, THOMAS BYRD, and JOSEPH PARKER, recorded 2 Dec 1758
- Land Purchase on 9 Nov 1757 in , Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.40 (possibly the JOHN ALSTON) along with two of his children in Edgecombe County, North Carolina


1. Bradley, Dr. Stephen E, Early Records of North Carolina Volume 3 Loose Papers 1712-1798 (Stephen E. Bradley (1993)), p. 79. he probably proved the inventory of WILLIAM SKINNER taken by ANN SKINNER on 11 Jul 1747. .... Haun, Weynette P, Perquimans County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts (NCPRQ-DE2) (Weynette P. Haun (1983)), p. 106. he and JOSEPH JESSUP received 200 acres as a gift from LUKE HOLLOWELL and wife ELIZABETH on 13 Jul 1724.
2. various, SC-PERIODICAL The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (quarterly), Vol. 34, p. 63.
3. various, SC-PERIODICAL The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (quarterly), Vol. 34, p. 64.
4. Not applicable, NC-STATE-PERIODICAL Journal of North Carolina Genealogy (Series), Vol. 11, pp. 1527-1530.
5. Smallwood, Marilu B Some Colonial and Revolutionary Families of North Carolina (Southern Press Inc. (1964)), Vol. 2, p. 11. .... Hathaway, J. R. B, Index to The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register (Genealogical Publishing Company (1993)), Vol. 1, p. 475.
6. Holcomb, Brent H, Bute County, NC Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1767-1779 (Brent H. Holcomb (1988)), p. 142.
7. Not applicable, Journal of North Carolina Genealogy) (Series), pp. 1527-1530.
8. Davis, Eliza T, Wills and Administration of Surry County, Virginia 1671-1750 (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc (1995)), p. 132.
9. Hofmann, Margaret M, Chowan Precinct North Carolina Genealogical Abstracts of Deeds 1696-1723 (The Roanoke News Company (1976)), p. 50.
10. Hofmann, Margaret M, Chowan Precinct North Carolina Genealogical Abstracts of Deeds 1696-1723 (The Roanoke News Company (1976)), p. 215.
11. Hofmann, Margaret M, Chowan Precinct North Carolina Genealogical Abstracts of Deeds 1696-1723 (The Roanoke News Company (1976)), p. 179.
12. Hofmann, Margaret M, Chowan Precinct North Carolina Genealogical Abstracts of Deeds 1696-1723 (The Roanoke News Company (1976)), pp. 57-58.
13. Hofmann, Margaret M, Chowan Precinct North Carolina Genealogical Abstracts of Deeds 1696-1723 (The Roanoke News Company (1976)), p. 62.
14. Hofmann, Margaret M, Colony of North Carolina Abstracts of Land Patents Volume 1 (The Roanoke News Company (1982)), p. 172.
15. Hofmann, Margaret M, Chowan Precinct North Carolina Genealogical Abstracts of Deeds 1696-1723 (The Roanoke News Company (1976)), p. 166.
16. Hofmann, Margaret M, Chowan Precinct North Carolina Genealogical Abstracts of Deeds 1696-1723 (The Roanoke News Company (1976)), p. 71.
17. Cain, Robert J, The Colonial Records of North Carolina Volume V 1709-1723 (North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (1981)), p. 283.
18. Hofmann, Margaret M, Province of North Carolina Abstracts of Land Patents (Copy-it Printing Co. (1979)), p. 187.
19. Hofmann, Margaret M, Province of North Carolina Abstracts of Land Patents (Copy-it Printing Co. (1979)), p. 188.
20. Hofmann, Margaret M, Province of North Carolina Abstracts of Land Patents (Copy-it Printing Co. (1979)), p. 201.
21. Smallwood, Marilu B, Some Colonial and Revolutionary Families of North Carolina (Southern Press Inc. (1964)), Vol. 2, p. 10.
22. Bell, Mary B, Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina Deeds Volume II (Colonial Bertie (unknown)), p. 44.
23. Bell, Mary B, Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina Deeds Volume II (Colonial Bertie (unknown)), p. 77.
24. Bradley, Dr. Stephen E, Early Records of North Carolina Wills 1723-1736 Volume 5 (Stephen E. Bradley Publication (1993)), p. 50.
25. Bradley, Dr. Stephen E, Early Records of North Carolina Wills 1723-1736 Volume 5 (Stephen E. Bradley Publication (1993)), p. 57.
26. Bell, Mary B, Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina Deeds Volume III (Colonial Bertie (unknown)), p. 177.
27. Hofmann, Margaret M, Colony of North Carolina Abstracts of Land Patents Volume 1 (The Roanoke News Company (1982)), p. 268.
28. Haun, Weynette P, Chowan County, North Carolina Miscellaneous Papers 1685-1744 (Weynette P. Haun (about 1995)), p. 74.
29. Hofmann, Margaret M, Colony of North Carolina Abstracts of Land Patents Volume 1 (The Roanoke News Company (1982)), p. 283.
30. Hofmann, Margaret M, Colony of North Carolina Abstracts of Land Patents Volume 1 (The Roanoke News Company (1982)), pp. 154 and 159.
31. Hofmann, Margaret M, Abstracts of Deeds Edgecombe Precinct, Edgecombe County, North Carolina 1732 through 1758 (The Roanoke News Company (1987)), p. 178.
32. Hofmann, Margaret M, Abstracts of Deeds Edgecombe Precinct, Edgecombe County, North Carolina 1732 through 1758 (The Roanoke News Company (1987)), p. 199.
33. Bradley, Dr. Stephen E Early Records of North Carolina Wills 1737-1749 Volume 6 (Stephen E. Bradley (1993)), p. 44.
34. Hofmann, Margaret M, Colony of North Carolina Abstracts of Land Patents Volume 1 (The Roanoke News Company (1982)), p. 197.
35. Hathaway, J. R. B, The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register (Genealogical Publishing Company (1979)), Vol. 1, p. 453.
36. Bradley, Dr. Stephen E, Early Records of North Carolina Volume 3 Loose Papers 1712-1798 (Stephen E. Bradley (1993)), p. 79.
37. Gwynn, Zae H, Abstracts of the Early Deeds of Granville County, North Carolina (The Reprint Company (1993)), pp. 9-10.
38. Hofmann, Margaret M, Abstracts of Deeds Edgecombe Precinct, Edgecombe County, North Carolina 1732 through 1758 (The Roanoke News Company (1987)), p. 35.
39. Bradley, Dr. Stephen E Early Records of North Carolina Wills 1756-1794 Volume 8 (Stephen E. Bradley (1994)), p. 2.
40. Hofmann, Margaret M, Abstracts of Deeds Edgecombe Precinct, Edgecombe County, North Carolina 1732 through 1758 (The Roanoke News Company (1987)), pp. 243-244.

Summary of Activities of John Alston
Purchased land on a regular basis beginning in 1713
Sat on juries beginning in 1715
Witnessed the sale of land beginning in 1719
Justice of the Peace in 1720
Captain of the Militia in 1722, he eventually rose to Colonel
Collector of Revenue for the colony in 1725
Sold land beginning in 1736
Elected Vestryman of the Parish in 1747
Sheriff in Chowan County in 1745
He also may have been a court justice in 1747
Links to Social Status in Early Virginia and North Carolina
<http://www.history.org/almanack/life/classes.cfm>
Gentry
The gentry were the "upper crust" of colonial society. They were large landowners, very wealthy merchants, and financiers. They owned huge tracts of land and usually many slaves. Gentry men, or gentlemen, took it as their right and duty to govern others. They served as local magistrates, church vestrymen, and councilmen. Gentry ladies, or gentlewomen, were at the top of social class and colonial fashion.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_South_and_the_Chesapeake>
Class hierarchy
Much like the old world <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_World> , colonial America <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_America> was divided into a rigid social structure <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_structure> . Pedigree mattered more than anything, and wealthy, English families stood at the top of the social ladder. These families often controlled vast amounts of workers as well. These workers, the African American <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_American> Slaves, were the lowliest of those living in the colonies, standing below even the indentured workers who powered much of the new world.[6] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_South_and_the_Chesapeake> Next, predictably, were these same indentured servants, men who were offered passage to America in return for years of labor. Though some were honest men, wishing to scrape out a new life in the new world, many of these men were criminals, waifs, and convicts, sent to the new world <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neologism> as punishment.
The largest social class <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_class> in the south and Chesapeake regions were the merchants, vendors and small farmers of the colonies. These people were the rank and file <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/rank_and_file> citizens, moderately educated and skilled, but willing to work hard and create the America they needed.[7] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_South_and_the_Chesapeake> Finally, at the top of the social ladder stood old, wealthy English families, clergymen, magistrates and large land holders in America. In this class, etiquette was rigidly enforced; no one was allowed to "dress above their station" and were forced to sit in church according to their own social standing. This class Hierarchy <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_hierarchy> lasted decades, and remnants of it still exist in today's free-er America.
<http://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-society.htm>
Colonial Society - Social Classes
Colonial Society was determined by social classes and much like a pyramid shape. The top consisted of just a tiny number of people who were the most powerful and wealthy people in the colonies. The lower down the pyramid, the more number of people there were and the lower their status. Just as Europe there were several social classes in the colonies of 18th century North America as depicted in the following chart - also refer to Colonial Work <http://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-work.htm> and Colonial Trades <http://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-trades.htm> :
Chart of Social Classes in Colonial Society - 1700's upper Classes These men were the elite, wealthy, well bred and well educated minor aristocrats. Men of the Upper class could vote and held high public office. Middle Classes Men of the middle class could vote but few held public office. These men owned small farms, ran stores or small businesses, were skilled tradesmen or belonged to professions such as ministers, doctors and lawyers Lower Classes & 'Poor Whites' Men of the lower class could not vote, none held public office, few owned property and most were illiterate. These were manual workers, servants, apprentices, sailors and hired hands but also included semi-skilled tradesmen. "Poor whites" were increasingly forced to become tenant farmers Indentured Servants & Convicts Indentured Servants <http://www.landofthebrave.info/indentured-servants.htm> : Indentured servants (who included about 50,000 convicts) were were not paid any wages for up to 7 years. Indentured servants had few rights, they could not vote, they were not allowed to marry or to leave their houses and travel without permission and were not allowed to buy or sell anything.
Slaves 20% of population of North America were slaves and had no rights
Chart of Social Classes in Colonial Society

Conclusion of Social Status
John Alston was probably in the upper crust of the Chowan County residents.

John Alston of Chowan Speculation
A John Alston was transported to the new world in 1685/6.
"The Book of Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775 - Alston John. Rebel T 1685"
A John Alston was sold as in Barbados in 1689
A John Alston arrived in 1694 in North Carolina
A John Alston was an early settler in South Carolina, year unknown
A John Alston was in Surry County, Virginia in 1704
A John Alston is in Maryland in 1729
Alstons of Essex County, England
<http://www.thekingscandlesticks.com/webs/alston/d1.html> provides a descent from John Alston who died about 1514. One of his descendants is Solomon Alston


Views on the Groves Myth.
It appears from the Internet that the myth of the "two John Alston's" has been unquestioningly accepted by hundreds of persons creating a tree, and perpetuated in dozens of books and family histories over the last century. The time is long past to start the research to find the correct links between the Alston families on either side of the Atlantic. That can with confidence now begin in earnest, putting the errors of the past behind us.

However the correspondance below illustrates that not all American researchers have been uncritical in their work:
"Dear Sally,
I am descended from five of the original John Alston's children. I have researched the family for over 50 years and I find that there is no proof whatsoever that the John who came to Chowan Co. NC was the John born in Femersham England. Groves in his Alston book surmised that he was the same. He is more likely to be the John who was captured in the Monmouth Rebellion and sent to Barbadoes. He was pardoned in along with a number of "good and honest men" and most likely came to America.
Sally,
The reference to John Alston that I mentioned is:
Coldham, Peter Wilson. The Complete book of Emigrants 1661-1699.
pp. 548, 615-616, 619. 23 September 1685
Rebels convicted after Monmouth's rebellion to be transported from Dorchester Gaol by James Kendall to Barbados. nine men listed.
The next paragraph reads, and the following transported from Weymouth by the "Happy Return" of Poole. Capt. Roger Wadham, to Barbados and sold there in January 1686: ninety one men listed including John Alston and William Williams (Alstons married Williams) and other names appearing in the Carolinas and Virginia .
p. 615 - 616 3 May 1689
Petition by John Clap etc . . . . . that the following persons, men of industrious and sober lives, who were sentenced to be sold as slaves to America, be allowed to return home to their families. All were taken into custody after the defeat of the Duke of Monmouth, some having take up arms against the King, others having supplied provisions to the rebels but many not having assisted at all: Judge Jefferies required all of them to plead guilty or face immediate execution and they were therefore terrified into making false confessions and accepting banishment for ten years. Forty one men listed including John Alston.
p. 619. 9 January 1690
By order of the King the provision of 1686 whereby those convicted of complicity in Monmouth's rebellion were to serve ten years in the plantations is now revoked. Pardons may be given to those who desire them. In the following pages are listed ships which brought people to Virginia and the Carolinas .
Groves does mention this John Alston, but says it wasn't the same John as the one who came to Carolina. I firmly believe that it was. The rebel John could have been just a young boy at the time. He probably would not have wanted to go back to England for political reasons and this was the same time frame as he showed up in Carolina . Being accused of being a rebel and sold as a slave may account for the fact that little is known about John Alston before his coming to Carolina. Groves gave him a family background with which I disagree and of which there is no proof.
Elizabeth"
Ref: http://www.sallysfamilyplace.com/Neighbors/Alston.htm E-mails from Elizabeth Tissot.

See English Origins of Alston's of Carolina" under the "Books" button on this website, courtesy of David L Kent.

Cresswell writes on Grove's book:
American Families of Alston.
(Page 340) As is to be expected in the case of a surname so widespread in this country as Alston, bearers of it are to be found in the Anglo-Saxon Settlements overseas. Some of the Alstons of the seventeenth century had families of patriarchal size. and it would be only natural for some of their aspiring and ambitious scions. remembering Shakesneare's teaching that home keeping youths have ever homely wits, to dream golden dreams and eventually seek to transmute them into daylight realities by emigration. That our English Alstons were ancestors of those in America is beyond doubt. The difficulty is in linking on families in the new world to their right kindred here. Men who were independent and bold enough to cut themselves from their family moorings, would be careless of preserving for their descendants exact and intimate information of connexions they had themselves relinguished voluntarily or had been broken from by the force of unpleasing circumstance. Mere human nature and lapse of time have also to be reckoned with. Few can tell the full names of their great-grandfathers and few care what they were. The remotest relationships they concern themselves with are those of grandparents and grand-children. These bound the family horizons of most people.
In the course of correspondence with several members of the Alston clan in the States, it became clear that anv attempt on my part to work-out their genealogy with sufficient fullness and system for incorporation in my work would be a hopeless task. One must needs be on the spot. Moreover I was advised that Dr. Joseph A Groves (M.D.) of Selma. Alabamba, himself of Alston blood, had the task in hand. I have confined my attention therefore, to the "missing link" between the Alstons of the two worlds, and I have to confess failure. It has not fallen to my lot to pronounce the hoped for eureka. If my publication of "Stemmata Alstoniana" assists it will give me no little pleasure. The traditional kinship claimed by our American cousins is set forth hereafter. Uncertainty and grave differences are observable in the various versions of the traditional descent and they weaken the claim of any, and to my mind discover earlier though now forgotten attempts by American Alstons to elucidate their English ancestry. Genealogy is not a modern science.There were many lovers of it in past times, and some of our great-great-grandfathers and grand-mothers were as curious and as inquisitive into their descent as their children. But genealogy is an exact and exacting science. Few have the inclination or leisure to perfect themselves in its methods. Imperfect investigations and researches engender erronous assumptions. Evidence which appears sufficient to the inexpert induces conclusions that in the course of a generation or two crystallise into familv traditions. Any span of life exceeding that allotted to man imparts an aspect of venerable veracity to such tradition, to question which almost makes the questioner appear a goth. At the beginning of the nineteenth century the Alstons of Odell enjoyed a superior although dubious renown by reason of the publicity attaching to the matrimonial and testamentary affairs of the last baronet but one of that house. The Chelsea and other branches of the Suffolk stock, the Lancashire and Scottish Alstons were unheard of beyond their immediate country side. Nothing was simpler, nothing easier than for any genealogical Japhet with the name Alston to conclude that he must spring from the same Odell stock. It was an error into which Alstons here in this country fell. How much easier and more excusable for those beyond the seas?
Hotten's List of Emigrants mentions one John Alston who was deported to Barbadoes possibly for participation in the west country rising in favour of the Duke of Monmouth, the popular illegitimate son of the Merry Monarch by Lucy Waters. Monmouth was banished England for a conspiracy in 1683. He invaded England at Lynne June 11th, 1685. He was proclaimed King at Taunton on the 20th of the same month, was defeated at Sedgmoor near Bridgewater July 6th and was beheaded on Tower Hill July 15th, 1685. His followers suffered the fate of rebels some being transported across the seas to serve in the plantations. One John Alston was packed off to Barbadoes. Who or what he was or what rank in life he had or from what stock he sprang is unknown. He may have been gentle or boor, rich or pauper, and a Suffolk, Lancashire or Scottish Alston. Who ever and whatever he was there is no evidence to connect him with either of the successful and prosperous planters John Alstons of North and South Carolina respectively, the earliest known ancestors of our American cousins. It is discreditable to them to suppose it. Nevertheless the two have been claimed to be identical. Dr. Groves book has now been published and I was in hopes that if it did not solve the problem it might at least set forth some clue to be pursued further on this side. But it does not. Dr. Groves says "Tradition is very clear and emphatic in giving Odell Castle as the manorial seat of the family in England, also as to the statement that two young men (cousins) emigrated together, who, after reaching America disagreed and parted, one settling in North Carolina where his descendants are inseparably connected with its history, the other changing the spelling of the name by inserting an additional l, went to South Carolina where he founded the family which has been noted in the history of that State. In looking over the genealogical records of Odell Alstons the two who came to America are the only ones of that period bearing the name John excepting a son of Sir Edward of Strixton who died unmarried in England and a Vere John who was rector of Odell."
Put succinctly it is asserted that William and John sons of John and Dorothy Temple each had a son John who emigrated to America, the one born about 1665 dying in 1719 at St. John's Berkeley South Carolina aged 54, the other born about 1673 dying in 1758 aged 85 at Chinan North Carolina. Each was the prime Alston ancestor in his own State.
I have already adverted to the manner in which the traditional Odell descent was possibly incepted. My tables will shew there were plenty of other John Alstons in existence and I find no John in my Odell tables, to say nothing of two cousins John, of that house who can with propriety be shipped across the Atlantic to figure as the patriarch planters. Every historiographer is familiar with traditions of the two cousin or two brother order to explain the neighbourhood of families whose kinship has been disguised by the lapse of time. The supposed deliberate addition of an extra l to his name by one of the cousins is another flaw. Orthographical differences of surnames have as a rule arisen unconsciously, geographical division is not even required. Alston, Allston, Alstone, Allstone, Allstowne, Alliston, Alstin, Awston, Elston, are specimens of known variants existing contemporaneously all probably representing the original Saxon personal name Alstan. Spelling of surnames was conducted in a go as you please fashion until well

(Page 341) on in the eighteenth century and it was possibly only its superior looking elegance if not entirely accident that caused Alston to be accepted and perpetuated as the mould of form. Dr. Groves mentions among early and unplaced American Alstons a George of Granville Co. N.C. 1767-1771; a John Alston from Glasgow, a William Alston who died in Orange Co. N.C. in 1766 (whom he supposes to have been the younger brother of Sir Evelyn Alston Bart. of Chelsea who died in 1783 !) and a John Alston owner of 100 acres of land in Maryland in 1729. Also a Henry Alston and brother who came from Lancashire in 1861 and settled in Illinois. It is not made clear from what I can gather that John Alston the patriarch settler was even an original emigrant. He may just as likely have been the son, grandson or other descendant of earlier settlers. In Winthrop's "History of New England," Vol. I, P. 352, in a letter of John Winthrop's to his son John dated 7th April, 1628, occurs the note "Tell your uncle Downing that Peter Alston is dead" John Winthrop came from Groton in Suffolk. The Peter Alston referred to was the, Peter [2988] of Table 12, p.13 of this book. Why should not some scions of the rather numerous Alston families in that neighbourhood have adventured forth along with the Downings and Winthrops? The Alstons and the Downings were no doubt kin then as later (see table 5). Dr. Grove will observe that a Wm. Downing and John Alston figured together as Assistant Justices of the Court of Oyer and Terminer Oct. 24; 1724 (p. 91 of Dr. Grove's Book). This note in Winthrop's book and that in Hotten's list are the only two connecting links I know of between the Alstons of England of the 17th century and America.
Dr. Grove's work - I speak only of the parts of which I am able to judge, namely, those relating to English genealogy -betrays a readiness to snatch at assumptions that is open to serious animadversion and mars the work if measured by the severe and strict critical methods of to-day. Thus for instance he gives brief biographies of Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke, and Robert Greville his cousin and successor from Horace Walpole's Royal and Noble Authors, and then, after saying that Thomasin his (sic) daughter born in 1643/4 married William Alston, tells us that the evidence that Lord Brooke was the father of Thomasin is presumptive. The presumption is obtained by deductive reasoning that is distinctly naive. Being mentioned as the daughter of Brooke carries with it the assumption that the father was prominent and well known before the British public. This could apply to no one else of the name at the time of her birth 1643/4 but this Robert Greville; Warwick Castle the seat of Sir Fulke Greville the predecessor of Sir Robert being only 48-50 miles distant from Strixton and Odell. No more need be said to rend such a farrago of genealogical nonsense to shreds than that Thomasine the wife of William Alston was the daughter of William Brooke of Norwich gent, by his wife Thomasine. She is described in Kimber and Johnson's Baronetage 1771. Vol. 1 p. 457, as the daughter of ". . . . . Brooke " simply because the compilers of that excellent work were ignorant of her father's Christian name. A similar presumption that Anne Wallis wife of John Alston Junior of Pavenham was the daughter of John Wallis the eminent mathematician who died in 1703 is arrived at by the same genealogy made-easy method.
Another tradition or hypothesis is a compound of the two before mentioned. Mr. Alex. R. Alston [4099] (son of Sir Francis B. Alston) wrote to me some time ago, "My brother Francis met an American gentleman not very long ago of the name of Cabell (the Mr. Clarence Cabell of Richmond Va. mentioned in Dr. Grove's book as the collector of the extracts from English records given on p. 25 and 27 of that work) whose mother was a Miss Jane Alston of Virginia and whose family have the same coat of arms as the English branch "ten stars." This family claims to be descended from John of the Inner Temple and of Pavenham in Beds. and he married Dorothy daughter of Sir John Temple Kt. of Stanton Bucks. He died Aug. 13 1687. These Virginian Alstons also say that their ancestor was involved in the Monmouth rebellion and being transported to Barbadoes escaped to the States of America and became the founder of this branch."
Another correspondent tells me that "We have always supposed that John the emigrant was the son of William Alston and Elizabeth Westcombe."
One correspondent (Mrs. John Julius Pringle of Chicoria Wood Plantersville Georgetown Co. S.C.) writes frankly " We know absolutely nothing of the family before the arrival of John of St. John's Berkeley." Mentioning the "two cousins " theory this lady says "but I know nothing certainly and do not like to speak on such a matter without certainty." This is the right spirit in which genealogical problems should be approached.
In another place in his book Dr. Grove's writes "It may here be stated that according to the accompanying English records all the descendants of Thomas Alston and Frances Bloomfield had their lines successively to fail, so that the family name in that branch is now only found in the descendants of the two John Alstons who came to Carolina of whom the eldest now living by family seniority is Jos. Blyth Allston which would have made him the legal heir to the Baronetcy conferred on Sir Thomas Alston of Odell in 1642 and which became extinct upon the death of Sir Rowland the 6th Bart. in 1790 for want of a legitimate claimant. This seems to have been known to Gov. R. F. W. Allston, who spoke of it in his lifetime."
It is a pity to have to play the idol shatterer so much, but Mr. J. B. Alston must either forego his claim to be a descendant of John Alston and Dorothy Temple or forego the legal rights to the Baronetcy that Dr. Groves places to his credit. John Alston of Pavenham was the brother not the son of the first Baronet and therefore he and his descendants in the male line could not have anything to do with the Baronetcy. Baronetcies pass on the deaths of the grantees (the first baronets) to the eldest male issue or eldest male representatives of such issue and so on from father to son. The fathers, uncles, brothers, nephews, and cousins of the grantees and their descendants have no more claim to the titles than any chance wayfarer in the streets.
By way of introducing my English readers to their American kinsfolk, for such I think there is little doubt they are although the "missing link" is still missing, I am taking the liberty of extracting a few particulars concerning the more prominent members of the North and South Carolina families from Dr. Groves' book. The work has every appearance of being sound, exact and critical where treading on home and safe ground.
The Alstons of South Carolina.
John Alston 1666-1719. While it is not known certainly when he came to the Carolina Colony, every indication points to his coming with Governor John Archdale in 1694 who was sent from England and was in control during the year 1695.

(Page 342) In 1695 John Alston gent and Mrs. Elizabeth Harris "alias Allston" executed an indenture bearing date 13 Aug. 1695 relating to the goods of the late John Harris gent. His will dated Jan. 2, 1719 was proved Nov. 30, 1719. It describes him as of St. John's Berkeley, So. Carolina. To his wife Elizabeth he left his grey mare and her three year old as well as a liberal provision in land. To his eldest son John he gave 500 acres, to his son William a plantation of 490 acres called " Indian Jack"; to his daughter Elizabeth 500 acres; to his daughter Mary a tract on the East side of "Whiskenboo" ; to his son Peter 500 acres called "Whiskenboo," and to his daughter Tomassin 500 acres adjoining her sister Elizabeth's tract.
His eldest son John's will dated 24 Mar. 1749-50 was proved 11th May 1750. It describes him as of Craven Co. Parish of Prince George, planter. He had added substantially to his inheritance. He had four sons and one daughter.
The family now began to increase and ramify abroad rapidly. It is outside my province to set forth in this book what has been so ably done by Dr. Groves. But in passing I must refer to a few of the descendants of this patriarch. One Benjamin George Alston who never married, fought the duel with Hayne. In his after life he would never permit any allusion to it in his presence. The sensational article relating to his duelling penchant which was published a few years since in the New York Illustrated Record and headed "The Fighting Alstons" was a descendant perversion, not only of his character, but of that of his kinsman alluded to as "Honest Willie. Another is Washington Allston "born Nov. 5, 1779, died July 9, 1843, the famous American painter. A short biographical sketch will be found hereafter. A third member of this family was Robert Francis Withers Alston Governor of South Carolina in 1856-7. A biography of him appears in Appleton's American Encyclopaedia. A descendant also of this family in the female line Thomas Lynch was delegated to sign the "Declaration of Independance," but being ill at the time they met, his only son, Thomas Lynch, was chosen in his place. Colonel William Alston the father-in-law of Theodosia Burr was also a scion of this family. He took a prominent part in the Revolution, being entrusted with the defence of a fort in the Harbour of Georgetown. On the accomplishment of peace he settled down to a planter's life on the Waccamaw where he acquired the reputation of being "a Carolina gentleman of the old school," and where he entertained General Washington in a style which the President pronounced to be truly Virginian. Further, Washington is reported to have said that "he had seen nothing in all his travels so justly entitled to be styled a fairy land, as the rice fields of Waccamaw in the genial month of May." Colonel Alston was one of the biggest if not the biggest slave owner in the State.
The eldest son of the last named was Colonel Joseph Alston husband of Theodosia Burr and Governor of South Carolina in 1812-14. He was overwhelmed with grief at the tragic loss of his wife and survived her disappearance a few years only. The Alstons of North Carolina.
Dr. Groves writes, " In entering into an investigation of the genealogical history of the North Carolina family of Alstons, as was at first contemplated, we were confronted with the following difficulties: First - the general absence of family records; the scattered condition of the family extending throughout the Southern States and into some of the Northern and the tradition that they had all sprung from one common ancestry. Secondly - there being another family of the same name . . . . . These families, although in adjoining States, have to a great extent, kept separate, yet their many intermarriages have created much confusion, and raised difficulties in tracing their family ties.
The trouble was increased by the frequent recurrence of the same family names in the several branches from generation to generation
The first mention of the patriarch of this family also called John Alston, is in connection with a grant of land on the side of Bennett's Creek in 1711. This Creek is now in Gates County formerlv Chowan and his land was near where Gatesville now stands. Later he became an extensive land owner. He was a juror in 1715, and a grand juror at a general court of Oyer and Terminer 1721, thence coutinuously until 1724 when he was commissioned a justice of the peace. It is in this year that his name is found associated with that of William Downing as an assistant justice of the Court of Oyer and Terminer. He was continuously reappointed until 1729. In 1725 he was appointed collector to the King. In 1746 he was Sheriff of Chowan county. He was known early as Captain Alston later as Colonel. Whence the rank came is unknown. His will dated 17 September 1754 describes him as of Chowan county province of North Carolina. It parcels out his estate and slaves among his children, names his sons Joseph John, Solomon, William Phillip and James and daughters Mary (Saward), Elizabeth (Williams), Sarah (Kearney), and Charity (Dawson). No reference is made to anything or anybody intimating an English origin or connections. Groves adds that "The above John Alston was the eldest son of John Alston = Anne Wallis and was baptised at Felmersham Bedfordshire England Dec. 5th 1673." This is sheer guess work. As Dr. Groves himself goes on to shew there were emigrants to the Albemarle section from the Isle of Wight County and Nansemond Va. and elsewhere.
The will of his eldest son Joseph John Alston dated 5 January 1780 is given in full in Dr. Groves' book. It is a lengthy document and shews the testator to have been possessed of a considerable estate. But I do not observe any reference to immediate English origin or ancestry such as might occur in the will of a settler whose parents came from the older country. The will is interesting in its mention and disposition of Alston's slaves. His youngest son called John after himself removed to Chatham to the estate he gave him and became afterwards known as "Chatham Jack" A grandson was Gideon Alston noted for possessing the finest packs of fox and deer hounds in the State for his cock fighting proclivities. Another grandson Willis Alston served in the State Senate and Congress being known as "Congress Willis." Another descendant Colonel Augustus Alston served through the Indian War in Florida and was afterwards killed by General Reed who in turn was killed by Willis Alston who was afterwards killed in Texas by a mob, after having first killed Dr. Stewart. Hardy men these Carolina Alstons !
Colonel Philip Alston another grandson of the patriarch John was very active in his hostility to the Tories. Being captured in 1781 he was hurriedly put on board a prison ship from which with a companion he escaped at night

(page 343) by swimming several miles to land. In 1785 and 1786 he was a member of the State Senate. He was ultimately killed by one of his negros whom he was pursuing for the murder of a public official. Another scion of the North Carolina family John Alston son of Solomon second son of John Alston the patriach played a prominent part in the history of Louisiana or rather of that part of Louisiana known as West Florida. By birth a Carolinian, a true and loyal British subject he lived and died an Englishman at heart, remaining attached to the royal cause. Settling about the year 1770 in the Natchez district which fell under the dominion of Spain in 1779 John Alston headed a revolt of the English in the winter of 1781. Arrests, seizures and confiscations were begun to put down the rising. In attempting to escape to British territory Alston's wife sustained injuries which caused her death, he himself was betrayed into the hands of the Spaniards then in New Orleans and with six others was sentenced to imprisonment for life in Moro Castle (Havana). Until 1783 Alston was a close prisoner. At that time Prince William (afterwards William IV) visiting Havana as a midshipman interceded and secured the liberation of the prisoners. But the Spanish Governor of Louisiana General Galvez was still fearful of him again giving trouble and offered a reward of 5,000 dollars for his head if found within the Spanish dominion of Louisiana. In 1784 Alston with reckless temerity presented himself before the Governor and claimed the reward for his children. Struck by his bearing the Governor said "Give me your word never again to interfere with the Government and go home and take care of your children." This Alston did like a wise man and in time again became wealthy.
In 1901 there died at his home in Warren County another Alston who had a share in the stirring story of his country Major Robert Williams Alston. In 1862 he raised a company which as Captain he led in many a hard fought battle. At the death of his Major he obtained his Majority. He was wounded sixteen times and had three horses killed under him.
Ref: Stemmata Alstoniana 1905


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Andrew Martin writes 2013
More documentation that Col. John Alston was connected to Puritans and Quakers such as my double ancestor Gov. Richard Bennett of Virginia, [also the ancestor of Robert E Lee], and traded with the local Indians at Bennett's Creek
"Upon the 24th of October, 1621, a patent was granted to Edward BENNETT, "a gentleman who had deserved singularly well of the company before he was a member thereof," who now joins with Robert BENNETT, his brother, Richard BENNETT, his nephew, Mr. WISEMAN, Mr. AYERS, and divers other associates, and they engage to transport one hundred persons to Virginia. They came over in the Sea Flower, in February, 1622, with one hundred and twenty settlers, among whom were the Rev. William BENNETTand George HARRISON, relatives of Edward BENNETT, and Ralph HAMOR, one of the Council.

The plantation of Christopher LAWNE and his successors extended from Lawn's Point along the shore of James river for six miles to Burwell's Bay; thence along the same shore for four miles to "The Rocks." The Plantation of Edward BENNETT extended from "The Rocks" along the shore of the same river for two miles including all of the land now known as Day's Neck. In this Neck, made by the waters of the James river on one side and Pagan creek on the other, and on that portion of Pagan creek called now Tormentor's Bay, was "Basse's Choice," then and the choice portion of that Neck of some twenty-five hundred acres. Population increased in the county so rapidly between May, 1619, and March the 22d, 1622, that it extended from "Lawne's Point" to and inclusive of "Day's Neck," a distance of twelve miles. On that day there was killed in the Indian massacre of March, 1622,onEdward BENNETT's Plantation alone, fifty-four people, among whom where Ensigne HARRISON and Mistress HARRISON....(The first settlers dispatched by Bennett arrived on the Sea Flower in February, 1622. There were 120 settlers, led by Captain Ralph Hamor, a member of the Virginia Council who had previously come to Virginia in 1609. Also in the group were George Harrison and Rev. William Bennett, kinsman of Edward Bennett. The Indian Massacre of Good Friday, 1622, occurred barely a month after their arrival. Fifty three persons were killed at Bennett's Plantation. A total of 347 were killed of the twelve hundred and forty inhabitants of Virginia. Bennett's plantation was abandoned.)


Warrosquoyake was resettled after the Indian Massacre of March 22, 1622. The census of 1623 and a similar count in 1625 show the presence of settlers at both Basse's Choice and Edward Bennett's plantation which came to be known as Bennett's Welcome.

Chief among the Puritans who were among the first to settle in Isle of Wight County was Edward Bennett, former elder of the Ancient Church at Amsterdam, son of Robert Bennett, a tanner of Wivelscombe, Somerset. He was christened in the Parish Church of Wivelscombe in 1577/78 being the fifteenth and last child in the family. Bennett married into the Bourne family of Somerset and is often described in the records as being a wealthy London merchant.

Edward Bennett fled to Holland during the Puritan migrations and became "by his wealth" a principal pillar of the Ancient Church.

Edward Bennett had a hand in settling over 600 people in Isle of Wight County. Bennett and his associates, Richard Wiseman, and Thomas Wiseman, were members of the Virginia Company in London and often sided with the faction led by the Earl of Warwick. The Wisemans were from the County of Essex and owned the manor of Rivenhall in Witham Hundred on the Blackwater River. The Blackwater River in Isle of Wight County may have derived its name from the Essex River since both flow generally east and southeast. Richard Wiseman was the leader of the Puritan uprising in London in 1641.

In addition to his position as a wealthy London merchant, Edward Bennett was the owner of a large fleet of ships which traded with Virginia. He was also Commissioner of Virginia at the Court of England. He came to Virginia at times but apparently did not become a resident, leaving the management of his lands to his nephews, Richard and Robert. Edward Bennett also had two brothers to die in Virginia, Robert and Richard. The brothers and nephews are often confused. When Edward Bennett returned to England shortly after 1628, his nephew, Richard, became the leader of the Puritans in Virginia. Richard Bennett and the Puritan colony moved to Nansemond which was largely populated by Puritans.

In 1635, Richard Bennett patented 2,000 acres on the east side of the Nansemond River on a creek still called Bennett's Creek. Robert Bennett, cousin of Richard, and Philip Bennett, brother of Richard, also patented large tracts in the vicinity.

By 1634, the Virginia colony had grown to the point that the government in Jamestown found it desirable to replace the system where plantations were governed by their owners and sent representatives to the House of Burgesses. The colony was divided into eight shires or counties: Accomack, Charles City, Charles River, Elizabeth City, Henrico, James City, Warwick River and Warrosquoyacke. In 1637, Warrosquoyacke was renamed Isle of Wight County.

The new Isle of Wight County lay on the south side of the James River between Lawnes Creek and Hayes Plantation near the mouth of the Nansemond River. From there, it extended westerly into the wilderness. (Act of Assembly, 1642-43) James City County lay to the North on the other side of Lawnes Creek. That part of James City County lying South of the James later became Surry County. The land to the east later became Nansemond County. The disputed boundary between the latter was not settled until 1674.

In the 1635 census, there were 532 inhabitants of Warrosquoyake and 4,914 residing in Virginia.

In 1642, the county was divided into the Upper and Lower parishes. The dividing line generally followed the Pagan River.

The Puritan migration to Virginia was strong from 1620 to 1640 and a trickle from 1640 to 1650 paralleling the success of the Puritan movement in England. With the onset of Civil War in England, migration to Virginia increased but of a different sort. As the Puritan success in England accelerated, there was a rapid increase in the number of Royalists who left England for Virginia (Cavalier Migration). The names of many who settled in Isle of Wight County included Thomas Woodward, James Pyland, and Colonel Joseph Bridger.

During the English Civil War and its aftermath, both Maryland and Virginia were under the domination of Royalist governors who refused to accept the rule of Parliament. As a result, the Council of State appointed commissioners to "reduce the colonies to obedience."

The commissioners appointed were Captain Robert Denis, Mr. Richard Bennett, Mr. Thomas Stegge and Captain William Claiborne. Governor Berkeley surrendered Virginia to the commissioners in 1652. Maryland soon followed and on April 30, 1652, the Virginia House of Burgesses elected Richard Bennett (the elder) Governor of Virginia.

Bennett remained active in the government of Virginia even after the Restoration and died in Nansemond in 1676. Before his death, he had become a Quaker and provided generously for several prominent Quakers in his will.

It will be noted that among those mentioned in the will of Richard Bennett were William Kinchen and William Blythe, having surnames still prevalent in Southampton County.

As with Richard Bennett, many of the Puritans who remained in Virginia became Quakers. The Quakers came to Massachusetts and Virginia about 1656 but were welcomed in neither. In fact, under order of Governor Berkeley of Virginia, any shipmaster bringing in a Quaker was to be fined 100 pounds, and the Quaker so transported was to be imprisoned without bail until he abjured his religion or agreed to leave the colony immediately.

Nevertheless, the Quaker movement prospered in Isle of Wight and Nansemond. The Quaker records show a meeting at the home of William Yarrett on the Pagan River in Isle of Wight in 1663. The real turning point for the Quaker movement, however, was the visit to the area by George Fox in 1672. Having converted most of the old Puritan fellowship in Maryland, Fox held a large meeting on the Nansemond River at which Richard Bennett (the elder) and many others were converted. The leading proponents of the Quaker faith in Nansemond and Isle of Wight were the members of the Jordan family beginning with Thomas Jordan who settled in Isle of Wight in 1624/25.

Edward Robins was a London merchant who actively traded with Virginia. In 1635, Edward Bennett filed an affidavit in England to the effect that sometime prior to 1635, the ship "Revenge" sailed to Virginia with goods partially intended for Edward Robins and partially for a firm named "Sir John Lawrence, William Perryn, Ambrose Harmer & Nicholas Reyneberd." It appears that some of the cargo was also bound for Richard Bennett, the nephew and representative of Edward Bennett in Isle of Wight County.

Accomac County was one of the eight shires or counties created in 1634. Its name was changed to Northampton in 1642/3 and still later in 1663, the northern part was made a separate county named Accomack. The name "Robins" has long been prominent on the Eastern Shore. Obedience Robins was one of the first Justices of the County Court and remained very active and influential until his death. He was a Puritan from Northamptonshire and was primarily responsible for changing the name of the county from Accomac to Northampton. Robins was in the colony at least as early as 1629. The first name listed on the first commission to govern the county in 1634 was William Claiborne who was to serve later as a co-commissioner with Richard Bennett of Nansemond County on the Puritan Commission appointed to bring the two colonies into line during the Cromwell Protectorate.

The Puritans, and particularly Edward Bennett, were responsible for settling Isle of Wight.

The Puritans migrated from Isle of Wight to Nansemond under the leadership of Richard Bennett, the nephew of Edward, and their subsequent migration to Maryland where many settled in Anne Arundel County.

Many battles occurred during the Protectorate between the Royalist forces of Lord Baltimore under the leadership of William Stone, an immigrant from Accomac County, Virginia, who served as the third proprietary governor of Maryland and the Puritans under the leadership of Richard Bennett of Nansemond, the Puritan governor of Virginia and one of Cromwell's Chesapeake Bay Commissioners. At one time, Richard Bennett was the Governor of Virginia and the acting Governor of Maryland.

With the collapse of the Puritan Protectorate in England, Bennett returned the control of the Maryland government to Lord Baltimore and submitted his resignation as Governor of Virginia. He remained active in the Virginia government, however, serving afterwards as a member of Council in 1666 and as a Major General by appointment of Governor Berkeley whom he had displaced as governor years earlier.

With the restoration of Charles II to the English throne, the influence of the puritan movement in England and in Virginia diminished. Most of the remaining Puritans in Maryland and in Virginia became Quakers, particularly after the visit of George Fox in 1672. The new Quaker movement included Governor Bennett and most of his neighbors in Nansemond and Isle of Wight.

*Excerpts from They Crossed the Blackwater - The First Settlers of Southampton County Virginia, by Ulysses P. Joyner, Jr. 2001
<http://webpages.charter> .net/knighthistory/Jamestown-Bennett.html
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The Chowanoke had always lived at a trading crossroads, and knew the trading paths well. According to the Trading Path Association Website, there was a clear route between the Meherrin River and the PeeDee. According to Shoshone "they also in turn had connections to John Alston (Indian Trader), John Colston (Indian Trader)" who according to records maintained a trade relationship with the Meherrin. In going to the Piedmont tribes, who better to guide them than the Chowanoke?

John spouse Mary [15989] in 1701.

Research Notes:
Mary is recorded repetitiously as being Mary Clark but no marriage or evidence exists that this is the case.
Ref: Journal of Nth Carolina Genealogy 1965 No 43 Pg 1528

However Forrest King in 2017 suggests the following from his research, but accepts that while there is circumstantial reasons for Mary Baker no conclusive evidence presently exists:

A possible Mary as the wife of Col. John Alston
Col. John's wife Mary showed up only twice in the records as Mary (---) Alston, as a witness to a will and as a legatee in her husband's will in 1754. Mary was literate, which indicates she was probably from a higher class background.
Henry Baker Sr. had a daughter named Mary who would have been of the proper age and social standing to be the wife of Col. John. This Mary Baker is mentioned in the wills of her father Henry on 10 Jun 1709 and her mother Mary on 5 Mar 1732, but unfortunately not by last name. In those two wills, none of her sisters were mentioned by last name either.
A number of circumstantial items point to a marriage between Col. John and Mary Baker, daughter of Henry Baker Sr.:
John Alston of Surry County would have known Mary Baker because of his proximity to the Baker family at the time he would have married about 1700. Nicholas Pasfield, uncle to John, had several dealings with Henry Baker Sr. in Surry County as well.
Henry Baker Sr. owned land on Honey Pot Swamp near Bennett's Creek by 6 Jun 1699, near Col. John's first land purchase in 1713. Henry's sons Henry and Lawrence were also neighbors to Col. John. (See Map above)
Mary Baker was mentioned first of the daughters in the will of her father and received less than her sisters. It is very possible that she was married by 1709 and had previously received her dowry.
This marriage would better explain why Col. John Alston was a witness to Henry Baker Sr.'s power of attorney in 1703. Col. John would have been a son-in-law rather than just a casual witness when he journeyed to the colony general court.
Col. John had the appropriate social status that would allow him to marry a daughter of Henry Baker Sr.
Col. John and Henry Baker Jr. were witnesses on documents in Chowan County in 1721 and 1728. Henry Baker Jr. may have been present because of a personal request by Col. John. This last transaction was a slave sale followed by an assignment of the slave to Col. John. It was common in personal transactions to have a trusted relative present.
Col. John and Henry Baker Jr. were socially connected.
Col. John was the appraiser on Henry Baker Jr.'s estate. While not mandatory, it was common at the time to have either neighbors or relatives perform appraisals.
Col. John interacted with the Baker family for at least 40 years.
Henry Baker Sr. had eight children. Six of the children's names were used by Col. John Alston and Mary. Four of their eight children have the same names, and two other Baker names were given to Alston grandchildren.
Although Mary Baker, daughter of Henry Baker Sr., is found in one other will, this mention provides little or no information on her potential relationship to John Alston. Silvestra (Bennett) Hill in her will dated 7 Oct 1706 gave 550 acres in Isle of Wight County, Virginia to Mary (Blake) Baker, wife of Henry Baker Sr., upon Silvestra's death by 9 Jan 1706/1707. Silvestra's will stated that after Mary (Blake) Baker's death, the land was then to go to Mary's daughter Mary. Unfortunately, Mary the daughter does not have a last name mentioned in this will either.
Tracing the ownership of the land could help identify Mary Baker's husband. Unfortunately, there is very little available information about the description of this property. No further reference to the property is found in the Isle of Wight County land records through 1780. One possibility is that by the 1714 quit rents this land had ended up in the hands of James Day Jr., the great nephew of Silvestra, who at that time reported owning 1,300 acres of land in Isle of Wight; 750 acres descended to him from great-grandfather Edward Bennett through several individuals, while the origin of his other 550 acres is unexplained. The 1714 quit rents list is the only known tax list in Isle of Wight County from 1705 to 1780.
Forrest D. King fkroots@yahoo.com


Children from this marriage were:

+ 653 M    i. Joseph John ALSTON [6404] was born about 1702 and died in 1781 aged about 79.

+ 654 M    ii. Solomon ALSTON [6419] was born about 1704 and died in 1785 aged about 81.

+ 655 F    iii. Elizabeth ALSTON [6400] was born about 1705.

+ 656 M    iv. William ALSTON [6401] was born about 1706.

+ 657 M    v. Philip ALSTON [6402] was born about 1708 and died in 1760 aged about 52.

+ 658 F    vi. Mary ALSTON [6403] was born about 1709.

+ 659 M    vii. James ALSTON [6445] was born about 1710.

+ 660 F    viii. Sarah ALSTON [6446] was born about 1713.

+ 661 F    ix. Martha ALSTON [6447] was born about 1715.

+ 662 F    x. Charity ALSTON [6448] was born about 1717.

498. Mary ALSTON [2756] (Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 16 Feb 1678/79 in Wethersfield ESS and was buried on 8 Aug 1730 in St Michaels Aveley ESS.

General Notes:
Legatee of her grandfather Pasfield's Will 1684

499. Ann ALSTON [2875] (Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 18 Apr 1681 in Wethersfield ESS and was buried on 30 Apr 1682 in St Catherine Gosfield, ESS.

500. Elizabeth ALSTON [4782] (Solomon310, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 22 Apr 1683 in Gosfield ESS and was buried on 24 May 1683 in St Catherine Gosfield, ESS.

General Notes:
From Gosfield Register 2002.



501. Moses ALSTON of Lamarsh [4561] (Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 21 Aug 1690 in Sible Hedingham ESS and died about 1746 in Essex aged about 56.

General Notes:
Moses was of Twinstead in his marriage entry.

10 April 1708 - Moses Alston son and heir of Robert Alston deceased admitted to a messuage in Church St Sible Hedingham. Ref. Manor of Prayors alias Bourne Hall ESS

Moses was left a mourning ring worth one guinea by the Will of William Sewell grocer of Pebmarsh 20 Mar 1744.

WILL of MOSES ALSTON of Lamarsh ESS.
Dated 1 August 1743.
First that a mortgage to Mary Williams of L260 plus interest be repaid plus all his just debts.
To his wife Elizabeth all and singular his messuages, lands, tenements & hereditaments in Lamarsh and Alphamstone ESS, in trust for life when the assets shall pass to his son Moses.
To his daughter Amelia all his messuages, lands etc in Twinstead.
To his daughter Elizabeth one shilling.
To his son Moses L100
The residue of his estate to his wife Elizabeth, who is appointed Executorix
Witness's Jacobus Vanderzee, Samuel Alston Jnr., Thomas Harris.

Proved 19 May 1746 by Elizabeth his relict. (Copy on file)

Full Transcription 2015
Will provided by M Terbrack.
The Will of Moses Alston of Lamarsh Essex
Dated 1 August 1743.
In the Name of God Amen I Moses Alston of Lamarsh in the County of Essex farmer being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will as follows First I direct that the sum of two hundred and sixty pounds and interest which I owe Mrs Mary William upon mortgage and all other my just debts be duly paid and Satisfied Also I give and devise to my loving wife Elizabeth All and Singular my Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditments situate lying and being in the Lamarsh and Alphamstone in the said County of Essex To hold to her my said wife her heirs and assigns forever In trust that she do sell the same so soon after my decease as conveniently may be and apply the money arising by sale thereof in the first place in discharge of the Mortgage aforesaid and as to the remainder of such monies I give the use thereof to my said wife for her life and after her decease I give the same money's to my son Moses Also I give and devise to my daughter Amelia and her heirs All my Messuages Lands and Tenements in Twinstead in the said County of Essex And I give to my daughter Elisabeth one shilling And as to the residue of my Goods Chattels Real and Personal Estate of what nature or kind soever I give one hundred pounds part of my personal estate to my aforesaid son Moses And the remainder of my said Real and Personal Estate to my said wife Elizabeth (She paying my debts legacies and funeral charges) To hold the same to my said wife Elizabeth and her heirs forever And I hereby appoint my said wife Elizabeth Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and revoking all former Wills I publish and declare this to be my last
Witness my hand and Seal this first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty three
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who attested the same in his presence the words (her) (moneys) and (Estate) being first interlined (before the Signing and publication hereof by the said Testator)
Signed Moses Alston (Seal)

Jacobus Vanderzee
Samuel Alston Jnr
Thomas Harris

May 19 1746
Elizabeth Alston within named sole executrix was sworn before Ja Broom Jur.

Proved the Nineteenth day of May in the year of our Lord 1746 before the Rev James Broome Clerk A.M. lawful surrogate By the oath of Elizabeth Alston widow the relict of the deceased and sole Executrix to whom administration was granted she being first sworn duly to administer.

Will ESS PRO 1746 Moses Alston farmer of Lamarsh. Ref 203 BR 23. D/ABW 95/2/31

Research Notes:
When Moses the father died in 1746, he bequeathed lands and money to his three children Moses, Elizabeth and Amelia. Elizabeth was baptised in 1710. In 1711 and 1712 two boys called Moses were born and both died in the same year. The baptisms were on the cusp of the church books becoming full and a new book being started in 1711. the births of the two Moses sons were in both books. In 1712 baptisms were registered, then the page is torn out for the years 1713 and 1714. The fact that Moses and Amelia existed was as mentioned in the will, leave the only conclusion that they were born in 1713 nd 1714. baptisms were then registered 1715 upward. It looks like Moses was determined to get an heir named Moses, so I assume Amelia was born first them.
So recapping Moses and Elizabeth had (in this order), Elizabeth(1710),Moses(1711), Moses(1712), Amelia(1713), Moses(1714), Freeman(1719), Susanna(1722) (thats 7) Mother probably died of exhaustion!! and it explains why Freeman held Elizabeth in such high esteem in his will, she was probably bringing all the children up from a very young age , her mother must have been more in bed than out. (The only time space for Amelia and Moses was 1713 and 1714 they are the only missing pages in the book.) (all the other pages are very clearly filled in, and no Alstons among them.)
Ref: M Terbrack 2015



Moses married Elizabeth SEWELL [21870], daughter of William SEWELL of Pebmarsh ESS [21871] and Elizabeth FREEMAN [21872], on 10 Jan 1708/09 in Pebmarsh ESS. Elizabeth was baptised on 20 May 1693 in Pebmarsh ESS and was buried on 25 Jan 1723/24 in Pebmarsh ESS.

Research Notes:
Mary Terbrak sorted out this Sewell family for me in 2015


Children from this marriage were:

+ 663 F    i. Elizabeth ALSTON [21878] was baptised on 3 Oct 1710 in Twinstead ESS.

+ 664 M    ii. Moses ALSTON [4774] was baptised on 16 Oct 1711 in Twinstead ESS and was buried on 16 Oct 1711 in Twinstead ESS.

+ 665 M    iii. Moses ALSTON [21879] was born in 1712 and died on 10 Oct 1712 in Twinstead ESS.

+ 666 F    iv. Amelia ALSTON [4768] was born in 1713.

+ 667 M    v. Moses ALSTON [4767] was born in 1714.

+ 668 M    vi. Freeman ALSTON [21882] was baptised on 8 Nov 1718 in Twinstead ESS and was buried on 28 Jun 1719 in Twinstead ESS.

+ 669 F    vii. Susannah ALSTON [4773] was baptised on 12 Jan 1720/21 in Twinstead ESS and was buried on 22 Apr 1722 in Twinstead ESS.


Moses next married Elizabeth WALFORD [5807], daughter of Robert WALFORD of Gt Yeldham [19686], on 25 Jun 1734 in Brantham SFK. Elizabeth was baptised on 11 Oct 1682 in Gt Yeldam ESS and died in 1751 aged 69.

General Notes:
SUFFOLK ARCHDEACONRY MARR. LICENCES 1663 TO 1749.
No. 2726 25 June, 1734
Moses Alston of Pedmarsh, Efsex, widower & Elizabeth Walford, spinster,
Also on IGI film 919566 showing Brantham SFK

Will of Elizabeth Alston 1 April 1751.
Proved 21 Dec 1751.
In the Name of God Amen I Elizabeth Alston of Lamarsh in the County of Essex Widow being of sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding (Praised be God for the Same) do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (That is to say) First I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping for Pardon of all my Sins through the Merits and Intercession of my blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ And my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereinafter named And as to the worldly Estate which it has pleased God to bestow upon me I Dispose thereof as Follows First I Give and Devise to John Mefsent of Alphamstone in the said County Blacksmith All and singular my Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditments situate lying and being in the Lamarsh and Alphamstone in the said County of Essex To hold to him his Heirs and Assigns forever In Trust that he do sell the same as soon after my Decease as conveniently may be and apply the Monies arising by Sale thereof in the first Place in Discharging of the Principal and Interest due on Mortgage made of the said Premises And as to the Remainder of such Monies I Give the Same to my Son Moses Also I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Amelia All my Clothes and Linen and also all my Goods Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever After Payment of One hundred pounds which was given to my said Son Moses in and by the last Will and Testament of Moses Alston my late Husband deceased and also my just Debts Funeral Charges and the Charges of the Probate of this my Will And lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Brother James Walford and the said John Mefsent Executors of this my Will and I do hereby revoke all former and other Wills by me at any Time heretofore made and do declare this to be my last In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this first Day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Fifty one.
The Mark + of Elizabeth Alston
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Elizabeth Alston the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the Presence of Us And by Us attested in her Presence
Samuel Fisk
Robert Newman
W Ager.
Proved the 21st Day of December the Year of our Lord 1751 Before the Revd. H Burrough Clerk A.M. lawful Surrogate etc. And by the Oaths of John Messent and James Walford the Executors to whom administration was granted they being first sworn duly to Administer.

502. Mary ALSTON (ALLISTON) [11277] (Robert311, William of Sible Hedingham ESS129, 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 1 Apr 1733 in Sible Hedingham ESS.

503. John ALSTON [8188] (John of Wethersfield313, John The Younger132, 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 1657.

General Notes:
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. . . . .

A Nephew may be:
A son of a brother or sister.
The grandson.
A descendant however distant.

A Cousin may be:
The son or daughter of an uncle or aunt.
One collaterally related more remotely than a brother or sister.
Annadales English Dictionary

* Peter Calver of Lost Cousins writes in 2012:
Nowadays we use the term 'nephew' to refer to the son of a brother or sister, but recently I discovered that the word was once used for a grandson. Apparently in Kent this usage was common until quite recently, and searching Google for 'dialect nephew meaning grandson' I discovered that this meaning was also used in Norfolk. The word nephew derives from the Latin nepos which originally meant 'grandson', but apparently it later acquired the same meaning as our word 'nephew'. The term nephew was also used to describe the illegitimate son of a clergyman.


Stisted Register - Bap 2 Apr 1700 Mary dau John Alston & Sarah
Bur 6 Apr 1700 Mary dau of John Alston

John may have married and had a child by Elizabeth about age 18?.
However John is described as John Jnr as father to some of his children?.
A John Allston was born 1666 Newton IGI no parents detailed but a wife shown Elizabeth Harris. Not in Newton registers.
A John Alston was taxed on 3 hearths at Great Waldingfield in 1674
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.
An Indenture dated 1731 records land dealings with John Alston Snr & Jnr Ref 391/6.2 and 391 Corry papers 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
Edwardstone 1731 land dealings John Snr & Jnr
Edwardstone 1742 a John Alston is buried
Edwardstone sale of lands & houses owned John Snr by heir John Jnr
A John Alston died 1 Feb 1731/2 at Stoke by Nayland

John may have married spouse unknown.

504. L'Estrange ALSTON [3129] (John of Wethersfield313, John The Younger132, 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 1657 and died in 1689 in Rotterdam.

General Notes:
L'Estrange was under the age of 21 in 1678.

L'Estrange died a batchelor in Rotterdam Holland, his Will mentions he would possess Manor of Kentish upon the death of his Aunt Anne, and his kinsman Samual Alston of Stisted.

Essex Record Office Q/SR 458/75
COURT IN SESSION: SESSIONS ROLL EASTER 1688
Dates of Creation 20 November 1687
Scope and Content Indictment of Le Strange Alston of Stisted gentleman and Matthew Teat of Cressing blacksmith, at Great Baddow, stole two hounds worth 40s. of Falk Grovenor esq. Witness: Edward Binder. Plead not guilty; 10 July not guilty.
Acquisition Date From 1687
Acquisition Date To 1687


THE WILL of L'ESTRANGE ALSTON of STYSED & ROTTERDAM.
Dated 22nd April 1689
The will of Lestrange Alston of Stysted Essex Gent.
I give to my sister Elizabeth Alston and her heirs after the death of my Aunt Anne Alston and subject to certain payments the manor house or messuage called Kentish with the Lands woods Rights profits &c thereto belonging, situate in Stysted and Bockin, co. Essex
Also to my said sister and her heirs, subject to certain payments, my messuage with the lands and appurtenances in Wetherfield co. Essex, also (subject to the same conditions) my messuage with lands and
appurtenances in Toppsfield, Essex
My sister Elizabeth to pay to my kinsman Mr. Samuel Alston of Stysted within one month of my decease L20, also an annuity of L20
Also to my sister Anne Alston, L100 within a year of my death, to my friend Mary Youngs, L50 within 3 months of my death also an annuity of L16
I give to my friend Mr. Thomas Wilson of Stisted 30 guineas in gold
To my friend John Morley of Little Mapplestead five guineas
To my man Joseph Jon 2 guineas
The residue of my estate I give to my said sister Elizabeth Alston whom I appoint sole executrix, Thomas Willson to be supervisor of this my will
(Signed) L' ESTRANGE ALSTON
Witnesses: Tho. Marriott, W. Wainwright, Will. Browne.
Proved: 3rd March 1689/90 by John Alston father of Elizabeth Alston minor and sister of testator of Stisted Essex also of Rotterdam Holland bachelor.
Page 125 Alstoniana
Dyke 36
PROB 11/398 Copy on file

505. Elizabeth ALSTON [3131] (John of Wethersfield313, John The Younger132, 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 4 Dec 1677 in Gosfield ESS.

General Notes:
Elizabeth's baptism is comfirmed from the Gosfield Register - 2002.

Elizabeth was executrix to her brother L'Estrange and a minor at his death.

She may have married a William Jegon - ref pg 358 Alstoniana

506. Anna ALSTON [3132] (John of Wethersfield313, John The Younger132, 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).

General Notes:
Anne was a legatee under brother L'Estrange's will.

507. John JEGON [17935] (Johanna ALSTON315, John The Younger132, 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 on 10 Jun 1669.

Research Notes:
St Peter Sible Hedingham
Baptism Date10 Jun 1669
Forename John
Sex M
Father Forename William
Mother Forename Joanna
Father Surname JEGON
NotesUnsure re date.
Seax D-P 93-1-1
FileNumber20976

508. An JEGON [17936] (Johanna ALSTON315, John The Younger132, 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 1 May 1670 in St Peter Sible Hedingham ESS.

Research Notes:
St Peter Sible Hedingham
Baptism Date 01 May 1670
Forename An
Sex F
Father Forename William
Mother Forename Joahanna
Father Surname JEGON
Seax D-P 93-1-1
FileNumber20976

509. Thomas JEGON [17937] (Johanna ALSTON315, John The Younger132, 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 18 Feb 1674/75 in St Peter Sible Hedingham ESS and was buried on 26 Jun 1675 in St Peter Sible Hedingham ESS.

Research Notes:
St Peter Sible Hedingham
Baptism Date 18 Feb 1674/75
Forename Thomas
Sex M
Father Forename William
Mother Forename
Father Surname JEGON
Seax D-P 93-1-1
FileNumber20976

510. William JEGON [17938] (Johanna ALSTON315, John The Younger132, 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 23 May 1676 in St Peter Sible Hedingham ESS.

General Notes:
St Peter Sible Hedingham
Baptism Date 23 May 1676
Forename William
Sex M
Father Forename William
Mother Forename Johana
Father Surname JEGON
Seax D-P 93-1-1
FileNumber20976

511. John LANGHAM [4866] (Mary ALSTON324, Edward Kt M.D. (Sir)140, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 9 May 1650, died on 3 Jan 1650/51, and was buried in Cottesbrooke NTH.

512. John LANGHAM [4867] (Mary ALSTON324, Edward Kt M.D. (Sir)140, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 12 Feb 1651/52, died on 30 Jul 1657 aged 5, and was buried in Cottesbrooke NTH.

513. Susanna LANGHAM [4869] (Mary ALSTON324, Edward Kt M.D. (Sir)140, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 19 Mar 1652/53.

General Notes:
Susanna died young.

514. Edward LANGHAM [4868] (Mary ALSTON324, Edward Kt M.D. (Sir)140, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 20 Aug 1655 and died on 4 Jul 1666 aged 10.

515. Susanna LANGHAM [24931] (Mary ALSTON324, Edward Kt M.D. (Sir)140, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 16 Mar 1657/58.

516. Mary LANGHAM [644] (Mary ALSTON324, Edward Kt M.D. (Sir)140, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 10 Mar 1751/52 and died in 1691 aged -61.

General Notes:
Mary was the sole heiress of Sir James Langham, Bart., of Cottesbroke, her first son died in infancy



Mary married Lord Henry BOOTH 2nd Baron Delamere, 1st. Earl of Warrington [3209], son of Sir George BOOTH Bart. 1st Lord Delamere [4858] and Lady Elizabeth GREY [4871], on 7 Jul 1670. Henry was born on 13 Jan 1651/52 and died 2 Jan 1692/93-1994.

General Notes:
This nobleman, who had been committed to the Tower prior to the death of King Charles 11, was brought to trial in the reign of King James 11 for high treason, before the Lord Chancellor Jeffreys, constituted High Steward on the occasion, and a select number (27) of peers, but was most honourably acquitted.
After which he lived in retirement until the revolution, when espousing the cause of the Prince of Orange, he was deputed with the Marquis of Halifax and the Earl of Shrewsbury upon the arrival of the Prince of Windsor, 17th October 1688, to bear a message to the fallen monarch requiring that His Majesty should move from Whitehall. An office which his lordship executed so delicately, that King James was afterwards heard to remark, " that the Lord Delamere, whom he had used ill, treated him with so much more regard that those to whom he had been kind, and from which he might better have expected it".

His lordship was afterwards sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer, an office which he held but one year. Upon his retirement he was advanced to the dignity of Earl of Warrington, by letters patent, dated 17th April 1690.

His lordship who published a vindication of his friend Lord Russell, and other literary productions mentioned in Walpole's catalogue, died on the 2nd January 1693/4 and was succeeded by his second but eldest surviving son.
Cresswell has compiled further tables on this noble and famous line of the family.

Lord Henry succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Booth, of Dunham Massey, co. Chester [E., 1611] on 8 August 1684. He succeeded to the title of 2nd Baron Delamer of Dunham Massey, co. Chester [E., 1661] on 8 August 1684. He was created 1st Earl of Warrington, co. Lancaster [England] on 19 April 1690.
He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Ref: The Peerage.com


Children from this marriage were:

+ 670 F    i. Elizabeth BOOTH [3501] died in 1697.

+ 671 F    ii. Mary BOOTH [3502] .

+ 672 M    iii. Henry BOOTH [4862] .

+ 673 M    iv. Langham BOOTH [4863] .

+ 674 M    v. Lord George BOOTH 3rd Baron Delamere, 2nd Earl of Warrington. [3500] was born on 2 May 1675 and died on 2 Aug 1758 aged 83.

517. Edward ALSTON [8870] (Thomas329, Thomas141, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Edward Alston and Hannah Barbor married May the 19th 1677.
I do not find any other entries.
Rev F P Bull
Rector Pentlow
Alstoniana Pg 370

Edward and all his family are derived from the persons mentioned in the Will of Edward Alston [3189]

Edward married Hannah BARBOR [8871] on 19 May 1677 in Pentlow.

General Notes:
From Boyd's Marriage Index. Males A-Z 1651-1675: Tom Perrett searching 2007 Essex RO


Children from this marriage were:

+ 675 M    i. Edward ALSTON [8874] .

+ 676 F    ii. Elizabeth ALSTON [8875] .

+ 677 F    iii. Millisent ALSTON [5843] .

+ 678 F    iv. Ann ALSTON [5879] .

+ 679 F    v. Catherine ALSTON [8876] .

518. Mary WITTEWRONG [3225] (Clare ALSTON330, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

Mary married CROMPTON of London [3226].

519. Sir Joseph ALSTON 3rd Bart [3235] (Joseph 2nd Bart of Bradwell (Sir)331, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died in 1716 in Bath SOM and was buried on 29 Jan 1715/16 in Long Ditton SRY.

General Notes:
Sir Joseph of Bradwell Abbey was High Sheriff of Bucks 1702, died Bath 1716.

First Name: Joseph
Last Name: Alston
Occupation Given: armiger
Admission Date: 28/05/1688
FATHER'S DETAILS
Name: Sir Joseph Alston
Occupation: baronet
Father/Son Relationship: son and heir apparent
Address: Bradwell Abbey Buckinghamshire
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)

Joseph Alston - Matric. Fellow commoner from Kings, Easter 1695 etc. (Burke, Ext. Bart.; G.E.C.)

Royal Houshold.
Alston Sir Joseph, of Chelsea, 3rd Bt.
Shown as a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, April 2 1690 and again on March 27 1691: LC.3.s (5),3.57 (d14) &
3.32 (121 &108 ). Buried Jan 29 1715/16: Burke, Ext. and Dor. Baronetcies.

WARNEFORD v. ALSTONE.
Bill, 17 November 1693, by Thomas Warneford, citizen and Haberdasher of London, v. Sir Joseph Alston, Edward Alston, Thomas Bickley and John Johnson.
In May 1670 Dame Rhoda Fairfax, of St. Martin's in the Fields, Middlesex, widow, leased to Sir Joseph Alston late of Chelsea, Middx, baronet, grandfather of the defendants Alston, deceased, one third part of that void place, laid waste by the dreadful fire which happened in London in 1666, whereon the George Inn formerly stood, and of another void place, where the messuage called " Mr. Alston's house " formerly stood, and of other adjoining land, all in Lombard Street, in the parish of St. Edmund the King, for a term of 61 years, at the yearly rent of L54 13s 4d.
At the same time Sir Kingsmill Lucy leased him one full third part of the said lands, from the expiration of a lease previously granted by Sir Richard Lucy and Dame Jane his wife in 1645, and Sir Rowland Litton and Dame Rebecca his wife, of Knebworth, granted him prolongation of a lease of the remaining third.
On the death of Sir Joseph (whose will is quoted) the property descended to his son Sir Joseph, who left part thereof, in accordance with father's will, to his son Isaac, with remainder in case of Isaac's death before the age of 21 (which was the case) to Isaac's brother Edward, one of the defendants.
Edward has alienated his share, and the suit is brought to get possession of the various deeds and insurance, which complainant says are being detained from him.
Reynardson 142/50 1693
Alstoniana Pg 213

ALSTON v. PICKERING.
The several answers, March 1697, of Nicholas Pickering and Thomas Batchellor to the complaint of Sir Joseph Alston, Bt.
They do not believe the other defendant Edward Alston sold property in Loughton, co. Bucks,, or in Lombard Street, London, to the Complainant, as alleged. Complainant's grandfather Sir Joseph Alston, may have bequeathed L100 to Joseph, eldest son of said Edward, and L200 to each of said Edward's children. Both these defendants have lent money to the said Edward (of Loughton, co. Bucks, Esq.), and complainant and the said Edward are
conspiring to defraud them of the security given them for repayment.
Hamilton 11/20 1697
Alstoniana Pg 188

SIR JOSEPH ALSTON v. ALFORD,
Chancery Proceedings before 1714, Bridges 98.
Bill, 11 June 1698, by Sir Joseph Ralston of Bradwell Abbey, co, Bucks. baronet, v. Philip Alford,
One Jeremy Chapman of London, coachmaker, was constantly employed by plaintiff to repair his coach and harness, and was paid sums of money from time to time upon account. Now Philip Alford, exor of said Chapman, claims payment again, as no receipts were given or taken.
Bridges 98 1698.
Alstoniana Pg 189
PRO C 5/98/2 Alston v. Alford: Buckingham 1698
may refer not searched 2007

ALSTON v. NORTH & Another.
Bill, 19 July 1698, by Sir Joseph Alston of Ditton, co. Surrey, Bart., v. Matthew North and William Marsh.
Relates merely to financial transactions between complainant and one Sir John Wittronge of Stanton, co. Bucks, decd.
Whittington 504 1698

Answer, 27 July 1698, of Matthew North to the complaint of Sir Joseph Alston, bart.
re the debt to Sir John Whittrong - Whittington, 504.
Whittington, 407 1698
Alstoniana Pg 189

GLYNN V. ALSTON.
Bill, 6 June 1700, by Sir William Glynne of Amersdon, co. Oxford, bart., Stephen Glynne Esq. and Sophia his wife, and William Glynne an infant, son of the said Sir William and heir of his mother Dame Mary Glynne deed., v. Sir Joseph Alston bart. and Dame Penelope his wife, Sir James Clarke, Robert Pocock clerk, Mary Hill and Edward Hill.
By his will dated 12 Oct. 3 Wm. and Mary, Sir Edward Evelyn, late of Long Ditton, co. Surrey, bart. left certain lands in Long Ditton and Thames Ditton to his two sons in law Sir William Glynne and Sir Joseph Alston, to Sir James Clarke of East Mounsey, Kt. and Robert Pocock of Long Ditton clerk, in trust to raise two sums of L1000 for his grandchildren Mary and Edward Hill, immediately after the death of his late deceased wife Dame Mary, after payment of which the lands were to be equally divided amongst his three daughters, the said Dame Mary, wife of Sir William Glynne, Dame Penelope Alston and the said Sophia Glynne. By some deed executed in his life time the said Sir Edward had conveyed the manor of Long Ditton to his daughter Penelope, her heirs and assigns, but the conveyance did not include the lands left in trust as abovesaid. But Sir Joseph and his wife contend they are parcel of the said manor, and refuse to allow inspection of deeds &c., which would prove the fact.
In his answer Sir Joseph Alston says the lands in question formed part of the settlement made by Sir Edward Evelyn on the marriage of his daughter Penelope.
Bridges 219, Glynne v. Alston, is Sir Joseph's further answer to the above.
Bridges. 306. 1700.

GLYNNE v. ALSTON.
Bill, 24 May 1701, by the same parties as in Bridges 306 v. Sir Joseph and Dame Penelope Alston, Joseph Alston Esq., Evelyn, Penelope, Cornelius and Sophia Alston their children, Sir James Clarke, Robert Pococke and Alexander Clarke.
The deed settling the manor of Long Ditton on the said Sir Joseph and Penelope, then his intended wife, was made 7 June 1690.
Since Sir Edward Evelyn's death, viz,, in 1692 and again in 1699, Sir Joseph Alston joined with the other trustees
in executing deeds with regard to the land he now claims as parcel of the manor of Long Ditton.
(For the rest the bill is in the same tenor as that in Glynne v. Alston. Bridges 306. q.v.
Bridges, 312. 1701.

GLYNNE v. ALSTON.
Depositions in the suit in B. & A. Bridges, 555 g.v.
There is no Alstone information at all ; the only deponent whose evidence is here preserved is Sir Brocas Gardiner of Roth Court, Wants, bart.
Bridges, 565. 1701?
Alstoniana Pg 215

ALSTON v. ALSTON & Others.
Bill, 10 November 1705, by Sir Joseph Alston of Bradwell Abbey, Bucks, hart., V. Mary Alston, Glaudus Galliard and Joseph Alston.
Edward Alston, Orator's uncle, late of Loughton, co. Bucks. deed., mortgaged various parts of his estate, and neglected to pay either principal or interest. His creditors obtained an execution against him, and he left his house privately and went to London, and sent for your orator, and represented his misfortunes and the ruin that threatened his family, if he were not speedily helped, And your Orator, (finding there was no way of clearing his uncle's estate, which was too encumbered to pay his debts, and knowing that his uncle's son and heir was a very extravagant young man, not likely to be in a capacity to retrieve the said estate, and had already contracted debts of his own, which rendered him unable to go out publicly for fear of being arrested,) thought it advisable to absolutely sell the said estate, which proposal was readily embraced by his uncle. Before Joseph the son would consent to join in a conveyance, he bargained for the sum of L400 for his own uses ; and with his mother Mary informed Orator he would never consent to the sale unless he received security for the payment of the said sum.
Orator thereupon gave his bond in a penal sum of L800 to secure the said payment; and moreover paid him the L400 a full year before he received a penny of the purchase money.
And afterwards the said Joseph fell into a crazed condition, acquired by his excessive intemperance, whereupon his mother placed him with one Glaudus Galhard, a person noted for curing lunatics ; who sued Orator for L112 for the said Joseph's maintenance.
To avoid a trial Orator agreed with the said Joseph to pay the sum out of money belonging to him in Orator's hands.
Now Mary Alston refuses to deliver up Orator's bond to be cancelled, and the defendants confederate to extort money from your orator.
The defendants Mary Alston and Claudius Gilliard make answer; they do not know anything of sums paid by Orator for his cousin.
Joseph the defendant, when at the complainant's house in the country, attempted to kill of his own sisters, and his mother thereupon made enquiries of the defendant Gilliard as to receiving her son.
And complainant and his Lady went with her to a tavern in Coleman Street, where Sir Joseph himself agreed with the said Gilliard to pay him L20 a year to look after his cousin ; and that he would consider the said sum an annuity to be purchased for the said Joseph ; the payment to commence from 17 February 1697. The complainant made great defaults in the payments, but acknowledged his indebtedness by letter in November 1700, and also afterwards.
About June 1704 Gilliard put an execution upon the complainant's goods.
Complainant has never paid any part of the sum of L400, except 2 guineas for shirts for his cousin.
Reynardson. 301/7 1705
Alstoniana Pg 191

ALSTON v. ALSTON & Others.
These are depositions in the suit last noted.
Deponents evidence is to the effect that 10 or 11 years since the defendant Joseph was compos mentis, unless he was " in drink." One deponent was told by the said Joseph that he only pretended to he mad, because he had no money or credit wherewith he might maintain himself.
Reynardson. 301/7. 1705
Alstoniana Pg 192

CLERKE v. ALSTONE.
Bill, 21 May 1705, by Dame Anne Clarke of East Moulsey, co. Surrey widow of Sir James Clarke, Kt. v. Sir Joseph Alston of Long Ditton, co. Surrey, bart., and Dame Penelope his wife, one of the daughters and coheirs of Sir Edward Evelyn of Long Ditton, bart., deceased, Nicholas Curcellus (Corsellis) and Edward Alston, clerk, brother of the said Sir Joseph.
The suit relates to a dispute as to the right of presentation to the church of Long Ditton, to which Sir Joseph declares he will present his said brother Edward, although a fine has been levied by which the right of the next presentation was conveyed to complainant.
Reynardson 177/59 1705
Alstoniana Pg 216

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL v. ALSTON KT.
Bill, 8 December 1707, by Sir Simon Harcourt, attorney general, v. Sir Joseph Alston (the grandson), and Thomas Hudson (brought at the instance of the churchwardens and overseers of the parish of Edwardstone, co. Suffolk) ; also of Robert Travell, citizen and skinner of London, and Deborah his wife, Methuselah Smith, of St, Martin's le Grand, London, goldsmith, and Lydia his wife, and Samuel Skinner of Bury St. Edmund's (which Deborah, Lydia and Samuel are legatees and relations of Sir Joseph Alstone, late of London. bart., deed.) The interests of the complainants under the will are set forth, and the bill begs redress of their wrongs in the matter.
There is no answer attached, and the bill gives no Alstone information beyond what is contained in the will.
Reynardson 457/41c 1707
Ref: TNA 1712 C10/395/1 398/3

BOSCAWEN v. ALSTON.
Bill, 24 January 1707/8, by Jael Bascawen of the parish of St. James, co. Middlesex, widow, administratrix of Margaret Carr, widow, decd., her late sister, v. Sir Joseph Alston of Long Ditton, co. Surrey, bart., and Dame Penelope his wife.
By indenture dated 9 May 1705, the defendants granted to the said Margaret Carr an annuity of L330 out of the manor of Bradwell alias Bradwell Abbey, co. Bucks., for five years, by way of mortgage. Very soon afterwards the said Margaret Carr died, and now defendants set up all sorts of encumbrances to hinder the payment of the said annuity.
In their answer the defendants acknowledge the mortgage, and that the annuity has not been duly paid, " by reason of chargeable suits in law and equity that the said Sir Joseph hath unhappily struggled with for four or five years last past amongst his near relations."
But they have never hindered complainant from taking satisfaction according to the terms of the indenture,
Whittington 306 1707/8
Alstoniana Pg 216

ALSTON v FITZGERALD.
Bill, 13 February 1709/10, by Sir Joseph Alston of Bradwell Abbey, co, Bucks., Bart., and Penelope Alston, an infant under the age of 21 years, one of the daughters of the said Joseph Alston, v, Edward Fitzgerald and Anne his wife.
About a year and a half ago, Dame Elizabeth Alston, widow, mother of the plaintiff Joseph, having several business transactions in London and Westminster, was advised to take a lodging in some place convenient for herfelf and a maid, and after some enquiries made application to one Mr. Edward Fitzgerald who had a convenient lodging to spare in Plumtree Square, in St. Giles's Middlesex, and came to an agreement with him about May or April 1708 that she and her maid should board with him and have diet for 10s. a week. At this time the said Dame Elizabeth had a considerable income of L200 a year, from houses in George Yard in Lombard Street, and a freehold house and land in Peckham in Surrey, and also various personal property including a very large picture of Sir Joseph, and a number of pictures big and little ; and a fine blood stone bottle to put tea or sugar in ; a Bible with silver clasps : a gold watch with Sir Joseph's picture and her own, set in gold, hung at it, &c. &c. For about 49 weeks she paid her rent regularly, and then, (her own rents being in arrears, and having occasion at the time to disburse much money) she became indebted to the said Fitzgerald, who consequently seized some of her goods, and has sold them far under value and without appraisement, &c. &c.
The suit is brought under Lady Alston's will, made during her last illness, about a fortnight before she died.
Defendants, in their answer, say that Lady Alston had the whole floor of their house up one pair of stairs, and had often promised to give them more than the rent agreed upon, in compensation for the dearness of provisions etc, if ever she got money from the complainant, her son, and got rid of the troubles occasioned by him; also that they never agreed, as alleged, upon a charge of only 10s. a week. They have heard that the said Lady Elizabeth, upon the death of her husband Sir Joseph, had a considerable jointure of L400 a year.; which she parted with to her said son on his marriage with Penelope, one of the daughters of Sir Eveling of Long Ditton, co. Surrey, with whom Defendants believe he had an estate in land and money to the value of L10,000. When Lady Alston came
to their house, she had lent large sums of money to her son, and said she had not a shilling. On one occasion the said Sir Joseph and his lady, two sons, two servants and a gentleman came and lay at Defendant's house, and in regard that no charge was made for this and other services, the said Lady Alston gave them various articles of her property. The day she died the said Lady Alston before several persons did say that her troubles had broken her heart, and she ordered Defendants to deliver her deeds and writings to her cousin Mr. Corsellis, to keep till all her debts and funeral expenses were paid. Of these deeds a list is given. Among the parties named are Edward Alston of Layer Marney, co. Essex, clerk ; and Cornelius Alston of St. James Westminster, gent.
Reynardson 302/38 1709/10
Cresswell conjectures in 1898 that the portrait of Sir Joseph is in the possession of Mr William Head of East Grinstead, and the bible with Mr Augustus J E Hare.
Alstoniana Pg 192

ALSTON v. SNELL.
Bill, 25 June 1712, by Sir Joseph Alston of Bradwell Abbey, bart. v. Robert Snell.
Sir Joseph Alston, Bart., grandfather of complainant, was entitled by agreement to certain money out of sums payable to the late Sir Jeremiah Snow, Bart. decd. out of the Excise, under letters patent of Charles II. This suit is brought for recovery against Snell, his trustee.
Whittington, 165 1712.
Alstoniana Pg 193

Grub Street Journal Thursday December 20 1733 (No. 208).--" Died on Sunday at the Bath Jos, Alston Esq. son of Major Alston and brother of the lady of the Right Rev. Dr. Francis Hare, Lord Bishop of Chichester and Dean of St. Paul."

Letters of Administration
Sir Joseph Alston Knt. and 3rd Bt. of Chelsea.
Granted 6 June 1716 to Penelope Hoare wife of John Hoare and daughter of the deceased, Lady Charlotte Alston widow of the deceased having renounced.
Admon. 6 June 1716
Kew PROB 5/2147
Page 131 Alstoniana.

Research Notes:
Joseph benefited from the Will of his maternal grandfather.

House of Lords Record Office: House of Lords: Journal Office [HL/PO/JO/10/6/1 - HL/PO/JO/10/6/132]
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House of Lords: Journal Office: Main Papers - ref. HL/PO/JO/10
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FILE - Main Papers 2412 - 2419 - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/6/132 - date: 1 Dec 1707
item: Alston v. Alston - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/6/132/2414 - date: 3 Dec 1707
Petition and Appeal of Sir Joseph Alston, Baronet, and Dame Elizabeth Alston, widow (now in HL/PO/JO/10/3/197/10).
Ref A2A

Other Records

1. Alston v Alston: Reynardson. 301/1 1704/5, 31 Jan 1704/05, British Library Document No.CW3323656908.
Alston Document 04
ALSTON v. ALSTON.
Bill 31 January 1704/5 by Sir Joseph Alston of Bradwell Abbey, co. Bucks., executor of the will of Sir Joseph Alston, his late father, and Dame Elizabeth Alston, relict and executrix of the said Sir Joseph, who was the only surviving executor of Sir Joseph Alston, Bt. , aforetime Joseph Alston of London, Esq. v. Mary Alston, widow, Ann, Clare and Margaret Alston ; and Martha and Rebecca Maria Alston, infants.
Orator's said grandfather was seised of divers lands &c. in Chelsea, co. Middlesex, and in Bradwell, co. Bucks. with tenements in George Yard, Lombard Street, &c. &c.
In 1662 he made a settlement on the marriage of his son Joseph, (then only Joseph Alston gent.) with the Oratrix Elizabeth, who brought a portion of L3000. A further settlement was made about 1 June 1666, between the said Joseph Alston the elder Esq. and Mary his wife, of the first part : Joseph Alston the younger and Oratrix Elizabeth, his wife, of the second part ; and Sir Edward Alston of
London, Kt,, and Maurice Tompson of Lee, co. Kent, Esq., father of your oratrix, of the third part. Joseph Alston the elder made his will about 12 March 1684/5, by which he gave legacies to the children of his son Edward ; he died about May 1688 without having settled the leasehold property in George Yard as he ought to have done, and having previously married as his second wife one Ann Stratton of . . . . . , widow, who on his death got into her possession divers writings and evidences, At the time of the making of the said will, testator's son Edward had 9 children, viz. Joseph, John, James, Elizabeth, Anne, Clare, Margaret, Mary and Catherine Alston, and afterwards had two other children, viz. Martha and Rebecca Maria. Elizabeth attained the age of 18 years and then died intestate in
1697 ; John and James both died hefore they were 21, and Catherine and Mary died in the testator's lifetime.
About January 1689/90, Isaack Alston, who was co-executor with Joseph Alston the son, died ; and Joseph died in March following, leaving your Orator his executor. Edward, son of the elder Joseph, enjoyed bequests under his father's will till his death in or about May 1698, when his widow Mary took out letters of administration. The suit relates to the settlement of accounts between the parties under the wills and settlements above referred to.
The Bill of complaint however is incomplete.
Reynardson. 301/1 1704/5
This suit identifies wives and children previously uncorroborated.
Alstoniana Pg 191

Joseph married Penelope EVELYN [3241], daughter of Sir Edward EVELYN [7287] and Mary BALAM [7288], on 23 Jan 1689/90. Penelope was born about 1672, died on 22 Jun 1714 aged about 42, and was buried on 28 Jun 1714 in Long Ditton SRY.

General Notes:
Lady Penelope is buried with her Husband in Long Ditton Church. She was from a long line back to Edward I and Eleanor of Castile and beyond to the later Roman Emperors.

In Aubrey's Surrey, Vol I, p. 244, the following Memorial Inscription appears as existing in Long Ditton Church.
The present Vicar, the Rev. C. R. Worsley Hughes tells me that the original is not now to be found. It was apparently (from its form) in an oval.
Alstoniana Pg 239 1898

HERE
LYES THE BODY OF DAME
PENELOPE ALSTON WIFE
OF SIR JOSEPH ALSTON BART.
DAUGHTER AND HEIRE OF SIR
EDWARD EVELYN BART. WHO
HAD FOR HER PORTION THESE TWO
MANNORS OF LONG-DITTON
AND HAD SEAVENTEEN CHILD-
REN, TEN OF WHICH SHE BURIED
AND SEAVEN SURVIVED HER
VIZ: JOSEPH, EVELYN, CORNE-
LIUS,SONS, AND PENELOPE,
ELIZABETH, THEADOSIA AND
DIEPATRIS DAUGHTERS
OBIIT 22 JUNii 1714
AETATIS SUAE
42

LIKEWISE
HERE LYES IN THE SAME GRAVE
UNDER THE SAME STONE THE
BODY OF THE ABOVE SAID SIR
JOSEPH ALSTON, BART,
OBIIT . . . . . . AETATIS
SUAE . . . . .


Children from this marriage were:

+ 680 F    i. Die Patris ALSTON [3264] was baptised on 5 Aug 1705 in Bradwell Church and was buried on 3 Aug 1725 in St Martin in the Fields LND MDX.

+ 681 M    ii. William ALSTON [3252] was baptised on 15 Jan 1708/09 in St Clement Eastgate/St Martin Orgar LND and was buried on 1 Jan 1711/12 in Long Ditton SRY.

+ 682 F    iii. Ellinor ALSTON [3260] was buried on 15 Jul 1708 in Long Ditton SRY.

+ 683 F    iv. Mary ALSTON [3261] was buried on 18 May 1714 in Long Ditton SRY.

+ 684 M    v. Sir Joseph ALSTON 4th Bart. [3244] was baptised on 15 Sep 1691 in Long Ditton SRY and died in 1718 aged 27.

+ 685 M    vi. Sir Evelyn ALSTON 5th Bart [3248] was born on 12 Nov 1692 in Long Ditton SRY, was baptised on 14 Nov 1692 in Long Ditton SRY, and was buried on 15 Apr 1750 in Reigate SRY.

+ 686 F    vii. Penelope ALSTON [3253] was baptised on 4 Apr 1694 and died before 15 Jul 1726.

+ 687 M    viii. Edward ALSTON [3249] was born on 9 Mar 1695/96 in Kingston, was baptised on 9 Mar 1695/96 in Kingston, and was buried on 18 Apr 1696 in Long Ditton SRY.

+ 688 F    ix. Mary ALSTON [3262] was baptised on 16 Jul 1697 in Bradwell Church and was buried on 7 Oct 1710 in Bradwell Church.

+ 689 M    x. Cornelius ALSTON [381] was baptised on 2 Sep 1698 in Long Ditton SRY.

+ 690 F    xi. Sophia ALSTON [3255] was baptised on 10 Dec 1699 in Long Ditton SRY and was buried 18 Jan 1710/11-1712 in Long Ditton SRY.

+ 691 F    xii. Elizabeth ALSTON [3256] was baptised on 16 Mar 1700/01.

+ 692 F    xiii. Anna ALSTON [3258] was baptised on 28 Jun 1702 in Long Ditton SRY and was buried on 31 Mar 1703 in Long Ditton SRY.

+ 693 M    xiv. Edward ALSTON [3251] was baptised on 4 Sep 1706 in Bradwell Church.

+ 694 F    xv. Katherine ALSTON [3259] was baptised on 29 Jan 1707/08 in Bradwell Church and was buried on 31 Jan 1707/08 in Bradwell Church.

+ 695 F    xvi. Theodosia ALSTON [9104] .


Joseph next married Charlotte MORDAUNT [3242]. Charlotte died before 1719.

General Notes:
Charlotte is from an ancient family from Peterborough refer http://www.mordaunt.me.uk/earls.html

Her second marriage must have been a hasty and short one, it is not mentioned in Collins and other Peerages.

THE WILL of LADY CHARLOTTE ALSTON of LONG DITTON
Dated 4 Feb 1716/17
In the Name of God Amen. I Charlote Lady Alston being weak in body but of sound Mind and understanding do make this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former or other Wills hetofore by me made.
Whereas a Suite is now commenced in the High Court of Chancery by me and others against Thomas Silater, Thomas Hayes, Mathew Johnson and others for recovery of a considerable sume of money due by Statute Staple or otherways from Henry Slater heretofore of Light Oakes in the County of Lancaster Esq deceased) or from some other person or persons unto Mr. Benjamin Albyn my first Husband and by my said Husband given and settled upon me or I am otherways lawfully Intituted unto the same.
And whereas it may please God that I may die before the same may be recovered Now for disposeing of the same when recovered and all other my Estate whatsoever I Will and bequeath that all the cost and charges attending the said Suite untill the time of my death together with my debts and ffu erall charges be in the first place paid and fully Satisfyed.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Alston ffifty pounds.
To my Daughter Dyapatis Alston ffifty pounds,
To my son Cornelius Alston One Hundred pounds the said Legacies to be paid at their several Ages of One and Twenty years.
Item I give and bequeath Two Hundred Pounds when my Daughter Theodosia Alston shall attaine her Age of One and Twenty years to be laid out by my executors in the purchase of an Annuity for her Life to her sole Use but if my said Daughter Theodosia shall dye before She attaine her said Age then I give One hundred pounds of the said two hundred pounds unto my said Son Cornelius Alston at his Age of One and Twenty years as aforesaid, and if my said son Cornelius shall dye before his said Age my said Daughter Theodosia being then alive I give and bequeath the Hundred pounds first given to my said Son Cornelius to be laid out by my Executors in the purchase of an Annuity for the Life of my said Daughter Theodosia after She shall attain her Age as aforesaid and not otherways.
Item I give and bequeath Thirty pounds to three poor Widows to be Chosen by my Executors and Twenty pounds to Mrs Elizabeth Roberts for her Sole use and to my dearly beloved Aunt Margaret Agar ffifty pounds.
Item I give and devise to my dearly beloved Sister the Honourable Sophia Hamilton Three hundred pounds, To my dear Brother the Honourable George Mordaunt Three hundred pounds, To my Neice the Rt Honourable Margaret Viscountess Ikerrin One hundred pounds, To my Nephew Charles Mordaunt
Three hundred pounds, To my niece Elizabeth Hamilton One Hundred Pounds, And my Will and meaning is that all my Legacies herein before bequeathed be paid by my Executors as aforesaid out of the said money so due as aforesaid as soon as they shall recover and receive the same or the persons to whom they are bequeathed shall be intituled to the same, And my further Will and meaning is that if the said money when recovered and so much thereof as can be received shall not amount to the Sumes before by me bequeathed. then in such Case I Will that an abatement and Deduction be made out of each Legacy in proportion to the Sumes bequeathed and the Deficiency of the money reced (Except the Thirty pounds to the Widows and Twenty pounds to Mrs Roberts which are to be paid without any deduction) And my further Will and meaning is, that if the said money shall not be recovered and received in my Life time but that it may be necessary to carry on the Suite after my Death that my said Sister Sophia Hamilton my said Brother George Mordaunt and my said Neices Viscountess of Ikerrin and Elizabeth Hamilton and my said Nephew Charles Mordaunt do proportionably to the Legacies herein before severally given unto them advance money and contribute to carry on the said Suite and if any or either of them shall refuse to Advance and pay their several proportions of any Sume not under ffifty pounds that shall be expended by the rest or any of them in prosecuting the said Suite then my Will is that such person or persons refuseing to advance and pay their said proportion of the said Expences shall not be Intituled to their said Legacies
Nevertheless my Will and meaning is that such money as shall be so Expended and advanced for carrying on the said Suite shall be repaid again besides their said several Legacies
And I do hereby appoint my said Sister the Honourable Sophia Hamilton and my said Brother the Honourable George Mordaunt Executors of this my last Will and Testament and do hereby givn unto my said Executors their Heirs Executors and Administrators All the rest residue and other my estate of what kind or nature soever
In Witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and Seale and publish and declare this as my last Will and Testament this fourth day of February One Thousand Seven hundred and Sixteen-Seventeen (I716/17)
C. ALSTON
Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Testatrix the Honourable Charlote Lady Alston for and as her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have Subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto in presence of the said Testatrix Jon Hamilton Arabella Spencer Tho. Wilson.
Proved at London 3 February 1719 by the Hon. George Mordaunt one of the Executors power being reserved to the Hon. Sophia Hamilton the other Executor.
Shaller 22
Page 132 Alstoniana.
PRO 11/572.

Research Notes:
Charlotte's image courtesy of http://www.mordaunt.me.uk/earls.html and The National Trust Public Catalogue Foundation
Castle Ward, Co. Down. Painting attributed to Mary Beale (1632 - 1699)

520. Maurice ALSTON [3239] (Joseph 2nd Bart of Bradwell (Sir)331, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried on 7 Oct 1701 in St Mary Wivenhoe ESS.

General Notes:
Maurice died young, mentioned in his Grandfathers will as under 21 on 17 Mar 1684.

An Elizabeth Alston was buried 7 Oct 1701 St Mary Wivenhoe, was this Maurice's sister?
ESS Burials

On the 4th Mar 1707 an Alston infant was buried at Wivenhoe.
On the 16th Apr 1709 Thomas Alston infant was buried at Wivenhoe.
Were these the children of Edward Alston Rector of Wivenhoe at that time?

521. Elizabeth ALSTON [3240] (Joseph 2nd Bart of Bradwell (Sir)331, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried in 1669 1670 in Bradwell Church.

522. Isaac ALSTON [3238] (Joseph 2nd Bart of Bradwell (Sir)331, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 21 Nov 1678 in Bradwell Church and was buried on 9 Feb 1689/90 in Bradwell Church.

General Notes:
Alston c. 1690-1695. I.; matric. as fellow commoner from Kings College Cambridge 1695. Identified in Alumni Cantabrigienses with Sir Joseph Alston 3rd Bart. of Bradwell Abbey co. Bucks but the dates of birth and marriage of the 3rd Bart. seem to render this impossible. Lower School Names; Venn; G.E.C. Complete Baronetage.
Eton School Lists. NZSOG.

This placement is uncertain, it is based on the I and reference to Sir Joseph?

An Isaac Alston burial entry can be found in the St Lukes Chelsea register 1689, Cresswell remarks that sometimes double entries were made when a family had more than one place of residence.



523. Rev Edward ALSTON [3236] (Joseph 2nd Bart of Bradwell (Sir)331, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1679, died on 3 Jun 1710 in Wivenhoe ESS aged about 31, and was buried on 4 Jun 1710 in St Mary Wivenhoe ESS.

General Notes:
Edward matriculated at Merton College Oxford 1685, aged 16, BA 1689, MA 1694, admitted to the Inner Temple 1690, Rector of Layer Marney, 1695, and of Wivenhoe, 1693.

ALSTONE (EDWARD) s. Joseph, of Bradwell Abbey, Bucks., gent., Merton Coll. Matric. 1685, aged 16; B.A. 1689, M.A. 1694, admitted to the Inner Temple 1690; Rector of Layer Marney 1695, and of Wivenhoe 1698.
Fosters Alumni Oxoniensis 1891 Alstoniana Pg 348

First Name: Edward
Last Name: Alston
Occupation Given: gentleman
Admission Date: 01/07/1690
FATHER'S DETAILS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Name: Sir Joseph Alston
Occupation: baronet
Father/Son Relationship: 2nd son
Address:Bradwell Buckinghamshire England
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)

At his death Edward was Rector of Wivenhoe

THE WILL of REV EDWARD ALSTON
Dated 23 December 1701
The will of Edward Alston of Wivenhoe co. Essex Clerk
I desire my body to be buried with the least expence that may be.
I give to my brother Sir Joseph Alston Bart. and his heirs the next presentation to the Rectory of Long Ditton, co. Surrey.
I desire my Cousin Nicolas Corsellis to convey the same to my said brother so soon as he shall have paid to my executrix L200 and Interest due to me by bond and discharged my lands in Bradwell co. Bucks from all incumbrances
The said Nicolas Corsellis held the said presentation only in trust for me and my heirs.
After payment of my debts and funeral expenses I give to my wife Elizabeth Alston all my Lands tenements and hereditaments in Bradwell with all other my estate real and personal, and appoint her sole executrix
Signed EDWARD ALSTON
Witnesses: Nic. Corsellis, Bella Spooner, Tho. Clevear
Proved: 31 Oct 1710 by Elizabeth Alston relict and executrix named in will.
Smith 202
Page 129 Alstoniana

Research Notes:
Joseph benefited from the Will of his maternal grandfather.

D/Y 1/1/141/17 ERO
Letter to William Holman from John Morley
Level: Category
Research papers
Level: Fonds
HOLMAN MANUSCRIPTS
Level: Series
Correspondence obtaining information for Holman's History of Essex
Level: Sub-Series
John Morley
Scope and Content:
Asking after the widow of Mr Alston who was minister at Wivenhoe, and her daughter, and also whether Mr Cuffelly is in Wivenhoe and intends to stay there, or else his address in London. Not signed. Back used for WH notes about manor of Chawreth alias Chaine in Broxted [Boxted].
Dates of Creation:
28 June 1722
Extent:
1 letter
Personal Names John Morley 1656-1732, of Halstead, land agent and business agent for the Harley family

Edward married Mrs Elizabeth WELLS [3237]. Elizabeth died after 1722.

General Notes:
Living in 1710, they had issue a daughter.

Essex Record Office D/Y 1/1/141/17
Level: CategoryAntiquaries
Level: FondsHOLMAN MANUSCRIPTS
Level: SeriesCorrespondence obtaining information for Holman's History of Essex
Level: Sub-SeriesJohn Morley
Level: ItemLetter to William Holman from John Morley
Dates of Creation28 June 1722
Extent1 letter
Title[Letter to William Holman from John Morley]
Scope and ContentAsking after the widow of Mr Alston who was minister at Wivenhoe, and her daughter, and also whether Mr Cuffelly is in Wivenhoe and intends to stay there, or else his address in London. Not signed. Back used for WH notes about manor of Chawreth alias Chaine in Broxted [Boxted].

524. Joseph ALSTON [3505] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Joseph was a minor on the 8th June 1689.

Joseph with his sisters are not mentioned in there fathers will, Cresswell conjectures the will may have been made in a hurry, Joseph being in extremis?.

However the extremis is likely to have been financial, Joseph is described below in a suit dated 1704/5 by his cousin Sir Joseph [3235] as:
Joseph "was a very extravagant young man, not likely to be in a capacity to retrieve the said estate, and had already contracted debts of his own, which rendered him unable to go out publicly for fear of being arrested, (Sir Joseph) thought it advisable to absolutely sell the said estate, which proposal was readily embraced by his uncle. Before Joseph the son would consent to join in a conveyance, he bargained for the sum of L400 for his own uses ; and with his mother Mary informed Orator he would never consent to the sale unless he received security for the payment of the said sum.
Orator thereupon gave his bond in a penal sum of L800 to secure the said payment; and moreover paid him the L400 a full year before he received a penny of the purchase money.
And afterwards the said Joseph fell into a crazed condition, acquired by his excessive intemperance, whereupon his mother placed him with one Glaudus Galhard, a person noted for curing lunatics ; who sued Orator for L112 for the said Joseph's maintenance. etc etc."

This suit gives a further idea of Joseph's behaviour - see Sir Joseph [3235])
Deponents evidence is to the effect that 10 or 11 years since the defendant Joseph was compos mentis, unless he was " in drink." One deponent was told by the said Joseph that he only pretended to he mad, because he had no money or credit wherewith he might maintain himself.

ALSTON v. ALSTON.
Bill, 8 June 1689, by Joseph, John, James, Elizabeth, Anne, Clare and Margaret Alston, children of Edward Alston of Lowton, co. Bucks., all under the age of 21, by the said Edward Alston their father, v. Dame Elizabeth Alston and Sir Joseph Alston.
They claim legacies under the will of their grandfather, Sir Joseph Alston, late of Chelsea, bart., decd.
The genealogical matter is as in Alston v. Alston (Reynardson 301/1 1704/5).
Reynardson 301/3 1689

525. Annie ALSTON [3507] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Annie and John are both mentioned in her Aunt Clayton's will 1724, as are her sisters Margaret, Clare.

Anne was a minor on the 8th June 1689

Annie married John ARNOLD [3508].

The child from this marriage was:

+ 696 M    i. Edward ARNOLD [3509] .

526. Margaret ALSTON [3510] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Margaret was a minor on the 8th June 1689

Margaret married Anthony SMITH [3511].

527. Clare ALSTON [3512] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Clare was a minor on the 8th June 1689

Clare married Thomas CARTER [3513].

528. Martha ALSTON [3514] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

Martha married Samuel SPENCER [3515].

529. John ALSTON [7252] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
John was a minor on the 8th June 1689, he died in his minority.

530. James ALSTON [7253] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
1694 Alston James son of Edward, Lougton, Bucks., Esq., to Thomas Foster, 17 December 1694. Ironmongers Company.
London Apprenticeship Abstracts.

James was a minor on the 8th June 1689, he died in his minority.

531. Mary ALSTON [7254] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died by 1688.

532. Elizabeth ALSTON [3506] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1679 and died in 1697 in Loughton aged about 18.

General Notes:
Cresswell find's Elizabeth's will somewhat irregular as follows.

Alston v Alston - see notes Sir Joseph Alston [3235] describes Elizabeth as reaching the age of 18 before dying intestate in 1697

WILL of ELIZABETH ALSTON.
Elizabeth Alston Spinster of Loughton in the County of Bucks made her will by word of mouth to the following effect
L200 received under the will of her Grandfather Sir Joseph Alston Bart. to her Sisters Martha and Rebecca Maria Alston
The said will reduced into writing 26 August 1697 and attested by Mary Alston Clare Alston and Joanna Sharp 24 May 1698
The said Elizabeth was living at her fathers house in Loughton at the time of her last illness, where she had lived many years before her death.
Martha and Rebecca Maria were minors
Proved 1 June 1698
Page 128 Alstoniana
Lort 136

533. Catherine ALSTON [7255] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) died by 1688.

534. Rebecca Maria ALSTON [3516] (Edward of Loughton332, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1695, died on 27 Mar 1723 in Dedham ESS aged about 28, and was buried on 27 Mar 1723 in Dedham Church.

General Notes:
Rebecca and her sister Martha are mentioned as minors in their Aunt Clayton's will. There is a mural slab in Dedham Church in memory of Rebecca with her details and that of her issue. She was aged 28 at her death.

Rebecca married John STIRPIN [3517]. John was born about 1686 and died on 26 Jan 1728/29 aged about 43.

General Notes:
John was mentioned on the memorial in Dedham Church, he died in his 43 year.


The child from this marriage was:

+ 697 M    i. John Alston STIRPIN [3518] was born about 1719 and died on 3 May 1736 aged about 17.


535. Joseph ALSTON [3520] (Isaac of Chelsea333, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 31 May 1675 in St Lukes Chelsea and was buried on 22 Oct 1675 in St Lukes Chelsea.

General Notes:
The Rectory,
Chelsea, S.W.,
Dec. 30 1897.
Dear Sir,
We are searching the Register of Burials as you requested from the year 1675 . . . . . . . . At present we have only
found two, viz.: In 1675 a Joseph son of Isaac Alston buried Oct. 22, and in 1679 July 27 Mary Alston.
Alstoniana Pg 373



536. Ann ALSTON [3683] (Isaac of Chelsea333, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 10 Jan 1662/63 in St Lukes Chelsea and was buried on 18 Feb 1674/75 in St Luke Chelsea LND.

537. Mary ALSTON [3684] (Isaac of Chelsea333, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried on 27 Jul 1679 in St Lukes Chelsea.


538. Joseph ALSTON of New House [3521] (Isaac of Chelsea333, Joseph Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell (Sir)143, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1676, died on 11 Oct 1736 aged about 60, and was buried on 15 Oct 1736 in Edwardstone SFK. The cause of his death was gout.

General Notes:
Joseph was of New House (otherwise known as the Grove) Edwardstone and East Hamstead Berks. He owned lands and woods ( "Annabells Wood" and "Priory Down") in Gt Waldingfield and Edwardstone 1699. He was aged 60 at his death.

First Name: Joseph
Last Name: Alston
Title Given: junior
Occupation Given: gentleman
Admission Date: 28/05/1688
FATHER'S DETAILS
Name: Isaac Alston
Occupation: armiger (entitled to bear a coat of arms)
Father/Son Relationship: son and heir apparent
Address: Chelsea London
Former County: Middlesex
Inner Temple Admissions (2009)

Marriage
Joseph Alston of Edwardstone SFK Esq., batchelor, 22, and Laurentia Trumbull of Hadleigh said county, spinster, 18, daughter of Charles Trumbull, doctor of law who consents, at St Bride London or ------ 26 Jun 1699 F.

Precis of a Tripartite Indenture made the Ninth day of December 1699.
Between Joseph Alston of Edwardstone Esq., son and heir of Isaac Alston late of Chelsea Middlesex Esq., deceased, of the first part and Charles Trumbull of Hadleigh, Doctor of Laws of the second part and James Clayton Esq., of Vach in the County of Buckinghamshire, William Phillips of London, Sir William Trumbull of East Hempstead in the County of Berkshire, Knt. and John Bridges of the Inner Temple London Esq., of the third part.
Whereas Joseph Alston has entered into a marriage with Laurentia daughter of Charles Trumbull of Hadleigh, and agreement dated the 30th June 1699, with several parties including Mary Alston the mother of Joseph Alston concerning the dower and other assets. Joseph Alston releases to the above third parties to this agreement Messuage, Tenements, Lands, Buildings, etc., described in this Indenture, in Sculthorpe, Norfolk, Boxford, Poulstead, Hadleigh, Aldham, Edwardstone, Waldingfield, Suffolk etc., in trust for 99 years for the benefit of Joseph Alston, his wife Laurentia and Mary Alston and at their demise to the first son of the body of Laurentia, with provisions for daughters. It includes other directions dependent on who should predecease who. It further provides for Joseph Alston to lease out for no more than 21 years the above Messuage Tenements Lands etc with the consent of Laurentia and Charles Trumbull or their survivors and in the presence of two or more credible witnesses to sell or revoke the details of this agreement.
The Indenture is 13 A4 pages long with detailed description of the property involved, of particular interest is the Messuage by the name of the Newhouse . . . . . containing 64 acres more or less lying in Edwardstone . . . . . and Quicks lying in Edwardstone and Waldingfield.
Ref: Bury RO 391/9 (Copy on File E L Fenn 2011)

1701. Persons subscribing towards the charge of procuring the grant of incorporating the Town of Hadleigh Suffolk.
Jos. Aston (Alstone) Esq.
Jos. Alston.
Alstoniana Pg 364

Suffolk Poll Book 1702. Edwardstone - Joseph Alston voted for Ld. Dysart and Sir. Rob. Davers.

Suffolk Poll Book 1710. Edwardstone Joseph Alston Esq., voted for Sir Thomas Hanmer & Sir Robert Davers.

Precis of Indenture made 10th day of December 1710.
Indenture between William Chaplin of Bury St Edmunds Gent, John Newman also Jaggard of Hargrave all in the County of Suffolk of the one part and Joseph Alston of Edwardstone Suffolk of the other part.
Witnesseth that the said William Chaplin John Newman also Jaggard for a consideration of L175 paid by Joseph Alston sell and convey to Joseph Alston a messuage situated in Edwardstone and in the occupation of George Mash Also a field of arable land known by the name of Clarkfield containing one acre and a half more or less abutting the Queen's highway running from Quicks Green in Edwardstone to Great Waldingfield in the West and Kilnfield in the East Also two closes of arable land called Kilnfield's containing five acres more or less abutting the Queen's highway as above Also a close of pasture ground containing three and a half acres more or less adjoining Kilnfield's above and a lane leading from Whistler's Green to Quicks Green and on the Queen's highway leading from Boxford to Little Waldingfield to the south in the tenure of George Mash aforesaid Also a wood called Annabells Wood containing five acres more or less adjoining a wood called Priory Down fenced out with a ditch or bank from Annabells Wood and in the tenure of John Aslin all the above situated in Edwardstone.
This transaction is preceded by an Indenture for Lease and Release of the above described lands dated 9 December 1710 between the above parties. These documents are contained on four A3 sheets and contain a great deal of detail on the location of the properties and terms of agreement. Ref Bury R.O. 391/9 Copy on file.

Joseph Alston Dates: 1701-1725 Location: Newhouse Suffolk
Title: Esq.
Gender: Male
Address: Newhouse, Suffolk
Source Date: 1719 Source Info:
Subscribed to Cases argued and defended in the High Court of Chancery, published from the manuscripts of Thomas Vernon by order of the Court (Vol. 1), 1719, SALMON, Thomas. London
Subject: law
Ancestry Directories.

Bury St Edmunds Quarter Sessions
1726 Gt & Lt Waldingfield
The inhabitants of Waldingfield Parva in this County moving this Court by way of appeal to be relieved against a Warrant made by John Gurdon and Joseph Alston two of his Majestys Justices for the removal of Mary Gooch from Waldingfield Magna to Waldingfield Parva aforesaid being the place of her last legal settlement, and hearing what could be alleged by Counsel on both sides this Court doth allow the Appeal and set aside the Warrant made for Settlement aforesaid.
Copy on file 2003

Parlamentary Archives: Main Papers HL/PO/JO/10/6/395
1) Petition of Joseph Alston and of Joseph Alston his son 3 February 1731, 2) Order of Joseph Alston and of Joseph Alston his son, 3) Judges report. Date: 1731.
National Archives

Advertisement printed and dated June 1767.
To be lett and entered upon immediately in the parish of Edwardstone in the County of Suffolk within 4 miles of Sudbury, 6 of Hadleigh, 12 of Colchester, and 17 of Ipswich that capital brick Mansion called NEW HOUSE containing several handsome rooms on a floor one of which is a very grand one lately built with stabling for 24 horses Coaches, Brew house and all manner of convenient offices for a Gentleman's Family with very good gardens and fish ponds together with 35 acres of land lying close to the house and a wood of 5 acres lately in the occupation of John Pogson Esq.
For further particulars enquire of John Sparrow at Edwardstone Hall within half a mile of the premises, or of Wm Sheldon Esq. in Portugal Row, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.

THIS INDENTURE made the thirtieth day of June Anno Domino 1780 and in the fourth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the second by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith. BETWEEN Joseph ALSTON the Elder of Newhouse in the County of Suffolk Esquire of the one part and Joseph ALSTON the Younger of Newhouse aforesaid Esquire only son and heir apparent of the said Joseph ALSTON the Elder of the other part WHEREAS the said Joseph ALSTON the Elder doth hold for the Terme of his natural life ALL that messuage or tenement called Has Tendis (sic) with the Homestall thereto belonging and all the lands meadows pastures seedings groves woods woodlands and appurtances thereto belonging or herewith now used occupied or enjoyed or accepted reputed known deemed of taken as or for part parcel or member thereof heretofore in the tenure or occupation of Robert SLY and Walter ATKINS or one of them their or one of their undertennant or undertennants and afterwards of Thomas SHERWOOD and Elizabeth SHERWOOD and now in the tenure or occupation of Robert MATHEWS his undertennant or assigns and let at the yearly rent of one hundred and thirty pounds and situate lying and being in the Parish of Sculthorpe in the County of Norfolk AND ALSO ALL that capital messuage r tenement called or known by the name of MASCALLSs with all the edifice buildings barnes stables yards gardens and orchards thereto belonging situate and being in ELMSETT in the said County of Suffolk and also all the lands meadows pastures feedings grounds woods groves and appurtances thereto belonging or herewith now enjoyed lying and being in ELMSETT aforesaid HINTLESHAM and ALDHAM in the said County of Suffolk or some or one of them or in some town parish or place there near adjoining thereforeto in the tenure or occupation of Thomas H . . . . . and his . . . . . precincts of Boxford Polstead and Hadley (Hadleigh) or some or one of them in the said County of Suffolk therefore in the tenure of occupation of Walter SMELLING and now of John RUFFLES his undertennanrts of assigns and let at the yearly rent of six and forty pounds per annum and also all that messuage or tenement called Quicks and all those severall pieces or parcels of arable land meadow and pasture with the appurtances thereunto belonging or herewith now used situate and being in the parishes of Edwardstone Groton and Little Waldingfield or some or one of them in the said County of Suffolk heretofore in the tenure of Thomas OSBOURN and now of John HIND his undertennants or assigns and let to him at the ret of nine and thirty pounds per annum the immediate reversion or remainder whereof doth belong to the said Joseph ALSTON the son and to the heirs male of his body lawfully to be begotton NOW THIS INDENTURE witnesseth that the said Joseph ALSTON the father for and in consideration of the sums of five shillings to him in hand paid by the said Joseph ALSTON the son the receipt whereof is herby acknowledged and for diverse other good causes and considerations him hereunto moveing hath granted and surrendered and by these presents doth grant and surrender unto the said Joseph ALSTON the son all and singular the said messuage or tenement called Has Tendis and all the lands meadows pastures feedings groves woodlands and premises now in the tenure or occupation of the said Robert MATHEWS his undertennants or assigns and lying and being in the said parish of Sculthorpe and also all the said capital messuage or tenement called or know by the name of MASCALLS with all the edifices buildings barnes stables yards gardens and orchards thereto belonging or now therewith enjoyed being in ELMSETT HINTLESHAM and ALSDHAM aforesaid or some or one of them or in some town parish or place near there adjoining and now in the tenure pr occupation of the said William HENINGALE his undertenants or assigns and also all that the said messuage tenement or farm with the arable lands meadows pasture feedings and appurtances in the said parishes towns or precincts of Boxford Polstead and Hadley in the said County of Suffolk and now in the tenure of the said John RUFFLES and also all that the said messuage or tenement or farm with the arable land meadows and pasture in the said parishes of Edwardstone Groton and Little Waldingfield in the said County of Suffolk now in the tenure of the said John HINDE and likewise all the estate right title interest claim and demand whatsoever of him the said Joseph ALSTON the father of in and to the said messuage farms lands premises with their appurtances and every part and parcel thereof TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said messuage or tenements farms lands and hereditaments herby granted and surrendered or mentioned or intended so to be with their and every of their appurtances unto the said Joseph ALSTON the son and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotton IN WITNESS whereof the said parties first above named to these present indentures their hands and seals interchangeably have set the day and year first above written.
Jos. ALSTON, gent SEALED and delivered in the presence of us being first legally stamped. Marshe DICKINSON Edward ACTON
This is a true copy of the original examined by us this 28th August 1788 Wm. Blackstone, Sam. G. Fleet - Clerk to Mr. Totton of Lincolns Inn.
Bury RO 391/9
From Susan Perrett 2004

Deed C. 6737.
Schedule of deeds, acknowledged by John Jaggard, gentleman, to be in his custody in his answer to the bill of Sir Joseph Alston, baronet, to be produced in Court under an order dated 5 June, 1 James II.:
(1) Grant, dated 20 January, 1640, by John Holland to Edward Alston, the younger, Penning Alston, of London, grocer, and Joseph Alston, of London, merchant, for 1,100l., of the Newhouse in Edwardston.
(2) Grant, dated 10 February, 1641, by Richard Hale and Anne, his wife, Richard and Edward, their sons, Ambrose Hale, and John Brand, esquire, to Joseph, Edward, and Penning Hale, for 60l., of a messuage called 'Shobly' alias 'Link,' in Edwardston.
(3) Grant, dated 14 April, 18 Charles I, by Edward, Joseph, and Penning Alston to John Brand, gentleman, lord of the manor of Edwardston Hall, of an annuity of 10s. 8d. issuing out of lands in Edwarston.
(4) Grant, dated 22 October, 1644, by Edward Alston, of Sudbury, to Joseph, Edward, and Penning Alston of a messuage called 'Quicke' in Edwardston and Great Waldingfield, or one of them.
(5) Conveyance, dated 27 November, 1648, by Joseph, Edward, and Penning Alston, to Joseph Mann, gentleman, of the farm called 'the Newhouse,' for 1,700l. English. Paper.
Ref: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=64497&strquery=John%20Alston

His ledger stone in Edwardstone Church was removed from the Nave to the Lady Chapel c1878 now obscured by the organ 2010, it reads:
Josephus Alston Armr.
filius unicus Isaaci
Josephi Alston de Chelsea in Com. Middlesex, Baronetti,
filii natu tertii
vir nullo non nomine laudandus
Ingenio, literis, moribus ornatissimus,
Pietate in Deum, amore in patriam, fide in amicos
liberalitate in egenos, comitate in omnes insignis
omnia vite officia egregie implevit
Conjux, Pater, Dominus Civis optimus.
Arthritis quoe per complures annos
gravissime illum afflixerat
Cujusque Saevissimos cruciatus mira animi constantia
vultuque non modo tranquillo sed etiam hilari pertuleraat
vitoe minium quantum aerumnosae finem imposuit
Anno AEtatis Sexagesimo Domini MDCCXXXVI
Die- Octobris undecimo.
Filiae illi tres superstites fuere
Margareta Anna Charlotta
quarum tertia viro nondum nupta est
secundam in matrimonia habet Steph Soame de Thurlow Parva Arm,
primam Revs. in Christo Pater Franc. Hare Episcopus Cicestrensis
hoec optimo Parenti heres et testamenti curatrix facta.
H. M. P.
Ref: Alstoniana Pg. 250.

Joseph Alston Armigerous.
only son Isaac
Joseph Alston from Chelsea in Com. Middlesex Baronet,
the eldest son of the third
The man is not worthy of the name
Natural ability letters, character richly endowed,
His love for God, love of country, faith in his friends,
his generosity to his needy, the company all conspicuous
admirably fulfilled all the duties of life
A married person, the Father, the Lord is a citizen of one of the best.
Arthritis which lasted for several years
seriously harm him
Each cruelly tortured wonderful steadfastness
not only calm but also a cheerful countenance endured
put an end to life too much trouble
Aged 60
Year 1736
Day - October eleventh.
The three surviving daughters were
Margaret Anna Charlotta
The third man was not yet married
In second marriages has Stephen Soame of Thurlow Armigerous.
First Rev Father in Christ Francis Hare Bishop of Chichester
Parent heir and the best testament and curator made.
H. M. P.

Research Notes:
Owners of New House after Joseph Alston, were M Hare, (Joseph's heirs sold to a Mr Sheldon of London - pg 366 Alstoniana), and the Waring family (1794). ref Suffolk PRO 391/17.

A History of Newhouse aka The Grove. The Grove, Edwardstone In the eighteenth century this house was usually called Newhouse. A previous farmhouse on the same site, or nearby, was called Quickes; it may have stood on the moated site destroyed in the 1970s. The earliest reference to Quickes farm is in a marriage settlement, dated 9 December 1699, between Joseph Alston of Edwardstone and Laurentia Trumbull of Hadleigh. A deed of 1 July 1730 mentions Joseph Alston esquire of Newhouse. This is the earliest mention of the house. Joseph Alston esquire of Newhouse, Edwardstone, made his will on 5 June 1734 (proved in 1736) leaving New House with its grounds and a farm called Quickes to his mother, Mrs Mary Alston, for life. After her decease, the property was to be divided between his daughters Ann and Charlotte. Ann was married to Stephen Soame of Little Thurlow. The Soames were rich, the source of their wealth being West Indian sugar plantations. There is a slight indication that Joseph Alston may also have been involved in the sugar trade; in his will he mentions a 'place' he owned at Gravesend. A number of houses in Suffolk were either built or extended by men who had grown wealthy through the ownership of sugar plantations. Newhouse had clearly been built by 1730, the year of the deed mentioned above. A 20 year lease of Quickes farm made in 1747 mentions a cottage "standing by Newhouse". By 1762 it belonged to Robert Hare esquire, a grandson of Joseph Alston. Hare did not keep the property for long, for in 1768 Walter Waring esquire of Roxford was mortgaging Newhouse with its outbuildings and land. In the eighteenth century short-term mortgages were a very common way of raising money. Walter Waring was dead by early 1780 when his widow, Hannah, was granted the administration of his estate. After 1780 Newhouse was frequently let as well as being mortgaged. In 1794, for example, the owner, another Walter Waring, mortgaged the "mansion commonly known as New House", which was described as a mansion house, capital messuage or farm. The second Walter Waring, made his will in 1797; it was proved in 1800. He described himself as "of Edwardstone Goove", the earliest mention of The Grove as a name for the house. His heir was his nephew Thomas, son of the late Thomas Waring of Chatham. The 1812 marriage settlement of Thomas Waring and Maria Hanmer describes the groom as `of Edwardstone Grove'. Thomas died in 1823 and his widow then married a man name Fowke. Maria Fowke had a life interest in the house, but as the result of a suit in Chancery in 1828 it was agreed that Thomas's brother, Richard Waring should inherit the house after Maria Fowke's death. When Richard Waring mortgaged the "mansion house formerly known as New House and now called the Grove" in June 1828, he was living at Edwardstone House. In 1837 the house and its land were again mortgaged. It is probable that in 1834 Richard Waring made an attempt to sell The Grove. Amongst the documents deposited in the Suffolk Record Office in 1951 were a set of sale particulars dated 1834. Unfortunately, these were returned to the depositor in the early 1950s, so I have not been able to see them. If I am correct in guessing that these sale particulars relate to The Grove, it may not have sold, with the result that Richard Waring then decided to demolish the house. Alternatively, the purchaser may have pulled it down. In 1836 Richard Waring esquire leased for fourteen years to Mr Henry Baldwin land and cottages, including a piece of ground where "a mansion house lately stood". This lease was renewed for a further eight years when it expired in 1850. Again the ground "where a mansion harass lately stood." is mentioned together with Mount cottage lying at the back part of where the house had stood. This may be the cottage referred to by Philip Atkins in the, second paragraph of the section of his report- headed 'The Standing Buildings' . Richard Waring made his will in 1855, and in 1861 his three children , Thomas of Cavendish and Henry and Anna of Swansea, sold the messuage and farm known as The Grove with 57.5 acres of land to Ann Lovell shepherd of Edwardstone, Hall.There must have been some doubt or dispute about the title to part of the property, for in July 1862 the Warings solicitor and John Day of Edwardstone gave evidence about , its ownership. John Day was 78 years old and had lived for thirty years in the cottage with garden numbered 161 on the enclosed map. He said that in 1829 Richard Waring , brother of Thomas, came into possession of the Grove estate except for the "Mansion House then standing thereon but since pulled down", Thomas's widow, Maria Fowke, kept the house with its buildings and gardens, but in 1836 all this came into the ownership of Richard, who died in January 1861. It is also a possibility that it was Maria Fowke who tried to sell The Grove and then demolished the house. A photocopy of the map which accompanies John Day's evidence is enclosed. 98 is the site of the Grove, and the building marked H is a dwelling; all the others are barns etc. This map is an exact copy of part of the tithe map of 1838, which shows Richard Waring esquire as the owner of the farm and Henry Baldwin as the occupier . The total acreage was just under 58 acres. The Newhouse alias The Grove was certainly in existence when Joseph Alston was a party to a deed in 1730 and had been demolished by November 1836 when the first lease was made to Henry Baldwin. It is impossible to be more precise than to say that the house had a life of not much more than a century. Sources . Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds. 391/39 Bundle of title deeds. 391/41 Bundle of title deeds. The above documents are a small part of a collection of deeds for a number of properties in Edwardstone and elsewhere, which was deposited in the Record Office in 1951 by Sir Henry Corry of Edwardstone Hall. In 1952 he withdrew some items, including the sale particulars of 1834. This is unfortunate if they are for the Grove estate, for they might include a plan and description of the house. May I suggest that you approach the present owner of Edwardstone Hall to ask if he has the documents withdrawn from the Record Office. The only other possibility is that there is a copy of the sale particulars in the Map Room of Cambridge University Library, which houses a number of such documents. On my next visit to the Library I will see if this is the case.
Ref: Courtesy author Mrs Nestaa Evans, 21 Jan 1998, and owners of The Grove and its beautiful accommodation cottages.

Other Records

1. Will: of Joseph Alston, 5 Jun 1734, of New House Edwardstone.
Precis of the Will of Joseph Alston of Newhouse Edwardstone
Dated 5 June 1734.
I desire to be buried in the Chancel of Edwardstone co. Suffolk between the Corps of my wife and daughter Mary of Newhouse, I desire my just debts funeral charges and legacies to be paid and charge all my Estates therewith.
I give to my mother Mrs Mary Alston for her life my mansion called Newhouse with the grounds and appurtenances thereof; the farm called Quicks and the land now occupied by John Hind; also the use of the furniture and Linen in Newhouse.
I give to my daughter Charlotte Alston L1000 in lieu of her share of the marriage settlement, for the portions of my daughters.
I declare that the sum of L1400 paid by me to Stephen Soam Esq. as the marriage portion of Ann my daughter was to be in lieu of any claim she might make on the marriage settlement of L3000.
I give further to my daughters Ann Soam and Charlotte Alston the sum of L1000 each provided that, they within six months after my death do release assure and assign unto my daughter Margaret Hare and her assigns, and also unto Charles Longueville of Norfolk St. co. Middlesex, Esq. and Marshe Dickinson of London Gent my Trustees all their rights and Interests in and to the Estates of Doctor Charles Trumball their grandfather, deceased, and also in and to my real estates
I give to my said daughter Charlotte Alston one third of her grandfather's (Doctor Trumball) plate
I give to Charles Longueville and Marshe Dickinson all my freehold Estate herein before mentioned (subject to the life interest of my mother) in trust-they to sell or mortgage such part of my estate to meet the claims of debts, legacies and funeral expenses as my personal estate shall fall short of the residue of my real estate I give to my daughter Margaret Hare with remainder to Charles Longueville and Marshe Dickinson in trust for my Grandson Robert Hare and his heirs male - in default of heirs male to the daughters of my said daughter Margaret.
I give to my grandson Robert Hare all my Books.
(Various legacies to servants)
I devise all my Copyhold Estates to my daughter Margaret Hare and her heirs and I appoint her sole executrix of this my will.
Signed: JOSEPH ALSTON
Witnesses: John Cholwell, John Kellett, D. Blaney
Proved 22 October 1736 by Margaret Hare (wife of the Rt Revd Francis Bishop of Chichester) the daughter and executrix named in will.
Derby 211.


Joseph married Laurentia TRUMBULL [3522], daughter of Rev Charles TRUMBULL L.L.D. [3523] and Anna RICH [25645], on 1 Jul 1699 in St Bride Fleet St LND. Laurentia was born about 1680, died on 28 Feb 1717/18 aged about 38, and was buried on 1 Mar 1717/18 in Edwardstone SFK. The cause of her death was smallpox.

General Notes:
CHESTER'S LONDON MARRIAGE LICENCES, 1521-1869.
London, Quaritch 1887. ALSTON.
ALSTON, JOSEPH, of Edwardstone, Suffolk, Esq., bachelor, 22, and Laurentia Trumbull, of Hadleigh, said county, spinster, 18, dau. of Charles Trumbull, doctor of law, who consents, at St. Bride's, London, or . . . .26 June, 1699.
They were married by Dr Turner by Arch Bishops licence.

Laurentia was a woman of some substance. Portraits of her and her father were in 1899 in the possession of Mr Theodore Hare.

Suffolk PRO ref 391/9 - Release of settlement of marriage of Mr Joseph Alston to Madam Trumbull 9 Dec 1699. Copy with E L Fenn 2000.

Laurentia was aged 37 at her death, her ledger stone in Edwardstone Church was removed from the Nave to the Lady Chapel c1878 now partially obscured by the organ 2010, it reads:

HSE
Domina Laurentia Iosephi Alston
Hujus villœ armigeri
uxor amabili
Reverendi Caroli Trumbull LLD
filia unica
cujus memiœ pientissimae
publicum hoc tam doloris quam fidei
conjugalis monumentum
pietatis ergo
posuit moerens maritus
Erat
filia observantissima
conjux fidissima
mater indulgentissima
in variis vitae muneribus obeundis
œque calleus ac syncera
Quid multis ?
Pietate prudentia ingenio comitate
tantisq corporis pariter ac animi
dotibus inclaruit
ut facile evaserit fœminei generis
decus et ornamentum
Liberos sex relinquentem superstites
e carnis ergas tulo liberarunt
variolae malignae
non sine luctu omnium
28 Feb.
Anno aetatis 37
Dom. 1717.
C.A.P.D.
Ref: Alstoniana Pg. 249

HSE
Dame Laurentia Joseph Alston
armourbearer this village
loving wife
Reverend Charles Trumbull LL DD
only daughter
respectful daughter
public as well as the pain of faith
conjugal tomb
therefore piety
sorrowing husband put
Was
daughter observing
loyal partner
mothers indulgence
in a variety of tasks
equally skilled and sincere
Why so many ?
Piety prudence courtesy talent
geat body and soul together
famous endowments
so easily escaped in female race
and ornament
Leaving six surviving children
freed from the prison safe
smallpox malign
not without the grief of all
Feb. 28
In the age of 37
Dam. 1717.
C.A.P.D.
An internet translation !


Children from this marriage were:

+ 698 F    i. Elizabeth ALSTON [3525] was baptised on 1 May 1700 in Hadleigh SFK and was buried on 21 Oct 1701 in Hadleigh SFK.

+ 699 F    ii. Margaret (Mary) ALSTON [3526] was baptised on 1 Jul 1701 in Hadleigh SFK, died in Dec 1784 aged 83, and was buried in Chalfont St Giles.

+ 700 F    iii. Laurentia ALSTON [3528] was baptised on 14 Aug 1702 in Hadleigh SFK and was buried on 16 Aug 1702 in Hadleigh SFK.

+ 701 F    iv. Laurentia ALSTON [3529] was baptised on 24 Aug 1703 in Hadleigh SFK and was buried on 21 Feb 1717/18 in Edwardstone Church SFK.

+ 702 F    v. Mary ALSTON [3530] was baptised on 24 Feb 1704/05 in Hadleigh SFK, died on 31 Aug 1726 aged 21, and was buried on 3 Sep 1726 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 703 M    vi. Joseph ALSTON [3524] was baptised on 6 Mar 1705/06 in Hadleigh SFK, died on 9 Dec 1733 aged 27, and was buried on 20 Dec 1733 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 704 F    vii. Anne ALSTON [3531] was baptised on 24 Aug 1708 in Hadleigh SFK and died in 1781 aged 73.

+ 705 F    viii. Elizabeth ALSTON [3534] was baptised on 28 Oct 1709 in Edwardstone SFK, died on 5 Aug 1724 aged 14, and was buried on 8 Aug 1724 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 706 F    ix. Charlotte ALSTON [3535] was baptised on 2 Feb 1710/11 in Edwardstone SFK, died before 30 Jun 1789, and was buried in Little Thurlow.


539. Edward ALSTON Jnr [9004] (Edward of Boxford340, Abraham144, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

Edward married Hannah [9005].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 707 M    i. Newman ALSTON [5495] was baptised on 20 Dec 1704 in Boxford SFK.

+ 708 F    ii. Anna ALSTON [9006] was baptised on 25 Jun 1678 in Boxford SFK.

540. Mary CREWE [22068] (Deborah ALSTON341, Abraham144, Edward of Edwardstone52, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Mary benefited under the will of her great uncle, Sir Edward Alston [2674], by L50

541. Edmund ALSTON [3455] (Edmund of Rogers356, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 12 Oct 1677 in Newton SFK and was buried on 18 Oct 1678 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
The christening entry is from the IGI, the Register is silent?.

542. Dorothy ALSTON [3456] (Edmund of Rogers356, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 12 Oct 1677 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 26 Nov 1678 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Dorothy was mentioned in her Grandfathers will, the Register year for her christening may be 1679

543. Edward ALSTON of Lavenham Hall. [3459] (Edmund of Rogers356, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 4 Aug 1685 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 6 Sep 1753 in Lavenham SFK.

General Notes:
Administration of the estate of Edward Alston (of Lavenham) granted to Thomas Alston, son in law to the said deceased. Sarah Alston Widow and Relict having renounced the burden of the administration. 27th Septr. 1753.
Alstoniana pg 162
Edward Alston of Lavenham buried September 6th 1753. Extracted from the Parish Register the 6th November 1811 by me W F Bird, Curate of the Parish of Boxford.
Alstoniana Pg 359

Edward married Sarah PRATT [3460] on 26 Aug 1705. Sarah was buried on 2 Feb 1740/41 in Boxford SFK.

General Notes:
For wedding date see notes of Edward Alston [3731] letter dated 8 Dec 1811


Children from this marriage were:

+ 709 M    i. Edward ALSTON [3461] was baptised on 11 Jun 1710 in Boxford SFK and died on 27 Nov 1740 aged 30.

+ 710 M    ii. Joseph ALSTON [3462] was baptised on 29 Apr 1720 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 711 F    iii. Sarah ALSTON [3728] was born about 1708 and was buried on 1 Dec 1756 in Newton SFK.

544. Joseph ALSTON [3465] (Edmund of Rogers356, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 7 Mar 1686/87 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 21 Feb 1687/88.

545. Joseph ALSTON (AUSTIN) [3466] (Edmund of Rogers356, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 16 Apr 1691 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Joseph is not mentioned again in the registers, or in his parents wills.
That Joseph married Christian is conjectual

Joseph married Christian (Xtian) WILDING [5609] on 21 Aug 1726 in Gt Waldingfield SFK. Christian was buried on 20 Dec 1757 in Gt Waldingfield St Lawrence SFK.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 712 M    i. Joseph ALSTON [5618] was baptised on 26 Mar 1727 in Gt Waldingfield SFK and was buried on 16 Apr 1730-1731 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 713 F    ii. Hannah ALSTON [5619] was baptised on 26 Feb 1727/28 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 714 M    iii. John ALSTON (ASTIN) [5611] was baptised on 25 May 1729 in Gt Waldingfield SFK and was buried on 19 Mar 1730/31 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 715 M    iv. George ALSTON (ASTIN) [5612] was baptised on 13 Dec 1730 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 716 F    v. Elizabeth ALSTON (ASTON) [5615] was baptised on 23 Apr 1732 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 717 M    vi. John ALSTON [6091] was baptised on 12 Aug 1733 in Gt Waldingfield SFK and was buried on 27 Nov 1735 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 718 F    vii. Christian (Xtian) ALSTON (ASTIN) [5613] was baptised on 25 Dec 1734 in Gt Waldingfield SFK and was buried on 18 Nov 1735 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 719 M    viii. Joseph ALSTON (ASTON) [5614] was baptised on 31 Jul 1737 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 720 F    ix. Susanna ALSTON (ALSTONE) [5610] was baptised on 17 Sep 1738 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 721 F    x. Elizabeth ALSTON (ASTON) [5616] was baptised on 12 May 1739 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

+ 722 F    xi. Mary ALSTON (ASTIN) [5617] was baptised on 12 May 1740 in Gt Waldingfield SFK.

546. Joan ALSTON [3467] (Edmund of Rogers356, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 21 Jul 1689 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 24 Jul 1689 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

547. Sarah DAWSON [3470] (Rachel ALSTON357, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

Research Notes: Mentioned as living in her Grandfathers will 1678

548. Robert PONDER [3475] (Sarah ALSTON359, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

549. Edmund PONDER [3476] (Sarah ALSTON359, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

550. Samuel PONDER [3477] (Sarah ALSTON359, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

551. Sarah PONDER [3478] (Sarah ALSTON359, Edmund158, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried on 24 Oct 1685 in Edwardstone SFK.


552. Thomas SEWELL [11612] (Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1670 in Gt Henny ESS, died on 21 Sep 1727 in Gt Henny ESS aged 57, and was buried in St Mary Gt Henny ESS.

General Notes:
Thomas was a member of the Inner Temple London, gentleman, he was aged 54 at his death, a ledger stone in the nave of St Mary Gt Henny states that he was the eldest son of Thomas and Alice Sewell.

Thomas's will dated 2 Jun 1725 on this file to be transcribed

Research Notes:
Alternative birth date 1673 Gt Henny, the Sudbury & Gt Henny families may be confused in this record?

Essex Record Office
Level: CategoryEstate and Family records
Level: FondsMISCELLANEOUS ESSEX RECORDS
Level: Sub-FondsDEEDS
Level: SeriesDeeds
Reference Code:D/DHt T132/2
Dates of Creation:17 August 1727
Scope and Content: Copy of Court roll Manor of Gt.HENNY Tho.SEWELL,gent.
Surrender by Robert Maltyward (was Thomas's son-in-law Robert not Richard Maltyward?)
Admission of John LIttle
Messuage with buildings,60 ac. of arable, 10 of pasture 2 of wood and 10 of marsh, GREAT HENNY
Date From:1727

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Thomas married Elizabeth HARDWICK [11617]. Elizabeth was born in 1679, died on 9 Aug 1715 in Gt Henny ESS aged 36, and was buried in St Mary Gt Henny ESS.

General Notes:
Elizabeth was aged 36 at her death a ledger stone in the nave of St Mary records she was the wife of Thomas Sewell of Inner Temple London, gentleman, and daughter and heiress of Richard Hardwick, gentleman of Spalding in Lincolnshire.

Research Notes:
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Children from this marriage were:

+ 723 M    i. Thomas SEWELL [11618] was born in 1702 and died in 1721 in Magdalen College CAM aged 19.

+ 724 M    ii. Hardwick SEWELL [11619] was baptised on 7 Apr 1715 in Gt Henny ESS and died in 1743 aged 28.

+ 725 F    iii. Alice SEWELL [11620] was born on 4 Mar 1699/00 in Gt Henny ESS.

+ 726 F    iv. Theodotia SEWELL [19584] was baptised on 29 Aug 1708 in Gt Henny ESS and was buried on 22 Apr 1713 in Gt Henny ESS.

Thomas next married Rebecca CARTER [11621], daughter of Rev George CARTER Vicar of Pentlow [11622], on 10 Mar 1722/23 in Gt Henny ESS.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 727 F    i. Mary SEWELL [19555] was born about 1724 and died on 2 Mar 1723/24 in Gt Henny ESS.


553. Joseph SEWELL [11613] (Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1672 in Gt Henny ESS, was baptised in 1672 in Gt Henny ESS, and was buried on 5 Jul 1720 in St Andrew Gt Cornard.

General Notes:

Essex Record Office
Level: Fonds MANORIAL DOCUMENTS AND OTHER RECORDS OF BELCHAMP WALTER, FOXEARTH AND PENTLOW
Level: Series Deeds of Manors of Liston Overhall, Liston Netherhall and Liston Weston
Reference Code: D/DQ 84/184
Dates of Creation: 3 April 1703
Scope and Content: Prenuptial Settlement for £600
(i) Joseph SEWELL of HENNY clothier; (ii) Roger Scarlin and Martin Harris, both of Sudbury (co. Suff.) clothiers

Farmhouse called The Well and all buildings, gardens, orchards, etc., thereto belonging, with a close of land (7a.) adjoining the orchard; piece of arable land (1'bd a.) lying in Pedgate Field, abg. on the road from Brains Street (sic) to Abbas Hall on S., lands and a yard of John Kingsbury on N. and W. lands of the late Hen. Chenery on E.; 7 pieces of arable land (14a.) lying in Brookfield; 4 pieces of meadow containing 3a. in all, lying in Orchard Meadow; piece of meaodw called High Bramble meadow (4a.) and 3 pieces of meadow (2a.) lying in Shafford Meadow, all being in Gt. Cornard, Lt. Cornard and Assington (all co. Suff.), in occupation of John Davy of GREAT Cornard, yeo., and all other property of John Crispe, Daniel Partridge and Mary Partridge fomerly belonging to John Brand (sic), in occupation of Joseph SEWELL and John Davy

(i) to stand seized of property to his own use until his marraige with Margaret Scarlin, daughter of Roger Scarlin, thereafter to use of himself and his wife for life in survivorship, with successive remainders to the issue of the marraige and the heirs of (i)

Recites: that Roger Scarlin is to pay £600 as marriage portion for his dau.
Witnesses: Henry Boughton, Henry Boughton, jun
Date From: 1703
Date To: 1703

Joseph's Will was dated 1719 he left most of his property to his first son Joseph, other property to his children Thomas and Margaret.

Monumential Inscription on a polished ledger stone with coat of arms Gt Cornard.
ecce JOSEPHUS SEWELL / . . . . . Secundus THOMAE / Quondam de Henney / obit 6 die July 1720 / . . . . .
Ref: S Tearne

Research Notes:
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Joseph married Margaret SCARLIN [11623], daughter of Roger SCARLIN [16930], on 10 Mar 1701/02 in Chilton SFK. Margaret was born in 1682 in Chilton SFK and died on 15 May 1740 in Gt Cornard SFK aged 58.

General Notes:
Monumential Inscription on a polished ledger stone with coat of arms, Gt Cornard.
MARGARETTA / uxor JOSEPHI SEWELL / obit May 15 Anno 1740 / . . . . .
Ref: S Tearne


Children from this marriage were:

+ 728 F    i. Margaret SEWELL [11624] was born in 1703.

+ 729 M    ii. Joseph SEWELL [11625] was born in 1710 and died in 1742 aged 32.

+ 730 M    iii. Thomas SEWELL [11626] was baptised in 1717 in Gt Cornard SFK.

554. Beaumont SEWELL [11614] (Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1678 and was buried on 7 Jul 1739 in Gt Henny ESS.

555. Mary SEWELL [11615] (Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1674 in Gt Henny ESS, died on 17 Apr 1745 in Sudbury SFK aged 71, and was buried on 17 Apr 1745 in Gt Cornard SFK.

Research Notes:
Alternative birth date 1680 Sudbury, the Sudbury & Gt Henny families may be confused in this record?

That Mary had a second marriage to a John Mason is completely unproven

Mary married John TYRELL [19585]. John was born in 1674 in Gt Henny ESS.

Research Notes:
John was a gentleman.

Mary next married John MASON [19589].

556. Alice SEWELL [11616] (Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1675 in Gt Henny ESS.

Alice married Thomas CARR [19586]. Thomas was born about 1685.

557. Anne SEWELL [19590] (Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1675 in Gt Henny ESS.

General Notes:
These relationships are completely unproven, the Sudbury and Gt Henny families may be confused in this record 2014

Anne married Francis HARE Gent [19591].

558. Elizabeth SEWELL [19594] (Thomas SEWELL361, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1684 in Gt Henny ESS and died before 1734.

Elizabeth married John KING [19595].

Research Notes:
John was a clothier

559. John SEWELL [19588] (John SEWELL362, Mary ALSTON159, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1660.

560. Samuel ALSTON [391] (Samuel369, Samuel161, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 5 Sep 1680 in St Giles Cripplegate London.

General Notes:
Assuming Samuel's lineage as herein described, he was the devisee of the messuage named Deans in Newton which his father had a life interest in. Deans had been in Alston hands since the 16th cent.
More information is required on Samuel [391] and the ownership of Deanes. This baptism is unproven to this family IGI films 0380202 & 03 parents Samuel & Judith
Present owners of Deanes (2002) Bill & Jean Charity Ph 01787 379992

Or is Samuel Alston [391] Samuel [640] died Edwardstone 1753/4 married to Sarah, perhaps in London?

A Samuel Alston of Cripplegate Within, paid tax of 17s 8d 1723

A Samuel Alston was buried 12 Apr 1758 at St Giles Cripplegate LON entry reads
Buryings in May 1752
Samuel Alston a man Pentioner - age - 12 (However other burial entries read "a child Pentioner"?)

561. William HAMMOND [22106] (Parnell ALSTON373, Samuel161, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1).


562. Rev Edward ALSTON [3686] (Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 1 Aug 1680, was baptised on 12 Aug 1680 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, and died on 21 Jul 1705 aged 24.

General Notes:
Edward Alston - Adm. pens. at Queens College Camb 13 Sept 1699; Matric 1699 B.A. 1703-4
(Suff. Man. Fam.)

Newton Church.
Within the Communion Rails on the South side on black marble.
In Memory of Edward Alston M.D.
who died 21 July 1705
aged 25 years.
Alstoniana Pg. 269.

Edward married Rebecca [3687].

563. Thomas ALSTON Surgeon [3699] (Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1681, was baptised on 22 Aug 1681 in Newton SFK, died in Oct 1759 aged 78, and was buried on 28 Oct 1759 in Newton SFK.

General Notes:
Thomas of Boxford was a surgeon, he received his fathers books on medicine, inheriting property at Groton, Great Cornard, and Assington.

WILL of THOMAS ALSTON of BOXFORD Surgeon.
Dated 25th September 1758.
My execturix to have me decently buried in the Parish Church of Newton near Sudbury.
My will is to sell all that I have and what remains after my debts and funeral charges are paid and satisfied I devise as followeth:
To my son Thomas Alston L1.10s To the Rev. George Binyon the like sum and to his seven children the same each to be paid within a year and a day after my decease.
To the Rev. William Alston L1 10s.
To Anne Mascol L1 10s. and the surplus I devise to my daughter Katherine Alston who is to call in all debts dues and bonds.
I appoint my daughter Katherine Alston sole executrix
Signed Thos. Alston.
Witnesses: Sarah Alston Sarah Strutt, Hannah Grimsy
Proved Arch Sud 2nd November 1759 by the executrix.

Research Notes:
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

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch:
BOXFORD PARISH RECORDS
Catalogue Ref. FB77
Creator(s):Church of England, Boxford Parish, Suffolk
GENERAL
General papers (Boxford and Hadleigh Hamlet) - ref. FB77/A3
FILE - Bundle - ref. FB77/A3/2 - date: 1704 - 1811
Thomas Alston's bond to Sarah Williams for L.200 for the payment of L.100, at 5% per annum 15 Aug. 1744
Ref A2A - uncertain that this item is correctly placed.

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch:
BOXFORD PARISH RECORDS
Catalogue Ref. FB77
Creator(s): Church of England, Boxford Parish, Suffolk
CHARITIES
Town Lands (Boxford & Hadleigh Hamlet) - ref. FB77/L1
FILE - Bundle - ref. FB77/L1/3 - date: 1667 - 1752
Thomas Alston
item: [no title] - ref. FB77/L1/3/4,5 - date: 12 & 13 Dec. 1752
Ref A2A unproven to this Thomas.

Thomas married Mary KILLINGSWORTH. [3967] in 1708 in St James Dukes Place London. Mary was buried on 10 Mar 1754-1755 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 731 M    i. Samuel ALSTON [3968] was born about 1708 in Newton SFK and was buried on 22 Jan 1721/22.

+ 732 M    ii. Edward ALSTON [3969] was born 25 Jan 1708/09-1710 and was baptised 25 Jan 1708/09-1710 in East Bergholt, Suffolk. UK.

+ 733 F    iii. Mary ALSTON [3970] was baptised on 12 Feb 1710/11 in Boxford SFK, died in 1752 aged 41, and was buried on 17 May 1752 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 734 M    iv. Thomas ALSTON Surgeon of Prittlewell ESS [3979] was baptised on 28 Aug 1718 in Boxford SFK and died about 1762 aged about 44.

+ 735 F    v. Lucy ALSTON [3972] was baptised on 4 Jun 1723 in Boxford SFK and died on 20 Jan 1749/50 in Newton SFK aged 26.

+ 736 F    vi. Anne Philippa ALSTON [3973] was baptised on 31 Oct 1712 in Boxford SFK, died on 24 Sep 1753 aged 40, and was buried on 29 Sep 1753 in Boxford SFK.

+ 737 M    vii. Thomas ALSTON [3975] was baptised on 3 Jun 1714 in Boxford SFK.

+ 738 F    viii. Elizabeth ALSTON [3976] was born in 1720, was baptised on 30 Aug 1720 in Boxford SFK, and was buried 13 Mar 1751/52-1753 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 739 M    ix. William ALSTON [3977] was baptised on 12 Jun 1716 in Boxford SFK, died in 1737 1738 aged 21, and was buried on 5 Feb 1737/38 in Newton SFK.

+ 740 M    x. George ALSTON [3978] was born in 1728, was baptised on 16 Apr 1728 in Boxford SFK, and was buried on 27 Dec 1728 in Newton SFK.

+ 741 F    xi. Catherine ALSTON [3980] was born in Boxford SFK and was baptised on 31 Mar 1726 in Boxford SFK.

564. Nicholas ALSTON [363] (Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 12 Oct 1682 in East Bergholt, Suffolk. UK and was buried on 2 May 1683 in Newton SFK.


565. Nicholas ALSTON [3700] (Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 20 Dec 1683 in East Bergholt, Suffolk. UK and was buried on 2 Jun 1742 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Nicholas of Newton bought various buildings and land (Deed in the possession of the late (1899) Rev E Constable Alston), his Will dated 20 Mar 1741 was proved Arch, Sud. 8 June 1742.

Indenture dated 10 July 1730
Bargain & Sale for one year by Nicholas Alston of Newton Gent. and his wife Elizabeth to Nicholas Wadkinson of Glemsford yeoman and Thomas Warner of Sudbury butcher. of a messuage in Newton near a lane called Rotton Row from Newton to Cornard formerly occupied by Robert Ware but now empty.
In trust for Margaret Cook now wife of Robert Cook of Glemsford yeoman
Bury RO Ref. EXY4/W5/74
Copy on file.

Bury St Edmunds Quarter Sessions.
Dated 21 July 1740
Babergh Chief Constable.
This Court doth elect and appoint Nicholas Alston of Newton Chief Constable of the 100 of Babergh in the room of Mr John Louisgal who at his request is discharged from the said office.
Copy on file 2003.

The Will of Nicholas Alston of Newton in Suffolk Gent.
Dated 20th March 1741
I give to Elizabeth Alston all my living and Dead Stock, Household Goods Bonds ready money and Book Debts during the term of her natural Life and after her Decease to be Equally divided between my son Edward Alston the elder and to my youngest son Thomas Alston and to Richard Steward my Grandson then I give the same unto Edward Alston my eldest son to be Kept in his hands until my Grandson Richard Steward shall live and attain to the age of 21 which is to be paid him by my said eldest son Edward Alston and without any interest for the same. If he shall not attain to the age of 21 to be Equally Divided between my Eldest son Edward Alston and my youngest son Thomas Alston.
If my wife Elizabeth Alston should ever marry to any other man Then I give immediately all my Household Goods and personal Estate Equally between my eldest son Edward and my youngest son Thomas Alston and my grandson Richard Steward.
Item I give to Edward Alston my eldest son my 2 Silver Salts and all my Silver Spoons I give to my grandson Richard Steward my Silver Watch I give my said Watch to my Eldest son Edward Alston until my Grandson attain to the age of 21 If he die then I give my Silver Watch to my eldest son Edward Alston
I give the rest and remainder of all my personal Estate and household goods to Elizabeth my wife
I do make and ordain my wife Elizabeth Alston and Edward Alston my eldest son to be my Executrix and Executor.
Dated this 20th March 1741.
(Signed) NICHOLAS ALSTON.
Witnesses: Ann Cottmon, Mary Marchall, Rose Marven.
Proved 8th June 1742 by the Executrix and Executor.
Alstoniana pg 161

Other Records

1. Inventory: Nicholas Alston, 1742, of Newton Suffolk.

Nicholas married Elizabeth FAIRBROTHER of East Bergholt [3702] on 22 Sep 1711 in Ipswich, SFK. Elizabeth was baptised in Oct 1682 and died on 2 Jun 1752 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK aged 69.

General Notes:
The Will of Elizabeth Alston, Widow of Newton
Dated 24th April 1752.
I give to my two Daughters in Law Elizabeth wife of Edward Alstone and Sarah wife of Thomas Alston my Sons, all my Wearing Cloths and Linen Share and Share alike
To Elizabeth I give my Mourning ring
To Sarah one Gold ring
I give to Sarah Alston my Grand-daughter my best chest of Drawers
All the rest of my household Goods and furniture I give to my said Son Thomas.
I give to Richard Steward my Grandson all my Books and one plain Gold Ring when of the age of 21
All the residue of my Goods and Chattells after my Debts and funeral Expences are paid to my Son Thomas Alstone,
half part of the same to be paid to Richard Steward when 21.
In case he die before 21 then I give the said half part Equally between Edward, Thomas, Sarah, Joseph, and Elizabeth, the Children of my said Son Thomas Share and Share alike when they come to the age of 21.
The other half part unto Edward Alstone my Grandson, Son of my Son Edward, and to the said Edward Thomas, Sarah, Joseph, and
Elizabeth the Children of my Said Son Thomas Share and Share alike when 21.-In case Edward the Son of Edward shall
die before 21 then I give his moiety to Edward my Son and in case any of the Children of the Said Thomas my Son under
21, then I give the Share of Richard Steward as their Share to be Equally Divided betwen the Survivors of them.
I appoint my Son Thomas Sole Executor of this my will.
ELIZ. ALSTON.
Witnesses : Edward Alston William Mathews Edward Coldham.
Proved 27th March 1753 by Thomas Alston Sole Executor.
Alstoniana 162


Children from this marriage were:

+ 742 M    i. Edward ALSTON [3703] was baptised on 2 Jul 1712 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 16 Oct 1785 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 743 M    ii. Thomas ALSTON [3727] was baptised on 23 Jun 1713 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK and was buried on 16 Oct 1793 in Newton SFK.

+ 744 F    iii. Rose ALSTON [3730] was born about 1715 and was buried on 29 Oct 1741 in Assington SFK.


566. Rev William ALSTON M.A. [3688] (Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 6 Jan 1685/86, was baptised on 14 Jan 1685/86 in East Bergholt, Suffolk. UK, and was buried on 30 Aug 1761 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
William was granted matric in Ipswich 1705 entered Sidney College Camb 10 Sept 1705, aged 18, BA 1711-2, MA 1715, Ordained Deacon Norwich July 1712, Priest Dec 1717. Rector of Newton and Little Waldingfield 1726 to 1761, recorded on the memorial board in the Church.
William received under his fathers will, divinity books, and the benefice of Newton, which his father had purchased from Elizabeth Hutchinson, Widow, Lady of the Manor of Newton Hall. Will dated 11 June 1760 was proved (Cur Ep Nov) 31 Aug 1761

Rev. A. N. WILSON of the Priory, Little Waldingfield sends extracts from Vol. IX. part i. 1895 of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology, &c. p. 29. Vicars of Little Waldingfield.
1727. William Alston M.A. ad. praes. Eliz. Jackson Spr. p. j. Dec. 20. (Lib. Inst. C. I. 306).
Alstoniana Pg 379

The Will of William Alston Rector of Newton in co. Suffolk.
Dated 11th June 1760.
To my son Thomas Alston and to my son Joseph Alston L160 in consideration of their trouble as executors equally among them.
To my son Edward Alston one shilling only.
To my son Joseph Alston my Waggon and Tumbrill and all my books and writings and to him alone and no other person.
To my said son Joseph Alston L50 "which I am indebted to him to help pay of (off) a sum of money which I borrowed clear cash out of his pockett."
All corn upon my glebe at Newton also belongs to my said son Joseph, he having hired it of me.
All goods &c. to be converted into Cash, except as above.
To my wife L3, barring her from having any thing further, except her own Yellow Bed and her wearing apparel.
Appoint my sons Thomas and Joseph Alston executors.
William Alston
Witnesses: William Bartlett, Isaac Clark (his mark), Joseph Alston.
Proved at Stratford 31st August 1761 by both the executors
Consistory Court of Norwich-Register 1761 fol. 214.
Alstoniana pg 167

Research Notes:
A William Alston was Rector of Sudbury 1 Aug 1727.

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch:
BOXFORD PARISH RECORDS
Catalogue Ref. FB77
Creator(s): Church of England, Boxford Parish, Suffolk
CHARITIES
Town Lands (Boxford & Hadleigh Hamlet) - ref. FB77/L1
FILE - Bundle - ref. FB77/L1/3 - date: 1667 - 1752
item: [no title] - ref. FB77/L1/3/2,3 date: 17 & 18 Jul. 1729 William Alston
Ref A2A, unproven to this William.

St Lawrence, Little Waldingfield
The village name makes it sound rather quaint; but this large settlement was a major cloth producer when South Suffolk was the industrial heartland of England in the 15th century. The wealth of those days was responsible for the great churches of this area. Within 5 miles, the churches of Lavenham, Long Melford and Glemsford, as well as the three Sudbury churches, were all largely rebuilt within 50 years of each other. St Lawrence was no exception.
Loud and proud, and a reminder that this was once more than a Sudbury commuter village.
Little Waldingfield lies at the centre of a circle described by these towns and villages. It is en route from the medieval factories of the Stour Valley to the merchant houses of Lavenham. This was not, then, a remote outpost, and nor is it now.
Interestingly, both Waldingfield churches are dedicated to St Lawrence. This, however, is an error. When the dedications were restored in the late 19th century, an 18th century source was used which had been compiled with more enthusiasm than accuracy. In fact, the medieval dedication of the church at Great Waldingfield was to Mary. The dedication here at Little Waldingfield is correct.
The tower here is solidly 14th century, but the nave and chancel were substantially rebuilt in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The clerestory is a gorgeous one, despite the rendered walls, and the porch is unusual with its bands of red brick. If you take a look around the north side, you'll see a slightly later porch there built entirely of brick. Also on this side, notice the remains of a former chapel in the chancel wall, similar to Sternfield.
Looking eastwards at Little Waldingfield. Slender arcades grow organically from a warm wood floor, all framing a beautiful font.
I will say at once that, if this church is not as big as its more famous neighbours, it is certainly as lovely, and a visit here is always a joy. It is a beautiful, vernacular, late-medieval art- object in itself, like Lindsey and Cotton, and should be appreciated as such before any details are investigated. A fine view of the interior is from below the tower; beyond the font, the arcades stretch away, their banding leading one's eye inexorably towards the rational light of the east window.
There is a scattering of medieval glass, including several heads, and a squint from the south aisle chapel gives a view of the former high altar. Taken with the now-vanished north chancel chapel, and the also-vanished rood, it is easy to imagine the former liturgical life of this church.
The font is a delight; four of the panels show monks, hard a twork It is a shame that the figures below have been destroyed. Either side of the nave at the west end there are ancient chests, as old as anything made of stone here.
This church has a rustic feel, belying its domestic surroundings. Quite the opposite, in fact, to the situation at St Lawrence's Great Waldingfield counterpart. Patricia Bridges, the local historian, has been extremely helpful in checking the content of this page. She is very disappointed that I didn't mention the brasses or the magnificent organ! But I only mention things I see with my own eyes, so I shall look out for them on my next visit. The school in this village closed in the 1960s, and so my sighting of it must be as of a ghost of the past. . . . .
St Lawrence, Little Waldingfield, is found on the B1115 Stowmarket to Sudbury road, about halfway between Lavenham and Sudbury. I found it open.
http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/

William married Annie ELLIS of Colchester. [3689] about 1715 in St Martins Colchester. Annie was buried on 9 Sep 1748 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 745 M    i. Rev Samuel ALSTON [3690] was born on 9 Jan 1716/17 in Newton SFK, was baptised on 29 Jan 1716/17, and died in 1758 aged 41.

+ 746 M    ii. Edward ALSTON of Bilderston [3693] was born on 27 Mar 1719, was baptised in Apr 1719, and was buried on 13 Jan 1774-1775 in Newton S.P. ?.

+ 747 M    iii. William ALSTON [3694] was born on 20 Apr 1722 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK, was baptised on 4 May 1722 in Newton SFK, and was buried on 18 Jul 1733 in Newton SFK.

+ 748 M    iv. Thomas ALSTON [3695] was born on 24 Apr 1728 and was baptised on 3 May 1728 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

+ 749 M    v. Joseph ALSTON [3696] was born on 9 Dec 1730, was baptised on 8 Jan 1730/31, and was buried on 26 May 1784 in Newton SFK.

William next married Mrs Sarah PATRICK [7311] on 15 Nov 1753 in Waldingfield Parva. Sarah died on 19 May 1762 in Lt Waldingfield SFK and was buried on 21 May 1762 in Lt Waldingfield SFK.

General Notes:
Monumental Inscription Waldingfield Parva
"In memory of Sarah Alston ye wife of William Alston many years Vicar of this Parish, whose first husband was Mr John Patrick of Netherhall of this Parish OB: 19th May 1762.
Alstoniana Pg 268

In 1870-72, John Goring's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Little Waldingfield like this:
"WALDINGFIELD (Little), a parish in Sudbury district, Suffolk; 41/2 miles NE of Sudbury r. station. Post town, Sudbury. Acres, 1,574. Real property, L2,595. Pop., 412. Houses, 91. The manor belongs to D. R. Hodgson, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, L112. Patron, Miss Hanmer. The church is old. Charities, L42."



567. Samuel ALSTON [3704] (Edward B.D. (Rev)377, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 14 Jan 1686/87 in Newton SFK, was baptised on 25 Jan 1686/87 in East Bergholt, Suffolk. UK, died on 9 Oct 1752 aged 65, and was buried on 13 Oct 1752 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Samuel received under his fathers Will his books on law and copyholds in East Bergholt. His will dated 4 Oct 1752 was proved PCC 4 Nov 1752 by Edward Alston his nephew. His lands everywhere in Suffolk and Essex were left to Edward son of his late brother Nicholas.

The Will of Samuel Alston of East Bergholt, co. Suffolk gentleman Dated 4 October 1752.
I give to my nephew Edward Alston and his heirs son of my brother Nicholas Alston deceased all my messuages farms, lands, woods and estates (with all rights thereto belonging), situate in the parish of St. Osith, co. Essex also my messuage farms lands woods &c. in the parish of Wheeley, co. Essex, my messuage lands &c. in Great Holsand, co. Essex-the same in Brantham, co. Suffolk the same purchased from Mrs. Partridge widow in East Bergholt, now in the occupation of John Skinner, Anthony Lewis and my own occupation-also my messuage lands &c, in East Bergholt, now in the occupa-
tion of Widow Page, John Abbott and myself
I give to my brother Thomas Alston L10
I give to my brother William Alston L10
Also to such of the children of Thomas Alston as shall be living at my decease L5 each
I give to the children of my brother William L5 each
I give to my nephew Thomas son of my brother Nicholas L10
I give to my servants 20/- each
I give to the poor of the partsh of Newton 40/-
I give to the poor of the parish of East Bergholt 40/-
The rest of my goods, chattels, plate, mortgages, bonds, securities, notes and the residue of my real and personal estate I give to my said nephew Edward Alston and appoint him sole executor of this my will
Mark of SAMUEL ALSTON x
Witnesses: James Michell, Hepn Earl, Richard Frost
Proved the 4th November 1752 by Edward Alston nephew of deceased and sole executor named in will.
Alstoniana Pg 139.

Newton Church.
Within the Communion rails, on a black marble on the South Side.
Samuel Alston Gentn.
late of East Bergholt in this County
who died 9 Oct. 1752
In the 66th year of his age.
Alstoniana Pg. 269.

568. Isaac ALSTON [3458] (Isaac382, Edward162, Edmund57, Thomas of Edwardstone21, Edward Lord of Sayham8, William of Newton SFK2, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 13 Sep 1682 in Newton Nr Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Cresswell notes that in the Newton register Isaac's father is mistakenly shown as Isaac, however E L Fenn takes that to be an incorrect view on searching the entry.
Also registered at St James Colchester ESS - IGI

569. Richard ALSTON [8412] (Richard of West Bergholt389, Joseph of Gt Horsley ESS183, John of Lt Cornard SFK70, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

General Notes:
Chelmsford Wills 1855 Richard Alston Brickmaker of West Bergholt
Ref Chadwick Healy fiche NZSOG Auckland ENG AID 084 FCH - 2007

Richard spouse unknown.

His child was:

+ 750 M    i. Joseph ALSTON [6554] was born about 1790 in West Bergholt ESS.

570. Francis ALSTON (ASTON) [6052] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried on 30 Jan 1751/52 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

571. Elizabeth ALSTON (AUSTEN) [6053] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried on 30 Sep 1752 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

572. Thomas ALSTON [6054] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 21 Oct 1748, was baptised on 5 Nov 1748 in All Saints Sudbury SFK, and was buried on 27 Nov 1758 in St Gregory Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Thomas is shown as Austin in the St Gregory's burial register.

573. Samuel ALSTON (ASTONE) [6055] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 29 Mar 1755 in All Saints Sudbury SFK and was buried on 7 Mar 1760 in St Gregory Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Samuel's is baptised as Austin in the All Saints register

574. Peter ALSTON (ALSTONE) [6048] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 4 Aug 1758 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Alternative bap date 29 Mar 1755 All Saints Sudbury, quite probably incorrect.

575. Susan ALSTON [6045] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 5 Jun 1763 in All Saints Sudbury SFK and was buried on 14 Jun 1763 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

576. Sarah ALSTON (ALSTONE) [6046] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 5 Jun 1763 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

577. Thomas ALSTON (ALSTONE) [6049] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 12 Jul 1765 and was baptised on 12 Jul 1765 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Thomas's birth & baptism are in accord with a statement made by Susan Alston (Hayward) on 1st Feb 1790.
Thomas a silk weaver was admitted by birth as a Freeman of Sudbury, 1 Feb 1790.
Suffolk Poll Book of the election of 18 June 1790 records Thomas voted for John Pandel? and William Smith.

Thomas married Susanna [5723].

The child from this marriage was:

+ 751 F    i. Susanna ALSTON (ALSTONE) [5724] was baptised on 19 Dec 1797 in All Saints Sudbury SFK.

578. Peter ALSTON (ALSTONE) [6050] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born on 24 Mar 1768, was baptised on 3 Apr 1768 in All Saints Sudbury SFK, died in Wigan End Sudbury, and was buried on 8 Jan 1838 in St Peters Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Peter's birth & baptism are in accord with a statement (oath) made by Susan Alston (Hayward) on 1st Feb 1790.

Peter a silk weaver was admitted by birth a Freeman of Sudbury 1st Feb 1790.

In the election of 18 Jun 1790 Peter voted for Thomas C Crespigny and John C Hippisley.

The Sudbury Poll Book of Dec 1837 places Peter at Wigan End, where Roy Alston places his death at 8 Jan 1838 aged 70. Sue Harding-Payne has his death 8 Jan 1839

Peter married Tamar DREW [5650], daughter of Sturgeon DREW [6306] and Elizabeth PARSONSON [6307], on 19 Aug 1788 in St Peters Sudbury SFK. Tamar was baptised on 22 Dec 1768 in Long Melford Independant and was buried on 20 May 1836 in St Peters Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
Tamar was aged 67 at her death.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 752 F    i. Tamar ALSTON [6018] was born on 27 Jan 1789 in Meeting House Sudbury SFK.

+ 753 M    ii. Peter ALSTON [6074] was born on 13 Feb 1791, was baptised on 18 Feb 1791 in Little Meeting House Sudbury, and died on 3 Jan 1849 aged 57.

+ 754 F    iii. Tamar ALSTON [6019] was born on 5 Feb 1793 and was baptised on 8 Mar 1793 in Little Meeting House Sudbury.

+ 755 M    iv. Thomas ALSTON [5651] was baptised on 19 Apr 1795 in Great Meeting Friar St SFK.

+ 756 M    v. William ALSTON [5652] was baptised on 7 Jun 1797 in Great Meeting Friar St SFK and died before 1853.

+ 757 F    vi. Maria ALSTON [5653] was baptised on 18 Apr 1799 in Great Meeting Friar St SFK.

+ 758 F    vii. Susanna ALSTON [5654] was baptised on 27 Dec 1801 in Great Meeting Friar St SFK.

+ 759 M    viii. George ALSTON [5655] was baptised on 29 Apr 1804 in Great Meeting Friar St SFK.

+ 760 M    ix. Stephen ALSTON [5656] was born on 12 Oct 1806 in Sudbury SFK, was baptised on 29 Oct 1806 in Meeting House Sudbury SFK, and died on 28 Dec 1875 in Ipswich aged 69.

+ 761 F    x. Matilda ALSTON [6020] was born on 26 Jun 1809, was baptised on 19 Jul 1809 in St Peters Sudbury SFK, and died on 26 Sept 1830 aged 21.

+ 762 M    xi. Sturgeon Drew ALSTON [5683] was born on 3 Sep 1811, was baptised on 25 Sep 1811 in St Peters Sudbury SFK, died on 22 Nov 1842 in Sudbury SFK aged 31, and was buried on 27 Nov 1842 in St Gregory Sudbury SFK.

579. Susanna ALSTON (ALSTONE) [5725] (Thomas396, Peter195, Samuel71, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 9 Aug 1771 in St Gregory Sudbury SFK.

580. Elizabeth ALSTON [4637] (John Jnr Inn Holder397, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was buried on 17 May 1724 in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

581. John ALSTON [4626] (John Jnr Inn Holder397, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 28 Jan 1712/13 in Stoke By Nayland SFK and was buried on 9 Jan 1731/32 in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

General Notes:
That this John died 9 Jan 1731/2 and was buried at Stoke is unproven

582. William ALSTON [4629] (John Jnr Inn Holder397, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 20 Jul 1722 in Stoke By Nayland SFK and was buried on 29 Sep 1724 in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

583. William ALSTON [4631] (John Jnr Inn Holder397, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 12 Feb 1725/26 in Stoke By Nayland SFK and was buried on 29 Mar 1727-1728 in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

584. Elizabeth ALSTON [4632] (John Jnr Inn Holder397, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 5 Jul 1728 in Stoke By Nayland SFK and was buried on 16 Jan 1728/29 in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

General Notes: Eliz Alston bur 16 Jan 1728/9 Stoke Registers



585. Samuel ALSTON [85] (Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born in 1721 in Edwardstone SFK, was baptised on 21 Oct 1722 in Edwardstone SFK, died on 3 Jun 1796 aged 75, and was buried on 11 Jun 1796 in Family Vault Nayland Church.

General Notes:
Samuel Alston was admitted an Attorney in the Court of Common Pleas on 26th June 1746 and later viz on 20 May 1760 before Judge Sir Thomas Alay? he was admitted and enrolled as a solicitor of the Court of Chancery.
Samuel commenced practising as an attorney-at-law in Nayland in 1746, when he succeeded his father-in-law Jacobus Vanderzee.
There are extensive records from Samuel's practice etc on deposit at Bury St Edmonds PRO ref HA541.
Samuel was retained as Steward of various Manors, some records of his profession life are included below, he also practised with his sons James and George, further records of some of their work are recorded under George's research notes.

Samuel married 2nd August 1758 at St James, Westminster, Mary, daughter of Jacobus Vanderzee, Attorney of Nayland, to whom Samuel had been articled. Ref: Alstoniana

A portrait of Samuel by Beeston Coyte is inscribed on the back " Sam Alston Attorney at Nayland aged 31 Beeston Coyte 1752" sighted E L Fenn 2001. This was gifted to Christchurch Mansion Ipswich SFK by Nancy Hadwen 2003. An unsigned miniature is in possession of E L Fenn N.Z. 1999. An oval miniature of Samuel aged 51 and one of Mary his wife both by George Roth and dated 1773, in possession of Mrs Angela Wilson (RIN 501 Fenn), Sudeley Lodge, Winchcombe 2000.

Samuel purchased (copyhold?) his Nayland house (Groom) after his married, it was formerly owned by J Vanderzee, Nayland Manor Rentals 1755 - 62 Ips RO HA108/1/4/11 show John Williams as owner of Groom, Sam Alston occupier. Dr E L Fenn renamed the house Alston Court after its restoration early in the 20th cent. The Alston's had a messuage in Edwardstone named Groomes mentioned in Samuel Alston of Rogers Will 1631, in occupation of Thomas Martin.

Entry in the Alston Law Practice Diary
"My son William went to Mr Alefounders School - My daur Anna Maria went there to learn to write & my daur Harriot went to Mrs Bachlors? School all of them on the 22nd day of June 1778"
Manor of Weeley ESS Court Records 1696-1793.
Both Thomas Alefounder & Samuel Alston were involved with the Manor of Weeley ESS.
8 Aug 1764: Thomas Alefounder of Nayland Suffolk schoolmaster; Samuel Alston; Sarah Savill; John Hockford. 31 Dec 1763 TA surr to his will; SA in place of Lords Bailiff; SS and JH copyholders wits All land held by copy of court roll. Ref: ERO. D/DU6/3 fo 41v
30 Jly 1772: Thomas Alefounder of Nayland Suffolk schoolmaster; Samuel Alston gent.; Danl. Partridge; John Barnby; Susannah Cole widow; Richard Hayward; Bennett Foster of East Donyland Essex 1 Jun 1772; surr TA to BF; SA in place of Lords Bailiff; DP and JB copyholders wits; BF did not attend court to take adm; 1st proc made Barn with land and appts 30 A more or less formerly in occ SC, then RH & his assigns
Ref: ERO. D/DU6/3 fo 63r
Peter Alefounder writes 2013 "Thomas Alefounder (died 1789), was schoolmaster there (Nayland) for 50 years, he was a tenant of the market cross in 1764-5 and possibly later. He may very well have used it or "the Chamber over the same" as a schoolroom.
Ref: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alefounder/index.html

Samuel paid Quit Rent to Samuel Gibbs of the Manor of Nayland in 1781.
Alston Samuel: Freeholder
For a house called the Groom 6d.
For the brick wall on the left hand of the door 4d.
For the garden behind the house called the Groom 1s 0d.
For Chamberlains 4d.
For a tenement pulled down inclosed with a brick wall 9d.
For another late Doomsdales in the said yard 4d.
For ground where a tenant stood formerly John Robertson's 4d.
For ground where a house lately stood now called Harlins 4d.
For a tenement behind the church called Whitebread Hall 1s 0d.
For a house near the Court Meadow Gate late Thos Alsops 2d.
For ground in Town Street where a tenant lately stood forml
Mary Franas (sic) Gusterson widow late Edward Gusterson 2d.
For ground in Town Street where a tenant lately stood late
Edw Gusterson late in the occupation of Mr Lingwood Smith 2d.
For a yard in town Street where a house forml stood forml Smiths
& late Edw Gusterson late in occupation Mr Lingwood Smith 2d.
5s 7d
As Copy holder of ground called Kemballs 3s and where Bretts
Barn stood 1s 4d both laid into meadow the bottom of the garden. 4s 4d
Total as at Michaelas Day (29 Sept) 1781 9s 11d
Ref: HA541/2/1/13 (ii)
Also assesed in 1795.

The following are personal extracts from his 1757 diary:
14/2 Paid Mr Todd my subscription for relieving the poor. 10/6d.
19/2 Taken ill with asthma.
26/2 Taken with the gout.
30/3 Paid Mr Church for a ticket in the Guin. . . . . lottery.
21/5 Set first crop of kidney beans and cauliflowers.
27/5 Brewed 6 bush of malt. 2lb1/2 of good hops.
30/5 Mon Mr Samuel Gledhill came to my house in the morn th stayd till Wed 2nd after breakfast at parting he borrowed 5 shills of me.
1/6 Phamplet Club at it.
2/6 Book Club at it.
3/6 Musick Club paid my forfoits 4p.
13/6 Paid Hannah my servant half a guinea.
28/6 Phamplet Club absent, but sent my pamps.
30/6 Book club at it.
1/7 Music Club at it.
27/9 Pam - Club - day afesembly.
22/11 Phamplet Club pd Mr Sheldon my years subs 6 shillings.
23/11 Paid Mr Darby 20s subscription for the Book Club for a year ensuing.
24/11 Music Club.
28/11 Began to cut my vines.
1/12 Pd Mr Rigby for 4 days work 6 shills.

1776 - An Americus Backers grand piano of that date appears to have been bought for the house, as recorded in the National Trust Magazine of Autumn 1976 No 26. Pg10:
Benton Fletcher Collection of Musical Instruments by Augustine Ford. The Benton Fletcher Collection, now at Fenton House, Hampstead, London was formed by Major George Benton Fletcher . . . . . Sometimes instruments would be given to him as was the the grand piano of 1776 by Americus Backers. One of the earliest English grand pianos extant, it came from Dr and Mrs Fenn of Alston Court Nayland Suffolk, where it had stood ever since it was made.

Samuel was a Church Warden at Nayland Church from time to time between 1756 and 1795.

MINUTES OF NAYLAND COURT BARON.
Elizabeth Gibbs widow was Lady of the Manor, then from 1739 Samuel & Elizabeth Gibbs, with Jacobus Vanderzee appointed Steward of the Manor. Samuel Alston sat as Deputy Steward in 1745, then Steward in 1746.

Dated 1754 to 1767 (Latin to 1727, gap to 1754)
9 Aug 1756 - Samuel sold a Tenement to J N Sadler.
12 Nov 1758 - Richard Williams sold to John Williams, Grooms & other lands held at an annual rent of 6d of the Manor of Nayland.
12 Nov 1758 - Mary Vanderzee widow sold a messuage to John Boor (?) another to Hugh Green.
1758 - William Greenwood sold a messuage named White Bread Hall and another in Court St to Samuel Alston.
Ref: Bury RO HA108/1/4/8

Dated 1729 - 1775. (searched from 1734 in English)
1752 - mentions death of John Fenn Customary Tenant, his son Joseph and wife of 3 years Sarah, all family of George Fenn.
1754 - Samuel Alston acquired a Tenement in Bear St from Thomas Lyme.
1767 - Admission of Samuel Alston to the use of his Will.
1768 - Alienation of Grooms from John Williams Snr. & Jnr. to Samuel Alston
Ref: Bury RO HA108/1/4/2

1780 Nov 1 - Thomas Alsop the elder hath since the last General Court Baron alienated to Samuel Alston and his heirs a certain Messuage and tenement with the lands yards and appurtenances situated in Court Street Nayland near the gate leading into the Court Meadows now in the occupation of Daniel King clog maker and pattern maker.
Ref: Dr Edward L Fenns book of notes pg 29

Samuel Alston attorney of Nayland Master, Apprentice James Vanderzee, date of Indenture 16 Sep 1785, date of Duty 14 Oct 1785, Term 1yr 3 mths. Fee L10.0.0 Ref:The Genealogist IR 1/32

Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch:
RINGSHALL PARISH RECORDS
Catalogue Ref. FB4/N1
FILE - Office copy decree in the Court of Chancery, in the case between Samuel Alston, executor of the last will of Rev. Stephen White, clerk, deceased and John Males and others - ref. FB4/N1/52 - date: 6 Dec. 1785

FILE - Attested copy of Chancery report of the auction of two lots lands, belonging to Rev. Stephen White, rector of Holton, and purchased by Samuel Alston of Stoke-by-Nayland, in the case between Samuel Alston plt. and John Males and others def. - ref. FB4/N1/53 - date: 17 Nov. 1786

FILE - Certificate of transfer of L1027.5s.9d - ref. FB4/N1/57 - date: 8 May 1787. Joint Stock of Bank, 3 per cent annuities to the Accountant General, by Samuel Alston on the order of the Court of Chancery, in the above mentioned case (FB4/N1/53)

General Evening Post London 16 Feb 1788
Sale by Kings College Cambridge:
. . . . . Also about Eight Acres and a Half of Free Hold Land in Edwardftone now in the occupation of Mr Samuel Alston under a leafe which will expire at Michaelmas 1795 at the rent of 4L per annum.

1788 March 24 - the Lord of the Manor by his Deputy Steward with the consent of all the homage, granted licence to Samuel Alston to enclose half a rod and 14 feet of ground by measurement lying next the Meadow of him the said Samuel Alston from the corner of the messuages of him the said Samuel Alston situate in Court Street in Nayland now in the occupation of Daniel King pattern maker to the post or stile for a foot passage into certain meadows called the Court Meadows in Nayland.
Vide 1802 April 19 - George Alston alienated above to Mary Baker.
Ref: Dr Edward L Fenns book of notes pg 32

FILE - Copy will of Samuel Alston of Nayland - ref. FB4/N1/64 - date: 1795,1796
FILE - Copy admission - ref. FB4/N1/65 - date: 25 Jul. 1796 Mrs. Mary Alston, widow, admitted to copyhold lands in Ringshall (8a.) by virtue of the last will of Samuel Alston
FILE - Lease and release - ref. FB4/N1/66-67 - date: 19-20 Sep. 1796
1. Mrs. Mary Alston of Nayland, widow
2. James Alston of Bocking (Ess.)
George Alston of Nayland
Samuel Alston of Leicester
Charlotte Alston of Nayland
Anna Maria Alston of Nayland
Harriett Alston of Nayland

FILE - Copy absolute surrender: manor of Ringshall Charles Rockells and Rawlings - ref. FB4/N1/68 - date: 30 Sep. 1796
1. Mrs. Mary Alston

FILE - Copy admission: manor of Ringshall Charles Rockells and Rawlings - ref. FB4/N1/69 - date: 21 Oct. 1796
2. Mrs. Mary Alston

FILE - Copy acknowledgement of the receipt of L500, by Sarah Alston, from her mother, Mary Alston, widow, given to her under the will of her late father Samuel Alston - ref. FB4/N1/76 - date: 25 Jun. 1805
Ref A2A (This is an extract of the complete catalogue)

Essex Record Office D/DC/23/19
MISCELLANEOUS ESSEX DOCUMENTS
Series D/DC 18/48-57 Manor of Greenstead: copyhold property called Freemans
Dates of Creation 5 & 6 July 1791
Scope and Content Lease & Release to make a tenant to the precipe for suffering a Recovery. (i)Wm. Dawson [as in D/DC 23/17], and w. Eliz.; (ii)Rev. Hen. Dawson of Great Waldingfield (co. Suff.), clerk (s. of said W.D.); (iii) Samuel Alston senior of Nayland (co. Suff.), gent., to (iv) Jn. Whishaw of Castle street, Holborn, London, gentleman Property as in D/DC 23/13.]

Essex Record Office D/DC/23/18
MISCELLANEOUS ESSEX DOCUMENTS
Series D/DC 18/48-57 Manor of Greenstead: copyhold property called Freemans
Dates of Creation 5 & 6 July 1791
Scope and Content Lease & Release to make a tenant to the precipe for suffering a Recovery. (i)Wm. Dawson [as in D/DC 23/17], and w. Eliz.; (ii)Rev. Hen. Dawson of Great Waldingfield (co. Suff.), clerk (s. of said W.D.); (iii) Samuel Alston senior of Nayland (co. Suff.), gent., to (iv) Jn. Whishaw of Castle street, Holborn, London, gentleman Property as in D/DC 23/13.]

Essex Record Office D/DU 133/6
DEEDS AND RECORDS OF LANGHAM AREA.
Dates of Creation 1,2 April 1778
Scope and Content Conveyance (Lease and Release) for L1200; with bond to indemnify against dower (i) Henry Nunn, as in 133/3; (ii) Thomas Blyth, as in 133/3; (iii) Samuel Alston of Nayland (co. Suff.), gentleman (trustee of Thomas Blyth) (a) Field (formerly 5 fields) (7a.) called Lynches, abutting E. on the highway, N. and W. on lands sometime of Robert Potter, now of Richard Foster and formerly in the occupation of Samuel Blyth and now of James Blyth, sen., and S. on lands sometime of Robert Coleman, afterwards of Richard Houlding and now of Mary Blyth, called Crane Grove; which field is situate in Langham and was sometime in the occupation of Samuel Debition, late of Samuel Young, decd., and now of Samuel Young, his s. And all other freehold lands of Henry Nunn in Langham

Essex Record Office D/DYz/36
DEEDS OF VARIOUS PARISHES
Dates of Creation 21 AUg. 1775
Execx W. Elizabeth
Wtn: Sam., James & Jacob Alston [996]

Suffolk Poll Book 1790 Nayland: records Samuel as a voter but not his vote.
NZSOG.

He died on 3rd June 1796, "Tuesday last, died at advanced age, Mr Alston, of Nayland Attorney at Law" so says the Ipswich Journal June 11th 1796.

THE WILL OF SAMUEL ALSTON OF NAYLAND, CO. SUFFOLK, GENT.
DATED 7 FEBRUARY 1795
I give to my wife Mary Alston my real estates and all my goods and personal estate, chargeable with the payment of 100 pounds a piece to my daughter Mary, wife of George Downing Esq. and to my son William Alston.
I forgive my son James Alston his note of hand for 100 pounds with interest thereon due to me.
I also charge my estates with the sum of 100 pounds in favour of my grandson Charles Alston, to be paid to his father James Alston and used for said Charles's education.
Also with the sum of 500 pounds a piece to my sons George and Samuel and my daughters Charlotte, Anna Maria, Harriet and Sarah.
I appoint my wife sole executrix.
Signed Samuel Alston.
Witnesses T.C.Harrold, Isaac Nicholson, Thomas Marshall.
Proved 25th August 1796 by Mary Alston widow relict of deceased and sole executrix named in will.

Samuel is presumed buried in the Alston family vault he built under the tower of St James Church Nayland.

Research Notes:
HISTORY of ALSTON COURT (Formerly GROOM/S)
Record of the pictures known to have been hung at Alston Court (Grooms) as described in "Portraits in Suffolk Houses" by Rev E Farrar.
John Alston - Farmer and Inn Keeper at Nayland born at Edwardstone 1680 portrait painted 1754.
Samuel Alston - Maltster of Boxford born at Edwardstone 1690 died 1754, Date of portrait 1752.
Thomas Alston - Maltster at Kirby in Essex born 1693 died 1774, date of portrait 1754.
The above were sons of John Alston farmer of Edwardstone Suffolk. Samuel and Thomas were children of his second marriage with Martha Stock of Wethersfield Essex.
The children of Samuel Alston, Maltster at Boxford :
Samuel Alston - Attorney at Nayland born 172, died 1796, Date of portrait 1752.
Mary Alston - m. John Smith of Groton Suffolk schoolmaster, date of portrait 1752.
Sarah Alston - m. William Sudell of Wytiahe? painted 1753
Ann Alston - m. (1) Jacob Alston of Boxford and
m.(2) John East of Hadleigh. date of portrait 1753.
Rachel Brown - Housekeeper to Samuel Alston Snr.
All these portraits are in pastels painted by Beeston Coyte. Ref also pg 359 Alstoniana.
Note: this is not an exact transcription from the back of the portraits, the exact wording transcribed by Edward L Fenn in 2001 is recorded in the individual notes to each person. The relationships with John Alston remain unproven 2001.
A family myth has survived the years to the effect that Beeston Coyte, who appears to be an unknown artist, completed the above set of pastels in settlement of a debt to Samuel Alston Jnr, for legal services.
E L Fenn 1999

COYTE, BEESTON - Adm.sizar (aged 16) at Peterhouse Feb 17th 1726/7. Of Suffolk. School Ipswich. Matric 1727; Scholar 1727; BA 1730-1. Artist. Died at Kingston, Jamaica.
Alumni Cantabriensis
("Admitted sizar" - In the 19th century, a sizar was one of a body of students who, having passed a certain examination, were exempted from paying college fees and charges. They were probably so called from being thus employed in distributing the size, or provisions)

Also see ? http://www.pastellists.com/Articles/Coyte.pdf

In 1968 Allison Redman & Angela Wilson lodged a number of Alston and associated documents with PRO Bury St Edmunds ref HA541/11253 uncatalogued 2001, (ref 1995 Letter from D Halliday to A Redman)

D J Halliday, Historian of Nayland records in a lecture given 11 June 1991 (on file E L Fenn 1991), that the 4 plaques set into the garden wall at Alston Court reading "Here stood a fenn house 1708" etc date from Thomas Parris, Attorney, ownership of the house.
HA541/2/1/11 Bury PRO SFK - Is an interesting record of Court Bills for the Manor of Nayland starting 5 Oct 1739 with Jacobus Vanderzee as Steward, then Samuel Alston, George Alston, then George Downing, ending 25 Sept 1804.
It records that at his death Sam's estate paid reliefs of L.1-18-6d (relief was paid on the transfer of a deceased's property)

NOTES ON ALSTON COURT - Nayland & Wissington Conservation Society.
Album lent by Mrs Nancy Hadwen
East Anglian Times (around 1900?)
Dr Fenn's great-great-grandfather was Jacob Vanderzee, a solicitor, and he came into the occupation of the house about 1734, succeeding a Mr Thomas Paris, also a solicitor, who had been in practice there since the days of William III. Mr Samuel Alston married a daughter of Mr Vanderzee and succeeded to his practice in this old house, which is still in the occupation of his granddaughter Miss Alston.

Death of Miss Alston, Saturday lst March 1902.
Her grandfather Samuel Alston commenced practising as an attorney-at-law in Nayland in 1746, when he succeeded his father-in-law Mr Jacobus Vanderzee, who appears to have settled in Nayland in 1728. Mr Alston was succeeded by his son George and his grandson Samuel (d.1887).

Country Life c.1920. Article by Christopher Hussey entitled 'Alston Court in Nayland, Suffolk; the residence of Mrs E.L.Fenn'.
[Looking down the village street] to the right was Mr Holmes Family Drapery and Grocery Shop [now Church Mews], said by tradition to be an old bay and say factory backing upon the churchyard. To the left was the baker's, formerly the guildhall . . . . . and beyond it the White Hart Inn . . . . . The Queen's Head, built 500 years ago as a weaving mill, with the master's house adjoining, on the banks of the millstream. . . . .
The older part [of Alston Court] . . . . . has been attributed to the reign of Edward IV. There is evidence to support this view, and to date the building about 1472. The hall . . . . . seems somewhat later, about 1510, and the wings forming the south and west sides of the court are later still in the sixteenth century . . . . . In the space between the west wing and the brick wall bordering the street, which at present is a strip of garden, where a house called Chamberlayne's seems to have stood: At the end of the eighteenth century, when it (Alston Court] had been for fifty years the home of a branch of the Alstons, it was known as Groom's. A clothier of the name of Grome is found to have worked in Lavenham.

East Anglian Times February 1922. In the East Anglian Miscellany of 1912, Mr Farrer described the appearance of Alston Court in 1900 . . . . . On Miss Alston's death, it passed to her nephew, Dr Fenn of Colchester. He had it repaired, made it his home and christened it Alston Court The heraldic glass is evidence that it was built for the Payne family. The Will of John Payne of Nayland was proved in 1526.
Other references : Articles by K.Morrison in Ideal Home Dec 1926, 450-452, Woman's Journal 1927, 169-171, and Town. & Country Homes 1927?, 12-13.

Presumed Succession of Occupiers/Owners of Grooms, re-named. Alston Court about 1905, up to shortly after World-War II, by D.J.Halliday 18.11.92

16th Century
[John PAYNE?]. Listed in the 1522 Muster Roll of Nayland as a clothmaker taxed on lands there worth L.1-6s-8d per year and on movables valued at L.50, his traditional association with Alston Court is based solely on the evidence of the armorial stained glass including a supposed Payn/Parker marriage, which would have taken place at some date around 1500. This evidence is discounted, however, by the suspicion that the stained glass may have been introduced from elsewhere at a later date. (See Note on Alston Court Armorial Stained Glass)
Andrew PARISH (or PARIS), clothier. Born around 1550s? Son of Thomas Paris whose Will was dated 1583. Acquired (Groom's probably after that date. (See Note on the Paris Family of Nayland also John Payne [19275])

17th, Century
John WALTER, clothier. Tenant of Andrew Parish, clothier, of Nayland, 1606. The house was then called Groomes.
Thomas PARISH, clothier. Born around 1580s? As the eldest son of Andrew Parish, he inherited Groomes from his father. [In 1640, Thomas Parrish (sic) was one of the four largest Suffolk Ship Money payers in Nayland, paying L.1-2s-0d out of a total of L.19-6s-8d. The other three were Christopher Scarlet, L.1-10s-0d; Edmund Goodwin, L.1-5s-0d: and Edward Garrard, gent., L.1-2s-0d.]

Probably Thomas PARIS (or PARISH) senior, gent. Born around 1620s? or Thomas PARIS (or PARISH) junior, gent. Born around 1650s? is believed to have demolished a number of nearby houses in order to enlarge garden. One of these was named Domesdales (mentioned in Will of Samuel Alston 1722-1796, as quoted in Nayland-with-Downings Manorial Minutes 1797). Sites are marked by stones inset into interior side of walls fronting Court Street (four labelled "Here stood a Fenn House 1708") and Church Lane (two labelled "Here stood a Fenn House 1714").

18th Century.
Thomas PARIS, attorney. Born in late 1680s or 1690s? Brother of Sarah, who married the Rev. John White, 'Vicar' of Nayland, in 1721. According to Mrs Nancy Hadwen (10 July 1991), a grand-daughter of Dr Edward Liveing Fenn, one of the bedrooms is haunted by a Mrs Paris.
(Nayland Rentals 1735 - 40. Ips RO HA108 /1/4/10 entry No. 62, Town St. Mr Paris for his home called Groom, tax 6d.)
Jacobus VANDERZEE, attorney. Acquired house about 1734. Died 17 Aug 1746. Mary VANDERZEE, his widow, died 17 Feb 1762, aged 38.
Samuel ALSTON (1722-1796), attorney. Baptised at Edwardstone 21 Oct 1722, only son of Samuel and Sarah Alston. Was articled to Jacobus Vanderzee, whose daughter Mary Vanderzee he married 2 Aug 1758 at St James, Westminster. Started practising at Nayland in 1746. His name appeared on the Rate Assessment list 4 Jan 1748.
Lionel Cresswell's book, 'Stemmata Alstoniana', indicates (in Table A) that he did not buy the house until after his marriage. Table A2 on page 80 of the same book states that it formerly belonged to the Parker family, now of Long Melford. Samuel died 3 June 1796.
Mary ALSTON, his widow, inherited the house after his death, together
with various other properties. She died in 1800.

19th. Century
1800-1831: George ALSTON (1763 -1831), second son of Samuel (1722 -1796) and Mary nee Vanderzee. The transfer into his name was recorded in the Nayland-with-Downings Manorial Minute Book 19 Apr 1802.
1831- ? : Ann ALSTON (1795/96 -1856), born Billericay, Essex, daughter of James Vanderzee and granddaughter of Jacobus Vanderzee, widow of George Alston (1763-1831).
? -1887: Samuel ALSTON (1809-1887), eldest son of George (1763-1831) by his second wife (first cousin Ann nee Vanderzee, daughter of James and grand-daughter of Jacobus). Died unmarried. Buried 23 Apr 1887.

1887-1902: Occupied until her death by Margaret ALSTON (1813-1902), sister of the above, daughter of George (1763-1831) and Ann. Died unmarried 1 Mar 1902.

20th-Century
1902-1907: (Dr) Edward Liveing FENN (1843-1907), Inherited from Samuel Alston his uncle, he extensively restored the house and changed the name from Groom's or The Groom to Alston Court.

1907-1930: Edith FENN, nee Todd, widow (second wife) of Dr Edward Liveing Fenn. Died 22 Dec 1938.

1930-1947: (Dr) Charles Edward FENN (1873-1947), son of Dr Edward Liveing Fenn by his first wife Katharine Pauline, nee Julius.
1947 - 1968 : (Col) A Alston FENN, cousin of Dr Charles Edward Fenn, son of Edward Liveing Fenn's brother Ernest Harrold Fenn.
1968 -1978: STONOR, later LORD CAMOYS, son-in-law of the Hyde Parkers of Long Melford.

Notes from Index to Nayland Manor Court Rolls 1623 - 1728. (SRO Bury ref.
HA 541/2/1/4). All these items are believed to relate to what are now parts of Alston Court garden.
No.40a: 16 Apr 1677. Copyhold tenancy of property transferred from Robert Kemball and his wife to Thomas Paris, clerk; also, on same date, transfer of copyhold tenancy of property from Anna Brett to Thomas Paris, clerk.
No.45a: 8 Apr 1686. Copyhold tenancy of property transferred from Thomas Paris, clerk, to Mary Paris, spinster; also, on same date, agreement with Thomas Paris, gent.
Nos.51b & 52a: 25 May 1691. Copyhold tenancy of property transferred from Roger Walsh and his wife to Thomas Paris, gent.
No.53a: 5 May 1696. Copyhold tenancy of property transferred from Sarah,
wife, to Thomas Paris, gent.
In Libr. Curial: 6 Apr 1730. Copyhold tenancy of property transferred from Thomas Paris, gent, to Thomas Paris, gent.
Ditto: 7 Oct 1782. Copyhold tenancy of property transferred from Thomas
Paris, gent, to Jane Paris, widow.

Manuscript Note in Alston Family Papers (SRO Bury ref.HA 541/2/6/19)
Extracts from Nayland Court Minute Book:
8 Dec 1767 Samuel Alston admitted in fee on the surrender of John Williams the elder and John Williams the younger to . . . . . 3 rods of land called Kemballs with the garden thereto belonging and also that piece whereon formerly stood a cottage called Bretts Barn with the yard thereto belonging.
[In relation to Samuel Alston who died 7 Feb 1795 leaving everything to his wife Mary]. Samuel Alston, gent, who held while he lived . . . . . the capital messe called The Groom . . . . . also a piece of garden behind The Groom . . . . . also . . . . . the Wall garden . . . . . also another piece of garden whereon a house formerly stood called Harlin . . . . .

From Summary of Wendy Sparrow's Notes Nayland-with-Downings Manorial Court Minutes:
17 Apr 1797 Samuel Alston's Will left all freehold, copyhold, leasehold messuages etc to Mary Alston, living at The Groom: sites of 7 former houses incorporated into the walled garden; also messuage near Court Meadow gate and small area next to the gate ; also Whitebread Hall behind Church.
19 Apr 1802 All from Samuel Alston's Will to Mary Alston now altered to George Alston, including The groom, except cottage by Court Meadow gate to May Baker.
7 Apr 1806 G.Alston to Jas Potter Whitebread Hall in Newland Street.
25 May 1875 Town St. = Crown St.
5 Oct 1908 Land called Chamberlains, part of the Crown, and another formerly Doomsdale; also ground opposite church land into yard, piece of ground called Hawkins. Edith Fenn pays relief.
Deeds : 1693 Agreement re The Cock.

Extract from Will of Andrew Parish, clothier, of Nayland,1606.
To my son Thomas, my eldest son, my chief messuage called Groomes in which one John Walter, clothier, now lives, with all the houses, edifices, buildings, yards, gardens and orchards, plus 3 acres in the common meadow called Lewes Meadow. Also two other tenements to the said messuage adjoyning and belonging, with the yards and gardens appertayning, wherein John Oentne & Henry Turner now dwell . . . . .

Court Knoll.
Court Knoll, at the bottom of Alston Court Garden, is a circular field of five acres surrounded by a deep ditch with the remains of a wall on the inner side. The ditch contains the remains of earth works, early 20th century excavations found Roman flint, pottery and tile. Although the Archaeological survey of 2002 has revealed that the structures here are Norman, reusing much Roman material.The original site of the Lord of the Manor's house and seat of the Manorial Court is likely have been here, Court Knoll land now belongs to the Tendring Hall Estate.
A significant excavation took place in 2016, see http://www.naylandconservation.org.uk/LatestNews.html

From D J Halliday's letter to Mrs V. Cook of South Petherton Somerset.
We recently had a speaker on heraldry at the Nayland - with - Wissington Conservation Society who came to the same conclusion about the Alston Court armorial stained glass as others have done, that it is not original and has been introduced later; also that the purported Payn arms are not the arms of a Payn or Payne. He did, however, come up with some new information - a reference to the arms of a Payne of "Stokeneyland", which I think is described as "Sable a fess chequy or and gules between three leopards' faces or".
Rosemary Knox and I have been looking at the later history of Grooms/Alston Court after the death in 1735 of Thomas Parish 1696-1735. It now appears that Jacobus Vanderzee may not have himself been either the owner or occupier. According to the Manorial Rent Rolls, ownership passed to Mrs Williams in (or soon after) 1736 and remained in the hands of the Williams family until 1768 when Samuel Alston, who had been the tenant/occupier since 1755 or earlier (probably since 1746). The Williams were the Lords of the Manor, living at Stoke-by-Nayland, and we are wondering if there can have been any relationship between the Williams and the Parishes which might have resulted in the house passing by inheritance instead of by sale to the Williams, without any need for the transfer to have been recorded in the Manorial records (which are in any case incomplete).
The Stewardship of the Manor of Nayland, incidentally, passed from Vanderzee to Samuel Alston in 1746.

Undated manuscript note on the history of Alston Court - A. Alston Fenn (from Alston Family Papers) SRO Bury ref. HA 541/2/6/19
"Alston Court originally belonged to John Payne (to which a pencilled query has been added : 'John Abel ?), for account of whom see Country Life. We have never been able to trace the full history of the house.
"We know it belonged to Thomas Paris, attorney. And that the people who had it before the Alstons were called Williams. When the Alstons bought the house, a Miss Williams went to live at Tendring, Stoke.
"The Samuel Alston to whom these papers refer is the one who was born in 1722, his father another Samuel Alston from Edwardstone. Samuel (b1722) was the first to own the house, then known by the name of Groom. He was an attorney, also Steward of the Manor. He married Mary Vanderzee, daughter of Jacobus Vanderzee, attorney, to whom Sam Alston was articled. We have pastels of Sam Alston and his father in the drawing room and a small picture of J.Vanderzee.
"Samuel's son George Attorney, inherited the house and business and became Steward to Nayland Manor. He left the house to his wife Anne Vanderzee who left it to their son Samuel, Attorney. Samuel died 1887, unmarried; his sister Margaret lived in the house for the remainder of her life, their nephew Edward Fenn then inherited the place.
"This last Samuel built Nayland Vicarage and cemetery, being the first person to be buried in the cemetery.
"Our meadow with 3 big chestnuts is still called Kemballs. The Wall Garden referred to in the Manor Book is evidently our present bowling green and the houses must have stood where the lines 'Here stood a fen house' are engraved into the wall.
"I daresay Whitebread Hall stood on the site of the present Brewery House (or should it be The Butts !). Miss Cuddon might know this.
"An uncle of mine went recently to the British Museum and read a lot up about Nayland there. He said Mr Alston told the British Museum people that Alston Court was once a Roman Catholic chapel. This has puzzled us very much as the house is obviously built as a dwelling house. The explanation may be that there was an RC private chapel in the house and the owner allowed the villagers to attend services there. Fr Gerrharty could not tell me anything because after the Reformation for many years priests were allowed to keep no records, not even marriage certificates as they were not supposed to hold services in England."

Alston Court has a particularly fine solar or upper chamber, the heavily carved ceiling is of Spanish chestnut, which repels spiders and their cobwebs.

Extract from Alston & Vanderzee Family Tree (from Alston Family Papers, SRO Bury ref. HA 541/1)
Henry Gusterson (d.31 Nov 1729) married Constance Holton at Stoke-by-Nayland 1699;
Their daughter Mary Gusterson (bapt 21 Apr 1706 at Nayland, bur. 22 Feb 1766) married Jacobus Vanderzee (b, about 1688, settled Nayland c.1728?, bur. 23 Aug 1746 at Nayland);
Whose daughter Mary Vanderzee (bapt 3 Apr 1740, died aged 63, bur. 11 May 1803) married Samuel Alston (b, about 1722, died aged 75, bur. 11 Jun 1796, son of Samuel of Edwardstone) at St James, Westminster, 2 Aug 1758;
Whose son George Alston (b. 11 Sep, bapt 8 Oct 1763, died aged 69, bur. 5 Feb 1815) married first Mary Creek (who died 1802-08?) and second Ann Vanderzee [his cousin, daughter of his mother's brother James Vanderzee of Billericay];
Whose son Samuel Alston (bapt 17 Nov 1809), solicitor, died unmarried in 1887; and whose surviving daughters were Margaret Alston (bapt 27 Oct 1813) who lived at Alston Court all her life until her death in March 1902, and Maria Alston (bapt 18 Sep 1815) who married Thomas Harrold Fenn at Nayland 19 May 1840;
Whose eldest son was Edward Liveing Fenn [b. 1843, d. 1907].

Alston Court Armorial Stained Glass
The references are to : Rev.E.Farrar, East-Anglian Daily Times 1912, 18th & 25th May and 1st June ; Dr J.Blatchly, private communication with R.Knox.
North Window of Hall (left to right)
Jermy Hopton (quarterly:Swillington/Wyssett/Pert/Hopton) [Farrar I]
Narburgh/Clere (Farrar III)
Parker (of Honing,Norf.)/Wichingham [Farrar III]
Boys (of Hoston - Honing?)/Wichingham [Farrar IV]
Payne/Spelman (of Narburgh,Norf.) [Farrar V]
Payne/ "X"? [Farrar VI]
Spelman/Narburgh [Farrar VII]
Parker (of Honing)/Jermy [Farrar VIII)
Payne/Rookwood [Farrar IX)

South Window of Hall (left to right).
Jermy/Hemenhall (Farrar X]
Wingfield/Parker [Farrar XI]
Haultoft (of Outwell,Norf.) [Farrar 2nd ser.I]
Hotoft/ "Y"? [Blatchly; Farrar 2nd ser.II]

Willoughby (quarterly: Ufford/Haultoft/Haultoft/Beke) [Blatchly; Farrar 2nd ser III]
Hotoft [Blatchly; Farrar 2nd ser.VI)
"Y"? [Blatchly; Farrar 2nd ser.V)
Willoughby/Hotoft [Blatchly; Farrar 2nd ser IV]

First Floor Landing (left to right)
Jermy Wroth (of Enfield,Middx.) (Farrar XII]
Wingfield/Parker [Farrar XIII)

Oak Room
Upper Row (left to right):
Payne/Parker (Farrar XXIII]
Payne/Rookwood
Jermy/Wroth (of Enfield) [Farrar XV]
Pakenham/Parker [Farrar XX]
Jermy/Hopton (quarterly: Swillington/Wyssett/Pert/Hopton) (Farrar XIX)
Everard/Parker (Farrar XXII]

Lower Row (left to right):
Jenney/Boys (reversed) [Farrar XIV)
Appleyard/Parker [Farrar XVI]
Payne/Thwaites (reversed) [Farrar XVIII]
Parker/Jermy
Appleyard/Parker (Farrar XVII]

Pakenham/Parker (Farrar XXI]
Farrar suggested that "X" might be Thwaites but, although all colour
has gone from Farrar VI in the North Window of the Hall, the 5 or 6 pointed star which can still be seen top right (sinister chief) indicates that the coat-of-arms is not the same as in Farrar XVIII in the Oak Room.
"Y" not yet identified, is "Azure a cross crosslet (botonny ?) argent, three lions' (or leopards'?) heads erased or tongued argent on a chief sable". The reputed Payne (Payn) arms - argent three boars' heads couped gules - are listed in Papworth as belonging to two Suffolk families, Cudlow and Playstead. According to Dr John Blatchly the Nayland Paynes, clothiers,
were not armigerous; there was no mention of such a coat in early records.
If Alston Court stained glass is genuinely original to the house, it
would seemingly relate to a Payne/Parker marriage around 1500.
Andrew Paris/Parish, clothier, who owned Grooms (i.e. Alston Court) in
1606 married Jareth or Zareth (=Sarah) Wilson at Nayland in 1577 and is thought to have been born in about the 1550s, son of Thomas Paris of Nayland whose (second) wife was named Emma (his first wife is believed to have been Joane, who died in 1564). This Emma (1526/27-1588) who married Thomas Paris as a widow (her first husband being named Scarlet) might conceivably be a daughter of John Payne (1495?-1526), son of a Payne/Parker marriage, and his wife Agnes.
Andrew's father, Thomas Paris/Parish of Nayland, was the son of another Thomas of Nayland and his wife Margaret, whom he had married as a widow (of Robert Harvie); and this Thomas was the son of yet another Thomas, who married Eleanor Radcliffe of Nayland, and a first cousin of Emma Paris who married Robert Spring of Lavenham.

Alston Court Armorial Families
JermyArgent: a lion rampant gules.
HoptonArgent: on 2 bars sable 6 mullets of as many points, 3 and 3 or.
Narburgh: A chief ermine.
Clere: Argent, on a fess azure, 3 eagles displayed or. [Fees=broad horizontal band, displayed= wings extended]
Parker: Argent,a chevron between 3 mascles sable.
Wichingham: Ermine, on a chief sable 3 crosses pattee argent.
Boys: Argent, 2 bars gules on a bend sable an annulet or; a canton of the second. [Canton= a diminutive of thequarter]
Payn (?): Argent, 3 boars' heads couped gules.
Spelman: Sable, 11 plates between 2 flaunches argent.
Thwaites: Argent, on a fess sable between 2 fleurs-de-lys gules, as many bezants. [Bezant = round flat piece of gold]
Rookwood: Argent, 3 chess-rooks sable.
Hemenhall: Or, an a fess between 2 chevrons gules 3 escallops argent.
Wingfield: Argent, on a bend sinister gules, voided sable 3 pairs of wings in lure of the field. [Voided- with centre removed, pair of wings in lure= 2 wings joined together with their tips pointing downward]
Wroth: Argent, on a bend sable 3 lions' heads erased of the field, crowned or.
JenneyErmine, a bend gules, cotissed or.
Appleyard: Azure, a chevron or between3 owls argent, a crescent for difference.
Pakenham: Gules, a garb argent. [Garb= sheaf]
Everard: Gules, on a fess between 3 estoiles argent, as many mullets sable.
Ufford: Sable, a cross engrailed or.
Haultoft: Sable, 3 lozenges ermine, a bordure engrailed of the second.
Beke: Gules, a cross moline argent.
Swillington: Argent, a chevron azure, a label of 3 ermine.
Wyssett: Gules, a griffin segreant argent. [Segreant= erect with wings extended]
Pert: Argent, on a bend gules, 3 mascles or.

English Heritage - National Monuments Ref. ALB 84 - Pictures of Alston Court Ref A2A
Bury PRO - Sale particulars Alston Court, Nayland. (illus.) - ref. HD 1180/59 - date: Undated. Ref A2A
Bury PRO - Photographs and lantern slides of Nayland, Suffolk.
Catalogue Ref. HD 1391
FILE - Composite postcard showing winter snow and following floods - ref. HD 1391/1/1 - date: pre 1920 Views include: Anchor Bridge, views west and south from church tower, Alston Court, Church Street, Fen Street and Gravel Hill
FILE - Alston Court, Court Street - ref. HD 1391/1/30 - date: 1926
FILE - Nayland War Memorial unveiling ceremony, by Alston Court - ref. HD 1391/1/32 - date: 6 Mar. 1921
FILE - Lantern slides pre 1920 by Gowing, Nayland Church street towards Alston Court - ref. HD 1391/6/3 - date: nd
FILE - Copy of Hadleigh Weekly News with item on Alston Court, Nayland - ref. HD 1391/8/20 - date: Feb. 1968
FILE - Photograph of stone in the wall of Alston Court on site of a Fenn House - ref. HD 1391/8/23 - date: n.d.
Ref A2A
Bury PRO - Papers of the Reverend Edmund Farrer of Hinderclay, Suffolk
Catalogue Ref. HD526
NAYLAND
FILE - Copy of letter, Ed. L. Fenn to E. Farrer about the restoration of Alston Court - ref. HD526/101/1 - date: 7 Feb 1903
FILE - East Anglian Miscellany No. 3678, Alston Court - ref. HD526/101/2 - date: 7 Feb 1906
FILE - Article, by Charles J. Blomfield, "Some notes on Alston Court and its Reparation" (from The Architectural Review?) - ref. HD526/101/4 - date: Undated 1906?
FILE - Plates from Farrer's Portraits in Suffolk Houses (West) of Mr and Mrs. Samuel Alston - ref. HD526/101/6 - date: 1908
Bury PRO - Slides of West Suffolk Towns and villages
Catalogue Ref. K 963
Nayland
FILE - Alston Court - ref. K 963/143 - date: 1973
FILE - Alston Court - ref. K 963/156 - date: 1973
Ref A2A

The 1552 Military Survey shows two Awstens living in Nayland;
John Awsten clothmaker assessed for tax on land & moveables.
Robert Awsten assessed for tax on moveables.

9th January 1786
. . . . . order to Saml Alston
Whereas two several injunctions at the visitations of the Archdeacon of Sudbury have been made for new pewing ye South and North sides of the middle ayle in the Parish Church of Nayland in Suffolk and wear as these several meetings have been duly called and held when the churchwarden's were ordered and directed to carry the said instructions into . . . . . for the doing whereof materials are moved and proposed and it has since been . . . . . that the expense thereoff will fall heavily on such persons who occupy cottages and tenants in the said Parish now in order to assist such . . . . . persons and for other purposes . . . . . after maintained we are a major part of the . . . . . lands and tenements in Nayland Stoke next Nayland and Wiston in the Suffolkand and in Gt Horksley in Essex do hereby order and direct Samuel Alston of Nayland aforsaid . . . . .
Incomplete letter of untraced source 2011

Map of Nayland: http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/print.cfm#zoom=14&lat=51.9784&lon=0.8822&layers=1

NEYLAND is seated on the north bank of the Stour, over which' is a large brick bridge of one arch, leading into Essex. This place is subject to inundations from the lowness of its situation. Here is a weekly market on Fridays, and an annual fair on the 2nd of October. Neyland contains 223 houses, and 1242 inhabitants. The church, standing in the middle of the town, with its spire steeple, is its principal ornament. The ancient monuments here are chiefly to the memory of persons formerly eminent in the clothiery line, for which this town was once famous. One Abel, a cloth-worker, is said to have built the handsome porch of this church, in the wall of which he has a monument, and to signify his name, and also to make up his coat armour, the letter A. and the picture of a bell are cast upon the monument.

STOKE JUXTA NEYLAND, or STOKE NEYLAND:. Here was a monastery of considerable celebrity before the conquest. The church, with its majestic steeple, is a noble structure. This may be seen as far off as Harwich, a distance of twenty miles. Neyland, though containing a much greater number of houses, is only a chapel of ease to the church of Stoke. The church at Neyland contains several handsome monuments for the Howards. In the south part, between the high altar and choir, is interred Catherine, first wife of John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, slain at the battle of Bosworth, in support of Richard III., with this inscription : " Under this stone is buried the body of the right honourable woman and ladie, sometime wife unto the right high and mighty prince Lord John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, and mother unto the right noble and puissant prince Lord Thomas Howard, Duke also of Norfolke, who departed this present life, Ann. Dom. 1452." Giffard's Hall, in this parish, with the estate, has been in possession of the Mannock family since the time of Henry VI., being then purchased by Philip Mannock, who had previously resided at the neighbouring village of Stoke. This house surrounds a quadrangular court ; the entrance by a tower gateway, said to have been built in the beginning of the reign of Henry VIII. by Peter Gifford, a distant relative to Anne Bullen: however, the whole is of brick, and the mouldings of the windows, doors, and other ornaments, are of the same material. Opposite to this entrance are some remains of an old chapel. A little to the left of Neyland, between that place and Stoke, is situated TENDRING HALL : this anciently belonged to a family of that name. William de Tendring had a grant of a market and fair at Stoke by Neyland, in the thirty-first of the reign of Edward I. Sir John Williams, knight, and Lord Mayor of London, one of its possessors, in the year 1736, built a fine seat here, which by purchase became the property of Sir William Rowley, one of the lords of the admiralty. Joshua, his son, gave several proofs of courage and conduct in the naval service, for which he was created a baronet in 1785. On his death, in 1700, Tendring Hall became the property of his son and successor, and is now in the possession of Sir William Rowley, bart. M. P. for Suffolk.
Ref Excursions in the county of Suffolk.

Other Records

1. Alston Vault: Family Burial Vault, Nayland Suffolk.

2. Samuel Alston: Attorney Duties paid on Apprenticeship Indentures, 1763, 1765, 1774, 1781. 1763 Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures Peregrine D'Olyly
1765 Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, Sam Meddows
1774 Duties Paid Apprentice Indentures Jacob Alston
1781 Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures George Downing


3. Billing Book: Samuel Alston Attorney, 1740 1745.

4. Samuel Alston: Attorney Duties paid on Apprenticeship Indentures, 1758. 1758 Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures Will Smithies

5. Household Inventory: Samuel Alston, 1762, Alston Court Nayland.
An inventory of sundry household goods at the dwelling house of Mr Samuel Alston attorney at law at Nayland in Suffolk which were seen and appraised August 27, 1762.
By Heny Lodge.
In the Hall and on Staircase.
One eight-day clock three oval tables five old cane arm chairs and six others a couch and squab in old India pattern seven pictures eighteen prints and three old maps. L5 10s 0d.
In Parlour and Closet.
One looking glass one oval table three stone jars and a footman. L2 10s 0d.
In Kitchen and Closet.
One old cupboard 2 old oval tables 5 chairs a cloaths brusher to formes coal grates with col irons fender poker pewter tongs and crane in chimney and hooks dripping pan stand 2 split racks and one split and Jack pulleys and weight and a tin candle box. L2 0s 0d.
In the Cellar.
Four ale stalls two half hogs heads a 16 gallon vessel and a wood funnell. L1 11s 6d.
In the Backhouse and Laundry.
One old ? Browning copp a marsh tub and cooler 3 tubs and 2 ? a work line? and one pail two boylors 2 saucepans 2 skillets a store pan five Earth pots a safe a tin oven stone cistern and coal racks L5 7s 6d
In the Two Butterys.
A washing Engine useless till repair by Mr Alston three old Firkins a kneading trough one vessel and stall? and wood steps. L0 12s 6d
In the Best Parlour
A moving stove with brass moulding and fender 6 rush bolton chairs a corner cupboard a looking glass a small table 2 china bowls one of them broke 3 Delft bowls one of them broke 1 Delft dish and 9 plates 12 China plates 3 of them broke 40? Glasses of different sorts as jelly glasses wine glass and a two quart glass decanter and one pint. L5 5s 0d.
In the Laundry and Closet
An old 4 leaf screen one old ? iron one ? and 2 ? A stricking board and Deal Dresser an old napkin press and old chairs light pewter dishes 23 plates one water glass 2 pewter salvers 2 tin covers 2 iron dogs and 2 linen horses one copper chocolate pot and one ditto drinking pot. L2 15s 0d
In the Dining Room
A looking glass with glass arms a jappaned side? table 2 white cups a glass canister an old hearth brush 16 prints glazed in black frames an old piece of tapestry and a mahogany side? board. L3 3s 0d
In the Room Over the Cellar.
An old turn up bedstead with old flock bed mixed with feathers a bedstead with red handing? a feather bed 2 old blankets and quilt a bolster and 2 pillows a Deal hanging ? and old table and 3 old chairs. L2 12s 6d
In the Yellow Room.
A bedstead with old yellow hanging one old featherbed a bolster and one pillow an old under bed 2 blankets and old quilt a small old glass and old chest of drawers a small table 2 old cane chairs a childs chair old window curtains and rod and old trunk. L2 0s 0d.
In the Green Room.
A chest of drawers a dressing glass old dressing table an old skrowtore? and 4 chairs stove and fender old window curtains and rod. L1 11s 6d.
In the Dressing Room and Closet.
A swing glass one cane chair 6 small pictures and a trunk. L0 5s 0d.
In the Best? Chamber.
A bedstead with a featherbed a bolster one pillow 2 blankets green hanging and a gilt hanging of the room and window curtains 2 old stools an old easy chair 3 cane chairs a picture 7 blue & white china cups broke and whole. L3 7s 6d
In the Red Room
A bedstead a featherbed a bolster 3 pillows a mattress and old white quilt a looking glass a square table a chest of drawers and three old chairs. L5 0s 0d.
In the Blew Room Green Room and Closet and Stair Case.
Old looking glass and tinned night table a palla? and bedstead broke a feather bed and bolster an old clock case 10 old portraits? and three maps. L1 10s 0d
p?Patar?
One pint mug a cream pot 2 salts and shovels one scop spoon 5 tablespoons 8 tea spoons a strainer and a pepper crusher
L11 0s 0d
All the goods mentioned in this infantry were appraised at the sum of L56.10s 6d
per Heny Lodge.
Inventory in Other Records file, it uses many abbreviations.


6. Alston Law Practice: Day Book Sundry Charges, 1771, Nayland Suffolk.

7. Portraits: Samuel Alston, 1773, Nayland Suffolk.

8. Alston Law Practice: Bill Book Extracts, 1774 1777, Nayland Suffolk. Details of bills rendered to customers of the practice, several of them Alston family

9. Alston Law Practice: Bill Book Extracts, 1774 1775, Nayland Suffolk. Details of bills rendered to customers of the practice, several of them Alston family

10. Alston Law Practice: Bill Book Extracts, 1775 1777, Nayland Suffolk. Details of bills rendered to customers of the practice, several of them Alston family

11. Alston Law Practice: Diary Extracts, 1777 1784, Nayland Suffolk. Diary of document service and other activities and includes notes and signatures of the various members of the practice.

12. Alston Law Practice: Diary Extracts, 1786 1794, Nayland Suffolk. Diary of document service and other activities and includes notes and signatures of the various members of the practice.

13. Signatures and Notes Vanderzee/Alston law practice: Nayland Suffolk. Signatures of Jacobus Vanderzee and Sam Alston snr notes re Nayland Church fabric and the education of Sam's family.

14. Alston Court: Nayland Suffolk.

15. Samuel Alston: Attorney Duties paid on Apprenticeship Indentures, 1787 1790. 1787 Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures Charles Fowle
1790 Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures Joseph Hoare



16. Nayland surrounding Villages & River Stour: 1885 1900.
Courtesy National Library of Scotland.

Samuel married Mary VANDERZEE [86], daughter of Jacobus VANDERZEE [120] and Mary GUSTERSON [2071], on 1 Aug 1758 in St James (Piccadilly) Westminister. Mary was born in 1740, was baptised on 3 Apr 1740 in Nayland Register., and was buried on 11 May 1803 in Vault With Husband Nayland SFK.

General Notes:
St James Piccadilly Westminster.
Marriages 1758
Number 280
Samuel Alston of the parish of Nayland in the County of Suffolk and Mary Vanderzee a minor of this parish were married in this Church by Licence from the Bishop of London by and with the consent of Mary Vanderzee the lawful mother of the said minor, this 1st day of August in the year 1758 by me John Justamond curate.
This marriage was solemnised between us
Sam Alston
Mary Vanderzee
In the presence of Simon Cooper, Ja Vanderzee.
Ref: Findmypast

In 1797 Mary was assesed for Quit Rent by the Manor of Nayland.

Notes on reference to The Groom in Nayland-with-Downings Manorial Minutes 1797 as summarised by Rosemary Knox - SRO Bury ref.FB/64/A4/1
Mary Alston was admitted to land called Tremballs (3 rods) and also a piece on which formerly stood a cottage called Brett's farm which Samuel had been admitted to in 1767 by surrender of John Williams
Mary Alston takes by her late husband Samuel's Will "that Capital messuage held by deed called the Groom, also a piece of garden ground behind the messuage; also a piece of ground on which a house formerly stood now laid out into a garden called the Wall garden; also a piece of ground on which a house formerly stood and now in the same garden; and also another piece where a house known as Domesdales stood now in the said garden; also a piece with a house called Harlins. Also a piece of land formerly of Robinson laid into the yard opposite the church; also two pieces of land near the Court Meadow gate; also that messuage behind the church called Whitebread Hall late in the occupation of Thomas Glover". Earlier Mary Alston had been "admitted to land called Tremballs (3 rods) and also a piece on which formerly stood a cottage called Bretts Barn which Samuel had been admitted to in 1767 by surrender of John Williams".

Mary's portrait by George Roth 1773 is endorsed "Mary daughter of Jacobus Vanderzee and wife of Samuel Alston of Nayland. Born 1740, married 1758, died 1800. Geo Roth finxit 1773. This is in the possession of Mrs Angela Wilson 2001.
A copy done by Charlotte Alston is in the possession of Mrs Mary Burn of Little Bealings Woodbridge SFK.

Mary was aged 63 at her death.

THE WILL of MARY ALSTON of MELFORD, Widow.
Dated 19 December 1800
Hereby revoking all former wills so make and publish my last Will and Testament in manner following and so appoint John Mathew GRIMWOOD of Lincolns Inn Esq. and my son George ALSTON Executors hereof.
I direct all my just debts to be duly paid.
Next I give and bequeath all my real and personal estate unto and to the use of the said John Mather GRIMWOOD and George ALSTON their heirs executors and administrators in Trust to sell dispose of and convert the same into ready money with all speed after my death into money upon the Trusts hereafter expressed and I declare that the receipts of the said John Mather GRIMWOOD and George ALSTON on the receipt of the Survivor of them his heirs or assigns shall be an effectual discharge to the purchaser or purchases of my said estates respectively and that he or they shall not after payment of his or their purchase money to my said Trustees or Trustee to be liable to see to the application thereof and as to the clear monies rising from my said real and personal estates respectively and from rents and profits of my real estates until sold.
I dispose there of as follows, that is to say I direct that my said trustees or trustee shall in the first place invest in some of the public funds or on good real security which they shall be at liberty to vary at discretion such a sum of money as shall be sufficient to produce a yearly income of Seventy pounds for the support of my son William ALSTON and I direct them to apply such annual income for his clothing custody and maintenance during his present infirmity and in case of his recovery my will is that the said annual provision shall cease and in lieu thereof I give him the sum of six hundred pounds sterling and as to the residue of the monies to be invested for securing my said son Williams annuity after his recovery or the whole thereof after his death in case of his disorder not being removed in his lifetime I direct that the same shall sink into the residue of my property and be divided and applied as after mentioned.
Next I direct that my said Trustee or Trustees shall out of the produce of my said real and personal estates advance so much of the sum of three hundred and fifty pounds which I have agreed to contribute for the exigencies of my son James as shall not be advanced in my lifetime
And all the residue of my property I direct to be divided between my three unmarried daughters, Anna Maria, Harriet and Sarah in equal chare and proportions except the sum of fifty guineas which I give to my son Samuel ALSTON
And I direct that the rents and profits of my real estate until sale shall be applied as the interest of the purchase money would go if the same were sold.
Lastly I declare that my Trustees shall not be answerable for any loss that may arise to my property without their wilful defaults and that they shall be at liberty to retain their expenses and that neither of them shall be accountable for monies received by the other of them.
In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred.
Mary Alston.
Signed sealed published and declared by the above Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence and at her request have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses - Mary Downing - Mary Alston - Priscilla Stranger.
Probate granted 18th August 1803 to John Mather GRIMWOOD and George ALSTON.
Suffolk Record Office, HA/541/11253 19th Dec. 1800
PROB 11/1397 Q682
Copy on this file

Details of funds from Marys estate to be transcribed from images: Alston-Alston Origionals-Alston 1- Picture 1 135.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 763 M    i. James ALSTON of Bocking [88] was born on 20 May 1759, was baptised on 24 May 1759 in Nayland SFK, and was buried on 18 Dec 1806 in Bocking ESS.

+ 764 F    ii. Mary ALSTON [91] was born on 6 Jun 1761, was baptised on 22 Jun 1761 in Nayland SFK, and died on 5 Mar 1842 aged 80.

+ 765 F    iii. Charlotte ALSTON [95] was born on 23 May 1762, was baptised on 20 Jul 1762 in Nayland SFK, died in 1797 aged 35, and was buried on 10 Apr 1797 in Nayland SFK.

+ 766 M    iv. George ALSTON [61] was born on 11 Sep 1763, was baptised on 8 Oct 1763 in Nayland SFK, died on 4 Feb 1831 in Nayland SFK aged 67, and was buried on 5 Feb 1831 in Nayland SFK.

+ 767 M    v. Samuel ALSTON [90] was born on 17 Sep 1764, was baptised on 22 Sep 1764 in Nayland SFK, died on 28 Jul 1835 aged 70, and was buried on 3 Aug 1835 in St Martins Church Leicester.

+ 768 F    vi. Anna Maria ALSTON [93] was born in 1769 in Nayland SFK, was baptised on 14 Mar 1769 in Nayland SFK, died on 26 Jul 1815 aged 46, and was buried on 3 Aug 1815 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 769 M    vii. Rev William ALSTON [89] was born in 1772, was baptised on 18 Jun 1772 in Nayland SFK, died on 6 Feb 1839 aged 67, and was buried on 9 Feb 1839 in St Giles Cripplegate London.

+ 770 F    viii. Harriott ALSTON [94] was born in 1773 in Nayland SFK and was baptised on 21 Nov 1773 in Nayland SFK.

+ 771 F    ix. Sarah ALSTON [92] was born in 1778, was baptised on 21 Oct 1778 in Nayland SFK, died on 28 Apr 1837 aged 59, and was buried on 5 May 1837 in St James Nayland In Family Vault.


586. Sarah ALSTON [989] (Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 3 May 1724 in Edwardstone SFK and died about May 1760 in St Leonards Churchyard Colchester ESS aged about 36.

General Notes:
A portrait of Sarah is recorded hanging in Alston Court, Nayland in 19th Cent, it was gifted in 2003 by E N A Hadwen (nee Fenn) to Christchurch Mansion Ipswich with the other paintings of the family by Coyte. It is inscribed on the back "Sarah Sudell (nee Alston ) wife of William Suddell of Wivenhoe in the co of Essex, Mariner, & daughter of Sam Alston of Edwardstone, Maltster. Aged 27 yrs Beeston Coyte 1753" sighted by EL Fenn 2001.
Benefited under her fathers Will 150 pds.

Marriage was by licence issued, 11 Nov 1745, William Suddell of Wivenhoe ESS mariner & Sarah Alston of Edwardstone single woman of Edwardstone. At Edwardstone Groton or Boxford. Bondsmen were Samuel Alston Snr and Jnr Maltster and Attorney at Law.

Research Notes:
Alstoniana is inconsistent in birth 1726 - baptism 1724 dates.

Sarah married William SUDELL [990] on 12 Nov 1745 in Edwardstone SFK by Lic. Arch. Sudbury. William was born in 1721 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
William was a Mariner born in Edwardstone, then lived in Colchester.

Marriage was by licence issued, 11 Nov 1745, William Suddell of Wivenhoe ESS mariner & Sarah Alston of Edwardstone single woman of Edwardstone. At Edwardstone Groton or Boxford.
Bondsmen were Samuel Alston Snr and Jnr Maltster and Attorney at Law.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 772 M    i. William SUDELL [991] was born in 1754 and died in 1803 aged 49.

+ 773 M    ii. George SUDELL [992] .

+ 774 F    iii. Sarah SUDELL [993] was born in 1748 and died in 1823 aged 75.


587. Anne ALSTON of Groton [994] (Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 6 Feb 1725/26 in Edwardstone SFK and died in 1761 aged 35.

General Notes:
Ann's portrait hung at Nayland, and is in the possession of Mary Burn of Little Bealings SFK, it is inscribed on the back "Ann Alston daughter of Sam Alston baptised Edwardstone b1727 - d1761 Stem Al Pg 79. reframed by Rolin Burn in Wimbledon 1971" sighted E L Fenn 2001. Portrait now at Christchurch Mansion Ipswich SFK. 2004.

Ann benefited by way of interest from her fathers estate of a sum of 150pds. bequeathed after her death to her children equally.

20 Apr 1778
An Ann Alston widow alienated to the Rev William Jones clerk a messuage in Fen St.
Court Baron Nayland Manor Rolls.

Anne married Jacob ALSTON [1561], son of Jacob ALSTON of Wrens Polstead [948] and Mary [173], on 29 Nov 1748 in Edwardstone SFK. Jacob was baptised on 13 Dec 1724 in Boxford SFK, died on 28 Nov 1757 aged 32, and was buried on 2 Dec 1757 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Jacob son of Jacob and Mary Alston baptised 13 Dec 1724 Boxford. IGI & Boxford Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

This couple were first cousins, Jacob was a Malster of Boxford.
The IGI lists a marriage between a Jacob Allston and an Anne Alston 10 July 1723 at St Matthew Ipswich.

Jacob Alston, jun., of Boxford, & Ann Alston, of Edwardston, s. w., at same. Bn.: Jacob Alston, sen., of Boxford, farmer. Wit.: Saml Alsto
Book: 12.The Hearth Tax. Charles 2nd.
Collection: Suffolk: Sudbury - Marriage Licences, 1684-1754
IGI

Marriage was by licence issued, 28 Nov 1748 Jacob Alston jnr of Boxford & Ann Alston of Edwardstone single woman. At Edwardstone
Bondsman was Jacob Alston Snr farmer of Boxford Witness Samuel Alston.

Jacob Alston of Boxford.
Administration granted to Jacob Alston the natural and lawful Father of the Deceased of Boxford, Ann Alston Widow and Relict of the said deceased having renounced the burden of the administration 5th December 1757.
Alstoniana pg 163


The child from this marriage was:

+ 775 M    i. Jacob ALSTON [996] was born on 3 Mar 1758, was baptised in Privately At Polstead, died on 7 Aug 1778 aged 20, and was buried on 9 Aug 1778 in Family Vault Churchyard Edwardstone SFK.

Anne next married John EAST of Hadleigh [997] on 25 Sep 1759 at Groton By License.

General Notes:
John was of the Parish of Hadleigh.

Hadleigh,
Suffolk.
Dear Sir,
I have examined the Registers carefully from 1558 but can find no trace of the Alston family till that very doubtful burial in 1675 . . . . . The early book from 1558 is in places very much defaced and occasronally obliterated and torn, Still I do not think there could be any Alston name.
Believe me to be,
Yours faithfully,
(Mrs.) ANNA F. SPOONER.
Alstoniana Pg 373


The child from this marriage was:

+ 776 F    i. Ann EAST [998] was born in 1756 in Suffolk and died on 17 Oct 1843 in Boxford Suffolk aged 87.

588. Martha ALSTON [1003] (Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 23 Dec 1726 in Edwardstone SFK, died in Infancy., and was buried on 27 Dec 1726 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
An altar tomb in Edwardstone Churchyard reads:
"Near this place lie the Bodys of Martha Elizabeth and John Children of the said Samuel Alston and Sarah his wife who died in their infancy"

589. Elizabeth ALSTON [1004] (Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 21 Jan 1727/28 in Edwardstone SFK, died in Infancy., and was buried on 10 Mar 1727/28 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
An altar tomb in Edwardstone Churchyard reads:
"Near this place lie the Bodys of Martha Elizabeth and John Children of the said Samuel Alston and Sarah his wife who died in their infancy"

590. John ALSTON [1005] (Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 19 Jan 1728/29 in Edwardstone SFK, died in Infancy., and was buried in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
An altar tomb in Edwardstone Churchyard reads:
"Near this place lie the Bodys of Martha Elizabeth and John Children of the said Samuel Alston and Sarah his wife who died in their infancy"



591. Mary ALSTON [999] (Samuel398, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 6 Feb 1731/32 in Edwardstone SFK, died on 14 Apr 1768 aged 36, and was buried in Family Vault Churchyard Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
A portrait of Mary signed Beeston Coyte 1752 was gifted in 2003 by E N A Hadwen (nee Fenn) to Christchurch Mansion Ipswich with the other paintings of the family by Coyte. It is inscribed "Mary the daughter of Samuel Alston of Edwardstone afterwards wife John Smith of Groton Schoolmaster Beeston Coyte 1752" sighted by E L Fenn 2001.
Benefited under her fathers Will L260.

Sam Alston in his notes in his Latin phrase book, puts Marys birth date at the "twenty seventh day of September 1731"

Mary married John SMITH [1000] on 15 Oct 1754 at Groton By License.

General Notes:
John was a schoolmaster of Edwardstone and/or Boxford or Groton?

He was married by licence 24 Sep 1754 John Smith schoolmaster of Groton & Mary Alston single woman of Edwardstone Bondsman Thomas Smith linen weaver of Groton married at Groton


Children from this marriage were:

+ 777 M    i. John SMITH [1001] .

+ 778 M    ii. Samuel SMITH [1002] .

592. Grace ALSTON [4906] (Thomas399, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

Grace married Samuel BREAME [4907].

593. Thomas ALSTON [5331] (Thomas399, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1).

594. Jacob ALSTON [1561] (Jacob of Wrens Polstead400, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 13 Dec 1724 in Boxford SFK, died on 28 Nov 1757 aged 32, and was buried on 2 Dec 1757 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Jacob son of Jacob and Mary Alston baptised 13 Dec 1724 Boxford. IGI & Boxford Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

This couple were first cousins, Jacob was a Malster of Boxford.
The IGI lists a marriage between a Jacob Allston and an Anne Alston 10 July 1723 at St Matthew Ipswich.

Jacob Alston, jun., of Boxford, & Ann Alston, of Edwardston, s. w., at same. Bn.: Jacob Alston, sen., of Boxford, farmer. Wit.: Saml Alsto
Book: 12.The Hearth Tax. Charles 2nd.
Collection: Suffolk: Sudbury - Marriage Licences, 1684-1754
IGI

Marriage was by licence issued, 28 Nov 1748 Jacob Alston jnr of Boxford & Ann Alston of Edwardstone single woman. At Edwardstone
Bondsman was Jacob Alston Snr farmer of Boxford Witness Samuel Alston.

Jacob Alston of Boxford.
Administration granted to Jacob Alston the natural and lawful Father of the Deceased of Boxford, Ann Alston Widow and Relict of the said deceased having renounced the burden of the administration 5th December 1757.
Alstoniana pg 163



Jacob married Anne ALSTON of Groton [994], daughter of Samuel ALSTON [640] and Sarah [122], on 29 Nov 1748 in Edwardstone SFK. Anne was baptised on 6 Feb 1725/26 in Edwardstone SFK and died in 1761 aged 35.

General Notes:
Ann's portrait hung at Nayland, and is in the possession of Mary Burn of Little Bealings SFK, it is inscribed on the back "Ann Alston daughter of Sam Alston baptised Edwardstone b1727 - d1761 Stem Al Pg 79. reframed by Rolin Burn in Wimbledon 1971" sighted E L Fenn 2001. Portrait now at Christchurch Mansion Ipswich SFK. 2004.

Ann benefited by way of interest from her fathers estate of a sum of 150pds. bequeathed after her death to her children equally.

20 Apr 1778
An Ann Alston widow alienated to the Rev William Jones clerk a messuage in Fen St.
Court Baron Nayland Manor Rolls.

(Duplicate Line. See Person 587)

595. John ALSTON [1562] (Jacob of Wrens Polstead400, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 24 Sep 1727 in Boxford SFK and was buried on 6 May 1746 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Alstoniana
Boxford Registers.
24 Sep 1724 John son of above.
Above is " 22 Nov 1723 Mary daughter of Jacob & Mary Alston" Mary and Joseph had children baptised before and after John below?

The UK Register of Deaths & Burials puts Johns details as:
John Alston buried 6 May 1746 Bury St Edmund SFK. Father Jacob Alston mother Elizabeth Alston
Findmypast 2014

596. Mary ALSTON [1563] (Jacob of Wrens Polstead400, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 22 Nov 1723 in Boxford SFK.

Mary married John WISTO [1564] on 23 Sep 1742 in Hadleigh SFK.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 779 F    i. Mary WISTO [1565] .

+ 780 F    ii. Hannah WISTO [1567] .

597. Martha ALSTON [1569] (Jacob of Wrens Polstead400, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 23 Mar 1727/28 in Boxford SFK.

Martha married Josias SHANSFIELD [1570] on 24 Mar 1746/47 in Hadleigh SFK.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 781 F    i. Martha SHANSFIELD [1571] .

+ 782 F    ii. Elizabeth SHANSFIELD [1573] .

+ 783 F    iii. Mary SHANSFIELD [1575] .

+ 784 F    iv. Sarah SHANSFIELD [1576] .

+ 785 F    v. Katherine SHANSFIELD [1578] .

598. Martha ALSTON [1579] (Jacob of Wrens Polstead400, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 28 Aug 1726 in Boxford SFK and was buried on 10 Mar 1726/27 in Boxford SFK.

599. Elizabeth ALSTON [1580] (Jacob of Wrens Polstead400, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 25 Apr 1731 in Boxford SFK.

General Notes:
Elizabeth is a beneficiary and Executrix of the Will of Elizabeth Alston of Newton dated 6 Oct 1779

Elizabeth married William DANSIE [1581] on 14 Oct 1760 in Polstead SFK.

General Notes:
Married by licence issued, 8 Oct 1760 William Dansie single man of Lavenham aged 22 & Elizabeth Alston single woman of Polsted aged 25. At Polsted.

William is deceased by 6 Oct 1779.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 786 M    i. Thomas DANSIE [1582] was born on 13 Dec 1765 in Polstead SFK.

+ 787 M    ii. William DANSIE [5764] was born on 19 Apr 1761 in Polstead SFK.

Elizabeth next married Ralph WESTRUP [6951].

600. Sarah ALSTON [1583] (Jacob of Wrens Polstead400, John Snr196, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 21 Jan 1732/33, died on 16 Jun 1770 aged 37, and was buried on 23 Jun 1770 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Sarah was aged 38 at her death, her birthdate is calculated from this. It conflicts with the Alstonania record of her baptism?. Headstone at Edwardstone reads " Sarah wife of William Tiffin of Newton Suff. farmer, formerly Sarah Alston d 16 June 1770, a. 38.

Sarah married William TIFFIN [1584] on 14 Apr 1761 in Polstead SFK.

General Notes:
Married by licence issued, 13 April 1761 William Tiffin yeoman of Newton & Sarah Alston of Polsted single woman. At Polsted

William a farmer of Newton Suffolk was an Executor and beneficiary of the Will of Elizabeth Alston dated 6 Oct 1779


Children from this marriage were:

+ 788 M    i. William TIFFIN [1585] .

+ 789 F    ii. Sarah TIFFIN [1586] was buried on 23 Jun 1770 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 790 F    iii. Elizabeth TIFFIN [1587] .

601. John ALSTON [5242] (John403, Daniel200, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 28 Feb 1724/25 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
John son of John and Sarah Alston 28 Feb 1724/5 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

602. Daniel ALSTON [5350] (John403, Daniel200, Daniel of Edwardstone72, Anthony of Boxford27, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 24 Jul 1731 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Daniel son of John and Sarah Alston baptised 24 July 1731 Edwardstone. IGI & Edwardstone Parish Transcripts Alstoniana.

603. Mary ALSTON [178] (Samuel414, Samuel211, Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was born about 1761, was baptised on 1 Mar 1773 in Edwardstone SFK, and was buried on 26 Jun 1825 in Edwardstone SFK.

Research Notes:
That Mary married to Joseph is the daughter of John and Mary is completely conjectural.

Mary Alston was born about 1761. She died in 1825 in Edwardstone, Suffolk, England. She was buried on 26 Jun 1825 in Edwardstone, Suffolk, England. Her age is entered on the burial record as 64.
She was married to Joseph SMITH on 2 Sep 1783 in Edwardstone, Suffolk, England. Children were: Joseph SMITH, Mary SMITH , Robert SMITH, Sarah SMITH, Dianah \\ Diana SMITH, Samuel SMITH.
Ref: Cosford Database: http://web.archive.org/web/20080611133922/http://www.cosford-database.co.uk/

Mary was recorded as aged 64 at her death this makes her birth year at abt 1761 rather incompatable with a baptism delayed until 1773 nor does her birth fit with siblings, all in all not much of a match!

Mary is incorporated in an Ancestry Tree the Brown Family Tree, however she is wrongly placed as the daughter of Samuel Alston and Mary Vanderzee
http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/3452097/person/2032145929

Mary married Joseph SMITH [5620] on 2 Sep 1783 in Edwardstone SFK. Joseph was born about 1760 and was buried on 6 May 1835 in Edwardstone SFK.

Research Notes:
Joseph was aged 75 at his death


Children from this marriage were:

+ 791 M    i. Joseph SMITH [13908] was born in 1783.

+ 792 F    ii. Mary SMITH [5622] was baptised on 5 Dec 1784 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 793 M    iii. Robert SMITH [5624] was baptised on 22 Oct 1786 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 794 F    iv. Sarah SMITH [5623] was baptised on 8 Feb 1789 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 795 F    v. Diana SMITH [5625] was baptised on 7 Aug 1791 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 796 M    vi. Thomas SMITH [5626] was baptised on 2 Feb 1794 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 797 M    vii. Samuel SMITH [5627] was baptised on 12 Feb 1797 in Edwardstone SFK.

+ 798 M    viii. John SMITH [5628] was baptised on 21 Jul 1805 in Edwardstone SFK.

604. Jacob ALSTON [5670] (Samuel414, Samuel211, Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 20 May 1777 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 9 Aug 1777 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Jacob was aged about 1 year at his christening

605. Robert ALSTON [180] (Samuel414, Samuel211, Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 26 Apr 1778 in Edwardstone SFK.

606. Jacob ALSTON [179] (Samuel414, Samuel211, Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 4 Apr 1779 in Edwardstone SFK and was buried on 10 May 1779 in Edwardstone SFK.

General Notes:
Son of Samuel & Mary about 1year old. Registers show several Jacob burials.

607. Jacob ALSTON [182] (Samuel414, Samuel211, Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 28 May 1780 in Edwardstone SFK.

608. Sarah ALSTON [2640] (Robert416, Robert213, Samuel Jnr84, Samuel of Edwardstone30, Gregory of Edwardstone13, Henry of Edwardstone3, John of Newton Suffolk.1) was baptised on 2 Jul 1779 in Edwardstone SFK.

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