Mary ALSTON 
THE WILL of MARIA ALSTON of READING
Dated 19 Feb 1712
Will of Maria Allston of Reading in the County of Berks.
Desires to be buried in a Vault prepared by her in the parish Church of Shinfield Berks.
Bequeaths to brother Thomas Allston L10 for mourning.
To Mary Allston her god-daughter L300 to be paid 6 months after testators death, should the said Mary die before that time, the money to be equally divided between William, Elizabeth and Anne, her brother and sisters, children of testarix's nephew Samuel Allston.
To said Mary Allston, amber necklace and pendants.
To said William Allston, L50
To said Elizabeth and Anne L20 each.
To Mrs Dorothy Betts niece L10
To cousin Robert one of the sons of Mrs. Dorothy Betts L50
To cousin Henry Betts 20/- to buy a ring.
To cousins Margarett and Avis Foster daughters of nephew Thomas Foster L50 each.
To niece Mrs. Avis Foster daughter of testatrix's brother Sir Thomas Foster the silver plate now in her custody. The gold chain at her death to go to Mary Allston god-daughter of testatrix Maria Allston. The pearls now in the custody of Mrs. Avis Foster to go to testatrix's cousin's Prue Downing on the death of said Mrs Foster.
Also to said Prue Downing L50 and the book called Gerrards Herball.
To niece Mrs. Margarett Man L10.
To nieces Martha Cuddy and Jane Manning L5 a piece. The legacy to Martha Cuddy to be for her sole use, the Husband not to intermeddle.
To cousins Elizabeth Brockden and Mary Brockden daughters of her niece Mrs. Mary Brockden the sum of L10 each.
To her friend Mrs. Elizabeth Exell, L5.
To Mrs. Sarah Hollyer L10 also her wearing apparel Linen and household goods and the ready money in the house at testatrix's death.
To said Mrs. Sarah Hollyer and Mr. Thomas Hollyer of Shinfield yeoman L40 between them
To Sarah Hollyer daughter of said Thomas Hollyer, L5.
To Mr. Adam Johnson of Reading, Baker, L20
To Anne wife of above L20 also book of Physical Receipts.
To four eldest children of said Adam Johnson Mary, Joseph, Francis and John L10 each.
To Anne Gold, her maidservant L5.
For the poor of the parish of Shinfield L5.
To Relations and friends hereafter mentioned a Gold ring of the value of 17/- viz;
Nephew Samuel Allston and wife
Kinsman William Allston
Nephew William Mann
Nephew Jeffry Mann
Cousins Thomas Betts, William Betts, Sarah Betts and Martha Betts
Cousin Elizabeth Lowdes
Cousin Mary Anguish
Cousin Alice Stanford
Mr. Townley near Billingsgate and his wife
Mrs. Perry at Thorpe and daughter Mary
Goddaughter Mrs. Atfield and 3 daughters
Mrs. Elizabeth Exell and Mrs. Sarah Hollyer widow
To executors L100 for funeral expenses, buying the rings and charges for the Vault in Shinfield Church.
No relations to be invited to funeral, not out of disrespect but to save them unnecessary trouble.
The residue of estate both real and personal bequeathed to Thomas Hollyer and Sarah Hollyer widow who are appointed executors.
Proved 7 May 1714.
Page 129 Alstoniana
Mentioned in her neice Alice Alston's will 18 Dec 1694, for a mourning ring.