Sir Thomas ALSTON 3rd Bart. 
- Baptised: 1676, Odell BDF
- Buried: 25 Dec 1714, Odell BDF
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  died 1634.
Given Name: Thomas
Last Name: Alston
Occupation Given: armiger
Admission Date: 06/02/1696
Name: Sir Roland Alston
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
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.
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.
Page 131 Alstoniana
Monument Odell Church.
Here Lie Interred The Bodies Of.
Sir Thomas Alston Baronet their eldest son died unmarried
in Dec 1714.