Rev Vere John ALSTON 
- Baptised: 13 Dec 1685, Odell BDF
- Marriage (1): Elizabeth EVERARD  on 1 Mar 1713/14 in Bolnhurst BDF
- Marriage (2): Sarah GOFFE  on 26 Jul 1731 in Daventry, Northamptonshire
- Marriage (3): Elizabeth BLETSOE  on 17 Jul 1740 in Upton nr Northampton
- Died: 20 Jun 1762 aged 76
- Buried: 23 Jun 1762, Odell BDF
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.
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
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.
Burials Bishops Transcripts
Buried the Rev Vere John Alston Rector 23 Jun 1762
The Will of William Alston of Pavenham co Beds  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.
Forename Vere John
Ordinary / Jurisdiction Green, John/Lincoln 1761-1779
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 - 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  [MRIN: 1380], daughter of John EVERARD  and Mary , on 1 Mar 1713/14 in Bolnhurst BDF. (Elizabeth EVERARD  was baptised on 5 Nov 1689 in St Swithun Sandy BDF and was buried on 23 Feb 1729/30 in Pavenham BDF.)
Vere next married Sarah GOFFE  [MRIN: 1064], daughter of John GOFFE of Daventry  and Unknown, on 26 Jul 1731 in Daventry, Northamptonshire. (Sarah GOFFE  was born about 1700, died on 2 Feb 1739/40 and was buried on 8 Feb 1739/40 in Odell BDF.)
Marriage by Lic.
Ref: Research S Perrett 2009
Vere next married Elizabeth BLETSOE  [MRIN: 2182], daughter of BLETSOE  and Elizabeth , on 17 Jul 1740 in Upton nr Northampton. (Elizabeth BLETSOE  was baptised on 30 Jul 1704 in Harrold BDF and was buried on 7 Sep 1748 in Harrold Churchyard BED.)