John ALSTON 
- Born: Abt 1640
- Marriage (1): Annie WALLIS  about 1669
- Buried: 2 Jan 1718/19, Pavenham BDF
Bedfordshire Apprentices - Haberdashers
John Alston son of John Alston of Pavenham in the County of Bedford Esq to Robert Spirer 7 yeares 1 June 1660
1665 Allston John son of John, Pavenham, Beds., Esq., to Lawrence Sawcer, 16 January 1664/65 Fishmonger's Company.
London Apprenticeship Abstracts. Origins.net
The London Metropolitan Archive checked the list of freemen of the Fishmongers' Company (Ms 5587/1) but could find no reference to a John Alston taking up the Company freedom. This suggests that he did not complete his apprenticeship.
John was a legatee under the Will of his first cousin John Alston  dated 26 Jan 1704/05 who died without issue.
There is a ledger stone memorial to John Alston died 1718 in the floor of St Peters Pavenham BDF.
Here lieth y BODY of
JOHN ALSTON ESQ
He departed this life
January ye 2 1718 in ye
78 year of His age
I Suddenly was Snatched Away
Went (wed?) to Bed And Died
Images and transcriptions of memorials at St Peters Pavenham courtesy of Peter Daniel 2013
JOHN ALSTON. Administration 1718.
The admons. for this year are all missing. I have looked through calendar from 1694 to 1734 and can find no other reference to a Will or administration of John Alston.
Alston John - Old Index (bundle missing) A1718/30
Ref: Origins UK - Bedford R/O BRS 104-105
3 Campbell Square, .
5th Jany. 1903.
I have had a morning at Alston Wills and send you result. The three first wills are correct according to your list. I have had a big hunt for John Alston, 1704, but can nowhere find him. I have searched indices carefully from 1694 to 1735 without result. There is, however, an administratiou mentioned in calendar for 1718, but though we have carefully searched the cupboard and unearthed an enormous quantity of dust, we have failed to find any adm. for that year (1718). A good many years of these adm. are wholly missing. I am afraid, therefore, we must give him up unless you can give me any further particulars.
Yours very faithfully,
R. M. SERJEANTSON.
Alstoniana Pg 352
Re London Apprenticeships.
Above the canopy of the sedilia are the arms of de Pabenham.
In the same wall there are two other shields, the one combining the heraldic shields of Alston and Temple and the other the shields of Alston and Brooke. Sir William Alston had purchased the Pavenham Manor from John Tyringham in 1638 but died unmarried in the same year. His mother, Frances Alston, had remarried after her husband's death and inherited the estate as Dame Frances Temple. The Brooke connection with the Alston family was Thomasin Brooke who married William Alston, the son of Dorothy and John Alston. Thomasin Brooke died in 1669 when only twenty five years old.
By 1650 the O'Dell branch of the Alston family had acquired all the manors that had previously existed in Pavenham and unified them into a single estate, thereby, effectively becoming owners of the entire village. Members of the Alston family occupied Hinwick Hall and Odell Castle as well as Berrystead Manor House in Pavenham which was later abbreviated to The Bury. There are memorials to several members of the Alston family in the north chapel of St. Peter's. These include Dorothy, the wife of John Alston who died in 1668, John Alston who died in 1687, a William Alston who died in 1713 and another John Alston who died in 1718.
John married Annie WALLIS  [MRIN: 1045] about 1669. (Annie WALLIS  died after 16 May 1720.)