The Kings Candlesticks - Family Trees
William PHEASANT [16632]
(-Abt 1668)
Joane [16633]
(-Bef 1668)
Lady Anne PHEASANT [3217]


Family Links

1. Edward STRATTON [14604]

2. Sir Joseph ALSTON Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell [2676]

Lady Anne PHEASANT [3217]

  • Marriage (1): Edward STRATTON [14604] on 12 Oct 1639 in Temple Church London
  • Marriage (2): Sir Joseph ALSTON Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell [2676] on 5 Dec 1671 in Temple Church London
  • Buried: Chancel Molesey Church SRY

bullet  General Notes:

12 Oct 1639 Edward Stratton, Gent., of St Martin's in Fields, Widower, and Ann Phesant, of St Dunstan's West, Spinster 19, dau. of William Phesant, of same, Tallow Chandler who consents; in the Temple Church.
London: - Marriage Licences, 1611-1828

Dated 19 April 1694
The will of Dame Anne Alston of Chelsey Middlesex widow.
Bequeathed to her niece Dame Anne Clarke wife of Sir James Clarke Knt the lease of Priory Farm near Selburn Hampshire held from Magdalen College, Oxford; lease of a house in Fetter lane in the possession of Mr Reynolds Cooke also of one in Thicketts or Lincoln's Inn Fields in the possession of Widow Jew Also all the Copyhold estate at Molesey in the County of Surrey in the Manor of the said Sir James Clarke to the said niece Anne Clarke the rents &c arising from said houses to be at the disposal of Lady Clarke as an addition to her Joynture notwithstanding her Coverture. From to be paid an annuity for life to her old servant Sarah Gould wife of James Gould of L10 per annum paid quarterly. Sir James Clarke is entreated not to frustrate this intention of testatrix.
L100 to said niece
To Sir James Clarke L50
L100 to James Clarke eldest son of Sir James provided he marry with the consent of his father and mother, otherwise the money to be equally divided between his two sisters Anne and Mary Clarke or to the Survivor of them
L500 towards the marriage portion of Lydia Clarke eldest daughter of Sir James, provided she marry with the consent of her father and mother, otherwise the money to go to her sisters Anne and Mary of to the Survivor.
L100 to Joseph Clarke second son of Sir James
L100 to Edward third Son of Sir James Clarke.
L1000 a piece to Anne and Mary daughters of Sir James Clarke, to be given them on their days of marriage, same proviso as in the case of Lydia.
L10 to daughter in law Mary Alston for mourning
L5 to her son for mourning.
L5 to Madam Saunders for mourning
5/- to Nephew William Stratton
L10 to kinswoman Elizabeth Chapman wife of James Chapman
L10 a piece to Mr. James Clayton and wife for mourning
L10 to Nephew James Buck for mourning
L5 a piece to Mr. William Phillips and Mary his wife
L5 a piece to Mr. Daniell Child and wife
20/- to Mr. Jequel minister of the New Chapel Westminster
To the Treasurer and Governors of Christ Church Hospital London, the tenement known as the White Horse in New palace yard Westminster of the yearly rent of L22 let to James Hunter Victualler for the better education and bringing of the poor children in the said Hospital This bequest revoked in case the children should ever be brought up as Papists, the money then to go to Lady Clarke and her heirs
L5 a piece to widows of ten poor ministers
40/- a piece to various poor persons
L10 for the poor of Molesey
L10 to James Gould
L5 for her coachman William Middleton
L5 for her cook maid Margaret Marsh 20/- to her mother
L5 for putting out John Levett her foot boy as apprentice
L100 for funeral expenses, desires to be buried in the Chancel of Molesey Church, leaves instructions for her funeral
L5 for her funeral sermon
Lady Anne Clarke appointed sole Executrix and residuary legatee
Signed Ann Alston
Proved 29 July 1696
Ref PROB 11/432 Q107
Alstoniana Pg 127.

Lady Anne's burial location is not proven 2012.

bullet  Research Notes:

Cresswell was unable to decide as to whether Anne was in fact the wife of Sir Edward Alston [3074] as follows:
"Odd as it may seen: there is difficulty in deciding whether this Dame Anne was the widow of Sir Joseph Alston, 1st Bart., of Chelsea, or of Sir Edward Alston, Knt., of Strixton the second wives of both owning the Christian name of Anne. In the tables she will be found attributed to each, by oversight of course.
I have failed to ascertain who Sir Joseph's second wife was, indeed the only mention of her anywhere is in his will. She appears in no Pedigree except this"

2004 - Alston v Alston Alstoniana Pg 191 names Anne Stratton widow of Sir Joseph as his second wife.Cresswell decides that two Anne Strattons married Alstons

Sir Edward married, for his second wife, Anne widow of William Stratton (see Chester's London Marriage Licenses) and in the above will (see general notes Anne [3090]) mention is made of the testatrix's nephew William Stratton.
But testatrix [3090] describes herself as of Chelsea, mentions James Clayton and his wife (daughter and son-in-law of Sir Joseph) and mentions her daughter-in-law Mary Alston and her (Mary's) son. Sir Edward mentions no wife in his will, whence it may be inferred his second wife predeceased him, and all his sons died bachelors, whereas Sir Joseph's son Isaac's wife bore the name of Mary and had a son.
L Cresswell.

However help was to hand in 2012 via The Kings Candlesticks
Hello Edward,
I might be able to help explain the confusion of Anne Stratton because of my research into the Clarke family of Molesey.
Your Anne 3217 as the second wife of Sir Joseph Alston is the only proven "real" Anne.
She was the widow of Edward Stratton from a 1639 marriage at Temple Church in London and married widower Sir Joseph Alston on 5 Dec 1671 at Temple Church in London.
As her Will states she had a nephew William Stratton and she had a niece Anne who had married Sir James Clarke.
I have a complete family tree demonstrating these relationships ( as well as to Buck, Chapman, Phillips, also in the Will).
The Clarkes are the Will's main heirs, as she herself was childless from her two marriages.

Two things have caused confusion.
Firstly the transcription of the 5 Dec1671 marriage on IGI and elsewhere is Joseph Arleston not Alston, so the marriage has not been picked up.
Secondly there is the fascinating conundrum of the Marriage Licence Allegation a year before (24 Nov 1670) for Sir Edward Alston, widower of Strixton and Anne Stratton widow of St Clement Danes (St Clement Danes being of course close to Temple Church).
Unless there is some other real evidence I haven't spotted of the existence of another widow Anne Stratton of St Clement Danes/Temple Church at this time- I can see no reference to a living wife in your transcript of Sir Edward's 1682 Will---- my guess is that Anne changed her mind and married Sir Joseph instead of Sir Edward.
Hope this is of interest, A Bridge.


Anne married Edward STRATTON [14604] [MRIN: 5192] on 12 Oct 1639 in Temple Church London.


Anne next married Sir Joseph ALSTON Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell [2676] [MRIN: 1090], son of Edward ALSTON of Edwardstone [2673] and Margaret PENNING [2797], on 5 Dec 1671 in Temple Church London. (Sir Joseph ALSTON Knt. Bart of Chelsea & Bradwell [2676] was born after 20 May 1604 in Edwardstone SFK, died in 1688 and was buried on 31 May 1688 in Chelsea Parish Church.)

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