Sir Joseph ALSTON 2nd Bart of Bradwell 
- Born: Abt 1640
- Marriage: Dame Elizabeth THOMPSON  in 1662
- Died: 14 Mar 1688/89 aged about 49
- Buried: Bradwell Church
Sir Joseph was High Sheriff of Bucks 1670. Resided at Alston House and Bradwell Abbey. Died aged 49 a ledger stone exists (1905) in the Chancel of Bradwell Church.
Joseph Alston (or Allastone). Admitted fellow commoner at Caius College Camb.7 Dec 1657 aged 16; School St Pauls; Matric. 1657; Scholar 1659 - 62 etc. (Venn I. 401; G.E.C.)
Allastone (Alston) Joseph; son of Joseph Allastone Esq., Born in London. At St Paul's School, three years. Age 16 Admitted fellow-commoner, Dec 7, 1657. Surety Mr William Naylor. (Brother of Edward, 1669) Scholar, Mids/r 1659 to Mich/s 1662. succeeded his father as 2nd baronet. Sheriff of Bucks 1670. Of Bradwell Abbey, Bucks. Died Mar 21 1688/89. (Lipscomb; iv. 44). Gave to our library Strada de Bello Belgico, 1632.
Ref: Gonville & Caius College Register 1657 - 1658. Dr Venn. NZSOG.
London Metropolitan Archives:
Catalogue Ref. Q/HAL
FILE - Marriage settlement - ref. Q/HAL/019 - date: 26 Sep 1662
[from Scope and Content] (1) Joseph Alston, merchant; (2) Joseph Alston, jnr., and Elizabeth Thomson, spin.; (3) Sir Edward Alston and Maurice Thomson of Lee, Lewisham. 4 mess. in Chelsea
BICKWELL v. ALSTON,
Bill, 24 Oct. 1679, by Barbara Bickwell UZS Bricknell, widow, v. Joseph Alston,
Complainant bought, under will and settlement made by her grandfather, Benjamin Cowper, late of London fishmonger, decd., to have possession of property in Wiston and Nayland, co. Suffolk. But Joseph Alstone, confederating with George Almery, Edward Alston, John Downes, Pening Alston, Joseph Alstone and Gervase Brown have got the deeds into their hands, and pretend some dormant deed of purchase.
In his answer Joseph Alstone says that Penning Alstone, his uncle decd., bequeathed him property in Wiston co. Suffolk, the title to which is well confirmed by deeds and writings, in which complainant is in no way concerned,
Hamilton. 42/62. 1679.
Alstoniana Pg 208
Alston v. Alston HL/PO/JO/10/6/132/2414 & Alston v Alston HL/PO/JO/10/3/197/10
Petition and Appeal of Sir Joseph Alston, Baronet, and Dame Elizabeth Alston, widow (now in HL/PO/JO/10/3/197/10). Annexed: a) Undated -- Answer of the Respondents. b) 18 Dec -- Petition of the Respondents. c) 24 Jan 1707-8 -- Petition of the Respondents. 1707
Alston et Ux. versus Alston et al.
After hearing Counsel, upon the Petition and Appeal of Sir Joseph Alston Baronet and Dame Elizabeth Alston, from a Decree made in the Court of Chancery, by the Master of the Rolls, in Cross Causes, the One and Twentieth Day of July One Thousand Seven Hundred and Four, and several subsequent Orders and Reports, on the Behalf of Anne Alston, Clare Alston, Margaretta Alston, Martha Alston, Rebecca Maria Alston, and Mary Alston Widow; and praying, "That the said Decree and Proceedings, in the said Court of Chancery, may be reversed, in the Particulars mentioned in the Appeal:" As also upon the Answers of the said Mary Alston Widow, Anne Alston, Clare Alston, Margaretta Alston, Martha Alston, and Rebecca Maria Alston, put in thereunto; and due Consideration of what was offered thereupon:
From: 'House of Lords Journal Volume 18: 20 February 1708', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 18: 1705-1709 (1767-1830), pp. 475-476.
Ref: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=29632 Date accessed: 12 July 2011.
Judgement affirmed, with Costs.
It is Ordered and Adjudged, by the Lords Spiritualand Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Petition and Appeal of Sir Joseph Alston and Dame Elizabeth Alston shall be, and is hereby, dismissed thisHouse; and that the Decree, Orders, and Proceedings,therein complained of, shall be, and they are hereby,affirmed: And it is further Ordered, That the saidSir Joseph Alston and Dame Elizabeth Alston shall pay,or cause to be paid, unto the said Mary Alston, AnneAlston, Clare Alston, Margaretta Alston, Martha Alston,and Rebecca Maria Alston, the Sum of Forty Pounds, for their Costs.
From: 'House of Lords Journal Volume 18: 20 February 1708', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 18: 1705-1709 (1767-1830), pp. 475-476. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=29632 Date accessed: 05 July 2012.
Alston Joseph, contributor to the "Lacrymae Cantabrigienses" 1695, Bradwell Abbey .
THE WILL of SIR JOSEPH ALSTON of BRADWELL ABBEY.
Dated 19 Feb 1688
Will of Sir Joseph Alston of Bradwell Abby in the County of Bucks Bart.
Desires his body to be buried in the parish church of Bradwell.
Devises to his wife Dame Elizabeth Alston two Cottages with the Commons and appurtenances belonging thereto, situate in Bradwell, the said Cottages to be left to such one of her sons Joseph, Edward or Isaac as she shall appoint to inherit the same.
The said Dame Elizabeth to have her own pearl necklace, her Jewells, with the goods and things in her closet and to bequeath the same to such of her children as she shall desire to have the same. Also one moiety of the household goods for her use during her life, the whole of the household stuff at her death to belong, to the son Joseph Alston, he taking one moiety on the death of his father.
To Dame Elizabeth Coach and Chariot with four Coach horses or Mares
also the sum of L100
To son Joseph the great Silver bason and spout pott, two great Silver flagons, paire of Silver Candlesticks, the Silver Mounteth, (sac) two Silver rings, Silver Bason to wash hands in, the great Silver Saltcellar, two Silver Chamber potts, the great Silver Chaffing dish, silver snuffers and Snuff dish, silver gilt Tankard, the best Velvet Bedmantle. The farme house called
Forreys farme, with all the houses, lands, tenements &c belonging thereto, in the parish of Bradwell, with three Cottages and Commons and appurtenances, also in Bradwell.
In default of lawful male issue, the above lands to descend to Edward Alston son of testator, failing lawful issue from Edward the lands to descend to Isaac also son of testator and his heirs, failing issue from Isaac, the lands to go to right heirs of Joseph Alston the testator.
Bequeaths to Joseph his son the three houses in George Court, Lombard Street, now held by testator's mother Dame Anne Alston, also his houses lands and tenements in the parish of Chelsea, (Middlesex) failing male issue, this property to descend to the brothers Edward and Isaac, in like manner as the farm and lands in Bradwell.
Five messuages or houses with a plot of ground in George Yard Lombard Street also devised to Joseph the eldest son - he paying the ground rent
To Edward Alston son of testator, plate with the pot and cover that his Uncle Sir Edward Alston gave him, pair of Candlesticks, two silver wrought Salvers, wrought cup with the cover, and the pink coloured Satin laced Mantle, a Messuage or dwelling house in George Court, Lumbard St. and L500.
To Isaac Alston son of testator, three silver salvers, a Silver teapot, six Silver cups, six silver gilt spoons, a little pair of Silver Candlesticks, a Tankard, two silver plates, two silver porringers, with any other silver plate not before devised, the laced Mantle of Cloth of Silver.
Dame Elizabeth to have the use of the Silver left to sons Edward and Isaac until their marriages.
Also to Isaac messuage or dwelling house in George Yard fronting Lombard Street and L500
Should Edward die before the age of 21, Isaac to have the L500 and house bequeathed to Edward-in like manner should Isaac die before the age of 21, his share to go to Edward.
Dame Elizabeth to divide the linen that is in a trunk lined with " skye coloured Sarsnett" as she shall think fit amongst the three sons
Mr. Mathew Disney to preach funeral sermon and receive five guineas
The residue of the estate to Joseph.
Dame Elizabeth and Joseph appointed joint executors
Proved June 19 1689.
Page 124 Alstoniana
His portrait was in 1898 in the possession of Col. Cockburn, of Norwich.
See attached sources.
Joseph married Dame Elizabeth THOMPSON  [MRIN: 1097], daughter of Maurice THOMPSON of Lee  and Unknown, in 1662.