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Thomas ALSTON Surgeon of Prittlewell ESS [3979]
(1718-Abt 1762)
Elizabeth HARRIDGE [272]
(1733-)
Daniel LOADER [15335]
Sarah SEAGAR [15336]
William ALSTON of Rochester [3981]
(Abt 1758-1833)
Sarah LOADER [3983]
(1759-1828)

David Thomas ALSTON [3984]
(1799-1855)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Elizabeth [3985]

2. Ellen (Elizabeth) TAYLOR [3986]

David Thomas ALSTON [3984]

  • Born: 17 Apr 1799, Rochester
  • Baptised: 9 Jun 1799, St Nicholas Rochester KEN
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth [3985]
  • Marriage (2): Ellen (Elizabeth) TAYLOR [3986] on 23 Feb 1841 in Swanscombe Kent
  • Died: 28 Nov 1855 at age 56
  • Buried: 5 Dec 1855, Nunhead Cem Linden Grove Upper Clacton
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bullet  General Notes:


David was from Cheyney Rock, Isle of Sheppey Kent, and Savage Gardens. He owned oyster fisheries and is said to have been beneficent with the wealth he amassed from these.

Pigots Directory 1839
Alston David Thomas - Oyster Merchant 15 Savage Gardens.

London P. O. Directory 1843
Alston David Thomas merchant 15 Savage Gdns Tower Hill

Green & others v Alston & others.
This was an action brought against the late Mr Alston & others by the night oyster meters of the corporation of London for payment of 265L 12s for work at Billingsgate & Hungerford Markets in 1852/53/54 of meting, landing, & unloading shellfish.
In 1852 Mr Alston had set his face against the claim of the night meters, he had in fact paid the day meters a parallel group working different hours who had established a claim to the payment. Counsel for the defendants described the plaintiffs claim as an usurpation, inspite of the night oyster meters claim of a long and established right and privilage for which they had paid large fees.
The jury retired for half an hour and then returned a general verdict for the defendants.
Extracted from The Times 10 Dec 1857 pg 10 col f

Died 28 Nov. 1855 aged 56 David Thos. Alston Esq. of Savage Gardens and owner of the extensive Cheyney Rock Oyster Fishery Isle of Sheppey. A man of great wealth, he employed it to the benefit of all about him. He married. a niece of Mr. Alderman Harmer.
Gent's Mag.

Kent Archives (U487) have a publication on land holdings and an oyster fishery, owned by the Alston family at Birchington Kent. (IGI Library)

Essex Record Office
Southend Branch transcripts
DEEDS OF FORESHORE AND SEA GROUNDS AT SOUTHEND
Reference Code TS 113/49
Dates of Creation 28 February 1843
Scope and Content Memorandum of Agreement Dan. Robert Scratton of Milton Hall in Prittlewell and David Thomas Alston of Chalkwell near Sittingbourne (co Kent), esqs Scratton to let to Alston two pieces of sea ground belonging to manor of Milton Hall, lying principally between Mill Gut and the Pier Hardway, and marked with beacons, from year to year at an annual rent of L50, for the sole purpose of laying oysters thereon Signatures of both parties Witness: M. Comport [soir], Rochford [For photocopy, see TS 124]

Essex Record Office
Southend Branch transcripts
COPY OF AGREEMENT RELATING TO LETTING OF PIECES OF SEA GROUND IN PRITTLEWELL
Reference Code TS 124/1
Scope and Content Photocopy of Memorandum of agreement between Daniel Robert Scratton of Milton Hall in Prittlewell and David Thomas Alston of Chalkwell near Sittingbourne (co. Kent) both esq., relating to letting of two pieces of sea-ground belonging to the manor of Milton Hall, 28 Feb. 1843 For calendar of series of deeds of which this memorandum forms part, see TS 113

Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office:
Pleadings 1801-1842 C 13/455/22
Alston v Alston. Bill and two answers. [MRFA Two bills].
Plaintiffs: David Thomas Alston. Defendants: David Alston
Date: 1842.
Source: The Catalogue of The National Archives
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Law Report
Rolls Court Chancery Lane Friday, July 8
Alston V. Alston
This cause again came on upon motion. The parties were brothers, the plaintiff David Thomas, and the defendant David, Alston. Their father William Alston of Rochester who died in May 1833 by his will of April 21 preceding, devised his freehold lands, grounds, sea-shore, and fishery, called Cheyney Rock, in Minster, in the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, and all his lands, ground, soil, and fisheries, as to one moiety, to the use of his son David Thomas, the plaintiff, for life, with the remainder over; and as to the other moiety, to the use of his son, the defendant for life with remainder over for their respective families. The two brothers continued their father's business of oyster merchants in equal moieties, and entered into articles of partnership, which were dated April 1835. Disputes arose, the bill for a dissolution was filed, and the present motion was by the plaintiff for a reference to the Master to appoint a receiver to get in the debts, to appoint a manager to manage the oyster grounds, and to dredge and carry to market the stock of oysters until the partnership affairs were wound up, to employee the vessels, craft, and implements for that purpose, to pass their accounts, and to pay the balance into court. The case was argued at length by Mr Pemberton and Mr Wilcock for the plaintiff and by Mr Turner and Mr Bacon for the defendant. The Bill was originally filed to have the partnership dissolved, but was afterwards amended to have it declared that by the effect of the notice given by the plaintiff the partnership was dissolved. The articles declared, that if either party should be desirous to determine the partnership, it should be lawful to do so upon giving a notice in writing, and thereupon the same should be immediately dissolved. The plaintiff on the third of February last served the defendant with notice of dissolution. It was stated by the defendant to be necessary for carrying on the business that a stock of oyster spat or brood oysters, should be deposited upon the grounds that they might there grow and fatten, and be rendered in due time marketable; and that the neglecting such deposit at the proper season would be, not only to lose the profit, but to diminish the value of the grounds; and that the season for doing this began in February, and continued until the end of May. When the plaintiff gave his notice this season had begun; and the defendant, to preserve the common property, was desirous that the process should go on, but the plaintiff refused to allow it.
For the plaintiff it was stated, that he had no confidence in the defendant's management, but insisted upon the dissolution according to the terms of the articles; and the employment of the partnership funds in depositing oyster spat upon the grounds was complained of; and it was urged that when the notice of dissolution was given on the third of February 8 time when no inconvenience could arise and before the expense of stocking the ground was incurred, the defendant refused to concur with measures for winding up the concern.
Lord Langdale said, the parties were brothers. The situation of the property was peculiar, and their trade was very extensive. If there was a refusal to act upon the plain directions of the deed of partnership, he must grant the motion. A reference to the Master would amount in fact to a decree; but it would not be very much area will weather the order he made should be dated now or on next Tuesday. What the defendant had probably expended for the joint benefit ought to be repaid. Let the cause be mentioned on Tuesday
Mr Turner requested the liberty for the defendant to propose himself as manager.
Mr Pemberton objected
Lord Langdale said the rule was not to allow it.
The Times: Saturday Jul 9 1842.

Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office:
Pleadings 1801-1842 C 13/455/22
Alston v Alston. Bill and two answers. [MRFA Two bills].
Plaintiffs: David Thomas Alston. Defendants: David Alston
Date: 1842.
Source: The Catalogue of The National Archives

Law Report.
Rolls Court, Westminster, Monday, June 12.
Alston v Alston.
Mr Pemberton Leigh (and Mr Wilcock with him) said that William Alston the late father of the plaintiff, David Thomas Alston, and the defendant, David Alston, devised his oyster grounds on Cheyney Rock, in the Isle of Sheppey and other grounds, to the plaintiff and defendant, absolutely between them, with his boat's craft etc. He died in 1833. In April 1836, the two brothers executed a partnership deed, by which it was provided that the partnership should, upon notice, be immediately dissolved. Differences arose, and notice was given in February, 1842, so it became necessary to have the account is taken and a division made. The deed provided that where an equal division of the oyster beds could not be made a rent should be paid by the party retaining the most valuable portion. A design of division could not be made, because, when the wind was high, the oysters were driven in shoals.
Lord Langdale: Was the chance equal, or did the wind blow oftener one way.
Mr Pemberton Leigh: It blew more one way. Neither party derived a sale. The plaintiff prayed for a declaration that the partnership was dissolved by the notice, that the properly should be divided according to the terms of the deed, to each partner in severality, and for a reference to the Master.
Mr Turner appeared for the defendant.
Lord Langdale made the decree, reserving further directions.
The Times 13 June 1843.

Essex Record Office
Southend Branch transcripts
DEEDS OF FORESHORE AND SEA GROUNDS AT SOUTHEND
Reference Code TS 113/49
Dates of Creation 28 February 1843
Scope and Content Memorandum of Agreement Dan. Robert Scratton of Milton Hall in Prittlewell and David Thomas Alston of Chalkwell near Sittingbourne (co Kent), esqs Scratton to let to Alston two pieces of sea ground belonging to manor of Milton Hall, lying principally between Mill Gut and the Pier Hardway, and marked with beacons, from year to year at an annual rent of L50, for the sole purpose of laying oysters thereon Signatures of both parties Witness: M. Comport [soir], Rochford [For photocopy, see TS 124]

Essex Record Office
Southend Branch transcripts
COPY OF AGREEMENT RELATING TO LETTING OF PIECES OF SEA GROUND IN PRITTLEWELL
Reference Code TS 124/1
Scope and Content Photocopy of Memorandum of agreement between Daniel Robert Scratton of Milton Hall in Prittlewell and David Thomas Alston of Chalkwell near Sittingbourne (co. Kent) both esq., relating to letting of two pieces of sea-ground belonging to the manor of Milton Hall, 28 Feb. 1843 For calendar of series of deeds of which this memorandum forms part, see TS 113

In 1965/6 the Manningtree church was demolished and housing built on the site, in the process the grave yard memorials were lost and the deceased exhumed and reburied in Mistly churchyard.

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Kent.
Alston D T. (Exors) Minster 23a 3r 22p gross estimated rental value. L507.

England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Kent.
Alston David T. Southend 219a 3r 24p gross estimated rental value. L60.
This is an uncertain placement as David died in 1855.

Copy of Will on this file PROB 11/2249 to be transcribed. Dated 27 Mar 1855 it was proved 1 April 1857 by Mary his relict.

bullet  Research Notes:


Cheyney Rock House
Sometimes refered to as Cheyney House (126, Marine Parade) & Rock House (124, Marine Parade) but under the same roof was once the headquarters of the Cheyney Rock Oyster Fishery. Built around 1816, by William Alston as a headquarters for his business interests, with a house, it was lived in by his sons David Thomas & David Alston.
Adjoining to south west is a stable block of 2 storeys buff brick with hipped slate roof. 7 sashes, mostly with verticals only. 1 square 4-light bay on the ground floor and hipped slate weatherporch.
It is all now a Grade II listed building.
Ref: CheyneyRock.co.uk

See the wonderful images of Cheyney Rock House.
http://www.cheyneyrock.co.uk/local-history/cheyney-house/

The Gaff Rig Handbook: History, Design, Techniques, Developments by John Leather, 2004
"Cutter rigged smacks sailed from the Medway where Alston's oyster dredgers brought home Channel oysters before they moved to Leigh-on-Sea. Small oyster dredging cutters worked from Whitstable and the Swale, generally resembling the Colne smacks but were fuller bottomed to take the hard foreshore which served their harbour. They set a generous rig but could easily be distinguished from the Essexmen by their square, boxy counters and the large ports cut in the bulwarks to shovel the oyster shell and culch overboard."

Some of the boats registered to D. T. Alston:
NamePort registeredOfficial No.Signal flagsReg. ton.Source
AdderLondon 9725 KJNG 45MNL1867
Alice Rochester 9522 KHQS 49MNL1867
Amity Rochester 9664 KJGF 30MNL1867
Emma Rochester 29433 QFPD 22MNL1867
Ellen Rochester KHQT 46MNL1867
Emerald Rochester 6339 JNKP 28MNL 1867
Henry &
Elizabeth Rochester 28540 PWTM 29MNL1867
James Rochester 9665 KJCH 21MNL1867
Ref: http://www.cheyneyrock.co.uk/local-history/cheyney-rock-oyster-fishery/

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bullet  Other Records

1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Ingress Abbey Greenhithe Swanscombe KEN. David is described as Thomas a visitor (of James Harmer) married aged 51 oyster merchant born Rochester KEN HO107/1607


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David married Elizabeth [3985] [MRIN: 1363]. (Elizabeth [3985] was born about 1810 and died on 17 Jan 1840.)


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David next married Ellen (Elizabeth) TAYLOR [3986] [MRIN: 371016109] on 23 Feb 1841 in Swanscombe Kent. (Ellen (Elizabeth) TAYLOR [3986] was born about 1811 in Greenwich LND and died on 15 Sep 1860.)


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