Rev Charles William Horace ALSTON 
- Born: 6 Jul 1801
- Christened: 12 Jul 1801, Odell BDF
- Died: 10 Aug 1870, Wembdon SOM aged 69
ALSTON (CHARLES WILLIAM HORACE) 5 s. of Thomas, of Odell, Beds,, arm. St. Mary's Hall, matric. 8 Nov 1825, aged 24; B.A. 1831, M.A. 1832, Vicar of Wembdon, Somerset, 1845.
Oxoniensis 1715-1886 NZSOG
The following gentlemen were ordained (Deacons) by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, in Christs College Chapel (Cambridge) on Sunday last, the 6th inst.
Charles William Horace Alston. St Mary-hall, Oxon.
The Ipswich Journal June 12 1830
Alston Charles William Horace, Wembdon, Bridgwater, Somerset. St Mary Hall, Oxford, BA 1831, MA 1832; Deacon 1830, Priest 1831. Vicar of Wembdon, Diocese of Bath and Wells. 1845. (Patron, the present V; Tithe App. 22L, Imp 200L,V. 575L; Glebe, 7 acres; Vicars Income 573L and Ho; Pop 934) Chap. to the Earl of Bessborough 1853.
Ref: Crockfords 1868
Somerset Archive and Record Service:
DENTON HALL BURGIN AND WARRENS, WILLS ETC OF VARIOUS SOMERSET FAMILIES
Catalogue Ref. ALSTON DD\\BR\\dhb/6
FILE - ALSTON - ref. DD - date: 1870-1898
Probates of the wills of the Rev. Charles William Horace Alston, Caroline Matilda Alston and Emma Maria Alston all of Wembdon; and letter of admon. of Edward Gardiner Alston of Middlesex.
1830 Ordination: Alston, Charles William Horace / deacon
1830 Appt (Licensing) Alston, Charles William Horace Odell Stipendiary Curate
1831 Ordination: Alston, Charles William Horace / priest
1832 Appt(Licensing) Alston, Charles William Horace East Chinnock Curate
1832 Appt(Licensing) Alston, Charles William Horace East Chinnock Stipendiary Curate
There was a church at Wembdon by the late 12th century, when both a rector and a chaplain were mentioned. (fn. 73) In 1284 William Testard, lord of Wembdon manor, was licenced to alienate the advowson to St. John's hospital, Bridgwater. (fn. 74) The hospital appropriated the rectory in 1285 and a portion was set aside for the vicar. (fn. 75) A vicarage ordained between 1293 and 1302 was confirmed in 1304. (fn. 76) The living was a sole vicarage in 1987. (fn. 77)
The hospital appointed vicars until the Dissolution except in 1531 when the presentation was made by John Court. (fn. 78) In 1539 the advowson passed to the Crown, which presented in 1554. (fn. 79) In 1560 the Crown probably sold the advowson with the rectory, (fn. 80) and both descended to Henry Halswell. Henry, having sold the rectory, shortly before his death in 1636 settled the advowson on his brother Hugh. (fn. 81) The advowson descended with Goathurst manor to the Tynte family, (fn. 82) which held it until 1843 when Charles Kemeys Kemeys-Tynte sold it to the Revd. Edward Elton. Elton sold it in the following year to Charles W. H. Alston, who became vicar in 1845. Alston's daughters, Emma and Caroline Alston, presented Arthur Newman to the living in 1870 and sold him the advowson in 1871. (fn. 83) Newman presented his successor in 1885. (fn. 84) W. Brice was recorded as patron in 1889 and 1894, (fn. 85) and J. M. Evans presented himself in 1895 and his successor in 1908. (fn. 86) After 1910 Evans conveyed the patronage to P. S. Douglas-Hamilton, who in 1928 conveyed it to the Church Association Trust, later the Church Society Trust, patron in 1987. (fn. 87)
Charles Alston, vicar 1845-70, was also chaplain to the earl of Bessborough. (fn. 16)
Will of Rev Charles William Horace Alston
This is the last Will and Testament of me Charles William Horace Alston of Wembdom in the County of Somerset Clerk I give devise and bequeath all that my advowson and right of presentation of in and to the parish and parish church of Wembdom aforesaid and all my lands tenements hereditaments and premises situate in the said parish of Wembdom and all other my real estate and all my personal estate and effects what so ever and wheresoever and what nature into and to the use of my sisters Emma Maria Alston and Caroline Matilda Alston their heirs executors and administrators and assigns according to the nature and tenure thereof respectively equally as joint tenants and not as tenants in common I also give and devise unto my said sisters their heirs and assigns all estates vested in me as trustee or mortgagee upon the trusts and subject to the equities affecting the same and I appoint my said sister Emma Maria Alston sole Executrix of this my Will and hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time hereto before made I declare this to be an contain my last Will and Testament in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 30th day of January 1869
C W H Alston
Signed published and declared by the said Charles William Horace Alston the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have here unto set our names as witnesses:
Edwin Newman Sol. Yeovil.
Proved at London 10 September 1870 by the oath of Emma Maria Alston spinster the sister the sole Executrix to whom Administration was granted.
The Will of the Rev Charles William Horace Alston Rector of Wembdon, SOM, who died the 10 Aug 1870 at Wembdon was Proved at the Principal Registry 10 Sept 1870 by Emma Maria Alston spinster his sister Effects under £5000.
National Probate Calendar.
1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Wembdon SOM. Charles is recorded as head of house unmarried aged 59 Vicar of Wembdon born Odell Castle Bedfordshire