Rev Edward ALSTON 
- Born: 13 Dec 1810
- Christened: 18 Jan 1811, Nayland SFK
- Died: 11 Nov 1871, Witham ESS aged 60
Wednesday sen'night being the day on which the Annual Selection of Scholars took place from Merchant Taylors School, the following gentlemen were chosen from the head form, viz: . . . . . Edward Alston to St John's college Oxford as a Fellow.
The Ipswich Journal 21 June 1828 issue 4709
Merchant Taylor's School, E.C.,
March 14, 1895,
My Dear Sir
. . . . . There is no other Alston in our Register till 1820 when Edward Alston b. 13 Dec. 1810 and Charles Jas. Alston b. 25 June 1812 entered together, but of these nothing is recorded.
I am, my dear Sir,
(Rev.) WILLIAM BAKER (D.D.),
Alstoniana Pg 382
Alston Edward, 3s. John of Neyland, Suffolk, Gent. St Johns Coll., matric 30 Jun 1828, aged 17, B.A. 1832, M.A. 1836.
Oxoniensis 1715-1886. NZSOG.
Crockfords Clergy Register of 1860 mentions:
ALSTON - Edward - St. Johns College Oxford. B.A. 1832, M.A. 1836. Fellow of St. John's' College Oxon.
The Times, Saturday, Jan 30, 1836; pg. 3; Issue 16013; col E
University and Clerical Intelligence. Oxford: degree conferred Rev Edward Alston of St Johns.
3s John of Neyland Suffolk, gent,
ST JOHNS m 30/6/1828 aged 17; BA 1832, MA 1836
1834 Ordination) Alston, Edward / deacon
1835 Ordination Alston, Edward / priest
Edward did not marry, he became of unsound mind and is recorded in the 1841/51/61/71 Census's as resident in a Lunatic Asylum
C 211/35/1 28 Victoria : Alston, William: care of Charles Corke, Cresborough House, Haverfordwest 1864 May
PRO C 211 = Chancery: Petty Bag Office: Commissions and Inquisitions of Lunacy
Administration of the Estate of Rev Edward Alston of Witham ESS Batchelor, died 11 Nov 1871 at Witham, was granted at the Principal Registry to Samuel Alston of Nayland gent, his brother. Proved 3 Feb 1872 Effects under £800.
National Probate Calendar
Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch:
Catalogue Ref. HE401/5
FILE - PETTISTREE. Late Rev. E. Alston, Auctioneer Moore & Garrard, Estate & House. - ref. HE401/5/4/59 - date: 10 Jul 1873
A2A Placement conjectural.
Witham Lunatic Asylum in Maldon Rd was a licensed House, i.e. a private institution licensed to receive patients under several acts of Parliment dating from 1774. It appears to have been opened in the 1830's by Thomas Tomkins. A survey on 1 Jan 1844 records an unknown number of pauper patients and 17 private patients. Still operating in 1891.
Ref: Rosie Flower 2008
1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, Maldon. Edward is recorded as Rev., aged 29, a patient, Fellow of St Johns Oxford born ESS
2. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Maldon Rd Witham ESS. Edward is recorded as E A aged 40 a patient in a Lunatic Asylum born Nayland Suffolk
3. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Lunatic Asylum Maldon Rd Witham ESS. Edward is recorded as a patient unmarried his age is illegible clergyman born Nayland SFK
4. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Lunatic Asylum Maldon Rd Witham ESS. Edward is described as EA a boarder unmarried aged 60 a Clerk born Nayland SFK lunatic.