William ALSTON of Middleton Co ESS 
- Born: Abt 1509, Middleton ESS
- Marriage (1): Alice 
- Died: Abt 1565 aged about 56
William is mentioned in both his father's and mother's wills and was probably the oldest son. He resided at Middleton co Essex.
The IGI reads "Birth abt. 1509 of Middleton Essex" son of William and Ann Symonds.
Will dated 1 Feb 1564, proved at Canterbury 16 May 1565 by John Wynterflod his executor. No children are mentioned. He left a benefaction to the poor of Newton of 10/- paid out of his tenement of Priors Newton, and 16/- for the poor of Sudbury, distributed in bread by the Borough Trustees in 1898, from a tenement in Sudbury near the Rose & Crown, both in perpetuity. He inherited this property from his father. This was still being paid in 1898 (ref All Saints Sudbury) and in Newton in the year 2000. He also mentions a Kinsman of his father one Henry Smyth.
THE WILL of WILLIAM ALSTON of MIDDYLTON ESSEX Yeoman.
Dated 1st Febry 1564
I give to my wife Alice and her heirs a piece of land called le lamplande in Myddleton in a field called Stower fielde
Also 6 milch beasts, six horses, one cart and cart harness for horse, one plough, harness for horse or in lieu thereof L12, 5 seames of wheat or mystelon, 10 seames of barley or mavlte.
I give to Symon leafflyn and his heirs my tenement in Sudbury, late buretts and my tenement in Newton called Priors with all the yards, gardens and grounds belonging thereto, which I had as bequest from my late father Will. Alston the sd Symon Laffelyn and his heirs to pay annually to the poor of Sudbury 16/-. and to the poor of Newton 10/-.
I give to Edmond Colman the son of John Colman my posted bedstead, fether bed, bolster Coverlett, blankets and sheets, the table and frame for the same, the joyned stools standing in my parlour and L10 in money -The said Edmond to receive the above bequests at the age of 21, should he die before attaining his majority, the L10 to be given to the poor of Sudbury.
I give to Alice Kingsburye my sister's daughter L5 and such household stuff, not otherwise bequeathed, as I inherited from my father.
Also to my wife Alys such other household stuff as I am proper owner of but no part of the goods of Robart Messynge, late of Sudbury.
To each of my household servants 20/-. except Alice Kingesbury
To Richard Kitstone 20/-.
To Richard Walter of Naylond L10
To John Garrard of Nayland L10
To my sister Anne Loder L3-6s-8d.
To my sister Alice Kingsburye L3-6s 8d.
To the poor of Myddleton L4.
To Newton L6
To Sudbury and Ballyngdon L8
To the poor of Boxford L5
To the poor of Naylond L5
To the poor of Assington 40/-
To Alice Barker dau of Richard Barker my bed and bedstead now standing at Sudbury
To each of the children of Robert Messynge 20/- at the age of 21
To Alice Norfolk of Myddleton 6d. weekly for her life
To Olive Knyght 20/-.
To Olive Gates widow 20/-.
To Robart Plampeyn 40/-.
To George Wynterfiod 40/-,
The residue of my estate I give to my executor John Wynterflod of Assington
I appoint Symon Laffelyn supervisor of this my will to whom I give L3 for his trouble.
(Signed) WILLIAM ALSTON.
Witnesses : Richard Sendell; Robart Plampeyn, Rich Corker gent., John Hartwell.
I give to each of my godchildren 12d.
I give to Henry Smyth my father's kinsman 20/-.
Proved 16 May 1565 by John Wynterflod executor named in will.
Page 88 Alstoniana
Copy of Will on this file
THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE.
ALSTON v. CURD & others.
1608 Chancery B. and A. James I. A. 2. (83).
Bill, dated 16 February 1608 by William Allstone of Middleton,, co. Essex, yeoman, v. Grace Curd, Richard Skynner, John Bragge and Robert Warren, clerk.
The suit is brought for remedy against defendants, who prevent Orator's peaceful possession of a messuage &c. in Middleton, acquired under due and lawful demise, for term of the life of the said Grace. (Neither the bill nor answers contain Alstone information.)
Page 168 Alstoniana.
1. William Alston of Middleton: Benefaction, 1564, Newton SFK.
William Alston of Middleton, by Will dated Feb 1st 1564 gave to the poor of Newton for ever the yearly sum of Ten Shillings a Rent Charge on his Tenement called Priors in the said Parish of Newton . . . .
This was still being paid in the year 2000.
William married Alice  [MRIN: 927].