Capt Thomas ALSTON 
- Baptised: 21 Jul 1758, Odell BDF
- Marriage (1): Elizabeth RAYNSFORD  on 8 Jun 1778 in St Marylebone Westminster LND
- Died: 31 Jan 1823 aged 64
Thomas was a Cornet, then in 1774 a Captain in the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards. The entry in the Odell Register Extracts says "1758 July 21 Rowland son Thomas Alston Esq by Margaret Lee Spinster"
Officers of the Militia 1805 - Gentlemen & Yeomanry Calvalry
War Office 14 October 1805.
Bedford & Odell.
Capt Thomas Alston 3 May 1797
Thomas's death date is from an entry in Odell Church "Church Trail Pg3".
Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service:
BEDFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Catalogue Ref. CC
Creator(s):Bedfordshire County Council
School Board Estate: documents of title for real estate owned by School Boards in Bedfordshire.
PARISH: SHARNBROOK - ref. CCE/SB 35
FILE [no title] - ref. CCE/SB 35/1 - date: 1872
Deed Poll dated 5 Dec 1798 by Thomas Alston, esq., and Anthony Darwert[?], clerk, Land Tax Commissioners, certifying their contract with SC for the redemption by him of (inter alia) L68 17s. 4d. of Land Tax charged upon his estates in Sharnbrook consisting of the Manors of Temple Hills Sharnbrook and Souldrop and. . . . .
An account of the famous law suit over the will of Sir Thomas Alston the last baronet but one, of Odell that caused all this to do is in the possession of Sir Francis Beilby Alston. The result of the suit was in favour of the Will which left every thing to Sir Thomas eldest illegitimate son by Mrs Margaret Lee, there is some reason to suppose that the separation of Sir Thomas and his wife proceeded from the lady's liason with John Wasse
Alstoniana Pg 297
Image Courtesy Roy Alston 2010
1. Hatchment Odell Church: Capt Thomas Alston.
There is a Hatchment hanging in Odell Church (2003) to Capt Thomas Alston described as:
Dexter background black, Alston (10 estoiles), no Badge of Ulster, impaling, Argent a cross sable (black cross on white field) Raynsford. Crest. Mantling: Gules and argent Motto: In coelo quies
For Sir Thomas Alston who succeeded to the family estates on the death of his uncle, Sir Rowland Alston, 6th and last Bt. He married Elizabeth Raynesford, of Brixworth Hall, Northants, and died 31st Jan 1823.
B.E.B.; Gents Mag. 189 (The succession note is not correct)
Ref:Hatchments in Britain by Peter Summers
See also Gen Francis George Alston 
Thomas married Elizabeth RAYNSFORD  [MRIN: 1389], daughter of Juistinian RAYNSFORD of Brixworth Northants.  and Elizabeth HILL , on 8 Jun 1778 in St Marylebone Westminster LND. (Elizabeth RAYNSFORD  was born on 24 Oct 1756 in Brixworth NTH and was baptised on 24 Oct 1756 in Faxton NTH.)