- Born: 1507, Saxham Hall, County Newton, Suffolk, England
- Marriage (1): Unknown
- Died: Cir 1591, Polstead, Suffolk, England about age 84
Lord of Sayham, Sayme, or Siam Hall, as it is now called, in Newton, near Sudbury, in the Hundred of Babergh, Co. Suffolk.
The eldest son of William Alston, of Newton, became on his fathers death the head of the family, and by the death of his brothers, William and Robert, without issue, the sole continuator of the main stock.
When and how he acquired the Manor of Seyme Hall, which does not seem to have been possessed by his father, I do not know. The Manor was held of the King as of His Honour of Clare by Knights Service.
Edward married (1) Elizabeth, daughter of John Coleman, whose arms are recorded in the Bedfordshire Visitation before referred to as "p. fesse ar. and sa. a crosse patonnee bet. four mollets all counterchanged." By her he had issue two sons and a daughter; (2) at Newton on the 16th December, 1590 , Elizabeth Bull, widow of Waldringfield Parva, who was buried there on the 26th June, 1591; and (3) Christian ______ whose marriage settlement is referred to in his Will. Some confusion has existed regarding the second and third wives in other pedigrees, the marriages being reduced to two and a sort of composite never-existent wife-Christian Ball being evolved. The third marriage must have followed speedily on the death of Edwards second wife, for he himself was buried on the 14th November, 1592, at Newton, about eighteen months after her death, and was followed by his relict, Christian, about a year after, she being also buried at Newton on the 28th September, 1593.
By neither his second nor third wives had Edward Alston any further issue.
His Will dated 10th January, 1592 (34 Eliz.) was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on the 6th May, 1593. It is a very lengthy one, indeed the Alston Wills as a rule exhibit much of the redundancy of verbiage that delighted the hearts and filled the pockets of attorneys of past ages. It begins, " I bequethe my sowle unto Almighty God who hath created redemed and sanctified me and all His electe people, hoping faithfully and most assuredly to be saved in the daye of the general resurrection and judgment by the only merittes and passion of our Lord and Savyor Jesus Christ." It recites the antenuptial settlement of a rent charge out of the Manor of Sayham Hall on his wife, Christian, and desires his heir, William, to pay it punctually. Mentions his ownership of the Crown Inn in Sudbury (now the Rose and Crown Hotel, a fine old fashioned hostelry recently sold(1898) by its Alston owners to the landlord), (1) which with all the "seelinges, portables, wainscottes, glasse, settelles, benches and shelves he gave to his younger son, Thomas. To a favoured servant, one William Cockerell of Newton, he gives "six busshelles of rye or mislyn (a mixture of rye and oats), of the measure commonly called sudburye measure." He is provident as to his transactions in grain, ordering his executors to complete any sales or gifts of corn he may have bargained for or promised. Finally, he appoints his younger son, Thomas, sole executor, trusting that he will see his Will truly and faithfully performed according to his special trust and confidence in him, and makes him residuary devisee. Among the witnesses to the Will are Edmond Waldegrave, a member probably of the now noble, but at that time knightly family settled in the district; and Thomas Gosse, with whose family there existed cross alliances by the marriages of John Gosse to Elizabeth Alston, and Thomas Alston to Susan Gosse in 1579. On the death of the patriarch Edward Alston the family was divided, his two sons becoming the progenitors of branches co-equal in affluence and eventually of rank. It will be observed that Edward was the last ancestor in common of the baronetical familes of Odell and Chelsea.
Source: Cresswell, Lionel (1905) Stemmata Alstoniana, Privately Printed, Table 2.