Another option probably even more likely is the reference to Robert de Auleston of Alston Hall in Staffordshire his only child (daughter) marrying John Caldwall in 1340. Roberts arms are stated as being the same as the Suffolk Alstons. (Crouse, 1781) The same source states that Alston Hall remained in the Caldwall family until 1740 so we should be able to identify where the hall is. From the Staffordshire Fines 21-38 Henry VIII we see No. 110 at a month from easter day between Ralph Caldwall, complainant, and John Cadwall of Aton (Alston?), the elder a dispute over land in Alston, Haughton, Apeton, Berton, Bradley and Byllynngton. It would be reasonable to assume that the Alston mentioned in the fines is the same Alston Hall mentioned in the marriage of Robert de Auleston’s daughter to John Caldwall. This manor Alstone existed in the Domesday as Aluredston ( Alfreds Manor). At the time of the Domesday it was in the hands of Robert De Stafford a Norman, he had acquired it from Earl Edwin the grandson of Earl Leofric and Lady Godiva. It was small consisting of one hide and one man at arms (Knight). Apparantly Robert De Stafford ( son of Roger De Tosny ) (Cawley, 2014) (Barns-Graham., 2003) married Avice de Clare, possibly from the de Clares in Suffolk. Earl Edwins sister was Ealdgyth (Edith), she was married to King Harold. Either her or their Mother (Countess Aelfeva) had a number of holdings in East Anglia including Sudbury, all of which she seems to have been lost. After the invasion she does seem to have kept Aylstone and Castle Donnington.
There are a number of De Aluresdeston Staffordshire pipe roll records dating from 1193 onwards, i.e Richard I. There seem to have two De Aluesdeton’s active during these early pipe Rolls , Richard and Idam (Adam). (Society, 1881) Richard was convicted of a felony and hung as the following extract shows:
Thomas Fitz Roger was Lord of Haughton and High Offley.
Aluresdeston, now called Alston, was a member of Haughton (see. above). Hulle, also perhaps a member of Haughton, no longer bears so simple a name. Richard de Alston, De Haughton’s tenant at Alston and Hill, had been hanged eight years, before (1194). His estates, which should have reverted to the crown for the “ The King’s term” (a year and a day), had been an escheat much longer, probably because the outlaw’s Seigneur had neglected to claim them. He now does so, proffering a Fine suitable to the occasion.
Henry III 1227
Staff. An assize, &c., if Adam, son of Josceus (Josiah), father of Isabella, and of Dionisia, the wife of Thomas de Aluredeston, was seised, &c., of the manor of Aluredeston (Alston), which Robert, son of Thomas, now holds; who came and stated that an assize ought not to be taken, because Richard, the brother of Isabella and Dionisia, held the manor after the death of his father, and was convicted of felony, and lost his manor. Thomas, Isabella, and Dionisia acknowledged this to be true, and are therefore in misericordiâ for a false claim.
The assize of mordancestor between the same Isabella, and Thomas and Dionisia, concerning the manor of Hulle,(fn. 5) remanet for the same reason. m. 5.
It looks like Richard was the son of Adam. It does pose the question that was John of Stansfield, Suffolk the brother of Richard. The names and coat of arms fit but who is the connection between Suffolk and Staffordshire? The fact that John sells the land at Stanfield Suffolk means he already held it in 1224.