No image available

William Williams Alston

March 27, 1799
Home Town:
Greenville, SC
Later Residences:
Clarke County, AL
Mary Burges Alston (June 22, 1820)
Biographical Notes:
William Williams Alston was the son of Judge Lemuel James Alston and Elizabeth Williams Alston. Born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1799, Alston's family moved to Clarke County, Alabama in 1816. Alston attended the Litchfield Law School in 1818. He then married Mary Haywood Burges of North Carolina in 1820. They had eleven children. Alston died of pneumonia while on a visit to Louisiana in 1860.
"Miss Wait and some of the other young ladies gave us tolerable specimens on the Piano accompanied with their voices," May, 1818.

Regarding a party for Litchfield Female Academy students and teachers at Sarah Pierce's home.

Years at LLS:

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Houghton, Josiah. "LLS Law Notebook 1817-1818." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 1, Litchfield Historical Society. Available online at
Secondary Sources:
Grove, Jospeh A. The Alstons & Allstons of North & South Carolina. Atlanta, GA.: The Franklin Printing and Publishing Co., 1901; Bailey, Louise N., et al. Biographical Directory of the South Carolina Senate, 1776 - 1985, Vol. I. University of South Carolina Press, 1986.

Contact Us

Do you have more information for the Ledger?

If you have family papers, objects, or any other details you would like to share, or if you would like to obtain a copy of an image for publication, please contact us at