When Nathaniel Alston was born on 19 January 1775, in Orange, North Carolina, British Colonial America, his father, James Alston Jr, was 23 and his mother, Grizel "Gilly" Yancy, was 22. He married Mary Grey Jeffreys in 1799, in Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Baldwin, Alabama, United States in 1850. He died in 1852, in Marengo, Alabama, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Marengo, Alabama, United States.
English and Scottish:
from the Middle English personal name Alstan, which is a coalescence of several different Old English personal names: Æthelstān ‘noble stone’, Ælfstān ‘elf stone’, Ealdstān ‘old stone’, or Ealhstān ‘temple stone’.
habitational name from any of various places called Alston (in Cumbria, Lancashire, Devon, and Somerset) or Alstone (in Gloucestershire and Staffordshire). With the exception of Alston in Cumbria, which is formed with the Old Norse personal name Halfdan, these placenames all consist of an Old English personal name + Old English tūn ‘settlement’, for example Ælfsige in the case of Alstone in Gloucestershire.