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Alys Perkins (De Astley)

Also Known As: "Alice Perkins", "Alice de Astley", "d'Astley", "Alice"
Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Place of Burial: St John Baptist Churchyard, Rugby, Rugby Borough, Warwickshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Astley, Esq., Sheriff of Staffordshire and Margaret Astley
Wife of Thomas Perkins
Mother of Juliana Compton; Joan Sleyter and Henry Perkins
Sister of Thomas V Astley; Richard Astley, Lord of Patshull and William de Astley

Occupation: Will proved 10-15-1538
Managed by: Private User
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  • In 1500 when Thomas was 25, he married Alice DE ASTLEY[1], in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England[5].
  • Alice was born in either 1461 or 1481 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England[1,5],
    • although the latter is most likely, given the fact that her children were born around 1500.
    • Yet another source gives 1475 as her birth year, but 1481 seems most likely.
  • Alice died in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England before 10 October 1538; she was 77 or, more likely, 57 years of age[5].


The will of Alice Perkyns of Hillmorton, widow was dated July 31 and proved October 15, 1538.

  • She asked that she be buried in the church of St. John the Baptist.
  • To Jeyn Sleyter, her daughter.
  • To Juliana Cumpton, her daughter.
  • To Henry Perkyns, her son and executor.
  • Supervisors: John Stokys, clerk, Thomas Clerke, Richard Smyth.
  • Witnesses: John Brendon, clerk, George Dobbe, William Freman, Thomas Dunkele, Richard Bassett.
  • Source: Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, 1759–1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts, Portland, ME: Anthoensen Press, 1959, p. 81-2.


  • ALICE PERKYNS of Hillmorton, Widow, in her will, dated 31 July, 1538,
  • she directs that she shall “be buried in the church of St. John the Baptist of Hyllmorton,” and
  • mentions: Jeyn Sleyter, “my daughter,” Juliana Cumpton “my daughter,” Henry Perkyns “my son,” executor;
  • John Stokys, Clerke, Thomas Clerke, Richd. Smyth, supervisors;
  • John Brendon, Clerke, George Dobbe, Willm. Freman, Thomas Dunkele, Richd. Bassett, witnesses. 
  • The inventory, dated 10 Oct., 1538, was taken by: John Brendon, Clerke, Wm. Buttye, Wm. Freman, Thomas Dunkley, Edwd Twygare, appraisers. 
    Amount œ36 2s. 1d. 
  • Proved at Lichfield, 15 October, 1538, by Henry Perkins.
  • Source:  Perkins, D.W., Notes on the Perkins Families in England, Salem, MA 1894.


  • Thomas, date of birth unknown, wrote his will on 3 April 1528 and it was proved a few weeks later on 21 April. His wife Alice outlived him by 10 years, she wrote her will in July 1538 and it was proved in October of that year.  
  • A quick note about Alice, her maiden name is not known and she is definitely not the daughter of Sir Thomas and Edith (Constable) De Astley.  
    • Thomas died in the Battle of Evesham in 1265 so I think that rules him out as her father.
  • Thomas and Alice had at least three children that lived to adulthood,
    • they were Henry, Jone, and Jelyan.
  • He owned land and tenements in Hillmorton and nearby Lilborne.  
  • In her will Alice names her son Henry and Jeyn Slayter and Juliana Cumpton, her now married daughters.  
  • Thomas and his wife are buried under the floor of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

The Astley family were descended from Sir Thomas de Astley of Astley, Warwickshire, who was killed in the Battle of Evesham in 1265.

  • He married twice.
    • From his first marriage to Joane de Blois descended the Astley baronets of Patshull, whose family seat was at Patshull Hall, Staffordshire, and the Astley baronets of Everley, Wiltshire.
    • From his second marriage to Editha Constable of Melton Constable, Norfolk, descended the Astley baronets of Melton Constable, the Astley baronets of Hillmorton (who succeeded as Barons Hastings – of the 1295 creation), and the Barons Astley of Reading.
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Alys Perkins's Timeline

Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Age 21
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Age 39
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Age 39
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
July 31, 1538
Age 77
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
March 25, 1930
Age 77
June 4, 1931
Age 77
July 9, 1934
Age 77
September 18, 1934
Age 77