Christopher Emerson

bap. 18/08/1611 St Giles, Cripplegate, City of London


Hugh Emerson
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Anne Howsden bur. 15/10/1648
m. 28/08/1649
Mary turner St Andrew the Great, Cambridgeshire


A child Emerson
John Emerson
bap. 05/03/1636 Christofer Emerson
bap. 17/09/1641 Ann Emmerson
bap. 17/12/1644 Mary Emerson
bap. 09/09/1647 Etheldred Emerson
bap. 27/06/1650 Jane Emerson
bap. 17/08/1652 Rebekah Emerson
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Note: Includes only children from certificates, baptism entries, or from census entries where the relationship is specified. For married women, please see their husband's entry for children from censuses.


1654 Gent


29/04/1628 Apprenticeship of Christopherus Emerson son of Hugonis Emerson to Rico Foxe, Company of Clothworkers
03/01/1654 Apprenticeship of John Emerson son of Christopher Emerson to Thomas Chadwick, Company of Clothworkers

Also known as

Christofer Emerson, Christop[er] Emerson, Christopher Emmerson, Christopherus Emerson, Cristo Emerson, Cristopher Emerson, Mr Christopher Emers…n, Mr Christopher emerson, xpofer Emerson

Did You Know?

  • The 'Information of Ruth Whisken' in Thurloe's State Papers does not specify a location, but the only two early- to mid-17th-century Ruth Whiskins indexed in the IGI were baptised in Ashdon, Essex, which is about 4 miles from Saffron Walden where Christopher Emerson and Mary Emerson had children baptised in the early 1650s.
  • There is no reference to the marriage of Christopher Emerson and Anne Howsden in the index to the Hormead parish registers, so the marriage presumably took place in Strethall, but according to their catalogue the earliest parish registers of Strethall deposited at the Essex Record Office date from the eighteenth century.
  • The parish register entry before the burial of Anne Howsden is the burial of a still-born child of her husband Christopher Emerson.
  • In C 2/ChasI/E9/62 Edward Howsden said that he had objected to the marriage of Christopher Emerson and Anne Howsden because they were 'first Cozens & this defend't for ye Consanguinity betweene them did not hold it fitt they should marry together' and there was 'a Clause in the said [marriage] license that there should be noe affinity or consanguinity betweene the said p[ar]ties'. Apparently, though, legally speaking - that is, under the Marriage Act of 1540 (32 Hen VIII, c.38, 'An Act concerning Pre-contracts of Marriages, and touching Degrees of Consanguinity') - the relationship was not actually an impediment to the marriage, as cousins were not included in the prohibited degrees. (I say 'apparently' as I have not been able to locate a copy of the text of the act to check myself.)
  • In C 2/ChasI/E9/62 Edward Howsden described Christopher Emerson and Anne Howsden as 'first Cozens'. I have not yet been able to establish if the term meant the same in the 1640s as it does nowadays, but if it did mean that their parents were siblings then Christopher's mother Etheldred Howsdon and Anne's father Jhon Howsden seem to be the most likely candidates.

Documentary Sources

V. xxx. p.451. Information of Ruth Whisken I Ruth Whisken doe testifye, and will be deposed, that Mary the wife of Christopher Emerson did tel me the said Ruth, that the said Emerson said, that the lord protector was a rogue, and a rascall, and blood-sucker, and that he should have his throte cut, and his head cleft ere longe ; and that he was a cowardly rogue, and wore two pistoles in his pocket, and was affraid of every dogg that barked, and that he should have his throte cutt by Michaelmas day, and named weapons to that purpose ; and that Thomas Turner and Susanna Turner his wife heard him the said Emerson speake these words : In wittness wherof I the said Ruth Whisken to these presents have set to my hand. Sept. 26, 1655. The marke of [] Ruth Whisken.


??? die [August] This day appeared p[er]sonally Cristofer Em[m]erson ??? and a ??? [bacheler?] aged about 24 yeares and ??? ??? ??? and alledged that he intindith to marry wh Anne H?nseden mayden aged about 25 yeares and a proved | ??? And of the truth of the ??? as also ??? ??? | of no lawfull lett or imped??? by reason of any p??? | cons??? ???ffinity or ??? to hinder the intended marriage | ??? ??? ??? ??? and ??? ??? for Ever to be married | in ye p[ar]ish Church of S???hall in the County of Essex or in the p[ar]ish Church of Hormead in the County of Hartford Christopher Emerson

Source: Marriage Bonds and Allegations 1635, p. 52
London Metropolitan Archive

... Willm Turner late of Saffron Walden in the said County of Essex gent nowe deceased ... made his last will & Testamt in writeinge beareinge date aboute the twentieth day of May in ye yeare of o[ur] Lord one thousand six hundred fortie & eight and shortlie after died leaveinge Marie Turner his wife wth seu[er]all yssue of their two bodyes ... he the said Willm Turner did appoynt & ordaine his said wife Marie & his said sonne Thomas Turner Executors of his said will ... & wthin one yeare after ye death of ye Testator ye said ??? ye executrix did marrie & take to husband one Christofer Emerson gent

Source: C 5/598/150
National Archive

Christoferus Emersom decimo septimo die ??? ??? Thom Wise ei nepoti ex sorore et prox Consanguin Christoferi Emersom nup[er] p[ar]och Sci Martini in Campis in Lond ??? def licentis x ??? adstrand ??? jura et cred dci def de bene x Jurat Lond 30 Junij 20 Feby 1673

Source: PROB 6/48 p. 21/f. 20 (21 = original, 20 = stamped)
National Archive

In all Humble manner Complaineing sheweth vnto your good Lorshippe your Orator John Barcroft of London Esq... that whereas your said Orator in Hillary Terme One Thousand Six Hundred Fifty and Three obtained a Judgement against William Wise late of London Esquire in the Court of Comon Routh att Westminster for five Hundred pounds debt besides Costs of suite And whereas the said William Wise in his life time and att the time of the obtaineing of the said Judgement and many yeares after was as hee informed your Orator seized in his demeasne as of Fee of and in diverse Messuages Lands and Tenements scituate lying and being in Tid ?? St Marye in the County of Lincolne and in diverse other places in the said County and in other places and Countyes in this Comonwealth ... the said William Wise dyed and left the said estate whereof hee was soe seized to descend and come to William Wise Gent his sonne and heire ... Michaell Oldsworth of London Esquire Robert Harris and Thomas Harris of Tid St Maries aforesaid Edward Cownley Gent and Christopher Emerson Merchant have Combined and Confederated together with the said William Wise the sonne and doe pretend and give out in speeches that the said William Wise the father was never seized of any estate of inheritance of any Lands or Tenements in any place ... [Next Page:] Jurat 22d die Nov[em]bris 1661 ??? The Answere of Christopher Emerson Merchant one of the Def'ts to the bill of Complaint of John Barcroft Esqiuer Complaineant ...

Source: C 9/25/4
National Archive

Where before this tyme that is to saie vpon the twelueth day of October anno dni 1642 Christofer Emerson of london merchant John bockenhall michaell Oldsworth and William Wise Esquires Compl'??? exhibited their bill of complainte unto the ho'ble Courte of Chauncery against Richard Dereham ...

Source: C 78/1926/11
National Archive

Jug In the name of god Amen the twelf [sic] day of Julye 1642 and in the yeare of the Raygne of o[ur] Soueraigne Lorde Charle... by the grace of god of Englande Scotland Fraunce and Ireland kinge defendo[ur] of the fayth etc the Eighteene [sic] I John Howsden the elder of Hinxston in the Countie of Cambridge yeoman the vnprofytable servant of god weake in bodye but of whole mynde and good and p[er]fytt [sic] memorye the lord be praysed doe make and ordayne this my last Will and Testament in Manner & forme followinge vtterlye revokinge all former Wills heretofore by me made whatsoeuer Fyrst and most princypallie I Com[m]mende my Soule into the handes of Almightye god my maker trusting most assuredlye In by and through the death and most bytter passyon of his Sonne my Savio[ur] Jesus Christe to haue full pardon even the Remyssyon of all my Sinnes and offences And I Com[m]ende my bodye to ye earth wherof yt is made And as Concernynge all my Landes and Tennements [sic] goodes and Chattles [sic] whatsoeuer wherof and wherwith yt hath pleased god to make me Steward of herein this lyfe and vale of myserye this is my mynde will and devise Fyrst I geive will and bequeath vnto Alice my beloved wife my three half acres of errable land more or les [sic] with thapp[ur]tnauncs which I late purchased of one Mathew Markeris lyeng in the Feilde of greate Chesterford in the Countye of Essex And alsoe Fower acres and two twentye foote of Meadowground lyenge in the South meadow late Raymond and one half acre of errable lande lyenge nere Wittelsford Closes late Vownhams with their app[ur]tnauncs sett and beinge in the p[ar]ish and Feildes of Hinxston aforesayd in the sayd Countye of Cambredge to holde the same to her the sayd Alice my wife her heyres and assignies for ever Item I alsoe geive and bequeath vnto the sayd Alice my wife all other my landes and Tennements both Free and Copye whatsoeuer I haue within the Towne p[ar]ish and Feildes of Hinxston aforesayd in the sayd Countye of Cambridg with all ther App[ur]tnauncs to holde to her and her assignies for and duringe the Terme of her naturall lyfe The Remaynder therof after her decease as here followeth Item I geive and bequeath vnto Edward Howsden my eldest Sonne Tweluepence Item I geive and bequeath vnto John Howsden my second Sonne Twelupence Item I geive and bequeath vnto Richard Houwsden my Third Sonne and to his heyres for ever after the decease of my wife The Messuage or Tenement wherin I nowe dwell withall the howses orchard Crofte adioynynge and other the app[ur]tnauncs belonginge to the same together alsoe with Tenn Acres more or less of Copyholde lande and Eightene Acres more or less of Freelande with ther App[ur]nauncs late purchased of John Howsden Sonne of Will'm Howsden deceased sett lyenge and beinge in the Towne p[ar]ish and Feilds of Hinxston aforesayd in the sayd Countye of Cambridge Item I geive will and bequeath vnto Will'm Howsden my youngest Sonne and to his heyres for ever after the decease of my wife One Messuage or Ten[n]ement called Scotts wherin one Lawrance Whiskyn nowe dwelleth with the howses orchard Croft adioynynge and alsoe one Acre & a halfe of errable lande more or less belonginge to the same withall & every their App[ur]tnauncs together alsoe with Three Acres and a Twenty foote of errable lande more or less with thapp[ur]tenauncs' late Raymonds And alsoe a halfe yarde land conteyninge fyftene acres more or less with thapp[ur]tnauncs called Sloowes late Edward Howsdens my fathers lyenge in the Towne p[ar]ish and boundes of Hinxston aforesayd in the sayd Countie of Cambredge Item wheras ther is a suite dependinge in Chauncerye betweene Richard Howsden and Thomas Ellis deceased my kynsmen and me, for certayne money due as appeareth by a decree in the Courtof request dated the twelf of November 1640 and other subsequent orders in that Court made All which money and all my right tytle and interest in ??ind to the sayd money orders and suites I geive and bequeath wholly vnto Christopher Emmerson my Sonne in lawe and his assignies to his and their disposinge Item I geive and bequeath vnto Ann Emmerson my dawghter my best Milch Cowe which she will Choose Item I geive vnto Marye Booth my goddaughter and to my Three Servants every of them Tenn shillinges a peice Item I geive and bequeath vnto Amye Twynn Six powndes of lawfull english money to be payd her vppon request within one yere next after my decease The Resydew of all other my moveable Goodes and Chattles whatsoeuer vnbequeathed my debts beinge payd Legacyes performed and funerall Charges borne I geive and bequeath them whollye vnto the sayd Alice my beloved wife whome I make name and appoynte sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament not doubtinge but she will see the same in althinges p[er]formed accordinglye In witnes wherof I the sayd John Howsden haue herevnto sett my hande and Seale the daye and yeare aboue written John Housden Theise being witnesses Thomas Coop[er] John booth Ext jo Julij 1644 : p[er] executri??

Source: Ely Cons. Ct. 1644 CW
Cambridgeshire Archives

xijo die Nouemb ...644 To the righte honnorable the Erles of Kent and Bullingbrooke and others Commissioners for the Great Seale of England Hales Humbly complayning shewethe vnto your hon:es your Orators Christopher Emm... of London Merchant and Alice Housden widdowe Executrixe of the last will and Testament of John Housden deceased That ... in Easter Terme 1634 the sayd Richard Housden and Thomas Ellis exhibited another Bill of complaynt into this honnorable Court against the sayd John Housden ... as Administrators of the goods and chattels of the sayd Anne Housden ... ...And the sayd Arbitrators do also Award Order and Judge That the sayd Richard Housden and Thomas Ellis theire executors administrators or assignes shall well and truly pay or cause to be payd by the sayd John Housden his executors or assignes the summe of one hundred and forty p... at or in the porche of the sayd Parrishe Churche of Hinxton in full discharge of the summe of three hundred pounds intended and directed to be given and payd by the privat Nuncupative Will of Richard Housden deceased And vppon payment & receipt of the sayd hundred & Forty pounds the sayd John Housden or his Asignes ... and Thomas Ellis or one of them out of the sayd hundred and for...nds the summe of Twenty pounds in full discharge and satisfacc[i]on of an obligac[i]on dated the sixt [sic] day of December in the thirteenthe yeare of King James wherin the sayd John Housden and Edward Housden his Father deceased were bound to the sayd Anne Housden deceased ... to the sayd Richard Housden to be cancelled and no suyte to be p[ro]sequ... thervppon at any tyme here after. And the sayd Arbitrators do also Order and Award that the sayd John Housden his executors or assignes shall not at any tyme hereafter clayme or demand by any suyte at the common Lawe, or in any Ecclesiasticall Courte or Court of Equitie a...y p[ar]te ... by reason of his being of kinred [sic] to the sayd Anne, ... ...Another suyte in the sayd Court of whitehall brought by the sayd John Housden as Gardian [sic] to his daughter Margarett synce deceased and Richard Housden sonne of the sayd John Housden against ...yd...ard... And a Tenement and Garden claymed by the sayd John Housdens sonne Richard And other suyts brought by the sayd Richard Housden and Thomas Ellis in the sayd Court of Whitehall against the sayd John Housden & your Oratrixe Alice to discover whether the sayd fortie pounds was not the p[ro]per money of the sayd Ann... ...hitehall against the sayd John Housden and your sayd Oratrix Alice to discover howe the sayd Richard Housden brother of the sayd Anne made a Will and devised fiftie pounds apeece to sixe of the sayd John Housdens Children w[hi]ch afterwards was put out of the Will and payd in his life tyme ... And Edward Housden Clerke the defts brother ... ...Order of the 26th of June 17o R It was ordered that the sayd then Complt Richard Housden should then stand & be committed to the prison of the Fleet for ... sayd conte.. of the to take him into custodie accordingly And afterwards by an order of the 5th of November ...the sayd Thomas Ellis was latelie dead, and that Anne his daughter and wife of William Frisney was heire & Executrix to the sayd Thomas Ellis ... but the sayd Richard Housden William Frisney & his wife not p[er]forming the sayd Order the sayd Richard Housden was thervppon app[re]hended by the warden of the Fleet

Source: C2 CHASI E17 69
National Archive

Primo die Junij 1644 Mardwall (?) To the Right hob'le the Earles of kent and Bullingrooke & others Com:s for the Greate seale of England Humbly compl' sheweth to yo[ur] hono's you[ur] ora:os Christopher Emerson of London merchant & Anne his wife, That whereas about eight yeares since one Edward Howsden cl're Parson of the p[ar]ish of Hornemeade in the county of Hertford & [Blank] his then wife since deceased by con... made after marriage were seised in Fee of a messuage & certaine lands in the s'd p[ar]ish of Hornemeade or therevnto adioyning of the yearely value of 40 : li And the s'd Edward Howsden was then alsoe se'id in Fee of other lands in the said p[ar]ish or neare therevnto o... yearely value of 10li And the s'd Edward Howsden then was & yet is poss'ed of a p[er]sonall estate in money debts bonds leases Cattle howshold stuffe & other things to the value of 2000:li or thereabouts, And the s'd Edward Howsden being of the s'd lands soe seis... & of the s'd p[er]sonall estate soe possessed about the time afores'd there was a treaty & com[m]unicac[i]on betweene yo[ur] orator & the s'd Edward Howsden for a marriage to be had & solemnized betweene yo[ur] orator & yo[ur] oratrix Anne (neece of the s'd Edward Howsde... the s'd Edward did often thentofore divulge in speeches that hee having noe chieldren [sic] of his owne would make the s'd Anne his heire & would give vnto her all his reall & p[er]sonall estate whatsoever, And the s'd Edward Howsden did then contract agree & p[ro]mise to give and pay vnto yo[ur] orator the som[m]e of 700li out of his owne purse in present in case yo[ur] orator would marry & take to wife the s'd Anne Howsden whom hee the s'd Edward declared hee intended to make his heire as afores'd, & that hee would give her all his p[er]sonall estate & all lands whereof hee was solely seised or estated after his death to her & the heires of her body, And that in case hee survived his wife hee would alsoe settle the s'd Messuage & lands of the value of 40 li p[er] Annu[m] vpon the s'd Anne & the heires of her body, Wherevpon shortly after yo[ur] orator (relying vpon the s'd promise & agreemt of the s'd Edward Howsden) did marry & take to wife the s'd Anne by & with the Consent of the s'd Edward Howsden, w[hi]ch marriage was made & p[er]formed at the p[ar]ish church of Strethall in the County of Essex by one Mr Linsey the minister of the s'd church, by the speciall direcc[i]on & appointemt of the s'd Edward Howsden after hee himself had p[er]used yo[ur] orators lycense in that behalf graunted, w[hi]ch hee the sd Edward then affirmed hee would have p[er]formed himself if hee (then & yet practizing Phisicke) had not then had speciall & vrgent occasions requiring his p[re]sence, And further sheweth that after the s'd marriage solemnized & the s'd Edward Howsden neglecting to p[er]forme his s'd promise, ... in p[ar]te of paym't thereof the s'd Edward Howsden did then & there in the p[re]sence of the s'd witnesses give & graunt or declare to give & graunt vnto yo[ur] orator & his heires a messuage & malthowse w[i]th thapp[er]tencs & 28:ty acres of land to the some lying in Hinxton in the County of Cambridge nowe or late in the tenure of John Howsden for satisfacc[i]on of the some [sic] of 260 li p[ar]te of the 500 :li and that hee would then after make vnto yo[ur] orator sufficient conveyance & assurance in the lawe thereof, ...the s'd Edward Howsden hath at severall times only paid vnto yo[ur] orator the summe of 30 :li & noe more in p[ar]te of satisfacc[i]on of ye s'd 500 li (vizt) 5:s in ready money at his owne dwelling howse at Hornemeade, & then writt a note & sent it by yo[ur] orator to his nephewe Edward Howsden the yonger [sic] to deliver to yo[ur] orator a bond of 40: s then in his custody wherein the s'd John Howsden stood bound to him the s'd Edw: Howsden cl're for paymt of 20:s that yo[ur] orator might receave the money and therevpon but the s'd Edward Howsden the nephewe delaying to deliu[er] to yo[ur] orator the s'd bond, the s'd Edward Howsden cl're wrott another note to the s'd Edward Howsden & sent the same by one Edward Trigg to deliver the s'd bond to yo[ur] orator w[hi]ch hee then delivered vp to yo[ur] orator, & yo[ur] orator hath since receaved the principall money 20 : li therevpon due ...... But nowe soe it is may it please yo[r] hono's that the s'd Edward Howsden (his wife beinge lately dead combining practiseing & confederating wh Margaret Allen his maide servant a woman of a suspected reputac[i]on & one James Merry her father in lawe servant alsoe to the s'd Edward Howsden the s'd confederates doe plott & conspire howe & by what meanes they may defeate & defraude yo[ur] orator ... And yo[ur] orator lately coming in a peaceable man[n]er to the s'd Edward Howsden ... hee the s'd Edward Howsden, & the s'd Margaret Allen & James Merry did to picke a quarrell w[i]th (?) yo[ur] orator) frist [sic] vntruly charge yo[ur] orator to have spoken some words tending to impeach the reputac[i]ons of the s'd Edward Howsden & Margaret Allen, w[hi]ch yo[ur] orator denying, yet nevertheles ye said confederates did then assault & greevously beate & wound yo[ur] 'sd orator, & did threaten that if yo[ur] orator entred [sic] vpon the s'd ten acres of land or come againe to the howse to make any such demands that they would beate or kill yo[ur] s'd orator, & soe by threates & violente the s'd confederates doe keepe the poss'ion of the s'd land by force from yo[ur] orator And the s'd confederates doe alsoe give out in speeches the s'd Edward Howsden hath lately settled & assured or intendeth to settle & assure the sd lease & all other the s'd good lands & whole estate of the s'd Edward Howsden vpon the s'd Margaret Allen in reward of her good service & for noe other valuable consideracon or to some others in trust for her or the s'd Merry ... the s'd Margaret Allen & James Merry & [next few words hidden in crease in page] gotten into their hands all the deeds writings & evidence touching the s'd lands doe conceale & suppresse the same, & taking advantage of the greate age & nowe weaknes in judgemt of the s'd Edward Howsden doe ingrosse the s'd Edward Howsden & conceale & keepe him in their pow... [next few words hidden in crease] from him to speak... the s'd Edward Howsden to p[er]fect the s'd bargaines or to compose & agree the sd differences, & the sd confederates doe imbezell & purloyne the estate of the s'd Edward Howsden & doe alter divers debts & bonds into their owne names or others in trust for them & doe imbezell the sd goods & chattels wch doe p[ro]p[er]ly belong vnto yo[ur] orators ... The joynt and severall answeres of Edward Howsden Clarke Margarett Allyn & James Merry Defend'ts to ye bill of Complaint of Christopher Emerson and Anne his wife Complaynts ... And first the said Edward Howsden for himselfe saith that aboute the tyme in the bill of Complaynt menc[i]oned hee the said Edward Howsden & Elizabeth his then wife since deceased were joyntly seized to them & their heires of one messuages or tenem't the p[ar]ish of Hormead in the County of Hertfs & certen Land to ye same belonginge of the vallue of Ten pounds p[er] Annu[m] or thereabouts which was purchased by the said defend't Edward Howsdens late wife ... this Defen't saith that true it is that aboute the tyme in the bill menc[i]oned this defend't heard that the Complt xpofer was an earnest suito[ur] to ye Compl't: Anne and some freinds [sic] of ye said xpofers weere [sic] very importunate & earnest w[i]th this defend't to give his Consent to ye said marriage which this defend't could not be brought to in regard the Complaynants are first Cozens & this defend't for ye Consanguinity betweene them did not hold it fitt they should marry together Wherevppon ye Compl't: xpofer grew more earnest in his suite And some freinds [sic] of ye said Compl't : xpofers weere [sic] fearefull that if the said marriage should not have taken effect the said Compl Christopher would have done some wronge vnto himselfe & therevppon w[i]th more importunity did sollicite this defend't for his Consent to ye said As by a letter from the Compl:ts Sister to this defend't will appeare Which marriage this defend't was allwayes against And this defend't likewise saith that true it is the Compl't: Xpofer did bringe this Defend't a license graunted for ye supposed marriage aforesaid And this Defend't vppon p[er]usall of ye same f?ndeinge a Clause in the said license that there should be noe affinity or consanguinity betweene the said p[ar]ties (& this Defend't knoweinge ye neerenes [sic] of blood betweene them returned him his license againe but neu[er] gave him any direcc[i]on or appoyntm't to goe to Strethall in Essex or to any other place for ye p[er]formance of ye same ... Nor was this Defend'ts practise in Phisick soe greate but that hee might have spared soe much tyme, if he had beene wilinge w[i]th the said marriage Nor doth this Defend't know that the said marriage was solempnized at Strethall but rather beleives [sic] the contrary in regard of ye Consanguinity aforesaid ... But this Defend't saith that the Complt: xpofer makeinge his moane to this Defend't that he wanted a howse to live in, & this Defend't haveinge a howse at Hinxton aforesaid the possession whereof was deteyned from him hee this Defend't told the said Compl't: that if hee could gett ye possession of that howse hee might live in the same rent free only hee should give this Defend't a Supp of beere when hee came that way Which was the conference which passed betweene the Compl't: & this Defend't at that tyme: / And this Defendt doth confesse that since that tyme hee this defendt: in considerac[i]on of a Some of money the certainty whereof this defend't doth not now remember did sell convey & assure ~ the said messuage maulthouse & land to the same belonginge to John Howsden in the bill named & his heires who had ye reverc[i]on of the same after the death of this Defend't & his said Late wife as he hopeth vnder favo[ur] of this hono'ble Court was lawfull for him to doe ... And this Defend't further sayth that since the tyme of the said p[re]tended marriage the said Compl't makeinge many journeys over to this Defend't & much moane that hee was in such want of money hee know not how to subsiste this Defend't hath at severall tymes releeved his necessityes & hath disbursed to him the Some of Fifty pounds Twenty pounds whereof was received vppon the bond in the bill menc[i]oned wherein John Howsden stood bound to this Defendt: And this Defend't likewise saith that hee was Contented to assigne vnto the Compl:t a lease where of hee this Defend't stood possessed of Tenne acres of land by estimac[i]on in the bill menc[i]oned to beginne for the adsu[er]ue of this terme w[hi]ch shalbe to come & vnexpired after the death of him this Defend't And for the draweinge of an Indenture of Assignem't to comence [sic] after his death as aforesaid hee this Defend't did deliver vnto the Complt the Indenture of Assignem't of this said lease dated the 22th: [sic] of February Anno viij:o Jacobi Regis made by one Thomas Bownest to him this Defend't: But the said Compl't: not pursueinge the said ~ Instrucc[i]ons given him by this Defendt concerninge ye Assignem't aforesaid Did drawe or cause to be drawne an Assignem'te of ye said Lease Dated about two yeares Since & to beginne from that tyme quite contrary to ye direcc[i]on given him by this Defendt which this Defend't: did refuse to seale & did tell the Compl't: that hee would give him the said Lease by his Will ... And as to ye Assault or Battery p[re]tended to be made by this Defend't vppon the Compl't: Hee this Defend't: saith that the Compl't: cominge at one tyme vnto his this Defend'ts howse & haveinge vsed vncivill & scandalous speeches of this Defend't Hee this Defend't laid his hands gently vppon him & putt him out of his howse sayeinge that hee would nourish noe such vipers, the which is all the Assault & battery that hee ever made vppon him ... And the said Margarett Allyn ... saith that shee verrily beleeveth that the said Compl't Xpofer (haveinge by his owne relac[i]on lowdly spent & consumed his estate) doth intend to heale & recover himselfe out of ye Defend't Edward Howsdens esta... ...All which matters these Defend'ts are ready to averre & prove as this Ho'ble Court shall award & humbly pray to be hence dismissed w[i]th their reasonable Costs & Charges in this behalfe most wrongfully susteyned Edward Howsden signu[m] margaret Allen Jacobi ? Merry Ad (?) Ed'us Howsden Cl'icus Margaretta Allyn et Jacobus Merry Jurat fuer' ~ vicessimo primo die Junij vicessimo Caroli Regs apud Hormead in Com Hertfs coram nobis PhilL: CagL Johe Warde sen'

Source: C 2/ChasI/E9/62
National Archive

To The R:t Hono:ble The Governo[ur] Bayliffs & Comonalty of the Company of Conservato[ur]s of the Great Levell of the Fenns: The Humble Petic[i]on of Elizabeth Greene Widow, Sheweth That yo[ur] Petic[i]oner being the Right Owner of a small house standing on the Corporac[i]ons Banks of the River Ouze in ye p[ar]ish of Hilgay in the County of Norfolke, which was given her by Christopher Emerson yo[ur] Petic[i]oner's father, who built ye same, yo[ur] Petic[i]oner did for some time since dwell therein, & enjoy the same, & afterward out of meer kindess did p[er]mit one widow Pratt to live in ye same as long as she lived, but the sd Widow Pratt marrying to one Pye; this Pye kept yo[ur] Petic[i]oner out of possession, and would pay noe Rent; and this Widow hath lately sold the same to one Mr: ?ar?ey who enjoys the same at p[re]sent, so that yo[ur] Petic[i]oner is in danger of loosing her right in the said house, unless releived by this hono'ble Court: Wherefore yo[ur] Petic[i]oner humbly prays that this Court wo'd be pleased to grant an order to yo[ur] Petic[i]oner for pulling down & taking away the said house, and she as in duly bound shall e?er pray Elizabeth E Greene

Source: S/B/SP/10, about 1664?
Cambridgeshire Archives


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