Christian Howsden


m. 18/12/1596
John Benyfeld Great Chesterford, Essex

Did You Know?

  • I think it likely that the Howsdens of Great Chesterford derived their name from Ousden in Suffolk. One document at the ERO refers to 'John Denham alias Howseden of Great Chesterford' (Q/SR 51/59), while another refers to 'John Owsden' (D/P 10/25/8). A document at TNA relates to 'messuage and land in Dalham, Owsden and Denham, Suffolk' (C 2/JasI/B7/66), and according to Google Maps Ousden and Denham in Suffolk are about 2 miles apart.
  • The marriages of sisters Etheldred Howsdon and Christian Howsden are consecutive entries in the parish register, and so are the baptisms of their daughters Marye Emersonn and Etheldred Benefelde.

Documentary Sources

In all humilitye Complayninge informeth your excellent Ma[jes]tie your most loyall and faithfull subiect Hugh Emerson of the p[ar]ishe of St Stephens in Colemanstreete in the Cittie of London grocer ... That Edmund Purton and Edward Osborne gent not hauinge the feare of god before their eyes neyther regardinge the straightnes and daunger of yo[ur] Ma[jes]ties said Lawes, did vpon the two and Twentith [sic] day of September being in the seaventh yeare of yo[ur] Ma[jes]ties happy reinge [sic] ... did outragiously riottouslye and vnlawfully enter in to the h??se of yo[ur] subiect scituate in Colemanstreet in London aforesaid att w[hi]ch tyme Etheldred the wyfe of yo[ur] subiect togeather w[i]th Christian Bedingfeild her Sister, was then in the said howse ... And in the end it soe happened that one Richard weston vnkle to yo[ur] subiects wyfe, then Com[m]inge into yo[ur] subiects howse and hearinge the said outrage and noyce aboue in the said howse, ranne vpp the said stayres and looking into the said roome he p[er]ceyved his said neeces to be most vndulye & shamfullye wronged by them the said Edmond & Edward ...

Source: STAC 8/132/3
National Archive


18/12/1596 Church, Great Chesterford, Essex
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