The petition of Christian Markes of South Petherton, Somerset, 12 July 1653

To the right Wor[shi]p[fu]ll John Turburueile Esq[ui]r[e] & the rest of the Justices for the Countie of Som[er]s[e]tt.

The humble Petic[i]on of Christian Markes late wife of L[ieutenan]t Frauncis Marks.


That yo[u]r petition[ne]rs husband, hauing formerly liued in very good Creditt and repute in South Petherton w[i]thin this Countie & well mainteyned his Chilldren & Family by his profession, did out of his affection to the Parliam[en]t betake himselfe to their Seruice in the Warre, where hee p[er]formed the States very good Seruice; And that yo[u]r Pet[itione]rs husband (beinge a Leiutenaunt to Capt[ain] George Sampson in the Regim[en]t of Major Gen[er]all Skippon, when the Earle of Essex was Gen[er]all & marched for Cornwall) hauing in the heate of that imploym[en]t receaued many wounds dyed w[i]th the same, And hauing Spent all his Estate in that Service, left yo[u]r Pet[itione]r charged w[i]th three small Chilldren, & nothing to maintaine them: yo[u]r Pet[itione]r therevppon by the aduice of some of her Freinds, petic[i]oned the Tresurers at Ealy howse to allow her a weekly pension who were pleased to take her Condic[i]on into Considerac[i]on & giuing her releife to helpe her in her Journey sent yo[u]r Pet[itione]r w[i]th their Publique passe and an act of Parliam[en]t to the Justices of this Countye for releife And his excellencie the Lord Gen[er]all taking yo[u]r Pet[itione]rs said Condic[i]on into his pious Considerac[i]on hath written the Certificate annexed w[i]th desire to yo[u]r worshipps to take yo[u]r Petit[ione]rs destressed Condic[i]on into yo[u]r Charitable Considerac[i]ons, & to settle a pension on her according to her quallity.

Yo[u]r Pet[itione]r most humbly desires yo[u]r wor[shi]ps to take her destressed Condic[i]on into yo[u]r Pious Considerac[i]ons & for the releife of her selfe & three poore Children to vouchsafe to settle on her a pe[n]sion somewhat equivolent to her greate losses & pr[e]sent destressed Condic[i]on;

And yo[u]r Peti[tione]r shall eu[er] pray &c.


Christian Markes p[e]tition – 4 li. for the present by the Tre[asure]r

Key Facts

Date of petition

12 July 1653

Name of petitioner

Christian Marks

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Taunton, Somerset

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity £4.0s.0d.
    Pension No Pension
    Frequency No Pension

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • There are no known events

Places mentioned

  • Ely House Hospital, Middlesex
  • County of Cornwall (exact location undefined/uncertain)

People mentioned

Archive information


Somerset Heritage Centre

Shelf mark

Q/Spet1 (Part 2), no. 89