The petition of Elizabeth Fowler of Halstead, Essex, 1653

To the Hon[ou]rble Courte of Sessions for the County of Essex

The humble petition of Elizabeth Fowler a poore distressed widdow of Halsted in the County aforesaid

Humbly sheweth thatt your poore petitionors husband John Fowler haueing bine a soldeir from the begininge of these late warres and was wounded att Edgehill fight and since thatt, aboutt tow yeeres and halfe agone wentt a soldier into Ireland under the Command of Captaine Chapman in Maior Warners Regimentt where your poore petitionors husband lost his life by a shott before Logar Castle in the County of Limbricke, the which was credibly certified to Mr Harlakenden Justice, by one Samuell Downes one who was a soldeir in the service att the same time. your poore petitionor therefore humbly prayeth this honorable Courte seriously to consider the sadd Condicion of her and her poore infantt and to allow her such releiffe as to your wisdomes shall seeme fitt, as others in the like condicion have had, and your poore petitioner shall be bound to pray

<3 li. By Mr Harlakenden>

<[Accounts, unrelated to this petition or payments to maimed soldiers/war widows]>

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

Elizabeth Fowler

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Chelmsford (Chelmsford Parish), Essex

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity £3.0s.0d.
    Pension No Pension
    Frequency No Pension

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Battle of Edgehill, 23 October 1642
    Siege of Limerick, 6 to 19 October 1650

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Essex Record Office

Shelf mark