The petition of Martha Emming of Coggeshall, Essex, 1653

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To the right worshipfull the Justices of the peace for the County of Essex

The humble peticion of Martha Eming of Coggeshall in the County of Essex aforesaid widdow


That your peticioners husband and two of her sonns did some eight yeares sence take up armes for the service of the p[ar]lament and under the Command of Captin boyce in which imployment and at the Seedg at yorke in a towne called hassellton within a mile of the said Cittie it pleased god to take away the life of my said husband and soone after hime one of my sonnes in Ireland to the great greeife and also to the hinderance of your poore peticioner she being verey aged and past her labour and had long before this tyme Come to the Charge of the parish had nott her sonne healp to provide for her

your peticioner therefore not haveing any remedy or reliefe other waies or other where then by and at this worshipfull assembly doth humbly prostrate both her selfe and her Cause to your grave and serious Consideracons not doubting of your wonted and known Clemency and Justice humbly craveing that the povertie and agednes of your peticioner being considered you would be pleased to grant vnto your peticioner that help and yearely reliefe which hath formerly bine granted for and towards the help and sucker of distressed widdowes in that behalfe

And your peticioner as in duty bound shall dyly pray


Martha [symbol: mark] Emming


40 s. gratuity.

The above sayde Danyell Em[m]ing went out of his worke in my house when he tooke up Armes for the Parlyment.

F[or] me: W[illia]m Tanner

Robert Hills

F[or] mee William Guyon

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John Cox churchwarden

John Cooke cunstabele

John Gray ouersever

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

Martha Emming

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Chelmsford (Chelmsford Parish), Essex

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity 40s
    Pension No Pension
    Frequency No Pension

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of York, 21 April to 16 July 1644

Places mentioned

  • Ireland

People mentioned

Archive information


Essex Record Office

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Essex Record Office

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