The petition of Dorithy Barton of Dutton, Lancashire, Michaelmas 1651

To the right wo[rshipfu]ll the Justices of Peace att the Generall Sessions holden att Preston

The humble petticon of Dorithy Barton of Dutton.

Humbly sheweth.

That yo[u]r poore petic[i]oners Husband was in July last imprest for a souldier to serue in Ireland for the Townshippe of Dutton aforesaid within the Parish of Ribchester. Yo[u]r pettic[i]oner then receiueing faire promises from some of the inhabitants of the said Towne for the future releiffe of yo[u]r petic[i]oner and her smale Children (which before had her maintenance by the painefull labours & industrye of her poore Husband). But now her husband beinge gone yo[u]r poore deiected petic[i]oner being great Bellied and two litle smale children are not onely reiected and neglected But are likely to starue and be lost for want of foode & other necessaryes vnlesse their be some speedy Course taken for their present livelyhood.

Maie it therefore please yo[u]r good worshipps to take into yo[u]r pious Considerac[i]ons the lamentable and distressed Condic[i]on of yo[u]r poore petic[i]oner and her smale children having noe other stop-house then the harts of well disposed and charitable persons. And in Comisserac[i]on to grant such order as yo[u]r worshipps shall thinke fitt. And yo[u]r pettic[i]oner & her poore Children shal be euer Bound to praye &c

Ch[urchwardens] & ou[er]seers.


Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

Dorithy Barton

Type of petitioner

Other Dependant

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Preston (Preston Parish), Lancashire

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity £0.0s.0d.
    Pension £0.0s.0d.
    Frequency Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • There are no known events

Places mentioned

  • Ireland

People mentioned

Archive information


Lancashire Archives

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