The petition of Jane Cooke of Garthiffe, Cheshire, Michaelmas 1657

To the Right Wor[shipful] the Justices of the peace for the Countie of Chester

The humble Petition of Jane Cooke of [?Gathiffe] within the said Countie widow


That George Cooke your petitioners husband was slaine att Midlewitch when the defeate was there giuen to the Parliaments Forces (the said George being then a souldier for the Parliament vnder the Comand of Capt[ain] Edmund Shelmerdine) att which time your petitioner was Left with fiue smale Children haueing nothing but her handie Labor wherewith to maintaine her selfe and them: therefore vppon her humble Adresse to the honor[a]ble: Sessions she was [illegible] Admitted a pensioner by which meanes through the Lordes goodnes her selfe and litle ones haue subsisted hitherto: Now for Asmuch as your petitioner is att pr[e]sent so visited with a Languishing distemp[er] that she is not able to earne her owne Liueing some of her Children allso being vnable for themselues so that if they bee depriued of the benefite of the pension formerly alowed they are like (diverse of them) to begge theire bread:

The pr[e]mises Considered your poore petitioner humbly Craues that she may bee Continued a pensioner as formerly vntill the lord shall please to restore health to herselfe and such of her said Children as att pr[e]sent are verie weake: And your petitioner will ever pray &c

John Worthington

Reginal Ryle

Richard Baxter

John Paulden                  Henry Barlow

Peeter Hackney             Robeart Baxter

John Massie                    John Goodyeer

Renalde [?Gamclrofte]

[?Hinleme] Warde


Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

Jane Cooke

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    County of Cheshire (exact location undefined/uncertain)

Outcome of petition

  • Unsuccessful

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Second Battle of Middlewich, 26 December 1643

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Shelf mark

QJF 85/3, fol. 157