The petition of Jennet Massom of Litherland, Lancashire, Michaelmas 1651

To the right wor[shipfu]ll the Justices of the peace for this county sittinge at Wiggan.

The humble Pettic[i]on of Jennet Massom wife of John Massom now a souldier vnder the Comaund of Captain Croft for the service of this Comon wealth.

Humbly sheweth That yo[u]r Petitioners husband beinge a souldier hyered for William Trustram of Litherland in the parishe of Sephton who on Condic[i]on that the said William should build a howse for the poore pettitioner & her Children haueinge noe place to abide in; yo[u]r petticoners husband & 4 Children beinge all borne in th’ aforesaid parish of Sephton; yo[u]r said pettic[i]oner Came to demand her said husbands bargeine with the said Trustrames (as may appeare by Articles of agreement vnder his hand) Came into a barne of his in Orrell, & Continued there vntill Mr Tompson Rector of the said parishe with diuers others Came & violently put yo[u]r petic[i]oner with her 5 [sic] Children forth of the said barne & brought yo[u]r pettic[i]oner with her & one Child into Walton where they lay without doores till it pleased the worshipfull Col[onel] Birch to order a lodging place for yo[u]r Petticoner till this sessions.

Therefore may it please this Honorable Bench to take it into there graue Consideracons & to order the saide William Trustram According to his agreement To provide a howse & place of beinge for your pettitioner & poore Children & yo[u]r pettitioner shall euer pray &c.

<Ch[urchwardens] & ou[er]seers of Walton parishe to provide her a house or from hencefurth to allow her 10 d. per weeke or upon complaint to bee bound to the next sessions.>

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

Jennet Massom

Type of petitioner

Other Dependant

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Wigan (Wigan Parish), Lancashire

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity £0.0s.0d.
    Pension 10d.
    Frequency Weekly

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • There are no known events

Places mentioned

  • Walton (Walton on the Hill Parish), Lancashire
  • Orrell (Sefton Parish), Lancashire

People mentioned

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Lancashire Archives

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