The petition of Jennett Pearson of Hardhorn, Lancashire, Easter 1653

To the Right Wor[shi]pp[fu]ll the Justices of the peace and Quoru[m] for the Countie of Lanc[aste]r assembled at [illegible] the sessions of peace holden att Preston.

The humble petic[i]on of Jennett Pearson of Hardhorne widdow


That the petic[i]oners late husband John Pearson was in his life tyme A souldier in the Parliaments service att the seige against Lathome and att the losse of Bolton from whence hee returninge to his owne house was thence carried away by Prince Ruperts Forces and there dyed, That after his decease the petic[i]oner was admitted and entered into the List of widdowes and ought to haue receiued her monthly allowanc{e} but was deprived thereof by some indirect meanes of the paymaster And beinge left w[i]th Fiue Fatherlesse Children whereof Fower as yett liueinge and all her meanes beinge exhausted and spent in vnnaturall suites betwixt her and her stepsonne and humbly comeainge widdowes and poore Fatherlesse Children of the like condic[i]on are by yo[u]r Wor[shi]pps provided for and releeued

Her humble request is That yo[u]r Wor[shi]pps would bee in mercie pleased to commiserate the low and distressed estate of A poore widdow and her Fatherlesse Children (the eldest beinge infatuate and imperfect in his sight) & another of them lame And favourably to grant her yo[u]r Wor[shi]pps Order to the Treasurer whereby shee and her poore Children may bee enabled to receaue such allowance as is granted to others of the like condic[i]on. And shee shall dayly pray &c.


to Ch[urchwardens] & Ou[erseers] for her children

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

Jenet Pearson

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Preston (Preston Parish), Lancashire

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of Lathom House, 27 February to 27 May 1644
    Assault on Bolton, 28 May 1644

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Lancashire Archives

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