To the Right wor[shipfu]ll the Justices of the peace at the Quarter Sessions houlden at Chester Januarie 22o 1649
The humble petic[i]on of John Joneson of Gowseworth and Elizabeth Clerk of Macclesfeild widdowe
Sheweth vnto this Ho[noura]ble Bench that yo[u]r petic[i]on[e]r John Joneson beinge a souldier vnd[e]r the Com[m]and of Capt[ain] John Leadbeater was vppon Holte bridge shott in his lefte Arme w[hi]ch would not bee Cured but thereby yo[u]r petic[i]on[e]r is maymed and soe disinabled to worke for his subsistance.
And at the same tyme and place yo[u]r petic[i]on[e]r Elizabeth Clerks husband was slaine; leaueinge yo[u]r petic[i]on[e]r three yonge Children w[i]thout any mainetenance to liue vppon who form[e]rly by the paye & industrie of Christopher Clerke her late husband were Comfortablie p[ro]vided for.
Maye it therefore please this Ho[noura]ble bench the pr[e]misses Considered to vouchsafe vnto yo[u]r petic[i]on[e]rs some yearely Mainetenance for their subsistence as others in the like Case haue afforded vnto them, yo[u]r petic[i]on[e]rs haueinge formerly beene p[ro]mised mainetenance for their liuelyhood w[hi]ch they haue longe expected to receiue & yet could neu[e]r gett any. And yo[u]r petic[i]on[e]rs as in all dutye they are bound will eu[e]r pray.
Theis are to Certifie all whome theis pr[e]sents Concerne that the pr[e]misses Conteined in this petic[i]on are true. For the aforesayd Christopher Clerke was vppon Holte Bridge slaine. And the sayd John Joneson soe shott as he is thereby maymed. Neither of them haueinge any meanes to liue vppon but what the[y] obtain[e]d by their Hand labour.
40 s. p[er] ann[um] for the woman & 20 for the man the first paym[en]t to begin at o[u]r Lady day.