The petition of John Joneson of Gawsworth, Cheshire, and Elizabeth Clerk of Macclesfield, Cheshire, 22 January 1650

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.

Joh[n] Leadbeater

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.

Key Facts

Date of petition

22 January 1650

Name of petitioner

John Joneson

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    City and County of Chester

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity £0.0s.0d.
    Pension 20s
    Frequency Annual

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Battle of Holt Bridge, 9 November 1643

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Shelf mark

QJF 77/4, fol. 26