The petition of John Slonas of Stokesley, North Riding of Yorkshire, 1685

To the hon[ou]rable & Right Wor[shi]pfull his Ma[jes]ties Justices of the Peace for the North Riding of the County of Yorke

The humble Petition of John Slonas of Stokesley within the sayd Rideing Taylor

Humbly sheweth

That your Petic[i]oner was a Trooper under the Comand of Captaine Henry Yoward in the service of his late Ma[jes]tie King Charles the first of happy memory and was alsoe a Corporall in the Troope of Captaine Beilby att the siege of Hull and alsoe served his sayd late Majestie under the Com[m]and of Collonell Errington att Yorke fight and always continued faithfull & loyall to his sayd Majesty & never would take part with the Rebells although often thereunto solicitted. And your Petic[i]oner received severall wounds in the said service and never had any penc[i]on or gratuity & being now growne aged & infirme & indigent & not able to worke of his Trade as hitherto he hath done for the maintenance of himselfe & his wife therefore

Y[ou]r Petic[i]oner humbly prayes you will please to take his Case into y[ou]r Considerac[i]on & afford him such releife as you shall thinke fitt & y[ou]r Petic[i]oner as in duty bound will ever pray &c.

Wee whose names are hereunto subscribed being all Inhabitants in Stokesley doe humbly Certifye the Contents of this petic[i]on to be true & that the Petic[i]oner hath all along behaved himselfe honestly & lived credibly amongst his neighb[ou]rs & hath (as long as he was able) followed his Trade & maintained his wife & family without being burthensome to the Towne & is now very poore & indigent.

The truth hereof I verily believe

Ra[lph] Yoward

Ma: Yoward

Gab[riel] Gibbon

George Potter

Tho[mas] Gibbon

Th[omas] Pennyman D.D. Rector of Stokesley

Will[ia]m Peirson

Geo[rge] Jackson

James Pootter

Thomas Hunt

x s. as a gratuity

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

John Slonas

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    North Riding of Yorkshire (exact location undefined/uncertain)

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity 10s
    Pension No Pension
    Frequency No Pension

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of Hull, 2 September to 12 October 1643
    Battle of Marston Moor, 2 July 1644

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


North Yorkshire County Record Office

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