The petition of John Staplee of Hastings, Sussex, 7 October 1647

To the Right Worship[fu]ll his Ma[jes]t[ie]s Justices of the Peace for the East Devission of the County of Sussex

The humble petic[io]n of John Staplee souldier Borne at Hasting in Sussex:

In moste humble manner sheweth vntoe this Right Worship[fu]ll Benche that yo[u]r petic[ione]r  was one of Capt[ain] Wingates Troupe beinge in Collonell Sands Regiment in the Parliaments Servis where hee freely Adventured his Life and behaved himselfe as befitted a true deserving Souldier vntill it pleased god that hee was most dangerously wounded bothe one his head and Armes the first wounds he receved at Worcester and the second at Keynton where hee Receved such most dangerous Apparent hurts one his Armes that hee is for Ever Totally disabled to gett his Living by Any bodily Labour hee hauing a wife and Charge and having noe meanes to sustaine the Lives of them nor himselfe hee is like to perishe in theise Sad Tymes for want of Sucker and forasmuch as the premises may Appeere to be true by good Certificate hee most humbly prayeth:

That this Right Worship[fu]ll Bench will be mersifully pleased forthe of yo[u]r Pious and Accustomed goodnes to settle Som[e] Competent yearly pention vppon him during his Life According to the Statute none Living being in greter need and hee w[i]th his distressed family shall haue Just Case to pray for this Right Worship[fu]ll Bench as duty bindeth &c

John Pelham

Harbert Morley

Key Facts

Date of petition

7 October 1647

Name of petitioner

John Staplee

Type of petitioner

Maimed Soldier

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Lewes, Sussex

Outcome of petition

  • Unknown

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Skirmish at Powick Bridge, 23 September 1642
    Battle of Edgehill, 23 October 1642

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


East Sussex Record Office

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