The petition of Mary Abell of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, January 1653

To the wor[shipfu]ll the Justices of the Peace for the Countie of Stafford.

Yo[u]r humble petitioner Mary Abell of Vttoxeter widdow submissively sheweth that her late husband George Abell beinge slaine at Tutburie in the seruice of the Parliament, it after pleased this wor[shipfu]ll bench to allow a Pension to yo[u]r petitioner (who is ould and vtterly vnable to mainteyne herselfe and such as depend upon her) – w[hi]ch pension is now taken away (by what meanes she knoweth not) soe that she is vtterly destitute of all Releeffe. Shee humblie therefore doth petition that yo[u]r wor[ship]s would be pleased to Restore her said pension or otherwise to commiserate her poore estate as in yo[u]r wisedomes shall best seeme fitt. Soe will shee euer Pray for yo[u]r wor[ship]s happinesse.

We the Inhabitants of Vttoxeter doe humblie Certifie the truth of this petition.

Tho[mas] Lightfoote Vic[ar]

Laurence Dawson minister

James Sergeant

Nicho[las] Holmes                                            Peter Lightfoot

Tho[mas] Gilbert) Churchwardens            Walter Mynors

Will[iam] Burton)

Edward Moore

Tho[mas] Middleton

Humphrey Smith                                              Nicholas Mynors

Tho[mas] Smyth

Ralfe Cooke                                                        Thomas Lightfoote

Anthony Alkins                                                  John Keye

John Wakfeild                                                    William Pulle

Samuell Alkins                                                   Lawrence Bradshawe

John Scattergood                                             Robert Gilbert

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Key Facts

Date of petition

January 1653

Name of petitioner

Marie Abell

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    County of Staffordshire (exact location undefined/uncertain)

Outcome of petition

  • Unsuccessful

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Siege of Tutbury Castle, 1643

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Staffordshire Record Office

Shelf mark

Q/SR/280, fol. 30