The petition of Sarah Bott of Stebbing, Essex, 1652

<Essex s[ession]s>


To the wor[shi]pfull the Justices of the peace of this County.

The humble petic[i]on of Sarah Bott vid[ua]

Humbly sheweth

That whereas the husband of yo[u]r poore petic[i]oner did voluntarily at his owne charge furnish himselfe with a horse and armes compleate and engaged him in the service of the hon[ou]rable state, in which service hee continewed two yeares compleate in England. And then Marched uppon the first expedic[i]on of Scotland. In w[hi]ch service It pleased god that presently after the first greate fight hee dyed Leaveing yo[u]r petic[i]oner w[i]th five small children in a very sad and deplorable condic[i]on destitute of necessary maynteyn[a]nce.

Yo[u]r humble petic[i]oner theerfore makes bould Humbly to addresse hirselfe unto yo[u]r wor[shi]ps humbly craveing yo[u]r wor[shi]ps to take the same into yo[u]r serious considerac[i]ons That soe by the blessing of god upon hir endeavor and yo[u]r wor[shi]ps allowance hirselfe and children may have a competent subsistance, And ever shall as she is in dut duty bound pray for to him that blesseth the wid[ow]s and the fatherlesse.

Wee theerfore the Inhabitants of the p[ar]ish aforesaid knowing yo[u]r petic[i]oner to bee Industrious in hir calling and liveing honestly doe in testimony of our desires that yo[u]r wor[shi]ps would graunt hir some reliefe subscribe our names.

John Fuller. Mnist[e]r

John Sorell

William [symbol: mark] Allisons

Josias Stanes

John [?Caudell]

William [?Pascall]

John Androws

<must get a Certificate in the [?meane ?five ?p[ar]ish] p[er] w[ee]ke if not able rec[eive] the [?p[ar]ish]>

Key Facts

Date of petition


Name of petitioner

Sarah Bott

Type of petitioner

War Widow

Declared allegiance


Injuries sustained;
ailments experienced

No known injuries or ailments

Authority petitioned

  • Quarter Sessions
    Chelmsford (Chelmsford Parish), Essex

Outcome of petition

  • Successful
  • Gratuity £0.0s.0d.
    Pension £0.0s.0d.
    Frequency Weekly

Petition signature


Further information in this petition

Events mentioned

  • Battle of Dunbar, 3 September 1650

Places mentioned

  • There are no known places

People mentioned

Archive information


Essex Record Office

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