Cheshire Quarter Sessions: 1618

Petitions to the Cheshire Quarter Sessions, 1573-1798.

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Edward Richardsonn of Baggeley. QJF 46/4/23 (1618)

To the right worshipfull Sir Urian Leighe baronet, one of the Kinges majesties justices of peace.

The humble peticioun of Edward Richardsonn of Baggeley

Humblye complaininge, sheweth unto your worship that wheras one Lawrence Bennett a maried man, but of lewd conversacion as it is verie well b knowne, and dulie made manifest by his vicious life nothinge regardinge the violatinge or breach of wedlocke promis, through which wanton and ungodly course of lyffe he hath wonne to his unlawfull desires a widdowe which before was in good reputacion and by her hath begotten a child which he forswore affirminge that he never had to doe with her and nowe since then doth keep the said child confessing and yeeledinge unto that, whiche before he had most lewdly forsworne: by which meanes yt is not onely the greefe and losses of his owne wiffe but the utter overthrowe and undoing of the said poore widdowe for which cause she hath lost her livinge. But yet he being not satisfyed with his licentious life hath entised your poore orators wife to the like inconvenience as yt is too c comonly knowne she having confessed the same before 2 witnesses which your said oratour could nominate by reason of which unlawfull familliaritie your poore petitioner knoweth not what damage he susteyneth by losse of his goodes which he hath painefully gotten, and yet doth endevour to get by his haundes, having noe other meanes to maintaine himself and four poore children. And further your said orator can prove by 2 s sufficient men, that the said Bennet doth lye wayting and espying about your said oratours house both night and day upon what occasion your oratour knoweth not, but he is both affraid of some bodily harme, as woundinge or havinge his flesh cut in peeces, (he having heard some speeches tending to the like purpose.) And allsoe of having his goodes convaid away by night, the said Bennett having bene suspected before with not much better exercisse. But to prevent some bodily danger your said poore peticioner is faine to absent himself from his owne house untill by your wo worships discretions their be wrought some reformacion. These are therfore humbly to desire your worships warraunt of good behaviour against the said Lawrence Bennett the same standing but with good right and justice (as your o oratour and manie others think) and being [noe prejudice?] to your worship. And your poore peticioner will pray continually for your worships prosperity according to his bounden duty.

Your worships poore peticioner humbly readie to be comanded.

Edward Richardson


Upon this peticion a warrant of the good abearinge was graunted againste the said Lawrence Bennett by thabove named Sir Urian Leighe and Sir William Davenporte knightes.

Jeffery Costones. QJF 46/4/91 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace assembled at this quarter sessions at Chester.

The humble petition of Jeffery Costones

Humbly enformeth unto your worshipps your petitioner Jeffery Costones of Congleton in this county, that whereas your petitioner is and standeth lawfully possessed for a longe terme of one tenemente in Congleton aforesaid by demyse from one John Hobson deceased, so it is that Margrett Hobson late wyfe to the aforesaid John Hobson carryinge a malicious and envyous mynd to your petitioner doth manace your said petitioner to put him violently out of the said tenemente and at this sessions to indicte him, and to arest him that he might not answere in his owne cause to your petitioners great annoyance, and your petitioner can by noe frendly meanes cause her to desist from her wicked intent, but do she doth use most vyle raylinge speeches, and sayth that your petitioner hath burnt up two [beyes?] of a barne which your petitioner is able to prove that he hath put to good use accordinge to the afforesaid John Hobsons appoyntment. In tender consideracion whereof may it please your worshipps to set downe order that your petitioner may have tyme to bringe in his witnesses for the proofe of his bargaine, and likewyse that noe indictment may be graunted out against your said petitioner, and this for Godes cause so farr as to your worshipps in your great wisdome shall be thought fitt and convenient.

Geffery Cooe. QJF 46/4/99 (1618)

To the right worshipfulles of the bench at this quarter sessions.

The humble peticion of Geffery Cooe.

Humblelie sheweth.

Unto your good worshipes that whereas I lye and remayne in prison in verie pore and distressed estate and voyd of all releeffe except it may please your good worships to take pitie and comisseracion of my starved estate for want of food I ame like to perish.

Most humblelie cravinge that it would please your good worshipes for Jesus Christ sake to take consideracion of may casse consernig one Harper for which I ame imprisoned for for what I did was in my owne deffence he lying in my way and gott me downe in the myer and stroke me and after reportted theire he had made my bed as I can evidentlie prove. And for other matters done be mee I ame hartelie sorie and will hereafter reforme my self soe that I hartelie request [illegible] your good worshipes to take pitie on me and grant me my libertie, soe shall I ever be bound to pray for your worsshipes health welth and prosperitie lounge to continewe.

20 freeholders of the hundreds of Nantwich, Northwich and Bucklow. QJF 46/4/109 (1618)

To the right worshipfull Sir Richard Shuttleworth knight justice of Chester and Henry Towneshend esquire an other justice their

Humbly shewen unto your worships your orators and peticioners the persons subscribed being in nomber xxtie frehoulders of the hundreddes of Namptwiche Northwich and Bucklowe how that they aboutes three yeares last past were fined by the justices of the peace of this county at their quarter sessions they beinge not therunto specially somoned upon which greef the peticioners preferred then their humble peticion unto your lordships for redresse to behad therin wherupon yt was by your lordships ordred and comaunded that no frehoulder from thencefurthe should be fined at any quarter sessions unles the same were specially somoned by the baillif of the same hundred where the partie dwelled the which your lordships for a great time afterwardes was accordingly performed and observed untill of late videlicet at a quarter sessions houlden after May day last and in January then before at the townes of Namptwich and Knottesford your lordships peticioners being not therunto specially somoned according to your order were fined in a great some of money contrary to your lordships order and their great losse hindrance and evill example humbly [preing?] your lordships order therin heertofore taken may stand in force and the peticioners to be dischardged from the injust fines upon them Imposed at the seid sessions contrary to your lordships order and this for Godes love

The names of the seid peticioners:

  • Thomas Swettenham
  • Randle [Houlle?]
  • [Jon?] Wilkingson
  • William Foxley
  • Thomas Harper
  • [Jon?] Ravenscroft
  • Richard Wright
  • William Bostocke
  • [Jon?] Midlehurst
  • Raffe [Wigge?]
  • William Furniffall
  • Randle [Rodd?]
  • Thomas Bickarton
  • Robert Hall

This to be entryd in [illegible] and to be published at the quarter [illegible]

[illegible] 1598 Upon this peticion it is [thought?] [illegible] Shuttleworth esquier [chyf justice?] [illegible] esquier thother [justice of Chester?] [illegible] for non appearance at the quarter [sessions?] [illegible] unles to be specially somoned before [illegible] and also that if ther be any indictment [illegible] parishioners or [illegible] [multitudes?] that [illegible] [a...ded?] therupon what speciall warrant [illegible] of the peace at the least and not the [officer?]

  • Rychard Shuttleworthe
  • H Townesend
  • Edward Fyton


Sara Aston. QJF 47/1/48 (1618)

[illegible] the right worshipfull Sir [Thomas?] [...berleyne?] knight lord cheefe [...ce?] of the county pallentyne [illegible] [Chester?]

[illegible] [humble?] peticioner Sara [illegible] [illegible] [...e?] impotent creature.

[illegible] sheweth

[illegible] peticioner being impotent [illegible] [...test?] and borne in the [illegible] who about xii yeares [illegible] [...y?] of Chester to doe [illegible] [...eare?] agoe fallinge lame [illegible] great decaye [and?] missery soe [illegible] [...e?] leeved unles I can [illegible] [...eanes?] to travell to my

humbly [crave?] your good [illegible] Jesus Christ sake to take pity uppon me being lame creature to grant me your lordships warrant ether from under your hand or some justice of this county for my quiet passage to Islington aforsayd where I will remayne amongst my [fe...?] and never troble this countrey agayne, soe will I ever pray for your good lordshipes [all?] the dayes of my lyffe


Chester xviiio Aprilis 1618

The justices of peace at the quarter sessions to take order for her releife and passage

  • Thomas [illegible]

Thomas Scragge. QJF 47/1/115 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace assembled at his sessions

Humbly informeth your worships that John Merriman of Wythinghton in this county of Chester without any collor of bargayne or promis withouldeth the possession of a mesuage in Wythington of thinheritance of of Thomas Scrage and the said Thomas Scragge having byn once or twise indicted for keeping him desireth your worships to doe what to you belongeth for the removinge of the said Merriman away and that for Godes love

By me Thomas Scragge



William Burrowes versus [Robert Sco...?] of Higher [Knutesferd?]

John Cutler and Rose Cutler his wife. QJF 47/1/118 (1618)

The humble peticion of John Cutler and Rose Cutler his wyfe:

To the right woorshipfull his majesties justices at the quartersessions:

In most humble wyse sheweinge unto your good woorshipps: that whereas one Thomas Fletcher haveinge a close lyeinge and adjoyneinge to your peticioners ground, your said peticioners kyne did trespas to the said Fletchers ground at his owne heyment and hee fyndeing your said peticioners kyne there, tooke them towardes the pound and your said peticioners meetinge him, dryveinge their kyne desyred the said Fletcher to lett them have their kyne and they should not come any more in his feild (if his heyment were lawefull) which hee denyeinge to doe, your said peticioner contrary to her husbandes mynde tooke one of the said kyne from him, and suffered him to take the other to the pound: and your said peticoners by the maiores consent, accordinge to the customme of the towne of Macclesfeild loossed the said cowe, (by sticke and nayle) out of the said pound, and putt in surtye the said maior, to answere the said Fletcher to the [lawe?]; and uppon this the said Fletcher rather uppon malice then any just cause indyted your said peticioners, they not knoweinge thereof, untill such tyme as your said peticioners, beinge this last assyzes bound to appeare at Chester, to be examined uppon some matters for his majestie, and comeing into the castle yard, two baylifes beinge there reddie sett, by him (as your said peticoner suppose) whom they camme to prosecute againste in his majesties behalfe) they tooke your said peticoner presently to prisson her said husband being presente and there kept her closse soe that shee could not come to be examined before my lord judge, and your peticoner her husband beinge a poore mane and very ignorant in such matters was forced to borrowe money to pay her fees before shee could bee released

Wee therefore desyre your good woorshipps to pittie our poore estate beinge thus wronged and that you would for Godes cause mittigate the fyne due to his majestie, which wee are not able to paye, beinge soe uppon malice unjustly indyted. And in soe doeinge, wee and our three poore children are ever bound to pray for your good woorshipps health and happiness


[Memorandum?] to consider of the fyne the next sessions.

Roberte Cooke. QJF 47/1/120 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace assembled at his quarter sessions

The humble peticion of Roberte Cooke


That he was pressed out of this county for the late Queenes majesties service in the [realm?] of Ireland and there contynued a great space and bare the office of a serjent of dyvers companyes as by the certificate of Sir William Wade knight his majesties mustermaster generall Sir Henry Dockery Sir Charles Egerton and Sir John Bolles knightes late corronells in [illegible] warres will playnly appeare to your worships

And that through his service in the warres in the said realme he is become mayhemed of his lefte arme and shott through his body and is unable to [illegible] and worke for his lyvinge

Humbly prayinge

That your worships wilbe pleased to admitt this peticioner to be one of the [illegible] of the money collected in this county for the maynteynance of mayhemed souldiers and that for Godes love.


To be admitted in the place of [Myllyngb.?] who is dead and to have his [pension?]

Phillip Baguley of Marthall. QJF 47/1/121 (1618)

The humble peticion of Phillip Baguley of Marthall in this countie palantyne of Chester upon wronge done unto hym cominge to present misdemeanours heare at the hundred court of Bucklowe, beinge constable, the last daye of Aprill last paste 1618.

Humblie shewinge unto your good worshipps, that the peticioner beinge a poore man and bearinge office of a constable, and comminge to Knottesford havinge ther busynes for the Kinge and for misdemeanours for the Kinge there was one Thomas Woodd [illegible] and my selffe to gyve evydence concerninge hayment to be made betwixt partie and partie, uppon which, relacion beinge had amongest the parties for the hayment makinge, which on Peter Lecester of Owlerton should make, and he beinge ther present with us (with out anie occacion said unto your peticioner (yf he could prove your peticioner forsworne he would have his eares) your peticioner replyinge, said he trusted in God to keep his eares as well as he would keepe his, and then in a bravadoe your peticioner standinge bare headed unto hym, did upon a sudden [illegible] with a crabb=stree bastinadoe toke hym suche a strooke that he broke his head in two places, which your peticioner beinge an old man was contented to put upp trustinge your worshipps, at this your sessiones of the peace would take some corse for the same, desyringe your worshipps all that you would be=pleased to graunt me good behaviour against the said Peter Lecester beinge afraid of hym, havinge wiffe and sixe smale children and aged withall, takinge my oath for the same, and bringinge heare to you my witnesses howe he used me, and God willinge your peticioner shall daylie pray for your worshipps in all health longe to contynew.


A warrant of peace to be graunted against the said Peter Leycester

Edward Woodd of Owllerton, husbandman, and Alice his wiffe. QJF 47/1/122 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace and quorum of this present sessions

Humblie shewethe and enformethe your worshippes by your peticioners Edward Woodd of Owllerton within this countey husbandman and Alice his wiffe that whereas the same Alice was borne and brought up in Owllerton and the said Edward be before the tyme of his entermariage with the said Alice and sithence hathe continewed in Owllerton the above thirtey yeres nowe past duringe which tyme they have lived of them selves and not beene chargable to the townshippe and besydes have not any children to leave behynde them wherby the said townshippe may be charged or trobled

And for as much as the enhabitantes of the said townshippe doe refuse to permitt them to have harbor and succor for howsynge in the said townshippe, they being willing to pay for the same alledginge that if they doe harbor or succor them they doe stande presentable at the hundred court of Bucklowe and soe are to be fyned and amercied for the same

And for as muche as your worshippes did at a sessions here holden at Knottesford did order and set downe that the same Edward and Alice shold be ayded and succored in Owllerton and those that did receave them shold be freed of any fyne or amerciament and therupon the said Edward did procure a warrant from the clerke of the peace to that purpose which warrant from the said clarke of the peace Master Whitbeye steward unto the right honorable the Earle of Bridgwater for the said hundredd will not allowe of the same [and?]

The humble piticion of the said Edward and Alice unte your worshippes ys that your worshippes wold rennewe your former order and that there may be order sett downe those that doe receave them shall not be fyned or amecied and this for Godes love

Lawrence Bressye and Thomas Darlington. QJF 47/1/124 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace.

The humble peticion of Lawrence Bressye and Thomas Darlington

Humbly sheweth that whereas your supplicants did formerly enter into recognizance for one William Breerton which recognizance is truely discharged as may justlye appeare unto your worships by the severall discharges which your supplicantes hath here ready to shew: yet so it is that by the informacion of some your supplicantes recognizance is wrongfully supposed to be forfeite and a scire facias graunted thereuppon, whereuppon it pleased the right worshipfull Sir Thomas Chamberlane knight his majesties cheife judge to refer the hearinge and finall endinge of the sayd cause unto your worships

May it therefore please your worships the premisses considered to see the severall discharges of your sayd supplicantes and there of to determine accordinge to conscienc and equitye and your supplicantes shall for ever pray etc.


Ordered that there shalbe a certificate [under test?] of the sessions retorned at the next assizes, and for the discharge of the recognizaunce aforesaid, for that the said petitioners are discharged in the consistory as appereth by an order at a former sessions; vide the former order etc.

Thomas Simpson of the parish of Bowdon. QJF 47/1/125 (1618)

To the right worshippfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace and quorum within the countie pallantine of Chester.

The humble peticon of Thomas Simpson of the parish of Bowdon.

May it please your good worshipps to bee advertized that whearas one Christopher Parkehurst of Altrincham within the saide parish of Bowdon haveing collected towardes the house of correction the somme of seaven poundes or thereaboutes which afterwardes hee was ordered to repaye the same over againe and used your peticioner for a suertie for the performance theareof whearin as your peticioner is informed the said Parkehurst contrarie to the trust your peticioner reposed in hime hath not performed the same; that it maye bee your good pleasures that if any course [bee?] maye bee taken that the same maye bee had from the said Parkehurst that your peticioner maye bee freed otherwayes in regard your peticioner beein but a suertie and in his simplicitie drawen into the samme not mistrusting any thing that your worshipps commiseration maye bee extented unto hime for tolleration of paiment thearof or so much as otherwayes can not bee had dureing your good pleasures which your peticioner accordinglie wilbe willing and endevour himself farre above his habilitie to performe and pray according to his bounden dutie.


Not to be discharged till the money be paid

Rice Holland. QJF 47/1/126 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace at this sessions assembled

The humble peticon of Rice Holland


That one John Cragge a cottager in Marthall within this county beinge of an evell disposicon, lewd and loose in the course of his lief, and a comen destroyer of mens woodes and a breaker and burner of hedges, hath at divers tymes entred into the peticioners growndes, and broken downe and carryed awaie his hedges, quicksettes and heyment, to this peticioners greate losse, and of late videlicet the xviiith daie of Aprill last past, this peticioner findeinge that his hedges had that morninge or in the night passed bene broken downe and much despoiled and the stakes therein pulled up and caryed awaie, and seeinge the tractes of a foote leadinge from the said place to the said Cragges house procured the constable to goe to Cragges house with him, where they fownd, a bundell of stakes which had bene then taken furth of this peticioners hedges, and some burninge in the fyer, and retorninge backe the said Cragge followed after them and suddenlie strooke this peticioner behinde him upon the head with a longe pickforke, and gave him a dangerous and cruell wound, and doth still threaton and menace to doe further mischeeffe unto him

That (in respecte this peticioner is a poore man and doth gett those meanes which he hath for the maintenance of himself and familie, by his painfull labour and industry, liveinge at a greate charge for that he holdeth all that he possesseth upon the racke at the deerest rate, and is therefore the rather inforced to feare the dangerous event of the said Cragges kno malicious practises humblie prayinge your worships wold be pleased to cause the said Cragge to be bound to his good behaviour, and by to receave due punishment for his offences past, that thereby he maie be deterred from persistinge in his former lewd and loose courses and that this peticioner maie be discharged from his bondes for the peace, taken by discresion, upon the said comission of the said abuse by the said Cragge, and this for the zeale of justice


To be To be bound to the peace. [illegible] [prox?].

Margerie Hornebee, wife of John Hornebee. QJF 47/1/127 (1618)

George Vernon of Castle Northwiche doth thretten Margerie Hornebee wife of John Hornebee one of his next neghbours and sayth he wilbe even with her and her husband and [illegible] lay hand on them, they are afrayde, lest he will burne their howse or harme them in their goods, and therefore their humble petition is that it would please the Kinges majesties justices of this countie that he may be bounde for his good behaviour agaynst them, and they will daylie pray for your good worships in all happines longe to continue

John Hornebee and Margerie his wiefe


A warrant of the peace upon the oath of the said Margery.

Anne Barlowe. QJF 47/1/128 (1618)


To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the great session in the county palentine of Chester

Your lordships humble petitioner Anne Barlowe beinge with childe by Richard Woodward of Whisterton in this county who after the child was born did acknowledge the same to be his and did put yt to be nursed but did not content the nurse wherupon the child was turned upon the poore petitioner who is not worth a grote

The petitioner procured a lawful warrant to attach the said Woodward and him to binde for his aperaunce which warrant was delivered to Richard Hornesdon and William [Gilford?] counstables of the place who were diverse times in Woodwardes company and refuced to take him praing your lordships warrant to take the said counstables and to binde them tapere before your lordships and in the mean time to keepe the child and the petitioner will ever praie etc.


To stand to the former of William Brereton and Peter Danyell esquiers

  • Edwardes
  • [T Legge?]

Richard Beamond late of Weever, laborer. QJF 47/1/129 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace assembled at this sessions

The humble peticion of Richard Beamond late of Weever laborer


That this peticioner is wrangfully accused by one Thomas Burges whoe is now fled the country for the felonious taking of certen rye of the Lady Astons goodes whoe is heere now ready present being desirous of his speedy delivery because he is a pore man and not able to be at the charges of [illegible]

Humbly praying

That your worships would pleased to admit him to his tryall at this sessions (if you may) otherwise to take bayle of him for his apparance at the next assizes and that for Godes love.

Robert Hallyley, vicar of Middlewych, and John Kinsey the younger. QJF 47/1/130 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace assembled in his heighnes generall sessions of the peace houlden att Knutsforde the xiith day of Maye anno domini 1618

The humble peticion of Robert Hallyley clerke vicar of Middlewych and of John Kinsey the yonger of the same towne.

Shewinge that whereas on Charles Mainwaringe of Middlewych afforesaid hath since Michaellmas laste for his divers and severall misdemeanors of quarellinge, brawleinge, fightinge and such lyke, bin bounde by recognizance to keepe the peace notwithstandinge which recognizance, the said Charles, nether regardinge the forfiture thereof nor the breach of the Kinges majesties peace: did (as yt is vehemently suspected) breake the peace before he was released from the same whereupon there hath bin a suite comenced by the Kinges majesties atturney against the said Charles and his suerties concerninge the forfiture of the said recognizance: and moreover the said Charles still perseveringe in his said misdemeanors (with out any reformacion) divers of his neighbours, and those of the best ranke and qualitie, did under there handes certefye Sir William Brereton knight and William Leversage esquire towe of his majesties justices of peace of his inordinate courses and misbehaviours as by the said certificate (reference beinge thereunto had) yt doth and may more at large appeare: whereupon the said Charles was enforced to enter into recognizance for his apperance at this sessions and in the meane tyme to be of good behaviour etc. Now what the behaviour and carriage of the said Charles hath bin since that tyme towardes divers of his neighbours your peticioners doe humbly referr to the consideracion of this honorable courte as by the sequele may appeare.

And first of all the said Charles comeinge into the house of the said John Kinsey presently after the end of the last assizes he there delivered and uttered in bosteinge and gibeinge maner that Mathewe Smallwood, did hyde his heade and durst not shewe his face at the said assizes, and that James Smallwood sonne of the said Mathewe was upon his knees there to aske forgivenes.

And moreover your said peticioner Roberte Hallyley clerke meetinge with the said Charles in the streete in Middlewych tould him (in friendly maner) of certen teythes dew to be paid by him the said Charles at Easter laste, whoe at the firste answared in such base, odious and hatefull speaches to your said peticioner Roberte Hallyley being his pastor and minister as are not fittinge to be rehearsed in this honorable courte saveinge that your peticioner prayeth favor that the same wordes may be truly rehearsed to the intent the malitious practizes and misbehaviours of the said Charles Mainwaringe may appeare whose speaches weare videlicet I knowe of nothinge I owe thee, thy conscience is soe bad that I cannot beleeve thee and therefore I will pay thee non, for I doe not trust thy conscience in any thinge, doe thy worste I care not a fartt for thee, nor any of thy partakers, I am a better man then thou arte every waye both in birth, and estate and though I be bounde to be of good behaviour yett I am not bounde to reverence thee, and soe kisse my [arse?] with many other protestacions to this purpose uttered with lowde rayleinge speaches in the open streete, to the greate [dis...?] and notorious abuse of your peticioner beinge vicar and minister there: and yett the said Charles beinge not here [with?] [illegible] aboute an howre or tow afterwardes the said Roberte Hallyley beinge in the house of the said John Kinsey, the [illegible] againe entered into the said speaces or the lyke in the audience of divers persons there present to the greate [illegible] your peticioner, beinge a [mi...?] be soe disgracefully used by any on, especially by on that is bounde to [his?] [illegible] whereupon after the departure of the said Robert Hallyley, Ann Kinsey wyffe to your other peticioner the [illegible] fyndinge faulte with the said speaches the said Charles answared, what is that to thee I am better [then?] [illegible] husband ether, every way, my worde wilbe taken for more then his in any place and for thy self thou [illegible] scumme thy father is a bankerupte and thy husbands father (whoe was late vicar and deane of [M...?] [illegible] a begger and yf thou be not a whore thou may prove on. And moreover whereas the Lady [Elizabeth?] [illegible] to the Kinges majestie of his heighnes burrough and manor of Middlewych hath lawfully authorized [illegible] Kinsey to houlde and keepe the Kinges majesties courtes dew and accustomabley to be keepte [which?] [illegible] yet notwithstandinge the said Charles affirmed that your peticioner the said John Kinsey that [nothing?] [illegible] courtes but for sixepennie matters and yf the said John Kinsey should passe to judgment [illegible] courte againste the said Charles he the said Charles would give your peticioner a boxe on the [ea...?] [illegible] moreover said in contempte of the Kinges majesties courtes of that manor and the authoritie [illegible] of the said John Kinsey he the said Charles would come into the saide courte with his hatt on his [illegible] peticioner durse crosse him and that he would sett his rose on his nose (meaneinge the rose [illegible] at which speaches your peticioners wyffe was much displeased, and wished him to goe forth of her [illegible] I wilbe heare in spite of thy [nose?], and at the last (when yt pleased him selfe) he went his waye [illegible] carriage and behaviour (and a greate deale worse to troublesome to rehearse) hath he used [th...?] [illegible] comeinge in to your peticioners house, still in the absence of your peticioner, and on of the said tymes [illegible] boxe blowe on the arme with a pikestaffe in her owne house but especially at his laste being [illegible] (when your peticioner was at Chester) the said Charles came of purpose to brawle and scould with your [pe...?] [illegible] and there [jettinge?] and walkinge up and downe, uttered such scandalous hatefull and reprochfull speaches [illegible] reputacion of your peticioner, his wyffe and all there frindes, the greefe and feare whereof did soe much trouble your [pet...?] [illegible] that sodenly she fell into greate extremitey of sicknes to the daunger of her lyffe as may be proved [by your pe...?] [illegible] neighbours that came then to see her divers other misbehaviours and outrages are vehemently suspected [illegible] the said Charles Mainwaringe since the tyme he was bounde to his good behaviour but because the [illegible] peticioners in particuler they leave them to be informed of by those to whom yt more neerely [appurtayne?] [illegible]

May yt therefore please your worships the premisses considered [which?] your peticioners [illegible] and prove that course may be taken that your peticioners and other [illegible] without any such lawles and barbarous behaviours (not [sorteinge with?] the [illegible] in a civill state and governement) and that the said Charles may [be?] [illegible] behaviour and for his misdemeanors paste may receave such such [condigne?] [illegible] shall seeme convenient and your peticioners accordinge to there [illegible] your worshipps in health all health and [happines?] longe to continewe

John Downes of Ollerton and Jone his wife. QJF 47/1/132 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace for the countie of Chester assembled at theise presente generall sessions of the peace.

The informacion and humble peticion of John Downes of Ollerton and Jone his wyfe against Edward Acton one of the cunstables of Olerton for the yeare in beinge and others

Shewinge that the said Edward was about Michaelmas last presented and sworne to execute the said office of cunstable for the yeare nowe in beinge in seinge the peace preserved within the said towneshippe and uppon other poyntes laid in his oath

That the said peticioner Jone hath beene advertised to take heed to her selfe for that the said cunstable had threatned to ruffle her who after did att sundrie tymes after violence to her in seekinge to allure her to consente to his filthie lusts and to that end hath her abused in verey uncyvill manner

That there is a townefield in Ollerton proper to ceartaine inhabitants there everie one knowinge his one land in tyme of tillage and for grasinge common to the owners and in winter lyinge open for common for all inhabitants wherin the peticioner hath certayne land and in the sixteenth of March last ytt lyinge open and uninclosed the peticioners boosie cattle goinge towardes the other commons entred into the same townefield as lawfullie they mighte and the said cunstable and Thomas Burges his fathers servante uppon some secret malice forcybly tooke three kyne of the peticioners goodes from the peticioners sonne beinge an infante of tenne yeares old endevoringe to bringe them home and did wrongfullie offer to impound one of them and the peticioner Jone beinge greate with child and seinge the cattle taken from theire owne ground and her sonne, and the cattle wrongefullie taken offered to withstand thimpoundinge of them wrongfullie taken uppon whom the said cunstable and [Burg...?] made an assaulte and affraye and haled and drewe her vyolentlie beinge aboute seven or eight weeks from [then...?] her accounte and with violence drewe bloud out her handes and since and since have affirmed they weare sorie that [th...?] did not use her in worse manner of which matters and of her feare of further hurt to be by them done unto her she offreth [illegible] affidavit.

Humblie payinge that that forasmuch as a cunstable sworne to the contrarie did breake [th...?] peace and incyted Burges to the like out of some secret grounded [mal...?] and used such threats since: maie yt stand with your worshipfull pleasure to graunte to the peticioner a warrante of good behavior against [illegible] said cunstable and Burges: and this for zeale of justice and [example?] [illegible] constables.

Anne Leftewiche, widow. QJF 47/1/133 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justyces of peace in the countye of Chester.

The humble petition of Anne Leftewiche widdowe.

Sheweinge That where the petitioner beinge lawfully seized or posessed of a burgage in Namptwich in this countye was thereof about foure yeres paste by force disposessed by one Hughe Grippon and Margaret his wyfe, for whose forcible entrye into the said burgage the petitioner exhibited a bill of indictment againste the said Hughe Grippon and Margaret his wyfe, which indictment was found, and after mediacion of frendes, and by appoyntment of his majesties justices of peace, and by consent of the said partyes the cause was referred to the order and award of Thomas Brooke and Roberte Whitney gentlemen whoe did order by consent of the said partyes that the petitioner should have and hould to her and her assignes duringe her life the kitchen and one [tha...?] parcell of the said burgage and parcell of the garden therto beelonginge notwithstandinge which order and award b made by the said arbitracion by appointment of the said justices as aforesaid the said Hughe Grippen and Margaret his wyfe and George Grippen and Thomas Grippen theire sonnes, have wrongefullye expulsed the petitioner forth of the possession of the said parcell of the said garden.

The petitioners humble requeste ys that for asmuch as the said order was made by dirreccion as aforsaid and consent of the said partyes that yow would be pleased to grante warrantes of good abereinge againste the said Hughe Grippon and Margaret his wyfe and the said George and Thomas theire sonnes and that they maye be bound to theire good abearinge untill they shall enter recognizance to permitte the petitioner to enjoye the said kytchen chamber and garden accordinge to the said order as aforsaid, and this for zeale of justice.


This agrement we know to be trewe Thomas Brooke Thomas [Trevis?]

A letter to be sent to Sir [John D...?]

Hughe Richardson of Appleton. QJF 47/1/134 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace of the countye of Chester at this presente sessions assembled.

The humble peticion of Hughe Richardson of Appleton in this countye.

Humblie sheweth unto your worships that wheras heretofore about five or six yeares nowe last paste, one Robert Webster late of Appleton in this countye decessed, did in his lief tyme by and with the graunt and allowance of Richard Marburie of Walton in this countye gentleman, erect one cottage or dwellinge house upon the wastes or commons in Appleton aforesaid wherin your peticioner nowe dwelleth, havinge maryed with Mawde late wyef of the said Robert Webster decessed: and wheras also sythence Peter Warburton of Arley in this said countye esquiour, hath by suite in the Kinges majesties court of comen plees at Chester and by veredict and judgment in the same court recovered against the said Richard Marburie and your peticioner the said cottage or dwellinge house wherin your said peticioner nowe dwelleth and wheras also sythence the said recoverie your peticioner hath beene an humble suitor to the said Master Warburton to contynue his habitacion in the said cottage or dwellinge house (your peticioner behavinge himself as an honest man ought to do) and the said Master Warburton is unwillinge therof in respect there is not lyinge to the same dwellinge house foure acres of land accordinge as the statute made in the xxxith of the late Queene Elizabeth requireth, and also in regard of the penaltyes for mainteyninge of cottages in the same statute conteyned, unles your peticioner can obteyne your worships allowances to contynue his habitacion in the same cottage or dwellinge house duringe the will and pleasure of the said Master Warburton, accordinge to a branche or clause in the same statute conteyned.

May it therefore please your good worships that in consideracion your peticioners wyves first husband erected the same dwellinge house and spent all his substance theron dyinge much indebted, and also in regard your poore peticioner for himself his wyef and children hath no other place or refuge to betake himself unto, but that all your peticioners estate lyes upon this poore succor. That in tender consideracion herof your worships wilbe pleased, that according to the said branche in the aforesaid statute conteyned, it may by your worships order entred in this open sessions be decreed that your peticioner duringe the will and pleasure of the said Master Warburton may contynue his habitacion in the said cottage or dwellinge house anie penaltye in the same statute conteyned to the contrarie notwithstandinge, and [this?] for Godes love, and your peticioner shall daylie (as in dutye bounden) praye for your worships healthes and happines in all prosperitye longe to contynue.

John Cragge of Marthall. QJF 47/1/135 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace of and quorum within this county at this present sessions

Humbley enformethe your worshippes by your peticioner John Cragge of Owllerton Marthall within this countye that wheras the said John standethe in doubt that one Rice Hollande of Marthall a aforesaide will preferre at this sessions ether some bill of inditement enformacion or peticion against the same John Cragge for some trespasse or misdeamenor

Therfor the humble peticion of the said John Cragge unto your worshippes ys that if any suche bill enformacion or peticion come before your worshippes that the same bill enformacion or peticion maye be openlye pleaded before your worshippes before the [jury the?] receave the same that the poore peticioner maye come to pleade and defend for hymself hopinge that your pe peticioner in his good [course?] will cleere hymself honestlye of the allegations objected against hym and this for Godes love

William Carter. QJF 47/1/136 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace assembled at this generall sessions.

The humble petition of William Carter

Sheweth That whereas your petitioner was borne and brought up in Ravenscrofte where your petitioner hath a barne erected and built with two acres of land therunto belonginge of the inheritance of George Croxton gentleman, and is destitute of a place of habitation for himself and his two children; and for that the said two acres of land have a longe tyme bene occupyed and enjoyed by your said petitioners father, by your petitioners mother, and by your petitioner himself and that your petitioner hath the consent of the said Master Croxton beinge the landlord therof, and of dyvers others the neighbours and inhabitantes neere adjoyninge to the said place (whose names are subscrybed) for the erectinge of a chimney in the said barne for the releif of himself and his said children, your said petitioner beinge a workeman that laboureth for the lyvinge of himself and his children, and wold therfore humblie intreate your good worships that he might be allowed to erecte a chimney in the said barne, to be fitt for habitation for himself and his poore children, wherby he might have a restinge place for himself and theym, and not be troblesome to anie neighbours inhabitinge theraboutes. And your petitioner shall daily praye unto God for your happie preservacions with much increase of worship.

  • Robert Hallyly vicar
  • George Croxton
  • [illegible] Mynshull
  • Thomas Carter
  • William Reynouldes
  • Humfrey Reynoldes
  • William Carter
  • John Yate junior
  • Raphe Stubbs clarke
  • Richard Borowes
  • Charles Manwaringe
  • Charles Baker
  • Thomas Henshawe
  • Richard Barton

To be [illegible] for his life and his sone John.

Ane Stubs. QJF 47/1/137 (1618)


To the right woorshipfull justecese off this place the humble peticone of Ane Stubs in most humble and lamantable manor shewinge

unto your good woorships that whereas I was married unto John Stubs who hath wasted and mad all I have a waye and left me with three smalle children and noe means to releeve them with: and all I had was goone and my husband for a yeare and halfe was never with me and would never geve me anye thinge to releve ore helpe me with wheerfor throughe wante off meanes and other paine and lewde perswasions I was constrained to fall in a lewde accion and had a child by a man who [wherat?] hee had over throwne me rane out of the contree and now except your good woorships be pittifull unto me I shall be cast awaye and the the child both for wee have nether lodging nor meanes to help use with wherfor I most humblie beseech you for God sake to take some course for to helpe me in this destres and in tender consitherratione hereof I will not sease but dailie praye to God to blese you all and this for God sake

Your poore pittitioner Ane Stube



Richard Mullenex. QJF 47/1/138 (1618)

The humble peticion of Richard Mullenex to the right worshipfull the justices of our sovereigne lord Kinge James of the sessiones to be houlden at Neitherknottesford the xiith daye of Maye, 1618

Humblie shewinge unto your worshipps, your poore peticoner Richard Mullenex havinge a wiffe and three smalle children, which were borne in Burton in Tarvyn parishe, and havinge dwelled ther above seven yeares, under Master Richard Wurden, attorneye in the exchequer at Chester deceased, and before fifteen yeares or there aboutes, within the towneshipp of Tervyn, and Stapleford of both which parishes townes, John Bryne of Stapleford esquier is cheeffe lord, whose good will and favour, your poore peticoner hathe all wayes had, and nowe hath by reason, that he is a man of good conversacion, and verye good name, and fame of a verie good worke=man, and that the same towneshipps, and all the inhabitantes therein except one private man a freehoulder) would be verye loath to want hym, because he is so necessarie and a good worke man, and true there in that they are not willinge to parte with hym (and that he ought to be provyded for by lawe) Master John Bruyne, and all the aforesaid inhabytantes of bothe places (except the said one private man) wishe desire and beseeke your good worshipps all to commisserate the said poore mans cause, that order maye be sett downe by your good worshipps in open sessiones that he might have a plotte or place of ground appoynted, to sett upp a cottage to shrewd and harbour in the said poore man his wiffe and smale children, whereby he might be readye to be helpfull to us his said neighbours in his worke as he hath bene hearetofore, at such tyme as they or anie of them shall have occasione to use hym, and in such a place as Master Bryen shall thincke moste meete and convenyent, and that this is true yt will appeare unto your worshipps by a petticion heare: unto annexed under their handes, as that Sir John Done [knight?] and Master Richard Brereton have written in this behalffe redye to be shewed, and this for Godes cause trustinge you will pittye the poore man, he his wiffe, and smalle children shall daylie praye for your worshipps health longe to contynue in all happines for ever.

Richard Mullenex. QJF 47/1/139 (1618)

The humble peticion of Richard Mullenex, To the right wor=shipfull John Done Richard Brereton and George Spurstoe esquyers, the Kinges majesties justices of the peace.

May it please your good worshipps to understand, that whereas I your poore peticioner hearetofore, made my humble suite to your worrships to be ameane for me to good Master Bruen of Stapleford, for some smale plott of grounde to sett up a cottage, to shroude and harbour my selfe my poore wife and smale children, eyther in Stapleford or Burton where his worrship is cheefe lorde, I havinge for many years lyved in those two townes, and your worrships takinge commiseration upon me, graunted my request; where upon the good gentleman hath freelye yelded his consent unto me, and so have donne dyver honest men of Stapleford and Burton, to witt, Master Thomas Partington, John Holland, Richard Bostocke, John Towers, John Catherall, Richard Jackson, Peter Boardman Oliver Hickson before his death, and now his wife and dyvers others, all which my hope is, that God will requyte, att my daylye request: and now my humble peticion to your worrships is, that you woulde be pleased, to graunte me your worshipps consent concerninge the premisses, accor=dinge the forme of law in that case provided, and whyles I lyve with my poore wife and children, wee will never cease day nor night to pray to God for ablessinge to light upon your worrship and all yours that may bringe you to eternall felicitye.


25 July 1617

Soe farre as in us lyeth wee gyve consent unto the premisses, and thinke the have doone verie lawfully:

  • John Done
  • Richard Brerton

Whereas wee fynd the lord of the maner will and the rest of the inhabitantes willinge to have the peticion performed and noe lett therein but only one [illegible] privat freeholder within the maner to withstande the same wee desier therfor that order may [illegible] be sett done in open sessions for accomplishment therof because wee fynde that this man is such a man as ought to be provided for by lawe

Your loving frennds

  • John Done
  • Richard Brerton

Thomas Antrobus of Nether Knutsford, draper. QJF 47/1/140 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace and quorum of this present sessions

Humblie shewethe and enformethe your [w.?] worshippes by your peticoner Thomas [Antrobus?] of Netherknottesford in the said county draper that whereas Ellen Burges wife of Thomas Burges of Netherknottesford aforesaid ys a very lewde woman and of bade conversacion of lyffe and heretofore receaved and receted clothe stollen which were the clothe and goodes of the same Thomas Antrobus and hathe been thereof convicted at the last assices holden for the countey of Chester and besydes the said justices of assice did order that the said Ellen shold not brew any ale to sell or buy any ale forth of her howse to be sold in the said howse sithence which order the said Ellen hathe bought ale of her neighboures and sold the same agayne in her husbands howse

Therfore the humble peticion of the said Thomas Antrobus unto your worshippes ys, that in respect the said Ellen hath receted clothe stollen from the said Thomas and hath beene therof convicted and hath broken the judges order in buyinge and selling of ale and besydes ys [abadde?] and evell woman of conversition of lyffe that yt wold please your worshippes to graunt the warrant of good behaviour against the same Ellen and this for Godes love


Noe thinge

Henrie Wood, prisoner in the castle of Chester. QJF 47/2/79 (1618)

The humble peticion of Henrie Wood nowe prisoner in the castle of Chester.

Shewinge that whereas your peticioner hathe bene an inhoulder and soulde ale and alsoe kepte victuallinge and lodginge for the space of eleaven yeares in Walgherton and Wybunburie within this countie of Chester and still inhabiteth in Wybunburie aforesayd in the highe roade waye betwene London and Chester and nere unto Holebecke bridge over which many of his majesties subjectes are not able to passe att the tyme of a flood or greate water: and whereas alsoe there have bene three alehowses heretofore lycensed to sell ale verie nere adjoyninge to your peticioners nowe dwellinge howse, which doe nowe forbeare or geve over ale sellinge, soe that there is not nowe, nor hathe bene of longe tyme any howse on that syde of the sayd bridge for victualinge or lodginge of his majesties subjectes travellinge that waye and there stayed by reason by reason of the sayd water. And for that your peticioner hathe bene ever willinge and readie to putt in good suerties for ale sellinge and kepinge good order accordinge to the forme of the statute in that case provided hathe not wilfullie or obstinatelie soulde ale, but for the harbouringe victuallinge and releevinge of suche travellors and others his majesties lovinge subjects as have used in theire travell or jorney to resorte to his howse.

Humblie prayeth the favorable consideracion of the justices of his majesties peace att this quarter sessions assembled, that he may be enlarged owt of prison havinge remeyned there for the space of three weekes and that he may nowe be lycensed to sell ale puttinge in good suerties for the same as the lawe requireth and he shall daylie pray to God for your worships healthes and happines longe to contynue.


Nothing done therein

[Laurenc Bulles?] James Fynsham of Bremmall to be bounde by the [oath?]

Rauffe Wilkinson. QJF 47/2/80 (1618)

To the right woorshipfull his majesties justices of the peace within the countie of Chester.

The humble peticion of Rauffe Wilkinson.

That whereas your woorships poore peticyoner holdeth by lease from John Massye of Coddington esquire (amongest other thinges) one lane place in Coddington beinge a place very muche overflowed with water, and of a very greate length and a greate traveled heighe waye betwixte Namptwich and Whitchurche and Chester, and whereas your poore peticyoner hathe byn heretofore indicted for not scowringe his dytches adjoynynge nexte to the same lane for drawinge the water furth of the same which hee ys not able to doe without the ayde and assistance of his neighbours beinge dytches of a very greate length and besides muche flagginge and removinge of earthe for the avoydaunce of the same water. Althoughe your woorships peticioner hathe scowred six score roades of dytchinge besides the makinge of a stonne platt and removinge muche earthe and pavinge muche of the same lane more then by his abilitie hee ys able to doe yett notwithstanding all his worke theire, the township of Coddington will neither joyne to helpe him nor free him from further beinge supervysor for workinge att other heighe wayes.

Your woorships poore peticyoner humblie prayeth that hee maye bee freed from the fyne of the former indictment, and that either hee maye have reasonable tyme gyven him for fynyshinge of the same worke which hee hathe alreadie theire begune and bee freed from other workinge att the heighe wayes supervysors [illegible] [there?] or else that the rest of the township or some of the neerest neighbours thereto adjoynynge [illegible] maye bee ordred to ayde and assiste your peticioner in fynyshinge the same worke, and that for Goodes love.

Scopam Weyver. QJF 47/2/81 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace in the county of Chester.

The humble peticion of [Scopam?] Weyver.

Enformeth your worships That where the peticioner is a sworne constable to keepe and serve his majesties peace kept in the township of Worleston was the xith day of this July 1618 assaulted and wounded by one Richard Moulton of Aston neere Mondrem, and ys by him still manaced and threatened to be beaten and hurte,

The peticioners humble request ys that your worships woulde be pleased to cause the said Richard Moulton to be bounde to the good abearinge that your peticioner may serve his office for his majesties service in peace without daunger of his lyfe and the peticioner shall dayly pray for your worships prosperyties.

William Reynoldes. QJF 47/2/82 (1618)

The humble peticion of William Reynoldes

That wheare as he hath served long in the warrs of Ireland the space of ten or twelve yeares under the commande of Sir Henry Harrington being preferred to him by ould Henrye Earle of Huntington who by his means was allowed to be one of his companie in regard of the continuance of his service, it pleased him to move Sir William [Wade?] Sir Roger Wilbram towardes the keeping of him to some pencyon in this contrey where uppon twoe severall letters with a reference from the King was adressed downe by me, upon veiwe thereof, it pleased Sir William Brereton Sir Thomas Hollcroft Sir Thomas Smith and other more of the justices of the benche, and there was [accorded?] within the booke as one of the number, and allowed a place of five poundes a yeare, soe that sith hence at [illegible] quarter sessions at Knutsford last past it pleased Sir William Brereton with other of the justices to take [illegible] ther apprehension of the matter, and thereby doth alledge some cause to the contrarie, wherefore humblye [illegible] sting in regard my stat soe poore and my charge great, having a lame woman to my wiffe not being able [illegible] my children yong and unable for them selves, my selfe being unable and my familie, to releive us in this my [old?] age, humbly beseeching the woorshipfull to take some pittye and compassion theiron and he according to his bounden dutie shall praye.


Not to be allowed

Sarae Saywell of Nantwich, singlewoman. QJF 47/2/83 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinge his majesties justices of the peace of the countie palatine of Chester.

The humble peticion of Sarae Saywell of the Namptwiche singlewoman

Sheweth your worshippes that the said peticioner, beinge begotte with childe by one James Whittingham of the same towne, soe yt is that the saide Whittingham ever since the childe was borne hathe not onelie refused to take and keepe the said childe as by righte he oughte to do but alsoe dothe slander the peticioner with dyvers other men thereby to avoyde the keepinge of his owne childe, whome the peticioner hathe ben enforced to keepe for the space of two yeares paste without anye consideracion from the said James Whittingham at anye tyme, and for that youre poore peticioner ys not able in anye sorte to maynteyne and keepe his said childe anye longer, she therefore in moste humble manner beseecheth youre worshippes for Godes cause to take suche order, that the sayde Whittingham maye eyther take and keepe his sayd childe and keepe him in some good fashion and maner, or else that he maye by your order sett downe yeilde your peticioner some such relieffe towardes the bringinge up of the said childe as shall be thoughte fittinge and convenient in your worshippes good discressions to whome shee referreth her cause, and accordinge to her bounden dutie shee will daylie praye to almightie God for the preservation of all youre worshippes in all healthe and happynes longe to lyve and contynue and this for Godes love.


Referred to the hearing and determynynge of the justices in his hundred at there next meetinge

Edward Dyall of Nantwych. QJF 47/2/84 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace at the quarter sessions at Namptwyche

Infforminge your good worshipes Edward Dyall of Namptwyche that whereas one William Westbrooke of Nampt wyche yoman ys knowen to be a lewed and bad behaviour as a commen drunckard a night walker a quarreller and in his drunckennes a stabber with knyffes and one that ys knowne to be a disordered person as heretofore did assalt wound and with a knyffe did stabe your petishioner Edward Dyall with out any occation to hym geven and put him in daunger of lyff and nowe synce that tyme your somme of the justices of this worshipfull benche did graunt a warrant of good behaviour agaynst the sayd Westbrocke and he heiringe of the same fled out of the cunttry and absented hym seulf from the sayd warrant, and ever synce hath carried a wrothfull mynd agaynst your petissioner in [presuming?] to comme in to his howsse beinge coummaunded to the countrary and by reason that he ys forbarde your petissioners howesse uppon mier mallice this day hath sworne the peace agaynst the sayd Edward Dyall without any injurie to hym proffered but [u..dlie?] nowe in his drunckennes which your pettissioner ys knowne to be one that wold wyllinglie live in Godes peace as the whole towne wyll report the same yf the be called to the same in tender consideration [may?] it therefore pleysse your good worshippes that the sayd Westbrocke my may be called before this benche to showe cauesse why he may have the peace agaynst your petissioner otherwyss that the warrant may be called in backe agayne in regard he ys a disordered person and one that ys not worthie to swere the peace agaynst any honest man to thend to put your petissioner to expences and travell, nowe may it therefore plesse your good worships to consider of the premisses and thus for Godes love

Your worshipes petissioner rest ever at command Edward Dyall.


A warrant of good behaviour against Westbroock aforesaid for threaten the constable [to kill?] [illegible] other [officer?]

Elizabeth Foxe of Congleton, widow. QJF 47/2/85 (1618)

To the right wurshipfull Sir William Brereton knight one of his majesties justices of peace for the county of [Chester?] and to other his fellowe justices at theise present sessions of the peace for the said county.

The humble peticion and complaint of Elizabeth Foxe of Congleton a poore distressed widowe charged with two poore infantes the one of thage of foure yeares thother eighteene monethes.

Shewinge: that her husband who dyed aboute Januarie last was seised of certeyne landes in Congleton which he purchased and possessed of some cattells and leases for yeares, and in regard therof had aboute an hundred markes with her in mariage beyinge all her porcion for her advancement

That in regard of the hard hand carried over her by his mother, sister and one William Brooke his [brotherinlaw?] who was suretie for him for twentie two poundes they in her husbandes last extremitie of sicknes obteyned feoffmentes and assignmentes from him and all his termes and estates for noe consideracion in money [at?] all or anie other valuable consideracion, to the value of two hundred markes and under color therof plott and practise, to overthrowe her and her poore chilldren, pupills for ever and under pretence therof have forcibly locked upp the entry doores and backe doores of the house gardens [illegible] backsides and yates of and aboute the house, not sufferinge her to have accesse thither and forcibly with teames carried awaie the turves gotten at her charges upon the turbazie of the same tenemente

That they threatned inditementes against her at theise sessions therby to cast her out of her poore lodginges in the house.

That theire are severall suytes begon on either parte in thexchequer at Chester concerninge her [and?] theire interestes and claimes which now depend:

Humbly prayinge that her adversaries maie answere herunto and no further [proceedings?] be before your wurships untill the said suytes be determined or the cause publiquelie heard before your wurships and this for Godds sake and in consideracion of a poore widowe and two fatherles chilldren infantes distressed by theym.


The indictment to be hard openly before the justices

Amye Hooley, spinster. QJF 47/2/89 (1618)

To the right woorshipfull and others the woorshipfull justices of the bench for quarter sessions in the countie of Chester

The humble peticion of Amye Hooley spinster

Shewinge that whereas your peticioner havinge lived ever since her childehood in severall services of good credite, and worth, where she behaved herself verye honestlie, and justlie, as by one certificate in that behalf made more plainelie (beinge hereto annexed) maie appeare: and where also the said peticioner livinge in service with one Henry Johnson of late, hath ben accused that she was with child and that she had stolne severall thinges, from her said maister, beinge a mercer in Manchester, for which shee standeth bound before your woorships to aunsweare the same soe yt is right woorshipfull that your said peticioner being a poore servant, and haveinge noe other meanes of meyntenance, but her owne endeavours, by reason of the said unjust accusacion imposed upon her (as she hopeth yt will proove to your woorshipes) is altogether disabled to take any course for herself, whereby shee maie gaine an honest livinge to her utter overthrowe, and destruccion for ever, except your lawfull favours be extended towardes her herein.

Maie it therefore please your woorships for Godes cause, to comiserate her poore estate, for her redresse herein, that uppon the examinacion of the truth of the cause you will take such order therein as to equitie and justice shall be moste agreeable. And she will aswell submit herself to the order of the bench, as alsoe daielie praie for your woorships in all health and happines long to continue.

20 people in support of Amy Hooley. QJF 47/2/90 (1618)

Wee whose names are hereunder subscribed beeinge moved att the request of Amye Hooley to certefie our knowledge concerninge her behaviour, thought good to certifie that shee the said Amye hath endeavoured her selfe for the space of fifteene or sixteene yeares together as an honest and true servante in severall places where shee hath behaved her selfe civilly and honestly without any criminall offence; and that shee hath by her owne endeavours maynteyned her selfe in good sorte ever since her childhood all which wee are able to testifie of our one knowledge and therefore in testimoney thereof wee have hereunto sett our handes the xiiiith daye of Aprill in the sixteenth yeare of the raigne of our soveraigne lord King James etc annoque domini 1618

  • Anne Warren
  • Margarett Downes
  • Dorothy [illegible] Warren
  • Rodger Riptonn
  • Raphe Marsland
  • Richard Jepson
  • John Brearton
  • Lawrence Wood
  • Edward Barton
  • Robert [illegible]
  • Lawrence Downes
  • John Davenport
  • Lawrence Warren junior
  • William Warren
  • John Warren
  • John Warren
  • Robert Cheetom
  • Raffe Lawe
  • Edward Jenson
  • Humphrey Blackshaw
  • With others

John Lloyd of Stretton, gentleman. QJF 47/2/92 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace [illegible] in the countie of Chester.

The humble peticion of John Lloyd of Stretton in the said countie gentleman.

Sheweth that your humble peticioner being maried aboute twentie yeres since, unto Margaret one of the daughters of Thomas Starkie esquier who never received anie mariage porcion with his wiefe but faire wordes sythence which time this peticioner hath lived with the said Margaret, and hath by her fyve smale children yet liveing and hath mainteined his wiefe and children uppon his owne charge soe long as his abilitie wold any way extend and serve, having but little or noe reliefe or maintenance either from his owne father who is yet lyving and fallen utterly to decay, or from the said Thomas Starkie his fatherinlaw.

Soe it is may it please your good worships, that the peticioner having now noe lyving nor goodes to sell to mainteine himself and his charge anye longer nor place of habitacion but untill Christmas next, and is much ashamed and abashed to to make his poore estate knowen to anie but that himselfe his wiefe and children are verie like to starve and utterly to perrish for wante of maintenance unles some such speedie course be taken for his and theire reliefe, as to your wisdomes tendring a cause soe pittiefull may by the statute lawes of this realme and your authorities in that behalfe otherwise provide.

May it therfore please your worships in tender consideracion herof to give such speedie direccions for the reliefe of your distressed peticioner his poore wiefe and children, having now inhabited in Stretton aforesaid within the said hundred by the space of three yeres now last paste or more, as to your wisdomes shall be thought most fitt and convenient, and your peticioner as nevertheles most bounden with his wiefe and children, will daylie praie for your worships in health and happines long to continue.


[paid?] to the churchwardens and overseers of the poore

v shillings weeklie untill the children shall accomplished thage of xvii yeares and then to abate as they shall come to that age after the rate [illegible] be paid for releafe of the mother and [illegible]

The vicar and churchwardens of Great Budworth, on behalf of John Lloyd. QJF 47/2/93 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace of the countie palatine of Chester assembled for the sessions at Nampwich the certificate of the vicar and churchwardens of Greate Budworth in the behalfe of John Lloyd gentleman.

Right worshipfull, whereas this bearer John Lloyd gentleman our parishioner, having an humble petition to present unto your worshipps desired towards his better spee=ding therein, a certificate from us concerning his state and behaviour. Theise are breiflie to advertise your worshipps that (wee take itt) his meanes is verie farre short of his charge, his education and disposition of bodie and mind unapt for questuous imploymentes of anie sorte: and yet he is verie sober civill modest and religious and noe way (for ought wee heare or suspect) to be [taxed?] for anie evill qualitie where=fore if it may please your worshipps to sett downe some charitable course for his reliefe yow shall doe that (as your Christian wisdome will informe yow) which wilbe as acceptable to God, as comfortable to him and his poore distressed familie, and soe with our respective observance of your worships we rest.

Great Budworth this 13o of Julie 1618

Your worshipps at commaund

  • John Ley vicar of Budworth Magna
  • Peter Pickrine
  • Thomas Heyward
  • Thomas Hodgkinson
  • Churchwardens

Edward Symme of Bunburie. QJF 47/2/95 (1618)

To the right worshipfull Sir Roberte Cholmondley baronet, and others his majesties justices, whom these may concerne gretinge.

The humble peticion of Edward Symme of Bunburie sheweth

That, for so muche as your sayd oratour by reason of his oulde age and infirmities as beinge very weake impotent and lame, so that he is not able to labour for his mayntenance, as here to fore he hath done, and beinge charged wyth wyfe and chyldren, and haveinge very small meanes to mayntene him selfe and them wythall, is desyrous by your good favours, to kepe victulinge or alehouse, hopeinge thereby, to rayse somthinge towardes his better mayntenance. In tender consyderacion whereof he most humble intreateth your favourable allowance and consentes therein, and is ready with sufficient suerties accordinge to his highnes lawes, in that case provyded, to becom bounden, for his good [carryage?] and behaviour therein; so, that yf yt may stand wyth your good pleasures, to graunt him his request, as he shall have juste cause to acknowledge your favours, soe will he whyles he braytheth pray for your happie estates and properous healthes.


Graunted that hee shall sell ale and be bound

Rondle Moyle of Tushingham. QJF 47/2/96 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justice of peace in the countye of Chester.

The humble peticion of Rondle Moyle of Tushingham.


That where the peticioner aboute vi yeres paste at the instance of one Richard Robinson of Namptwiche tooke one John Robinson sonne of the said Richard to table, nowe soe yt is yf yt may please your good worships that the said Richard Robinson dyvers yeres past is gon over into Irelande and hathe conveyed his landes and goodes to somme frendes in trust by reason whereof the peticioner can nether be discharged from the keepinge of the said childe nor be allowed any meanes for the same

The peticioners humble request is that your worships woulde be pleased th to take such course herein that the childe may be mayntayned of the landes and goodes of the said Richard Robinson or by the parishe of Namptwiche where he was borne as in your wisdomes shalbe thought fitt the rather for that the peticioner is a very poore man and not able to mayntayne him self and his famyly and this for zeale of justice.


Referred to two justices of peace next adjoyninge where the child was borne to make the [order?]

either the landes or goodes of the father or mother, or els to be charged where it was borne by the overseers

Hugh Grippon of Nantwich, labourer, and Margarett his wife. QJF 47/2/97 (1618)

To the right worshippfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace of the countie of Chester

The humble peticion of Hughe Grippon of the Namptwiche labourer and [Anne?] h Margarett his wyffe.

Sheweth youre worshippe that whereas the peticioner in the right of his wyfe hathe a good estate of inheritance [of in, and?] to one messuage or burgage with a garden thereunto adjoynynge lyinge in Namptwiche wherein the sayde Grippon and his wyff doe nowe dwell, but cannot enjoye the same by reason that one Anne Leiftwiche, and one Alexander Wrighte, contrarie to all righte equitie and good conscience by stronge hande doe holde parte of the sayde messuage and garden from your peticioners havinge noe lawfull tytle thereunto and do utterlye refuse to yeild them anye rent for the same the peticioners therfore humblie beseeche youre worshippes together with the assent of the rest of his majesties justices, to be the meanes whereby the said Anne Leistwiche and Alexander wrighte maye be forced to shewe what tytle they have, which yf yt prove good before the worshippfull benche they are willing to allowe of the same but yf yt prove otherwyse and that they have noe maner of right to holde the same from youre peticioners, then they humblie beseeche your worshippes and the whole worshippfull benche, that they maye peaceablie and quietlie enjoye their owne withoute anye further interruption of the said Anne Leistwiche, and Alexander Wrighte, and accordinge their bounden duties they will daylie praye to allmightie God for the preservation of your worshipp and the rest of the benche in all felicitie longe to live and contynew, and thys for Godes love.

Your worshippes daylie oratours Hughe Grippon Margaret Grippon


[Dismisse?] it

John Ridgewaie and William Pearpointe of Brereton. QJF 47/2/99 (1618)

To the right worshipfull Sir William Brereton knight one of his majesties justices of peace for the county of Chester and to other his fellowes justices of peace of the same county assembled at theise present sessions of the peace.

The humble complaint and peticion of John Ridgewaie of Brereton in the said [county?] and of William Pearpointe of Brereton forsaid

Shewinge: that at the last sessions of the peace for the said county holden at Nether Knottesforth in the said county there was a presentment made against the peticioners for not repearinge of the Kinges high waie at thend of Senlowe Green in Brereton leadinge from Midlewich towardes Congleton two markett townes contrarie to the fourme of the statute the repearinge wherof apperteyned to Richard Hayse for Bagmeyre house for so much as was defective

That nevertheles the said waie so farr as they are charged to repeare ytt att the same tyme was sufficiently repared so as no subject ever compleyned of anie hurt or hinderance therin

That William Smalwood a bayliffe for manie yeares past not sworne for thexecucion of that place did before that tyme miliciouslie threaten the peticioners for other matters of unkindenes betwene theym to be even with the peticioners and they thinke the said Smalwood in malice and revenge stirred upp the said presentmente

That divers of the jurie at those sessions do utterlie denye anie verditt by theym assented unto against the said John Ridgewaie or evidence taken that concerned him therin

In regard wherof they humblie praie the matter matter maie be throughelie examined the informer to answere therunto and the peticioners discharged therof

The supervisors for Middlewich. QJF 47/2/100 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace assembled att they quarter sessions houldenn att Wich Malbant

[In?] humble mannour. May yt please your worshippes to be advertised that whereas the highwayes and streetes in the towne of Middlewich, by reason of the greate cartinge, and carriage of wichwood thither, is in greate ruen and decay. And for that the towne beinge a little towne is not able to mayntayne the reperation, and decayes of the sayd towne without the helpe of these neighboures of the same parish. We the head supervisours chosen for the whole parish for this yeare, and wee the undersupervisours chosen for the towne of Middlewich, whose names are subscribed, in our discreatioun have thought it fytt, that whereas this bearer Thomas Carter dwellinge in the towne of Middlewich, and haveinge a peece of a plow land lyinge in the same parish, and hee ever more heretofore hath done his worke in the towne of Middlewich for the same have therefore appoynted him to doe his worke this yeare in the towne of Middlewich as formerly he hath done which he hath and will performe, and therefore humbly pray your wor shippes for the good of they same towne that you would be pleased to [give?] geve your consent to soe good a worke and the whole inhabi=tantes of the sayd towne will dayly pray for your worshippes happynnesse

  • William Renouldes
  • John [Huland?]
  • Roger Burges
  • Thomas Moulton

Referred to the supervisors of the same towne [how?] [it?] hath bene done [before?] [illegible] and [soe?] to [illegible] to the justices

Fraunces Coppocke of Wymslowe. QJF 47/2/101 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace in the county of Chester.

The humble peticion of Fraunces Coppocke of Wymslowe in the county aforsaid

Beseecheth your worships that you woulde be pleased to grante to the peticioner licence to use the trade of a badger to buy and sell malte salte [illegible] butter cheese and suche other like comodytyes [illegible] accordinge to the forme of the statute in that case provided, that thereby he may be the better enabled to maynteyne him self his wife and children whom he hathe not any other meanes to maynteyne and the peticioner shall dayly pray for your worships prosperities.


To be allowed ii shillings paid for the lycence

Joane Wilson, widow. QJF 47/3/38 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace assembled at the quarter sessions at Myddlewych

In most humble manner sheweth unto your worships your poore peticioner Joane Wilson widow, that wheras your peticioner hath bene comorant and dwelled foure yeares now last past in the parish of Warmincham, and whereas yt was thought fitt by the justices of that hundred of Northwych that in respect she had soe longe contynued and lyved in Warmincham, she shold continew her abydinge there still. Yet soe yt is right worshipfulls that some of the inhabitantes of the sayd parish of Warmincham doe withstand and deny that she shall lyve theyre, and doe say that whomsoever doth lodge or entertyne her shall encur the danger of law, and will not permitt her to lyve and worke in the sayd parish may yt therefore please your worships to consider of her pore estate and to order [illegible] and appoynt that she may be ayded and releeved as in this her old age as the law in that case provydeth and this for Godes cause.


for the space of the three that shee shall remayne there and soe long as shee is able to work to gett her liveing there, and after to be releaved by the parish if she hath not means of her self

Whereas Joane Wilson hath this daie come before us and hath [illegible] credebly informed [illegible] that shee hath contynewed for the space of three yeares or more in [the parish of Warmyncham?] and for that [illegible] the inhabitantes have and do [threatene?] the said Joane Wilson that shee the said Joane shall not dwell nor inhabitt there Therefore it is ordred that at this present session by us the Kinges majesties justices of the peace for this countie of Chester that the said Joane Wilson shall contynew and remayne within the said [illegible] parish of Warmyncham shee behaveinge her self honestly and maynteynynge herself soe longe as shee shalbe able to work and wheras shee shall and afterwardes to be mayntyned by the [illegible] said parish of Warmyncham [secundum statutum?] etc [granted?]

Thomas Starky of Stretton, esquire. QJF 47/3/39 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace assembled at the quarter sessions at Myddlewych:

Sheweth unto your worships your peticioner Thomas Starky of Stretton esquyer that upon a peticion preferred to your worships at the last quarter sessions holden at Namptwych by one John Lloyd of Stretton for relieffe of his children: yt was then ordered that he shold receave fyve shillinges a weeke from the peticioner beinge grandfather to the sayd children untill the youngest of them shold accomplish the age of xvii yeares yf the sayd Thomas Starkey shold soe longe lyve: which order your peticioner hath not hitherto performed in respect the same with some other causes bet in variance betwene your peticioner and the sayd Loyd were referred to be composed betwixt them by Master Ley vicar of Great Budworth Thomas Sanders and Richard Grymsdytch gentlemen and for soe much as the sayd matters in variance are not yet eyther concluded upon or broken of from concludinge upon betwixt them may yt therfore please your worships to stay your further proceadinges in the sayd order untill such tyme as the same may be eyther further delt in by the sayd gentlemen, or els that yow wold allow to your peticioner some convenient tyme [illegible] to answer the allegacions which the sayd Lloyd hath untruly surmysed and alledged against your peticioner upon the grauntinge of the sayd order: and your peticioner shall then be ready to performe what in justice you shall enjoyne him.



John Deane of Nether Alderley, husbandman. QJF 47/3/62 (1618)

To the right worshippfull the Kinges majesties justices peace of Chester etc

In [most?] humble wyse informeth your worshipps John Deane of Nether Alderley in the countie of Chester husbandman that wheras Randle Mottershed of Nether Alderley afforesaid husbandman standeth bonden before your worshipps by reconysance for his good cariage and behavioure towardes all the Kinges majesties lige people with sufficient shurties and wheras the said Randle Mottershed hath used manie and upprobious wordes agaynst me the said John Deane and one Christopher Deane wee beinge cunstable for [illegible] the manner of Nether Alderley for this yere last past calinge us [taidges?] harlotes and fowles wee goinge about to execute our dutie accordinge to our office and hath pursued my fellow cunstable to [strooke?] hym and [wound?] hym yf he hade stayed his hard offers which he was glad to avoyde and hath likewyse manaced and threatned us to be meete with us yf God send hym his lymbes agayne for the preservacion of our bodie and goodes I refer that to your worshipps wysdome in that behalfe cravinge of your worshipps that the said Randle Mottershed may not be releced of his band and reconysance but that yt would plese your worshipps to retorne over your band before the Kinges majesties justeces of asyce there to try for the Kinges majesties behalfe yf the said reconysance be forfeted or noe. Thus hopinge of your worships care and wysdome herein I commyt this besynes to your wydome

Dated the xvth of October 1618


Whereas one Mottershead was bound to his good behaviour and his personall appearance at this general sessions and for that the said Mottershead [illegible] is [not?] bounde any further [illegible] it is ordred that if the said Motershead doe not within a three weekes next ensuing [illegible] [bring under my Lady?] [Stanle hand?] a certificate that [illegible] then a warrante be graunted [forth?] [illegible]

Wheras one Randle Mottershead was bound to his good behaviour and for his personall appearance at this next generall sessions and for that the said Mottershead appeared and is not bound to any further sessions, yet neverthelesse it is [ordered?] that if the said Mottershead doe not within three weekes next ensueinge procure under my Lady Stanley hand that shee [is?] willinge that the said Mottershead shall not be contynewed bounde any further and deliver the same unto the cleark of the peace of this countie, that then a warrant of good behaviour for this session shalbe awarded against the said Randle Mottershead

This ordre is granted forth

Mathew Johnson. QJF 47/3/63 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace [illegible].

The humble peticion of Mathew Johnson.

In humble maner shewinge your worshippes that whereas youre said poore peticioner hathe obteyned the lycence and goodwill of Sir John Persall knighte and Alexander Walthall of Wystaston equier to erecte and buylde a cottage for himselfe and his familie to dwell in neare to the ende of the Beamheathe whereof the said Sir John Persall and Alexander Walthall are the cheiffe lordes. The same cottage beinge neither hynderance to the Kinges highe waye nor anye lett to anye person to passe to their severall groundes theareaboutes nor prejudiciall hurtfull or chargeable to anye other man howsoever, youre peticioner therfore humblie beseecheth your worshippes to graunt him your alowances and goodwills for the erection of a cottage upon the said grounde he havinge heretofore ben inforced to make his fyre under a hedge havinge no place in the worlde to dwell or lye in but gott lycence of Master Hampton of Namptwiche to lye in a lodge of his. And accordinge to his bounden dutie he will daylie praye to almightie God for the perservation of all youre worshippes in healthe and happye estate longe to lyve and contynewe and this for Godes love



It is ordred that Isabell Fallowes shuld give in sufficient securitie to performe her parte of the order touchinge the keeping of the bastard child begotten upon her body by John Horetopp at or before the next quarter sessions before some justices of the peace for the countie, or els at the next quarter sessions at her perill

Katheren Briskow, spinster. QJF 47/3/64 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace assembled at the quarter sessions at Myddlewych

In most humble maner doth shew unto your worships your pore peticioner Katheren Briskow spynster that wheras one Hugh Wardle of the parish of Astbury hath gotten a chyld by your peticioner, and beinge taken with a warrant from Sir Thomas [Delvs?] for the receavinge of the said child did over run the constables and beinge taken agayne the second tyme by the same constables with the same warrant he did hurt the constable beinge assisted with one Richard Hulse of Namptwych who held the constable when he escaped: in tender consideracion wherof and for that the sayd Wardle wil nyther take her sayd child nor yeald obedience to any warrant to bringe him to answer the premisses, and for that your peticioner is very pore and not able to prosecute suit against him nor Hulse which did rescew him from the constables: may yt therfore please your worships to graunt forth your warrant of good behaviour for the apprehending both of the said Wardle and Hulse to answer theyre contempt of the sayd warrant and to order that the sayd Wardle may take the child and this for Godes cause.


It is ordered that a warrant of good behaviour shalbe graunted against the said Hughe Wardle in regard the said Hughe Wardle is suspected to flee the cuntry and that the said Katherine Briscowe shall filliate the said child

William Halwod and James Deane, late constables of Church hulme. QJF 47/3/65 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace within the county of Chester assembled at the quarter sessions holden at Myddlewich in the same county the xvth day of October in the syxtenth yere of the reigne of our soveraigne lord Kyng James

The humble peticion of Thomas [Jannye?] William Halwod and James Deane late constables of the towne of Churchhulme in the countie aforesayd

Shewyng That whereas the right worshipfull Sir William Brereton knight one of his majesties sayd justices lately directed his warrant to the constables of the foresaid towne of Churchhulme, for the bringeing before hym or other his fellowe justices Elizabeth Jackson, and Alice servant to Rafe Wright to put in suretie for his majesties peace to be kept by them towardes all his liege people and especially towardes Jane Jackson wyfe of Thomas Jackson of Churchhulme [aforesayd?] husbandman, albeit the peticioners being then [illegible] constables of the same towne upon the receite of the sayd warant did their best and uttermost endevour (as thei are ready to make [proufe?]) to have apprehended the sayd Elizabeth and Alice for the purpose aforesayd, but could not by reason thei [same?] had notice geven to them of the warant aforesayd by the sayd [illegible] Jane Jackson and so kept themselves from the viewe of theis peticioners by barryng their dores of their houses so as thei could not be come by but by breakyng of their houses, and [illegible] being abrode thei pretended [illegible] so as [illegible] thei never came within the vewe of theis peticioners or either of them, all which notwithstandyn the foresayd Jane Jackson being as it is notoriously knowen to all neighbours a woman of most badde behaviour, verey malicious, troublesome to all, not regardyng what she sayeth or sweareth to revenge herselfe of those whom she maliceth, did at last quarter sessions for the county holden at Nauntwich take hir corporall oath before his majesties justices of peace there assembled, that theis peticioners would not apprehend the foresayd Elizabeth and Alice - albeit thei might convenyently and easylie have so done, where upon theis peticioners were then fyned

Their humble peticion is That your worships would be pleased, (the fine sayd fine being imposed upon the only oath of the sayd Jane who is a woman of no creditt,) to [mytigate?], [illegible] discharge them therof or to mitigate the same as to your wisedomes shalbe thought [good?], and theis peticioners shall dayly pray for the long [preservation?]

Anthony Furnevall. QJF 47/3/66 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kyngs majestyes justices of the peace at the quarter sessions at Middlewich

The humble petition of Anthony Furnevall

Most humblie shewing that wheareas Thomas Baskervill of Wythinton gentleman together with divers of his tenants and servants have hearetofore committed many owtragious misdemeynors agaynst the peace agaynst this petitioner and his servants in his owne severall lands of inherutans in Withinton as namely the riotous fallyng and cariinge awaye of two tymber trees for which he the sayd Thomas Baskervill with six more do stand indited and doth daylye ether with a long bearing bill or with his peece charged and for the most part with a great mastye dogg wallke over the feyld and hedges of this petitioner under pretence of having free warren there of which he hath beene convicted so as this petioner and his servants are dayly in dawnger of there lives

maye it therefore please your worshipps upon his oth to graunt unto this petitioner for the savegard of his liffe the peace agaynst the sayd Thomas Baskervill John Baskervill William Baskervill Henry Besswick Rondull Margeram and Rondull Stathom and William Bate and this petioner will daylye pray unto Good foryour for your worshipps health and prosperitye longe to continewe


Sworne the peace against Thomas Baskervile and John Baskervile by Antony Furnivall

A warrant of good behaviour against Raphe Nickson alias [Buckly?]

The churchwardens of the parish of Bartomley. QJF 47/3/67 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace assembled at the quarter sessions at Myddlewych.

Humbly sheweth unto yor worships the church wardens of the parish of Bartomly that the sayd parish standeth charged with the keepinge of two poore children by order from the justices of peace of Nauntwych hundred.

That thereis a lay concluded to be collected and gathered within the sayd parish as may appeare to your worships by the peticioners, which lay is denyed to be paid by some of thinhabitants of the said parish.

The peticioners humbly pray that your worships wold sett downe order that the [sayd?] lay may be collected and gathered according as yt is concluded and sett downe and this for Godes cause.



Frances Hursfeild of Blackden near Goostry. QJF 47/3/68 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices assembled at the quarter sessions at Myddlewych:

In most humble manner sheweth unto your worships your poore peticioner Frances Hursfeild of Blackden neare Goostry, that wheras your poore peticioner beinge borne and browght up in Blackden, did about three yeares last past erect and sett up a little cottage upon the wast landes in Blackden for his habitacion beinge noe annoyance to any where he hath dwelled ever since: and for soe much as the lords of the wast theyre and other the inhabitantes adjoyninge are willinge that he shall continew his habitacion and dwellinge theyre, beinge a paynefull workman, upon your worships order for the same accordingly: may yt therefore please you to take comiseracion of his pore estate and to order that he may continew his dwellinge theyre, which non theyre aboutes are unwilling of or will any wyse gayne say or contradict. And your pore peticioner shall dayly pray to God for your happynes.

Master Baskervyle, Master Eaton and Master Hollinshed have given theyre consentes beinge lordes of the wastes theyre, that this peticion may take place.

Elizabeth Stanley, widow of Thomas Stanley of Mottram Andrew. QJF 47/3/69 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of peace for the countie of Chester at the quarter sessions at Midlewiche

The humble peticion of Elizabeth Stanley widdow late wief of Thomas Stanley of Mottram Andrew within this countie

Humblie sheweth unto your good worshipps that whereas your poore peticioner and her late husband have lived for the space of xviii yeares now last past within the said towneshippe of Mottram=Andrew, where they did mayntayne by their handy laboure haveinge noe other meanes to live uppon themselves and six children there borne and yet livinge. Now soe it is right worshipfull that since the death of your said peticioners husband shee haveinge not any place of habitacion for herself and her poore children to live and dwell in is not any way able to maynteyne herself and them they beinge verie yonge and not able to helpe them selves unless your tender consideracion be thereunto extended.

May it therefore please your good worshipps to graunt unto your said poore peticioner licence to erect a cottage within the foresaid towneshippe for the succoure and relief of her self and her poore children shee haveinge obtayned not onelie the consent of the lord of the said mannor but of all the inhabit=tants therein dwellinge and your petitioner shall daylie pray for your worshipps in all happines longe to contynue


Ordered yf she bringe a certificat under Sir [illegible] [Calvey?] hand and seale then granted for her life

Peter Forest of Aston, husbandman. QJF 47/3/70 (1618)

[Com?] Cestria

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of the peace at this present sessions assembled.

The humble peticion of Peter Forest of Aston neere great Budworth in this county husbandman.

Humblie sheweth unto your worships that wheras your poore peticioner (and all his auncestours) beinge borne in the towneship of Aston aforesaid and he your peticioner havinge a wyef and foure children and no place of habitacion to shrewde himself and his familie in, havinge heretofore lived in the said towne under divers of his frendes as an inmate, and wheras such strict courses are nowe held for the punishinge of such persons as harbour anie inmates that your peticioner is altogether destitute of all hope of relief or succor unles your worships aydes and furtherances be to him herin extended: may it therefore please your good worships in regard that your peticioner was borne in the said towneship of Aston and hath there ever [illegible] since his maryage lived with his wyefe and children, that it may by your worships be ordered and decreed that your peticioner may erect somme smale cottage within the said towneship of Aston by and with the consent of Peter Warburton of Arley esquiour lord of the said manour and in such place as the said lord of the said manour shall allowe and approve of, to hould to your peticioner at the will and pleasure of the said lord of the said manour, anie penaltye in the statute for ereccion of cottages to the contrarie notwithstandinge, and this for Godes love: and your poore peticioner (as in dutye bound) shall daylie pray for your worships healthes and happines longe to contynue.


If he bringe certificat under Master Warburtons hand and seale then granted for his life.

Randle Tomson of Wythinton. QJF 47/3/71 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices assembled at the quarter sessions at Myddlewych

In most humble manner doe certyfye unto your worshipps your petitioner Randle Tomson of Wythinton, that Andrew Hollinshed of Wythinton afforesaid joyner beinge a very contentious and troblesome person and Ann his wyfe about mydsomer last did assalt your petitioner as he was dryvinge his cart and offered to lay vyolent handes upon him and caused his cart and horses to be in great danger and perrill without any cause given by your petitioner to eyther of them, and have lykewise doone divers hurtes and wronges to his cattell before beinge upon the comons and for soe much as the said Andrew is a person of evill behavyour and doth keepe a common typlynge house and is excommunycated: may yt therefore please your worshipps to take consideracion of your petitioners wronges in the premisses and to take such order as to your worshipps in your great wisedomes shalbe thought fitt for the peace of your petitioner: and your petitioner will dayly praye for your longe and prosperous health and happines



Robert Hurpur, William Forster, John Barbur, Richard Gee and Edward Plant. QJF 47/3/72 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices assembled at the quarter sessions at Myddlewych.

In all humble manner doe certify unto your worships your peticioners Robert Hurpur of Sythington William Forster of Henbury John Barbur of Henbury Richard Gee thelder of Henbury and Edward Plant of Sythington that John Adshed William Pymlott Hugh Baguly and Thomas Adshed of Over Alderly are al of them persons of a lewde and wicked carriage and behaviour; and have greatly wronged and abused your peticioners and divers others and upon the xxith day of September last about xi of the clocke in the night, they came to the howse of the sayd Robert Hurpur in Sythington and there broke downe a glasse window and went to an other window afterwardes at the same howse and broke downe a pane of the glasse window and toke the same away with them, and sett yt up at the howse of one Richard Johnson in Over Alderly and the same night afterwards they tooke came to the howse of the sayd William Forster and did breake downe a yate in his grownd neare to his howse then they came to John Barburs howse, and brooke his hawkes mew at syde of his howse, and tooke the [sigh?] which hanged upon his wall and in the lane neare his howse brooke yt in peeces with a long staffe. Then they came to one Richard Gees thelder his howse, and did breake a yate of hart of oake alin peeces with there staves, then they went went further and brooke a yate in peeces of one Edward Plant then they went to one Robert Maddockes of Henbury and brooke him two yates and one style: all which they did in the night tyme the sayd xxith of September last: in tender consideracion wherof and for that theise misdemeanors are soe great and odious as are not to [car...e?] in a Christyan comon wealth. May yt please your worships to graunt forth your warrant for the good behavior against the said John Adshed William Pymlott alias Byrchenhough, free mason Hugh Baguly and Thomas Adshee and further [illegible] to order as to your worships shal be thowght fitt for the good and quyett of your peticioners and this for Godes cause


As night walkers and haunting ale houses

to be bound to good behaviour

George Bann and Margrett his wife. QJF 47/3/73 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace assembled in the generall sessions of the peace houlden at Muddlewych the xvth of October anno domini 1618

The humble peticion of George Bann and Margrett his wyffe

Shewinge that whereas on Margrett Smyth spinster late of this parish of Muddlewich deceased did heretofore compounde and agree with your peticioners to keepe a basterde child of hers the said Margrett Smyth, which childe your peticioners accordingely did and doe as yett mantayne and keepe, have bin truly satisfyed and contented for the keepeinge thereof by the said Margrett Smyth as longe as she lived but for as much as the said Margrett Smyth is now deceased whereby your peticioners doe want that composicion and meanes which she in her lyffe tyme did justly and truly pay to your peticioners, and in regard your peticioners are poore people haveinge noe meanes at all to mantayne them selfes but the [illegible] owne hande labor and paynes takeinge and therefore utterly unable to mantayne and keepe the said basterd child any longer

May yt therefore please your worships the premisses considered that some course may be taken for the releefe of your poore peticioners that they may have some competente allowance towards the keepeinge of the said child or otherwaise that your peticioners may have some consideracion for the keepeinge thereof since the death of the said Margrett Smyth and may from henceforth be discharged thereof and your peticioners accordinge to there bounden dewtie shall pray for your worships in all health and happines longe to continew.


According to the statute of 43 of Elizabeth to be relieved out of the parish as [hereunto?] doth appurtayne

Thomas Lunt. QJF 47/3/74 (1618)

To the Kinges majesties justices of the peace att the generall sessions of the peace att Middlewyche assembled:

The humble peticion of Thomas Lunt:

Humblie sheweth that one Arthur Figes of the cittie of Chester ironmonger; causleslie and without any just cause hath sworne the peace agaynst your peticioner; who never gave him occasion soe to doe: and who th hath ever lived all his life tyme in peaceable manour maner never offeringe any violence to any man: the premisses considered and for that the petitioner is a poore man hee humblie intreates intreateth your worships to take comiseracion of his vexacion and to discharge him from his trouble and hee will ever pray for your healthes longe to continue.



Ellen Robinson of Warton, widow. QJF 47/3/76 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace for the county of Chester.

Humbly shewing unto your worshipps your humble and poore supplyante Ellen Robinson of Warton within the county of Chester widdowe that where as your supplyant and husband hath for many yeares past lyved in Warton afforesaid, an honest peaceable, and painefull lyffe: till about the space of three yeares agone on Raphe Nixon alias Buckley of Over being a man of very evill note and name, and of an unquiett and turbulent disposission, did malitiously attempt dyveres suites against your supplyantes late husband and did with all rygor and extremety procecute the same in seaverall courtes, to the utter undoing and impoverishment of him selfe, your poore supplyant and theire chilldren, and thereby was the only cause and meanes of his death: and not being so conten ted but sythence the decease of her said husband, hath in most cruell and uncharitable manner vexed your poore supplyant and her children in offering them many wronges, not only in laboureing by all meanes, to take her poore house over head and so to make her and her poore fatherles chilldren harborles but also hath sundrie tymes beaten your supplyantes doughter to the indangering of her lyffe; without order of justice put them in the stockes; vowing with many bloudy oathes that he would have a legg or an arme of some of them, (meaneing your supplyant [and?] her chilldren.) And whereas your supplyant, for the wronges afforesaid had just cause of complaint against him yett not withstandinge the said Raphe Nixson did most unjustly sue out a warrant of the peace against your supplyant and her said doughter, and therewith together with one John Brodhurst constable of Warton, one John Peccowe, and Margarett wyffe of the said Raphe Nixson did in most vyolent and ryotious manner (upon the xxvth day of June last past at the breake of the daye) enter the house of your poore supplyant, and with great extremity pulled her furth of the same, geve=ing her many blowes upon the face and head, treadeing her under theire feete in the durt and sheede=ing her blood to the breach of his majesties peace and hazard of your supplyantes lyffe: which cruell deale=ing of theires did so much affright your supplyantes doughter, that shee then fled away for saffegard of her lyffe, and was never heard of what was become of her to this day. And had not many of your supp=lyantes neighboures ernestly intreated on her behalfe, the would without all order of justice have caried her imediatly to the jeale because she had not then suertyes present to undertake for her.

In tender commisseration whereof may yt therefore please your worshipps duly to consider your poore supply=antes destressed estate and for Godes cause to redresse to her great wronges according to justice and equetye ( being a poore widdowe with towe fatherles chilldren, and hath nothing in the world to releeve them on) releaseing her from the peace. And to vouchsaffe, your supplyant the good behaviour against the said Raphe Nixson and his said wyffe, John Brodhurst and John Peccowe, and your poore supplyant shall dayly pray to God for your worshipps health and happines etc.



John Hortoppe of Snelson. QJF 47/3/77 (1618)

To the worshippfull justeces of the peace of of the quarter sessions houlden at Midlewyche this day beinge the xvth day of Occtober [anno domini?]

That wheras John Hortoppe of Snelson beinge [a very?] poore man and of good fame and good name to the reportt of all his neghtbours is now at this tyme to entreatt your worshippes good faver for Godes causse now beinge in greatt distreasse and trouble aboutt a woman beinge an innosent gotten with chyld her father and frendes togeather would causse me to have it whether I be worthie it or no: her fathers name is Randle Falows of Snellson and his doughters name is Isabell Fallowes a naturall borne therfore I would further desyre your worshippes further consideration in this buseneysse her father may come before your worshippes or some other justeces to be sworne in lafull maner accordinge to lawe but true it is she is not lykely soe to doe but as her father and other frendes doe to my greatt expences and trubles beinge soe unable to folowe the same that I shalbe forssed to sett or sell all that I have to mentayne the sutt with all excepte your worshippes faver will stand good to me that I may [pourge?] my selff by lawe as the lawe will alowe me her father and frendes togeather doe sike by all meanes to agenste me to my undoinge havinge wyffe and children to [mentayne?] of my hand gettinge and litle to mentayne them with all all this truble is uppon spytte and malice of some unknowen matter as may hereafter come to light to ther greatt shame as may be proved by good wittnes this humbly prayinge your worshippes good faver in this causse that I may have that lafull faver as the lawe will [alow?] me and not other wayes this for Godes cause I praye you for the honeste carrage of this [be...?] that will come to deposse: Houmphre Bradford peteter Peter Madocke Richard Locckett. Henrie Battman. Edward [Batt...?] Robert [Tealike?]. William Batte. Robertt [Cuckichely?]. Oliver [illegible] William Cashe. Antony Fornivall. Fraunces Bertels John Antrobus. William Drakeford. John Wood. George Lowe Thomas Locke.



Cutbert Warren and Margrett his wife. QJF 47/3/78 (1618)

To the right worshipfull his majesties justices of the peace of the countie of Chester att the quarter sessions holden att Middlewiche

The humble peticion of Cutbert [Warren?] and Margrett his wiefe.

Sheweth unto your woorships that wheras one Raphe Hulme of Offerton standeth bound unto his good behavyour, by recognisaunce taken before Sir William Davenporte knight upon a warrant graunted by Sir Peter Legh knight againste the [said Hulme?] for strykinge your peticioner the said Cutbert Warren [beinge?] then constable and comminge to charge him to keepe the peace.

And whereas the said Raphe Hulme beinge neare neighbour to these peticioners by his threates and many abuses from tyme toe tyme offerred unto them (the particulers wherof the saide peticioners are readie to relate unto your woorships if it shall please you to heare them) doth putt them to daylie trouble and feare.

The peticioners humble request is that your woorships will bee pleased that the said Raphe Hulme maie still continewe bound to his good behavyour for the sauftie of the peticioners theire children howse and goodes, whose onely desire is to live in quyett by him which otherwise they cannott tell howe to doe.


We do knowe the peticioners toe bee honeste and of good carriage, and the said Hulme to be a verrye troublesome and unquyett spirited fellowe.

  • T: [Leghe?]
  • William Davenport
  • [illegible]

Mary Jackson of Bosseley, widow. QJF 47/3/81 (1618)

To the right worshipfull the Kinges majesties justices of peace assembled at this quarter sessions

The humble peticion of Mary Jackson of Bosseley widdow late wife of Thomas Jackson late of Bosseley aforsaid deceased

Shewing That this poore peticioner was borne and brought up in the said towne of Bosseley and hath together with her said husband dwelt theire by the space of ten yeeres last past our more with the allowance of the lord of the mannour and likewise of the tennantes theire untill nowe of late since her said husbandes decease a litle cote or place wherein her said husband and she lyved in his life tyme and she sythence his decease fell downe as is altogether ruinated.

That this poore peticioner hath 3 smale children and is altogether harborles and destitute of any place to rest her self and pore children in to theire great discomforte and mysery

Humbly praying that your worships upon due consideracion of this pore peticioners and her said childrens calamity and misery in wante of habitacion as also of his majesties lawe ordayned for the reliffe of the distressed in such like case) to geive order to thinhabitantes of the said towne of Bosseley that she may have liberty to set up on her costes and charges a new cote or roome in the place where the said decayed cote did stand to be a habitacion for this poore peticioner and her said distressed children not intending to be any further troblesome to them or to charge them further then their goodwills in this behalf and shee and her said children (as in duty they are bound) shall dayly pray to God for your welfare and prosperity. And for Godes love.


We the inhabitantes of the foresaid towne of Bosseley whose names are subscribed referr [our?] consentes in the premiss to your grave and [considerat?] order.

  • Frauncis Hollinshed
  • Eddward Hollinshed
  • signum Raphe Garner
  • Hughe Boothe
  • John Ogltons signum
  • John Newton
  • Edwarde Butler
  • Nicolas Ryley
  • Frauncis Hollinshed
  • signum Antony Boothe
  • John [illegible]
  • Robert Broughe
  • Edward [Bynon?]