Derbyshire Quarter Sessions: 1684

Petitions to the Derbyshire Quarter Sessions, 1632-1770.

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Elizabeth Pilkington of Langley, p. Heaner. Q/SB/2/359 (1684)

To the Right Worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the County of Derby, at their Generall Quarter Sessions held at Derby: January 17th 1683

The humble petition of Elizabeth Pilkington of Langley in the Parish of Heaner.

Humbly sheweth

That your poor pettitioners husband haveing the ill fortune to be drawn into company of diverse leud and wicked persons was amongst them taken and committed to prison, where he now re -mains, leaving your poor Pettitioner with six very small children to the charity of good people; who indeed are burdened enough with poor already, and therefore without your worships order will neither grant your poor Pettitioner relief for her poor children, nor a house to hide their heads in, whereby they may be prevented from being wandring beggers, and so a scandall to a Christian king -dome, These humble petition theerfore of your poor Pettitioner is, That you in your great care of the poor, and consideration of the distress of a poor undone woman, would please to grant your order to the overseers of the poor of the said parish, to oblidge them to provide your poor Pettitioner a house, and some mente nance sutable to so great a necessity as the cryes of six poor babes, and a desolate poor woman under such circumstances requires.

And your poor pettitioner (as in duty bound) shall ever pray for your worships, health and prosperity


ff put out the boy apprentice and allowe her and 1s weekly


Anne Spenser of Winstor. Q/SB/2/385 (1684)

The humble petitione of Anne Spenser of Winstor To his majesties Justices of the Peace at the generall Quarter Sessions holden at Bakewell: July the 22th. 84.

Sheweth Whereas your petitioner: being widdowe: for many years together aand beinge 66 yeares of age; and beinge very laborious all her life time: and not prejudice: to the said towne: havinge noe releife at all: but thorowgh the charity: of some people: whose charity is very small towards your petitioner: she havinge formerly a small tenement erected and builded uppon the waste: it beinge fallen to the ground: where as your petitioner hath been in great danger: to be starved: and all most drowned; whereas she cannot preserve her self from the could and wet: wast but thorowgh the providence of Allmighty god: your petitioner most humbly desireth your worshipps good assistance, and that forth of your clemency and goodness you wold comiserate her deplorable Conditione: coh and give orders to the overseers of the poore whereas your your petitioner may have a habitatione by her self: to inhabit in: without whose assistance she is in great danger to starve: for want of habitatione: and your petitioner will ever pray for your worshipps long life

be mee Anne Spensor

Mary Machant of Youldgreave. Q/SB/2/386 (1684)

The humble petitione of Mary Machant of Youldgreave. To his majesties Justices of the peace at the generall Quarter Sessions holden at Bakewell July 22th 84


Whereas your petioner livinge in good estimatione and repute for many years together: beinge very carefull: to maintain her self: and family for beinge prejudice to the said towne: your petitioners husbande beinge forced and driven away: and returninge not backe, againe to her leaveinge your petitioner with a litle girle: beinge in want was put into a litle cottagge by and with the consent of the said towne: the said owner of the said tenement goeinge ccomeinge when your petitioner was gon forth to worke leaveinge her girle in the said house: the said owner set a locke and key uppon the door, where as your petitioner cannot injoy her habitatione with peace and quietness: soe that the petitioner is likely to starve with for want of a habitatione and child withall without your worshipps speedy good ass istance: and that forth of your clemency and goodness: you would vou chafe: to comiserate her deplorable conditione & grant order to your petitioner: to whereas she may have a habita tione with peace and quietness: who ever will pray for your wor shipps long life: by mee

Mary Machant

William Parker, Elizabeth Parker and Mary Parker of Sturson. Q/SB/2/387 (1684)

To the Right worshipfull his Majesties Justice of the Peace att the quarter sessions of the peace held at Backwell the 22d. day of July 1684

The humble peticion of Wm Parker Elizabeth Parker and Mary Parker of the hamblet of Sturson ex one side of Compton, within the parish of Compton Ashbourne,

Humbly sheweth

That your poore peticioners haveing lately buried theire aged and impotent parentes at theire owne charge and did long mayntayne them before theire death in their sickness, by reason whereof your peticioners are become very poore and in great debt, and are utterly desdtitute of a habitacion to live in so that they are in danger of being starved and perish unless, your worshipps releive your peticioners in this so great distress

Your peticioners therefore humbly pray your woirshipps that the may have, a weekly allowance till the hamblet find or build them a house to inhabite in


I have read worthy petiton, and believe the content, to bee true, and therefore recommend the petitioners, for your wise Considerations

Robert Coke

1s weekly


Dorithy Carmon of Yoldgreave. Q/SB/2/388 (1684)

The humble petition of Dorithy Carmon of Yoldgreave

To his Majesties Justices of the peace at the generall quarter Sessions holden at Bakewell July the 22th 84


Whereas your petitioner beinge very laborious all her life being very ould: havinge two children, which are in fected with the Kings Evill: and cold in noe wise: travell to London with one of them to London: but by and thorowgh the good assistance of your worshipfull, knight Sir Simon Degg: and Mr. Henry Gilbert: who I am bound to pray: haveinge an order: granted to have 12d by the weeke: by Sir Simon Degg Mr. Henry Gilbert Esquire Mr Eyre of Rowtor whose hands I had to my order Mr. Paintor (alias) Ballichouse beinge one of the overseres: desired my ordar: detained it ever since and allowed but six pence the weeke, ever since Michaelmas last past: your petitioner beinge in extream wants: humbly desiringe your worshipfull bench to take it into your pious consideration: and grant orders to the overseers that she may have the pay as formerly without whose assistance your petioner is in danger to starve and your petitioner will ever pray for your worshipps long life by mee Dorithy Carmon

Henry Worrall. Q/SB/2/389 (1684)

To the Right worshipfull his Majesties Justices of the Peace at their Quarter sessions houlden at Bakewell July the 22th. in the xxxvith yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord King Charles the second over England etc. Annoque Domini 1684:

The humble Peticion of Henry Worrall most humbly sheweth unto your worshipps

That whereas your worshipps formerly granted severall orders for the maintenance of your Peticioners children, and your last order of the 18th. of Aprill last ordered the overseer of Holmesfield to pay weekely five shillinges for the better maintenance of your Peticioner and his children. The payment of which they faile in paying so that for want thereof and by their threates hinder him for haveing one to stay with him to helpe his children and pretends to take the children away and dispose of them as they please, which your peticioner desires may not be, because their usage was so ill when they had them before, And further some within Holmesfield forth of their ill disposition and malice against your Peticioner use all meanes they can to undoo your Peticioner: and send him to prison for things that do not concerne them, and so hinders him both from personally attending your worshipps or following his occasions whereby he might the better looke to his children himselfe and provide necessaries for them

Your Peticioner therefore in most humble manner desires the continuance of your favours, and that you will see that your orders may be duly observed and your Peticioner and his poore children as in duty bound will ever pray for your worshipps etc.


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