Staffordshire Quarter Sessions: 1689

Petitions to the Staffordshire Quarter Sessions, 1589-1799.

This free content was born digital and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Grant: ‘The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England’ (AH/S001654/1) for costs including transcription of seventeenth-century items and editorial work, with the cost of photographing the petitions being funded by an Economic History Society Carnevali Small Research Grant: ‘Seeking Redress in Early Modern England: Petitions to Local Authorities, c.1580-1750’; and the cost of transcribing eighteenth-century items was funded by a later Economic History Society Carnevali Small Research Grant: ‘Poverty, Taxation and Regulation: Petitions to Local magistrates in Eighteenth-Century England’. CC-NC-BY.


Mistris Mary Phillips widow of Mr Ralph Phillips minister in Tixhall. Q/SR/406/7 (1689)

[T]o the write worshipful his Majesties Justices of the peace The humble peticion of Mistris Mary Phillips widdow late wife to Mr Ralph Phillips heretofore Minister of gods word in Tixhall

Your poore distresed peticioner in most humble manour sheweth that she with the rest of her family have had there settlement in Tixhall the space of twenty yeeres and upward and have there lived in good repute amongst theire nightbours but since it hath plased god, about two yeeres last past to tacke from hense her husband, whoss life was [illegible]ly liufing and left her in much debt with many children herselfe being weacke of body and much over growne in yeeres and being at present destitut of hapitacion (although the minister Mr Wacklin hath by gentle meanes often intreated the parishnors there unto) she not knowing in this troble what refuge to tacke, therefore nessessity inforceth her to mack known to your worships this her sad and deplorable condicion humble beseeching that of youre goodnes, you would be pleased to yeld her such releife, that may preserve her and her poore children, which otherwyse will be exposed to that miserable calamity as to be inforced to vagabony vagaboncy, and youre poore peticioner shall ever render as in duety she is bounde, the continuall prayers of the poore widdow and fatherles, for youre and her live and eternoll [happiness?] here after.