Explore Your Archive: Henry Jetto
- 21st November 2016
The earliest-known black person to have lived in Worcestershire is believed to be Henry Antonie Jetto. The first reference to him is in a parish register dating back to the late 16th century. The discovery was made by his 11x great-grandson whilst tracing his family history at the Worcestershire History Centre before we moved to The Hive. His descendant, Mr Bluck stated “He is referred to as a ‘blackamor’ which at that time meant a black person, and I believe he had an adult baptism into the Christian faith at 26 as ordered by his master.”
Mr Jetto was baptised in Holt in 1596, and was a gardener to Sir Henry Bromley of Holt Castle. Mr Jetto was also buried at Holt in 1627. Mr Jetto was wealthy enough to leave a will when he died and left goods to the value of £17 15s 8d.