P236-1-1 (3) burial of Maria, daughter of Emmanuel ‘the moor’

Extract from handwritten parish register

We always knew there were records of baptisms, marriages and burials of Black people in our parish registers. However, we didn’t realise how far back they went. The earliest record is of the birth of a baby called Constance in St Keverne in 1605 and three members of one family are recorded as living in Truro in the early 1600s. Here, the 1611 death of Maria, daughter of Emmanuel, is recorded in Latin (P236/1/1).

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