Henrietta Camilla Jenkin entry: Overview screen.
1807 or 1808
Henrietta Camilla Jackson (later HCJ) was born in Kingston
, the only daughter in a family which also had three sons.
By 9 May 1840
HCJ published with Richard Bentley
the first of her novels, Miss Aylmer; or, The Maid's Husband
, anonymously: she began writing because her family needed the money.
By June 1859
HCJ's anti-slavery novel Cousin Stella; or, Conflict
, published as by 'the author of Violet Bank' and set mostly in Jamaica
in the early 1830s, was the one that made her name.
HCJ set her final novel, Jupiter's Daughters
, in French
8 February 1885
HCJ died of "paralysis and bronchitis",
three days after her husband's death (of which she was not told); her son died only four months later, quite unexpectedly, after a minor operation.