Benoni Bucke (1616 - c.1639) MP

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Birthplace: Burrowshill Plantation, Jamestown, Surry, VA, USA
Death: Died in Jamestowne, VA
Managed by: Philip Decker, (c)
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About Benoni Bucke

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3555384 Exploitation of the insane in the New World. Benoni Buck, the first reported case of mental retardation in the American colonies. Neugebauer R.

Abstract Documenting the early history of mental illness in North America is complicated by the absence of colonial institutions specializing in the care or management of the insane. However, during the first half of the 17th century, a single authority existed in England, the Court of Wards and Liveries (1540-1660), with responsibility for appointing guardians for the mentally disabled.

In 1637, Benoni Buck, a man with severe mental retardation, was referred to this court from Jamestown, Va. The ensuing conflict over Benoni's custody exposed a contradiction between the economic and political exigencies of a new order and the social obligation to protect the mentally ill. Benoni Buck is almost certainly the first case of mental disability reported from the English colonies. The case thereby represents a minor landmark in the history of mental illness in America; May 1987 marks the 350th anniversary of the first petition for guardianship.

PMID: 3555384 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Bucke_Richard_1581_or_1582-ca_1624 1616 - Benoni Bucke, son of the Jamestown minister Richard Bucke, is born. Proved incapable of managing his inheritance, he is deemed "the first Ideott found in that plantation."

http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/print.cgi?harmer::4.html Ambrose Harmer and his wife, Jane, were guardians for Benoni Bucke, a minor son of Rev. Richard Bucke, the second minister of Jamestowne.

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Benoni Bucke's Timeline

1616
1616
Jamestown, Surry, VA, USA

http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Bucke_Richard_1581_or_1582-ca_1624
1611–1620 - Richard Bucke, a minister at Jamestown, has three sons and one daughter born in Virginia. Their names possibly reflect the hardships Bucke endures: Mara (bitter), Gershon (expulsion), Benoni (sorrow), and Peleg (division).

1616 - Benoni Bucke, son of the Jamestown minister Richard Bucke, is born. Proved incapable of managing his inheritance, he is deemed "the first Ideott found in that plantation."

1639
1639
Age 23
Jamestowne, VA
1974
May 8, 1974
Age 23
June 26, 1974
Age 23
September 3, 1974
Age 23
1995
April 14, 1995
Age 23
1996
July 18, 1996
Age 23
November 1, 1996
Age 23
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Jamestowne, VA
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Jamestowne, VA