Elizabeth Bucke (possibly Browne) (c.1582 - 1620) MP

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Birthplace: Thurston Close, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Jamestown, James City, Virginia
Managed by: Peter Alan Dutton, Jr.
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About Elizabeth Bucke (possibly Browne)

Additional Curator's Notes:

The Encyclopedia Virginia believes Elizabeth's maiden name to be Browne, but offers no proof. It has been suggested that Elizabeth was the daughter of a "Sir Brown" and a "Lady Langley-Brown," but there are no sources given, and the names are too vague for a substantial search. It has been suggested that her first name was Gertian or Grecian, but this may be a confusion with her son's name Gershon. It has been suggested that her middle name was Langley, based on the theory of the mystery Lady Langley-Brown as mother.

Until sources are found to lend credence to any of these theories, Elizabeth will be shown as Elizabeth Bucke, maiden name possibly Browne, with no parents attached.

Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator, 12/21/2013

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Elizabeth Bucke was the wife of Anglican minister Richard Bucke. They were married on July 7, 1607 in Tharston Parish, Norfolk, England, and had at least one daughter before Richard was appointed chaplain of the expedition headed by Sir Thomas Gates that departed Plymouth Sound for Virginia on June 2, 1609.

Elizabeth sailed with her husband aboard the ill-fated Sea Venture, which was shipwrecked off the coast of Bermuda during a hurricane. A daughter, Bermuda Bucke, was born on Bermuda and died there, c. 1610. The survivors spent more than nine months on the isle while building replacement crafts. Elizabeth then sailed with her husband to Virginia on May 10, 1610, arriving at Point Comfort on May 21, and landing on May 23 at Jamestown.

Elizabeth had three sons and one daughter born in Virginia, between 1611 and 1620. The names given the four children born in the colony reflect the possible Puritan philosophy of Bucke as well as the hardships endured in Virginia: Mara (bitter), Gershon (expulsion), Benoni (sorrow), and Peleg (division).

Elizabeth Bucke died in Jamestown, James City, Virginia, date unknown. Her husband probably died in 1623 or 1624 and she likely predeceased him. By 1624, all four children are living in three different households.

http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Bucke_Richard_1581_or_1582-ca_1624

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Elizabeth Bucke's Timeline

1582
1582
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1600
1600
Age 18
Argecroft Hall, Manchester, Lancashire, England
1607
July 7, 1607
Age 25
Tharston Parish, Norfolk, England

http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Bucke_Richard_1581_or_1582-ca_1624
July 7, 1607 - Richard Bucke is married, possibly to Elizabeth Browne, in Tharston Parish, Norfolk, England.

1610
1610
Age 28
Bermuda
1610
Age 28
1611
1611
Age 29
Jamestown, James City, Virginia

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).

1614
1614
Age 32
Jamestown, James City, Virginia

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
1616
Age 34
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."

1620
1620
Age 38
Jamestown, James City, Virginia

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).

1620
Age 38
Jamestown, James City, Virginia