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Near Edom in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dr. Jessee Bennett

1769–1842

 
 
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2010
1. Dr. Jessee Bennett Marker
Inscription.  Near Edom, Virginia, on January 14, 1794, in a heroic effort to save his wife, Elizabeth, and child, Dr. Jessee Bennett performed the first successful Caesarian section and oophorectomy to be done in America.
 
Erected 1983 by the Linville-Edom Extension Homemaker’s Club, Rockingham County, and the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number A-59.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1730.
 
Location. 38° 31.367′ N, 78° 51.7′ W. Marker is near Edom, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Harpine Highway (Virginia Route 42) near Jesse Bennet Way (County Route 859), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Linville VA 22834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edom United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Breneman-Turner Mill (approx. ¾ mile away); George Chrisman House
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2010
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(approx. 1.6 miles away); Mannheim (approx. 1.9 miles away); Baxter House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lincoln's Virginia Ancestors (approx. 2.9 miles away); Old Salem Church (approx. 3½ miles away); Joseph Funk (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edom.
 
Also see . . .  The Doctor that History Almost Missed. “The only two things that could be done was either a Caesarian or a Creanitorian operation. Mrs. Bennett felt that either would be death for her, but that the life of the baby might be saved by a Caesarian Operation, so she begged for them to try to save the baby’s life, even if she had to die. So it was up to the young doctor, husband, and father, to decide what to do. Remembering his resolution when he first hung out his shingle, ‘that he would attend the sick, in good or bad weather, night or day, rich or poor, and do all he could to relieve pain and aches.’ In an instant his decision was made, save both if possible, and he would.

“A crude operating table was made, by bringing in two barrels, and placing two boards on them for a table. Mrs. Bennett was given a large dose of laudanum, to make her sleepy, and then she was placed on the operating table,
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with her sister, Mrs. Hawkins, by her side holding a tallow candle for a light, and two faithful negro servants to hold Mrs. Bennett on the table.

“Then young Dr. Bennett, with one long sweep of the knife, laid open the abdomen of his wife, and removed the baby. The wound was then closed by sewing it with stout linen thread, such as was used in the pioneer home to sew heavy clothing. Much to the surprise of every one, both mother and baby lived. Thirty-six years later, April 20th, 1830, the mother died, and was laid to rest a short distance from Riverview, the home she loved so well.” (Submitted on May 4, 2010.) 
 
Additional keywords. cesarean section, C-section, ovariectomy
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,102 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Jul. 2, 2022