Laura Ann Dusenbery (1826–1880?) was the daughter of Lydia Davis (1797–1857) and Henry Rounsaville Dusenbery (1794–1852) and James Dusenbery’s sister. She was educated in Greensboro, NC, probably at the Greensboro Female Academy. She married Edmund Halsey Norcom (1824–1867) of Edenton, NC, in 1847, the same year in which Edmund graduated from the University of North Carolina. The couple moved to Beaufort, NC, where Norcom became a merchant and ship’s chandler. Laura and Edmund were the parents of three sons and four daughters: Alice L. (1849–1864), Lilla Bowie (1851–1855), Henry D. (1855–1928), Ann H. (b. 1858), Joseph D. (b. 1861), Laura (1862–1863), and Edmund H.(1865–1954). After Norcom’s death, Laura continued to manage the family business with her sons and ran a boarding house. By 1880 she had married Hezekiah Willis (1836–1911), a Beaufort, NC, dry goods merchant. She is buried next to Edmund Norcom under an unmarked slab in the Norcom family plot in the Old Burying Ground, Beaufort, NC.