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Signature of James L. Dusenbery and several photographs artistically combined.

Dusenbery, Henry Rounsaville

Portrait of Henry R. Dusenbery.

Photograph by Erika Lindemann. Published by permission of Dorothy and William B. Hankins, Jr.

Double-sided monument that marks the graves of Henry and Lydia Dusenbery, Lexington City Cemetery, Lexington, NC. This side reads "To our Father/Henry R. Dusenbery/Born Jan. 7, 1794/Died Aug. 11, 1852."

Photograph by Erika Lindemann.

Henry Rounsaville Dusenbery (1794–1852) of Rowan County, NC, was the son of Samuel Dusenbery (1758–1829) and Leodocia "Docey" Rounsaville (b. abt. 1769). A merchant, tanner, and farmer, he served as a postmaster (1818), justice of the peace, and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, NC (1832). He married Lydia Davis (1797–1857) in 1819, and they became the parents of eight children: Mary, James Lawrence, Edwin Lafayette, Laura Ann, Henry Mcrorie, Cornelia Lydia, William Brevard, and Mary Elizabeth. Before his death he invested in a mill and in the North Carolina Railroad, which reached Lexington in 1856. By 1850, according to census data, he owned 800 acres and approximately $10,000 worth of real estate. He and his wife are buried in the Lexington City Cemetery.

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