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

Scott, Mary Elizabeth (née Dusenbery)

Pillar marks the grave of Mary Dusenbery Scott (1839-1883), Lexington City Cemetary, Lexington, NC. It reads "Mary E./Scott/Born/Nov. 28, 1839/Died/May 3, 1883." Her first husband, George A. Dudley, is buried nearby.

Photograph by Erika Lindemann

Mary Elizabeth Dusenbery (1836–1883), known as Lizzie, was educated at the Edgeworth Female Seminary in Greensboro and became the principal of the Lexington Female School in 1856. Sources claim that she also was a talented artist. In 1859 she married George A. Dudley (d. 1861) of Wilmington, NC. After his death, she married Dr. Edward M. Scott (1829–1863) of Hillsborough, NC, in 1863; he died 12 days later. Scott held the rank of captain in the 22nd North Carolina Regiment of the Confederate army. By 1880 the twice-widowed Lizzie was living with her sister Cornelia and brother-in-law James Smith in Lexington and serving as the town’s assistant postmaster. She was also a milliner. She was buried in the Lexington City Cemetery.

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