by Cathy Callopy
Born in New Hampshire to John and Susannah Dinsmore, James moved to Natchez, Mississippi, following his graduation from Dartmouth. In 1828, he purchased half a sugar cane and cotton plantation in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. One year later, at the advanced age of thirty-eight, he traveled to Burlington, New Jersey, to marry Martha Macomb. The sale of the plantation and aportion of the enslaved people who worked in the fields in 1842, allowed James to move to Kentucky where he began raising grapes and sheep on his “Arcadian” farm near his Uncle Silas. His interests were vast as one can see from his library in the main house. He died in 1872 and was buried on Christmas Eve.