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James Norcom , a native of Chowan County, studied medicine in Philadelphia and was one of the earliest clinical investigators of diseases in northeast North Carolina. He was an Army surgeon in the War of 1812, did charitable work, and wrote extensively on medical subjects. Norcum accumulated a nice fortune, but left a small estate at his death. Much of his wealth was spent educating his nine children, philanthropic causes, and paying off the debts of others to whom he had stood as surety.