Published photograph of Dr. Armand John deRosset III.
Dr. deRosset III (1807-1897) was one in a long line of doctors in the deRosset family. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1824 with his A.B. degree and received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1828. He was a Director of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad Company.
In 1852 Dr. deRosset, along with other civic minded individuals, helped incorporate Oakdale Cemetery, and he became the first president of the cemetery company. Oakdale was chartered as the city cemetery of Wilmington from 1852 until 1901. It was the 5th largest landscaped cemetery in America during this time period. Sadly, the first burial in Oakdale was his daughter, 6-year-old Annie.
The deRosset home, built in 1841, still stands at 23 South Second Street.