I just found his biographical note and find it very interesting!Yet I can't find any more information on him.Does anyone know WHICH Red River he was exploring, or what caused his death? His birthplace caught my attention, too! Can anyone tell me more? PURVIANCE, Samuel Dinsmore, 1774-1806
PURVIANCE, Samuel Dinsmore, a Representative from North Carolina; born on Masonboro Sound at Castle Fin House, near Wilmington, New Hanover County, N.C., January 7, 1774; attended a private school; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced at Fayetteville, N.C.; also owned and operated a large plantation; member of the State house of commons in 1798 and 1799; member of the State senate from Cumberland County in 1801; trustee of Fayetteville Academy in 1803; elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1805); continued the practice of law in Fayetteville; died on the Red River about 1806, while on an exploring expedition into the West.