Like many, I am trying to ascertain the siblings and parents of Balaam Dockery, born August 23, 1792 in North Carolina, probably Wake County. I say this because this is where the well-circulated will of WIlliam Dockery was written, which named a son Balaam, and other children, in addition to his wife named Elizabeth. We do not know when this William Dockery died, we only know that he wrote his will on this date. I have seen nothing to indicate the will was probated. In this will he appoints his son Benjamin as the Executor of his estate, and I would gander to say Benjamin is probably the oldest. He leaves his son Benjamin one mare, and all the land after Elizabeth dies. He leaves Hastings Dockery 5 schillings. He leaves Polly Dockery a feather bed, furniture, and a 2-year heifer. None of the other children are to get anything untill Elizabeth dies, so I am assuming they are not yet of age. This would mean, if my deductions are correct, that Benjamin, Hasting, and Polly, are the oldest. The estate is to be divided among Hiram, William, Selah, Balaam, and Elizabeth.
Balaam then moved to Burke County, and here he enlisted in the War of 1812. He is listed on the rosters as BALUM DUCARY. He served in the same unit as a man named Lewis Allman. Lewis Allman died, and Balaam married his widow, Mary Allman. Lewis Allman did not die in the war, he died about 1818, for Balaam married Mary in Burke County, on February 26, 1818. Mary brings the three children she and Lewis Allman had; which were George born about 1813, Jonas born about 1816, and Rebecca born about 1818. She also brings to the marriage a child that Lewis Allman had to a previous marriage to a woman named Mary White. Mary White was Lewis Allman's first wife. Mary WHITE and Lewis Alman had a son Jacob Lewis Allman born February 19, 1810.
Balam and Mary move to Buncomb County, NC by 1830. By 1840, they have made it to Sevier County. I would like to point out that it is ANOTHER Balaam Dockery listed in Maury County, Tennesee as many have reported. This Balam did NOT live in Maury County, and he did not die there in 1858 as many have reported.
By 1850, he has moved to Cocke County, and is there in the 1860 census. By 1870 he returned to Buncomb County. He died November 27, 1876, probably in North Carolina. His date of death is in the family bible that belonged to his son William Rufas Dockery. Also in the family Bible is the birthdate of Mary, wife of Balaam. Mary was Mary Allen, and she was born December 28, 1789. I have not found documentation for Mary Dockery's death. Can anyone tell me if there is a book solely on Balaam Dockery's family? Does anyone have plans to do one. If there is not one, I plan on embarking on doing one. I can be contacted directly at Karrsunny@aol.com or by contacting me on Facebook. I am BEULAH KARR
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