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2 Different Abel Dockery
Posted by: Gwendolyn Dockery (ID *****9725) Date: October 12, 2003 at 14:01:27
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Many of us have search for Abel Dockery.

There were definitely 2 different men in the same time period named Abel Dockery.

The National Archives has both of them listed, with various spelling of Dockery.

One was in Pipkin's West Tennessee Militia, he was in Captain Henry M. Newlin's Company in the War of 1812. One index card (Company Muster Roll) from June 20, 1814 Roll Dated Camp Alexander, Date of enlistment June 20, 1814, December 19, 1814, Absent, Remarks: Left sick at Ft. Williams November 3, 1814. His name is spelled ABLE DOCKERY, Private.

The second index card says:
ABEL DOCKRY, Private, Capt. Henry M. Newlin's Company of Infantry, 1st Regt. Tenn Militia, War of 1812. Company Muster Roll from June 20 to Dec 20, 1814. Roll dated Fayetteville June 22, 1814, enlisted June 20, 1814 to December 20, 1814, Present.

Third Index Card:
ABEL DOCKERY, Private, Capt. Henry M. Newlin's Company of Infantry, 1st Regt. Tennessee Militia (all in Pipkins Regt.), War of 1812 from June 20 to Jan 27, 1815, Roll dated Fayetteville January 27, 1815, enlisted June 20, 1814 to January 27, 1815, Present.

Fourth Index Card:
ABEL DOCKERY, 1stRegt, Capt. Henry M. Newlin's Company, Private, War of 1812. Company Pay Roll for June 20, 1814 to January 27, 1815. Roll dated January 27, 1815. Commenced service June 20, 1814. Term of service charged 7 months 7 days. Pay per month 8 dollars 0 cents, amount of pay 57 dollars 81 cents.

Another document:
I, certify on Honor, that ABEL DOCKRY, a private in Capt. H. M. Newland's Co, of the 1st Regt. W. Tenn Militia, has faithfully served the United States, from the 20th of June 1814 to the 20 of Dec 1814 a period of six months 37 days, that he is entitled to pay for travelling (illigable) miles, the distance from lwhere he was last mustered to his place of residence also for (illigable) miles, previous to being mustered into service, and is hereby honorably discharged, given under my hand, at Fayetteville this 27th day of January 1815. Signed: (Illigable) Pipkin, Col. Commanding, 1st N.W. Tenn.

Another document:
Know all men by these present that, I Elizabeth Dockery, administrator of the estate of ABEL DOCKERY deceased of Lincoln County State of Tennessee do irrevocable nominate (blank) my attorney, for me.

Another document:
State of Tennessee Lincoln County May Term 1815.
I, Price M. Garner, clerk of the county ........... for the county aforsaid do hereby certify that at May Term 1815 Elizabeth DOCKRY appeared in open court and ............on the estate of ABEL DOCKRY deceased and entered into bond with approved securty whereupon Letters Testamentary did give to her accordingly.
In Testimory whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said court at office this 7th day of August 1816. Signed: Price M. Garner.

I have seen the grave (head) stone at the War of 1812 Cemetery at Ft. Williams. There is a stone, the first or second, on the first or second row, on the left side of the cemetery. It says:
ABLE DOCKERY, Tennessee, H. M. Newlin's Co. 1st West Tenn Militia, War of 1812.

It is a mystery why there is a grave marker at Ft. Williams, Alabama. If Abel died in Tennessee, however, it appears he received a discharge in Fayetteville, Tenness 27 January 1815.

He must have died shortly thereafter. It is possible he was not in Fayetteville 27 Jan 1815, but still in the hospital at Ft. Williams and died there shortly after 27 Jan 1815. Someone may find the date Ft. Williams was abandoned or when all patients were moved. This could clear up this mystery.

Also on another marker it says:
David Rankin, Lt. Berry's Company, Bunch's, E. Tenn, March 27, 1814

I have found no proof as to the parents of Elizabeth nor Abel.

I have found no proof as to what kin Elizabeth Dockery was to Abel Dockery, whose estate was administered by Eliz in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Nor have we found any definite proof of the kinship of Eliz, James, John, David, George, Leroy Rankin Dockery, among maybe others.

Leroy Rankin Dockery served in the Seminole War from Tuscaloosa County in the 1830's. His descentants say his mother was Elizabeth.

I did not receive from the Archives a Widow's pension on Abel nor land grant for his service in the War of 1812. it seems that if Eliz was his wife, she would have filed for one or for other benefits.

As best I can find, Eliz just purchased land in 1828 in Tuscaloosa County in the vicinity of T24N,R6E,Sect 33. In 1830 she patented about 80 acres in the same locale. David, George, James patented land nearby.

I feel there had to be a close relationship bwtween David born around 1800 and Eliz as David is supposed to be buried on the land Eliz patented or next to it. One of David's great grandson's told me Eliz raised fine horses and Felix Dockery (deceased)had one offspring of the line of horses he believed Eliz brought from Tennessee.

Some census list David as being born In North Carolina and some say South Carolina. ___________________________________________________

The Other Abel Dockery, from North Carolina had all of his record with the spelling Abel Dockery.

The Abel Dockery, who was in the 5th Regt. (Atkinson's) North Carolina Militia and served according to Index Card records enlisted November 28, 1814 to January 9, 1815 for a term of 1 mo 12 days with 8 dollars per month of which he was paid 11 dollars and 12 cents. He was in Capt. John Ramsour's Company of Infantry detached Military, Atkinson's 5th N.C. Reft. Archives records indicate Abel received on 27th day of April 1857 a land grant for his service in the War of 1812. Abel was a resident of Pemiscot County, Missouri and he listed his age in 1857 as being fifty-nine. He enlisted at Asboro, North Carolina and was discharged in Norfolk, Virginia.

Alexander Monroe Dockery (1845-1926) was Mayor of Gallatin, MO from 1881 to 1883, Gov. of MO from 1901 to 1905 then 3rd Assist.Postmaster of the United States. Could he be a descendant of Abel of the 5th Regt. North Carolina?

Pemiscot County, Missouri is just across the river from the State of Tennessee.

Other Dockery information:

There was an early Professor at the University of Alabama here in Tuscaloosa named James C. Dockery. He married Mary Ann Whitfield about 1845. The C. in his name is probably Covington as he was from NC and out of the Dockery's in Richmond, Anson and Montgomery Counties in North Carolina. James migrated to the delta in Mississippi and became a planter. He was a professor of mathmatics and retoric at the U Of A.

Thomas Pleasant Dockery, a Brigadeer General CSA, was born in North Carolina December 18, 1833. His father was Col. John Dockery. They moved to Tennessee then to Arkansas. He was a Colonel of the 5th Arkansas State Troops, then the 19th troops and promoted to BG August 10, 1864. He died in New York City in 1898 and is buried in Natches Mississippi at the residence of two of his daughters. I can find no connection with Gen. Dockery's family and that of Abel or Eliz.

In the 1820's a Sophia Dockery married a George Hewitt. We believe she was a daughter of Eliz. George Hewitt came to Tuscaloosas between 1819 and 1823 and settled in the area where Eliz settled. It is believed Sophia & George first chld was born in 1816 in Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee.


Perhaps this will help someone. Maybe one day we will get all the Dockery lines verified.

Walter E. Dockery
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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