hello, my name is julie berry and in our family papers we have a Land Grant to a Matthew Dockery for 160 acres in Lawrence County Illinois, dated 1825 (issued from the Palestine, Illinois land office, sighed by JQ Adams and Geo, Graham).
"Dockery" is a surname we have not, as of yet, been able to trace as a verified branch of our tree...but the oral history of our 'clan' is that matthew was a great grandfather of ours...but we cannot quite connect the family 'dots'.
my grandfather was virgil vern berry (married catherine johnston, in 1918), both of southern illinois
his father was john ogden berry, born 1862 (married susan robards, in 1890), both of illinois
his father was caleb r. berry (married sarah humes), both of illinois(?)
his father was william berry , of Va. of irish descent
so...if you figure out if you & i are 'cousins' let me know, ok? thank you, julie 8/27/2011