I have researched the Dockery/Dockrey line in Virginia and NC for 35 years.I do not know who he is, however, the Cornelius Keith you mention and a Cornelius Keith, George Keith do come up with a James and John Dockery in Granville, Co. NC and WAke Co. NC. I will put some of my notes below and hope itis not too confusing.Daniel Dockrey
3 July 1735 Brunswick Co, VA Court Order BK # l,p99 -
Thomas Wilson came into Court and presented and acknowledged Deeds of Lease and Release to
Mason Bishop, Michael Cadet Young, James Riggby, Richard Ramsey, Charles Golstone, John Fountain,Robert Andrews,Henry Beverly, John Merritt, Samuel Crawley, John Adcock, Henry Morris, Samuel Manning, John Blackstone, Richard York, Thomas Couch, Jr, Benjamin Boreing, William Couch, James Couch, John Barnes, John Thomason, Richard Watts, Patrick Dorum, Seth Pettypoole, Thomas Shelton, John Wilson, Philip Morgan, John Thomason, Jr., JAMES DOCKERY, Thomas Rawlins, William Douglas, James Arnold, Matthew Creed, Aaron Johnson, John Humphris, Henry Rottenbury, Jr. WilliamFletcher, Thomas Robertson, Aaron Pinson, Joseph Colson, Robert Alen [Allen], Francis Rayney[Rainey], Joseph Dunman, Thomas Haney, John Kilcrease,Thomas Jones, Thomas Moore, Clement Read, John Mealey, William Pennington, Henry Rottenbury, Senr. and William Manning which at the motion of the said Mason Bishop, Michael Cadet Young and all of the aforenamed persons they are ordered to be recorded.
[The deed of 1735 to JAMES DOCKERY, he must have been 21 to 25 years of age, or born by 1710/ 1714.]*
page 120, 5 Feb 1735/6 Brunswick VA Court Order book- JAMES DOCKERY, being summoned as a witness in a suit depending between John Wilson, plt, and JohnThomason, deft, and he refusing to appear to give his testimony in said suit, it is ordered for his contempt that he be fined 350 pounds of tobacco and that he pay the same to said John, and that he pay his costs.
p.194, Order BkBrunswick Cty VA 173-: On the petitionof Robert Mumford against James Dockery for three pounds, Seven shillings, nine pesce Curt Money due by on account the said Dockery not appearing to answerthe said petition on the motion of the dlt. attorney. Judgment is granted the said Mumford for the aforesaid Sum of #3" 7" 9 Curnt Money which the said Dockery is hereby ordered to pay together with his costs by him about his suit in this behalf Extended also ----half foe?
August Court 1746 - Mecklenburg Co VA Order BK,1-
JAMES DOCKERY, last from Bristol in the Kingdom of Great Britain, came into Court and made oath that he had been an inhabitant of this Colony 15 years and that this is the first time of his claiming his Importation Right which is ordered to be certified.[or 1731].
"John Blackstone, Richard York, John Thomason, JAMES DOCKERY, Richard Watts, Patrick Dorum, Thomas Shelton, James Arnold, Thomas Moore, Philip Morgan, John Humphries, Thomas Robertson and Aaron Pinson lived in the area now Mecklenburg Co. VA" "Many of the early settlers in this area were first generation immigrants as desclosed by the many cases of those who applied for importation rights.Benefits from the Act of Assembly which allows 50A of land for every person imported from Great Britain."
1749 to 1773 - In the Land Grants of Mecklenburg Co. VAmore than a dozen grants are to people whose land is on either side of "DOCKERY CREEK."
2 Apr, 1763 Granville Co. NC - Deed Bk F p 414 & 415 - Cornelius Keith to Elliot Bohannon, 196 A being in Granville Co. on both sided of the waters on the South fork Beaver Dam Creek - 20 Pounds sterling money of Great Britain.Cornelius Keith of Johnson Co. NC.
Witness: JAMES DOCKRAY, Duncan Bohannon, George Butler.
11 June 1763 Granville Co. NC DB /F, p 470, 471 - Brittain Fuller to Solomon Fuller, Jr. 200 A a parcel of land lying and being in Granville Co. & on a branch of NEWLIGHT CREEK, called by the name of Buckhorn and same by estimation two hundered acre be the same more or less & being bounded as follows- To Wit:Beginning at a white oak on DOCKRYS line running ----- Witness:Jones Fuller, JOHN DOCKRY.[If JOHN DOCKRYownes property in 1763 he must be 21 yr or older, born by 1738.He could be the father of my JOHN DOCKERY of Wake Co. [b 1755-1765] who married Sarah Perry.]*
15 Nov 1763 Granville Co. NC DB /G p257 & 258 - Eliot Bohannon to Thomas Smith - Both of Granville Co. 50 pounds for 196 A more / less, a tract called No 12 out of a Tract called No 5.Both sides of the south fork of the Beaver Dam Creek.
Witness: John Settle, JAMES DOCKRAY, William Smith.[These two properties are only three or 3 1/2 miles apart.]WAKE CO. NC formed from Cumberland, Johnston and Orange Cos.The above properties are in Northern Wake Co..
6 Mar. 1776 Wednesday, Wake Co. County Court Minutes, Bk A-1 JAMES DOCKERY now in custody being brought into court - charged with burning the house of one Julia Rooke - upon examination thereof Ordered that he the said JAMES DOCKERY be remanded back to the Gaol of this county and from thence to be conveyed be the Sheriff to the Gaol of this Dist.
3 Mar,1778 Wake Co. NC Land Entries 1778 - 1846 Tignall Jones Entered 500 A - South Side of White Oak below mouth Reedy prong - including my DOCKRY improvements.
Sept 1778 Wake Co. Court Minutes Bk l, p 77.Thomas Hines, Esq. late Sheriff of Wake Co. be allowed the Sum of Fifty Four Shillings - Current money for the prison fee of a certain Mrs. Dockery - wife of JAMES DOCKERY.
23 Nov 1778 #384 Abstracts of Land Entries - Chatham Co. NC Eliza McCarrol, her son Thomas 320 A on Barnhills Creek to Zack Martin's line, includes Docherty's cabin.
[note by D.W.Dockrey, Madisonville, KY.: See note of July 1735 Brunswick Co. VA.One of the last names is MICHAEL CADET YOUNG, he came to Hopkins County, KY.]