Biography of James Dockeray (Hon.)
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Hon. James Dockeray was born near Kendall, Westmoreland Co., England, May 1, 1815. He came to Orleans Co., N. Y., in 1838, and settled near the village of Albion, the countyseat of Orleans county; and in 1846 he emigrated to this county, and settled in Cannon tp. The land there was principally oak openings at that time, and the settlers were but few. Until 1875 Mr. Dockeray was a farmer; he then came to Rockford and became interested in the Rockford Bank, with which he is still connected, He has filled the offices of School Inspector, Highway Commissioner, and was Supervisor for about 16 years. He was also a member of the Michigan Legislature in 1863-'4. He was married Jan. 1, 1841, to Miss Charlotte S. Grant, who died on the 29th of the following April. He again married, Feb. 25., 1844, this time Miss Elizabeth Kelly, who bore him five children; of these but two are living, viz.: Joseph A. and Robert L. Charlotte E. died at one and one half years of age, Lucy at four and one half, and Florence was grown. She was the wife of Neal McMillan, of Rockford. She left a child about one year old. Mrs. Dockeray died Dec. 20, 1874, and he again married in March, 1876, this time Mrs. Clara C. Barnard, the widow of Dr. Barnard. She had three children by her first husband; of these, two are living, viz.: Carrie Webber, of Grand Rapids, and Lottie Barnard. Mr. D. is a member of the Masonic order. He was Surveyor for Kent county four years, and was Deputy Surveyor for six or eight years.

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