As told to me in a phone conversation with Jacqui Vincent in 2009


Dock Allen was a white man's son, but not the one he ran away from. His owner was a mean man who kept vicious dogs so that the slaves would be afraid to run. Dock decided he was going to escape anyway but he did some things to throw the dogs off of his track. He walked through a wet field of ramps. He rubbed himself with them, poured the water on himself and practically rolled around in the field so the onion smell would hide his own. Farther along he came to a farm. By that time he was very tired so he climbed up into the hay loft and covered himself with hay. The tracking dogs came and he could feel their breath as they walked over him. But they didn't find him because of the onion odor. Eventually they left. This was the same place where Eliza lived. Later he decided to give himself up and the white folks at the house send a message his master. When he came to get Dock he said that no one had ever out smarted his dogs and that any man who was smart enough to do that deserved to be free and he freed him. Dock stayed on that place and married Eliza.