Delilah Bennett Manning Barlough, Peters Colony settler and Dallas County land grant owner, was born sometime between 1823 and 1827 in Georgia to Hiram and Theodosia Dobbs Bennett. The Bennett family, specifically patriarch Hiram Bennett and his son William Hardy Bennett, both received land grants in the Peters Colony and settled there in the mid-1840s. In 1838 Delilah Bennett married Redrick Manning, a widower with three children, including Sidney Manning, who later married Delilah Bennett Manning’s brother William H. Bennett. During her marriage to Redrick Manning, Delilah bore three children—Dosia, Elizabeth, and William Bennett. Sometime between the death of Redrick Manning in 1843 and the year 1848, the widowed Manning and her children moved to Texas as part of the Peters Colony. At some point during her settlement in Texas before 1850, she married John H. Barlough and had three daughters—Sarah, Louisa, and Rachel.
Delilah Barlough joined the Peters Colony under the terms of the colony’s second contract, implemented during November 1841. Managers of the Peters Colony ultimately created four settlement contracts between 1841 and 1843, which, in addition to management issues, created questions about land ownership and led to problems between the settlers, agents, and legislators. The Texas legislature enacted a law in January 1850 to end the settlers’ disputes, but a failed attempt to reach a compromise within the law between settlers and the Texas Emigration and Land Company stockholders—who controlled Peters Colony—eventually led to the Hedgcoxe War in 1852. Because of their settlement in the area, the Bennetts and Barloughs likely knew of the colony’s issues.
Barlough was a mother affected by war. During the Civil War, her son William B. Manning served in the Eighteenth Texas Calvary of the Confederate Army. William Manning was captured at Fort Hindman, Arkansas, at the battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863. He died later that year as a prisoner of war at Camp Douglas. The Barlough family moved from Dallas County to Collin County sometime in the 1860s. The 1870 federal census recorded the family in Collin County, where John Barlough was listed as a farmer. At that time his wife Delilah was forty-seven years old. In 1874 Delilah Barlough died in Collin County. Her place of burial is not known.