Hi, Steve, afraid I don't have an answer for your query, but we may be looking at the same family.
I descend from an Esther Aldrige, born ca 1803-1805 in Lenoir Co, NC. I know that Lenoir was once part of Dobbs Co so I suspect these are the same families.
I can't find ANYTHING about my Esther--I heard somewhere that her father might have been named Thomas but no proof.
Any help much appreciated!! :)