Conecuh was part of Monroe until it became a separate county in January 1818. Once it encompassed nearly ten counties which were turned over by the Creek Indian Nation in the Treaty of 1814. The first historical event in Conecuh took place on Burnt Corn Creek, and many historians believe that this Battle of Burnt Corn Creek actually led to the ensuing Indian uprising and subsequent Indian War.
Alexander Autrey was one of the first permanent settlers in Conecuh County, having erected a fine home and fort to protect his family and other settlers from the Indians. Fort Autrey later became known as Hampden Ridge and Autrey's home was sold to a member of the Alabama Legislature, Hon. William Adam Ashley, son-in-law of Major Mabry Thomas. Located near the site of the original home place of Alexander and Parthenia Autrey is the historic Thomas/Ashley/Anderson Cemetery (also known as the Suddith Cemetery). The earliest known interment is dated 1822, and many of the families interred there are founding members of Conecuh County and Hampden Ridge. This cemetery is in dire need of restoration and preservation. Once there was ornate fencing from Italy adorning the boundaries of the cemetery; these have long disappeared, and many of the tombstones have fallen in, and bricks have crumbled from around the existing graves.
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