Old Historic Evergreen Cemetery
John E. Potts
Conecuh County, AL
COUNTY REP CONTACT INFORMATION
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.
Many of our old, historical cemeteries exist along the county borders of Butler, Monroe and Conecuh because of the Old Federal Road, or Stagecoach Road. Early settlers erected homes and stagecoach inns, taverns, trading posts along this route that came from Milledgeville, GA all the way through Alabama. Many settlers along this route were there well before Monroe or Conecuh was created as a county. Cemeteries such as Burnt Corn or Old Bethany Baptist, Middleton Cemetery, Bethel West exist along with other cemeteries located further in from this old road like the Old Sardis Methodist Church Cemetery near Belleville. This cemetery is endangered from timber development, and needs to be located and preserved and protected from further damage. Others like the Burnett/Donald/Simpson cemetery are hidden deep in the thicket of woods once inhabited by these families, and are on the endangered cemetery list of our county. We need YOUR help.