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By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
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Cornelius Autrey, 1770-1847 was the father of fifteen children. His oldest son was named Absalom Autrey and was born in North Carolina in 1802, married in Selma, Alabama in 1826, died in 1885 in Dubach, Louisiana. Absalom Autrey, 1802-1885, and his wife, Elizabeth also had fifteen children. The first thirteen children were born in Perry County, Alabama and the last two were born in Louisiana after they moved there by ox wagon in 1846. They arrived at the place now called Dubach, Louisiana on Christmas Eve in 1846. There he build a "dog trot" house of logs which still stands and is listed in the National Registrar of Historic Places. The log house is two rooms deep on either side of an open hall-way known as a "dog trot", a story and a half high and a cellar underneath. It is said that the first pioneers would build a large square room of logs and as their family grew, the would build a second square lag cabin the same size as the first with a small space between the two. Then they put on long roof over the two cabins and that made an open, covered hall-way between the two cabins where the dogs would stay, thus it became known as a "dog trot" house. You can embellish that with floors, porches, more rooms, etc and you have a colonial mansion.
The tenth child of Absalom and Elizabeth Autrey was Robert Martin
Autrey, born 1840 in Selma, Alabama, married Elizabeth Jane "Janie"
Kemp in Dubach. They had six children:
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