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Absalom Autrey and Elizabeth Norris

Absalom Autrey was born 11 August 1802 in North Carolina. He was the son of Cornelius Autrey and the grandson of Absalom and Naomi Lucy Autrey.

He moved with his parents to the northeastern part of the Mississippi Territory before he was ten years old.

This was the section that later became Calhoun and St. Clair counties, Alabama. By the early 1820's, this family had migrated to Perry County, Alabama.

On 22 February 1826, Absalom Autrey was married to Elizabeth Norris by Enoch Hays, Minister of the Gospel, in Perry County, Alabama.

She was born 15 January 1810 in western Kentucky and was the daughter of Thomas Norris and Celia Teer.

After Absalom and Elizabeth's marriage, their family grew to fifteen children between 1827 and 1850. All but one of the children were born in Perry County, Alabama.

In the fall of 1848, Absalom Autrey, with many of his siblings and their familes, as well as family members of Elizabeth's, made the journey from Alabama to Louisiana. Absalom was granted a land patent on 5 January 1849 through a Military Warrant. It was on this property that Absalom and his sons built a log house.

Today, Absalom and Elizabeth's home, located in Dubach, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, has been completely restored to it's original architectural design. Their house is included in the Louisiana Registery of Historical Places as a reminder of the early pioneer dog trot log home. It has been turned in to The Autrey House Museum for all generations of Absalom and Elizabeth's descendants to visit and enjoy. The family cemetery is located behind the homeplace.

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