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William Adam Ashley, planter and state senator, was born in 1822 at Hampden Ridge, Conecuh County, and died in the same county, February 12, 1870; son of Wilson and Mary Ann (McCreary) Ashley.

He was educated in the common schools of the county, and graduated from the East Tennessee University at Knoxville. He represented Conecuh County in the house in 1849, 1851-52 and 1861-63, and was a member of the senate during the sessions of 1853-54, 1855-56 and 1865. While, in 1860, he voted for Bell, the Union candidate for president, and was opposed to secession in 1861, Mr. Ashley did not falter a moment in sustaining the Southern cause throughout the hard struggle. He was a Whig. In 1861 he was a Confederate presidential elector for Davis and Stephens.

Amanda, daughter of Major Thomas, of Conecuh County.

1. William Jr., m. Amanda Anderson;
2. John, d. unmarried;
3. Arthur, d. unmarried.

Last residence: Hampden Ridge.

Source: History of Conecuh County Alabama, by Rev. B. F. Riley, Thos. Gilbert, Steam Printer and Book-Binder, Columbus, GA, 1881

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