Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Lewis Stirling, slaveholder
Lewis Stirling was the slaveholder of my Morgan and Weathers ancestors. My family lived on his Wakefield plantation in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. The Wakefield was a large cotton and sugar plantation.
Lewis Stirling was born in 1786 to Alexander and Ann Alston Stirling. On July 14, 1807 he married Sarah Turnbull and resided at the Wakefield which was built in 1834. Prior to that they lived in a log cabin which he built in 1807, the same year that my great-great grandfather, George Morgan, was born on that plantation.
Stirling was a lieutenant in the 10th Regiment of the Louisiana Militia during the War of 1812. he received a commisson as quartermaster of that regiment from Gov. William C.C. Claiborne.
The Stirling had six children: Catherine, Anne, James, Lewis, Daniel and Ruffin. Stirling died in 1858 before the Civil War. During the war, the Stirlings and and a number of their slaves moved to Natchitoches, Louisiana and then to Texas where they lived until the war was over. Lewis Stirling, Jr. served as a colonel during the Civil War.