This page is dedicated to the slaves of the Hilliard and Stirling Families of Louisiana.
The Hilliards and Stirlings had many slaves working their prosperous cotton and sugar plantations in Attakapas (St. Mary and St. Martin Parish), West Feliciana Parish and West Baton Rouge Parish. My third great-grandmother, Eliza Burton and her children and other relatives were among them. It was at their Attakapas plantations where my great, great-grandmother, Tempy was separated from her mother, Eliza and the rest of her family. Tempy would eventually end up in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, very near a waterfront home the Stirlings owned in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
The Stirling Family papers, archived at the Louisiana State University and the Robert C. Hilliard papers, archived at the University of Texas at Austin include many of the names and some details about the people they enslaved. Following is a list of some of those names and corresponding documents in hopes that their descendants can find and reclaim their people: