/>The name, Alexander Stirling, was chosen for the chapter. Mr. Stirling was born in England and served from 1778-1781 under Galvez as a Second Lieutenant in the First Regiment of Infantry of Louisiana. In February 1941, Mrs. James Stirling presented the chapter with its first historical document - a photocopy of the London Gazette for April 1, 1780, which gives an account of the unsuccessful campaign against Galvez in Louisiana. In April 1942, Miss Helene Allain, great, great granddaughter of Alexander Stirling, presented the chapter with a photocopy of the marriage certificate of Ann Alston and Alexander Stirling. He is buried in a family cemetery at Beechwood Plantation.
The chapter was organized on October 10, 1940, and the first meeting was held December 7, 1940, at Woodhill Farm, Wakefield, Louisiana, home of Mrs. James Leake Stirling. Mrs. J. Harris Baughman was organizing regent.
A local project of which we are extremely proud is theOakley Plantation House, a John James Audubon memorial. In 1945, two Alexander Stirling Chapter members, Misses Mamie and Sarah Butler, originated the idea that the State of Louisiana should buy Oakley Plantation and for LSDAR to sponsor the purchase. The members of the Alexander Stirling Chapter went to their local State Representative, Davis Folkes, and got him to introduce a bill. On May 13, 1946, the Hon. W. Davis Folkes, West Feliciana Parish, announced that a bill would be introduced at the legislature to create a new state park near St. Francisville as a memorial to John James Audubon.
From its beginning, Alexander Stirling Chapter has participated in many national and local projects, including the National Redwood project, the Valley Forge project, the DAR Museum, and the Statue of Liberty.
Historical markers have been placed at Grace Church, St. Francisville; Lawyers Row, Clinton; and Bayou Sara, among other places. We have marked four graves of Revolutionary soldiers and two of their wives: Alexander and Ann Alston Stirling, buried in West Feliciana Parish; Aquilla and Ruhamah Whitaker, buried in West Feliciana Parish; Thomas Jackson, buried in East Feliciana Parish; William Kendrick, buried in St. Helena Parish.
St. Francisville is located on the Mississippi River in the parish of West Feliciana in the State of Louisiana. St. Francisville was developed around a French fort. A group of planters formed a separate republic in 1810; after 67 days, President James Madison declared the region part of the United States.
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