Rachel Betsy Faucett

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Rachel Betsy Faucett

Birthplace: British, West Indies
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Fawcette and Mary (2) Fawcett
Ex-wife of Johann Michael Lavien
Mother of Peter Lewine; James Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton, Signer of the US Constitution
Half sister of Anne Faucett

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About Rachel Betsy Faucett

Alexander Hamilton was born in Charlestown, the capital of Nevis in the British West Indies. He was born out of wedlock to Rachel Faucett Lavien, of partial French Huguenot descent, and James A. Hamilton, the fourth son of Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange, Ayrshire.[7]

Hamilton's mother had been separated previously from Johann Michael Lavien of St. Croix, a much older German Jewish merchant-planter.[7][11] To escape an unhappy marriage, Rachel left her husband and first son for St. Kitts in 1750, where she met James.[12] They moved together to Rachel's birthplace of Nevis, where she had inherited property from her father.[8] Their two sons were James, Jr., and Alexander.

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Rachel Betsy Faucett's Timeline

British, West Indies
Age 13
January 11, 1757
Age 28
Tobbago, British West Indies
February 19, 1768
Age 39
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Age 39
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