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James Alexander Hamilton

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Grange, East Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: 1799 (77-85)
Isle of Nevis, British West Indies
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Hamilton of Grange and Elizabeth Pollock
Partner of Rachel Lavien
Father of James Hamilton, Jr. and Alexander Hamilton, 1st Secretary of the United States Treasury
Brother of Walter Hamilton; John Hamilton of Grange; George Hamilton; Robert Hamilton of Grange; Alexander Hamilton and 3 others

Occupation: Merchant
Managed by: Private User
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About James Alexander Hamilton


James Hamilton is the fourth son of Alexander Hamilton of Grange, and his wife, Elizabeth Pollock Heraldry of the Hamiltons, pp. 120-21

A drifting trader: father of Alexander Hamilton

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. Hamilton's mother had been separated previously from Johann Michael Lavien of St. Croix, a much older German Jewish merchant-planter. To escape an unhappy marriage, Rachel left her husband and first son for St. Kitts in 1750, where she met James. They moved together to Rachel's birthplace of Nevis, where she had inherited property from her father. Their two sons were James, Jr., and Alexander. Because Hamilton's parents were not legally married, the Church of England denied him membership or education in the church school. Instead, he received "individual tutoring" and classes in a private Jewish school. Hamilton supplemented his education with a family library of thirty-four books, including Greek and Roman classics. James then abandoned Rachel and their two sons, allegedly to "spar[e] [Rachel] a charge of bigamy . . . [after finding out that her first husband] intend[ed] to divorce her under Danish law on grounds of adultery and desertion." Wikipedia: Alexander Hamilton

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James Alexander Hamilton's Timeline

Grange, East Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 24
January 11, 1757
Age 39
Charlestown, Nevis, British West Indies
Age 81
Isle of Nevis, British West Indies