Rachel Betsy Lavien (Faucette)
|Also Known As:||"Rachel Faucette Lavien", "Faucett"|
|Birthplace:||British, West Indies|
Daughter of John Fawcette, IV and Mary (2) Fawcett
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About Rachel Betsy Lavien
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.
Rachel Betsy Lavien's Timeline
British, West Indies
January 11, 1757
Charlestown, Nevis, British West Indies
February 19, 1768