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Rachel Lavien (Faucette)

Also Known As: "Rachel Faucette Lavien", "Faucett"
Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: Isle of Nevis, British West Indies
Death: February 19, 1768 (39)
St Croix, US Virgin Islands
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Faucette, IV and Mary Faucette, 2nd wife
Ex-wife of Johann Michael Lavien
Partner of James Alexander Hamilton
Mother of Peter Lewine; James Hamilton, Jr. and Alexander Hamilton, 1st Secretary of the United States Treasury
Sister of Ann Lytton and John Faucette
Half sister of Anne Lytton

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About Rachel 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.

The fort also served as the colony jail. A notable inmate was the mother of Alexander Hamilton, Rachel. Wed to Johann Michael Lavien in 1750, she soon abandoned the marriage. Under Danish law, he had her jailed after she was "twice found guilty of adultery and no longer resided with him." She spent several months in a ten by thirteen foot cell with one small window, then fled to St. Kitts soon after being released.

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Rachel Lavien's Timeline

Isle of Nevis, British West Indies
Age 13
January 11, 1757
Age 28
Charlestown, Nevis, British West Indies
February 19, 1768
Age 39
St Croix, US Virgin Islands