Thursday, September 15, 2011

James Hamilton in St. Vincent

Interesting bit of international history from the post-revolutionary period......................... Hi,

FYI. I am forwarding SVG-RELATED information about James Hamilton, originally from Scotland,the father of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of such fame in the USA. The book,"Alexander Hamilton" by Nathan Schachner [1946] states thatJames Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton's father, died and is buried in St. Vincent.On p.11, it states, "From St.Croix he went to the island ofSt.Vincent, a British possession; but the fatal defects of his characterprevented him from ever rising above poverty and obscurity." On p.13,"The old man died on June 3, 1799 and was buried in St. George'sCathedral, in the town of Kingston, on St.Vincent Island." That, I feel sure, really should be what is today Kingstown, the capital of St.Vincent, not Kingston.

See also: Hamilton, father of Alexander Hamilton moved to Bequia from St. Croix, where he had raised Alexander as his son, in 1774 under a program instituted by the Britain to give land to indigent settlers. The land granted to Hamilton lies along the shore of Southeast Bay. The elder Hamilton lived in Bequia until 1790 but was never visited by his son nor did he visit Alexander in America, despite the latter's frequent gifts of money and entreaties to immigrate or at least visit him.[1]References^ St. Vincent Registry, deed book for 1784-1787. (from Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton. Penguin Press, New York, 2004. Chapter 2, Note 21)

Sincerely,Cheryl Phills King.