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[TRINIDAD] William Hamilton (Black Baptists of Trinidad)

Does anyone know where I can find information about William Hamilton, who founded the First Black Baptist Church in Trinidad around 1816? I believe he was an ex-slave from Georgia (U.S.). The church was established in a Meriken village by the Fifth Company or something like that.

I have a strong feeling that this man was the body servant of Major Pierce Butler. Major Butler was the first senator of South Carolina and a signer of the U.S. Constitution. In the late 1790s he moved his home, along with his slaves, to the coastal islands of Georgia (St. Simons Island and Butler's Island).

In the book "Major Butler's Legacy" there is a mention of a slave named William S. Hamilton who was to be freed after 10 more years of service in a document signed in 1800.

In 1812, some of the Butler slaves ran away with the British. Some of the Butler slaves went to Nova Scotia [some left Nova Scotia and went to Trinidad].

Are there any Hamilton descendants in Trinidad?

Any information would be appreciated.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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