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Re: [TRINIDAD] William Hamilton (Black Baptists of

I am extremely delighted to read your query on William Hamilton. There is so much I want to tell you that I really don't know where to start.
My name is Shamshu Deen and my ancestors came from India to Trinidad as indentured workers after the abolition of slavery. I am a genealogist with an intense craving for the family history of all the peoples to have come to my tiny country of Trinidad & Tobago (and for all peoples the world over). In fact I boast that perhaps no other country in the world has such a mixture per area as we do here. But even more in that the process of miscegenation has to be most extreme with many a citizen who is mixed with blood from as many as ten or so streams of peoples of various ancestral lands, as the generations evolved.
Enough babbling!! Apart from being a genealogist I was a school teacher for thirty seven years, ten in Canada and the rest in Trinidad of which 25 were at a High School in Fifth Company, Moruga. That school for which I had the honour of serving up to my retirement in 2006 is called Cowen Hamilton Secondary School (CHSS).
What a joy it was to work there among teachers and children some of whom we traced their ancestry to the arrival of Company soldiers who were each given 16 acre land grants by the British who had just taken over Trinidad from the Spanish in 1797. These were the soldiers who previously were American slaves who fought for the British in the War of 1812-14 and were compensated with lands in this 'new' Colony.
CHSS has a unique history among schools in Trinidad and Tobago. It is the only Baptist secondary school. Its founders were George Cowen, a missionary from England, and a Baptist pastor who was one of those who came as a Company soldier. His name was William Hamilton!!
How I long for the day when my brothers and sisters of Trinidad's 'Merriken (American)' Company Villages will find genealogical connections with North Americans especially those Slaves who went to Nova Scotia under similar circumstances.
All the best to you and your research and I'd love to hear your views on this wonderful genealogical puzzle I am just dying to solve.

Warmest Regards from Shamshu Deen.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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