Alexander Hamilton Jr. purchased 687 acres in Guilford County NC 1856, 18 when father killed in duel with Aaron Burr in 1804


From the Greensboro News Record.

“While tracing deeds related to mines in the area, I came across an 1856 deed to one Alexander Hamilton, a resident of New York City, N.Y., from James Sloan, trustee of North Carolina Copper Mine, aka North Carolina Mining Company. He paid $5,000 for 687 acres in three tracts in southern Guilford County.

I set those details aside for several years before I learned the rest of the story via probate records available at

Guilford County native John Adams Gilmer’s death at age 63, on May 14, 1868, revealed more of Hamilton’s story. Gilmer was a wealthy slaveholding-lawyer and Fifth District Whig Congressman in 1860. Abraham Lincoln sought his support to strengthen Southern ties. His opposition to secession was canceled with the bombardment of Fort Sumter in South Carolina, although he remained hopeful for a peaceful division.

Gilmer’s probate records listed a number of properties, including the same Pole Cat Creek tracts that Hamilton owned.

Somehow the elderly Hamilton learned of this and hired Greensboro attorneys Levi M. Scott and Wm. L. Scott to represent him in Guilford County Superior Court.”

“It was not until a few months ago that I discovered that this Alexander Hamilton was a junior, the third child of the Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. He was around 18 years old when his famous father was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. He became an attorney before serving in various military conflicts and was a member of the New York State Assembly. He married Eliza Knox, delved into real estate and became one of the leading names on Wall Street before his death at age 89.”

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