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Dr Edward Stevens & Hester Kortright Stevens

Richard Bond (View posts)
Posted: 1 Apr 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kortright, Hendrichsen, von Walterstorff, Heyliger
The book "St Croix, 500 Years" by Erik Lawaetz mentions your ancestors as the family of Dr Edward Stevens Alexander Hamilton's best friend.

In 1804, he returned with his family to St Croix and lived in Major Sobotkers' house on King Street in Christiansted until the following year when he was able to take over the house at Nos 7 and 8 Strand Street which his wife and her sisters had received as a gift from their maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Hendrichsen, nee Pickering (apparently from Tortola) Major Cornelius Hendrichsens widow. Through his second marriage, Dr Edward Stevens entered into the plantation aristocracy of St Croix. His wife, Hester Kortright, was the daughter of planter Cornelius Kortright, who died on July 11, 1777, and Elizabeth Hendrichsen, who died June, 7, 1832 afer her second marriage to Samuel Newton, who died May, 9, 1807. Among her brothers and sisters were: planter: Cornelius Hendrichsen Kortright, who, on June 8, 1785 married Hylleborg Margaretha Juliana v. Walterstorff. [sister to the future Governor General] born November 15, 1766: sister Sarah Heyliger Kortright [deceased 1839], who, on May 11, 1787, had married Governor General Ernst Frederik v. Walterstorff, born April 1, 1755 [deceased October 13, 1820]; and sister Elizabeth Kortright, who , on January 8, 1784 married businessman Christian Benjamin Yard, who died between July 28and and September, 1787. These new relatives that Edward Stevens acquired by his second marriage corresponded with Hamilton. A letter, written on April, 20, 1803, from Governor Walterstorff, answering Hamiton's letter of August 5, 1802, shows that the connection was Doctor Stevens. Not only did Walterstorff express great interest in Hamilton, but so did the Danish Foreign Minister Grev Bernstorff. He described Hamilton as a person whose abilities and writings were exceptional.

During the years, Dr Edward Stevens undoubtedly became a wealthy man and invested his wealth in estates. In the last years of his life he also became a victim of a crisis that plagued St Croix: he had to sell his and his wifes estates. Upper Love, Brooks Hill, Little La Grange and Oxford were put up for auction for the non payment of taxes. Edward Stevens died on Estate Grove Place on St Croix on September 30, 1834. His wife survived him.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
L. Kortright 2 Mar 2000 12:00PM GMT 
Richard Bond 3 Mar 2000 12:00PM GMT 
Richard Bond 3 Mar 2000 12:00PM GMT 
l. Kortright 4 Mar 2000 12:00PM GMT 
Richard Bond 4 Mar 2000 12:00PM GMT 
Richard Bond 1 Apr 2000 12:00PM GMT 
jron70 1 Sep 2009 10:32AM GMT 
rlloyd289 25 Jan 2013 9:31PM GMT 
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