Frances Buchanan Allen

Frances Allen
Frances Allen

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Arts, Science / Engineering

Notable Facts

Accomplished musician, specialized in botany. Second husband was Ethan Allen, whom she married in 1784. Moved with her children to Westminster, Vermont in 1789.

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Historical Significance

Frances Montresor Buchanan, also known as Fanny, was very interested in botany and was an accomplished musician who grew up in New York City. She married John Buchanan, a Naval Officer, in 1776. He died during the American Revolution, leaving her a twenty-four year old widow. She met Ethan Allen in 1784 and they were married on February 7, 1784. After Ethan Allen's death in 1789, she and her children moved back to her mother's home in Westminster, Vermont. Her union with Allen resulted in three children: Fanny, Hannibal, and Ethan. She later married her third husband, Judge Jabez Penniman, in 1792.

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Who was Fanny Allen" Link

  • About Fanny Allen Link

  • Buehner, Terry L. Green Mountain Women. Masters Thesis. University of Vermont History Dept., 1992.