Mary Brownson Allen

Ethan Allen's Homestead
Ethan Allen's Homestead

Time Period

1750-1820

Subject Categories

Early Settler

Notable Facts

First wife of Ethan Allen.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

1732

Date of Death

1783

Primary Residence

Sunderland

Historical Significance

Mary Brownson married Ethan Allen in 1762. Together, they had five children: Lorraine (1762-1783), Joseph (1765-1777), Lucy Caroline (1768-1842), Mary Ann (1772-1790) and Pamela (1779-1809). Mary Allen was several years older than her husband, and their marriage was not particularly happy. According to tradition, Allen was illiterate, deeply religious, and shrewish.

Allen died of consumption in 1783 in Sunderland, Vermont.

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Ethan Allen's Children Link

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

  • Green, Harry Clinton and Mary Wolcott Green.The pioneer mothers of America; a record of the more notable women of the early days of the country, and particularly of the colonial and revolutionary periods. Volume 2. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1912. Link