Frances Buchanon-Penniman Montresor

Frances Buchanon-Penniman Montresor (1760 - 1834)

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Frances Buchanon-Penniman "Fanny" Montresor
Born in New York,
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, USAmap
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Frances "Fanny" Buchanan Allen was twenty-four and a widow when she met Ethan Allen, an American Revolutionary War leader who fought for Vermont's independence. They married in 1784 and had three children together. This was the second marriage for Ethan Allen. Fanny was noted to be attractive and well-educated. She had a love of science - botany in particular - and was a gifted musician.

Fanny and Ethan shared a happy marriage. When Ethan passed away in 1789, Fanny and the children moved to her mother's home in Westminster. In 1793 Fanny married her third husband, Jabez Penniman - living there from 1794-1800.

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Birth: Apr. 4, 1760

New York

New York County

New York, USA

Death: Oct. 13, 1834

Ethan Allen's second wife. Called Fanny, she was the illegitimate daughter of British military engineer John Montresor and Anna Schoolcraft of Schoharie, New York. To disguise her father her maiden name was sometimes given as Montezuma. Her mother died in childbirth, and Fanny was raised by her aunt Margaret. In 1766 Margaret married a Tory, Crean Brush, who moved the family to Westminster, Vermont in 1776. The same year Fanny, by now a skilled botanist and musician, married John Buchanan, a retired British military officer. Buchanan was killed while fighting as a member of the King's Loyal Rangers, and Fanny's child with him died young. In 1784 Fanny married Ethan Allen, and they settled on a farm in Burlington. The Allens had three children. Hannibal and Ethan attended West Point and became Army officers. Frances Margaret (Fanny) became a nun and lived and worked at a Montreal hospital. After Ethan Allen died in 1789 Fanny and her children moved back to Westminster. In 1793 she married Dr. Jabez Penniman and they moved back to the Allen farm, where Fanny gave birth to three more children. Debts later forced them to give up the farm and return to Westminster. In 1803 Penniman became US Customs Collector for Vermont and the family relocated to Swanton. During the War of 1812 they took up residence in Burlington and Colchester, and Penniman served as Colchester Town Clerk and Chittenden County Probate Judge,


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Date: 4 APR 1760
Place: New York, NY.
Note: {geni:place_name} New York, NY.

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Record File Number: geni:6000000003949908791


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Note: Ethan married (2) 9 Feb 1784, in
Westminister, VT, Frances Montresor Brush Buchanan, born 4 Apr 1760,
New York, NY, died 1834. Ethan died 12 Feb 1789, Burlington,
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Frances Montresor ~ Artist John Singleton Copely (1738-1815)
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