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Frances Elizabeth (Fanny) Appleton Longfellow
Birth: Oct. 6, 1817
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jul. 10, 1861
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Daughter of Nathan Appleton I b. 6 Oct 1779 in New Ipswich, NH, d. 14 Jul 1861 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, and Maria Theresa Gold b. 07 Nov 1786 in Pittsfield, MA, d. 10 Feb 1822.

She married Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (poet, buried at this cem.) on 13 Jul 1843 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA; they had the following children: Charles Appleton (b. 1844, buried at this cem.); Ernest Wadsworth (Painter, b. 1845); Frances (Fanny) b. 1847 d. 1848 (buried at this cem.); Alice Mary b. 1850 d. 1928; Edith b. 1853 who married Richard Henry Dana III; and Anne Allegra Longfellow Thorp b. 1855.

Fanny met Henry 8 mos after his 1st wife Mary's death, while traveling through Germany and Switzerland; she then
met him again 7 yrs after he returned to Cambridge.

She was the first recipient of ether in the US on 7 Apr 1847 during her 3rd pregnancy with her daughter Fanny who died one year later. She died in 1861 in a fire at their home, while melting wax to seal envelopes containing cuttings of her children's hair. The wax caught her dress on fire; Henry tried to save her by smothering the flames with a rug--only to receive burns on his hands and face (this is why he wore a beard the rest of his life).

Frances was a skilled artist, art collector, and insightful commentator on 19th-Century Boston literary culture. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
 
 Children:
  Charles Appleton Longfellow (1844 - 1893)*
  Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow (1845 - 1921)*
  Fanny Longfellow (1847 - 1848)*
  Alice Mary Longfellow (1850 - 1928)*
  Edith Wadsworth Longfellow Dana (1853 - 1915)*
  Annie Longfellow Thorp (1855 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Alice Huitt Preston
Record added: Jan 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17619608
Frances Elizabeth (Fanny) <i>Appleton</i> Longfellow
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Frances Elizabeth (Fanny) <i>Appleton</i> Longfellow
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Frances Elizabeth (Fanny) <i>Appleton</i> Longfellow
Added by: Alice Huitt Preston
 
 
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- Maggie
 Added: Feb. 27, 2014
May GOD Bless You Mrs. Frances Elizabeth APPLETON LOngfellow! ! ! What a horrible fire ..::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::It is on Major General Benjamin Butler's in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts ( this County has Two County Seats) , the ...(Read more)
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Oct. 13, 2013
In memory of Frances (APPLETON) Longfellow ~ RIP
- Laurel Robson
 Added: Aug. 28, 2013
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