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Frances "Fanny" Montresor Penniman
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1760
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
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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  Ethan Allen (1738 - 1789)
  Jabez Penniman (1764 - 1841)
  Udney H. Penniman (____ - 1862)*
  Hortensia Monemia Penniman Brayton (____ - 1827)*
  Frances Margaret Allen (1784 - 1819)*
  Ethan Alphonso Allen (1789 - 1855)*
*Calculated relationship
Elmwood Cemetery
Chittenden County
Vermont, USA
Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Jun 15, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19910256
Frances Fanny <i>Montresor</i> Penniman
Added by: Bill McKern
Frances Fanny <i>Montresor</i> Penniman
Added by: Bill McKern
Frances Fanny <i>Montresor</i> Penniman
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- Kathleen Allen-Heinrici
 Added: Jul. 12, 2013

- The Sunlight Caller
 Added: Sep. 23, 2011
To my great-great-great-grandmother Frances, a brave, beautiful and talented lady.
- Julie Otto
 Added: Jan. 16, 2009
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