Allen Ethan

Ethan Allen (1737-1789), 3rd cousin 7x removed

Monument on Ethan Allen’s grave in Green Mount Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont

Ethan Allen a farmer, businessman, land speculator, philosopher, writer and American Revolutionary War patriot, hero and politician.  He is best known as one of the founders of the U.S. state of Vermont and for the capture of Fort Ticonderoga early in the American Revolutionary War. In the late 1760s he became interested in the New Hampshire Grants, buying land there and becoming embroiled in the legal disputes surrounding the territory.  Legal setbacks led to the formation of the Green Mountain Boys, whom Allen led in a campaign of intimidation and property destruction to drive New York settlers from the Grants.  When the American Revolutionary War broke out, Allen and the Boys seized the initiative and captured Fort Ticonderoga in May 1775.  In September 1775 Allen led a failed attempt on Montreal that resulted in his capture by British authorities.  First imprisoned aboard Royal Navy ships, he was paroled in New York City and finally released in a prisoner exchange in 1778.  Upon his release, Allen returned to the Grants, which had declared independence in 1777, and resumed political activity in the territory.  In addition to continuing resistance to New York’s attempts to assert control over the territory, Allen was active in efforts by Vermont’s leadership for recognition by Congress, and he participated in controversial negotiations with the British over the possibility of Vermont becoming a separate British province.  Allen wrote accounts of his exploits in the war that were widely read in the 19th century, as well as philosophical treatises and documents relating to the politics of Vermont’s formation.  His business dealings included successful farming operations, one of Connecticut’s early iron works, and land speculation in the Vermont territory.  Land purchased by Allen and his brothers included tracts of land that eventually became Burlington, Vermont.

I am related on both my mother’s and father’s sides, as follows:

On my mother’s side: Gen. Ethan Allen (1737 – 1789), 3rd cousin 7x removed – Mary Baker (1708 – 1774) – John Baker (1681 – 1750) – Joshua Baker (1642 – 1717) – Alexander Baker (1607 – 1685) – Elizabeth Baker (1632 – 1689) – Joseph Watkins (1668 – 1711) – Benjamin Watkins (1704 – 1726) – Joseph Watkins (1732 – 1800) – James Watkins (1768 – 1849) – Benjamin Utter Watkins (1811 – 1890) – William Benson Watkins (1836 – 1898) – Paul Carl Emannuel Watkins (1864 – 1931) – Florence Eugenie Watkins (1903 – 1985) – Penelope Jane Walholm (1939 – ) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

On my father’s side: Gen. Ethan Allen (1737 – 1789), 3rd cousin 8x removed – Joseph Allen (1708 – 1755) – Samuel Allen (1666 – 1718) – Sarah Woodford (1649 – 1713) – Thomas Woodford – Thomas Woodford (1612 – 1667) – Mary Woodford (1636 – 1684) – Ebenezer Sheldon (1677 – 1755) – Noah Sheldon (1706 – 1748) – Hannah Sheldon (1742 – 1818) – Phineas King (1761 – 1810) – Henry King (1787 – 1871) – Laura Ann King (1811 – 1882) – Harriet Allen Clarke (1839 – 1898) – Clarence Clark Hamlin (1868 – 1940) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

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