Ethan Allen and His Kin: Correspondence, 1772-1819, Volume 1
This two-volume collection of letters by and to Ethan, Ira, and Levi Allen and their kin not only relates the accomplishments and eccentricities of a family whose name is synonymous with colonial Vermont, but also recaptures a fifty-year span of social, political, and cultural history as seen firsthand from New England's backwaters. Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys are remembered as great patriots, but the correspondence shows another side of a family whose major goal was increasing its own prosperity by acquiring land in the fledgling territory. Meticulously annotated and accompanied by thorough and lively introductory essays, the letters illuminate the power and paradoxes surrounding a remarkable group of men and women who were, the editors write, possessed of "expansive energy, ambition, skill, and wide interests; they also, of course, convey such common human flaws as greed, consuming single-mindedness, and deceit."
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ALLEN FAMILY GENEALOGY
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Abenaki Albany Allen to Ira ALS/AFP ALS/HSC American army August Bennington bill British brother Burlington Canada Canadians Captain Champlain Valley Colchester Colonel Colonies command Confiscation Connecticut Continental Congress Council County Court Dear enemy England Ethan Allen Excellency Expect favour Fraser Frederick Haldimand friends frontier Gentlemen George give Government Governor Green Mountain Boys Hampshire Grants Honours hope Humble Servant Ethan hundred Indians inform Inhabitants Ira Allen Ira's James John July June Justus Sherwood Lake Champlain land letter Levi Allen London Loyalist Massachusetts matter merchant militia Missisquoi Mohawks Montreal Nancy Allen Obedient Humble officers Onion River prisoners proposed Province Quebec RC/AFP regiment Remember Baker respect Samuel scouts sent Serv1 Servant Ethan Allen served Seth Warner settled settlement settlers ship Skene soon Swanton Thomas Chittenden Ticonderoga tion town trade Troops Vermont General Assembly William wish write wrote York