The Ethan Allen Homestead Trust has a booklet about the family tree of Ethan Allen compiled by a non-related premier EA researcher.It is not extremley detailed (names and years only), but it is a great starting point for anyone who thinks they may be related to him.The footnotes are extensive -- more so than the actual information revealed about the family members.I purchased the booklet, "The Genealogy of Ethan Allen and his brothers and sisters," Compiled by John Barr, 1991, when I visited the Homestead in the fall of 1999.It wasn't expensive then - less than $15 - and I imagine it isn't much more now.You can order it from the Homestead and it helps them keep the site open.Go to the Ethan Allen Homestead Trust website for a phone number to call & order.
The author compiled the tree because as he became more and more of an expert on EA, he got asked about the family tree a lot by people who thought they might be related to the famous general.The vast majority of people who think they descend from EA actually don't.Ethan had few direct descendants who lived, and those that did were mostly on his daughters' lines, so they don't have the Allen name.However, there are many Allens who descend from his brothers and his cousins.This booklet gives you a good head start on searching those lines.
The author died suddenly in 1990, but even as he put his work together from all of his sources (including correspondence with known descendants), he realized that in the future there would come to light proof of descendants about which he had no information.When the Ethan Allen Homestead Trust chose this booklet to publish as their definitive Allen family tree, they also realized that more information would come to light.When I purchased the booklet, there was a flyer inserted with the notice at the bottom: If you think you are related to Ethan and need help in your study, contact our Homestead Volunteer Genealogist Janet Eno at our address or at Janet's email: firstname.lastname@example.org."I do not know if this email is still valid or not, but I thought I'd pass it along.If you have no luck reaching this lady, you definitely should contact the Homestead.
I'm one of those people that have heard all of my life - as my father and his brother and their cousins did, also - that we are somehow related to EA.We've always known it wasn't direct descent, though, so we don't have that disappointment to deal with.However, my Allen line is my brick wall so even after almost 20 years of research I still can't say with any certainty that we are related to him, or if we are, exactly how we are.Maybe someday the bricks will come tumbling down...