Ethan Allen was born in 1738 in Litchfield, Connecticut, the eldest of the eight children of Joseph and Mary Allen. He had 5 brothers (Heman, Heber, Levi, Zimri, and Ira) and 2 sisters (Lydia and Lucy) all of whom lived to adulthood.
His youngest brother Ira is best known as the founder of the University of Vermont in 1791, and as an influential member of the government of the Republic of Vermont.
Ethan had 5 children with his first wife Mary Brownson: Loraine, born in 1763, Joseph, born in 1765, who died of smallpox in 1777; Lucy Caroline, born in 1768, who died in 1842; Mary Ann, born in 1772, who died in 1790,( the year after her father ); and Pamela, who was born in 1779, and who died at the age of thirty.
One fact is that Ethan was not an easy man; he was impulsive, a heavy drinker, and frequently absent from home.
His wife Mary died consumption in 1783, a few months before her eldest daughter Loraine, in Sunderland, Vermont.
Ethan met his second wife, Fanny, in 1784, and married her within a few months.
They had 3 children: Fanny Margaret, born in 1784, who died in 1819;
Hannibal, born 18 months later and died in 1813;
and Ethan, born in 1787, who died in 1855.