Frances "Fannie" Elizabeth Longfellow (Appleton) (1817 - 1861) MP

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Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Managed by: Bill Maselunas
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About Frances "Fannie" Elizabeth Longfellow (Appleton)

Fanny met Henry 8 mos after his 1st wife Mary's death, while traveling through Germany and Switzerland; she then met him again 7 yrs after he returned to Cambridge.

She was the first recipient of ether in the US on 7 Apr 1847 during her 3rd pregnancy with her daughter Fanny who died one year later. She died in 1861 in a fire at their home, while melting wax to seal envelopes containing cuttings of her children's hair. The wax caught her dress on fire; Henry tried to save her by smothering the flames with a rug--only to receive burns on his hands and face (this is why he wore a beard the rest of his life).

Frances was a skilled artist, art collector, and insightful commentator on 19th-Century Boston literary culture.


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Frances "Fannie" Longfellow (Appleton)'s Timeline

1817
October 6, 1817
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1843
July 13, 1843
Age 25
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1844
June 9, 1844
Age 26
Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
1845
November 23, 1845
Age 28
Massachusetts, United States
1847
April 7, 1847
Age 29
Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Mass
1850
September 22, 1850
Age 32
Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Mass
1853
October 22, 1853
Age 36
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1855
November 8, 1855
Age 38
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1861
July 10, 1861
Age 43
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1861
Age 43
Cambridge, MA, USA