Frances "Fannie" Longfellow (Appleton)

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Frances "Fannie" Elizabeth Longfellow (Appleton)

Also Known As: "Fanny"
Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: July 10, 1861 (43)
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Cambridge, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Nathan Appleton and Maria Theresa Appleton
Wife of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mother of Charles Appleton Longfellow; Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow; Fanny Longfellow; Alice Mary Longfellow; Edith Dana (Longfellow) and 1 other
Sister of Charles Sedgwick Appleton; Mary Mackintosh; Thomas Gold Appleton and George William Appleton
Half sister of William Sumner Appleton; Harriet Sumner Curtis and Nathan Appleton, Jr.

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About Frances "Fannie" 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

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