They had three children: Fanny (1784) Hannibal (1786) and Ethan Junior (1787). In 1770 a group of Wentworth grant holders asked Allen to defend their case before New York's Supreme Court a move that presented Allen with his first big stage. Warner was viewed as a more stable and quieter choice and was someone that also commanded respect.
Born in rural Connecticut Allen had a frontier upbringing but also received an education that included some philosophical teachings. He is best known as one of the founders of the U. First imprisoned aboard Royal Navy ships he was paroled in New York City and finally released in a prisoner exchange in 1778.