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Lisette's story began on a 3,300-acre farm along the Clinton River near what is now known as Mt.Clemens, according to the book "Lisette," written by historian Isabella E. Her parents were Peter and Hannah Denison, slaves owned by William Tucker, a British loyalist.Lisette is thought to have accompanied Eliza Biddle on trips to Grosse Ile to visit the boys, and it is on that property years later that her little chapel would be built.In letters Eliza Biddle wrote to family members, she described how Lisette lived very frugally — sometimes complaining too frugally.Lisette never remarried and never had children of her own, though she was close to some of her nieces and nephews and maintained a relationship with the Biddles long after her retirement in 1860. 7, 1866, and was buried two days later at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. Trowbridge to execute her will, which said: "Having long felt the inadequacy of the provisions made for the poor in our houses of worship, and knowing from sad experience that many devout believers and humble followers of the lowly Jesus are excluded from those courts, where the rich and poor should meet together, shut out from those holy services by the mammon of unrighteousness, from that very church which declares the widow's mite to be more acceptable in the sight of the Lord than the careless offerings of those who give of their 'abundance.' ... Biddle of the City of Detroit all the rest of my estate of whatever nature it may be ...She attended Old Mariner's Church in Detroit and spelled out in her will that much of her estate was to be used to build an Episcopal church where rich and poor could worship together."I never came across anything in my research to suggest that she was worried or cared about black and white, but she was concerned about rich and poor" inequality, Pielack said. to be used in the erection of a fine chapel for the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church of which I am a communicant."William Biddle and his brother James did just that.
"They crossed the Detroit River to freedom in Upper Canada."It’s really remarkable if you think about the fact that Peter Denison had a good-paying job, and he was willing to walk away from that in order to have his children have freedom — even with uncertainty of what he would be doing in Upper Canada, but he made that choice."By 1812, Peter Denison had returned to Detroit and become a commander in the Michigan Militia, serving under Brush in the War of 1812.A historical marker notes the significance she played in the area's history.She also bought shares of stock in Farmers Bank and Mechanics' Bank and an interest in a steamboat called Michigan, too."They would have dinner cruises, and the Detroiters would sail down to Sugar Island, which is right near Grosse Ile" aboard the steamer Michigan, said Kate Hartwell, the chapel historian at St. "There was a big pavilion where they would dance and things like that."In September 1827, Lisette married Scipio Forth in St. Three years later, historians believe, her husband was dead.He decided that Lisette and two of her brothers, Scipio and James, would be slaves for life; Peter Jr. "He reluctantly, but legally, had to find in favor of Catherine Tucker," said Leslie Pielack, the director of the Birmingham Museum, who nominated Lisette for the Hall of Fame."Somewhere shortly after that, she and her siblings crossed the river over into Canada because that was a free territory at that point."Mull notes that for Lisette's parents, it had to be a gut-wrenching decision to leave.