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Macomb County

Born into slavery – in Macomb County

Elizabeth “Lisette” Denison was born into slavery circa 1787 near the banks of the Huron River, now called the Clinton, in the area known today as Harrison Township. Her parents, Peter and Hannah, were owned by William Tucker, the first English-speaking landowner in Macomb County.

Who was Macomb County named after

On Jan. 15, 1818, Gov. Lewis Cass issued a proclamation naming the third and largest county in the territory of Michigan after his good friend, Alexander Macomb. At that time, Macomb County included all of Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties, as well as parts of Sanilac, Shiawassee, Ingham and Tuscola counties.

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