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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.

"My concern about women and the disenfranchised, which includes immigrants, children, people who are uneducated and under-educated," Pielack said, "is that their stories don’t get told at all because historically there was no real reason to document their lives."Back in the time when Lisette lived, we don’t have a lot of accounts of their lives because they were just not considered quote-unquote important enough. There are not records and documents reflecting their lives. A lot more often, it’s oral traditions, stories that are handed down through families "When we have an opportunity, like in the case of Lisette — Elizabeth Denison Forth — to show something really important about her.

It is just a great opportunity to shine a light not just on her life, but by association suggests there are other people we don’t know about who were also doing remarkable things."She becomes a symbol for a lot of people. That’s why I think it matters to call attention to these people’s lives.

A Tiffany stained glass window was added to the chapel of St.

James Episcopal Church in celebration of its 30th anniversary, in 1898.

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.

Lisette was a domestic worker in the Biddle household for more than 30 years, often taking care of the Biddle children, Thomas, Margaretta, William, James and Edward.

Two of the Biddle boys, William and Thomas, attended a school on Grosse Ile, called the Island Institute for Boys.

"As she became a little more savvy with business, she purchased land in Pontiac," Pielack said.

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"At the time, Pontiac was the first platted town in the interior of Michigan.

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.



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