Sharing Personal History One Life at a Time

Lost in Translation

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About the Book

Frances Harsen was a Native American woman married to Jacob Harsen II. This story aims to uncover the truth behind the folklore surrounding the first family of Harsen’s Island, Michigan. It examines the legal challenges faced in being a Native American woman living in Michigan in the mid-1840s and how it affected Frances Harsen’s claims to her husband’s estate.