As promised, here are some never-before-heard-about items connecting USG to Michigan, well beyond what's been written in all (so far as we know) the major works on him.
- One of USG’s sons married a Michigan girl, from Adrian.
- USG’s only daughter married an Englishman, and the General/President agreed to the union (pun intended) on one condition, that Mr. Algernon Sartoris become a U.S. citizen and live here. So, preparatory to that, Mr. S purchased land … in Michigan! But then a family member died in Jolly Old England, Al inherited the estate, and the newlyweds made their home in the Old Country, not Michigan. If only.
- When USG came back from Mexico after the war, and finally settled in Detroit, he brought with him – for the benefit of his Missouri born-and-bred wife who grew up in a household where slaves, er, servants were at her beck and call – a servant for her. Not someone of African extraction, but … of course … a Mexican. His name was Gregorio. How appropriate for Detroit's 20th/21st century Hispanic influx!
But there's more. To come.