Book on Elizabeth (Libbie) Bacon Custer’s Traverse City Roots

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In so Distant a Place as Traverse City: The Northern Michigan Relatives of Elizabeth Bacon Custer

by Julie Schopiery

The life story of General George Armstrong Custer is widely  known, and biographies have been written about his wife, Elizabeth ( Libbie) Bacon Custer, who was a staunch supporter and defender of his reputation throughout her long life. Few people, however, are aware that Libbie Custer had relatives who lived in the Grand Traverse Region.

In addition to capturing the life of Northern Michigan in the late 1800s, when the region was considered a wilderness, Julie Schopieray provides information on Libbie’s family members who lived and vacationed in the Grand Traverse area. Key to her story are Libbie’s father, Judge Daniel S. Bacon; her uncle Aaron Page;and a second cousin, Albert W. Bacon, who was an early settler in the region. The stories of these mostly forgotten pioneers shed new light on their contributions to the history of the region.

Books can be purchased in Monroe at the Book Nook and Monroe County Historical Museum or on Ebay. Your favorite bookstore should be able to order copies as well.

Author Julie Schopiery is originally from Libbie’s hometown of Monroe, Michigan. She resides with her family in the  Traverse City area.

Read more about the author and the book: In so Distant a Place as Traverse City: The Northern Michigan Relatives of Elizabeth Bacon Custer here.

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