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Hi there. Great question. If the original land was relinquished for whatever reason and reverted to the Federal Government then you can request the GLO patent file, most likely for both people. You can do this by submitting a request to the BLM's Eastern Land Office.
They maintains the land records for the 13 public land states under its jurisdiction: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, and Wisconsin. If the patent you are requesting is not available on the GLO website please download and fill out the following form.
Once you have filled out the form, mail it to the following address:
Bureau of Land Management
Attn: Lands and Realty-Eastern States
20 M Street SE, Suite 950
Washington, DC 20003
If however the land was sold by the original entry man to your ancestor that would be a State record. You will want to contact the State Archives. They can be found here https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85148---,00.html .
Thank you to Marene Baker's suggestions. I will do, and let you know if I get a reply from the GLO.