19th Century Historical Significance

Livonia, having a large population of abolitionists and Quakers, had a number of Michigan homes that served as a stopping point for the Underground Railroad that would eventually lead to Canada. This lasted from 1829 to 1862. Men from Livonia also enlisted in the Union Army when Civil War broke out. Livonia’s Alfred Noble who would serve at the Battle of Gettysburg, would later go on to become an important railroad engineer. Livonia remembers his bravery by naming one of its libraries after him. Others less fortunate, like John and Alfred Ryder, died and would be buried at Newburgh cemetery in Livonia. (MacGregor)