Union Cemetery (Briggs Cemetery)
Livonia, Wayne County, Michigan
GPS: 42.411113, -83.427785
Trinity House Theatre
38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI 48152
Contributed by Julie Witkowski, Nov 28, 2001, last edited Aug 14, 2005 [firstname.lastname@example.org] Total records = 167.
Also referred to as "Briggs Cemetery".
The cemetery is north of 6 Mile Road, east of Haggerty Road. The graves are behind what is now the Trinity Houe Theater in a commercial area.
Early Quakers from New England who began to fall away from the church of the Quakers brought about the formation of an non-denominational church. This church was known as the Union Society of Livonia. Located on the north side of Six Mile near Haggerty Road. Land was donated by Pardon Briggs (east) and another farmer named Stanton (west.) This consisted of one acre of land between the two farms. Pardon Briggs purchased his land on Dec. 2, 1829 and the oldest gravestone is that of Emery Sands, dated April 8, 1832. It is therefore assumed that the land was donated around 1830.
In 1856, the bylaws of the church were changed to read, "that no one be entitled to a share in the Burying Ground belonging to the Union Society of Livonia except those who have a share or shall take a share in stock of said corporation."
Many different denominations worshiped here including Methodists, Baptists and Universalists. In the 1930's the church with declining membership and lack of funds boarded up the building. In 1957 the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church was given the right to use the building with the understanding that they would repair and remodel it and maintain the cemetery grounds. After a few years the ownership changed to the Immanuel Baptists, followed by the Trinity Baptists. For many years regular services where conducted here.
The church building now houses the Trinity House Theatre, with no affiliation to Trinity Church. The old fence is long gone, replaced on the West and North by a parking lot and newly constructed fencing. On the east, lilacs and shrubbery create a natural fence line between the cemetery and a Pre-School. To the south is bounded by the Trinity House Theatre building and has a open property line.
- Julie Witkowski
??, Helen, 17yr "Our Sister Helen" (large monument, but no mention of last name)
Barker, Betsey (Leland), d. 5 Oct 1855, 77yr 1mo 5da, w/o John
Barker, Content (McKinstry), d. 2 April 1878, 79 yrs., w/o Rev. Harvey Barker
Barker, John, d. 13 Nov 1853, 83 yrs., h/o Betsey
Barlow, Catherine (Briggs), d. 10 Jan 1856, 87 yrs., w/o John M.
Benton, Constance (Content) S., b. 28 Oct 1858, d. 30 May 1888, s/o Hiram & Melvina
Benton, Sybel Melvina (Simmons), b. 26 Sep 1835, d. 2 Dec 1870, First w/o Hiram
Briggs, Alta, b. 14 Jan 1818, d. 3 Aug 1882, w/o Luther, d/o Wheaton Allen Briggs & Fanny Barbour
Briggs, Alzina Betsey, d. 1 Jun 1842, Infant, d/o Lewis & Hannah Briggs
Briggs, Alzina, b. 17 Apr 1819, d. 7 Dec 1841, d/o Pardon & Betsey
Briggs, Beattie A., b. 28 May 1843, d. 18 Oct 1876, d/o Luther & Alta
Briggs, Betsy (Elizabeth Cook), b. 7 Jan 1782, d. 10 May 1846, w/o Pardon
Briggs, Carmi G., b. 30 Dec 1828(23?), d. 29 Oct 1875, 47yr, h/o Elvira Loomis and Ann Shaw (s/o Pardon & Betsy)
Briggs, Elvira (Loomis), b. 15 Jun 1829, d. 6 Aug 1858, w/o Carmi G., (Possible correct birth date 15 Aug 1828)
Briggs, Fannie M., b. 24 Sep 1846, d. 21 Oct 1914, d/o Luther & Alta
Briggs, Ida M., b. 23 Apr 1885, d. 27 Mar 1885, d/o Luther & Alta
Briggs, Infant Daughter, b. 1 Jan 1854, d. 14 Jan 1854, 13 days, d/o Luther & Alta
Briggs, Luther, b. 28 Jul 1814, d. 11 Apr 1892, h/o Alta (on his land - Log Seminary school was built around 1840)
Briggs, Pardon, b. 9 Jun 1783, d. 27 Aug 1861, (from Niagara Co., New York), h/o Betsy (he donated the land for Union Church & Cemetery)
Briggs, Zilpha (Mattson), b. 19 Jul 1757, d. 19 Aug 1838, "Mother", Widow of John, m/o Pardon Briggs (Damage to stone - name scratched out. Correct birth date should be 19 Feb 1857.)
Brown, Keziah, d. 7 Apr 1844, 28yr, w/o Silas
Bulis, Caroline M. (Fuller), d. 27 Dec 1867, 41 yrs., 9 mos., 23 days, w/o Seymour L. (a Baptist Clergyman)
Cable, Edna E., b. 15 Jul 1875, d. --- (Her name is located on the Briggs monument - no death date is listed.), w/o George C. Snyder
Cable, Frances B., b. 1874, d. 1938, Member of the Eastern Star, w/o Luther D.
Cable, Helen G. (Briggs), b. 23 Jan 1849, d. 6 Feb 1933, w/o Joseph
Cable, Luther D., b. 1868, d. 1948, Member of the Masons, h/o Frances B.
Castle, Lemuel, d. 7 Apr 1839, 62yr
DeGarmo, John, d. 4 Jan 1863, 79yr 8mo 29da, h/o Sarah (This stone is broken.)
DeGarmo, Sarah (Culver), d. 29 Jul 1853, 67yr 10mo, w/o John
Downer, Anna Maria R. (Fry), d. 16 Mar 1855, 25yr 26da, First w/o Truman
Downer, Frances A.M., d. 10 Sep 1855, 4 mos., d/o Truman & Anna Maria
Downer, Frances Ann (Wisdom), d. 23 Feb 1904, 70yr 6 mos, 9da, Second w/o Truman
Downer, Hannah Celestia (Briggs), d. 18 Mar 1847, 30yr, w/o Tyler
Downer, Huldah (Briggs), d. 19 May 1856, 64yr, w/o Simon
Downer, Simon, d. 10 Dec 1838, 50yr, h/o Huldah
Downer, Truman, d. 4 Aug 1875, 54yr 7mo, h/o Anna Maria & Frances Ann (this stone is broken)
Downer, Tyler, d. 2 Dec 1876, 67 yrs., 7 mos., 4 days, h/o Hannah
Duclass, James, d. 9 Dec 1861, 91yr 8mo 21da (Possibly Douglass, this stone is tipped over and damaged.)
Dunn, Betsy (Briggs), b. (2) 22 Apr 1821, d. 5 Aug 1841, First w/o Thomas, d/o Pardon Briggs
Durfee, Mary Ann, d. 5 Oct 1834, 5yr 6mo 24da, d/o Sarah & Allen (This stone is flat on the ground.)
Durfee, Sarah (Thayer), d. 4 Jan 1862, 59yr 8da, w/o Allen (This stone is tossed into the woods/overgrowth.)
Eckels, Orlando P., d. 26 Jan 1865, 24yrs., First Michigan Cavalry Co. H, at Mower Hospital, PA of disease. Enlisted 3 Aug. 1861. s/o Thomas & Elizabeth
Everitt, Catherine A., d. 14 Aug 1878, 51yr 5mo 12da, d/o Marshall & Catherine V.
Everitt, Catherine V. (VanGorden), d. 9 Jun 1866, 83yr 7mo 15da, w/o Marshall
Everitt, Emily M., d. 29 Jul 1891, 68yr 3mo 16da, d/o Marshall & Catherine V.
Everitt, Emira (Northrup), b. May 1819, d. 2 May 1905, w/o Nelson
Everitt, Infant (L.R.), no dates, s/o Marshall & Catherine V.
Everitt, Marshall, b. 1842, d. 1922, s/o Nelson & Emira
Everitt, Marshall, d. 30 Nov 1833, 59yr 9mo 16da, h/o Catherine V., "Mason"
Everitt, Moses, d. 10 Jun 1873, 70yr 11mo 1 day, s/o Marshall & Catherine V. (broken stone)
Everitt, Nelson, b. 28 Feb 1811, d. 6 Jan 1892, h/o Emira
Everitt, Orion L., d. 20 Apr 1868, 2 yrs., s/o W. H. & A. J.
Fox, Franklin Joel, b. 1836, d. 1854, s/o George W. and Huldah
Fox, George W., b. 1800, d. 1858, h/o Huldah
Fox, Huldah (Way), b. 1802, d. 1864, w/o George W.
Francis, Ephriam, d. 25 Aug 1846, 69yr, h/o Mary
Francis, Mary, d. 29 Sep 1846, 64yr, w/o Ephriam
Fuller, Aaron C., b. 7 Sep 1799, d. 16 Sep 1864, h/o Harriet (broken stone)
Fuller, Cyrus, d. 14 Jun 1894, 83 yrs., h/o Lucena
Fuller, Edwin, d. 12 Mar 1882, 74yr, h/o Harriet (This stone has been repaired.)
Fuller, Florence, b. 25 Mar 1860, d. 15 Aug 1864, only daughter of Aaron & Harriet
Fuller, Harriet H. (DeGarmo), d. 9 Nov 1886, 79 yrs, w/o Edwin
Fuller, Harriet (Flint), b. 26 Apr 1800, d. 22 Jul 1875, Widow of Aaron (This stone is broken & toppled over.)
Fuller, Truey, b. 20 Apr 1837, d. 7 Aug 1864
Greenlaw, Mary E. (Everitt), d. 21 Jan 1889, 29 yrs., w/o Charles (broken stone)
Griswold, Zilpha (Briggs), b. 9 Nov 1802, d. 27 Mar 1822 at Royalton, (Niagara Co.) NY, first child of Pardon & Betsey, Wife of _________ Griswold. (Damage to stone - name scratched out!)
Gilson, Nancy L. (Barker), d. 29 Aug 1861(64), 44 yrs.,w/o Joseph H.
Harper, Nancy B., b. 3 Mar 1805, d. 15 Nov 1875, w/o William (This stone is broken & damaged.)
Harper, William, d. 28 Jul 1879, 69yr 5mo 19da, from Genesee Co., New York, h/o Nancy (stone knocked over)
Harvey, Content, d. 2 Apr 1878, 79yr, w/o Rev. Harvey
Hazen, Paul Willard, b. 25 Oct 1793, d. 24 Jan 1878, Clark's New York Militia, Veteran of the War 1812, s/o Edward & Mercy
Hinman, Bertha Aileen, b. 1892, d. 1975, d/o Chauncy & Celestia
Hinman, Celestia E. (Everitt), b. 1850, d. 1918, h/o Chauncy
Hinman, Chauncy W., b. 1848, d. 1910, w/o Celestia E.
Hulburd, Emily, d. 12 Feb 1851, 17 yrs., 11 mos., d/o William & Rachel
Hungerford, Abigail (Simmons), d. 6 May 1855, 68yr, w/o Uriah
Johnson, Silas, d. 4 May 1854, 31 yrs.
Jones, Alta, d. 4 Mar 1853, 42 yrs., d/o Eben (Ebenezer) & Lydia
Jones, Eben (Ebenezer), d. 14 Jun 1844, 73 yrs., h/o Lydia (This stone is very worn.)
Jones, Lydia, d. 5 Apr 1858, 78 yrs., w/o Eben (Ebenezer)
Joslin, Richard M., d.7 Mar 1844, 51 yrs., 9 mos., 30 days
Joslin, Willie, d. 29 Apr 1858, 11yr 4da, s/o Grant? & Margaret
Kipp, Mary B. (Barker), d. 3 Apr 1863, 33 yrs., w/o Henry
Lloyd, Betsey A. (Simmons), d. 1 Jan 1877, 45yr, w/o Nelson
Lloyd, Nelson S. Jr., d. 12 Jul 1868, 2yr, Infant of Nelson S. & Betsey A.
Myers, Gershom, d. 1 May 1892, 81yr 4mo 20da, h/o Ziphia & Mary A.
Myers, Mary A., d. 28 Oct 1845, 39yr, w/o Gershom
Myers, Zipha (Downer), d. 20 Jun 1889, 66yr 11mo, w/o Gershom
Ogden, Marrietta (Willet), d. 25 Jun 1856, 34 yrs., 10 mos., 20 days, w/o J.C.
Peck, Augustus C., d. 21 Jan 1858, 29yr 5mo 11da, s/o Theophilus & Christiana M.
Peck, Christiana M., d. 3 Feb 1836, 42yr 10mo 5da, w/o Theophilus
Peck, Dexter, d. 2 Sep 1841, Infant, s/o Rufus & Elizabeth
Peck, Juliann, d. 25 Oct 1843, Infant, d/o Edwin & Hannah
Peck, Theophilus, d. 26 Apr 1841, 57yr 3mo 27da, h/o Christiana M.
Pennington, Elizabeth, d. 18 Feb 1856, 72 yrs., 6 mos., 24 days, w/o Joseph
Pennington, Joseph H., d. 7 Jul 1839, 58yr 3mo 7da, h/o Elizabeth
Porter, Mary C. (Simmons), b. 1822, d. 1902, w/o Phillip S.
Porter, Phillip S., b. 1829, d. 1902, h/o Mary C.
Potter, Elizabeth, d. 13 Sep 1869, 64 yrs., 6 mos., 3 days, w/o Ahaz (Possibly Alex?)
Potter, Georgie, d. 13 Apr 1874, 5 yrs., 4 mos., 24 days, s/o Charles & Helen
Potter, Matilda (Willet), d. 26 Mar 1881, 64 yrs., 6 mos., w/o Samuel W.
Potter, Samuel W., d. 16 Jan 1873, 68 yrs., 4 mos., 7 days, h/o Matilda
Riddle, Caroline Moorland, b. 1881, d. 1962, d/o William & Sarah Riddle
Riddle, Charles W., b. 1871, d. 1946, s/o William & Sarah
Riddle, Elizabeth (Douglas), b. England, d. 7 Apr 1874, 73yr 7mo 9da, w/o William, d/o J. & E. Douglas
Riddle, Nellie M., b. 1870, d. 1949, d/o William & Sarah
Riddle, Sarah E., b. 24 Sep 1847, d. 8 May 1925, w/o William
Riddle, William, b. 15 Jul 1837, d. 3 May 1902, h/o Sarah
Riddle, William, b. Ireland, d. 9 Dec 1840, 42yr, 8mo, s/o Elizabeth & William
Sands, Emery, d. 8 Apr 1832, 21yr 18da, (said to be the oldest grave)
Simmons, Alanson, b. 1798, d. 1876, h/o Mary
Simmons, Bertha L., b. 6 Jul 1871, d. 20 Mar 1883, d/o Constant & Prudence
Simmons, Betsey, d. 15 Oct 1878, 75 yrs., 9 mos., 24 days, w/o Zebina
Simmons, Buell L., b. 1862, d. 1928, "Father", h/o Adelaide
Simmons, Byron G., d. 14 Nov 1843, 11yr s/o Alanson & Mary
Simmons, Constant, b. 21 Mar 1827, d. 6 Oct 1904, h/o Prudence
Simmons, Florence A., d. 29 Apr 1868, 5yr 6mo 16da, d/o George W. & Mary Adeline
Simmons, Gardner P., b. 14 Dec 1825, d. 7 Dec 1898, h/o Nancy & Lovina
Simmons, Gardner, b. 7 Jun 1803, d. 15 Aug 1840, h/o Melancy
Simmons, George W. C., d. 20 Oct 1889, 60yr 8mo 16da, h/o Mary A.
Simmons, Harriet, "Children of Gardner & Melancy" No dates listed for Harriet.
Simmons, Harvey, b. 18 Dec 1828, d. 16 Oct 1903, h/o Lovina
Simmons, Infant Son, b. 30 Jun 1839, d. 22 Jul 1839
Simmons, Lovina, b. 19 Jul 1837, d. 1932, w/o Harvey
Simmons, Lovina, b. 5 Aug 1842, d. 7 Dec 1890, Second w/o Gardner P.
Simmons, Mary Adeline (Gooding), d. 7 Feb 1906, 73yr 9mo 11da, w/o George W.
Simmons, Mary (Bartlett), b. 1800, d. 1857, w/o Alanson
Simmons, Mary, b. 10 Oct 1829, d. Oct 1833, d/o Gardner & Melancy
Simmons, Melancy, b. 27 Apr 1806, d. 10 Nov 1860, w/o Gardner
Simmons, Phebe M., b. 29 May 1831, d. 14 Oct 1833, d/o Gardner & Melancy
Simmons, Prudence Rachel (Rounds), b. 27 Aug 1834, d. 17 Oct 1916, w/o Constant
Simmons, Rosalette Adel, b. 1857, d. 16 Nov 1865, 8yr 4mo 18da, d/o Harvey & Lovina
Simmons, Zebina, d. 27 Feb 1846, 44 yrs., h/o Betsy
Smitherman, Martha, d. 25 Oct 1863, 4yr 8mo 11da, d/o Thomas & Mercy (Stone knocked over)
Smitherman, Mercy (Pannel), b. 17 Mar 1818, d. 20 Oct 1895, 77yr 7mo 3da, Born in the Isle of Grain, Kent Co., England, w/o Thomas
Smitherman, Sarah Ann, b. England, d. 28 Oct 1863, 14yr 7mo, d/o Thomas & Mercy
Smitherman, Thomas Jr., d. 25 Jan 1861, 10mo 25da, s/o Thomas & Mercy (This stone is severely worn.)
Smitherman, Thomas, b. 2 Aug 1818, d. 10 Jul 1889, 70yr 11mo 8da, Born in Berlin, Kent Co. England, h/o Mercy
Snell, Anson, d. 19 Feb 1875, 76 yrs., 10 mos., 11 days, h/o Sally (This stone is flat onthe ground.)
Snell, Anson Jr., d. 2 Dec 1853, 4yr 10mo, s/o Anson & Sally Emily (This stone is flat onthe ground.)
Snell, George S., d. 8 Aug 1854, 28yr 11mo 3da, s/o Anson & Sally Emily
Snell, Sally Emily, d. 13 Mar 1852, 61yr, w/o Anson (This stone is damaged and flat on the ground.)
Snell, Silvenis T., d. 9 Apr 1851, 22yr 5 mos. 4da, s/o s/o Anson & Sally Emily
Starkweather, Alfred, b. 1 Dec 1813, d. 25 Dec 1880, h/o Electa
Starkweather, Austin, b. 11 Mar 1837, d. 7yr 10mo 4da, s/o E.W. & Eleanor
Starkweather, Cicero, d. 18 Jun 1839, 6yr 7mo 27da, s/o Erastus & Eleanor
Starkweather, Eleanor (McKeeby), d. 12 Aug 1866, 76yr, w/o Erastus W.
Starkweather, Erastus Wolcott, b. 27 Jul 1788, d. 19 Oct 1857, 68yr 2mo 22da, h/o Eleanor
Starkweather, Henry V., d. 31 May 1857, 21yr 6mo 6da, s/o Erastus & Eleanor
Starkweather, Willard H., d. 17 Jun 1852, 24yr 11mo 22da, s/o Erastus & Eleanor, "died on the road to California"
Stebbins, Irene, b. 8 Feb 1787, d. 24 Feb 1861
Stuart, Amanda M. (Lapham), b. 24 Aug 1838, d. 14 Mar 1876, w/o George (stone knocked over)
Stuart, Elmira H., d. 22 Jun 1859, 48yr, w/o Sidney S.
Stuart, Nina, d. Feb 1862, 8mo d/o G. S. & A. Stuart
Welsh, Clara M., d. 8 Aug 1859, 4yr 10mo, d/o B. B. & M. Welsh
Welsh, Franklin E., d. 4 Feb 1851, 2 mos., 2 days, s/o B.B. and M.
Welsh, George M., d. 3 Oct 1857, 5 yrs., 2 mos., s/o B.B. and M.
Whipple, Calvin, b. 17 Jul 1806, d. 6 Aug 1887, h/o Harriet (From Ontario Co., New York)
Whipple, Harriet H.(Stebbins), b. 9 Aug 1809, d. 19 Dec 1894, w/o Calvin
Willet, Hannah (Pennington), d, 4 Dec 1863, 87 yrs., 14 days, w/o Micajah (The stone is broken and very badly damaged.)
Willet, Mordecai, d. 12 Oct 1879, 64 yrs., 6 mos., 28 days, s/o Hannah (The stone is broken and very badly damaged.)
Worden, Betsey A., d. 12 Aug 1858, 6 yrs., d/o A. B. and M.B.
Worden, Eva, d. 21 May 1862, 8 yrs., d/o A. B. and M.B.
Worden, Olivia Charlotte (Sturgh), b. 26 Dec 1822, d. 23 Mar 1900, w/o Alfred R.
Worden, Ripha, d. 28 Nov 1849, 58 yrs., War of 1812 as a Private, in Swift's Detachment, New York Volunteers, commanded by Lt . Philetus Swift from May 16, 1812 until May 24, 1813. h/o Rebecca Ripley
Worden, Ripha P., d. Jan. 28, 1867, 8 yrs.
Worden, Willard C., d. 1 Sep 1881, 22yr 9mo 11da, s/o Alfred & Olivia
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