Haynes Family Cemetery
By Jack D. Wood
Jackson, TN

Located in the front yard of a house at 185 Williams Switch Rd., Ripley, Tennessee, owned by Demetra Mills.  I first visited the cemetery with my paternal grandmother, Mrs. Annie Mae (Jackson) Wood of Dyersburg, TN, on January 27, 1981.

Writing about the Haynes family in Kate Johnson Peters’ Lauderdale County From Earliest Times (Ripley, TN, 1957), Ethelynde Roberson states that Mack William Haynes, Sr. “Donated two acres of land, to be a public burial ground.” She further supposes that this occurred as a reaction to the deaths of three of his children, Emily, Susanna, and Robert, in 1860.   In this cemetery were buried many individuals with the Haynes and Glimp surnames.  Undoubtedly other surnames could be found buried here.  Unfortunately, most of the gravestones are gone, having been removed many years ago.  Seven stones presently exist amidst trees, hedges, and various plants near the road, and are tended by the Mills family.

Joyce Hambleton Whitten, of Monette, Arkansas, whose mother-in-law is a Haynes and Glimp descendent, confirmed the identity of this cemetery.  She had learned from a cousin that property owners had “destroyed a few of the stones before they were stopped.”

On August 22, 1998, my wife Jackie and I spoke with Demetra Mills and her daughter, Juanita Pufpaf, while visiting the cemetery.  During this conversation we learned the following information: The property was bought by Leonard and Demetra Mills in 1965, and they built the house in 1968, having moved back to Tennessee from California. While clearing the underbrush toward the road, Leonard found several gravestones indicating the presence of the graveyard.  Apparently a previous owner had removed most of the stones, to make the property more “sellable.”  Leonard, however decided to clear around the stones and plant shrubs and flowers, etc. and he continued to maintain it the remainder of his life.  In 1990, their son, Roger Mills and his wife Judy, suffered the loss of their unborn child, whom they named Ryan Howard Mills.  He was buried in this cemetery, thus adding yet another family surname to the list of names buried here.  After Leonard passed away, the Mills family continued to tend the cemetery.

Gravestones existing in the
Haynes Family Cemetery
(as of 1998)
J. Elender wife of H.J. Haynes
Born May 15, 1823
Died May 30, 1896
John J. son of H. J. & J.E. Haynes
Born Aug 15, 1867
Died Oct 24, 1867
Aged 2 mos & 9 dys
H.J. Haynes born Mar 12, 1819
Died Oct 6, 1908
our father & grandfather
Lewiser Brogdon Glimp
1860 - 1934
J.W. Glimp
Born Aug 29,1861
Died Nov 16,1908
Winnie daut of V.B. & J.W. Glimp
Born May 10, 1891
Died Aug 16, 1914
Ryan Howard Mills
Mar 21, 1990

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