Article by W. Clay Crook-
Although the Old Mifflin Cemetery is located in Chester County, many of the graves there are from pioneers and residents who were born, lived, and died in Henderson County. The historic cemetery is one of the oldest in West Tennessee, and was ceded from Henderson County to Chester upon the creation of Chester County in 1882.
Sometime around 1912 the road from Mifflin to Luray was moved, and the road that now accesses the cemetery comes in from the back.
Mike Alexander has been doing some restoration work on the markers and cleaning up the cemetery. He has been involved with several projects in Henderson County, including the workover of the Parkers Crossroads Cemetery.
During the clean up efforts, Alexander had a small sign made for the cemetery, and has been coordinating with James Bright of Chester County to see about getting a Tennessee Historical Commission marker.
Several of the graves are from historic personalities, including Col. John Purdy, who was the chief surveyor for West Tennessee. Purdy also surveyed Mifflin and named it after his home in…
For the complete story, see the December 29th edition of The Lexington Progress.