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Subject: Re: Number Nine Cemetery
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
I'll try and clear up some of the information about the Number Nine Cemetery. My great grandmother and grandfather are buried there. My Grandmother and Grandfather moved to that area for him to work for the Langston family who owned the land just north of the cemetery across the bayou. My grandfather died fairly early in their marriage and so my grandmother was instructed by Judge Keck to purchase some farmland just north of there but on the Missouri state line.
We pay an annual fee to the church to have the cemetery taken care of. I'm not sure they really do much, maybe possibly just mow. Many of the headstones have been weathered beyond readability and/or damaged. The few headstones you can read are new ones placed by the family like ours. I do hate to think what will happen to the cemetery in the coming years as there is no community there anymore and most of these small stops in the road have disappeared as farms have become more and more sold off to larger farm owners or, like us, just rent the land to another farmer.
The Number Nine Gin is still there and operating last time I heard. The white church is still there and I believe still has members. There was a store just in front of the gin that my father says they would buy things at as a child.
Number Nine was named that as a sawmill when the land was being cleared in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Each sawmill was roughly a mile apart and so each one was named for the mile it was located at. There is an article on this:
I have fond memories of Blytheville and the surrounding lands as I grew up there and go back to visit my remaining mother. Blytheville has changed a lot, not really for the good so it's hard to think of ever returning. But I do have emotional connections to my family roots there.
I have a number of photos and will try and find them and post here.