I need help recognizing this first name for Haynes: enter image description here

I think it begins with a B perhaps something like Barimanus?

This comes from the Franklin County, Virginia personal tax list for 1786.

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I think it reads Parmenus.

Parmenas is a rare biblical name of Greek origin, referring to one of the seven men appointed to care for the poor of Jerusalem. Specifically, he was mentioned in Acts 6:5:

And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

   Acts 6:5, King James Version

A search of any of the major genealogy websites for this name will bring up hundreds of hits, mostly USA records. So while uncommon, certainly not unique.

  • "Franklin County, Virginia: A History" by Marshall Wingfield agrees: it has the same 1786 tax list and includes "Haynes, Parmenus" as one entry. Google books link
    – AndyW
    Mar 28, 2018 at 9:27

My previous reading of this first name was incorrect. The other answer is correct. I note that there are a number of refs. listed to this family of which this appears to the earliest:

Parmenas Haynes United States Census, 1850

birth: 1796 Virginia residence: 1850 Randolph county, Randolph, Alabama, United States
other: Martha Haynes, Minerva Haynes, Mary E Haynes, Marg H Haynes, Eli** C Haynes, Martha E Haynes...

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