|Birth: ||Mar. 29, 1833|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 1906|
Submitted by Paul Isbell:
Marcus Lafayette Hawkins, of Hamburg, Ark., chancellor of the Second Chancery district, was born Mar.29, 1833 in Talladega Co., Alabama, where his father, John C. Hawkins, was interested as a planter. His mother's maiden name was Melissa Hosey. Judge Hawkins was educated in the public schools and later attended a private institution of learning. At the age of nineteen he began the study of law in the offices of Judge Hugh Lawson of Canton, Miss., one of the most eminent attorneys at the Mississippi bar. After three years of study with Judge Lawson he was admitted to the bar at Canton. Soon afterward he came to Hamburg where he has ever since resided, and where he has built up a large clientel. Judge Hawkins was one of the delegates to the convention that voted in favor of Arkansas' seceding from the Union in 1861, and shortly after the convention he enlisted in the Confederate service as a member of Captain Wilson's company, afterwards known as Co. G, of the Arkansas infantry. Later he raised a company that was mustered in as Co. I. Second Arkansas Cavalry, and served as Captain of that company until captured in Kansas about eight months before the close of the war, and sent to Johnson's Island. At the close of the war he returned to Hamburg and gathered up the broken threads of his practice. In 1874 he was a member of the constitutional convention that drafted the present constitution of Arkansas. In 1886 he was elected prosecuting attorney of the Tenth judicial district, serving one term, and in 1892 was elected judge of the same circuit. This off he held for five years. In 1898 he was appointed chancellor of the Second chancery district, which position he still holds. Judge Hawkins was married in 1855 to Miss Harriet E. Hadley, of Hamburg, and they have five children living, and three deceased. Mary is the wife of John W. Morris, a merchant and planter of Parkdale, Ark. Marguerite is the wife of Ransom M. Moore, a prominent stockman and planter of Wichita Falls, Texas. Kate married Robert W. Ward, a planter of Ashley County. Martin C. is a physician at Parkdale, and Benjamin T. is at Hamburg. Judge Hawkins is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. He is also a Presbyterian by faith. In lodge and the community he has a reputation that commands the respect and esteem of his brethren and neighbors, and as a lawyer is the peer of any member of the Arkansas bar. Deceased Apr.9,1906.
Source:The Province and the States-Vol.7-Weston Arthur Goodspeed-circa 1904
Hawkins, Marcus Lafayette
Private—Enlisted at Hamburg, Arkansas, March 15, 1862; appointed captain, Co. I, 2nd Arkansas Cavalry Regiment, March 14, 1864; captured in Lynn county, Kansas, October 25, 1864; confined at U.S. Military Prison, Johnson's Island, Ohio, until released on oath of allegiance on June 16, 1865; born in Alabama, March 29, 1833; died in Arkansas, April 9, 1906; buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley county, Arkansas; married Harriet E. Hadley in Ashley county, September 1, 1858; listed in Ashley county 1860 census; occupation lawyer; bought land in Ashley county in 1861; attended 1889 and 1899 Confederate reunions at Hamburg, Arkansas. http://www.couchgenweb.com/civilwar/8arbncof.html
1850 Coosa Co., AL Census, Wetumpka
HH 41, Ln 30, 13 Sep 1850, p. 5
Hawkins, Marcus, Clerk, 19, M, born AL
1860 Ashley Co., AR Census, Carter Township, Hamburg P.O.
HH 786-808, Ln 22-24,
Hawkins, M.L., Head, 29, M, Lawyer, (VRE: $33500, VPE: $32000), born AL; H.E., Wife, 22, F, born TN; M.E., Dau., 6 months, F, born AR
Living next to Harriett's mother. She is widowed and has children.
1870 Ashley Co., AR Census, Carter Township, Hamburg P.O.
HH 71, Ln 5-12, 8 Jun 1870, p. 9
Hawkins, Markus, Head, 38, M, Lawyer, (VRE: $7000, VPE: $1860), born AL; Harriett, Wife, 31, F, born TN; Mary, Dau., 10, F, Attending School, born AR; Margrett, Dau., 6, F, Attending School, born AR; Kate, Dau., 4, F, At Home, born AR; Martin, Son, 1, M, At Home, born AR; Dean Eliza, 52, F, born TN; Dean, Eliza, 13, F, born AR
1880 Ashley Co., AR Census, Carter Township, ED 7
HH 17-18, Ln 32-42, Enum. Date: 1 Jun 1880, p. 3
Hawkins, M.L., 47, M, Married, Lawyer, born AL, NC, TN; H.E., Wife, 39, F, Married, born TN, NC, TN; Maggie, Dau., 16, F, born AR; Kate, Dau., 13, F, born AR; M.C., Son, 10, M, born AR; M.L., Jr., Son, 7, M, born AR; Gertrude, Dau., 4, F, born
John Cicero Hawkins (1810 - 1883)
Melissa Brasher Hosey Hawkins (1813 - 1886)
Harriett Elizabeth Hadley Hawkins (1838 - 1909)*
Mary Hadley Hawkins Morris (1860 - 1937)*
Margaret P. Hawkins Moore (1864 - 1927)*
Note: Married Harriett E. Hadley Sep 1, 1858 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., AR
Created by: William "Darrell" Hosey
Record added: Mar 07, 2009
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