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Museum given Civil War-era wooden trunk
March 27, 2003
by Kevan Mathis, Times Staff
L to R: Marie Griever, Larry Collier & T.J. HardingMarie Griever and T.J. Harding (right) presented the Boone County Heritage Museum with a Civil War-ear trunk made by their grandfather, Martin Mortimer Hathcoat, a Confederate War veteran. Larry Collier (center), commander of 1414 Jo Shelby Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Marilyn Smith (not pictured) thanked the family.

The Boone County Heritage Museum has a new addition.

Harrison residents Marie Griever and one of her brothers, T.J. Harding, recently donated a Civil War-era wooden trunk to the museum which belonged to their grandfather, Martin Mortimer Hathcoat, a Confederate soldier from the Harrison area. The family believes the trunk is approximately 150 years old. The historic piece of furniture is constructed of pine and includes an inner shelf, metal bands and leather handles. A metal keyhole on the front of the trunk is mostly covered in rust.
"We discovered the trunk in our attic," said Griever. "It used to contain a diary that grandfather had kept while he was serving in the Civil War but we can't find it. I remember playing in and around the trunk when it was at grandfather's house."
Other siblings of Griever and T.J. Harding include Virginia Thomason, Bert Harding and Mary Harding.
Martin Hathcoat was born June 12, 1840, at Chattanooga (Hamilton County), Tenn., and died March 17, 1924, in Boone County. Hathcoat married Emily Caroline Laffoon, daughter of William Laffoon and Sarah Elizabeth Sims, of Bellefonte on Jan. 12, 1868.
The couple had 12 children including William Thomas Hathcoat, Ethilda Caroline Hathcoat, James Hathcoat, John Matthew Hathcoat, Mattie Evelyn Hathcoat, Edwin Martin Hathcoat, George Franklin Hathcoat, Marvin Arthur Hathcoat, Martin Leslie Hathcoat, Benjamin Bert Hathcoat and Laura Lula Hathcoat and Berthina Hathcoat.
He enlisted in the Confederate Army at Bellefonte in Company D, 16th Regiment of Arkansas Mounted Infantry during the Civil War. One of the battles he fought in was at Pea Ridge.
Larry Collier, commander of 1414 Jo Shelby Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Marilyn Smith were on hand at the museum to accept the artifact. Hathcoat, buried in the New Hope Cemetery in the Huzzah area, will have an official Confederate gravestone marker placed on his grave in the near future by Sons of Confederate Veterans, officials told the family.
The Hathcoat family will be honored in the spring issue, April 1, of the Boone County Historian, published by the Boone County Heritage Museum.
"We humbly accept this gift and we will proudly honor your grandfather and other veterans who unselfishly fought for their families and land during the Civil War," said Collier.
Anyone can visit the Boone County Heritage Museum at 110 South Cherry Street in Harrison or telephone (870) 741-3312.
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