Contributed by Charlene Holland

Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas
The Southern Publishing Company, Chicago and Nashville, 1891.


      M.Q. Workman is of that sturdy and independent class, the farmers of Arkansas, and no follower of that calling is possessed of more genuine merit and a stronger character than he whose name stands at the bead of this sketch. He was born in North Carolina, May 6, 1834, being a son of M.P. and L.C. Workman, they being North Carolinians also, the former born in _____, and the latter in 1813. They were married in their native State, and the same year that their son, M.Q. Workman, was born, M. P. Workman died, and after some years his widow married S.S. Plummer, by which gentleman she became the mother of eight children: Sarah A. (widow of Henry Eater), M.J. (wife of Mitchel Cross), L.C. (wife of William Condrey), L.S. (wife of Joseph Singeltery), A.B., M.C. (wife of Henry Cauthron), M.H. (wife of W. H. Marr), and J.E. The mother is now living in Scott County, Ark., and she, her husband and all her children are members of the Baptist Church. The subject of this sketch was married in Catoosa County, Ga., in 1861, to Miss M. E. Pack, a Georgian, born in 1838. To them two children have been born: J.A. and W.M., but in 1863 they were left motherless. Two years later Mr. Workman married, a second time, Miss P.J. Smith, a native of North Carolina, born in 1843, becoming his wife, and in time, the mother of seven children, of whom are living: S.A., T.W., Ervin and J.P., J.L., H.W. and one that died in infancy are those not living. Mr. Workman was a soldier in the Rebellion, and in 1862 enlisted in a company of infantry, serving in Georgia Regiment until the close of the war. He received one severe wound, a ball entering his left jaw and coming out on the right side of the mouth, cutting his tongue in two, which wound was received at the battle of Peach Tree Creek. After the war he returned home, and engaged in farming, which calling has been his occupation ever since. He owns 166 acres of land, with 70 under cultivation, his crops being corn, cotton, oats and wheat. In 1870 he emigrated from Georgia to Arkansas, and settled where he now lives, where he has done well, and where he expects to make his future home. He and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and socially, he belongs to Cauthron Lodge No. 385, of the A.F. & A.M.

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