Hattie Lawton

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Hattie Lawton was born circa 1837 however, there is no documentation as to where she was born.  There is also no documentation as to if that is her real date of birth, as it is just mere speculation.

What I can tell you of course is the rest of the story, so let’s get to it.  You could find her working for a man by the name of Allen Pinkerton in 1860.  She was part of the Female Detective Bureau formed by Pinkerton that same year.  Her job was to “worm out secrets’ by means unavailable to male detectives.  Apparently, she was good at her job.

In 1861 she was stationed in Perryville, Maryland where she was involved in the uncovering of an assassination plot against President elect Abraham Lincoln known as the Baltimore assassination plot.  Later that same year she was sent to Richmond, Virginia with Timothy Webster, posing as his wife to gather intelligence about Confederate army movements. 

Their identity was revealed by two other Pinkerton agents to save their skins.  Both Webster and Lawton were arrested, Webster was executed in 1862, Lawton was sentenced to one year in Castle Thunder prison. She was released in a prisoner exchange the next year.  After the Civil War she disappeared never to be heard of again.  She just vanished into thin air.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face, pass it on


Posted by


NW Arkansas the home of WalMart, JB Hunt Trucking and Tyson Foods.


Come for a visit stay for a lifetime.  


URL http://www.sellnwa.com 


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Just for Fun
Arkansas Benton County Centerton

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

That is quite the story, James, and the mystery of Hattie's disappearance will not really "haunt" me.

Nov 09, 2017 04:43 AM #1
Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Thank you for providing the story of Hattie Lawton - and the question of her 'vanishing' shall remain a mystery for all time -

Nov 09, 2017 04:46 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And there are days it would be nice to follow her!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 09, 2017 04:51 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That part about means not available to male agents caught my attention as pretty open ended.

Nov 09, 2017 05:00 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

She was a master in the spy business, she was last spotted at the beach in Florida.

Nov 09, 2017 05:03 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. She lived quite the life for a woman in those days. She was a true pioneer of independence. Enjoy your day!

Nov 09, 2017 05:15 AM #6
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I really thought this was heading to her starting Pinkerton Security Company.

Nov 09, 2017 05:36 AM #7
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning James Dray 

Thank you for sharing your information with us.

Have a great day 11/09/2017. 

Nov 09, 2017 05:49 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  I wonder if anyone knows what happened to her?

Nov 09, 2017 06:01 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like something from a movie and I like those type of movies, haha.  I hope that your day will be enjoyed!

Nov 09, 2017 06:21 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This story is wild. Hard to comprehend because no one just vanishes.

Nov 09, 2017 06:24 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


An interesting post, and what a way to go by vanishing into thin air...where is that thin air, I ask? :)  A

Nov 09, 2017 06:58 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- you realize that we will not be satisfied until we know what happened to her. 

Nov 09, 2017 08:20 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - so the mystery still remains and is one of Americas unsolved mysteries.

Nov 09, 2017 10:40 AM #14
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

A female spy of the Civil War era! Fascinating! Thank you for sharing! 

Nov 11, 2017 06:08 PM #15
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


James Dray

Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
Just ask me
Spam prevention