Luther Preston Hawkins was born in November 24, 1835 to Berryman Hawkins and Martha Salmon Hawkins. Mary Ann Roe was born in March 27, 1846 to Thomas and Sarah (Stradley) Roe. Both Luther and Mary were born in Greenville, SC, and attended Reedy River Baptist Church and Berea Baptist Church. Luther was a clerk and a book keeper, and Mary was a school teacher before she married. They became engaged in the summer of 1873 and were married in 1876. They had six children together: Hampton, Lulu, Anna Mary, Sadie/Sarah, William, and Ralph. Luther died on January 17, 1920, and Mary died on January 14, 1930.