Cleopatra Ellen Hinson Johnson (1886-1946)

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(Scrapbook pages created in Close To My Heart’s Studio J. Her date of death noted on these pages is from her death certificate, and I don’t think it is correct.)

HINSON Clopie on left HINSON Vernie on right

A cousin, Sonny Sanders, sent me these photos of Cleopatra Ellen Hinson Johnson. In the photo on the left, she is on the left with her sister Vernie Jane Hinson Lloyd (1889-1920). In the photo below she is (I think on the left) with her sister Dora Ada Hinson Sanders.

HINSON Dora Ada HINSON Clopie edited

Cleopatra is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s aunt, sister to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971). She is the 9th of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

It seems that Cleopatra used the name Clopie most of her life. As a child on the US Census with her parents, she appears as Clara Henson age 14 in 1900, and as Cleopie E Henson age 24 in 1910.

On December 23, 1912, Clopie married Sterling Oscar Johnson in Washington County, Arkansas. The index for Arkansas marriages has her name as Julia Cleopie Hinson and says she was 26 and living in Springdale, Arkansas. Sterling O. was 24 and living in Memphis, Tennessee.

On the 1920 US Census, they live in Memphis. Sterling is 32 and working as a Car Counter for the railroad. Clopie is 31 and they have three children: Maurice (age 6), Roena (age 4) and Thelma (age 9 months).

On the 1930 US Census, they are still in Memphis. Sterling is 41 and working as a Car Counter for the Missouri Pacific Railroad.  Clopie is also 41. Maurice is 15, Rowena is 13, Thelma is 12, and there are two more children, Jerome (age 9) and Audry Bell (age 4).

On the 1940 US Census, they still live in Memphis. Sterling is 50 and working as a Freight Cashier for the railroad, and Clopie is 51. All their children still live at home. Maurice is 27 and a Yard Clerk for the railroad. Rowena is 24 and an Operator for a telegraph company. Thelma is 21 and not working. Jerome is 20 and not working. Audrey is 14.

The next record I have of Clopie is her Tennessee Death Certificate where she is listed as Clopie Hinson Johnson. She died of mitral insufficiency on October 24, 1946 and she is buried in Memorial Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

Her children:

Maurice Sterling Johnson enlisted in the US Army on June 4, 1941, and served in World War II. He married Shirley Jacobson on September 5, 1944 in Kitsap County, Washington. He was in the US Army at the time. According to Social Security records he was born on November 16, 1913 and died on May 12, 1980.

Rowena Gussie Johnson married Francis Ray Nicholson in 1944 and they had 2 daughters. Her Find A Grave memorial says they lived in Tennessee until retirement in 1989 and then in Boulder, Colorado. According to Social Security records she was born November 13, 1915 and died November 28, 2007.

Thelma Louise Johnson, according to Social Security records, was born April 17, 1918 and died June 1, 2000.  She married Guy W. Canipe, and she died in Cordova, Tennessee. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.





Jerome Hinson Johnson, according to Social Security records, was born January 3, 1920 and died November 8, 1994 in Clayton, Georgia.

Audrey Bell Johnson married Raymond Joseph Percha on September 25, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. I don’t have further information on them.

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