updated February 2019
A cousin, Sonny Sanders, sent me the photos below of Cleopatra Ellen Hinson. In the photo on the left, she is on the left with her sister Vernia Jane Hinson (1889-1920). In the photo on the right she is (I think on the left) with her sister Dora Ada Hinson.
Cleopatra Ellen Hinson is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s aunt, sister to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson (1879-1971). She was the 8th of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.
It seems that Cleopatra used the name Cleopie/Clopie most of her life. She was born December 5, 1885 in Whitener, Madison, Arkansas. When she was 1 year old, her brother Polk was born and died. Her youngest sibling, a sister, was born in 1889. She lived with her parents and siblings in Springdale, Washington, Arkansas on the 1900 and 1910 US Census.
On December 23, 1912, Cleopie married Sterling Oscar Johnson in Washington County, Arkansas. The index for Arkansas marriages has her name as Julia Cleopie Hinson. Cleopie was 27 years old. Sterling was 24 and lived in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1918, Cleopie’s mother Cumi died. In 1920, her sister Vernie died.
On the 1920 US Census, they lived in Memphis. Sterling was 32 and worked as a Car Counter for the railroad. Cleopie was listed as 31 (she was really 35) and they had three children: Maurice (age 6), Rowena (age 4) and Thelma (age 9 months).
In 1925, Cleopie’s father Newton died.
On the 1930 US Census, they were still in Memphis. Sterling is 41 and working as a Car Counter for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Cleopie was also listed as 41, but she was 45. Maurice was 15, Rowena was 13, Thelma was 12, and there are two more children, Jerome (age 9) and Audry Bell (age 4).
On the 1940 US Census, they still lived in Memphis. Sterling was 50 (really 52) and worked as a Freight Cashier for the railroad, and Cleopie was 51 (really 55). All their children still lived at home. Maurice was 27 and a Yard Clerk for the railroad. Rowena was 24 and an Operator for a telegraph company. Thelma was 21 and not working. Jerome was 20 and not working. Audrey was 14.
In 1945, Cleopie’s brother Mack died.
Cleopie died October 24, 1946 in Memphis, Tennessee at age 60. Her death certificate listed her as Clopie Hinson Johnson. She was buried in Memorial Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.
The children of Cleopatra Ellen Hinson & Sterling O. Johnson:
Maurice Sterling Johnson – Maurice was born November 16, 1913 in Memphis, Tennessee. He 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. He died on May 12, 1980.
Rowena Gussie Johnson – Rowena was born November 13, 1915 in Memphis, Tennessee. She married Francis Ray Nicholson in 1944 and they had 2 daughters. She died November 28, 2007 and her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Thelma Louise Johnson – Thelma was born April 17, 1918. She married Guy W. Canipe. Thelma died June 1, 2000 in Cordova, Tennessee. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Jerome Hinson Johnson – Jerome was born January 3, 1920. He attended Memphis State University, and served in World War II. I can’t find record of a marriage. He died November 8, 1994 in Clayton, Georgia.
Audrey Bell Johnson – Audrey was born June 8, 1925 in Memphis, Tennessee. She married Raymond Joseph Percha on September 25, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. I don’t have further information on her.