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James Daniel Hinson is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s uncle, brother to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971). He is the 6th of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.
Daniel was born July 6, 1881 in Whitener, Arkansas. He first appears on the 1900 US Census, age 18, living with his parents and siblings in Springdale, Arkansas. He married Capitola Lester in Washington County, Arkansas on July 18, 1905. He was 24, she was 20.
On the 1910 US Census, Daniel J is 29 and Capitola is 24. They live in Springdale, and they have a son Willie N, age 4, Daniel is working as a laborer, doing odd jobs. Capitola is a dressmaker, working at home. She has given birth to two children. Horace G. Hinson was born October 23, 1908, and died of pneumonia on November 30, 1908 according to his Find A Grave memorial.
On the 1920 US Census, they are in Iola, Kansas. Daniel J is 38 and working as a laborer in a garage. Capitola is 34 and is a dressmaker, working at home. They have 4 children now. Willie is 13, Lester is 9, Murvin is 6 and Mildred is 2. They had another son, Herbert D. Hinson, born June 3, 1925. He died May 12, 1926 and his Find A Grave memorial is here.
On the 1930 US Census, they remain in Iola, Kansas. James D is 48 and a laborer doing odd jobs. Capitola G is 44 and a seamstress in a private home. Children still at home are Murvin (age 17), Mildred (age 12) and now they have E Glenn who is 8.
On the 1940 US Census, they are still in Iola, Kansas. Dan is 58 and Capitola is 54. An occupation isn’t listed for Dan, but Capitola is a seamstress at WPA Sewing Room. (WPA stands for Works Progress Administration, part of the New Deal which provided jobs during the Great Depression. You can read more about it here.) The only child left at home is Glenn, age 18, who is working as an elevator operator at a hotel.
William Newton Hinson (pictured above with younger brother Murvin) was born April 20, 1906. He married Margaret Brower. I can’t find him on the 1930 US Census, but by 1940 they are in Las Vegas, Nevada. William is 34 and working as a brakeman on a steam railroad. Margaret is 30 and a stenographer. Margaret died July 13, 1956. William died August 17, 1989. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Lester K. Hinson (left, pictured with his dad shortly before his dad died) was born November 13, 1910. He married Thelma L. Croley, and worked as an auto mechanic in Iola, Kansas on the 1930 and 1040 US Census. They had 1 child. Lester died June 20, 1983 and Thelma died March 9, 1989. Lester’s Find A Grave memorial is here.
Murvin D. Hinson (right, pictured with his dad) was born July 26, 1913. He married Evelyn Ruth Leslie. On the 1940 US Census they are in Iola, Kansas, and he works as a timekeeper for county road improvement. He enlisted in the Army at the end of World War II on April 21, 1945 and served through July 21, 1946. He died September 30, 1994 and Evelyn died August 27, 1999. Murvin’s Find a Grave memorial is here.
Mildred Lois Hinson (pictured to the right, and below with her brother Glen) was born 1917. She married William McClay and is found living with him in the 1940 US Census in Iola, Kansas. William’s occupation was “ice-man.” By 1948 she is living in Wichita, Kansas and listed in the city directory under her maiden name. She died 1984. Mildred’s Find A Grave memorial is here.
Lloyd Glen Hinson (pictured with his sister Mildred) was born August 19, 1921. He married Gladys Mae Downey and they had 3 children. They lived in Pasadena, Texas. Glen died on March 7, 1986 and Gladys died on December 12 the same year.