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May Belle Hinson Baggett is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s aunt, sister to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971). She is the 4th of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.
Belle was born September 24, 1977 in Whitener, Arkansas. She appears on the 1880 US Census as Emily M Hinson, age 3. She married Robert Blake Baggett in Washington County, Arkansas on December 24, 1899. She was 22 and he was 28.
(Update: I had included this photo on some other pages, but wanted to add it here based on new information. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has this photo in their archives and provided me with more information. It was taken at the Baggett residence in Springdale around 1904. The man in the middle row to the left of Cumi is Blake Baggett. With this identify confirmed, I think he’s holding his daughter Winnie G. Baggett, who was born in 1900, and I believe that is his wife May Belle Hinson Baggett standing behind him to the left. Dora and Andrew Jackson Sanders are mismarked as Mr. & Mrs. A. G. Sanders. I haven’t identified all the people in the photo but Ada’s mother Cumi is in the center and her father Isaac is marked G. Father Hinson.)
I find them next on the 1910 US Census in Springdale, Arkansas. Belle M is 32, Robert B. Baggett is 39, and they have three children: Winnie G is 9, Andy Ray is 6, and Theda is 3. Robert’s occupation is “Teaming” and industry is “freight.”
Photo: Seated in buggy is Dora Ada Hinson Sanders and her mother Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson. Standing, right to left are May Belle Hinson Baggett, probably her daughter Theda Gail Baggett Collins, then Wallace Paul Cowan and Mrs. Gramblin and Faye. I thought Mrs. Gramblin and Faye were neighbors but I can’t find them on a census.
On the 1920 US Census, May Belle is 42 and Blake is 48. Blake’s occupation is farmer and industry is “home farm.” They live in Springdale and Theda is 12 and Ada is 8.
Photo: May Belle Hinson Baggett on the left, her sister Dora Ada Hinson Sanders on the right.
On the 1930 US Census, Belle M is 53 and Blake is 59, living in Springdale, Arkansas. Ada K. is 18. Blake is a Laborer at the gas company and Ada is a Saleslady at a variety store.
On the 1940 US Census, Belle is 61 and R. B. 68 and they are still in Springdale. A granddaughter, Maxine Moore age 11 lives with them. R. B. is a “common laborer” and industry is “odd farm work.”
Blake died February 13, 1969 and Belle followed on October 26, 1970. They are buried in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale. Their Find A Grave memorials are here.
Winnie G. Baggett Main was born October 12, 1900. She married John L. Main of Sebastian County, Arkansas on July 27, 1919 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had 4 children. She died January 14, 1983. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Andy Ray Baggett was born July 10, 1904 and died January 17, 1919. His Find A Grave Memorial is here.
Theda Gail Baggett Collins was born April 25, 1907. She married Fern Eugene Moore in Washington County, Arkansas on August 20, 1927. They had a child in 1929. On the 1940 US Census she is divorced, lodging with a family and working as a waitress. Her daughter Maxine is 11 and living with her grandparents. Theda married Calvin Thomas Collins in Washington County on April 14, 1940. She died December 2, 2004 and is buried in bluff Cemetery in Springdale. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. (Maxine’s Find a Grave memorial is here, and it says she is the daughter of Theda and Calvin.)
Ada Catherine Baggett Jenkins (see photo on the left) was born August 16, 1912. She married Harold Jenkins in Springdale, Arkansas on November 23, 1932. They had 2 children. She died February 15, 2010. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.