updated January 2019
May Belle Hinson is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s aunt, sister to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson (1879-1971). She was the 4th of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.
Belle was born September 24, 1977 in Whitener, Arkansas. On the 1880 US Census Belle was listed as Emily M Hinson, age 3.
In 1884, Belle’s brother Zimri died. In 1887, her brother Polk died.
She married Robert Blake Baggett in Washington County, Arkansas on December 24, 1897. She was 20 and he was 26. Their daughter Winnie was born in 1901, their son Ray was born in 1904, and their daughter Theda was born in 1907.
On the 1910 US Census in Springdale, Arkansas, Belle was 32, Blake was 39, and they had three children: Winnie was 9, Ray was 6, and Theda was 3. Robert’s occupation was “Teaming” and industry was “freight.”
In 1912, their daughter Ada was born. In 1918, Belle’s mother died. In 1919, her son Ray died. In 1920, her sister Vernie died.
On the 1920 US Census, Belle was 42 and Blake was 48. Blake’s occupation was farmer and industry was “home farm.” They lived in Springdale. Theda was 12 and Ada was 8.
In 1925, Belle’s father died.
On the 1930 US Census, Belle was 53 and Blake was 59, living in Springdale, Arkansas. Ada was 18. Blake was a Laborer at the gas company and Ada was a Saleslady at a variety store.
On the 1940 US Census, Belle was 61 and Blake was 68. They were still in Springdale. A granddaughter, Maxine Moore, age 11, lived with them. Blake was a “common laborer” and industry was “odd farm work.”
In 1945, Belle’s brother Mack died. In 1946, her sister Cleopie died. In 1949, her brother Dan died. In 1952, her brother Lin died. In 1959, her sister Ada died. At this point, her only living sibling was her sister Bertie, and they are pictured below.
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.
The children of May Belle Hinson & Robert Blake Baggett:
Winnie G. Baggett – Winnie 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 – Ray was born July 10, 1904 and died January 17, 1919. His Find A Grave Memorial is here.
Theda Gail Baggett – Theda 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 was divorced, lodging with a family and working as a waitress. Her daughter Maxine was 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 – Ada 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.