Thomas Macklin “Mack” Hinson


updated February 2019

Thomas Macklin Hinson is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s uncle, brother to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson (1879-1971). He was the 2nd of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

On the 1880 US Census, Mack was 7. He lived in Prairie, Madison, Arkansas with his parents and 4 siblings.

In 1884, Mack’s brother Zimri died. In 1887, his brother Polk died.

In 1892, Mack married Emily Jane Seitz. Both were 20 years old. Their daughter Murriel was born in 1894, and their son Dock was born in 1898.

On the 1900 US Census, Mack was 28 and Emily was 27. They had been married 8 years and had two children. Daughter Murriel was 6 and and son Dock was 2. They lived in Prairie, Madison, Arkansas and Mack was a horse trader.

I think the older gentleman is his father Isaac Newton Hinson. On the 1910 US Census Newton was listed as a driver at a livery barn. I think the boy on the horse is Mack’s son Dock.

On the 1910 US Census, Mack was 37 and Emily was 36. They were in Springdale, Arkansas. Their daughter Muriel was 16, and Dock was 12. Mack was working as a Liveryman.

“Mack at Vernon Brook’s barn in Mill Street, 1918”

In 1918, Mack’s mother died. In 1920, his sister Vernie died.

On the 1920 US Census, Mack was 47 and Emily was 46, and they lived alone. Mack’s occupation was horse dealer.

In 1925, Mack’s father died. I can’t find Mack on the 1930 US Census. It’s the Great Depression so he could be anywhere looking for work. Emily was listed on the census in Springdale, age 57, married, boarding with Chace and Lottie Hannah.

I can’t find Mack on the 1940 US Census either, but Emily was listed as a widow living alone in Springdale. That is very curious, because Mack wasn’t dead.

Mack died October 18, 1945 at age 73. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Emily died in July of 1959 in Dade County, Florida. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. They are buried next to each other in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale.

Mack, his son Dock, and his daughter Murriel

The children of Thomas Macklin Hinson & Emily Jane Seitz:

Murriel H. Hinson – Muriel was born in August of 1894. She married Frank Leslie Farrar in Washington County, Arkansas on April 29, 1914. She was 20 and Frank was 25. On the 1920 US Census, they lived in Springdale with 4 year old daughter Francis. Frank was a “dealer in apples, traveling salesman.” They divorced May 21, 1925. By 1926 Murriel was listed in the Pasadena, California directory as a widow of F L Farrar. On the 1930 US Census, Murriel and Frances were in Los Angeles, California. She had cut 5 years off her age and was listed as being 30 years old. Frances was 14. Murriel was a saleswoman at a dry goods store. (Her ex-husband Frank was also in Los Angeles, listed as divorced, lodging, and working as a carpenter.)

On the 1940 US Census, Murriel had gained back those 5 years. She was 46 and lived with married daughter Frances and her husband Joe Rollins in Los Angeles.  Joe’s occupation was “clerical, general office” and Frances was a “typist, collection office.” Murriel wasn’t working. (Ex-husband Frank was still in Los Angeles, lodging, with no occupation listed. Frank died January 31, 1949.)

I know from her obituary (Northwest Arkansas Times, October 24, 1950) that Murriel married Sam Pine. She died October 10, 1950 in Los Angeles, and according to her obituary it was following a major operation. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Her name is misspelled and her birth year is incorrect on her memorial page, and on the California Death Index. Murriel, Frank, and Sam are all buried in the very large Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Dock Newton Hinson – Read about Dock here.

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  1. Pingback: Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) & Louisa Cumi Harp (1852-1918) | Filling in the Family Tree

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