May Belle Hinson (1877-1970)

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.

HINSON Isaac HARP Louisa, HINSON Bertie HINSON Dora Ada SANDERS Andrew Jackson

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has this photo in their archives and provided me with 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, who was born in 1900, and I believe that is his wife Belle standing behind him to the left. Ada and her husband Andrew 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 Newton is marked G. Father Hinson.

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.”

COWAN Wallace Paul

Seated in buggy is Ada and her mother Cumi. Standing, right to left are Belle, probably her daughter Theda, then my grandfather 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.

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.

Thanksgiving 1959, Belleand her sister Bertie

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 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.

Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918) – Her Obituary

HARP Louis Cumi Left Her Sister HARP black and white cropped

Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson on the left, and one of her sisters

My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan had a clipping of his grandmother’s obituary published in Springdale News (date unknown) and I have transcribed it:

Louisa Curry Hinson (nee Harp) was born November 30, 1852 near Hindsville, Madison County, Ark., and died April 10, 1918 at the family home on East Emma Avenue, Springdale Ark., at 5:20 am, age 65 years, 4 months and 10 days.

At age fifteen years she was converted and joined the Baptist church in the community of her childhood. She lived a consistent Christian life until the day of her death.

October 14, 1868, she was married to I.N. Hinson to whom she was a faithful and devoted wife until the day of her death. They had ten children, eight of whom still live. They are Mack of Springdale, Daniel of Iola, Kansas, Len of Camp Beauregard, LA, Mrs. Blake Baggett and Mrs. Bertie Cowan of Springdale, Mrs. Elmer Loyd of Van Buren, Mrs. S. O. Johnson of Memphis, TN, and Mrs. Andrew Sanders of Lorenzo, TX. All of these except Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Sanders were present at the funeral, sickness preventing their presence. Besides these she leaves one sister, Mrs. Martha Nail of Wichita Falls, TX and three brothers, Jim and Burden Harp of Hindsville and Allen Harp of Kirkland TX. The last named brother couldn’t be present at the funeral.

Mrs. Hinson was a beautiful patient Christian character. Her influences in the home meant much to the family. She was cheerful, pleasant and patient in all things. As a mother she was kind and gentle and devoted to the interests of her children. As a wife she was devoted and patient and helpful. The stars she will wear in eternity can alone reflect the kindly patience and gentle care which she showed in every realm of her life.

On the morning of April 4, she suffered a paralytic stroke while about the duties of the house. She did not think she was very sick, but soon sunk into unconsciousness. From this she never aroused. Gradually her condition grew worse, until on Wednesday morning, April 10, at 5:20 oclock she went away to meet her savior. Her place will not be filled here again. She is gone from us never to return but awaits us coming to her. The Lord grant that we should go to that way at the end of our days.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Thursday afternoon, April 11, by pastor W. I. Elledge of the Baptist Church in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives. Her remains were laid away in Bluff Cemetary the same day. The friends of the family showed their appreciation of her excellent character in every possible way. The beautiful floral tribute spoke more eloquently than words can express the esteem in which she was held by those who knew her best.

Card of thanks: We take this method of extending our thanks and of expressing our deep appreciation to every person who so kindly helped us in the sickness and death of our wife and mother. The kindness of friends is worth more at such a time as this as any other thing we know. We thank you every one. I.N. Hinson and family.

Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) & Louisa Cumi Harp (1852-1918)

 

updated February 2019

Isaac Newton Hinson and Louisa Cumi Harp are my 2x great grandparents. They were the parents of my great grandmother Myrtle Bertie Hinson.

Isaac Newton Hinson was born November 24, 1849 in Arkansas. He was the son of Daniel Hinson and Rhoda Vaughn, the 6th of their 7 children.

Louisa Cumi Harp was born November 30, 1852 in Arkansas. She was the daughter of James Thomas Harp and Nancy Jane Hinds, the 6th of their 11 children.

On the 1850 US Census, Newton’s family was farming in Brush Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Newton was 1, his father Daniel was 40, and his mother Rhoda was 40. His siblings in the home were William, age 17; Margaret, age 14; Penelope, age 11; Thomas, age 8; and Daniel, age 5 – all were born in Arkansas. Only William had attended school the prior year. Their last name was listed as Hynson.

On the 1860 US Census, Newton’s family farmed in Clear Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Newton was 10, father Daniel was 54 and mother Rhoda was 48.  Siblings in the home were Thomas, age 18; Phillip Daniel, age 15; Emily, age 1; Penelope, age 20, and her husband William Linley, age 23, and their daughter Mary, an infant. It is noted that Rhoda and Penelope can’t read. No one in the home attended school the prior year.

Also on the 1860 US Census, Cumi’s family farmed in War Eagle Walnut, Benton County, Arkansas. Cumi was 5, father James was 37, and mother Nancy Harp was 32. Siblings in the home were: William, age 16; Julia, age 14; Sarah, age 11; Mary, age 8; John, age 4; Martha, age 2; and James, age 1. Neither of Cumi’s parents could read, and no one in the home attended school the prior year.

Sometime in the 1860s, Cumi’s father died, as did Newton’s. The Civil War likely played into both.

Newton & Cumi married on October 14, 1868. Newton was 18 and Cumi was 15.

On the 1870 US Census, Newton & Cumi were both said to be 20 years old, but Newton was 21 and Cumi was 18. They farmed in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. Newton was marked as unable to read. That year they had their first child, a son named Zimri.

In 1872 they had son Mack. In 1875 they had daughter Ada, and Cumi’s brother John died. In 1877 they had daughter Belle and in 1879 they had daughter Bertie.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was still in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. Newton was listed as 30 (he was 31) and Cumi was listed as 24 (she was 28). They had 5 children: Zimri, age 10; Mack, age 7; Ada, age 5; Belle, age 3; and Bertie, an infant. Newton was marked as being unable to read or write, and Zimri had attended school the prior year.

In 1881 they had son Dan. In 1884, their son Zimri died at age 14. In 1885 they had son Lin. In 1885 they had daughter Cleopie. In 1886 Cumi’s mother died. In 1887 they had son Polk Wallis, and he lived only 15 days. In 1889 they had daughter Vernie.

Sometime after 1880, Newton’s mother died, but we don’t have records.

On the 1900 US Census, the family was farming in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Newton was 51 and Cumi was listed as 47 (she was 48). Children in the home were: Bertie, age 20 and recorded as a son; Dan, age 18; Lin, age 16 and recorded as a daughter named Lena; Cleopie, age 14; and Vernie, age 10. Newton and Cumi had been married for 30 years, and Cumi had given birth to 11 children, with 9 living. Vernie and Lin were attending school.

In 1905, Cumi’s sister Sarah died and in 1906 her sister Julia died.

On the 1910 US Census, the family was in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Newton was listed as 60 (he was 61) and a driver in a livery barn. Cumi was listed as 56 (she was 58), and she had given birth to 10 children, with 7 still alive. Newton and Cumi had been married for 40 years. Children in the home were: Cleopie, age 24; Bertie, age 29 (married for 7 years but abandoned by her husband) was a dressmaker working from the home, and her son Paul, age 7; Lin, age 27, working as a brakeman on the railroad, and his wife Annie, age 20.

Cumi died on April 10, 1918 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. She was 65. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

On the 1920 US Census, widowed Newton was 70. He lived with daughter Bertie, age 33 and divorced, and her son Paul, age 16 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Paul had attended school and was the only one employed. He worked as a delivery boy for a grocery store. In 1920, Newton’s daughter Vernia died.

Newton died July 12, 1925 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. He was 75. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

My beautiful picture

Newton and Cumi are buried together in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale, Arkansas. The photo shows my great grandmother Bertie with her sisters Ada and Belle. The young girl is Ada’s granddaughter Cleona Sanders.

HINSON Isaac HARP Louisa, HINSON Bertie HINSON Dora Ada SANDERS Andrew Jackson

This photo was sent to me by Sonny Sanders, son of Utah Sanders and grandson of Andrew Jackson Sanders and Dora Ada Hinson (they are incorrectly labeled and Mr & Mrs A. G. Sanders in the photo.) In the center of the photo is Cumi and “G. Father Hinson” is Newton. My great grandmother Bertie is in the top row at the far right, and my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan is on the left in the front row. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has this photo in their archives and provided me with more information. The photo was taken at the Baggett residence in Springdale around 1904. The man in the middle row to the left of Cumi is Blake Baggett. Based on that identification, I think he’s holding his daughter Winnie, who was born in 1900, and I believe that is his wife Belle standing behind him to the left.

The children of Isaac Newton Hinson & Louisa Cumi Harp:

Zimri Hinson – Zimri was born July 5, 1870 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. He died July 30, 1884 in Waco, Texas according to family records. He was 14.

Thomas Macklin Hinson – Mack was born May 23, 1872 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. He married Emily Jane Seitz in 1892. They had 2 children. He died October 18, 1945 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas at age 73. His Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Dora Ada Hinson – Dora was born May 7, 1875 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. She married Andrew Jackson Sanders on February 28, 1893. They had 4 children. She died December 28, 1959 in Lubbock, Texas at age 84. Her Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

May Belle Hinson – Belle was born September 24, 1877 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. She married Robert Blake Baggett on December 24, 1897 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had 4 children. She died October 26, 1970 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas at age 93. Her Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

Myrtle Bertie Hinson – Bertie was born August 13, 1879. She married Albert Gibson Cowan on March 10, 1902 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had a son, and Albert left shortly after. Bertie married Henry Thomas Troutt on April 7, 1912 in Washington County, Arkansas. It was another short marriage. She died September 1, 1971 at age 92. Her Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

James Daniel Hinson – Dan was born July 6, 1881 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. He married Capitola Lester on July 18, 1905 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. They had 7 children. He died May 31, 1949 in Iola, Allen County, Kansas at age 67. His Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Lin Walter Hinson – Lin was born January 19, 1885 in either Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas, or in Wichita Falls, Texas. He served in World War I. He married Annie Gramling on September 18, 1909 in Benton County, Arkansas. They divorced. He married Hazel Snowden on April 4, 1922 in Washington County, Arkansas. They divorced. He married Nadine Harris on August 2, 1938 in Washington County, Arkansas. He died October 19, 1952 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas at age 67. His Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Cleopatra Ellen Hinson – Cleopie was born December 5, 1886 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. She married Sterling Oscar Johnson on December 23, 1912 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had 5 children. She died October 24, 1946 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee at age 60. Her Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

Polk Wallis Hinson – Polk was born on February 16, 1887 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas, and died March 3, 1887 according to family records. He was 15 days old.

Vernia Jane Hinson – Vernie was born December 1, 1889 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. She married Robert Elmer Lloyd in 1909 and they had 3 children. She died February 5, 1920 in Van Buren, Crawford, Arkansas at age 30. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.