James Daniel Hinson (1881-1949)

updated January 2019

James Daniel Hinson is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s uncle, brother to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson (1879-1971). He was the 6th of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

Dan was born July 6, 1881 in Whitener, Arkansas. In 1884, his brother Zimri died. In 1887, his brother Polk died.

On the 1900 US Census, Dan was 18, and he lived 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. They had their first child in 1906, a son named William. In 1908 they had a son named Horace, who lived only a month. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1910 US Census, Dan was 29 and Capitola was 24. They lived in Springdale, and son William was 4. Dan worked as a laborer, doing odd jobs. Capitola was a dressmaker, working at home. Son Lester was born later in 1910.

The family moved to Iola, Kansas prior to 1913, when their son Murvin was born there in 1913. They had a daughter, Mildred, in 1917. Dan’s mother Cumi died in 1918 and his sister Vernie died in 1920.

On the 1920 US Census, they lived in Iola, Kansas. Dan was 38 and worked as a laborer in a garage. Capitola was 34 and a dressmaker. William was 13, Lester was 9, Murvin was 6, and Mildred was 2.

They had two more sons, Lloyd Glen Hinson born in 1921, and Herbert D. Hinson born in 1925. Herbert died in 1926 and his Find A Grave memorial is here. Daniel’s father Newton died in 1925.

On the 1930 US Census, they lived in Iola, Kansas. Dan was 48 and a laborer doing odd jobs. Capitola was 44 and a seamstress in a private home. Children still at home were Murvin (age 17), Mildred (age 12) and Glen (age 8).

On the 1940 US Census, they were still in Iola, Kansas. Dan was 58 and Capitola was 54. An occupation isn’t listed for Dan, but Capitola was 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 was Glenn, age 18, who worked as an elevator operator at a hotel.

Dan’s brother Mack died in 1945 and his sister Cleopie died in 1946.

Dan died on May 31, 1949 at age 67 and Capitola died November 8, 1970 at age 84. They are buried in Highland Cemetery in Iola, Kansas. Find A Grave has memorials for Dan and Capitola.

The children of James Daniel Hinson & Capitola Lester:

Siblings William & Murvin

William Newton Hinson – William was born April 20, 1906 in Springdale, Arkansas. He married Margaret Brower. I can’t find him on the 1930 US Census, but by 1940 they were in Las Vegas, Nevada. William was 34 and worked as a brakeman on a steam railroad. Margaret was 30 and a stenographer. Margaret died July 13, 1956. William died August 17, 1989. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Horace Greeley Hinson – Horace was born October 23, 1908 in Springdale, Arkansas. He died November 30, 1908. His Find a Grave memorial is here.

Lester with his dad shortly before his dad died

Lester K. Hinson – Lester was born November 13, 1910 in Springdale, Arkansas. 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 with his father.

Murvin D. Hinson – Murvin was born July 26, 1913 in Iola, Kansas. He married Evelyn Ruth Leslie. On the 1940 US Census they were in Iola, Kansas, and he worked 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 – Mildred was born 1917 in Iola, Kansas. She married William McClay and was listed with him on the 1940 US Census in Iola, Kansas. William’s occupation was “ice-man.” By 1948 she was 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 – Glen 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.

Herbert D. Hinson – Herbert was born June 3, 1925 in Iola, Kansas. He died May 12, 1926. His Find a Grave memorial is here.