Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988) & Ellen Cecelia Barber (1908-1990)

Wallace Paul Cowan & Ellen Cecelia Barber Cowan are my grandparents, the parents of my mother Carol Ann Cowan Hopper.

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Wallace Paul Cowan was born on January 25, 1903 in Arkansas. He is the son of Albert Gibson Cowan and Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan. You can read about Albert here and here, and Bertie here.

I’ve already posted a lot about my grandfather Paul. A poem, photos of filling stations he worked at, photos he took from the Springdale water tower, photos of Marshall Auto Parts where he worked, and information about Ma Terry’s Boarding House where he stayed.

Ellen Cecelia Barber was born on June 9, 1908 in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the daughter of James William Barber and Lula May Watrous. You can read about them here.

Paul and Ellen were married sometime after April 1930 because Ellen was enumerated living with her parents and Paul was enumerated living with his mother (though he was spending time in Kansas City at the time, living in a boarding house.) Their son was born in 1931 and their daughter Carol Ann Cowan was born in 1937.

(Photo: Paul, Ellen and their son.)

On the 1940 US Census, the family is living with Ellen’s parents at 1832 Lister in Kansas City, Missouri. Their children were born in that house.

(Photo: Paul, Ellen and their daughter Carol.)

They later lived in an apartment over the Marshall Auto Store that Paul managed in Kansas City, Missouri, before buying a house in Kansas City North.

(Photo: Paul, Ellen, and two of their grandchildren.)

After retiring from Marshall Auto Parts, Paul worked at Midland True Value Hardware at Antioch Shopping Center in Kansas City North. He was a hard working and very frugal man, and very quiet. He worked until shortly before he death.

Ellen worked as a bookkeeper for Paul when he was managing Marshall Auto Parts. She was primarily a homemaker, and was a great cook. I grew up living with Paul & Ellen, and my mom and brother, from age 5. I remember her making me bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. Every Sunday was a big dinner with a pot roast. She was a worrier, loved to take care of people, and had a bit of a temper.

Paul died on February 2, 1988. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here. Ellen died exactly 2 years later, on February 2, 1990. You can see her Find A Grave memorial here.

Their children were a son, and a daughter (my mother):

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Carol Ann Cowan – Carol was born on December 21, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri. She married Harley Darrell Hopper on April 21, 1964 in Jackson County, Missouri. They had two children, and I’m one of them. They divorced in 1976. She had worked in banks prior to her marriage, and worked for Gladstone, Missouri from the time of her divorce until her retirement. She was City Collector for many of those years. Carol died on October 11, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas Macklin “Mack” Hinson

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(Scrapbook pages were done in Close To My Heart’s Studio J. Edited to remove incorrect names. They had 2 children.)

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

On the 1900 US Census, Thomas M is 28 and Emily J is 27. They have been married 8 years and have two children. Daughter Henry M, age 6 and an unnamed son is 2. They live in Springdale and Mack is a horse trader.

Photo: “Mack at Mule Barn” I think the older gentleman is his father Isaac Newton Hinson. On the 1910 US Census Isaac is 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, Thomas M is 37 and Emily J is 36. They are in Springdale. Their daughter Muriel H. is 16, and Dock N is 12. Mack is working as a Liveryman.

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

On the 1920 US Census, Mack is 47 and E Janie is 46, and they live alone. Mack’s occupation is horse dealer.

I can’t find Mack on the 1930 US Census. It’s the Great Depression so he could be anywhere looking for work. (His obituary published October 4, 1945 in Springdale News says he was a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas.) Emily is found on the census in Springdale listed as Emma J Henson, married, boarding with Chace and Lottie Hannah. (Chace does special delivery for the US Mail. Mack and Emily’s son Dock, who is about the same age as Chace, is a mail carrier in Florida.)

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

Mack died October 18, 1945. 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.

Photo: Mack, his son Dock, and his daughter Murriel

Their children:

Murriel H. Hinson 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 are living in Springdale and have a 4 year old daughter Fracis L. Frank is a “dealer in apples, traveling salesman.” They were divorced May 21, 1925. By 1926 Murriel is listed in the Pasadena, California directory as a widow of F L Farrar. On the 1930 US Census Muriel H and Frances L are living in Los Angeles, California. She has cut 5 years off her age and is listed as 30. Frances is 14. Murriel is a saleswoman at a dry goods store. died. (Her ex-husband Frank is also in Los Angeles, listed as divorced, lodging, and working as a carpenter.)

On the 1940 US Census Murriel has gained back those 5 years. She is 46 and living with married daughter Frances and her husband Joe Rollins in Los Angeles.  Joe’s occupation is “clerical, general office” and Frances’ is “typist, collection office.” Murriel isn’t working. (Ex-husband Frank is 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.

For more information on Dock Newton Hinson see my previous post about him.

Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971)

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(Scrapbook pages created in Close To My Heart’s Studio J.)

This is the final installment of my series on the children of my great great grandparents Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

My great grandmother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971) is the 5th of 10 children. She was born August 13, 1879 in Whitener, Arkansas. She married Albert Gibson Cowan on March 16, 1902 in Washington County, Arkansas. My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan was born January 25, 1903. The marriage ended in 1904 but I haven’t found divorce records. You can read about my experience figuring out what happened to Albert Gibson Cowan here.

Bertie, age 29, is found on the 1910 US Census living with her son Paul, age 7, in Springdale. They live with her parents Isaac and Cumi, her sister Clopie, her brother Lin and his wife Annie. She is working at home as a dressmaker. She is listed as married.

My grandfather never mentioned that his mother remarried, but in the Arkansas Marriage Index I found Bertie Cowan marrying Henry T. Troutt on April 7, 1912. I can’t find a divorce record for this marriage either, and I’m not 100% sure it’s her. But I am 90% sure since there is a Henry T Troutt buried in Bluff Cemetery, Springdale, with his wife Amanda who died in May 1911.

The 1920 US Census finds Bertie, age 33, and Paul, age 16, living with their father/grandfather Isaac in Springdale. Bertie is divorced and not working. Paul is a delivery boy for a grocery store.

The 1930 US Census finds Bertie, age 48, working as a saleslady at a variety store. Paul is 27 with no occupation listed. They were enumerated in the census on May 19, 1930 and Paul married Ellen Cecelia Barber in Platte County, Missouri later that same year. He spent time in Kansas City during 1929 and 1930, working various jobs, and living in what he referred to as Ma Terry’s Boarding House at 2512 Prospect.

Back to Bertie. She is found in the 1940 US Census at age 56, living alone, with no occupation listed. She spent her last years in a nursing home in Springdale. I know from letters she wrote to Paul that Albert Cowan’s relatives visited and cared for her throughout her life. Tom Cowan served as a pallbearer at her funeral, but I don’t know where it fits into the family tree. Cora Cowan (married to brother-in-law John Henry Cowan) sent her dresses while she was living in the nursing home, and Mildred Cowan Stiles visited and wrote to Paul that she wasn’t happy with the conditions. I don’t think Paul visited much if at all, and I know that my great grandmother never met me. I was 3 when she died.

HINSON BertieBertie died September 1, 1971 in Springdale and is buried in Bluff Cemetery. I have a letter from Paul’s cousin Theda Baggett Collins imploring him to purchase a headstone for her grave, but I don’t think he did. I can’t find a memorial for her on Find A Grave.

 

 

Her child:

Wallace Paul Cowan – My grandfather Paul was born January 25, 1903 in Springdale, Arkansas. He married Ellen Cecelia Barber in 1930 and they had 2 children. He died February 2, 1988 and Ellen died February 2, 1990. His Find A Grave memorial is here. I’ve done other posts about Paul, including filling stations he worked at, photos he took from the water tower in Springdale, and Marshall Auto Store where he worked.

 

Dora Ada Hinson Sanders (1875-1959)

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(Scrapbook pages created in Close To My Heart’s Studio J)

Dora Ada Hinson Sanders is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s aunt, sister to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971). She is the 3rd of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

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    Dora Ada Hinson Sanders        Andrew Jackson Sanders

Ada was born May 7, 1875 in Whitener, Arkansas. By the 1900 US Census she had been married to Andrew Jackson Sanders, a farmer, for 7 years and had given birth to 3 children, two of which were living: Albert U, age 3; Samuel N, age 2. They lived in Madison County, Arkansas. I haven’t found a record of their marriage, but Andrew’s Find A Grave memorial says they were married February 28, 1893 in Madison County, Arkansas. It lists Dora A as 25 and Andrew J as 26.

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Sonny Sanders (son of Utah Sanders) sent me the portraits above and the group photo below.  Dora and Andrew Jackson Sanders are mismarked as Mr. & Mrs. A. G. Sanders. I think the photo was taken around 1905-06. I haven’t identified all the siblings in the photo but Ada’s mother Cumi is in the center and her father Isaac is marked G. Father Hinson.

(Update: 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. Based on this identification, 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.)

On the 1910 US Census, Ada L and Andrew J are both 35. They are still farming in Springdale. Eutah S is 13, Samuel R is 12 and Otis C is 9.

I can’t find them on the 1920 US Census but from Utah’s Find A Grave memorial I know the family moved to Washington state in about 1911, and then to Texas in 1913.

Photo: “at their farm in Texas”

In the 1930 US Census, Ada and Andrew J are 55 & 56 years old. In the 1940 US Census, D Ada is 65 and Andrew J is 66. They are farming in Crosby, Texas.

Utah is married and farming in Lubbock, Texas in 1930 and by 1940 is a contractor is Los Angeles. Sam is married and farming in Lubbock (1930 and 1940). Ott is married and lives in Crosby. He is working as a teacher (1930) and a superintendent (1940).

Ada and Andrew both died at Poplar Grove Convalescent Home in Lubbock, Texas. Ada died on December 28, 1959 and Andrew died June 30, 1962. Find A Grave has memorials for Ada and Andrew. They are buried in Lorenzo Cemetery in Crosby County, Texas.

Her children:

Carnel O. Sanders was born April 11, 1894 and died March 20, 1896. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

SANDERS UtahAlbert Utah Sanders (pictured on right) was born August 22, 1896. He married Anna Gladys Woodward in 1921 and they had 6 children. Utah died April 29, 1985. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Samuel Newton Sanders was born March 27, 1898. He married Jo B. Fugitt on June 29, 1921 and they had 3 children. Sam died November 12, 1989. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

SANDERS Ottis Lee black and whiteOttis Lee Sanders (pictured on left) was born April 16, 1901. He married Mallie McCall on June 5, 1927. They didn’t have children. Ott died His Find A Grave memorial is here.

May Belle Hinson Baggett (1877-1970)

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(Scrapbook pages done in Close To My Heart’s Studio J.)

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.

HINSON Isaac HARP Louisa, HINSON Bertie HINSON Dora Ada SANDERS Andrew Jackson(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.”

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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.

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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.”

Photo: Thanksgiving 1959, May Belle Hinson Baggett and her sister Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan.

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.

Her children:

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.

 

 

Vernie Jane Hinson Lloyd (1889-1920)

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A cousin, Sonny Sanders, sent me this photo of Vernie Jane Hinson Lloyd, with her sister Cleopatra Ellen Hinson Johnson (1886-1946) on the left.

Vernie is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s aunt, sister to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971). She is the youngest of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

 

 

 

Sonny Sanders also sent me the photo below. Sonny is grandson of Vernie’s sister Dora Ada Hinson Sanders, and son of Utah Sanders pictured, so he is Vernie’s great nephew.

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Dora and her husband Andrew Jackson Sanders are mismarked in this photo as Mr. & Mrs. A. G. Sanders. Ottis Lee Sanders was born in April 1901 and he looks to be about 4-5 in the photo, so that means the photo was taken around 1905-06. It is possible that Vernie is in this photo with her parents and some siblings and nieces and nephews. She would have been 16-17 years old, so I think she may be the 4th person from the left in the back row. But I’m just guessing.

A Verna Henson married M. M. Borden on December 2, 1906 in Garland, Arkansas but I don’t know if this was our Vernie. I can’t find record of this couple after marriage.

By 1910 US Census she has been married to Robert Elmer Lloyd for 2 years, but I can’t find record of their marriage. He is a clerk at a grocery store and they live in Crawford County, Arkansas.

Her first child, Elliot Lloyd, is born 7 days after the census was taken on April 29, 1910. He died June 14, 1911 and his Find A Grave memorial is here.

Her second child James Elmer Lloyd was born November 13, 1912. He married Pauline Bailey on October 28, 1934. They had several children, the first named after his mother. He served in the Navy in World War II. He died in Arkansas on December 9, 1997 and his Find A Grave memorial is here.

Vernie’s third child Virginia Lloyd was born March 1, 1917 and died February 16, 1919. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The family is enumerated on the 1920 US Census on January 6. The family lives in Sebastian County, Arkansas and Robert is a salesman at a grocery store. Vernie died less than a month later on February 5, 1920 at age 30. Her Find A Grave memorial here.

Robert Elmer Lloyd married Fannie Harwood on April 11, 1921, and they remained in Sebastian County Arkansas on the 1930 and 1940 US Census. They had no children. Robert died August 31, 1955 and his Find A Grave memorial is here.

Update – Albert Gibson Cowan (1884-1963) is my Great Grandfather

Without a doubt, Albert Gibson Cowan (born in Arkansas in 1884 and died in Missouri in 1963) is my great grandfather!

In July I posted about my detective work here.

I requested Albert’s medical records from Nevada State Hospital after reading how to do so here. I sent the letter of request in late July, and received letter saying my request had been approved by the court in August, and received a copy of the records yesterday.

The Court Order states and I must keep the records confidential, so I can’t share the information. I thought I’d say what information is included in these records that confirm that this Albert is the right Albert.

First, there is a photo of 78 year old Albert upon admission to the hospital, and the resemblance is so strong it could be a picture of his son, my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan.

Second, there are notes about him discussing his marital history, and it matches what I believed to be true.

Finally, the woman my grandmother Bertie thought was her ex-husband’s daughter was actually his caregiver, which was my theory.

I thought it was interesting that notes made about Albert’s personality and some general health issues are things that could have been written about his son too.

It’s good to know that my Cowan branch of the family tree is following the right path!