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.

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.

Dock Newton Hinson (1898-1987) – Razorback Rooter

updated February 2019

Dock Hinson is the son of Thomas Macklin Hinson (1872-1945) and Emily Sietz (1872-1959), and he is my grandfather’s (Wallace Paul Cowan 1903-1988) cousin. I have this photo from when he was very young:

My beautiful picture

My grandfather wrote on the back that this is Ray Baggett (1904-1919), Dock Newton Hinson and Sam Newton Sanders (1898-1989), all cousins of my grandfather, and grandchildren of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925). He doesn’t note who the girl is. Since Dock and Sam were born just a month apart, I suspect the photo is mismarked, with Dock and Sam of similar height and the taller boy unknown.

My beautiful picture

Here’s the photo that sparked my interest today, because I figured someone would appreciate a Springdale High Football Team photo. On the back my grandfather wrote: Dock Hinson and Football Buddies, 1913 Springdale High

On October 19, 1965 Northwest Arkansas Times published an article titled “Dock Hinson Publicizes Hogs in Cartoons.” The photograph with the article, accessed through Newspapers.com, is too dark to see. Times Staff Write Wes Holt wrote:

Folks living in and around Springdale may be familiar with signs and posters similar to the one pictured here with its creator, but how many know anything of the person who produces them?

Dock Hinson, a retired postal employee, who for the past six years has resided in Springdale, has made a life-long hobby of drawing cartoons and posters.

About a dozen of Hinson’s posters decorate various stores and eating establishments in Springdale, and at least one was used in a publication from the University last year.

Most of Hinson’s drawings during the last two years depict the University football team as No. 1.

Needless to say, Dock is a avid Razorback rooter, and his background in football is not to be taken lightly.

He played his high school ball at Springdale from 1912-1915 where he was the first player from the school to be name All-State.

In 1916 he played professional for the Cleveland Browns (then known only as Cleveland Professional Football Team), returning to Springdale in 1918 as coach.

Regardless of the rules, Hinson remembers “I got in a little playing time at my old halfback slot during that year too.”

The following year Hinson attended the U. of A., earning a letter in football playing halfback.

“This was during the war years,” Hinson said, “and at that time they were allowing freshman on the varsity team.”

In the ensuing years, Hinson coached in Chandler, Okla. 1920, Pocatello, Idaho 1921, and in Cheyenne, Wyo. in 1922. In 1923 he again returned to coach at Springdale.

Soon after this Hinson went to work as a postal employee in Florida, where he remained until retiring and settling permanently in Springdale.

The Springdale Bulldogs website lists Louis Hinson as Head Coach in 1923 and 1924, so perhaps the name is wrong on the website. The website does show Dock Hinson as Head Coach in 1916 (0-0-3 Conference Champions) and 1917 (3-3) which conflicts with the years stated in the article.

The index of Razorbacks: A Story of Arkansas Football (1996) lists Dock Newton Hinson as ’18, which conflicts with the article, and also his World War I draft card.

His World War I draft card says he is a student at Springdale Business College (not University of Arkansas), and that he is of medium height, medium build, has blue eyes and light hair. He registered on September 7, 1918. US Department of Veteran Affairs records show he enlisted on October 21, 1918 and was released December 13, 1918. (The war ended November 11, 1918.)

My beautiful picture

In 1927 he married Lois Louise Lowe in Dade County Florida. This photo is of her with her father-in-law Thomas Mack Hinson.

The 1930 and 19400 US Census show them living in Miami, Florida. Dock was a mail carrier for the United States Post Office. Lois died in 1941. They had no children.

In 1942 he married Reba Lillian Mabry in Crawford County, Arkansas. The 1945 Florida Census shows them living in Dade County, Florida. He was 47 and working as a mail clerk. Dock and Reba divorced in Florida in 1953.

By 1958 & 1960 Reba was found in the Hollywood, Florida City Directory with her cousin George Mabry. George is a salesman and Reba had Reba’s Beauty Salon. Reba’s Find A Grave memorial addresses her relationship with George. According to Social Security records she went by Reba Blowers in 1970, Reba Reynolds in 1973, and was back to Reba Mabry by 1994. She died December 22, 1994 in Palmer, Alaska.

Dock died June 20, 1987 in Springdale, Arkansas. He is buried with Lois in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Hognation says that Dock Hinson was inducted into the Springdale High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.