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.

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

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Photo: 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)

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

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.

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

On the 1850 US Census, Isaac’s family was farming in Brush Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Isaac 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, Isaac’s family farmed in Clear Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Isaac 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, Louisa’s family farmed in War Eagle Walnut, Benton County, Arkansas. Louisa 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 Louisa’s parents could read, and no one in the home attended school the prior year.

Isaac & Louisa married in about 1869. Isaac was about 19 and Louisa was about 16.

On the 1870 US Census, Isaac & Louisa were both 20 years old. They farmed in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. Isaac was listed as Newton and Louisa was listed as Cumi. Isaac is marked as unable to read.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was still in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. Isaac was 30 and Louisa was 24. They had 5 children: Zimri, age 10; Thomas, age 7; Dora, age 5; May Belle, age 3; and Bertie, an infant. Isaac is marked as being unable to read or write, and Zimri had attended school the prior year.

On the 1900 US Census, the family was farming in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Isaac, listed as Newton, was 51 and Louisa was 47. Children in the home were: Bertie, age 20 and recorded as a son; Daniel, age 18; Lin, age 16; Cleopatra, age 14; and Vernia, age 10. Isaac and Louisa had been married for 30 years, and Louisa had given birth to 11 children, with 9 living. Vernia and Lin were attending school.

On the 1910 US Census, the family was in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Isaac was 60 and a driver in a livery barn. Louisa was 56, and had given birth to 10 children, with 7 still alive. Isaac and Louisa had been married for 40 years. Children in the home were: Cleopatra, 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.

Louisa 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 Isaac 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.

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

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Bluff Cemetery in Springdale, Arkansas

Photo: Isaac and Louisa are buried together in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale, Arkansas. The photo shows my great grandmother Bertie with her sisters Dora Ada and May Belle. The young girl is Dora Ada’s granddaughter Cleona Sanders.

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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 Louisa and “G. Father Hinson” is Isaac. 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 Louisa is Blake Baggett. Based on that identification, 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 standing behind him to the left.

The children of Isaac Newton Hinson and Louisa Cumi Harp are:

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.
Thomas Macklin Hinson – 1872-1945
Dora Ada Hinson – 1875-1959
May Belle Hinson – 1877-1970
Myrtle Bertie Hinson – 1879-1971
James Daniel Hinson – 1881-1949
Lin Walter Hinson – 1885-1952
Polk Wallis Hinson – Polk was born on February 16, 1887 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas, and died March 3, 1887 according to family records.
Cleopatra Ellen Hinson – 1886-1946
Vernia Jane Hinson – 1889-1920

Dock Newton Hinson (1896-1987) – Razorback Rooter

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:

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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.

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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, 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.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has a photo of a football hand-lettered by “local legend Dock Hinson, Springdale’s first-ever all state football player (chosen in 1915) and also the first player from Springdale to be offered a scholarship to play college football.”

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.)

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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 is 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 is 47 and working as a mail clerk. Dock and Reba divorced in Florida in 1953.

By 1958 & 1960 Reba is found in the Hollywood, Florida City Directory with her cousin George Mabry. George is a salesman and Reba has 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.

In my searching for information, I decided to search Facebook and found that the Springdale History Museum posted a photo on April 12, 2013 of Mack Hinson, from the Dock Hinson Collection. I’ve contacted the museum for more information.