Albert Gibson Cowan (1884-1963) & Myrtle Bertie Hinson (1879-1971)

updated January 2019

Albert Gibson Cowan & Myrtle Bertie Hinson are my great grandparents, the parents of my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan.

Bertie was born August 13, 1879 in Whitener, Arkansas. Her parents were Isaac Newton Hinson and Louisa Cumi Harp. You can read about them here. When Bertie was born, she joined older brothers and two sisters, and three more brothers and two more sisters followed. Bertie, age 9 months, was found on the 1880 US Census, living in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. She lived with her parents and four siblings. In 1884, her brother Zimri died, and in 1887, her brother Polk died. Bertie was found on the 1900 US Census in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. She was 20 years old lived with her parents and four siblings.

Albert was born March 27, 1884 in Benton County, Arkansas. His parents were Thomas B. Cowan and Martha Josephine Johnston. You can read about them here. When Albert was born, he joined two brothers, and a sister followed. Albert, age 16 and working as a day laborer, was found on the 1900 US Census living in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas with his parents and his sister.

Bertie and Albert married on March 16, 1902 in Washington County, Arkansas. Albert was only 17 years old, and Bertie was 22. My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan was born January 25, 1903. The marriage ended in 1904 but I haven’t found divorce records. (Albert’s parents divorced sometime between 1904 and 1907. His mother married two more times.) You can read about my experience figuring out what happened to Albert Gibson Cowan here.

Bertie, age 31, was found on the 1910 US Census living with her son Paul, age 7, in Springdale. They lived with her parents Newton and Cumi, her sister Cleopie, her brother Lin and his wife Annie. She was working at home as a dressmaker. She was listed as married.

Albert, age 26, was found on the 1910 US Census living in Lawton Ward 3, Comanche County, Oklahoma. He was a boarder, working as a telephone lineman.

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. Bertie was 32 and Henry was 52. I can’t find a divorce record for this marriage either, but it apparently didn’t last long.

On September 3, 1912, Albert married Izora Beatrice Shirley in Custer County, Oklahoma.  Albert was 28 years old going into this marriage, and Izora was 20. They had a son in 1915 and a daughter in 1918.

In 1918, Bertie’s mother Cumi died, and in 1920, her sister Vernia died.

On the 1920 US Census, Bertie, age 41, and Paul, age 16, lived with Bertie’s father Newton in Springdale. Bertie was marked as divorced and not working. Paul was a delivery boy for a grocery store.

Albert was found on the 1920 US Census living in Kiowa, Roger Mills, Oklahoma. He was 36 and worked as a manager at a telephone company. That year, his mother Martha died.

In 1925, Bertie’s father Newton died.

Albert and Izora had daughters born in 1921, 1923. By 1923, they had moved from Oklahoma to Chilhowee, Johnson County, Missouri.

The 1930 US Census found Bertie, age 51, working as a saleslady at a variety store. Paul was 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.

Albert lived in Chilhowee, Johnson County, Missouri on the 1930 US Census. He was 46 and worked as a lineman at a telephone company. Sometime over the previous decade, their daughter Ada had died. Albert’s father Thomas died in 1930.

In 1938, Albert’s brother Thomas died. Albert and his family moved to California.

Bertie was found on the 1940 US Census at age 60, living alone, with no occupation listed. In 1945, her brother Thomas 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; and in 1970 her last living sibling, sister Belle, died.

Albert was found on the 1940 US Census at age 56, was a “trouble shooter”, and lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California with his wife and three children. In 1943, Albert’s wife died. In 1960, his last living sibling, sister Charlotte, died.

Albert returned to Missouri sometime after his wife’s death. He died on December 17, 1963 at age 79. He was a patient at the Missouri State Hospital in Nevada, Missouri at the time of his death. His Find a Grave memorial is here.

Bertie 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.

Bertie died September 1, 1971 in Springdale at age 92. She is buried in Bluff Cemetery. I have a letter from Paul’s cousin Theda Baggett imploring him to purchase a headstone for her grave, but I don’t think he did. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The child of Albert Gibson Cowan & Myrtle Bertie Hinson:

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 at age 85 and Ellen died February 2, 1990 at age 81. 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.

The children of Albert Gibson Cowan & Izora Beatrice Shirley:

Albert Gibson Cowan, Jr. –  He was born June 16, 1915 in Oklahoma. He married Grace Irene Redfield on September 7, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. They had a son. Albert died October 24, 2002 in California at age 87.

Ada M. Cowan – She was born about 1918 in Oklahoma. The only record I have of her is the 1920 US Census.

Sonora Joe Cowan – She was born about 1921 in Oklahoma. She married Addison L. Chrisman on April 27, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. They had two children. Sonora died November 15, 1973 in Issaquah, King County, Washington at age 52.

Marjorie B. Cowan – She was born July 5, 1923 in Missouri. She never married and had no children. She died October 15, 1997 in San Bernadino, California at age 74.  Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

Vernia Jane Hinson (1889-1920)

updated February 2019

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

HINSON Clopie on left HINSON Vernie on right

A cousin, Sonny Sanders, sent me this photo of Vernie, with her sister Cleopie on the left.

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

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

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.

On the 1900 US Census, Vernie was 10 years old, and she lived with her parents and siblings in Springdale, Washington, Arkansas.

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 Vernie has been married to Robert Elmer Lloyd for 2 years, but I can’t find record of their marriage. He was a clerk at a grocery store and they lived in Crawford County, Arkansas.

Their son Elliot was born 7 days after the census was taken on April 29, 1910. He died June 14, 1911. Their son James Elmer, was born in 1912. Their daughter Virginia was born March 1, 1917 and died February 16, 1919. Vernie’s mother Cumi died in 1918.

On the 1920 US Census, the family lived in Sebastian County, Arkansas and Robert was a salesman at a grocery store. Vernie was 30 and her son James was 7. She 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.

The children of Vernia Jane Hinson & Robert Elmer Lloyd:

Elliott Lloyd – Elliot was born April 29, 1910 and died June 14, 1911. His Find a Grave memorial is here.

James Elmer Lloyd – James 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.

Virginia Lloyd – Virginia was born March 1, 1917 and died February 16, 1919. 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.