Skip to content

Ancestor Cited

Documenting my Southern family in AR, MS, TN, NC, SC, and VA

The 12 Children of George Anderson Tucker and Daisy Blanch Chick

The most recent Tucker ancestor is my grandmother, Otis Edna Tucker (Emory Wallace Vance).

As you can probably tell, they were not 100% African-American.  My grandmother told me she was a mixture of black, indian, and white.

She grew up in Buffalo, Union, South Carolina where she eloped and moved to Columbia, South Carolina and ran a cafe’ downtown near the bank where her husband Emory worked.  After my mother was old enough for my grandparents to be concerned that she needed more room to play, they moved to Gadsden, Richland, South Carolina on a 200 acre farm.

The family migrated to Yellow Springs, Ohio where my grandparents spent the rest of their lives.  Early on, I asked lots of questions about Grandma Otis’ life and her grandparents.  This oral history led me to discover a great many records to document the Tucker line.

Otis Edna Tucker Vance(Find-A-Grave) died September 2, 1996 and was born September 27, 1996. The link above will reveal a photo of her grave marker.  Her husband, Emory, preceded her in death and is buried in Glen Forest Cemetery  in Yellow Springs as well.

I also found her on the Social Security Death Index:  Otis Vance at  I have not yet taken the opportunity to do this yet, but you can order the originial SS Application which the decedent would have completed earlier in  his/her life.  The information would be considered a primary resource.  This record would include her parent’s names and birth place.

Other records that I could also order or look for would be:  death certificate,  funeral home record, newspaper obituary.

I was present at the funeral at Central Chapel AME Church in Yellow Springs.  The church is in walking distance of her home.  I have the obituary.  Other articles and photographs were published in the local newspaper about her.  She serviced a great deal in the community.  I could also contact her church to gain access to church records.  I know she held responsibilities there and sang in the choir.

Hopefully by reading this segment, you have a few fresh leads to follow.


%d bloggers like this: