Searching for more information on Delmer Ocletus Spencer from Tennessee.

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My paternal grandfather was Delmer Ocletus Spencer from Tennessee. He was a tall lean man and had one child (Franklin D. Spencer) in 1944 with my grandmother Mary Helen Minton. She moved to Illinois and married Samuel D. Smith around 1946. Delbert then married and had 2 children with Roeaeney Adeline Fields. The Spencer side of my family is a mystery to me. Maybe YOU hold the key to unlocking this mysterious and sparsely completed branch of my family tree.
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There are various references to a number of Delbert Spencer’s on familysearch.org

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by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (393k points)
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His name was Delmer O Spencer. He was born 6 Oct 1925 in Enville, Chester Tennesee, United States to James Riley Spencer and Roeaney A (Fields} Spencer. He married Era Frances Quinn in 1949 according to his obituary. They only had 3 children, a son Daniel who died in 2012, and two daughters. He died in Elkhart, Elkhart, Indiana, United States on 23 Dec 2016.

In both the 1930 and 1940 census records, he is listed as a daughter but other records make it clear this is him and the correct family. He is mentioned as a brother in the obituary of his sister Pearl (seen in the 1930 census), for example.
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Delmer D Spenser

United States Census, 1930

Name Delmer D Spenser
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place District 13, Chester, Tennessee, United States
Gender Female
Age 4
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Daughter
Relationship to Head of Household Daughter
Birth Year (Estimated) 1926
Birthplace Tennessee
Father's Birthplace Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace Tennessee
Sheet Letter B
Sheet Number 1

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Rily J Spencer Head M 49 Tennessee
Roena J Spencer Wife F 48 Tennessee
Pearl M Spencer Daughter F 16 Tennessee
Tunice M Spencer Daughter F 13 Tennessee
Jessie O Spencer Daughter F 12 Tennessee
James E Spencer Son M 10 Tennessee
Velma A Spenser Daughter F 8 Tennessee
Delmer D Spenser Daughter F 4 Tennessee
James E Spenser Father M 80 Tennessee

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPW4-F5R : accessed 13 February 2019), Delmer D Spenser in household of Rily J Spencer, District 13, Chester, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 15, sheet 1B, line 52, family 13, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2237; FHL microfilm 2,341,971.

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United States Census, 1930

Delma Dee Spencer

United States Census, 1940

Name Delma Dee Spencer
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Enville, Civil District 1, Chester, Tennessee, United States
Gender Female
Age 14
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household Daughter
Relationship to Head of Household Daughter
Birthplace Tennessee
Birth Year (Estimated) 1926
Last Place of Residence Same House

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

James Reley Spencer Head M 59 Tennessee
Roaeny Spencer Wife F 51 Tennessee
Velma A Spencer Daughter F 18 Tennessee
Delma Dee Spencer Daughter F 14 Tennessee

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K44D-DNS : 16 March 2018), Delma Dee Spencer in household of James Reley Spencer, Enville, Civil District 1, Chester, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 12-1, sheet 10A, line 15, family 184, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3879.

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United States Census, 1940

DELMER O. SPENCER Oct. 6, 1925 - Dec. 23, 2016

DELMER O. SPENCER Oct. 6, 1925 - Dec. 23, 2016

Elkhart Truth, The (IN) - Thursday, December 29, 2016

ELKHART — Delmer O. Spencer, 91 of Elkhart, passed away peacefully of natural causes at the Eastlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Elkhart on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016.

He was born in Enville, TN on Oct. 6, 1925, to the late James and Arlene (Fields) Spencer and later married Era "Frances" Qunn in 1949 in Jackson, TN.

She passed in 1998.

Surviving are his daughters Linda (Robert) Hawkins and Brenda Waterson, both of Elkhart; four grand and two great-grandchildren.

Seven sisters, two brothers and a son, Danny Spencer, precede him in death.

Billings Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with cremation arrangements.

A private burial will follow at a later date at Prairie Street Cemetery in Elkhart.
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Elkhart Truth, The (IN) - Thursday, December 29, 2016

CITE THIS RECORD

Elkhart Truth, The () , obit for DELMER O. SPENCER Oct. 6, 1925 - Dec. 23, 2016, GenealogyBank.com (https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/161950F34B86F550-161950F34B86F550 : accessed 13 February 2019)
Thank you for your help. I am very new to this and the resources available are all new to me. I am on Ancestry and did the DNA test a month ago.

I notice that Linda Hawkins is listed in this obituary and my dad told me last night that she is the only sister he has contact with. He was certain they had 8 total children, though and he was the only one born to another woman. I have asked both my mom and dad to take the AncestryDNA tests ASAP. I hope they do because it will certainly clear up some questions regarding our family tree.

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