Am tracing back the family of Joe C Tanner & wife Mittie A and family found on the 1930 Richland Parish, LA census (Image 18 of 29 @ Ancestry.com's online census records). This record shows that Joe and both his parents were born in MS. Joe was born in 1885 on this census. His wife in 1930 & 1920 says she was b 1888.
In 1920, I have J C Tanner b 1882 MS and wife MA (b 1888 as she states in 1930) with their family. Key to tracing this line is that they have a child, Tracy, b 1909-10 MS.
Checking the 1910 MS census, I find a couple I think is them but the writing isn't very clear. They're in District 108, Beat 1, Smith Co, MS in household 183/183:
Joseph C 27 married 4 yrs (b 1883), wife whose name isn't exactly clear and appears to be Mattie 19 and a son whose name ends in "cy" with at least 3 letters in front of it who might be 4 months old (writing not the best).
If this is the correct family, then they are easily followed in Smith Co, MS on earlier census records.
The 1900 Smith Co, MS census shows Jos C b Jul 1882 aged 17 as a child in household 165/167 Benj Tanner (MS SC AL) aged 42 Jan 1858, wife Sarah Ann 40 Jul 1859 married 21 yrs with 6 children & all 6 living and in the house with them. In 164/166 is Jno N Tanner and family; 166/168 Nelson C Tanner & family; 167/179 Charles Tanner & family. The 4 men appear to be brothers or at the very least closely related.
The 1880 Smith Co, MS census (looking for Benjamin Tanner), reveals 259/259 the household of W N Tanner 62 b SC, wife ME 51 b AL with a number of children among whom is a son B A aged 24 (1856).
1870 Smith Co, MS finds 19/19 Nelson Tanner 52 b SC, wife Elizabeth 42 b AL, and children Wm T 21, Charles W 20, Mary A L 14, Benj A 12, Nelson A 8, John N 6, Sarah E 2 & Susanah 2 months. All living next door to Chas G B Eubanks 45 b AL (brother or relative of Elizabeth?)
1860 Smith Co, MS contains 22 Tanners including that in 750/750:
Nelson Tanner 39 SC
Elizabeth 28 AL
William T 11 MS
Charles W 10
Mary A E 8
James L 6
Benj. A 4
Martha A 1
The family of Thomas Tanner 35 is found next door in 749/749.
1850 Smith Co, MS finds 468/468 William Tanner 30, wife Elizabeth 22 AL, children William 2 & Charles 9/12 both b MS. This definitely appears to be the same family as that found in the same location in 1860.
Am I following this line correctly from Richland Parish, LA to Smith Co, MS?????
All help is much appreciated!