The University here in Gainesville does have the 1937 Defuniak Springs newspapers, but I'm sorry to report that nothing was found for Tish. I searched the 4 Mar, 11 Mar, and 18 Mar issues of the paper.I also went back one week from her date of death and searched just in case the date of death was off by a few days.
I copied the obit for Otis Brown from the Tampa Tribune, but somehow I doubt if he is the same Otis Brown you are looking for.It appears that he was from Jacksonville.I'll send a copy to the cox.net e-mail address you have registered with Genforum.
I wish I could have found more for you.It would be interesting to learn what the sponsorship thing was all about. I couldn’t imagine anything like that being required past the 1880's.I sent an e-mail to a friend of mine who specializes in Florida research, and asked if he knows anything about the sponsorship requirement.I let you know if I find out anything from him.
I’m no expert, but I’ve always thought MU on the census records stood for mulatto, a person of black, and white ancestry.I’ve never heard of Indians being associated with the MU on census records, but again, I’m no expert.I thought only the so-called Black Seminoles were removed to Oklahoma, but maybe full bloods were too.
I hope you keep us here on Genforum updated on your research, I love a good mystery.