Tishah Smith, nee Edwards was born at Wesson, Mississippi on October 28, 1899. Her mother, a housewife, died in 1901. Her father was James Edwards, a farmer born at Caseyville, Mississippi. She was married to Yancie Smith (1917~1971), and they had four children. She moved from Wesson to Gibson City, Illinois in 1917 and then to Champaign in 1922. She worked in day care and as a cook. She was a member of St. Luke
CME Church
in Champaign and Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Urbana, Illinois. Her affiliations have included World War Mothers, Daughters of the Elks, and Senior Citizens.

Source: The Black Women in the Middle West Project: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, Illinois and Indiana: Historical Essays, Oral Histories, Biographical Profiles and Document Collections