1930 Census Information:
Michael Ernest “Mike” Hornsby is listed as the head of household; also in the home was his wife, Dove “Dovie” Motley Watts Hornsby; and children, Boykin L Hornsby, Eliza T Hornsby, Viola A Hornsby, Otto E Hornsby, Lillian E Hornsby, Lizzie M Hornsby, and Ellerbe Hornsby. Mike E farmed and Dovie kept house, they reported that both of them could not read or write. Boykin was helping to keep the family farm. Another son, Otto had to pull double duty to help with the farm and go to school, while siblings Eliza, Viola, Lillian, Lizzie, and Ellerbe attended school.
1940 Census Information:
In 1940, Otto Hornsby with wife; Catherine Hornsby, and sons; Donald Hornsby and Ernest Hornsby rented a farm house for a reported $1.00 per month, in Wateree where Otto farmed and worked for the Works Progress Administration as a laborer on road construction. Catherine kept house and raised, Donald and Ernest.
August 27, 1942, Otto Hornsby was listed as the living father in the obituary of Kenneth Hornsby.
February 5, 1957, Otto Hornsby was listed as a living son in the obituary of Mike Hornsby.
On March 19, 1969, Otto Hornsby was mentioned as a living son in the obituary of Mrs. Dovie Motley Hornsby
On September 17, 1971, Otto Hornsby was listed as a living brother in the obituary of Boykin L. Hornsby, Sr.
On February 16, 1985, Otto Ernest Hornsby was listed as the deceased husband in the obituary of Mrs. Eliza Hornsby Branham.
On November 10, 1985, Otto E. Hornsby was listed as the living husband in the obituary of Kathryn Wages Hornsby.
On May 1, 1989, Otto Ernest Hornsby was listed as a living brother in the obituary of Edmond W Hornsby.
COLUMBIA – Graveside services for Otto Ernest Hornsby, 80, of 316 Rabon Road, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 tonight at the Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia.
Mr. Hornsby, husband of the late Kathryn Wages Hornsby, died Sunday, August 4, 1996. Born in Blaney, he was a son of the late Mike Hornsby and Dove Motley Hornsby. He was a member of Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church and retired from Fort Jackson Fire Department in 1972 after 30 years of services.
Surviving were his wife, Hattie Lou Blevins Hornsby of Columbia, his sons, Clark Hornsby of Ridgeway, Rodney Hornsby of Elgin, Steven Hornsby of Charleston, his sister, Lillian Miller of West Columbia, Lizzie Stockman of Elgin, his brother, Ellerbe Hornsby of Lugoff, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
April 21, 2000, Otto Ernest Hornsby was listed as the deceased father in the obituary of Rodney Ernest Hornsby.