Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jeff Owens - 111 years old

This is fun!  Here's another newspaper article found at the Library of Congress:  Chronicling America website.

From the Anderson Intelligencer (Anderson, South Carolina), December 8, 1870
--The Iuka (Miss.) Gazette says there is a man living in Itawamba County by the name of John Owens, who was 111 years old on the 15th day of October last.  He was born in North Carolina, and has resided in North Mississippi for the last forty years.   Has has been twice married, the last time he was ninety-four years old.

Now!  Who is John Owens?  I found the following gentleman in the 1860 census:

1860 Census
Tishomingo County, Mississippi
Highland post office
John Owens 98 NC farmer
Sallie Owens 50 TN 
John L. Hancock 20 AL farm laborer
Josiah Hancock 17 AL farm laborer 

I couldn't find the elderly man in the 1870 census, but some of this year's census for Itawamba County has been lost.  There are several of my ancestors living across the northern part of the county that I can't find in the 1870 census.

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