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:
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.