Oldest Man in Parish in 1901 Reportedly 105 Years Old

Anthony Owens, whose birthdate was speculated between 1794 and 1796, died Monday, February 11, 1901 in East Carroll Parish, LA.  He was said to be the oldest man in parish at the time of his death, as per the local paper:

Source:  East Carroll Banner Democrat, February 16, 1901, Image 3
Library of Congress Chronicling American Historic American Newspapers
A search of the prior year's census has a corroborating age.

1900 US Census, Ward 3, District 40, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, Page 5B, Line 80, Dwelling Number 108, Family Number 112
Anthony Owens, head, black, male, born May 1794, age 106, widowed, birthplace: North Carolina, father's birthplace: North Carolina, mother's birthplace: North Carolina, a day laborer employed 8 months, cannot read or write, owns mortgaged home.

Year: 1900; Census Place:  Ward 3East CarrollLouisiana; Roll:  T623_ 564; Page:  5B; Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Enumeration District:  40.

A search of the 1870 Census shows him living on Frellson Plantation, which was owned by JH Frellson.  This time, the information provided is different:

1870 US Census, Frellson Plantation, Ward 2, Carroll Parish, Louisiana, Page 215A, Line 32, dwellinig number 862, family number 862
Anthony Owens, age 60, male, black, a farmer, born in Kentucky, could not read or write. Wife:  Hannah Owens, Children:  Julia Owens, Eli Owens.

Year: 1870; Census Place:  Frellson Plantation Ward 2CarrollLouisiana; Roll:  M593_509; Page:  215A; Image:  433; Family History Library Film:  552008.  Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data:  1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

It's pretty awesome that Mr. Owens lived in three different centuries.  More amazing than that, he lived in two of those as a slave and two as a free man.  I am hoping that one of his descendants Google's him and finds this post since it's an amazing story.

Since discovering this obituary for Anthony Owens, I have noticed a number of them for African Americans in the Banner Democrat.   I'm hoping to find some for the Atlas family, or even other notable African Americans in the area. 


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