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Henry William Suit died in Council Bluffs, Iowa in early 1900s

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Henry William Suit died in Council Bluffs, Iowa in early 1900s

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 1:08PM GMT
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Born between 1805 & 1821. Married Phoebe Ann Hewitt & had 10 children: James R.,(b. 1845), Salathial Buckner (b. 22 Mar 1847), George W. (abt. 1850), Dorleskia (abt. 1851), Lily (abt. 1851), John A. (abt 1854), Mary M. (abt. 1856), Henry W. "Beecher" (abt. 1858), Charles (abt 1864), female (unknown birth). Came west from Indiana but may have been born in NY. I am descended from Salathial. Are there two men named Henry Suit in Council Bluffs? I have several pieces of information.

About 1908 or thereabouts, one of his children received a newspaper clipping with picture of Henry Suit sitting in a rocker out of doors. Said he was 105. Chewed tobacco and could read without glasses. He had the picture pasted in front of a green velvet album.

The Telegraph Herald, Dubuque , Iowa, Oct. 30, 1908:
He Became Sole Heir at Age 103
Henry Suit of Council Bluffs Benefits by Action of Dead Son.
First Voter in Jackson's Time
At Advanced Age Iowan Still Retains All His Faculties--Has Proof of Unusual Age.
Council Bluffs, Ia., Oct. 30--Sole heir to an estate, and 103 years old, is the remarkable and unique distinction that belongs to Henry Suit of this city. The fact was revealed in the office of the district clerk, when there was filed for probate, the estate of George William Suit, who died a few years ago. His father Henry Suit, is his sole heir, and he has proof of his unusual age.
George Suit died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Melissa Payne, of this city with whom he had been making his home. He was unmarried. His aged father will receive $2,000 in cash, and some personal property. The father appeared in court and joined in asking for the appointment of his daughter, Mrs. Payne, as the administratrix of the estate.
Mr. Suit was a first voter at the time of the election of Andrew Jackson to the presidency for the first time, in 1828. His form is erect, and he is in possession of all his faculties.


1850 U. S. Census, Warren Co., Illinois, 8 Nov. 1850, p. 76:
Suit, Henry - 28, male, teamster, b. Indiana
Phebe Ann - 27, female, b. Ohio
James R. - 5, male, b. Illinois
Salathiel B.- 6, male, b. Illinois
George W. - 4, male, b. Illinois
Dorleski - 6/12, female, b. Illinois

1856 Iowa State Census, Pottawattamie Co., Kane, dwelling 159, family 160:
Suit, Henry 32, male, married, 2 yrs. in Iowa, b. Ohio, farmer, native voter, melitia
Ann 31, female, married, 2 yrs. in Iowa, b. Ohio
James 12, male, 2 yrs. in Iowa, b. Illinois
Buckner 9, male, 2 yrs. in Iowa, b. Illinois
George 6, male, 2 yrs. in Iowa, b. Illinois
Delaska 5, female, 2 yrs. in Iowa, b. Illinois
John 2, male, 2 yrs. in Iowa, b. Illinois
Mary __, female, 2 yrs. in Iowa, b. Illinois [sic?]

1860 U. S. Census, Iowa, 5th ward Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., June 15, 1860, dwelling 391, family 343:
Suit, Henry 36, male, white, farmer, $300 personal property, b. New York
Phebe A. 38, female, housewife, b. Ohio
James R. 15, male, farm hand, b. Illinois
Salathiel 13, male, b. Illinois
George W. 9, male, b. Illinois
Dalesky 8, female, b. Illinois
John A. 6, male, b. Illinois
Mary M. 4, female, b. Iowa
Henry W.B. 2, male, b. Iowa

1870 U. S. Census, Iowa, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Aug. 16, 1970, p. 31, Dwelling 253, Family No. 253:
Suit, James 26, male, white, teamster, born Illinois, eligible to vote
Susan 22, female, white, keeping house, born Coneticut
Alice 5, female, white, born Iowa
George 2, male, white, born Iowa
Robert 5/12 years, male, white, born Iowa, born January
Henry 49, male, white, laborer, born Indiana, eligible to vote
Beecher 11, male, white, born Iowa, school in yr
Charles 5, male, white, born Iowa

1880 U.S. Census, Iowa, Pottawattamie Co., Council Bluffs, June 19, 1880, Super. Dist. B??, Enum. Dist. 191, p. 17:
Suit, Henry White, male, age 54, head, widowed, laborer, b. NY, fa. b. NY, mo. b. OH
Mary White, female, age 23, daughter, single, keeping house, b. Iowa, fa. b. NY, mo. b. OH
James White, male, age 31, son, single, b. Iowa, fa. b. NY, mo. b. OH
Mathew White, male, age 30, son, married, teamster, b. Iowa, fa. b. NY, mo. b. OH
George White, male, age 28, son, single, laborer, b. Iowa, fa. b. NY, mo. b. OH
John White, male, age 25, son, single, laborer, b. Illinois, fa. b. NY, mo. b. OH
Lilly White, female, age 29, daughter, married, keeping house, b. Illinois, fa. b. NY, mo.
b. OH
Charles White, male, age 16, son, single, pork packer, b. Iowa, fa. b. NY, mo. b. OH
Morrison, Sam White, male, 6, stepson, single, b. Iowa, fa. b. NY, mo. b. OH

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