One Name Place Study: Robert Townsend of Columbus Ohio

Robert Townsend 1842 Franklin County Ohio

It's once again time to investigate the Townsends of Franklin County, Ohio in an effort to find relatives of William James Townsend who was born around 1842 in Franklin County, Ohio.

Robert Townsend Columbus Ohio 1880s
1880 US Census, Columbus, Ohio. Entry highlighted for Robert Townsend.

The next individual listed 1880 US Census in Robert Townsend born about 1842 in Ohio. He is boarding in a home on Front Street in Columbus owned by John Reed (born in Pennsylvania) and his wife Ester (born in Massachusetts). Robert is about 38, is single, and works as a Brick Moulder. Frank Crawford and George Hamilton, who are also living in this residence, are employed with the same craft.

A false trail led me to connect him with a Robert Townsend born in Georgia who died in Oklahoma. Other than this Census entry, I am unable to find Robert in the 1860 or 1870 Census records. The 1900 Census record seems to removed to be certain of his location. I've attempted to search for variations of Robert (R*, Ro*) and Townsend (Townson, Town*). I've attempted to expand the birth year by +/- 10 and take the birth location off. Thus far, I can not find any further record of Robert Townsend born in Ohio who is a brick moulder.

Could he be family? I can not say one way or the other. This record indicates that his father was born in Ohio and his mother in Pennsylvania. The accuracy is uncertain as it's unclear who provided the information to the Census taker.

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