Surely someone will know how to conduct asylum research, so I'm sharing this here. The Ohio state asylum was opened in 1875. Two Townsend men were listed in the facility in the 1880 Census. Without the 1890 Census, I can not tell if they remained in the asylum longer. Any one have ideas? #ideaswanted #asylumresearch #Townsends #Ohio
I can't help with the asylum or after, but there was enough useful information in the asylum record to find him in the 1870 census. The keys were the fact the 1880 census says he was married, and a carpenter. There's only one James Townsend who matched in 1870, living with wife Hannah and family in Rush, Champaign Co., Ohio. They're on page 13 of the 1870 Rush Township census. Hope that helps.
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