The hunt for ancestors continues with the third of 15 heads of households named in the 1880 US Census with the last name Townsend in Franklin, County.
In 1880, N.S. Townsend (FS 29S3-R8W) and his wife Margaret are living in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. As a side note, Columbus is more urban than Truro and Hamilton have been. On Ancestry.com, a user edited the N S to stand for Norton Strange Townsend. Norton was born about 1816 in England. His wife Margaret as born around 1824 in West Virginia.
Norton was a professor at the State University. His neighbor Edward Orton was President of the university. Norton had two children also attending the university, one being a daughter. Two other members of his household were attending the university but don't appear to be relatives.
Descendants of Norton have done a great job of researching this line. My great grandfather William James Townsend does not appear to belong to this family, William never mentions parents born in England or West Virginia. Given that Norton is old enough to be William's father and living in the same county, my conclusion is that they are not father and son. It's also likely that they are not extended family.