Wilson Daily Times, 21 August 1947.
Brothers Lewis W. and Andrew J. Townsend migrated to Wilson from Granville County, North Carolina. Both settled and operated small grocery stores in the area near the southern stretch of Wilson’s tobacco factories in the Hines, Banks and Mercer Streets area. Lewis named a son Andrew J. Townsend after his brother.
In the 1870 census of Oak Hill township, Granville County, North Carolina: Demsy Townsend, 39, blacksmith; wife Leatha, 30; and children Thomas, 18, Lewis, 16, Mary J., 14, Crawford, 13, Andrew, 10, and Alx, 1.
In the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (T Bros) h Goldsboro cor Bank. Also, Townsend Bros (Andrew J and Lewis W), grocers Goldsboro cor Bank
A.J. Townsend, 51, of Wilson, was issued a license to marry Mary Lewis, 48, of Wilson, on 16 October 1915.
Virginia Mae Artis was born 6 January 1916 in Lucama, Cross Roads township, Wilson County, to Andrew J. Townsend, age not listed, born in N.C., a mechanic, and Emma Artis, 36, born in Robeson County, a cook.
In the 1916 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (c; Mary) bro 210 Banks h 1003 Mercer.
In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Mercer Street, Andrew Townsend, 51, grocery merchant, and wife Mary, 52, tobacco factory worker.
In the 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (c) grocer Banks nr Goldsboro h 1003 S Mercer
In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (c) gro Bank nr S Goldsboro h 1003 Mercer
In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (c; Mary) gro 104 Banks h 1003 Mercer
In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1003 Mercer Street, owned and valued at $600, merchant Andrew Townsend, 65, and wife Mary, 40.
In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 522 Banks Street, rented for $12/month, A.J. Townsend, 77, clerk and owner retail grocery.
Mary Lewis Townsend died 13 August 1942 at Mercy Hospital in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 75 years old; was married to Andrew Townsend; lived at 1005 Mercer Street; was born in Wilson County to Alexander and Morning Barron; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery. Informant was Andrew J. Townsend, 522 Banks Street, Wilson.
Andrew Jackson Townsend died 20 August 1947 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 85 years old; was born on Pearson [Person] County, N.C., to Dempsey Townsend and Margaret [maiden name unknown]; was a merchant; lived at 522 Banks Street; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery [probably, actually Odd Fellows Cemetery]. Rachel Deaxon, 406 Hines Street, Wilson, was informant. [Rachel Townsend Dixon was A.J. Townsend’s great-niece, daughter of his nephew Andrew J. Townsend.]