James was born in 1842 in Quebec, Canada.
James was the son of Joseph Herrington Townsend and Margaret Pooley.
James married Margaret Wickcliffe in 1871 in Quebec, Canada.
There are 71 census page images for the 1891 Census of Canada for Chatham, Quebec. Searching each page located a mis-indexed entry for the family and reveals an adopted daughter from England!
The writing is very faint, and hard to make out, the name may be something like Millie or Miffet May. She was 13? and she and both parents were born in England.
She isn't listed with them in 1881 is likely the daughter Mary born in Quebec 11 Jul 1877 listed with the family in 1901.
In 1911 there is a male lodger Lessly Griffitts, age 6, apparently born in Quebec, Apr 1905.
James died 1926 in Quebec, Canada.
Children of James Townsend and Margaret Wickliffe:
Florence Gertrude Townsend
1861 Census of Canada
1871 Census of Canada
1881 Census of Canada
1891 Census of Canada
1901 Census of Canada
1911 Census of Canada