Elijah n Tabitha Townsend are the parents of my great grandfather Melvin Townsend who was youngest child.
Melvin came to Alabama at some point where my grandmother Ella Townsend was born.
Melvins 1st wife was Amanda n 2nd wife Alice , he had 11 kids.
Just finding out origin of Townsends in Accomack, always been on my mind wether free people of color.
My grandmother said her father was a doctor n thought this could only be possible to be free person of color
Melvins children were born in Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, most in Pine Bluff,Arkansa. Most of his kids lmigrated to California n thats where I was born. L live in New Orleans n am looking foward to planning trip to Accomack, Va.