I have been searching through the Sibley Public Library in Osceola County, Iowa digitized scans of the local papers trying to find what happened to NP Townsend after his wife died in 1888.
Here are some articles I found on their daughter Jennie E. Marsh then Glazier and her family. Also, Jennie’s sister Lodawiski Lovilla Gleason Clemans Ferson visited frequently and lived in Sibley on and off during the mid 1910s.
Riley Glazier was a carpenter as of 1906 and near Dec 6, 1906, went to Colorado seeking land.
I have searched through all of the years and there is no mention of NP either moving away or passing away.
N.P. Townsend was not buried with his wife Mary Eliza Perkins Townsend. Sibley Public Library sent me the list of all burials in Osceola County. Mary E is buried in the Gilman Cemetery in Osceola County. Jennie E. Townsend Glazier is buried in a different cemetery with her husband, Riley — the Holman Cemetery.
I do not think NP Townsend died in Osceola County, Iowa.