John Bowen 1880 Census: Columbus, Franklin, Ohio
I've been puzzling over this particular ancestor's whereabouts in 1880 and 1890. Of course I can't check the 1890 census because virtually the whole thing was destroyed in the 1921 warehouse fire, but I've concluded that he might be the person 'accommodated' in the Franklin penitentiary at the 1880 census. I'm therefore trying to track down resources that might firstly help me verify this person as an ancestor and, secondly, learn more about why he was in jail.
I already have most of his ancestry and the records I have include a 1854 certificate for his marriage to Mary John in Wales, UK, a birth certificate for his first-born son, John Bowen (1855, Wales), and both the 1860 and 1870 US census returns. In 1900 he's divorced and living with son Daniel Bowen and family at Stockton, Greene, Indiana.
John's naturalisation papers indicate that he migrated with his wife and child to the US in 1856, and all their other children were born at Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio. None of the family ever returned to Wales.
I'm in Manchester, UK so it's not possible for me to visit the locality so if anyone can point me to resources that might help answer my question about Franklin County court and prison records or archived newspaper reports, I'll be eternally grateful.