1860 Census shows John C. Edwards living with his mother Elizabeth and
brother Henry in Newton Township, which was annexed to Camden the
following year. Also living in the Edwards home was 65 year-old Mary Suling, who
may have been Elizabeth Edwards' mother. At the time of the Census the
Edwards family lived two doors away from the William Streeper family.
William Streeper's son John W.
Streeper, who was about the same age as John C. Edwards, later
served as a member of the Camden Fire Department.
C. Edward served as a member of the United States Marine Corps during
the Civil War from June 5, 1863 to June 5, 1864. He returned to Camden
upon receiving his discharge. The 1870 Census shows John C. Edwards
living with his mother Elizabeth and brother Henry "Harry"
Edwards in Camden's South Ward. Older brother James may have been killed
at the battle of Antietam while fighting with the Union Army, however,
the evidence is not conclusive.
Edwards married Martha "Mattie" Myres in Camden at the Second
Baptist Church by Reverend W.W. Dalby on December 31, 1872. Elizabeth
Edwards died in 1873 and was buried at what is now called Old Camden
Cemetery. On September 7, 1873 at the Second Baptist Church, Reverend
Dalby married John C. Edwards to Martha Ann Stillwell. Martha Ann bore their first child, son James, in 1874.
1878-1879 Camden City Directory shows John C. Edwards living on French's
Court and working as a laborer. The Directory for 1879-1880 lists him at
Street, working as an iron moulder.
Census of 1880 shows John
C. Edwards and his wife Martha living
at 600 Mount Vernon Street
with their children James Simeon, John S., and
Lydia Edwards. The family lived at 571 Mount Vernon Street
from 1881 through 1885. When the 1887-1888 City Directory was published
they had moved across the railroad tracks that ran down
South 7th Street
to a house at 815 Division Street, where they
stayed until 1890. John
worked at the Camden Iron Works
during this time. He was active in politics in what was then Camden's
Seventh Ward and served as an extra man with the Camden Fire Department
in 1884 and 1885. He replaced Charles
Alcott when appointed in 1884, and left when eighteen of the extra
men were dropped when the Fire Department was reorganized on July 1,
C. Edwards' brother Henry passed away in 1885. He was buried at Old
Camden Cemetery with his mother.
struck the Edwards family in 1886. Their home lay along the railroad tracks
that ran down South 7th Street, and sadly,
S. Edwards, like so many boys his age,
took the trains for granted. On the morning of September 8, 1886 he tried
to race across the tracks at Walnut Street. He was struck by the train
and thrown about ten feet from the crossing. He was carried to the
butcher shop of Julius Bobst at 700 Walnut Street. Dr. William
who had his home and office at 751 Kaighn Avenue, was called for help,
and found the boy badly hurt. Two hours later Dr. Dowling Benjamin
performed an amputation on young Edwards' right foot. His injuries were
so severe however that he passed away the following morning at 7:30 AM
the following day. John S. Edwards was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.
C. Edwards remained at 815 Division
Street into 1890, when the 1890 Veterans census was enumerated. The 1890-1891
City Directory shows the family at 704 Cherry
Street, and John C. Edwards was working as a laborer. The
family moved to 631 Spruce
Street in 1891, where they remained into 1896. The 1897 and 1898
Directories show the Edwards family at 738 Cherry
The 1899 Directory has them at 928 South
the 1900 Census was enumerated, John C. Edwards and family were living at
414 Evans Street in South Camden. Son James S. Edwards and his wife Emma
were also living at that address. John C. Edwards was still working as
an iron moulder, while his son worked as a machinist. The first
grandchild, Lottie Edwards, was born later that year, three more were
born during the ensuing decade, Russell, Lewis, and Bessie Edwards. By
the end of 1901 John C. Edwards had moved to 424 South 7th Street.
January 13, 1902 John
C. Edwards, while working for the R.D. Wood & Sons Company at the
Camden Iron Works, was killed in an industrial accident. The
Philadelphia Inquirer and the West Jersey Press state that he
was 56 years old at the time of his death, while the Camden
Daily Courier reported his age as 51. John C. Edwards was buried by his
son John S. Edwards at Evergreen Cemetery with his son. His wife
Martha Ann joined them many years later.