JOHN HENRY CARMANY was born on September 14, 1859 to Cyrus Phillipi Carmany and his wife, the former Adaline Stoeber, most likely in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. By 1868 the family had relocated to the 455 Spring Street in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia Pennsylvania where Cyrus Carmany found work in a dye works. The 1880 Census shows Cyrus Carman and sons John H. and Edmund employed at the dye works, and younger children Mary, George, Harry, Alema, William, and Bessie. The family then lived at 366 Green Lane in Roxborough. 

John Carmany married soon after the 1880 Census. His first marriage was to Carrie Knettle, who bore him a daughter and three sons. Bertha Carmany was born in May of 1882 and lived to at least 1910. John H. Carmany Jr., on August 21, 1884 and also survived.. Walter Ralph Carmany was born on March 10, 1887, he died on April 4, 1888. Another son, Albert, was born on August 9, 1888. Sadly, Mrs. Carmany passed shortly thereafter, on February 2, 1889, and young Albert died on June 13, 1889. The 1886 Philadelphia City Directory shows John H. Carmany living on Gorgas Lane near the Wissahickon Creek, where his father and James Boone were partners in a dye works known as Carmany & Boone. In 1887 Cyrus Carmany acquired the buildings and land formerly occupied by Wood & Haslam, manufacturers of table cloths, and established a dye works in Camden, New Jersey at 757-759 Cherry Street, with land that extended to Spruce Street and to South 8th Street that traded as Wissahickon Dye Works. The dye house was destroyed by fire on December 7, 1887. Cyrus Carmany was insured and soon rebuilt the facility. 

John H. Carmany moved to Camden to oversee the new operation. He never resided more than a few doors from his business. The 1888-1889 City Directory shows him living at 774 Cherry Street. When the next Directory was compiled in 1890, he had moved to 778 Cherry Street where he resided into 1892.

After moving to Camden John H. Carmany married Caroline Widmaier. By 1893 they had moved to 917 Spruce Street. Caroline bore him at least three children. A child was born in June of 1892 who lived for one day. A son, Harry Jacob Carmany was born July 14, 1893 who lived to adulthood. Another son was born on June 6, 1894 who did not live long. A third son, Raymond W. Carmany was born in June of 1895 and died on August 20, 1895. Worse yet, Carolina Carmany died in June 9, 1895, most likely from complications arising from the birth of her son, at the age of 27. 

On June 20, 1897 John H. Carmany wed a third time. His new wife, the former Sallie A. Willard, gave him three daughters, all, sadly died quite young. Daughter Adaline was born late in 1899, she died in April of 1900. Daughter Elizabeth died on November 20, 1903 and a third daughter, Kathryn, died November 4, 1904 at the age of three years and eight months. John H. Carmany, his wives and surviving children stayed at 917 Spruce Street as late as 1903. 

John H. Carmany involved himself in the political and civic life of Camden shortly after moving to the city. As a Republican, he served on Camden's Board of Education in the 1890s and early 1900s. In 1903 he was elected to Camden's City Council where he served on the Water Committee and was re-elected to City Council in 1905, 1907, and 1909. He was a member of the Seventh Ward Republican Club, Camden Lodge No. 293 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and of Camden Lodge No. 111 of the Loyal Order or Moose. He also belonged to Camp No. 50 of the Patriotic Order Sons of America (P.O.S.A) which was located in his former home in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. As well running the dye works, John H. Carmany was engaged in the brokerage of large quantities of cotton. For this purpose he had erected a new building at 1126 Pine Street in 1908. In 1915 a three-story building was built for WIlliam H. Traubel, Inc., a hosiery manufacturer. The building eventually passed to Camden's Board of Education, which has used the building on the southwest corner of South 8th and Spruce Streets as a warehouse since the early 1920s. The building that fronted at 757-759 Cherry Street were gone by 1923 as well.

The 1900 Census shows John & Sallie Carmany at 917 Spruce Street in Camden with children Bertha, John H. Jr., Harry, and Kathryn. In 1901 he acquired property at 1179 and 1181 Haddon Avenue although to what end is not known. City Directories from 1905 through 1909 show the family at 918 South 8th Street. Suffering from failing kidneys, in his time referred to as Bright's Disease, John H. Carmany moved to 772 Pine Street late in 1909 or early in 1910. He died on December 16, 1910 and was buried at Harleigh Cemetery. His family remained at 772 Pine into 1912. Sallie Carmany died May 1, 1923. 

Sons John H. Carmany Jr. and Harry Jacob Carmany lived out their days in and around Camden. John H. Carmany Jr. served as member of the Camden Fire Department from 1910 through 1916, then worked as a machinist. He passed away in 1945. Harry Carmany died in 1981.

John H. Carmany's brother Edmund S. Carmany came to Camden to work at the Wissahickon Dye Works in the 1890s, living at 836 Newton Avenue from 1895 through 1902. By the following year he had gone into the bar business and followed that line of work as late as 1926, first at 526 Kaighn Avenue, then from 1913 on at 460 Kaighn Avenue


1885 Sanborn Map


1891 Sanborn Map


1906 Sanborn Map


Philadelphia Inquirer
December 8, 1887

Trenton Evening Times
December 8, 1887

Apparently someone at the Trenton paper got the "when" wrong

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 11, 1890

Frank H. Burdsall - Joseph Burt - William Bailey
James Logan -
Samuel S. Elfreth - Robert Stehr
John T. Lovett - Benjamin Hutchison
Samuel Vanatta - Charles Heliker - Robert Smith
William C. Hansell - Henry Winters
Frank F. Michellon - Dr. W.B.E. Miller

William T.G. Young Sr. - George E. Wilson
Harry Callowing - George Cooke
John Broome - Thomas Reed - Harry Walker
L. Peak
- James Stewart
Cooper B. Hatch - Charles S. Wolverton

D. Lewis Ireton - H. L. Lawler - George Wells
Thomas Bareford - Harry Twoes
William Schimp - James M. Lane - D.M. Freeman
Isaac C. McKinley - George F. Hammond
William D. WIlson - Harry C. Sharp

Heber S. Robinson - Joseph B. Fox
 Caleb Williams - Frank B. Sweeten
Albert Barber - Harvey Flitcraft - John Baker
William D. Hart - William Schregler
Dr. William S. Jones - Richard C. Mason

John Mesham - Maurice A. Rogers
John R. McCabe - George W. Thompson
Septimus Knight - Harry Mines
Dr. John D. Leckner - J. Oscar Weaver
Harry Gibbs - Benjamin Lawton
Harry Wolfe - Homer Snyder

Samuel H. Stiles - Pierce Brown
Robert F. Stockton - Reuben Gaskill
Jacob Thompson - Samuel Stillwell
John Spitcher - James Brown - Miles Sage
Edward E. Jefferis - Mark H. Mapes
J. Wesley Sell

B.C. Lewis - Elijah Thompson
Frank A. Ward - Jacob T. Fish
W.K. Price - Edward Johnson
John Long - William Anderson
John Carmany

Gabriel Johnson - Horace J. West
Peter P. Custis - Jonas Mellor
Stephen Harvey - John Collins
Charles H. Helmbold - Lawrence Rhoads
Henry Sparrow - Samuel H. Mowery
James Ware Jr.

John N. Zanders - Martin Frank
Frank S. Heisler - L.B. Brown
G.W. Davis - Thomas Thornley
D.B. Curriden - Ulie G. Lee
Edward Weston - Dr. P.W. Beale
Frazier Baker

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 8, 1890

Mystery Burial at Johnson Cemetery
The story broke on December 6, 1890 and was also covered on Decmeber 7, 1890
The story was further covered on December 9, 1890 and was also covered on December 13, 1890


E.E. Jefferis - James Godfrey - John H. Carmany - F.H. Drake - William Bedworth - William T. Haines - S.A. Barto
John Kennedy - Philip Barr - Ernest Lickfeld - William Campbell - Samuel Stiles - Samuel J. Walters
Richard W. Kerswell - George Beckett - P.M. Gallagher - Patrick Powell
Johnson Cemetery - Mrs. Mary A. Walters

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 12, 1895
John H. Carmany - South 8th Street  

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 20, 1897

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 1898

Sixth Regiment, N.J. National Guard
Gatling Gun Company B

Henry Black

Joseph Nowrey
Thomas Carr

Seventh Ward Republican Club
George C. Blowe
Joseph A. Starr
John H. Carmany
Charles Cornog
W. Taylor Wright

Camden Republican Club

Catholic Lyceum

Wilbur Brice
Philip Schmitz
George Love

Camden Lodge No. 1, A.O.U.W.
Ancient Order of United Workmen

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 6, 1898
Cyrus O. Carmany - John H. Carmany - Wissahickon Dye Works - South 8th Street - Spruce Street

Camden Daily Courier
January 23, 1899

William Butts
South 10th Street  - Kaighn Avenue
John H. Carmany
G.W. Campbell
Dr. J. Shannon Parker
James Hanson Jr.
Wilbur Weintz
Dr. Samuel Rhone
Kosciusko Hall - Fisher Guards

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 6, 1899

John H. Carmany - George J. Schneider - Joseph A. Starr - Alfred L. Sayers - Frank C. Sayrs

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 4, 1900

Charles P. Sayrs
James Hanson Jr.
John H. Carmany
Isaac V. Bradley
William J. Bradley
Samuel P. Jones
Jesse Bond
Robert Smith
William B. Carter
George Arnold

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 20, 1900

Lewis Leigh - Frazier Baker - Edwin Hillman - John Harris - Henry C. "Harry" Moffett - George Emory
James Scanlin - John Foster - Arthur Stanley -
John H. Carmany - Cooper B. Hatch
Isaac V. Bradley - William B. Carter - William Keaser - Thomas Leas - WIlliam Kiesele (Eisele)
Robert Smith - E.G. Locke - Harry Silvers - William Z. Gibson - Benjamin Lawton
Edwin Stevens - Benjamin E. Mellor - William B. Cannon - James Hanson Jr.

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 7,  1901

Grant Street - North 6th Street
David S. English - D. Jarrett Kirg
Haddon Avenue
Charles Henry Thomas
John H. Carmany 
Walnut Street - North 7th Street
Catharine Riempp - Frederick Kummer
John M. Kelley - Patrick A. Stewart

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 16, 1902


Cooper B. Hatch - Harry C. Sharp - C. Cooper Middleton - Frank J. Hineline - Christopher J. Mines Jr.
Arthur Abele - Dr. A.H. Lippincott - Charles Beale - George W. Whyte - Frank S. Fithian - F. Morse Archer

William J. Bradley - Edward E. Jefferis
Charles H. Daubman -
George S. West
Lewis H. Mohrman - Edward Barto
Joseph Potter - John S. Harris
James S. Lord -
John S. Roberts
Edward W. Delacroix - C.S. Hewitt
George A. Waite - William Brewin
Henry S. Scovel - Thomas P. Curley
Theodore Gibbs - Henry Hallman

William B. Hatch Post No. 37, G.A.R.
John H. Carmany 
F.D. Covely
Thomas M.K. Lee Post No. 5, G.A.R.
Joseph C. Kolb
Joseph H. Sweetem
John Baker
Lewis Stehr Sr.
Edward Glass

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 20, 1902

Atlantic Avenue - South 6th Street
Julia A. Purnell -
John H. Carmany 
Van Buren Street - Central Avenue
Elizabeth Clark - Margaret R. Whalen
Berkley Street - Broadway
Mary A. Vanderslice
Bergen Avenue
Thomas B. Powell - Christopher R. Powell
Pine Street - South 7th Street
Samuel Robbins -
William J. Lorigan
Princeton Avenue - Florence G. Toram
Sherman Avenue - North 27th Street
Alfred Cramer - John C. Brewin

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 1, 1902

William D. Brown
J. Wesley Sell
George A. Frey
William J. Bradley
WIlliam Coffin
Francis Ford Patterson Jr.
George W. Whyte
Harry C. Sharp
John Cherry
Christopher J. Mines Jr.
John H. Carmany
Benjamin E. Mellor
John Harris
Lewis H. Mohrman
 George W. Arnold
Robert Lee
Henry S. Scovel - John C. Jaggard
David Anderson - Maurice B. Rudderow
Henry R. Tatem - Harry M. Young - William Graef
Frederick Fries - Ephraim T. Gill - Harry Ristine
Elmer E. Stafford - Jacob Sickler - Harry Reeves

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 30, 1903

Harry C. Kramer

Samuel P. Jones - George J. Pechin
Louis B. Humphreys - O. Glen Stackhouse
Robert Finley - Frank W. Twoes
George Heimbold

John Broome - George W. Whyte
Frank Hellings - Joseph Hinger
Harry Avis - Benjamin Sylvester
Charles Ware

William E. Morganweck - Charles S. Toy
Morris Odell - John Tanser
John G. Helm - Ambrose P. Bigony
Stephen McCusker - Thomas Kennedy

Charles H. Turner - Irving Buckle
Frank Hill - G. Walter Garton
David Cliver - George Williams

William B. Stephens - David Rankin
Benjamin M. Braker - George R. Thompson
Frank Green - John F. Stretch
Edward R. Maurer - Harry R. Barrett
Westwood Perrine - Thomas Mason

Philip Wilson - Jacob C. Daubman
Frederick Gercke - John R. McCabe
William Clark -
Charles M. Baldwin
John C. Schanz - William H. Davis
Warren Jackson - Frank Hermes
John O'Connor

John H. Carmany - W.W. Johnson
D.A. Holland - William Anderson
James P. Scull - William B. Nelson
Isaac Sharp - Alfred Sayrs
George H. Jones -
Lawrence Doran

Simon Besser - Gabriel P. Hill
Peter Gondolff Jr. - Joseph H. Hall
Alexander Bowman - Lawrence Rhoades
Joseph Rouh - Alexander Russell
Homer Lotier - A.J. Vansant
W.H. Corson - William McGonigle

Jesse Watson - Arthur C. Abele
J.W. Fithian - Samuel Ladd
David Dean - Lewis Leigh
Conrad Hoell - Samuel Davis
J. Edward Holloway

Charles S. Wolverton - James D. WIlkinson
John W. Barr - William A. Carter
A.L. Dougherty - M.L. Nottebrock
E.F. WIlmot - George P. Ennis

George Arnold - Charles Beale
William Mayers - J.M. Hinson
Richard Taylor - James L. Mote
Bernard Funfer - Peter Grissong
Oscar Siegal - John J. Tichener

Robert Lee - George W. Kirkbride
Charles Old - Peter Greenwald
W. Oscar Buck

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 9, 1903

John Myers
Arthur C. Abele
John H. Carmany
William Anderson
Alfred Anderson
Dr. Joel W. Fithian
Simon Besser
Lawrence Rhoads
George J. Pechin
Louis B. Humphreys
Philip Wilson 
Jacob Daubman
Henry S. Scovel
Theodore Gibbs
John S. Roberts
Frank Lee Dickinson
Edmund S. Read
William J. Fox

Samuel P. Jones
George J. Pechin

John Broome
George W. Whyte
Harry Avis
Benjamin Sylvester

William E. Morganweck
Charles S. Toy
John G. Helm
Ambrose P. Bigony

Charles H. Turner
Irving Buckle
G. Walter Garton
David Cliver

William B. Stephens
David Rankin
John F. Stretch
Edward R. Maurer

Philip Wilson
Frederick Gercke
John C. Schanz
WIlliam H. Davis

John H. Carmany
Alfred Sayers
George H. Jones
Lawrence Doran

Simon Besser
Lawrence Rhoades
Homer Lotier
 A.J. Vansant

Joel W. Fithian
Samuel Ladd
Conrad Hoell
Samuel Davis

Charles S. Wolverton
James D. WIlkinson
M.L. Nottebrock
George P. Ennis

George W  Arnold
Charles Beale
James L. Mote
Bernard Funfer

Robert Lee
George W. Kirkbride
Charles Old
W. Oscar Buck

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 4, 1903

Charles S. Jones
John W. Hunn
David Truitt
Andrew Collins
Philip Schmitz
Constable William H. Post

Camden City Council
Republicans 20 - Democrats 5

Samuel P. Jones
Stephen Thurber
John Broome
F.N. Robinson
William E. Morganweck
Edward Delacroix
Charles H. Turner
Charles Deal
William B. Stephens
Ben Lawton
Philip Wilson 
John Wesley
John H. Carmany
Isaac V. Bradley
Simon Besser
A.G. Matlack
Joel W. Fithian
A.B. Pitman
Charles S. Wolverton
William B. Cannon
George W  Arnold
Dr. William H. Kensinger
Robert Lee
Frank Raynor
Joseph Potter








Philadelphia Inquirer
November 4, 1904

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 18, 1905

Charles H. Ellis
Harry Jones
Isaac Moffett
John H. Carmany
Caleb Williams
A.L. Matlack
Frank WIlliams
William H. Sparks
C.S. Magrath
Joseph Nowrey
William J. Bradley
Jonathan D. Watson

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 9, 1908

John H. Carmany - E.G.C. Bleakly

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 8, 1909

Alfred L. Sayers - Isaac V. Bradley
Henry R. Tatem - Albert DeUnger
George W. Whyte - Kirby Garwood
Frank Lee Dickinson - George J. Schneider
John A. Mather - John S. Broome
Robert J. Garrison - James E. Hewitt
Frances T. Steinbach - Arthur L. Jones
John H. Carmany - Simon W. Besser
Alexander McCallum - William C. Reeves

Charles H. Ellis - John W. Sell - Francis F. Patterson Jr. - E.E. Read Jr. - William J. Browning
Harry C. Sharp - Irving Buckle - Lewis H. Stehr Sr. - John R. McCabe - W. Penn Corson
John Wells - Lewis H. Sasse -
Jacob Schiller  

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 17, 1910


Camden Lodge No. 293, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks
Camden Lodge No. 111, Loyal Order of Moose
Seventh Ward Republican Club - John Broome - Robert Gordon - E.E. Read - Abert De Unger
Dr. WIlliam Kensinger - Robert Hollingsworth - Wissahickon Dye Works
South Eighth Street - South 11th Street - Cherry Street

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 19, 1910

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 22, 1910

Pine Street
Eight Street Methodist Episcopal Church
Rev. Daniel Clair
Camden Lodge No. 293, B.P.O. of Elks
Camden Lodge No. 111, Loyal Order of Moose

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 4, 1911

Camden Lodge No. 293, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks
Camden Theatre - Rev. George W. Peck -
Linden Baptist Church - Third Regiment Orchestra
John H. Carmany - Charles A. Ewing - Robert C. Dugan - Joseph L. Morris
Joseph Kolb - Charles Henry Fetters - William Stansbury - Edwin Joseph Holland
William J. Thomson - Michael McNulty - Henry C. Loudenslager
Edward F. Butler - James W. Chalmers - Fred Whitcomb - Frank Lee Dickinson

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 1915

John H. Carmany
William H. Day