W. Cheeseman was born to John and Elizabeth "Lizzie"
Cheeseman in New Jersey in 1846. His father was a charcoal dealer
and John W. Cheeseman would follow in this profession. The 1850
Census shows the family in Camden's Middle Ward. Besides John, the
family included siblings Rachel and Mary. The Cheesemans were
still in the Middle Ward when the 1860 Census was enumerated. The
Cheeseman family does not appear in the 1870 census, however, Fire
Department records state that John W.
Cheeseman worked selling charcoal and was residing at 529 South
5th Street during his time in service with the Fire
1880 Census shows John W. Cheeseman living at 534 Henry
next door to hius widowed mother, who lived at 532 Henry. John
Cheeseman had married, his wife Anna had born them no children to
date, but 15 year-old Howard Snyder, who lived with them, may have
been a child from a previous marriage or Anna's brother. John
Cheeseman was still at 534 Henry
Street in 1887, according to that
year's city directory.
1888-1889 Directory shows John W. Cheeseman working as a driver
and living at the corner of South 8th and
The 1890-1891 edition states that he was living at 430 Washington
Street and working as a laborer. The 1892-1893 Directory lists an
address of 435 West
Street, and says that John W. Cheeseman worked
as a pipefitter.
Directories from 1892-1893 to 1895-1896 state that John W.
Cheeseman lived at 512 West
Street and was working as a driver for Harvey
Flitcraft. John W.
Cheeseman was living at 512 West
Street in the 1897 Directory, but
was working then as a laborer. As he does not appear in the 1898
or 1899 Directories, nor in the 1900 Census, it is likely that he
had passed away.