HAWORTH NAYLOR was born in Wilmington, Delaware on November 5, 1892 to
Edward and Mary Naylor. He grew up in New Castle, Delaware where he
attended New Castle High School and played basketball alongside his
brother John. During World War I Kennard Naylor served in the United
States Navy. He married Harriet Barnes on June 7, 1918. He was still
married when the Census was taken in 1920, however by 1924 he appears to
have been living on his own.
the census was taken on January 6 of 1920, Kennard Naylor serving with the
United States Navy as a Boatswain's Mate aboard the USS Hopewell, based at
the Portsmouth, Virginia Navy Yard. On January 14, 1920 he was counted
again, along with his parents and brothers Edward and John Naylor in New
The USS Hopewell,
a 1090-ton Lamberton class
destroyer, was built at Newport News, Virginia, under the World War I
emergency shipbuilding program. She was commissioned in mid-March 1919,
about five months after the conflict's end, and in May helped support the
trans-Atlantic flight of the seaplane NC-4.
Thereafter USS Hopewell operated
in the western Atlantic and Caribbean areas, with her duties including
training Naval reservists during 1920 and 1921.
Naylor was discharged from the United States Navy in 1920 and
came to Camden, New Jersey where he may have had some family
Naylor was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on November 5,
1920. He reported for duty January 1, 1921 with Engine
Company 9 in East Camden.
He was assigned to the position of Second District's Chief's Aide on June
16, 1951. He retired on pension on January 1, 1954.
1924 Camden City Directory shows Kennard Naylor living at 952 Linden
Street. He was still there when the 1927 City Directory was compiled.
By 1929 Kennard H. Naylor was boarding at 334 North
10th Street, and he was still there when the census was taken in April
of 1930. He married during the 1930s. The 1940 Camden City Directory shows
him living at 2616 Carman
Street. Kennard Naylor passed away on February 3, 1966. They Naylor
family was still living at 2616 Carman
Street as late as the fall of 1977.