Driver. John M. Gray
served as an extra man with the Hook
and Ladder Company, known in more recent times as Ladder
Company 1. John M. Gray resigned from the Fire Department on
October 8, 1872.
was appointed to the Camden Fire Department in June of 1873 to
replace Edward Allen, who had resigned from his position as an
extra man with the Hook
and Ladder Company. His brother Peter Gray was appointed to the Camden
Fire Department on April of 1874, when David Sparks resigned
Company 2. About that same time Peter S. Gray moved from 30 North
5th Street to 34 North
5th Street. John Gray
continued to lived at 30 North
5th. The Gray brothers remained with the Fire Department
until the spring of 1876. They were not reappointed that year,
but were reinstated in April of 1877. As extra men, they both
worked regular jobs in addition the there work as firemen. Peter
Gray worked as a machinist, John Gray as a bricklayer.
Gray married in the mid-1870s. His wife Mary bore him a son,
Frank, around 1877.
1878-1879 Camden City Directory and 1880 Census shows John Gray having moved to 434 Lawrence
Street, where he resided with his wife and son. Peter Gray lived
March of 1878 the Gray brothers' father, John
M. Gray, was appointed janitor of Camden's City Hall. When
the Census was again taken in 1880 he was still working as the
janitor at Camden's City Hall. He lived on premises with his
wife Sarah. Suffering for some time with asthma, he died in
mid-September of 1880.
it also appears that John Gray's wife Mary and son Frank did not
survive the 1880s. John Gray was re-married in the mid-1880s, to
Sallie Stewart Cunningham. She brought a son, Howard Cunningham,
to the marriage. In June of 1887 John and Sallie Gray were
blessed with a daughter, Viola, and in 1895, another daughter,
Florena E. Gray, was born
Peter Gray and John Gray
returned to their original companies 1877, and served until
1882, when due to a change in politics, both were not
reappointed. John Gray
was brought back in 1884, and when Samuel
Elfreth was again elected Chief of the Camden Fire
Department in 1885, Peter Gray was reinstated. By the end of
1888 both Gray brothers were working as laddermen with the Hook
and Ladder Company.
1883-1884 and 1884-1885 City Directories shows that the Gray
brothers were both living at 831 Carpenter
Street. The directories show that John was at 36 North
5th Street from 1887 through 1890 and at 38 North
5th Street from 1894 to 1896. He then moved to 418 Henry
Street, where he lived out his days. When the Census was
taken in 1900, John Gray's family consisted of himself, wife,
their two daughters, stepson Howard Cunningham, his wife
Rebecca, and their child Charles Cunningham.
September of 1889 John Gray was appointed
an election judge in the Second Ward.
Gray brothers worked together at the Hook
and Ladder Company until April 19, 1902 when
John Gray died from a
was affiliated with the Republican party in Camden. He was a
member of Wyoming Tribe No. 55 of the Improved
Order of Red Men, the Firemen's Mutual Beneficial
Association of New Jersey, and the Journeymen Bricklayers
Protective and Beneficial Association of Philadelphia.
Peter Gray continued with the Camden Fire
Department until February 1, 1913. After John Gray had left Carpenter
Street he stayed their through at least 1888. By 1890 he had moved to 818 Market
Street, where he resided through 1894. By 1895 he had moved
to 531 Cedar
Street in North
Camden, where he stayed as late as 1927. He appears to have
passed in the late 1920s, as he is not listed in the 1929 City
Directory or the 1930 Census.