Charles
Sexton


 

REV. CHARLES SEXTON was born in Jacobstown, in Burlington County. He came to Camden NJ in 1824, first working for Isaac Cole as a coach-trimmer, and later in the car shops of the Camden & Amboy Railroad in Bordentown NJ. An ordained Baptist Minister, he preached all over the state, and was instrumental in the founding of several churches. He was married to Anna Bryan who bore him three children, Anna, Caroline, and Mahlon.

Charles Sexton became involved in local politics, and was elected to city council in 1845. In 1849 he was elected mayor, defeating journalist Charles D. Hineline. He was re-elected in 1850. He left the Mayor's office in 1851, succeeded by Lorenzo F. Fisler.

The 1870 Census shows Charles and Anna Sexton living in Camden's Middle Ward. When Trinity Baptist Church was organized in December of 1871 Rev. Sexton and his wife were among the original members. Anna Bryan Sexton passed away in 1872. The 1872 Directory shows Charles Sexton and his son Mahlon, a bookkeeper, living at 208 Plum Street (later renamed Arch Street). 

By the time the Census was taken in 1880, Rev. Sexton, suffering from the effects of old age, was living at the Old Man's Home in the 3900 block of Powelton Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Charles Sexton passed away on June 21, 1883 and buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia. 


The History of Camden County New Jersey
George Reeser Prowell - 1886


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