J. William


J. WILLIAM SIMPSON, who was also known as John William Simpson, was born in Pennsylvania in May of 1855, according to the 1900 Census. His parents were Thomas and Emma Simpson. His father worked as a watchcase maker. J. William Simpson was the oldest of at least six children. Coming before Thomas, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Horace.

He married around 1879, and his wife Louisa bore a son, Horace Thomas Simpson, in December of 1880. The family moved to Camden at some point thereafter.

The 1894 City Directory shows J. William Simpson at 621 North 6th Street in North Camden. He was working as a shipping clerk. By the time the next year's directory was being compiled he had moved to 551 Cedar Street

J. William Simpson was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on November 23, 1899. From April 19, 1902 to April 30, 1903 he served with Ladder Company 1.

The 1900 Census shows the Simpsons still living at 551 Cedar Street in North Camden. They stayed at that address into 1906. The 1907 Coty Directory shows that he had moved around the corner to 604 North 6th Street. This would be his address for the rest of his days.

The 1910 Census shows J. William Simpson living at 604 North 6th Street in North Camden with his wife Louisa, son Horace, daughter-in-law Ethel, and his widowed mother, Emma Simpson. 

William Simpson was on duty on March 18, 1906 when three of his brother firefighters were killed at at the old Sixth Regiment Armory. This incident troubled him through the years. On July 21, 1915 while on duty at Engine Company 4 on Vine Street in North Camden, William Simpson attempted to take his own life. He was prevented in this effort, however he passed away on December 9, 1917. 

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 24, 1899

Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte
William Penn Hook & Ladder Company No. 1
First Baptist Church - Edgar Bolton
John W. Vanhart - W. Scott Franklin
Benjamin Kellum - Charles Robinson
George B. Wade - Albert Jones
George Cox - Edward Weston
Samuel Peoples - Harry B. Middleton
Harry Burroughs - Robert W. Colkett
William G. Hillman - James E. Navin
Charles Todd - Daniel Smith
Peter B. Carter - Alfred Hayden
Henry Elliott - Josiah Sage
Samuel Price - William Rose
Charles Sturgis - Daniel Grimes
Harry Wagner - Augustus Kester
William Simpson

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Philadelphia Inquirer - March 19, 1906

George Shields - William Hillman - William Jobes
Josiah Sage - Seth D. Monnell - George Quinn
Martin Carrigan - J.W. Simpson - James Elberson
William Elberson - Charles Worthington
Harry Dease - Isaac Toy -
Harry A. Haines Sr.
Joseph Ernst - Joseph Daley - Samuel S. Elfreth
William SchreglerCharles H. Ellis 

West Street - Mickle Street - Beckett Street
Kaighn Avenue - Line Street - South 8th Street
Mt. Vernon Street - Clinton Street - Cedar Street
North 4th Street - Taylor AvenuePenn Street
Haddon Avenue - Bridge Avenue

Engine Company 1 -  Engine Company 2
Engine Company 4 - Chemical Engine Company

6th Regiment, New Jersey National Guard
Farmers & Merchants Market
Camden Opera House

"Joseph Gail" was actually Joseph Daley




Frank G. Hitchener - William Morgenweck - Sperry & Hutchinson - Camden Bowling Alleys
M.W. Taylor Theatrical Agency - John Sherwood - Louis Certain - Richard Carpenter - Daniel Mehlin
Mrs. Ida Paul - Mrs. Farley - John Campbell - Harry Chase - John WIdden - H.W. Wilson
Gardner Corson - Mrs. Borquin - Charles M. Alcott

Gardner Corson was appointed to the Fire Department in November of 1907.

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 25, 1913

James McDade - J. William Simpson - Market Street
North Front Street - North 6th Street
West Jersey Carriage Works
Cooper Hospital - West Jersey Hospital
Victor Talking Machine Company

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 21, 1915
Joseph Logue - William Simpson - Engine Company 4 - North 6th Street 

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 11, 1917
Louisa Simpson - North 6th Street