JAMES H. MacDERMOTT was born in Pennsylvania in May of 1862, according to the 1900 Census. He married around 1885. A daughter, Bertha was born in 1887 and a son, David, in January of 1890. The family came to Camden shortly afterwards. The family had come to new Jersey by the time wife Anna MacDermott gave birth to a daughter, Catherine, in November of 1892. The 1900 census shows the family at 318 Evans Street. James MacDermott was working as a railroad flagman. By 1906 he had been appointed to the Camden Fire Department. The family was still at 318 Evans Street when the 1906 City Directory was compiled. 

The 1910 Census shows that he and wife Anna lived at 310 Royden Street in South Camden with their children Bertha, David, and Catherine. The 1924 City Directory indicates that James H. MacDermott and his wife had moved to 23 North 28th Street in East Camden. 

By January 1, 1927 James H. McDermott had been promoted to Captain. He was then serving at Ladder Company 4, and would finish his career there.

The 1930 Census shows James H. MacDermott, his wife, son David, along with  daughter-in-law Ruth and grandson Joseph were living at 23 North 28th Street. James Mac Dermott retired on October 1, 1932. He was still at the North 28th Street address as late as 1931. He appears to have passed away by the end of 1939. Son David McDermott and family had by then moved to 921 Pearl Street.

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 13, 1906

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 26, 1908

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 29, 1909

Camden Post-Telegram - December 11, 1914


Master Street - Mary J. Ball Home & Day Nursery
Thomas Nicholas
- Dr. Emma Richardson - Frank Gondolf
Charles H. Fitzsimmons IV - James H. McDermott -
Mortica Clark - Harry A. Haines Sr. - Charles Sturgis
Eva Grey - Mary McKeown - "Brown" is George C. Boone
Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 3