PROCTOR SHINN was appointed to the Camden
Fire Department as an extra man
Company 1 on April 5, 1882. He replaced James
H. Hunt. James Shinn served for one year, when he was
replaced in turn by Charles Alcott.
P. Shinn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 9,
1856 to Stacy Shinn and his wife, the former Rebecca Pennington
Proctor. Stacy Shinn was previously married to Jane Wextrim, who
died in 1847. This marriage produced five children, Ann, Samuel,
Mary Jane, Joshua, and Amanda Shinn. On September 9, 1851 Stacy
Shinn married Rebecca Pennnington Proctor in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Six children were born of this marriage, William
Pennington Shinn, Francis Baker Shinn, James Proctor
Shinn, Anna Pennington Shinn, Rebecca Loveland Shinn, and David
Stacy Shinn and his family moved to Camden during the 1860s. The
1870 Census shows the Shinns in Camden's South Ward, where Stacy
Shinn worked as a laborer. Five of the children on Stacy and
Rebecca Shinn were living with them, William, James, Anna,
Rebecca, and David. William had already gone to work as a laborer.
the 1870s James P. Shinn began working as a carpenter. It is
reported that on July 14, 1879 Stacy Shinn died while in
Philadelphia. This date appears to be inaccurate, as the 1878-1879
Camden City Directory lists Rebecca Shinn as a widow, living
at 243 Mechanic Street with her son James, who was working as a
carpenter. By 1879 the Shinns had moved to 217 Kaighn Avenue. The
1880 Census shows that Rebecca Shinn and her sons James and David
Shinn were still living at 217 Kaighn Avenue.
Shinn married Elizabeth Hess in 1881.
Shinns were still at 217 Kaighn Avenue when the 1882-1883
Directory was compiled. James Shinn was hen working as a wharf
builder at the John H. Dialogue shipyards near the foot of Kaighn
Avenue. By the end of 1883 James P. Shinn, his wife, mother, and
brother David had moved to 1231 South 2nd Street. James
P. Shinn is still listed in Camden City Directories at that
address as late as the
P. Shinn died on July 30, 1888. The
1890-1891 City Directory shows his widow Elizabeth, mother
Rebecca, and brother David living at 242 Sycamore Street.
P. Shinn had been a member of the Sioux Tribe No. 25, Improved
Order of Red Men. Daniel
N. Bromley and George
Adam Tenner, who were appointed to the Camden Fire Department
at the same time Daniel Bromley was, were also member of Sioux
Tribe No. 25. James
P. Shinn was also a member of Hope Lodge No. 93, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and the Avenue Social Club.
Tribe, No. 25, was instituted in Wildey
Hall, March 23J, 1871, by Great Sachem John E. Cheeseman, with members of Sioux Tribe,
Philadelphia, who presented them with a set of tomahawks, still in
use in 1886. The officers were: .S., Silas
Letchford; S. S., John A. Parker; J. S., John
Fox ; C. of N., F. W. Wilson ; K. of W., David C.
Vannote; Prophet, Theodore L. Parker. As of 1886 the
Past Sachems were Silas Letchford, James Broughton, Aaron Hand, William T. Mears, William F.
Mason, Samuel H. Deal Sr., John H. Mason, W.
E. Campbell, Charles H. Hagelman, Henry F.
Snyder, George A. Tenner, Isaac King, Theodore
L. Parker, David B. Peterson, John B. Wright,
William Hagelman, James Barton, Edward B.
Chew, George W. Kleaver, J.P.R. Carney, James
C. Mason, Edward A. Martin and John Barrett.
The officers for 1886 were: S., James G. Smith ; .S.
S., Franklin H. Drake; J.S., Daniel England; P.,
J.P. R. Carney; C. of R., John P. Wright; Assistant C. of R., David B. Peterson.