Josiah
s.
Pedigree


JOSIAH S. PEDIGREE was born in 1868 to Joseph and Mary Pedigree. He most likely was born in Stockton, the town which occupied the land in Camden north of the Cooper River, generally known ands East Camden and Cramer Hill. His father was a farmer. When the census was taken in 1870 and in 1880, there were three older children at home, George, Rebecca, and Charles Pedigree. 

Known to family and friends as "Cy", Josiah Pedigree first shows up in Camden City Directories in 1890, working as a teamster and living at 442 Stevens Street. He later became a conductor (either train or trolley) and moved to 447 Stevens Street. By 1896 he had moved back to East Camden, staying with his sister Rebecca and her husband George Stiles at 104 South 36th Street. He was still working as a conductor when the 1896 Directory was compiled. His brother Charles was then tax assessor for Stockton, a powerful political position which may well have played a factor in Josiah Pedigree's later employment.

Josiah S. Pedigree was appointed to the Camden Fire Department in November of 1899. He probably had been a volunteer with on of Stockton's four fire companies prior to the 1899 unification with Camden. As he was still living at 104 South 36th Street with his sister Rebecca and her husband George Stiles, it is very probable that he had been a volunteer with Rosedale Fire Company No. 4. Josiah Pedigree was one of several Stockton volunteer fire fighters to join Camden's professional fire department when the Stockton companies went out of service at midnight, February 28, 1900, a group which included Robert Gick, Christian S. Stark, and in time Elmer Ellsworth Stevens. Josiah Pedigree remained a member of the Fire Department through at least 1906. By 1910 he had become a police officer.

Josiah Pedigree was for many years thereafter a member of the Camden Police Department, and was one of Camden's early motorcycle policemen.

By 1906 Josiah S. Pedigree had married and was making his home with his wife Carrie at 49 South 27th Street. He passed away on September 16, 1936. Carrie Pedigree remained on South 27th Street long after her husband's passing. She joined him in 1956.  


Philadelphia Inquirer - November 24, 1899

Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte
First Baptist Church - Edgar Boulton
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. Navins
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

William Penn
Hook & Ladder Company No. 1

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Philadelphia Inquirer - November 26, 1899
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Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte - Edgar Boulton - John W. Vanhart
W. Scott Franklin - Robert Gick - Joseph Till - Edward Kelly - Christian Stark
Frank Powell
- Lewis H. Sasse - Samuel Collins - William Madison
John F. Renner
- Josiah Pedigree 

Philadelphia Inquirer

November 28, 1899

Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte
Edgar Boulton - John W. Vanhart
W. Scott Franklin - Robert Gick
Joseph Till
Edward Kelly - Christian Stark
Samuel Collins - William Madison
John F. Renner - Josiah Pedigree
Charles Robinson - George B. Wade
Albert Jones - George Cox
Edward Weston - Samuel Peoples

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Above: Early photo of Camden Motorcycle Police - 1910s
Charles "Jeff" Kay - Charles Laib - Frank Frost - Josiah Pedigree
Note that Officer Jeff Kay on far left in this photo is also on far left in the picture above
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Philadelphia Inquirer - July 29, 1917
Josiah Pedigree 

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 15, 1918
Josiah Pedigree - O. Glen Stackhouse

 49 South 27th Street

Josiah S. Pedigree
Josiah & Carrie Pedigree
1900s-1936
Mrs. Carrie Pedigree
1900s-1950s

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47 and 49 South 27th Street

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Camden Courier-Post * August 15, 1945

Haven Fund Rises As Solicitations For 45 End Today

Solicitation of funds for the 1945 season of the B. Smith Haven for crippled children at Erial will end today.

A total of $81.40 in donations was received yesterday, making the grand total $3786.41.

The camp recently received a visit from four members of Lindenwold Chapter No. 440, Women of the Moose, who expressed their pleasure with the enterprise and the fun it affords underprivileged youngsters.

Contributions to date are:

Amount previously acknowledged $3705.01

Amity Lodge No. 166, IOOF Merchantville $15.35

Morning Star Lodge No. 70, IOOF, Haddonfield $5.00

Mrs. R. A. Ports, 19 Hinchman Avenue, Merchantville $1.00

Camden Forge Press Shop (4 to 12 shift) $25.05

Mrs. John Entwistle, 1119 Avenue, Palmyra $10.00

In memory of my husband, Mrs. Josiah Pedigree, 49 South Twenty-seventh Street $5.00

American Gold Star Mothers, Camden chapter $5.00

A Reader, $2.00

Harry Hoesch, 115 East Haddon Avenue, Oaklyn $2.00

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Levin, 246 Morse street, Camden $2.00

In memory of Lt. Louis Shaw, Camden Police Dept $1.00

Total today $81.40

Grand Total $3786.41


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