Richard Rourke


RICHARD ROURKE was born in Ireland around 1820. By 1855 he had com to America and was living in Pennsylvania with his wife Mary and infant daughter Emily. The family remained in Pennsylvania through 1861, with three more children coming, Joseph, Owen, and Mary. By 1866 the family had moved to New Jersey and had been blessed with another child, Annie. A sixth child would come in 1869, Nicholas. The 1870 Census shows the family living in Camden's South Ward. Richard Rourke was then working as a laborer. The 1872 City Directory shows him at 809 Locust Street. The family moved to 708 South 2nd Street not long after the compilation of the 1872 Directory.

By December of 1873 Richard Rourke had obtained employment as a watchman at  the Pennsylvania Railroad roundhouse at the foot of Mickle Street. He was fatally injured on December 23, 1873 when the boiler of Engine 688 exploded. Mary Roarke and her children stayed in South Camden after the accident. She was still alive as late as 1893.

New York Daily Graphic
December 24, 1873


Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 1873

New York Herald - December 25, 1873

Camden Democrat
December 27, 1873

Camden New Republic
December 27, 1873

Camden New Republic
December 27, 1873

West Jersey Press - December 31, 1873