WILBUR A. DROWN was born in Massachusetts in October of 1855 to Hannah and Theodore Drown. His father worked as a carpenter. The family was living in Chelsea, Massachusetts when the census was taken in 1860. Wilbur Drown was the oldest child then at home. There were two daughters as well, Estella and Caroline "Carrie" Drown. 

When the census was taken in 1870, the Drown family had moved to Hammonton, New Jersey. By 1878 they had moved to Camden. The 1878-1879 City Directory lists Theodore Drown, foreman, at 521 Main Street. Wilbur Drown was living at the same address and working as a carpenter. He married Emma Jackson in 1880. By the time the 1882-1883 Camden City Directory was compiled Theodore Drown had moved back to Hammonton. Wilbur and Emma Drown were living at 327 Mount Vernon Street in South Camden. A daughter, Elsie Drown, was born in 1883. He was then working as a moulder. The Drowns remained at 327 Mount Vernon Street into 1888. 

Wilbur Drown was appointed to the Camden Fire Department in January of 1889 as an extra man with Engine Company 1. He was still serving in that capacity in July of 1890. In that year Wilbur Drown went to work at the C.B. Coles lumber yard at the foot of Kaighn Avenue. He remained an employee of this firm for the rest of his days.

By the time the 1890 Camden City Directory was compiled, the Drowns had moved to 333 Mount Vernon Street, where they remained through 1895. Theodore Drown died on February 7, 1895 in Hammonton, New Jersey.

The 1896 Camden City Directory indicates that Wilbur Drown and family had moved to 1030 South 3rd Street. The family was still at that address when the Census was taken in 1900. By 1906 Wilbur Drown had moved to 834 Haddon Avenue

Wilbur Drown died of a stroke while at work on June 15, 1915. He was buried at Harleigh Cemetery. 

Wilbur Drown was an active member of Trimble Lodge No. 117, Free & Accepted Masons, Camden Forest No. 5 of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Witherspoon Circle No. 1 of the Brotherhood of the Union, and Wyoming Tribe No. 55 of the Improved Order of Red Men

Trenton Evening Times * June 16, 1915

John P. Hallowell - Wilbur A. Drown - C.B. Coles

Philadelphia Inquirer * June 16, 1915

 Elsie Drown - Haddon Avenue - C.B. Coles - C.A. Bergen School

Philadelphia Inquirer * June 16, 1915

Trimble Lodge No. 117, Free & Accepted Masons
Camden Forest No. 5, Tall Cedars of Lebanon
Witherspoon Circle No. 1, Brotherhood of the Union
Wyoming Tribe No. 55, Improved Order of Red Men
Camden Building & Loan Association
People's Building & Loan Association