W. CURLIS was Camden's Chief of Police
from 1871 to 1874. He worked at a a number of positions
at the West Jersey Ferry and West Jersey Railroad after his time
as Chief of Police, and also worked as a bank messenger for the Central
Trust bank in the years prior to his passing on May 27,
Curlis was the son of William Curlis and Mary Stockton
Lippincott Curlis. The fifth of nine children, he was born in
New Jersey around 1837. His father passed away in 1858. The 1860
Census shows him living in the Chews landing section of
Gloucester Township with an ornamental painter, Justice Hedger
and his family. Daniel Curlis was working as a painter, and
would follow that line of work into the early 1870s.
March 21, 1861 Daniel Curlis married Elizabeth Cheeseman at the Presbyterian
Church in what was then called Blackwoodtown, New Jersey. A son, William
A. Curlis, was born in July of 1862. A daughter, Mary S. Curlis was
born on January 15, 1867, but died quite young, as did Gertrude,
born in the sprng of 1870, and Bertha, who was born around 1877.
1869 Camden City Directory shows Daniel Curlis at 511 Royden
Street, working as a painter, and his widowed mother at 529 Penn
Street. He was still at that address in 1870. That year's
directory shows his mother living at 313 North 4th Street.
Daniel Curlis was still living at 511 Royden Street when the
1872 City Directory was compiled. He moved to 512 Berkley Street
Curliss family had moved to 414 South
5th Street in South Camden, where they remained
through 1898. Daniel
Curlis was 57 years of age at the time of his passing. He was
buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Camden.