T. MELSON was born in Pennsylvania in October of 1867 to George
and Sarah Melson. The family had moved to Camden by the time the
1880 Census was taken. At that time he was the second oldest of
the six Melson children at home, coming after George and before
sisters Sadie, Margaret "Maggie", Lottie, and Allice.
The Melsons then lived at 1125 Locust Street, just north of Kaighn
Avenue in South Camden. His father then worked on the river as a
waterman, i.e., aboard a boat. Edward Melson followed that trade
briefly, but primarily worked throughout his life as a pile driver
and wharf builder.
Melson lived with his parents at 1125 Locust Street as late as
He married Emma M. Morris around 1891. The couple lived at 1965 Ivins
Street, the, by 1892, at 274 Liberty
Street. From 1893 though 1897 their primary residence was 220 Mt.
Vernon Street, the 1895 Directory however reports an address
drinking man with a bad temper when drunk, Edward T. Melson got
himself into serious trouble in December of 1896, when he shot
former policeman Daniel Lee inside a George
Dilmore's saloon on Kaighn
Avenue. On trial for his life, he was acquitted in spite of
what was thought to be overwhelming evidence.
Melson returned to his wife Emma, and a daughter, Sarah E. Melson,
was born in May 23, 1897.
The Melsons lives at 1114 Cresson
Street in 1898, the moved to 2017 Fillmore
Street, where there remained into 1901, then moved to 336 Mechanic
Street. The 1902 City Directory reports an address of 266
Sycamore Street, the following year found Edward and Emma Melson
at 278 Mt.
Emma Melson does not appear in city directories after 1903 and it
appears she had passed away.
Melson got arrested again in 1903 and does not appear in Camden's
1904 Directory. The 1905 and 1906 editions show him once again at
Street. In 1907 he was at 645 Van
Hook Street, in 1908 at 234 Sycamore
1910 Census shows Edward Melson, a widower, living at 215 Chestnut
Street with older brother George, sister Sadie, and widowed
mother Sarah. Edward Melson is listed at that address in the 1911
City Directory. 1913 found him at 1468 South
3rd Street. He is not listed in the 1914 Directory, but the
1917 Directory shows Edward Melson living at 144 Cox
Street. The 1918-1919 Directory has him at 209 Sycamore
Street with Marion Richards.
The 1920 Census shows Edward T.
Melson living with married woman, Marian C. Richards at 206 Sycamore
Street, working as a teamster. A George Melson, aged 14, was
also living at that address. Edward T. Melson was living at 206 Sycamore
Street as late as 1923. Mrs. Richards moved to 1218 Knight
Street the following year, but it is not known if Edward
Melson went with her, moved away, or passed on. He is not listed
in City Directories after 1923. Mrs. Richards was still living at
Street address when the entire block was
by fire on July 10, 1933.