Boardman was born Thomas Franklin Boardman in Camden in July of
Thomas Boardman and his wife, the former Mary Edwards. The
Boardmans were living in Camden's Middle Ward when the census
was taken in 1850, Thomas Boardman working as a carriage maker
to support his family. By the time the census was taken in 1850,
Thomas Boardman had passed, leaving his wife to take care of a
large family. Besides Frank, there were older siblings
Alexander, Josiah, Oscar, and Caroline Boardman. The family was
still living in the Middle Ward at the
time of the 1860 Census and the 1870 Census.
Boardman was working in a stationary store when the census was
taken in 1870. When he was appointed to the Fire Department in
July of 1875, he was living at 436 Arch
Street. Frank Boardman
married Adalaide Page around 1875. From this marriage came two
children, Oscar, born in October of 1875, and Elsie, who came in
December of 1886.
the 1878 City Directory was compiled, T. Frank and Addie Boardman
were living at 614 Walnut
Street. This would remain his home for the rest of his days.
His in-laws, John W. and Rachel Page lived next door at 616 Walnut
Street. T. Frank Boardman was then working as a clerk in a
real estate office. In 1883 he was working as a clerk for James
he was associated with the Fire Department, T. Frank Boardman
was known simply as Frank Boardman. In the early 1880s, he
begins to appear in City Directories as T. Frank Boardman and as
Thomas F. Boardman.
time, T. Frank Boardman went into real estate for himself, and
did well. He had an office at 128 Federal
Street in the mid 1890s, then opened a real estate agency at
in 1898, moving to 822 Broadway
in 1899. He was elected Justice of the Peace around 1899. He
kept the office open at 822 Broadway
as late as 1914. He was still working, although he did not keep
a public office, when the 1918-1919 City Directory was compiled.
Franklin Boardman passed away on January 10, 1919. He was buried at
Evergreen Cemetery in Camden.
Boardman was a member of Fidelity Lodge No. 3, Ancient Order of
United Workmen. George Reeser Prowell wrote the following about
this organization in his History of Camden County, New Jersey
which was published in 1886:
Order of United Workmen
The object of this order is to embrace and give
equal protection to all classes and kinds of labor,
mental and physical ; to strive earnestly to improve the moral, intellectual and social condition
of its members ; to create a fund for the benefit of
its members during sickness or other disability,
and, in case of death, to pay a stipulated sum for
each member, thus guaranteeing his family against
want. Its jurisdictions are a Supreme Lodge, Grand and Subordinate Lodges. The Grand
Lodge of Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware is
thus officered: G. M. W., John J. Gallagher, of
Wilmington, Del.; G. F., William H. Vermilye,
Jersey City, N. J. ; G. O., James A. Vansant,
Camden, N. J. ; G. G., John W. Diefendorf, Wilmington, Del.; G. R., A. F. Colbert, Baltimore;
G. Receiver, Myer Hirsch, Baltimore ; G. M. E.,
G. S. Wilkins, M.D., Baltimore.
Camden Lodge, No. 1. was chartered January
27, 1879, with these officers : Master Workman,
Joseph R. Leaming; Foreman, Charles Markley;
Overseer, George W. Coles; Recorder, Harry
Ladow; Financier, William Thegen; Receiver,
Albert P. Brown; Guide, William P. Partenheimer; Inside Watchman, Benjamin M. Denny; Outside
Watchman, William Jones; Medical Examiner,
H. Genet Taylor, M.D. These were also charter
members, — Moore Beideman, Robert L. Barber,
John F. Benner, De Witt C. France, Joel H.
Evaul, Henry S. Fortiner, George R. Fortiner,
Howard L. Gandy, Merritt Horner, William
Struthers, Benjamin G. Smith, William H. Stansbury, Marmaduke B. Taylor, Frank S. Wells, John
S. Wells. The lodge has one hundred and forty-eight members, with these officers: P. M. W., J.
C. Prickett; M. W., Virgil Willetts; F., J. H.
Le Chard; 0., R. R. Lewellen ; R., W. R. Lundrum; Fin. Sec, Charles Markley ; Rec. Sec, John
Woltjen; G., J. S. Pike ; I. W., John W. Clopper,
Jr. ; O. W., J. H. Evaul ; Medical Examiner, E. R.
Fidelity Lodge, No. 3, was instituted February 12, 1880, with forty-three charter members.
At the end of first year it had sixty-five members,
and it now has three hundred and thirty-eight.
It is the largest lodge in the jurisdiction, which
comprises the States of Maryland, New Jersey,
Delaware and Virginia.
The first officers were : Master Workman, William T. Brewer; Foreman, Isaac Shivers;
Overseer, David C. Brewer; Recorder, August F. Richter; Financier, James
F. Davis; Receiver, Thomas
I. Gifford ; Guide, John E. Stratton ; Inside Watchman, William H. Cattman; Outside Watchman,
J. Alfred Allen ; Trustees, Merritt Horner, George
H. Amon, Richard D. Sheldon ; Past Master
Workman, Merritt Horner.
The present officers are Past Master Workman Jacob S. Jones; Master Workman,
Husted; Foreman, D. C. Vanote; Overseer, William H. Collins ; Recorder, Merritt Horner;
Financier, N. C. Stowell ; Receiver, B. S. M. Branning;
Guide, Joseph Ridgway; Inside Watchman, L. C.
Harris; Outside Watchman, Robert D. Swain, Jr.;
Trustees, John Harris, C. H. Sayre, Jacob S.
Provident Lodge, No. 4, was organized March
11, 1880, with these charter members: Officers —
P. W. M., B. F. Browning; W. M., Richard F.
Smith ; F., Frank L. Vinton ; O., George B.
Sellers; Fin., Charles J. Rainey; R., Irvine C.
Beatty ; Rec, Goldson Test ; G., Alvah Bushnell ;
I. W., C. S. Ball; O. W., Elwood Davis; M. E.,
Dr. Alexander Marcy ; Trustees, Rufus Hill, J. C.
officiating at the organization in
Association Hall were Past Masters Marmaduke
B. Taylor, Charles Markley, George W. Coles,
William Thegen, Harry Ladow, and others of
Camden Lodge, No. 1.
The Past Officers are: B. F. Browning, R. F.
Smith, F. L. Vinton, G. B. Sellers, A. Bushnell,
C. J.. Ball, Frank W. Tussey, E. Clark Yardley,
J. E. Lippincott, Joseph A. Porter, G. Test, C. J.
Rainey, I. C. Beatty, E. Davis, Harris Graflen,
Charles H. Schitzler.
The Present Officers are P. M. W., George C.
Spooner; M. W., William J. Searle; Foreman,
A. C. Smith ; O., John M. Eldridge ; Rec, G. Test;
F., F. W. Tussey; G., C. A. Nicholson; I. W.,
K. McClung; O. W., G. W. Jackson; Trustees, Harris Graflen, J. E. Lippincott, C. V. D. Joline.
The lodge has three hundred and nine members.
Enterprise Lodge, No. 12, was organized in
Odd-Fellows' lodge-room, Morgan's Hall, January
4, 1882, by George W. Coles and William Thegen,
with these charter members : A. P. Brown, William Thegen, George W. Coles, George W. Doak,
John T. Harker, Onan B. Gross, George C. Randall, John D. Kinsler, Frank P. Stoy, E. B. Slifer,
Richard H. Brown, Jr., Lewis Simons, Thomas S.
Hess, Jacob Schumacher, William T. Wentz,
Henry E. Collins, Joseph Franklin, Alfred W.
Test, Charles Hartzell, G. N. Buzby, Theo. B.
Sage, Charles S. Gilbert, Ambrose R. Fish, James
Watts, William A. Hamilton, William H. Swindell, Nathan F. Shinn, John
Nulty, Samuel Robbins, Charles Bosch, C. Stanley French, H. B.
Fowler, William J. Street, Robert H. Patton.
The first officers were: P. M. W., William Thegen ; M. W., A. P. Brown ; Foreman, George W.
Doak; Overseer, George C. Randall ; Recorder,
Franklin P. Stoy ; p^inancier, G. N. Buzby,
Receiver, Samuel Robbins ; Medical Examiner,
O. B. Gross, M.D.
The Past Master Workmen arc George W. Coles,
William Thegen, A. P. Brown, George W. Doak,
William J. Bradley, P. A. Fowler, C. H. Fowler,
Charles H. Barnard, G. N. Buzby, Dr. Onan B.
Gross, Samuel Robbins, William T. Wentz.
The officers for 1886 are P. M. W., William T.
Wentz; R., George W. Doak; M. W., George W.
Steed; Fin., William Thegen; F., R. H. Brown,
Jr. ; Receiver, Samuel Robbins ; Overseer, H. B.
Fowler; Medical Examiner, O. B. Gross, M.D.
The lodge has ninety members.