HARRY B. MIDDLETON was
the son of prominent Camden undertaker Frank
P. Middleton, who In 1869 Mr. Middleton
established himself in Camden as an undertaker and speedily
acquired an extended patronage. By 1883 he was located at 319
Market Street, where he remained into the early 1900s. His
grandfather, Bowman H. Middleton, had also been an undertaker
and had served as Camden County coroner for a number of years.
P. Middleton was, on the 14th
of February, 1864, married to Mary, daughter of Anthony and
Martha Williams, of Philadelphia. Their children were Lizzie,
Laura, Mattie and Harry (twins), and Mary and Frank (twins).
Only Mattie and Harry were alive as of November 1886.
struck the Middleton family again on September 27, 1895, when
Harry Middleton's uncle, Josiah V. Middleton, who also worked as an undertaker,
committed suicide by hanging himself in his coffin shop.
Stricken by paralysis two years previously, he was despondent
over his illness.
Middleton was was still living with his then widowed-father and
sister Mattie at
Market Street when the
Census was taken in 1900. His father passed away shortly afterwards.
Middleton, had been appointed to the Camden Fire Department
at the end of 1899. He served briefly as a Camden firefighter,
then went into the saloon business at 451 South
Street, a location that had previously been operated by
Camden policeman Isaac Toy
and Toy's father-in-law, John W. Elliott. Sadly, in April of 1905, like his uncle Josiah, Harry
B. Middleton took his own life. His wife, Elizabeth J.
Middleton, took over operation of the saloon and remained in
business at that location though at least 1914.