JAMES JOSEPH SCHAFFER was born on August 3, 1898 to Albert and Hannah Schaffer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the third of six children, coming after brother George W. and sister Emma. The family was living at 3048 Amber Street in Phialdelphia when the Census was taken in 1900. The Schaffers moved to New Jersey in the early 1900s, where three more children were born, daughters Ray and Sallie, and the last child, son John. The 1910 Census shows the family at 409-411 Division Street. Albert Schaffer worked as a paperhanger. Oldest son George W. Schaffer had gone to work in one of Camden's shipyards as a riveter. 

Albert Schaffer had passed away by 1914. His wife and children were then living at 717 Morgan Street. The family moved to 713 Morgan Street. by September of 1918. James J. Schaffer had gone to work in one of Camden's shipyards, most likely the nearby New York Shipbuilding Corporation yard two blocks from his home. He was, however, unemployed when he registered for the draft in September of 1918. By the end of 1919 he had returned to shipyard work. The Schaffers were still at 713 Morgan Street in January of 1920.

By the time the 1924 Camden City Directory was compiled, James J. Schaffer had been appointed to the Camden Fire Department. He was living at 706 Tulip Street and was still at that address when the 1927 edition was being assembled. By 1929 he had married and was living with his wife Florence, her mother Lillian and step-father Frank Zielinski at 804 Florence Street.

James J. Schaffer was still serving with the Camden Fire Department when the 1943 City Director was being assembled. By the end of 1946 he had passed away. His wife Florence was still living at 814 Florence Street at that time.

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Schaffer, James Joseph


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