H. Fine was born in New Jersey around 1831 to John and Catherine
Fine. He was one of at least five children, coming after David,
Letitia, and Margaret, and before Sarah. The family was living in
Camden by 1850. John Fine supported his family working for the
railroad, his son, John H. Fine, did the same. When the census was
taken in 1860 John H. Fine was married and the father of three
children, Catherine, John B., and Henderson Fine. John H. Fine was
working as a clerk.
July 14, 1864 John H. Fine enlisted in Company
A, 1st New Jersey Militia
commanded by Captain Richard Lee with the assistance of First
Lieutenant William C. Shinn and Second Lieutenant Charles H. Kain.
In the early part of July, 1864, the cities of Washington, D.
C., and Baltimore, Maryland were endangered by a threatened
invasion of the enemy. A battle had been fought within a few
miles of Baltimore and communication with Washington had been interrupted.
In view of this emergency the governor of New
Jersey issued a proclamation dated at Trenton, July 12, 1864, calling
for the organization of the militia for 30-days' service in
Pennsylvania, Maryland or the District of Columbia.
Under the call this company reported for duty, was accepted, and
mustered in at Camden, New Jersey on July 14, 1864, for 30 days.
It left the state on July 15 for Baltimore, Maryland, and on
arrival reported to Major General Lew Wallace, commanding the
Middle Department. It was stationed at the Relay house, below Baltimore,
and was attached to the 1st Separate Brigade, 8th Army Corps.
Upon expiration of term of service it returned to New Jersey,
and was mustered out at Camden on August 15, 1864. The total
strength of the company was 94, and included several citizens of
note, including Martin
Braker, James Scovel, Samuel Hufty, and Josiah
the Census was taken in 1870 John H. Fine was working as a
railroad conductor. Fire Department records indicate the family
lived near North
5th and Arch
Streets in the middle 1870s. The 1878 City Directory gives his
address as 405 Arch
Street. His son was living at 403 Arch. By 1882 the Fine
family had moved to 216 Bridge
Avenue. John H. Fine is listed at this address in the
1883-1884 City Directory, working as a railroad conductor. He died
shortly after the directory had been compiled. In the 1884-1885
Directory, his wife Martha, is listed as "widow of John
H." at 216 Bridge
Avenue. His sons also worked for the railroad, and were still
railroad employees as late as 1899.