T. JOHNSON was born in March 2, 1871 in Dias Creek, New Jersey. Other sources
including Camden Fire Department pension records indicate he may have been as
many as five years
older. Of his life before 1900 little has been confirmed, but it
appears that he was living in South Camden in the 1890s and may
have been separated from his wife around 1898.
T. Johnson was not among the many new appointees made to the
Camden Fire Department at the end of November of 1899, however,
on January 1, 1900 he began a career as a Camden fire fighter
that would last into 1933. It appears that he spent his entire
career at Engine
The 1900 Census shows Joseph Johnson was then married, but was
living apart from his wife. While not on duty with the Fire
Department, he boarded at 441 Chambers
Avenue, the home of Arthur R. Abele. By 1906 he had moved to
Street. The 1910 and 1914 City Directories shows him living
at 566 Royden
the end of 1918 Joseph Johnson had re-married. His new wife was
a widow, Mrs. Emma Richards Stolzenback, whose husband Edward
had died in 1909. The City Directory
shows him and his wife Emma living at 901 Atlantic
living with them was Emma's widowed mother, Mrs. Amy Richards,
according to the 1920 Census. Emma's daughter, Irma A.
Stolzenback, had married another Camden Fire Department member, Walter
D. Eastlack. By 1924 Joseph T. and Emma Johnson had brought a
home at 1433 South
10th Street, where they lived through at least 1931. Joseph
Johnson retired on pension in 1933.
Johnsons were not at the South
10th Street address when the 1940 City Directory was
compiled. A Joseph and Emma Johnson were are listed in that
edition at 714 Mount
Vernon Street, but it is not clear at this point if these
are the same people. The Johnsons were living at 626 Pine
Street in January of 1950 when Mrs. Johnson passed away.
T. Johnson later moved to 626 Berkley
Street. He passed away on
March 12, 1956.