RICHARD FETTERS was for many years one of Camden's leading citizens. Born in Camden on January 19, 1791... before there was Camden to be born in... he was one of the leaders in the movement that effected the incorporation of Camden in 1828. A Quaker, Richard Fetters was a political and civic leader light years ahead of his time in his commitment to address the needs of his fellow citizens.

In 1833 he purchased land from Charity and Grace Kaighn and founded Fettersville. Fettersville originally embraced the land lying between Line and Cherry Streets, extending from Third Street to the Delaware River. The town of Fettersville grew rapidly, and in 1835 an additional tract was purchased from the Kaighn family extending south to Mount Vernon Street. 

Lots originally laid out by Fetters, measured 30 x 200 feet and in 1835 were assessed at $50 each. These low rates attracted many buyers of modest mean, a large portion of them South Jersey and Philadelphia blacks. He platted these lands into lots and sold them for $125 for a lot 40X100 feet. Fetter's plan placed the fronts on the streets running east and west in consideration of his design for a ferry to be located at the foot of Spruce Street.

Richard Fetters passed away on July 3, 1863, in his 72nd year. His grandson, Richard F. Smith, also had a long career in the civic life of Camden, serving as city treasurer and Sheriff of Camden County in the 1880s.. 

The History of Camden County New Jersey * George Reeser Prowell -1886


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