F. KESLER, whose nickname was "Rebel Sam" appears to
have come to Camden in 1879 from Virginia to work for the
Pennsylvania Railroad as a machinist. The 1880 Census and Camden
city directories shows him living at 434 Berkley Street from
1880 through 1887, and at 234 Benson Street in 1890. He also
appears in Camden city directories at 888 Penn Street beginning
in 1894 and ending in 1898
to the 1880 census, Samuel Kesler was born in Virginia in 1843.
He married Emma Gamble around 1870, and a son, Laurence, was
born in Virginia in 1872. A daughter, Lizzie, was born in New
Jersey around February of 1880. The 1880 Census shows Samuel
Kesler and his family living at 434 Berkley Street
mother-in-law, Elizabeth Gamble, her sons Harry, Charles, and
George, and her daughter Annie.
Kesler was appointed to the Camden Fire Department
to serve as a Engineer with Engine
Company 1, replacing G.
Rudolph Tenner. Samuel Kesler served with the Fire Department for
one year, then was replaced when Tenner