WILLIAM PRINGLE CHAMBERS was born in New Jersey on June 6, 1882 to John James Chambers and the former Martha Wood. He was one of at least four children, Lucy, Elizabeth, and Harry M. Chambers. The family had lived at 305 Wilson Street when the 1880 Census was taken. By 1887 they had moved to 420 Evans Street in South Camden, and in 1890 were in a newly-built home at 1123 Baring Street. The Chambers family moved to 1119 Baring Street in 1891, 1109 Baring Street, in 1892, and 1103 Baring Street in 1893, where they remained for three years. The 1896 Camden City Directory shows that the Chambers family had moved to 573 Division Street. They were listed at 785 Mount Vernon Street in the 1897 and 1898 editions.

On March 30, 1898 Harry Martyn Chambers married Clara Elizabeth Price, the daughter of Camden Fire Department member Samuel Montgomery Price. John J. Chambers and family moved to 918 Mt. Ephraim Avenue in that year.

On May 10, 1901 William Chambers married Patience Anna Grover. By 1910 she had bore four children, Ethel, Mildred, William Jr. and Davis Chambers. Four more children would follow, Charles, Edward, Mary, and Patience Anna. All save Edward, who died as an infant, would live to majority. The 1910 Census and the 1914 Camden City Directory shows William P. Chambers and his family living at 1066 Line Street. William Chambers worked as a laborer in an iron foundry to support his family. By 1914 he was working as a boilermaker. The family had moved to 1024 Line Street when the 1918-1919 Camden City Directory was being compiled.

Both William Chambers and his brother Harry M. Chambers had been appointed to the Camden Fire Department by the summer of 1918. William Chambers served as a hoseman with Engine Company 2.

The Chambers family was still living at 1024 Line Street when the 1927 Camden City Directory was assembled. By 1929 they had moved to 1006 Line Street. The April 1930 Census shows the family had moved to 806 Haddon Avenue.

William P. Chambers died on February 20, 1931.


July 30, 1904

World War I Draft Card

Camden Courier - May 22, 1925


William Chambers - Leonard MegeeThomas J. Nicholas
David Ellis - Dr. Thomas B. Lee - Dr. David F. Bentley
Engine Company 2 - Ladder Company 1
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Camden Courier-Post * February 23, 1938

Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1938
Gus Fortune - Line Street - William P. Chambers