1880 Census shows William Wannan and his brother George living with
their mother at 433 Riley Street. Also at home was sister Jane and her
husband James Carney, twice widowed sister Rachel and her daughter Mamie
King. The Wannan brothers were working as laborers, however William
Wannan had become proficient in driving a team of horses.
1881-1882 City Directory shows William and George Wannan at 649 John
Street. He was working as a teamster by this time. John Street was
renamed Locust Street shortly thereafter. The 1880 Census indicates that
the previous tenants of 649 John Street were former Camden Fire
Department member Barton Lane
and his family. Another Camden firefighter, John
Streeper, had lived their in the early 1870s.
March 27, 1882 William Wannan was appointed to the Camden Fire
Department as a driver. Not long afterward, on June 7, 1882, his brother
George married Laura Gordon, daughter of William
B. Gordon, who had been an original member of the Camden Fire
Department and was active in local politics. William Wannan served with
the Fire Department for two years. William Wannan was living at 651
South 3rd during his time as a fireman. He was living with his mother at
510 William Street by the end of 1884, then moved to 657 South 3rd in
1887-1888 and 1888-1889 City Directories show him living at 230 Berkley
Street and working as a teamster. He had moved to 212 Pine Street prior
to the compilation of the 1890-1891 Directory.
Wannan reappears in the Camden Directories in 1894. He was then working
as a clerk in Philadelphia, and his mother was still living with him.
The Wannan's were living at 211 Clinton Street.
Wannan never married. He was working as an oilcloth printer at the time
of the 1910 Census and living with his widowed sister Jane Carney at 545
South 2nd Street. The 1914 City Directory shows him at 207 Beckett
Street. William Wannan passed away on March 19, 1916.
is recorded as having served as an extra man with the Camden Fire
Department's Hook & Ladder
Company. He was appointed on
April 8, 1876 replacing Thomas W. McCowan. He served for one year,
being replaced in turn by Howard Sharp in
April of 1877. Fire Department records state that John Bucklew worked as a
at the time of his appointment was living at 214 Senate Street. By
1898 he had gone back to work as a driver. William Wannan was
living with his brother George at 236 Pine Street.
1906 City Directory shows William Wannan, laborer at 1116 Penn
Street. He had moved back to South Camden by the time the 1910
Census was enumerated. He was then living with his widowed
sister, Jane Carney. The 1914 Directory lists William Wannan at
207 Beckett Street, working as an oilcloth pronter.
married, William Wannan passed away on March 19, 1916.