GEORGE SCHAUB was appointed as an extra man with the Camden Fire Department on April 8, 1876, replacing William Deith. He was one of the many new men brought into the Camden Fire Department by incoming Chief Claudius Bradshaw. A few of these men had served previously, most of the new men did not remain with the department for long. very George Schaub was replaced on April 8, 1877 by William Deith

The family name of Schaub is a matter of question. The family appears in the 1850, 1860, and 1880 Census as Swope, and in the 1870 Census as Schwab, and in Fire Department records as Swope, Schaub, and Schwaab. That these are the same people is proven when records other than the Census yields both spellings for the same addresses, ages, occupations and first names at the same times.    

George Schaub was born in New Jersey in 1847, according to the 1900 Census. His parents, according to the 1850 Census, were German-born Ignatius Schaub (or Schwaab, in this particular Census, Swope) and his wife Maria (also recorded as Anna Maria), who then were living in Camden's South Ward. Also at home were the following children, Joseph, 15; William H., 12; Mary A., 10; Elizabeth, 7; John, 3; Christian Edward., 2; and Mary C., a newborn. Ignatius Schaub died shortly after George Schaub was born. Ignatious Schaub died on April 2, 1857.

When the 1860 Census was enumerated oldest son Joseph had married, moved out, and started a family. Daughter Elizabeth had also wed, and was living with her husband, John Olden. Anna Maria Schaub (or Swope) worked as a washerwoman to support five sons, William, 21; John, 14; Christian Edward, 10; Andrew, 8; and George, 3. It should be noted that in the hand-written censuses of the 19th century, variations in ages were not at all uncommon, and also that the censuses were not always taken in the same month of the year from decade to decade. In 1860 older brother William H. Schwaab (the spelling that he used) worked as a laborer. Boarding with the family was son-in-law William Gordon, married to Mary Schwaab, and their baby, also named William. 

When the census was taken in 1870 William Schwaab was living at in Camden's South Ward with his wife Amanda at the home of his widowed mother Maria Schwaab. Also living there were Andrew, John, and George Schwaab, who appear to be his brothers, and Anna Schwaab, his daughter. William H. Schwaab's occupation is listed as steam engineer, he is listed in other sources as a laborer. By the December of 1871 the Schwaab family was living at 329 Cherry Street in South Camden. 

Older brother William served with the Union Army and also appears to have been a volunteer fireman in Camden during the late 1860s. William H. Schwaab was appointed as an extra man with Engine Company 1 on December of of 1871. He served until April of 1876, when he was not re-appointed, and was replaced by William Guthridge. As stated above, George Schaub was appointed to the Camden Fire Department as an extra man on April 8, 1876, and served for one year. He was working as a laborer at the time he was appointed. Fire Department records state that he was living on Cherry Street, below Fourth, when he was appointed.

It appears that George Schaub passed away in the late spring or summer of 1877. His brother, William H. Schwaab, who lived at 329 Cherry Street, named his son, born in August of 1877, George H. Schwaab. The George Schaub who is the subject of this sketch does not appear in the 1880 Census or those afterwards, nor does he appear in and Camden City Directories prior to 1900. 

Another brother of George Schaub and William H. Schwaab, Christian Edward, went by the name of Edward Swope. He served as a member of the Camden Fire Department for two years, beginning April 21, 1882 with the Hook and Ladder Company. Camden Fire Department records also list a Charles Swope, a stone cutter from Camden's North Ward, who served as an extra man with Engine Company 2 for 1 year, beginning April 8, 1876, who does not appear to be related.