WILSON was born on October 14, 1845 in Pennsylvania to Thomas
Alexander Wilson and his wife the former Harriette Barry. His
father, a house carpenter, had brought his family to Camden's
South Ward by the time the 1860 Census was enumerated. When the
Census was taken Mortimer Wilson was the oldest of six children
then at home. The younger siblings were Anna, Thomas, Alfred,
Harriet, and Caroline. Two more children were born after the
1860 Census, Mary and Levi.
the 1860s Mortimer Wilson joined Independence
Fire Company No. 3, one of Camden's volunteer fire
companies. In time he served as treasurer of the organization.
1870 Census shows that Mortimer Wilson had married. He was
living in the South Ward with his wife Corrilla and one year-old
son John B. Wilson, in a house next door to his parents and
siblings. Mortimer Wilson was then working as a house painter.
Mortimer Wilson had a talent for art, and when the 1878-1879
Camden City Directory was compiled Mortimer Wilson was working
as a "scene painter". Sadly his wife Corrilla died in
1875 at the age of 23, leaving Mortimer Wilson with three sons,
John B., Mortimer, and Lloyd Wilson. On January 18, 1877 he was
again married, this time to Charlotte E. Leach. The Wilson are
listed in the 1878-1879 Directory at 810 Kaighn Avenue. The
1879-1880 edition shows them living at 209 Bailey Street in
North Camden. The 1880 Census, taken on June 21, shows the
Mortimer and Lottie Wilson at 840 South 6th Street with Mortimer
Wilson's three sons. A daughter, Ida Kendall Wilson, was born in
June of 1880 in Camden. Mortimer Wilson and family remained at
840 South 6th Street through 1890. He was still living at that
address when he was appointed to the Camden Fire Department as
Foreman of then yet to be organized Engine Company 3, at 18134
June 1, 1890 Engine Company 3 of the Camden Fire Department was
organized on Broadway near Ferry Avenue. Charter members
Wilson, foreman, Samuel
Lodge, engineer; John Helmbbold, stoker; Joseph
Reed, hoseman; William
Deno, driver; and John
Ware, hoseman. John Helmbold resigned on August 1, 1890, and
Joseph Reed was promoted to Stoker. George
Shields joined the company on August 14, 1890 as a hoseman,
in the spot made available by Reed's promotion. Mortimer Wilson
was still foreman of Engine Company 3 in the spring of 1891,
however, in the spring of 1892 he left the Fire
Department, and William
been promoted to the post of foreman at Engine Company 3.
Mortimer Wilson and family were still living at 840 South 6th
Street in 1892.
1893-1894 and 1894-1895 City Directories show Mortimer Wilson at
640 North 2nd Street in North Camden. He had gone back to work
as an artist. Mortimer Wilson's son Mortimer died on February 8,
1894 and was buried at Evergreen cemetery in Camden.
1895-1896 Directory has him living at 527 South 2nd Street. The
1896 Directory gives his address as 633 White Street in South
Camden. The Directories for 1897 ad 1898 show Mortimer Wilson at
207 Washington Street. He was by this time working as a painter
for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He does not appear in the 1899
City Directory in Camden, the 1900 Census, or the 1906 City
Directory, and it is evident that he left Camden.
Wilson appears in the 1920 Census living with his daughter Mrs.
Ida Beard and her family in Woodbury, New Jersey. He died on
September 1, 1923 and was buried at Evergreen cemetery in