WILLIAM SUDERS was born in New Jersey in 1856, the son of Samuel and Letitia Suders. The family was living in Camden's South Ward when the Census was taken in 1870. At that time the family consisted of Samuel and Letitia Suders, William Suders and his brothers Samuel and Aaron.

Both William and his brother Samuel Suders appear to have been somewhat rambunctious and there were occasional brushes with the law. Samuel seems to have made a habit of it, as evidenced by newsclippings of the day.

William Suders appears in City Directories from 1878-1879 through 1883-1884 living in the 300 block of Spruce Street. The 1878-1879 edition show him at 324 Spruce Street. The 1879-1880 Directory lists him at 314 Spruce. 


The 1880 Census shows William Suders living with his wife Dorothy and sons Frank, 2, and William, 6 months, at 326 Spruce Street. William Suders resided at 326 Spruce through 1883. On April 5, 1882 William Suders was appointed to the Camden Fire Department to serve as an extra man with Engine Company 2, replacing George Frost. William Suders served with the Fire Department for one year, then was replaced by Charles Fitzsimmons

The 1884-1885 and the 1885 City Directories show William Suders at 316 Line Street. He is listed at 324 Spruce Street in the 1887-1888 Directory, then from 1888-1889 through the 1893-1894 editions his address was given as 322 Spruce Street. He reportedly also spent some time on Joint Alley in December of 1889.

William Suders remarried around 1892. His wife Anna blessed him with two daughters, Mary in July of 1893, and Anna in April of 1894.

William Suders moved to 320 Joint Alley in 1894 and remained their through 1898. The 1899 City Directory states that William Suders lived at the foot of Spruce Street.

The 1900 Census shows William Suders residing at 325 Division Street with his wife and daughters, working as an iceman. His address was 348 Joint Alley when the 1906 Directory was compiled. The 1910 Census shows William Suders, then a widower, living at 344 Joint Alley with his mother, brother Samuel, nephew Charles, daughter Anna, and brother-in-law Frank Peterson.

William Suders was killed on December 24, 1911 in a construction accident.

Philadelphia Inquirer * June 3, 1870

This could be either Samuel Suders or William Suders

Philadelphia Inquirer * December 8, 1877

James Ayers - Liberty Street - Mrs. Eddine - William Suders

Philadelphia Inquirer * April 7, 1882

G. Rudolph Tenner
James McCracken
Daniel Bromley - John S. Kelly
Michael McCaffery
James H. Brown
Thomas McKenna
James Shinn - Smith Moore
William Irelan
William Bassett
John Hill - James Read
Robert Miller - William Marsh
George Moffett - John J. Logan
Isaac M. Shreve - Samuel Welsh
Lewis Ferrell - Logan Bates
Isaac Collings - Harry Miles
John W. Elliott - William Turner
Charles Holl - John J. Hibbs
John Seybold - James H. McCann
Edward Swope - William Suders

Philadelphia Inquirer * October 6, 1884

South 2nd Street - Spruce Street - Frank "Curly" Barnes - William Suders

Philadelphia Inquirer * August 25, 1887

John H. Logan - Pavonia Street - Kaighn Avenue - William "Engine" Suders - John Gallagher
John Painter - Warren S. Thompson Drug Store, 211 Kaighn Ave. - Dr. James G. Stanton - Spruce Street

Philadelphia Inquirer * March 13, 1889

Justice of the Peace Davis - Elijah Banes - Howard Gilmore - Louis Scheimer
"Whitey" Whitsell - Frank "Curly" Barnes -
William "Engine" Suders - William Deno
John Brouthers - Policeman WIlliams - Richard Guthridge - Kaighn Avenue - Broadway

Philadelphia Inquirer * December 23, 1889

Jacob Woodside - Joint Alley - William Suders

Philadelphia Inquirer * September 25, 1899

Frank Suders - Joseph Hollingshead - South 4th Street - Haddon Avenue

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 1911


William Carey
William Suders