Joseph A. Ware, born in 1878 to Emma and James Ware Jr., spent the majority of his life in Camden’s historic Eighth Ward. During his early years, his family resided in proximity to South 7th Street and Ferry Avenue. James Ware Jr., his father, engaged in various occupations, with a notable involvement in politics during the 1880s. The 1887 City Directory listed his occupation as a chemist. The Ware family established residence at 1713 South 6th Street in Camden’s Eighth Ward by 1888. James Ware Jr., politically active and serving as the Superintendent of Camden Cemetery (now known as Old Camden Cemetery), was elected to the Board of Education in 1888. His political engagement persisted until at least 1892, the year of his wife Emma’s passing. Subsequently, James Ware Jr. was appointed to the Camden Police Department in 1898, eventually reaching the rank of inspector by 1910. He retired in May 1914. Joseph A. Ware’s uncle, John A. Ware, served as a Camden firefighter with Engine Company 3 from 1890 to 1904.
Around 1902, Joseph A. Ware entered matrimony. In 1906, he and his wife Harriet, along with their son James, resided at 1713 South 6th Street, while his father continued his service with the Camden Police Department.
By 1910, the Ware family had moved to 1709 Fillmore Street, and Joseph A. Ware worked as a timekeeper. His father, still influential in local politics, facilitated Joseph’s appointment to the Camden Fire Department on November 15, 1912.
In the 1914-1915 City Directory, Joseph A. Ware and Harriet were still at 1709 Fillmore Street. At this time, he served in the Camden Fire Department with Engine Company 1.
Tragedy struck the Ware family less than six weeks after James Ware Jr. filed his retirement papers on June 6, 1914. While working a fire at Locust and Spruce Streets, Fireman Joseph A. Ware sustained serious injuries when the apparatus motor crank slipped, striking him in the face. The injuries left him blind and paralyzed, leading to complications that culminated in his passing on July 21, 1914.
Survived by his wife Harriet, son James, father James Ware Jr., stepmother Harriet F. Ware, and siblings, Joseph A. Ware found his final resting place at Evergreen Cemetery in Camden.
Joseph A. Ware, born in 1878 to Emma and James Ware Jr., spent the majority of his life in Camden’s historic Eighth Ward. During his early years, his family resided in proximity to South 7th Street and Ferry Avenue. James Ware Jr., his father, engaged in various occupations, with a notable involvement in politics during…