leaving the fire department in 1876, Benjamin P. Middleton served
as one of Camden's constables. He was in that position in 1878,
when he lived at 812 Kimber
Street, and in 1879, when he was residing at 827 Carpenter
1880 Census lists Benjamin P. Middleton at 311 Benson
Street with his wife Leonora and a son Edward. Fellow
Camden firefighter Edward Dodamead
was then boarding with Benjamin Middleton.
He had returned to familiar surroundings by 1883, when, according
to the City Directory, he was living at 835 Carpenter
Street and worked as a carpenter.
1884-1885 City Directory shows that Benjamin P. Middleton he had
moved at 613 Pearl
Street, and had found work as a moulder. The
1885-1886 Directory shows Benjamin Middleton at the same address,
working as a shipper for Henry Fredericks. Benjamin Middleton also
returned to the fire department in 1884,
serving as an extra man with Engine Company
1. He was reassigned
to the Hook and
Ladder Company the following year, and served until 1887,
after which he had a long career as a member of Camden's police
department, interrupted on occasion by the political process, as
in those times a change in power politically would signal
wholesale changes on the police force and to a lesser extent in
the fire department.
Directories disclose the following information. By the time the
1887-1888 Directory was being compiled, Benjamin P. Middleton had
joined the police force. He was living at 329 North
9th Street, where he remained through 1890.
Leonora Middleton passed away in 1893.
P. Middleton is listed at 1019 Penn Street in 1894, 812 Linden
Street in 1895, 215 North
10th Street in 1896, 1124 Cooper
Street in 1897 and 1898, and in 1999 he was living at 121 North
10th Street. The 1900 Census shows Benjamin P. Middleton and
his son Edward boarding in the same neighborhood at 121 North
10th Street, the home of Mary Rudolph. The 1906 City Directory
lists Benjamin P. Middleton, policeman, at 929 Carpenter
Street. He was still boarding with Mary Rudolph in 1910, at
10th Street. The apparently married not long afterwards.
February 26, 1912 veteran police officers George
Harvey, and Benjamin
P. Middleton retired from active service with the Camden Police
1914 City Directory shows Benjamin P. Middleton, a watchman,
married Mary, at 14 Stewart
Avenue in East
Camden. The 1918-1919 City Directory shows the couple had
moved to a home a few blocks away at 31 North
25th Street. The 1920 Census has Benjamin P. and Mary
Middleton living at 559 Haddon
Avenue. He was then employed as "Chief of the yard"
at the Camden Iron Works. Not long after wards he retired to North
Wildwood, New Jersey with his wife and step-son Howard. They were
living at 915 New York Avenue in North Wildwood when the census
was taken in April of 1930.
P. Middleton passed away on June 17, 1930.