Wagner was born in Camden, New Jersey in July of 1850 to Michael and
Margaret Horneff Wagner. Michael Wagner was a carpet weaver, and when
not working for the City of Camden as a fire fighter, Henry Wagner
followed this trade.
Wagner family appears in Camden's South Ward in the 1860 census. The
family then consisted of Michael and Margaret Wagner, and five children,
Henry being the oldest, followed by Cassie, Jacob, William, and Charles
1870 Census shows the Wagner family in Camden's South Ward. Henry Wagner
is living at home, as are seven younger siblings, William, Charles,
John, Adam, Elizabeth, Maggie and Mary are all living at home. It is
unclear at this time as to what became of Cassie Wagner, who may have
married off, or Jacob Wagner, who would have been 16 years old and
possibly living elsewhere as an apprentice.
stated above, on October 23,
1872 Henry Wagner was appointed to the Camden Fire Department as an extra man with Engine Company
1. He joined his uncle, George
Horneff, who was an original member of the Company and the Fire
Directories from the ate 1870s and early 1880s show that Henry Wagner
was still living with his parents, but was in the process of
establishing a carpet weaving business in the 1000 block of Broadway.
1880 Census has Henry Wagner living with his parents at 349 Pine Street.
Of Henry Wagner's younger siblings, William, Charles, John, Adam, and
Mary are all living at home. It appears that Elizabeth and Maggie had
not survived the decade.
1882-1883 City Directory shows that Henry Wagner had permanently moved
to 1028 Broadway. His family was still living at 349 Pine Street. Sadly,
Michael Wagner passed away in 1884. Brother William Wagner took over his
father's business, and in the 1880s opened up a shop at 719 South 4th
Wagner married Ida Baxter in 1884. His wife Ida had given birth to three
children by the time the 1900 Census was taken, Charles H. Wagner, Harry
J. Wagner, and Eva Wagner. The family was then living at 1028 Broadway.
The family was still at that address when the 1910 census was
Wagner died on November 5, 1910. He was buried at Harleigh cemetery. By the
time of the compilation of the 1914 Camden City Directory, his widow and
children had all moved to 506 North 4th Street in North Camden. Ida
Baxter Wagner passed away in 1952 at the age of 89.
Wagner is not related to Harry
Jacobs Wagner Jr., who was a member of the Camden Fire Department
from the late 1920s through April 1964 and at one time served as Acting
Chief of the Department. Henry Wagner does not appear to be related to Joseph
Wagner, who served as an extra man with Engine Company 1 from July
8, 1878 to September 8, 1878.