William Joyce Sewell was born on December 6, 1835 in Ireland. Orphaned at a young age, he emigrated to the United States in 1851. He was for a time employed in mercantile business in New York City, made several voyages as a sailor on merchant vessels, afterward engaged in business in Chicago, IL. He moved to Camden NJ in 1860.
East Camden used to have three parks “in the old days” — and to hear a veteran like Police Sergeant William C. Horner tell it — they certainly kept the police force “on its toes.”
Harrisburg Patriot – July 17, 1899
Philadelphia, July 16 — Walter S. Jones, colored, is locked up in Camden Jail under a chain of weird circumstances. On Friday night a horse and empty wagon were found standing in a clump of bushes near Seventeenth and Mickle streets, a sparsely settled part of Camden’s annexed district. Almost simultaneous with its discovery wild cries of “Murder” and “Help” were heard from the vicinity of Cooper’s creek. The team was taken in charge and Police Captain Albert with Policemen Flick, Abbott and Horner, began an investigation.