IVINS was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on April 21,
1872 in order to replace Andrew Rabeau as an extra man with Engine
Company 2. He
had been a volunteer firefighter in Camden in the 1860s. Prior to entering the fire department he worked
on the railroad. He lived at 919 South
4th Street during his time with the Fire Department. Alfred
Ivins worked with Engine
Company 2 until October 21, 1873 when he was transferred to Engine
Company 1, taking the place of John
Graham, who had been dismissed two weeks previously. Alfred
Ivins was not re-appointed in May of 1874. He returned to the
Fire Department in April of 1876, and served for one more year
Company 1 as its foreman.
Ivins was the son of Isaac Ivins and the former Hannah Brown. He was
born in Camden in May of 1843, the second of six known children, coming
after Ellen and before Elizabeth, Henry, Drucilla, Josephine, and
William. The family lived in Camden's South Ward. During the Civil War
Alfred Ivins served with Company E, 6th New Jersey Infantry
April 23, 1866 Alfred Ivins married Emma L. Streeper. This marriage
produced six children, beginning with Alfred Jr. in 1868, followed
by Mary Ann, Hannah, Matilda, Ellen, and Emma. Her brother, John
W. Streeper, was a member of the Camden Fire Department on two separate
occasions in the 1870s. Alfred Ivins sister Ellen married William
Gleason, sister Drucilla married Barton
Lane. Both men served with the Camden Fire Department in the 1870s.
Brother-in-law James M. Lane
was a charter member of the Fire Department, and served on and off into
the 1880s, and later served on City Council.
Ivins began collecting on his Civil War Invalid's Pension in 1871.
1880 Census shows Alfred Ivins and family living at 332 Hartman
Street, next door to his mother and father and brother William, who
lived at 334 Hartman
Street. Hartman Street was renamed Clinton
Street in 1882. This would be Alfred Ivins's home for the rest of
Ivins died in is 62nd year on April 16, 1905. He had been a member of
the Brotherhood of Railroad Freight and Baggagemen of America, and of
the Volunteer Firemen's Association of Camden. He also had been a member
of William B. Hatch Post No.
37, Grand Army of the Republic. His wife, Emma Ivins, was active in
the Hatch League No. 2,
Loyal Ladies League, and the Ladies of Friendship..