Forty-five-year-old James Miller, died this date, August 27th, in 1848 by drowning and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground. He boarded the Walnut Street ferry to Camden and before it docked he fell overboard and drowned in the Delaware River. His body was recovered from the Camden wharf. The 1847 African American Census reports that the Millers owned property in New Jersey. He may have been on a trip concerning that property.
Mr. Miller was a porter and his spouse a seamstress. Ms. Miller’s first name is not recorded. The Millers had three children two boys and a girl. They lived in a room on what is now Addison Street near the intersection of 5th and Lombard Streets, a block away from Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church.