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William Goldson Calver
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Birth: Jun. 9, 1811
Death: Apr. 11, 1866

The birth date comes from family records.

His address before moving to New Jersey late in life was 61 Nth 2nd St., Philadelphia.

He was a bonnet presser in his later years. However, the biography of his son described him as, first, a homopathic physician, a tradition followed by his sons and granddaughter Laura Adams Calver Clements:

Byberry Walton genealogy book describes him pronouncing the death of his wife's aunt, Sarah Ashton Walton.


"William G., only child of James and Sarah G. Calver, was reared in Philadelphia, and in that city learned the trade of carving and gilding, which he followed for some time. He was subsequently engaged in the manufacture of straw hats and bonnets, and carried on a bleachery in Philadelphia. In 1866 he retired from business, and moved to the country, a few miles from Columbus, N.J. There he met his death at the age of fifty-six, through a shooting accident. Prominently interested in educational affairs of his day, he was one of the organizers of the institution now known as the Eclectic College of Philadelphia, which was opened in 1853, under the name of the Reform College, or American College of Reform, and was reorganized in 1859.

"Of this institution, Mr. Calver was Secretary fourteen years. He was also a physician and chemist, and practised medicine for several years. His wife was a daughter of John and Hannah McDaniel, of Philadelphia. She died at the age of forty-three. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. William G. Calver, six of whom attained maturity. Of these, the following are yet living: William, a physician of Booth Corner, Delaware County, Pa., who has been in practice since 1865; George W. H., the subject of this sketch; John W., a manufacturer of straw bonnets, bonnet frames, and regalia goods, in Philadelphia; Sarah G., widow of Harry G. Altemus; and Hannah P., wife of J. C. Moore, of Philadelphia."

As soon as his stepmother Rebecca __ Calver died and was buried at Mount Peace, the burial group of Rebecca's husband, son William, daughter-in-law Elizabeth McDaniel Calver, and their sons James Earle and James Henry, were all moved on 25 March 1873, from West Street/Kensington Union Cemetery to Mount Peace. The removal record did not note the section number of the new location.

(It is not clear where William's mother, Sarah Goldson, and her two deceased infants, Harriet and Calvin, were buried. But it was not in the plot containing William's father and William.) 
Family links: 
  James Calver (1779 - 1852)
  Emeline Brick Stokes Calver (1816 - 1863)
  Rebecca Platt Calver (____ - 1891)*
  Elizabeth McDaniel Calver (1811 - 1853)*
  William Calver (1838 - 1901)*
  James H. Calver (1838 - 1862)*
  George Washington Hartshorne Calver (1840 - 1901)*
  John Walton Calver (1843 - 1917)*
  Sarah J. Altemus (1848 - 1931)*
  Hannah P Moore (1848 - 1923)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Peace Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Sue Patterson Miller Smi...
Record added: Jul 29, 2013
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William Goldson Calver
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