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William J. PETERS
Josephine Elizabeth STRAUB
Husband:  William J. PETERS
Birth:  Jun 1880, Madison Twp., Franklin Co., OH
Occupation (as per family tradition):  attorney, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service
Occupation (as per 1910 Census):  Inspector, Bureau of Immigration
Occupation (as per 1920 Census):  Law Officer, U.S. Department of Labor
Occupation (as per 1930 Census):  attorney, general practice
Father:  Edward Allen PETERS
Mother:  Susan Elizabeth MILLER
Marriage:  19 Jul 1906, Waldo, Marion Co., OH
Wife:  Josephine Elizabeth "Jo" STRAUB
Birth:  3 Mar 1881, Waldo, Marion Co., OH
Death:  11 Apr 1980, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Co., FL
Occupation:  school teacher 
Father:  George Washington STRAUB
Mother:  Sarah E. CORBIN
Children born in Washington, DC:
1.  Besse Anita PETERS, b. 1907/8
2.  William J. PETERS, Jr. b. Jun 1909; d. by 1920
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1a.  Interviews of my mother, Nina Gale (Straub) Matthiesen (1907-1991) of Saratoga, CA, subject's niece.  My mother lived with her Aunt Jo in Washington, DC, during the late 1920s or early 1930s when she attended art school there.  She had a life-long friendship with Jo's daughter, who always went by Anita, not Besse.

1b.  Interviews of Elizabeth Winingham "Bette" (Cellar) Wales of Jacksonville, FL, subject's grandniece, who knew Aunt Jo personally.

1c.  Interviews of Donald McLean, Jr., of Raliegh, NC, subject's grandnephew, who knew Aunt Jo personally.

2.  Anon.  Monday, 19 July 1926.  "Twenty Years Ago." The Marion Star (Marion, Ohio), v. XLIX, n. 200, p. 6 (online at Ancestry.com):
Twenty Years Ago.
This day was Thursday...
At the residence of the bride's sister at Waldo, Miss Josephine Straub and Mr. W. J. Peters were married by Rev. George M. Rourke...

3.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
William J. PETERS
Birth: 1880, Pickaway, Ohio
Father: Edward Allen PETERS; Mother: Susan MILLER
Source: [patron submission]
Birth: 7 Jan 1880, Muhlenberg Twp, Pickaway, Ohio
Source: [patron submission]
Our subject could be either one, or neither, of these two, but it seems highly probably that he is the William J. PETERS who was s/o Edward & Susan (MILLER) PETERS.  However, Edward and Susan are in the 1880 Census of Franklin Co., OH, not Pickaway Co.

4.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #26-27 of 36):  117 R Street NE, Washington, DC, Roll 153 (Book 2), pp. 243B-244A, SN 13B-14A, SD _, ED 167, enumerated 26 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 28
* 117 263 292 Peters Wm J Head M W 29 M1 3     Ohio Ohio Ohio Eng Inspector Bu. Immigration W N 0 Y Y H
      ______ Josephine E Wife F W 29 M1 3 2 2 Ohio Ohio Ohio Eng None         Y Y  
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        Peters Bessie A Dau F W  2 S       Washington DC Ohio Ohio   None              
      ______ Wm E Son M W 9/12 S       Washington DC Ohio Ohio   None              
      Straub Bessie C Sister in law F W 24 S       Ohio Ohio Ohio Eng Clerk Mercantile? W N 0 Y Y  
*R Street N.E.

5.  1920 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Images 18 and 19 of 30):  117 R Street NE, Washington, DC, Roll T625_211 (Book 2), pp. 95B/96A, SD 40, ED216, SNs 9B (Lines 98-100)/10A (Line 1), enumerated 12/13 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
117 179 213 Peters, William J Head 0 M M W 39 M   Y Y OH OH OH Y Law Officer Dept. of Labor W
      ______, Josephine E Wife     F W 38 M   Y Y OH OH OH Y None    
      ______, Besse A Daughter     F W 12 S Y Y Y DC OH OH Y None    
      Straub, Bess C Sister-in-law     F W 34 S   Y Y OH OH OH Y Clerk State Dept. W

6.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 35):  34?? Macomb Street, Washington (Precinct 14, Tract 3, Block 2089), District of Columbia, Roll 304 (Book 2), p. 49A, SN 4A, ED 383, SD 1, enumerated 5 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30
* 34?? Peters, Wm G Head 0 $20,000 R M W 49 M 26 N Y OH OH OH Y Lawyer General? Practice O Y W
  ______, Josephine Wife       F W 4? M 26 N Y OH OH OH Y None        
  ______, Be??? Eaneta Dau       F W 22 S   N Y DC OH OH Y Social Worker   W Y  
*Macomb Street
Everyone in the family was fully literate, so it's odd that the enumerator botched the names.

7.  Death Certificate: Josephine Elizabeth Peters, filed 15 Apr 1980, State of Florida, Office of Vital Statistics, State File No. 80-036055, Local File No. 2233. No cause of death given, and I have a certified copy.

8.  Anon.  Friday, 23 May 1952.  "Personal Mention." The Marion Star (Marion, Ohio), v. LXXV, n. 149, p. 8 (online at Ancestry.com):
Personal Mention

Mrs. W. J. Peters of Lake Worth, Fla., formerly Miss Josephine Straub of Marion, is visiting with Miss Bess McCausland of 185 S. Prospect St. for a few days.  Mrs. Peters is spending a few weeks visiting friends and relatives in Ohio.
Bess McCAUSLAND was Josephine's first cousin.

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