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Capt. William J. PETERS
Sarah JOYCE
Husband:  William J. PETERS
Birth:  10 Sep 1863? 1865?
Occupation:  1889, master mariner, San Francisco directory
Occupation:  1891, U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, DC
Father:  Capt. William Bonaventure PETERS
Mother:  Margaret MAJOR
How does a sea captain in San Franciso end up two years later at a desk job in Washington?  Or was it a desk job?
Marriage:  1880
I don't see how the William PETERS who married Sarah JOYCE can be the above man.  Men rarely got married at 17 and never got married at 15.  Also, men rarely married older women, and almost never married one 7 to 10 years their senior.
Wife:  Sarah E. JOYCE
Birth:  1855/6, of Providence, Providence Co., RI
Death (æ 36y):  8 Jan 1892, San Francisco or Oakland, CA
Children (at least five):
1.  (Son) PETERS, b. 1881
2.  (Son) PETERS, b. 1884
3.  (Daughter) PETERS, b. 1885
4.  Charles B. PETERS, b. 11 Jan 1886, CA; d. 3 Mar 1981, Sonoma Co., CA
5.  (Son) PETERS, b. 1888


Sources:

1.  San Francisco, California, Directories, 1889-91 (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Occupation Location 1 Location 2 City State Year
William Peters master mariner 744 Fourth   San Francisco CA 1889
William J. Peters carpenter 524 Castro N s Tilden nr South Broderick San Francisco CA 1889
William J. Peters carpenter and builder  35 Second r. 6 Tilden San Francisco CA 1890
Plus ten other William PETERSes.

2.  Washington, D.C., City Directory, 1890.  R.L. Polk Co., Washington, DC (online at Ancestry.com; missing columns contained no data).
Name Occupation Location 1 City State Year
William J Peters geol sur 1831 F northwest District of Columbia DC 1891
Plus six other William PETERSes.

3.  1900 Census Index/Microfilm (online at Genealogy.com):  I can't find him in CA or Washington, DC, but this search engine is a real kludge, so I could have missed him.

4.  California Death Index, 1940-1997 (online at RootsWeb.com; missing columns contained no data):
Last
Name
First
Name
Middle Birth
Date
Mother
Maiden
Sex Birth
Place
Death Place
(County)
Death
Date
SSN Age
Peters Charles B 01/11/1886 Joyce M California Sonoma 03/03/1981 546-26-6155 95 yrs

5.  Emails from David Gussett (Sep 2001).

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