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Judge Walter Ferry STRAUB
Ms. __?__
Husband:  Walter Ferry STRAUB
Birth:  13 Feb 1834, Milton, Northumberland Co., PA
Death:  26 Feb 1889, Oxford, Butler Co., OH
Disposition:  buried Spring Grove Cemetery (Sec. 23, Lot 7, Space 11), Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
Occupation:  attorney, judge
Military Service:  Civil War:  Aide-de-Camp to Gen. McCook; at Shiloh
Father:  Isaac STRAUB
Mother:  Anne FERRY
Marriage-1:  bef. 1860
Wife-1:  Ms. __?__
Birth probably:  ca. 1838
Death probably:  21 Jan 1860 [or not long after], Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
Wife-2:  Elvina "Ella" F. STEWART
Birth:  1 Mar 1836, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
Death:  10 Oct 1864, presumably in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
Disposition:  buried 6 Apr 1865, Spring Grove Cemetery (Sec. 23, Lot 7, Space 1), Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Alexander STEWART
Mother:  Eliza P. __?__
Child with Wife-1 born in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH:
1.  Frances E. "Fanny / Fannie" STRAUB, b. 21 Jan 1860
Child with Elvina STEWART born in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH:
2.  Robert Stewart STRAUB, b. Jun 1864; d. 16 Sep 1864; bur. Spring Grove Cem.
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania


1.  Marriage Index:  Kentucky, 1851-1900.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-233):  not found, but there are no Kenton Co. records on the CD.

2a.  1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #69 of 628):  Florence P.O., District No. 1, Kenton Co., KY, p. 353, PN 69, 514/572, enumerated 14 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Isaac Straub 64 M   Mill Wright 25,000 10,000 Pennsylvania
Anna      " 52 F         "
Walter    " 25 M   Lawyer     "
Frances   " 23 F         "
Elizabeth " 21 F         Ohio
Emma      " 15 F         "
George    " 10 M         "
Plus hired help not extracted.  The only obvious explanation for Elvina not being with Walter is that he hasn't married her, yet, which means Fanny is not Elvina's daughter, which jibes with Fanny's cemetery record (q.v.), which lists her father as Walter STRAUB, but her mother as unknown.

2b.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #188 of 302):  Cincinnati P.O., Cincinnati (East-Half-15th Ward), Hamilton Co., OH, Roll 977 (Book 1), p. 398B, PN 28, 163/193, enumerated 6 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤()
Henry P Straub 38 M   Machinist 8000 500 Pennsylvania
Ann        " 30 F         Ohio
Oliver     " 14 M         "
Fanny E    " 4/12 F         "
Amanda Robinson 39 F   Dressmaker     "
Esther Garsidey 13 F   Nurse     "
Henry is our subject's half brother, and it appears he has adopted Walter's daughter.

3a.  1870 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #121 of 227):  Cincinnati P.O., Cincinnati (Ward 14), Hamilton Co., OH, Roll M593_1214, p. 326B, PN 118, 656/760, enumerated 21 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Currier Chas 30 M W Musician    500 Prussia
[Charles's wife and child]
Straub Walter 32 M W Judge Police Court - 
Hamilton County, Ohio
  1000 Ohio
______ Jacob 26 M W Clk in Store     "
I would have pegged Jacob for Walter's brother, but no Jacob appears in Walter's parents' household in 1850 or 1860.

3b.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #196 of 346):  Cincinnati P.O., Cincinnati South ½ (Ward 15), Hamilton Co., OH, Roll 1214 (Book 1), p. 478A, PN 55, 340/397, enumerated 14 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Straub Henry P 47 M W Portable Mill Builder   50,000 Pennsylvania
______ Ann E 40 F W Keeps House 2000   Ohio
______ Oscar B 25 M W Book Keeper     Ohio
______ Fannie E 10 F W at school     Ohio
______ Wm R 8? M W at school     Ohio
Robinson Amanda 52 F W at home     Ohio
Brown Mary 30 F W Domestic Servant     Ireland
Tuinan? Ellen 21 F W Domestic Servant     Ireland
Fannie continues to live with her aunt & uncle.

4a.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #28 of 48):  Scotts Magisterial District, Kenton Co., KY, Roll T9-0426, p. 609D, PN 28, SD 4, ED 127, enumerated 17 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  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 8 9 10 11 13 24 25 26
236 241 Straub Ann W F 71       / Keeping House Penn Ireland Ireland
    ______ F Walter W M 43 Son     / At home " Penn Penn
    ______ M George W M 31 Son /     Farmer Ohio " "
    Hopper Elizabeth W F 39 Dau   /   At home " " "
    ______ Catharine W F 10 G-Dau /     " " England Ohio
    Butler Frances W F 80 Sister     /   Penn Ireland Ireland
    Eucher Oreich W M 38 Domestic /     Domestic Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland
    Tone Alice W F 15 " /     " Kentucky Ky Ky
    Johnson Blanche B F 50 "     /   Kentucky " "

4b.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #11 of 57):  133 Jefferson St., Newport (Ward 3), Campbell Co., KY, Roll 407, p. 60C, PN 11, SD 4, ED 39, enumerated 2 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  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 13 24 25 26
* 133 91 101 Straub L A W F 49         / Keeping house OH OH OH
      ______ Walter W M 18   Son /     Clk in Publishing house OH PA OH
      Payne William W M 22   Son in law   /   Clk in Publishing house WV VA VA
      _____ Fannie W F 20   Wife   /   At Home OH PA OH
      _____ James H W M 10/12 July Son /     At Home OH WV OH
      Detrick Barbara W F 15     /     Servant KY Ger Ger
      Gomey R C W F 58   Boardr   /   At Home OH Eng KY
*Jefferson St.
Fannie continues to live with her, now widowed, aunt.  The enumerator erred in that all relationships should be to the head-of-household.

5.  Records of Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH (online at www.springgrove.org):
Name: Straub, Judge Walter F. Straub, Elvina F. PAYNE, FRANCES STRAUB Straub, Robert Stewart
No: 47011 14486 143703 14485
Place of Birth: Cinti.O. Cinti.O. Cincinnati Cinti.O.
Late Residence: Do. Do. 3763 Dogwood Ln. Do.
Age-Birth Date: Feb. 13, 1834 Mch. 1, 1836 Jan. 21, 1860 June 1864
Decease: Feb. 26, 1889 Oct.10, 1864 Feb. 23, 1957 Sept. 16, 1864
Interment: Mch. 1, 1889-2PM Apr. 6, 1865 Tuesday Feb. 26, 1957 10:45 Apr. 6, 1865
Disease: Softening of brain consuption Arteriosclerosis General Debility
Parent's Names: Isaac & Anne F. Alexr. & Eliza P. Stewart Walter Straub unknown mother Walter F. & Ella F. Straub
Lot Owner |  His   Fannie E. Payne  
Sec | Lot | Space: 23 | 7 | 11 23 | 7 | 1 118 | 90 | 7 23 | 7 | 1
Size and Kind of Grave: Brick 6'6" x 26"   Con. Vlt. 7-9x36  
Undertaker: Estep & Meyer J.P. Epply Bamber J.P. Epply
Ordered by: W.J. Coppock      " W.M. Trevor(?)
Place of Death: Oxford, Ohio   Fairfield Rest Home
3101 Fairfield Ave
Marital Status: Widowed   Widowed
wife of Wm. A. Payne
Relation to Owner:     owner  
Removed:   From Vault.   From Vault.
Walter was born in PA.

6.  Charles Robson, ed.  1876.  The Biographical Encyclopaedia of Ohio of the Nineteenth Century.  Galaxy Publ. Co., Cincinnati, OH, p. 40 (online at the Making of America web site; boldface added):
STRAUB, WALTER FERRY, Lawyer and Judge, was born on the 13th of February, 1834, at Milton, Northumberland county, Pennsylvania.  This town was founded by his grandfather, Andrew Straub, in 1791.  Here also were born his father, Isaac Straub, and his mother, Anne Straub.  They survive still in the enjoyment of a green old age, living a few miles from Cincinnati, in Kentucky.

In April, 1838, the family went to Cincinnati to live, where the subject of this sketch has ever since resided.  At an early age Walter entered one of the district schools of the public school system of Cincinnati.  When the "Central School" (the nucleus of the present High School of Cincinnati) was established he was one of the boys selected, after a rigid examination, to enter upon the advanced course there.  He remained a pupil there until 1848, when, at the age of fourteen, he found it necessary to commence work for a living.  From that time until 1853 he was, by turns, errand boy, clerk and bookkeeper.  During 1853 he was engineer at his father's factory.  He had early developed a taste for writing and considerable ability to the expression of his ideas, and by this time had become a contributor to the newspaper press of his city.  During all this time he was a devoted student at nights, which, he has told the writer of this sketch, "yielded good fruit."

In 1854 he took the first important step of his life, entering the office of Hon. Henry Stanbery as a law student. He was admitted to the bar in 1857, and remained at it until the war of the rebellion broke out, when he entered the Union army as Aide-de-Camp to General McCook.  He was compelled to leave the service, however, in about a year by reason of ill health, which was brought about by an attack of typhoid fever, contracted on the march to Shiloh, in which action he participated.  He returned to Cincinnati, where several months of home nursing restored him to comparative health, although he has never since been physically rugged.

In the spring of 1863 he was elected City Prosecutor by the Republicans.  At that time the writer's acquaintance with him commenced.  He discharged the onerous and important duties of this position with such ability and fidelity that he was re-elected for two years in 1865.  In 1867, on the expiration of his second term as Prosecutor, he was rewarded for his fidelity and manly course in that place by election by the Republican party to the office of Judge of the Police Court, which he held for three terms -- of two years each -- retiring in 1873.  Judge Straub distinguished himself on the bench of the Police Court -- in the midst of the daily annoyances of an average of fifty cases a day the year throughout for six years -- by almost unerring judgment and never-failing truthfulness to his trust.  He was severe where severity was demanded; but he could and did temper justice with mercy when there was a fair chance that the result would be better for society.  His mistakes were very few, if any, in disposing of cases.  His record as Judge of the Police Court is a bright paragraph in the history of the Queen City of the West, no other person having remained in that office so many years and given such universal satisfaction.  Since his retirement from the bench Judge Straub has pursued the practice of his profession.

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