Martha (Pennington) Robertson

Martha (Pennington) Robertson (1864-1937) was born in Meade County, KY on December 4, 1864 to George and Angeline “Carrie” (Brown) Pennington. She was one of five children. Her father was a farmer and her mother took care of the home. On October 5, 1882, Martha married Joseph Robertson also from Kentucky. In 1900, the couple was living on a farm at Walnut Bottom, Henderson County, KY. Joseph took care of the farm along with his helper, George Norman, while Martha took care of the house and their eight children: Benjamin, Mamie, Mary, Darla, Lizzie, Joseph, Carrie and Dollie. By the time of the 1910 Census, the couple was still living in Henderson County and had added two more children to their family, Pearl and John.

The 1920 Census is the first trace of the Robertson family in Louisville. Coincidentally, they were living at 1920 S. Campbell Street in 1920 in the Phoenix Hill Neighborhood. Joseph was working as a truck man for the railroad. Grover and Pearl were still at home. By 1929, the family was living at 913 E. Walnut Street still in the Phoenix Hill Neighborhood. On March 8, 1929, Joseph died from bronchitis at the age of 73. He was buried in Section B, Range 7, Lot 15 of Eastern Cemetery. Martha lived another 8 years. On June 20, 1937, she died of kidney disease at the age of 72. She was buried next to her husband in Eastern Cemetery. She was still living at the house on E. Walnut Street at the time of her death. According to her obituary, she was survived by three sons, six daughters, 21 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. The photo of Martha is from Find a Grave user Cadmus.