Robert Lincoln Anthony, Jr.

Robert Lincoln Anthony, Jr. (1903-1967) was born in Vincennes, IN to Robert Lincoln and Carrie B. (Gaddie) Anthony. He was one of seven children. Robert Sr. was a teacher who we’ve featured before, and Carrie was the daughter of Rev. D.A. Gaddie who we’ve also featured. At the time of the 1920 Census, Robert Jr. was living with his parents on Clay Street in Louisville. He had begun working as a messenger for a print company. On August 13, 1927, he married Mattie Fountain (1908-1972), the daughter of George W. and Katherine “Katie” (Green) Fountain. According to the 1930 Census, Robert and Mattie were living with her parents in their home at 538 Caldwell Street in the Smoketown Neighborhood. George and Robert were both working as janitors. Robert worked in the Heyburn Building for 40 years and held a variety of positions there. On July 8, 1930, Mattie gave birth to their only child Kenneth Ray Anthony. By 1940, the couple was living in their own home at 605 Caldwell Street with Katie Fountain who was widowed.

In 1960, Robert, Mattie, and Kenneth moved to 724 S. 39th Street in the Chickasaw Neighborhood where they remained throughout their lives. Robert died on April 24, 1967 at the age of 63. His obituary mentions that he was a deacon of Green Street Baptist Church, Rev. Gaddie’s former church. He was buried in Cave Hill Corner Eastern Cemetery. Mattie died on October 8, 1972 at the age of 64. Her obituary says she had been a clerk at Brown-Waterhouse-Kaiser, Inc. and organist at Little Flock Baptist Church for 45 years. She was buried with her husband in Cave Hill Corner of Eastern Cemetery. Robert’s parents are also buried in Eastern Cemetery (Section A, Range 29, Lot 11). Mattie’s parents are buried in Louisville Cemetery, and their son Kenneth is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. The photo of Robert, Mattie, and Kenneth is from Ancestry user leelandj.