E. B. Anthony, Indiantown, was born August 9, 1841, in Providence, Bureau County, Ill. His father, Alfred Anthony, was born October 31, 1815, in Rhode Island. The great-grandfather of our subject, Isaac Anthony, Sr., was also a native of Rhode Island, where he died. His son, Isaac Anthony, Jr., was born and died there. The latter was a Captain in the war of 1812. He married Nancy Fish, who was the mother of nine children that reached maturity. Of these Alfred was the youngest. He came here with the Providence colony, and was married here to Mary A. Cushing, a daughter of Caleb Cushing. She is the mother of six children now living, viz: Edward B., the subject of this biography; Charles R., Mrs. Emily F. Dexter, Mrs. Josephine R. Griswold, wife of Dr. Griswold, of Memphis, Tenn.; George A. and Willie H. Anthony.
Our subject received a common school education in his native county. In the fall of 1867, he went to Ottawa, and in the spring following to Chicago, where he clerked in wholesale millinery store about seven years. After this he went to Peoria, where he clerked in a wholesale notion store, also acting as commercial traveler. Of late years he has been keeping a general store in Providence and is also Postmaster. Mr. Anthony was married here, October 15, 1865, to Anna Patterson, who was born April 13, 1844, in South Bend, Ind. Her parents were William H. and Mary M. (McMurry) Patterson. Religiously Mr. and Mrs. Anthony are connected with the Baptist Church in Buda, Ill.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885