I am sorry but I think you will have to wade through all the notes sharon and I have posted.
The 1614 Inquisition Post Mortem states Humphrey is Edmunds son and heir aged iv years iii months and more ie born circa Sept 1609 . His baptism is not recorded in the Parish Church.
In 1600 Edmund is one of only 5 or 6 men who rank as gentlemen in Billinge and Winstanley and one achieved this rank by owning land , its not a honorific at this time.
In Sept 1607 the Baptism of H son of E A "GENTLEMAN" is recorded in upholland chapel, wigan, just up the road from Winstanley.
I believe the clerk made an error in 1614 and should have written vi years iii months and more ie born Sept 1607.
In one of my notes I find a daughter for Edmund.
The parish records for Wigan have not survived prior to 1580 and for this reason it is not known nor can it be known when Ed and Humphrey the elder where born. There was a land dispute in 1593 and it is this that links Humphrey, his wife Alice and there son Ed . I have posted full details a month or so ago.
A small port and town (not a city), now as it has always been. Yes because of its central location the county Council have their offices there but the county does not administer large cities and the areas around them such as Liverpool and Manchester!
Lancaster was the "County Town" and this is why the Normans called Lancashire (anglo-saxon) the County of Lancaster . There is still a large Norman castle in Lancaster , Royal Justices sat at Lancaster and the countys premier noble is the Duke of Lancaster.
Returning to Preston the earliest surviving Parish Register is dated 1611 and I can find no person named Atherton in the period to 1635 . If anyone can give me an exact date for the Marriage of Humphrey in Preston then I shall be more than pleased to check the register again.
As to the children Eliz John and Isobel, well the dates are the dates in the register save for Isobel which I have updated to the modern calander as in the old legal and church calender the first day of the new year was 25th march so Jan 1630 is our 1631.
Internet consensus V the Church Register.
Given that there are probably two men named H A in Winwick I cannot allocate these children to Humphrey of Winstanley. Why would he take his children to another parish for Baptism ? It is possible but it fails the test of reasonable probability.
Thank you for your continued interest in the "quest".