It is ofcourse possible that on 4 Sept 1607 TWO men named Edmund Atherton set out to have their respective sons baptised with the name Humphrey, one at Upholland Chapel Wigan ,the other at Winwick Parish Church.
I have a copy of both Church Registers and I found 6 children baptised at Winwick in Sept 1607 but I can find none that have the name Humphrey Atherton and none that have Edmund Atherton as a father and there was no other church in the Parish of Winwick at that time, save for the aforementioned Parish Church.
I am sure that the Church of L D S will have a copy of this Register being Winwick Parish Church,Winwick, Lancashire,England. The oldest surviving folio of the register is for 1563 and the first Atherton entry is dated 10 Aug 1564. Perhaps someone in America can check a copy of the register incase I have missed something ?? Wenone of us are perfect.
I know that there are various theories as to where the young Major General was born and if people prefer Winwick , well thats fine, its a nice place, I go shopping there.Infact my 11 X Grandfather was born in that Parish as was his nephew Humphrey but these men are not related to the Major General. They were just farmers.
As to Eliz/Cath , Wills probated in America deal with these people and again a big vote of thanks to Sharon for the original 17th Century documentary material .
Bye and by my interest in this matter began with a letter from Elwyn Atherton of Massachuasetts to my Uncle , Dr the Rev. T . Atherton onetime minister in Mason, Mass.
Again,thanks for your continued interest .
Mike Atherton A C I B , Public Record Agent and Archavist. Lancashire, England.