Lucy, I believe there is a connection with your group of Atherton's and ours. I from the Charles Atherton 1824 (Ill) who show up in the Blanville 1870 census with his wife Nancy J Rudd Atherton (1820 VA) and children. Do you know who the others in the 1870 census for Blanville Ky are? I was wondering about the 60 year old Eline Atherton? These of the Atherton males list have to be cousin or brother to our Charles M Atherton(1824 Ill)? He is the only one listed born in Ill for that area what do think about this? I notice Nathan Atherton's family ends up in Texas also???? I will mention that in a interview done with the oldest son's(Calvin) Daughter's Mary Adline Atherton Bench she tells of the travel from ky to Texas and that they stop over in Missouri and lived there for a couple of years. There is a group of Atherton who lived in Missouri, do you know the connection?????