No I haven't. I was not so much interested in Humphrey as I was James. They were half-brothers, I believe.Captain Henry Bridge Atherton of Cavendish began a manuscript of his own in 1875, to compile a genealogy of the Atherton Family in the United States. He did considerable work on it throughout his life. Thiswhole handwritten manuscript, which includes letters from different Atherton's from around the Countryhas never been published or printed in any way.Captain Atherton's granddaughter (who still is alive, a child of his 2nd marriage when he was in his 70s) - Lynne Atherton, has the whole thing and many other documents about the family. I have been working on typescribing all the family letters from 1790s-1900s.Fascinating correspondence and wonderful widow on history of Vermont and New England, the Civil War, Dartmouth College, etc.This is what I wrote thus far about the beginnings:
James Atherton (1), was born in England, ca. 1626 and was from the Parish of Winnick, of Wigan, Lancashire, England, son of Edmund & Mary (Rudd) Atherton. He married Hannah (surname not known at present, but the search continues.)
James sailed to America on the ship James from Bristol, England, 23 May, 1636, arriving in Boston 17 Aug., 1636, Captain Taylor, master. There were about 100 immigrants on this ship, including the Rev. Richard Mather, but the names of all the passengers were lost. Family historians believe James came with his older half-brother Humphrey, who became one of the most prominent citizens of the Massachusetts Bay Colony serving as Deputy to the General Court in 1638, the Governor's Counselor and at the time of his death in Boston in Sept., 1661 was Major General of the armed forces of the Colony.
By trade James was a tanner and lived in Lancaster, Massachusetts, where he was settled in 1653. His name in the record books was often times spelled: Aderton. James was one of 13 to covenant with John Prescott to set up his gristmill in Lancaster. This mill began to grind grain on the 23rd of the 3rd month, 1654. In January, 1656, James Atherton, along with John Prescott made an affidavit against Mary Gates, daughter of Stephen Gates of Lancaster as follows: “Upon a Lord’s Day, after exercise in the afternoon, Goodwife Gates, being called forth to give satisfaction for an offence done against Master Rowlandson, (using bold and unbecoming language) and she justifying herself saying that she had formerly given him satisfaction, and in after Minister Rowlandson replied by some arguments proving that she had not formerly given him satisfaction, her daughter Marie gets up, uncalled, and boldly in the public assembly contradicting our Minister, when he denied that Goodwfe Gates had given him satisfaction; the said Marie Gates said “yes” and she would take her oath of it.” This complaint in hand, Simon Willard the magistrate ruled that Mary Gates was to appear at the next County Court at Cambridge to answer the complaint “for your sinful carriage in the assembly on the Lord’s Day.” Evidently, James Atherton was a faithful Puritan and a firm supporter of Minister Rowlandson. James signed the church covenant in Lancaster in company with Stephen Day, the earliest printer in New England.
After the Indian raids at Lancaster in 1675/6, during King Philip’s War, and the burning of Rev. Rowlandson’s home, James turned his land over to his sons and moved to Dorchester. In 1678, he removed to Milton, Massachusetts. The Athertons were paying taxes in Milton from 1678 to 1703. The older couple went to live with their daughter, Deborah, wife of Samuel Bullard of Sherborn, in 1703/4. James made his will dated 3 Jan., 1707/8. In it he mentions his sons James and Joshua, and his wife Hannah, as well as his daughters.
James died 6 August, 1710 (age 86.) Hannah died at Sherborn, 29 Dec. 1713.