I found this information among my grandfather's things. Not too sure that this information is correct. James Atherton:b:1624, probably Leigh, Lancastershire, England (where family goes back to time of King John 1199-1216);d:8/6/1710,Sherbourne, Mass. He probably came to America with Humphrey Atherton on the ship, "James" from Bristol in 1635. It is thought the two were brothers, but might be uncle and nephew. Humphrey became a Major General to the Mass. Bay Colony Troops. James settled in Dorchester and then went to Lancaster. He married Hannah; had 3 daughters;Hannah, Elizabeth, & Deborah ; had 3 sons; James Jr.(b:1654), Joshua (b:1656), & Joseph (b:1672). That is all the information that I have. I would really like to fill in the blanks.