I offer the following put together from a variety of sources:
He came to America on the James from Bristol, England in 1635.He lived at Lancashire, England and Dorchester and Boston, Massachusetts.He was admitted Freeman at Dorchester May 2, 1638.A member of the artillery company 1638;Lt. 1645; Capt 1650; Maj. 1652; MajGen 1661.He was Speaker of the House in 1653.Tradiation says his death resulted from a fall when his horse stumbled over a cow lying in the road.Humphrey was married "when an infant".
Atherton, Maj. Gen. Humphrey, from Lancashire, England,to Boston, Mass., 1635, d. Sept. 17, 1661. A descendant of Robert de Atherton of the Manor of Atherton, England, 1199, and of Sir William Atherton, Knight, 1351. General Atherton was killed by a fall from his horse while returning home from a review of the troops on Boston Common. His gravestone is still standing in the North Burial Ground, Dorchester, Mass., and bears a drawn sword over the following inscription:
"Here lyes our Captaine, Major of Suffolk was withall, A Godly Magistrate was he and Major Generall, Two Troops of horse with him here came, Such worth his love did crave, Ten companies of Foot also marched mourning to his grave. Let all who read be sure to keep the Faith as he has done With Christ he lives now crowned;--his name was Humphrey Atherton."
He was born 1609 probably in Winwick, Lancashire, England, the son of Edmund and Mary (Rudd) Atherton.He married Mary Wales, 1627 in Preston, Lancashire, England.She was born 1610 in Idle, Yorkshire, England and died 17 Aug 1672 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts.She was the daughter of Nathaniel and Susanna (Greenaway) Wales.