Thomas ATHERTON married Mary SWIFT in or near Thornley circa 1829.Their first child, James b. Thornley crc. 1829 Next was Catherine (Betsey) c. 1832 at Ormskirk as was Thomas in 1837.The family appear to have moved and Mary was born at Haigh which is near Aspull which is near the larger city of Wigan.The last child was Henry 1848 and he arrived at Hindley.
Catherine married Thomas NELSON, miner. Names connected with this family according to 51, 61, 71 census are Jacob and Joanna GOULDING, Jacob ARMSTRONG and Joanna BOLTON.
Between 1861 and 1871 John disappears. Catherine came to Australia 1880 age 48 and died 4 years later. She was diagnosed with a kidney problem Brights Disease.