Hi Mike; I am responding not to this message, but I have another query. I am having problems connecting my United States Atherton's to the one's in England. My grandfather had done some crude family history some time ago, before computers. I will list ancestery chart starting with me: Donna Twitchell; Mother (maiden name) Carolyn J. Atherton; Raymond Miller Atherton & Virginia M. Warner Harlow C. Atherton & Lillian E. Miller Albert W. Atherton & Susie E. Mead Isaac W. Atherton & Adelia S. Higbee Peter Atherton & Mary Copeland Jonathan Atherton, Jr. & Phebe Nourse (Nurse) Jonathan Atherton, Sr. & Ruth Wright Benjamin Atherton & Eunice Priest James Atherton, Jr. & Abigail A. Hudson
All above were born in the United States. Here is what I have for the England born Atherton's: James Atherton, Sr. & Hannah (James and Humphrey came to the United States together; researchers are not sure if they are brothers or uncle and nephew) Edmund Atherton & Mary Rudd Humphrey Atherton & Alice?
I am not sure of the ancestery beyond Humphrey. Here is what my granfather had typed: "From Atherton, a chapelry in the parish of Leigh, Lancashire, England, comes the surname Atherton, which thus takes it's place among the many surnames of local origin. The Atherton family of Lancashire, is one of ancient lineage and honorable history in the county. It was possessed of large holdings of land, which it increased by inter-marriage with other wealthy families until the Atherton's became one of the most prosperous families among the commons of England, Ten miles northwest of Manchester, England, is the town of Atherton, where the family was originally located. Robert de Atherton lived at the time of King John, 1199-1216. He was high sherriff of the county and held the manor of Atherton from the Barons of Warrington. From him the family pedigree continues as follows: 1. Robert de Atherton; lived abt 1200 2. William de Atherton; 1251 3. William Atherton of Atherton; 1316-30 4. Henry Atherton of Atherton; 1316-30 5. Sir William Atherton; knighted in 1351 6. Sir William Atherton; 1381-1460 7. Sir William Atherton; 1387-? 8. Sir William Atherton; died before 1441 9. John Atherton; esquire, died in 1508 10. George Atherton; born in 1447, married Anne Ashton, daughter of Richard Ashton, a member of an old and distinguished Lancashire family of Ashton. 11. Sir John Atherton; 1514-? 12. John Atherton; esquire, 1556-? 13. John Atherton of Atherton; esquire, ?-1617 14. John Atherton of Atherton; esquire, ?-1646 15. John Atherton of Atherton; esquire, ?-1646, High Sheriff of Lancashire. 16. Richard Atherton; mentioned in the Lancashire Visitation fo 1664. 17. John Atherton; ? 18. Richard Atherton; married Elizabeth Farrington, daughter of William Farrington, of Show Hall. Their daughter Elizabeth was the last in this line to inherit the Atherton name. She married and their son, Robert, assumed the name of Atherton. He married Henrietta Leigh, and their daughter married the second Lord Lilford, Tomas Pows. The Atherton property passed into the hands of Tomas Pows and those of his decsendants.
Sorry that this is so long. My grandfather also had done a sketch of a cake; the american ancestors are on one slice and the english ancestors are on the rest. Here is the way he listed them: American Ancestors: Isaac Atherton; 1826Peter Atherton; 1799 John Atherton; 1752John Atherton; 1729 Benjamin Atherton; 1701James Atherton; 1654 James Atherton; 1624Gen. Humphrey Atherton; 1613 English Ancestors: Richard Atherton?John Atherton? Richard Atherton 1664Esquire John Atherton; 1646 Esquire John Atherton; 1617Esquire John Atherton; 1556 Sir John Atherton; 1514George Atherton; 1447 Esquire John Atherton; 1508William Atherton; 1441 Sir William Atherton; 1387Sir William Atherton; 13-- Sir William Atherton; 1351Henry Atherton 1316-1330? William de Atherton; 1251Robert de Atherton; 1200
I am hoping that you can help me solve my dilema and help me connect my US ancestors to the English ones.