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Edmund Atherton, Gentleman

Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: Winstanley, Lancashire, England
Death: April 10, 1613 (33-41)
Lancashire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Humphrey Atherton and Alice Atherton
Husband of Mary Atherton; Alice Atherton and Mary Atherton
Father of Maj.-Gen. Humphrey Atherton; Mary Atherton; Atherton; Henrie Atherton; Elizabeth Atherton and 1 other
Brother of Elizabeth Atherton and Charles Atherton

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About Edmund Atherton, Gentleman



  1. Mary RUDD


  1. Humphrey ATHERTON b: 28 SEP 1608 in Preston, Lancester, Minwick, England c: 16 FEB 1617 in Wigan, Winstanley, Lancashire, England


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Note: Weeks - Atherton - Carpenter

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 35

THE ATHERTON FAMILY IN ENGLAND. Communicated by John C. J. Beown, Esq., of Boston.

HMIE county palatine of Lancaster has always been distinguished for its L ancient families whose names were the same as their manorial estates; some of the old families of New England were branches of them, as Standish of Standish of which Duxbury was originally a part (represented by Myles Standish, Plymouth); Atherton of Atherton (represented by Humphrey and James Atherton, Dorchester and Milton); Mawdesley of Mawdesley (represented by John and Henry Mawdesley of Dorchester), whose descendants in New England changed their name to Moseley. Sometimes it is said that the existence of a mythical ancestor is never questioned, if he is stated to have been located within Lancashire in a location corresponding in name with his own, as " Simon Browne of Browne Hall," which is literally giving "to airy nothing a local habitation and a name."*

The Record Society of Lancashire has commenced the publication of ancient records, which will be of great assistance in connecting our ancestry, who emigrated from that county, with the long pedigrees of the line of eldest sous and immediate collateral relatives which have previously been published by the Chethara Society.

The extract given below may refer to the Major Gen. Humphrey Atherton, who, upon his way home to Dorchester, after a review of the troops on Boston Common, Sept. 17, 1661, was killed by being thrown from his horse, which stumbled over a cow lying in the road.

"Inquisition taken at Wigan. 18 January, I lth James—1613-14, before Edward Rigbj'c, Kf*q., Eaehentor, sifter the death of Edmund Atherton of Winstanley, by oath ol K'lhert Markland of Wigan, Gentleman, and the other jurors named in the previous inquisition, who say that the said Edmund was seised of a messuage in Billindge and 4 acres of arable land, 4 acres of meadow and 6 acres of pasture thereto belonging, which are held of Richard Fleetwood, Knt. and Bart, as his Barony of Newton, in free and common socage by fealty and a pepper-corn rent, and are worth per annum (clear) 20s.

"Edmund Atherton died 10 April last (1613); Humphrey Atherton, his son and next heir is aged at the time of taking this Inquisition 4 years and 3 months or there nliouts."

This inquisition merely indicates the lands held under the semi-feudal system which prevailed over a great part of this county; he may have owned absolutely in Winstanley other real estate, and probably did, that town being designated as his home. Both of these towns were in the parish of Wigan; Winstanley is described as fertile and picturesque; Billinge covered a very large area, and was divided into two townships. About the year 1720 a square stone building, known as the Beacon, was erected upon the

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Edmund Atherton, Gentleman's Timeline

Winstanley, Lancashire, England
Age 14
Age 24
March 30, 1606
Age 30
Winstanley, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Age 31
Preston, Lancashire, England
May 2, 1611
Age 35
Winstanley, Wigan, Lancashire, England
April 10, 1613
Age 37
Lancashire, England
Age 37
Wigan, Lancashire, England
February 18, 1933
Age 37