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James Atherton

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Wigan, Lancashire, England
Death: August 6, 1710 (86)
Sherborn, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Atherton, Gentleman and Mary Atherton
Husband of Hannah Atherton (Hudson)
Father of James Atherton; Joshua Atherton; Hannah Wilder; Deborah Bullard; Mary Atherton and 3 others
Brother of Mary Atherton; Atherton; Henrie Atherton; Maj.-Gen. Humphrey Atherton and Elizabeth Atherton

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About James Atherton

Another source has: "James Atherton. b. 1624, Lancashire, Middlesex, Eng. Arrived Ne wEngland with mother 1635.(according to his mother's profile she died in England?) Others say he accompanies his brother Humphrey. Lived Milton (then part of Dorchester) Mass. Tanner in 1653. married Hannah, 1653. Later lived Nashua, Harvard, Groton. A founder of Lancaster,Mass., where he lived in 1676. Returned to Dorchester, where he was in 1707. Removed to Sherburne, Middlesex Co. (on Nanticket) 1707. Died there, same year."

(note of 9/15/1950)

archbold genealogy

James Atherton was born before 1624 in probably, Winstanley, Lancashire, England.(1,2) He was the son of Edmund Atherton. James Atherton emigrated in 1635 from Lancashire, England, on board the James.(1,2) James, married Hannah unknown.(1,2) James Atherton was granted land on 15 March 1653 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.(1) He was living in 1678 in Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.(1) He left a will on 3 January 1707/8 in Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.(1 )He died on Wednesday, 6 August 1710 in Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts(.1,2) James's will was proved on 19 September 1710 in Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

1 O'Gorman, Ella Foy. Atherton-West and Allied Families. Unknown: ms., 1953.

 2  Voter, Delmar V.. "One Line of Descent from James Atherton", Maine Genealogical Inquirer volume 2, number 10 (no date).
3   Ward, Andrew Henshaw. "Lancaster Records", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume XVI (1862).
 4  Nourse, Henry S.. The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643-1850. 1890. Reprint Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1993.
 5  MacKenzie, George Norbury. Colonial Families of the United States of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1966.
  6 Burr, Annie Lane and Gage, Thomas Hovey. "John Houghton of Lancaster, Mass., and Some of His Descendants", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume LXXIX (1925).

The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1643-1725

By Lancaster (Mass.), Henry Stedman Nourse

James Atherton came here from Dorchester with wife Hannah. He is thought to have been a brother of Major General Humphrey Atherton. In Lancaster children were born to him as follows: James, 1654; Joshua, 1656; Hannah, 1657; Mary, 1660; Elizabeth, 1666; Deborah, 1669; Joseph, 1672. In 1697, being then of Milton, he conveyed his land in Lancaster to his eldest son James, Jr. In 1703 the eastern part of the home lot is found in possession of Joseph Wheelock, he having purchased it from Isaac Temple of Marlborough. The western portion had been bought by William Divoll. James and James, Jr., were then resident near Bare Hill, and Joshua near Still River in Harvard. James, the father, died at Sherborn in 1707, aged 84 years. The highway from the brick store east to the neck road probably lies on the south side of the Atherton lot.

Annals of Lancaster Massachusetts 1643-1725 p 252-253 description of James Atherton property and bio.

The Military Annals of Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1740-1865: Including Lists ...

By Henry Stedman Nourse..Shays' Insurrection P. 257

Pay Roll of Capt. John Whiting's Company, of Colonel Ebenezer LoveWs Regiment in the service of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for wages and deficient rations.

[Service: January 30 to February 18.]

Capt. John Whiting,

James Atherton,

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James Atherton's Timeline

Wigan, Lancashire, England
May 13, 1654
Age 30
Lancaster, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 13, 1656
Age 32
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
January 10, 1657
Age 33
Lancaster, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
October 6, 1666
Age 42
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
June 1, 1669
Age 45
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts
April 18, 1672
Age 48
August 6, 1710
Age 86
Sherborn, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, Colonial America
Age 86