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Major General Humphrey ATHERTON

Male 1607 - 1661  (54 years)


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  • Name Humphrey ATHERTON 
    Prefix Major General 
    Born 4 Sep 1607  Winstanley, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Sep 1661  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I27037  Atherton One Name Study
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2014 

    Father Edmund ATHERTON,   b. Abt 1580,   d. 10 Apr 1613, Billinge, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth MOLLINEUX,   b. Abt 1585 
    Married 1605 
    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Edmund Atherton
      Name: Edmund Atherton
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: La
      Birth Year: 1576
      Spouse Name: Mary Rudd
      Spouse Birth Year: 1580
      Marriage
      Year: 1605
      Number Pages: 1
    Family ID F8491  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary KENNION,   b. 30 Apr 1613, Winwick, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1672, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married Abt 1627  Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Humphrey Atherton
      Name: Humphrey Atherton
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: En
      Birth Year: 1607
      Spouse Name: Mary Wales
      Spouse
      Birth Place: La
      Spouse Birth Year: 1610
      Marriage
      Year: 1627
      Marriage State: La
      Number Pages: 1
    Children 
     1. Jonathan ATHERTON,   b. 26 Dec 1627, Ratcliffe, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1673, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     2. Elizabeth ATHERTON,   b. 1628, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1678, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     3. Isabell ATHERTON,   b. Jan 1630, Winwick, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1661, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years)
     4. J. ATHERTON
     5. Mary ATHERTON,   b. 1636,   d. 17 Sep 1692, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     6. Margaret ATHERTON,   b. 1638,   d. 17 Jun 1672, Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     7. Rest ATHERTON,   b. May 1639, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1708, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     8. Increase ATHERTON,   b. Abt 1641, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1672, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years)
     9. Thankful ATHERTON,   b. 28 Apr 1644, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1719, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     10. Consider ATHERTON,   b. Abt 1645
     11. Rev Hope ATHERTON,   b. 30 Aug 1646, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1677, Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
     12. Watching ATHERTON,   b. 1651, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Patience ATHERTON,   b. Abt 1653, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F8490  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Sep 1607 - Winstanley, Lancashire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1627 - Lancashire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Sep 1661 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Major General Humphrey Atherton 1607-1661
    Major General Humphrey Atherton 1607-1661
    A Family Tree

    Headstones
    Major General Humphrey Atherton 1608-1661
    Major General Humphrey Atherton 1608-1661
    Major General Humphrey Atherton(2) 1608-1661
    Major General Humphrey Atherton(2) 1608-1661

    Histories
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  • Notes 
    • Please see also the featured article by Mike Atherton that was written in Sep 2012 - HUMPHREY ATHERTON - A LANCASHIRE MAN IN 17TH CENTURY MASSACHUSETTS.
      The article combines research sourced from both the United Kingdom and the USA in order to resolve where Humphrey had been born and evidence with reasonable probability the identity of his wife Mary and the date and place of their marriage.

      He states that this constitutes a definitive summary for family historians but is very conscious that an American social historian would write a far better account of Humphrey's life in Massachusetts than he has been able to produce. Accordingly, further information about Humphrey from 1636 onwards would be most gratefully received.


    • From Find a Grave:
      Gen Humphrey Atherton
      Birth: Sep. 4, 1608 [or 1607?]
      Lancashire, England
      Death: Sep. 16, 1661
      Boston
      Suffolk County
      Massachusetts, USA

      Major General Humphrey Atherton

      PARENTS: Edmond Atherton and Mary Rudd from Winstanley, Lancashire, England


      WIFE: Mary Wales from Winwich, Lancashire, England. Married befor 1627.

      CHILDREN BORN IN ENGLAND:

      Jonathan Atherton
      Catharine Atherton
      Elizabeth Atherton
      Isabell Atherton
      John Atherton

      CHILDREN BORN IN DORCHESTER, SUFFOLK CO., MA:

      Mary Atherton
      Margaret Atherton
      Rest Atherton
      Increase Atherton
      Thankful Atherton
      Consider Atherton
      Hope Atherton
      Watching Atherton
      Patience Atherton

      CAUSE OF DEATH: Thrown from his horse in Boston Common

      EPITATH:

      HERE LYES OUR CAPTAIN AND MAJOR OF SUFFOLK WAS WITHALL
      A GODLEY MAGISTRATE WAS HE AND MAJOR GENERALL
      TWO TROUPS OF HORS WITH HIM HERE CAME SUCH WORTH HIS LOVE DID CRAVE
      TEN COMPANYES OF FOOT ALSO MOURNING MARCHT TO HIS GRAVE
      LET ALL THAT READ BE SURE TO KEEP THE FAITH AS HE HATH DON
      WITH CHIRST HE LIVS NOW CROWND
      HIS NAME WAS HUMPRY ATHERTON

      Humphrey Atherton was admitted as a freeman at Dorchester on May 2, 1638. He began his Massachusetts military career as a member of the artillery company in 1638, was promoted to Lieutenant in 1645, to Captain in 1650, to Major 1652,and to Major General in 1661.


      Robert de Atherton lived in the time of King John 1199-1216. From this we trace down through the centuries to Humphrey Atherton who was born Lancashire, England, about 1609, and came with his wife (Mary Wales) and their t young children, in the ship, James, from Bristol, England, in 1635, to Dorchester, in New England. ... At about the time when Humphrey Atherton arrived with his young family in Dorchester, the larger part of the Dorchester Church, with its pastor, removed to Windsor, Connecticut, and Humphrey Atherton, with his brother-in-law, Nathaniel Wales, assisted Richard Mather, (Rev) (who came in the same ship with them) in nurturing the Dorchester Church back into thrifty life again. As the years went on, Humphrey Atherton became more and more a prominent in the town and the colony, ...
      In 1644 there were "wardens" appointed to take care of and manage the affairs of the first public school in Dorcheser. Blake in his Annals says that "they were to see that both the master and the scholar performed their duty, and to judge of, and end, any difference that might arise, between master and scholar, or their Parents, according to sundry rules and directions there set down." Humphrey Atherton was one of the first wardens, who were chosen for life. Thus was inaugurated the public school, which had no precedent in America.
      In 1645, 250 was raised to build a new meeting house, to replace the earlier one (which was a rude building, thatched with straw, with a stairway on the outside), and Humphrey Atherton was one of those chosen to attend to this matter.
      He had decided taste for military affairs, organized the first training band in Dorchester in 1664, was early a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, was its captain 1650 to 1658, commanded the Suffolk regiment with title of major general, was chief military officer in New England, many years Selectman and Town Treasurer, deputy to General Courts 1638-1641, in 1659 was Speaker, and had great experience and skill in treatment of the Indians.
      Capt. Johnson in his "Wonder-working Providence" speaks of Humphrey Atherton as a "lively courageous man," and says:- "Altho he be slow of speech, yet he is down right for the business, one of cheerful spirit, and entire for the country."
      In 1645 the commissioners of the United Colonies appointed a council of war, placed Capt. Miles Standish at its head, with Humphrey Atherton as one of his colleagues. He is said to have been "a man of courage and presence of mind," for when he was sent with 20 men to Pessacus, an Indian sachem [chief] to demand the arrears to the colony of 300 fathom of wampum, Pessacus put him off for some time with dilatory answers, not suffering him even to come into his presence. Atherton finally led his men to the door of the wigwam, entered himself with pistol in hand, leaving his men without, and, seizing Pessacus by the hair of his head, drew him forth from the midst of a great number of his attendants, threatening, if any of them interfered, that he would despatch them. Pessacus paid waht was demanded, and the English returned in safety.
      Gen. Humphrey Atherton had a grant of 500 acres at Nonotucke, beyond Springfield, Mary 26, 1658 - given to him by the General Court in recognition of his public service, Nonotucke being the Indian name for the region about Hadley and Hatfield. This grant interfered with other grants previously made, and so, in Nov. 1659, the Court granted an additional 200 acres (700 in all) which were relocated at Waranoke, now Westfield. The estate of Gen. Humphrey Atherton after his death, included in the inventory a "Farme of seven hundred acres at Waronoco."
      The death of Major General Humphrey Atherton, by accident, in 1661, deprived the colony of one of its principal men.
      "While returning home in the dark after reviewing his troops on Boston Common his horse was struck by a stray cow. In the collision he was thrown and killed. Sept. 16, 1661."

      His epitaph reads: "Here lies our Captain and Major of Suffolk, was withal, A Godly Magistrate was he, and Major General. Two troops of horse with him here came, such worth his love did crave, Ten companies of foot also, mourning marched to his grave; Let all that read be sure to keep the faith has he has done; With Christ he lives now crowned, his name was Humphrey Atherton." Major General Humphrey Atherton died after falling from his horse returning from Boston, according to "The Sexton's Monitor, and Dorchester Cemetery Memorial," Roxbury, Mass., Printed by Thomas S. Watts, 1826.





      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Mary Wales Atherton (1613 - 1672)

      Children:
      Elizabeth Atherton Mather (1628 - 1678)*
      Mary Atherton Weeks (1636 - 1692)*
      Rest Atherton Swift (1639 - ____)*
      Thankful Atherton Bird (1644 - 1719)*
      Hope Atherton (1646 - 1677)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Burial:
      Dorchester North Burying Ground
      Dorchester
      Suffolk County
      Massachusetts, USA
      Plot: DN / C17

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      Created by: Star Rhodes
      Record added: Mar 07, 2007
      Find A Grave Memorial# 18294785