Atherton One-Name Study

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Gawain Atherton of Ashton
Gawain Atherton of Ashton
Gawain Atherton of Ashton together with his only surviving brother Humphrey is a son of Thomas Atherton of Ashton in Makerfield. It is estimated that Gawain was born around the year 1575 and was named after his grandfather. 
 
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Humphrey Atherton 1607-1661 History
Humphrey Atherton 1607-1661 History
Humphrey Atherton was born in 1607 into a family of minor Lancashire gentlemen. He was the son of Edmund Atherton of Winstanley who in turn was a son of Humphrey Atherton of Billinge. In later life Humphrey left Lancashire to settle in the New World. He was just one of a number South West Lancashire Calvinist Puritans who, influenced by the Reverend Richard Mather sought to make a new life in the American Colonies.  
 
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The Atherton Families of Bold
The Atherton Families of Bold
The original purpose behind this endeavour was to build up a family tree of the "Atherton's of Bold" with the intention of being able to trace direct ancestry back through a William Atherton Yeoman from Bold who was born around the year 1700 and was buried in Bold on 28 Feb 1776. 
 
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The Early Lords of Atherton
The Early Lords of Atherton
What follows is an exercise in genealogy and the leading Atherton of Atherton pedigree is that extracted by Sir William Dugdale (Norry King of Arms) during his Lancashire Visitation of 1664/65.