Person:Humphrey Atherton (1)

Gen. Humphrey Atherton
m. BEF 1607
  1. Mary ATHERTONABT 1590 - BEF 1621
  2. Hausfrau ATHERTONABT 1600 - BEF 1621
  3. Henrie ATHERTON1606 -
  4. Gen. Humphrey Athertonabt 1608 - 1661
  5. Elizabeth Atherton1611 -
  6. James Atherton1624 - 1710
  • HGen. Humphrey Athertonabt 1608 - 1661
  • WMary Wales1613 - 1672
m. 1627/1628
  1. Jonathan Atherton1627 - 1673
  2. Elizabeth Atherton1628 - 1678
  3. Isabel Atherton1629/30 - 1661
  4. John Atherton1635 - 1661
  5. Mary Atherton1636 - 1692
  6. Margaret Atherton1638 - 1672
  7. Rest Atherton1639 - 1708
  8. Increase Atherton1641/42 - 1673
  9. Thankful Atherton1644 - 1719
  10. Rev. Hope Atherton1646 - 1677
  11. Consider Atherton1646 - 1687
  12. Watching Atherton1651 -
  13. Patience Atherton1654 - 1691
Facts and Events
Name Gen. Humphrey Atherton
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] abt 1608 Preston, Lancashire, England
Christening? 16 Feb 1617 Wigan, Winstanley, Lancashire, England
Marriage 1627/1628 , Preston, Lancashire, Englandto Mary Wales
Death[1][2] 16 Sep 1661 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q16199228?
Burial[1][2] Dorchester North Burying Ground, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

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Major-General Humphrey Atherton, ( ca.1608 – September 16, 1661) an early settler of Dorchester, Massachusetts, held the highest military rank in colonial New England. He first appeared in the records of Dorchester on March 18, 1637 and made freeman May 2, 1638.[1] He became a representative in the General Court in 1638 and 1639–41. In 1653, he was Speaker of the House, representing Springfield, Massachusetts. He was chosen assistant governor,[2] a member of the lower house of the General Court who also served as magistrate in the judiciary of colonial government, in 1654, and remained as such until his death." He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts and held the ranks of lieutenant and captain for several years before rising to the rank of major-general. He also organized the first militia in Massachusetts.[2][1]

It is unclear where and when Atherton was born. It is presumed he came from Lancashire, England. He was active in the governance of the colony, taking part in the acquisition of Native American lands,[1] the persecution of Quakers, and the apprehension and convictions of heretics. His accidental death was seen by the Quakers as a punishment from God for his persecution of them, an idea repeated in a play by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He was one of the most successful land speculators in the New England colonies. He and his wife, Mary, had a number of children and several New England families have traced their ancestry to them. He is interred at Dorchester North Burying Ground, one of the oldest cemeteries in New England.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gen Humphrey Atherton, in Find A Grave.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Humphrey Atherton, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  3.   Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton). History of Norfolk County, Massachusetts, with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men. (Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & Co., 1884), Pages 415-417, 1884.
  4.   Patrick Hogue (Samples). Transcribed Atherton Text.