George W. Atherton

George W. Atherton is descended from an old New England family, and is the grandson of Jonathan Atherton who was born 4 December 1738, in New England. On December 6, 1770 Jonathan married Amy Saben, and to their union were born nine children, five of whom grew to maturity, of whom the youngest was named Samuel.

Samuel Atherton, father of the subject was born 29 June 1790 on the home farm at Richmond, New Hampshire. He worked on the homestead until his 21st year, when he moved to Attleborough, Mass., where, on 19 June. 1812, he was married to Patience Tyler who was bon 17 July 1795, in New Hampshire. By this marriage there were two sons, Simon, born 25 Jan. 1814, died 31 December 1840 in Mass., and Jonathan, born 3 April 1886. The mother passes away 6 Nov. 1819, and was buried at Attleborough, Mass. For his second wife Samuel married Content Atherton, who was born 31 May 1787 in Massachusetts and by her also had two children: Rufus S., born 13 Sept. 1821, died 10 March 1861, in Iowa, and Nancy, born 4 March 1826, died 2 Sept., 1826. Mrs. Content Atherton died 10 June 1835 and was buried in Attleborough, Mass. On 18 April 1836 Mr. Atherton was again married, on this the third occasion to Sarah Robinson who was born 1 June 1800, at Rehoboth, Mass., where her father was a well known citizen.

In October 1838, Mr. Atherton came westward to Huron County, Ohio, with his son Rufus, journeying by river to Albany, N.Y.; thence by way of Erie Canal to Buffalo, N.Y.; from there, by lake to Huron, Ohio, and finally by wagon to Greenfield Township, Huron County. Here he purchased land and prepared a home for his wife, who had remained in the east, whence, in the spring of 1839 (six months after her husband) she came to Huron County, accompanied by one of her stepsons. To Samuel and Sarah was bone one son George W. In politics Mr. Atherton was a democrat up to 1856, when he joined the Republican party; in religion he was a Presbyterian. He died 18 Aug. 1871, and his remains were interred in Bronson township. His widow, though now in her 92nd year is active and intelligent and for the last 15 years has resided with her son. She has been a member of the Presbyterian church for over thirty years.

George Watson Atherton was born 17 May 1840 in Greenfield Township, Huron County, Ohio, and passed his youth in the manner common to boys of that period, attending school in the winter and working on the farm during the rest of the year. On 19 Dec. 1862, he married Selina Row, who was born in 1837 in Peru Township, the only child of Charles and Corinna (Carver) Roe, of Cayuga County, N.Y. After his marriage to Miss Roe, Mr. George W. Atherton located on the Roe homestead. The children born to his marriage to Miss Roe were, Blanche, who died 3 Apr. 1885, aged 21 years, and Cecil G., who was born 17 Oct. 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Atherton are members of the Baptist church. Politically he was a Republican from the formation of the party until the organization of the Prohibitionists, with whom he has since been identified. As an agriculturist he ranks high, and is an authority on the modern styles and systems of farming. As a stock grower he is well-known, not only for the study he has given this important department of farm work, but also for the success he has won in it.

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