Mount Desert Island Historical Society
Mount Desert Island Families — Atherton

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(updated 9 May 2013)

Welcome to the Atherton genealogy. Family units are arranged alphabetically by the first name of the father (or single-parent mother). Links are provided to enable you to move up and down each lineage. To follow a line back in time (ancestors), click on the underlined portion of "(son of ...)" or "(dau. of ...)" beneath the name of the person you want to trace back. To follow a line forward in time (descendants), click on the name of the person whose offspring you want to see. A plus sign (+) following a name means that that person had one or more children, but that family group has not been added to this web page. A link to documentation and notes, when available, is given below each family.

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The earliest census records for Mount Desert Island that listed an Atherton as a "head of family" was the 1790 census of the town of Mount Desert, which reported a Benjamin Atherton household with 1 "free white male" 16 and upwards, 2 "free white males" under 16, and 2 "free white females". (Note that these 5 did not all have to be Athertons.) Subsequent years reported the following households, all in the town of Mount Desert:
1800: Benjamin (8 persons)
1810: Benjamin (12)
1820: Benjamin (12), Benjamin Jr. (5), Thomas (6)
1830: Benjamin (5), Benjamin Jr. (7), Israel (7), William (8)
1837: Benjamin (10), Israel (7), William (14)
1840: Benjamin Jr. (11), Israel (7), Martha B. (1)
Until the 1850 census, individuals members of a household were reported only by a number in a category (e.g., "3 females under 10").



   

Alonzo P. Atherton
   (son of Benjamin Atherton and Rachel Heath)
   b. age 37 y., 5 m., 14 d. at death   Maine
   m. Mary E. [...]
            b. age 27 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   d. 2 November 1872
         bur. Heath Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

child:
   Lincoln A. Atherton   b. age 8 y. as of 1870 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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Benjamin Atherton
   (son of [...])
   b. age 88 y. at death
   m. Nancy Wasgatt
            (dau. of Thomas Wasgatt and Margaret Davis)
            d. [...]
                  bur. Richardson Burying Ground   Mount Desert, Maine
   d. 12 November 1848
         bur. Richardson Burying Ground   Mount Desert, Maine

children:
   Peter Atherton   b. 2 June 1788   -   m. bans published 6 June 1812;   certificate issued 3 September 1812   Patty Wasgatt   -   d. 4 October 1813
   Thomas Wasgatt Atherton   b. 15 July 1790   -   m. 11 November 1811   Tryphosa Day   -   d. 22 January 1823
   Benjamin Atherton   b. 25 September 1792   -   m. Rachel Heath   -   d. 19 October 1884   -   bur. Seal Cove Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Betsey Atherton   b. 27 November 1794
   Margaret Wasgatt Atherton   b. 20 May 1797
   William Wasgatt Atherton   b. 30 October 1799   Maine   -  Mary [...]   -   d. 4 July 1876   -   bur. Atherton and Mikhalapov Graves   Mount Desert, Maine 
   Israel Atherton   b. 12 August 1802   -   m. Judith Freeman (née Somes)   -   d. 3 June 1845   -   bur. Pretty Marsh Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Nancy Atherton   b. 23 March 1804
   John Wasgatt Atherton   b. 25 January 1808
   Sophia Atherton   b. 2 September 1811

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Benjamin Atherton
   (son of Benjamin Atherton and Nancy Wasgatt)
   b. 25 September 1792   Maine
   m. bans published 20 January 1817; certificate issued 14 February 1817
         Rachel Heath
               b. age 53 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
               d. [...]
                     bur. Seal Cove Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   d. 19 October 1884
         bur. Seal Cove Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

children:
   Martha M. Atherton   b. age 24 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Rachel A. Atherton   b. 25 April 1828   Maine   -   m. Charles C. Fuller   -   d. 1 January 1891   -   bur. Seal Cove Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Benjamin T. Atherton   b. age 63 y., 9 m., 3 d. at death   Maine   -   m. Emily E. [...]   -   d. 4 May 1894   -   bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Hannah Atherton   b. age 17 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Alonzo P. Atherton   b. age 37 y., 5 m., 14 d. at death   Maine   -   m. Mary E. [...]   -   d. 2 November 1872   -   bur. Heath Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Orlando D. Atherton   b. age 12 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Georgianna Atherton   b. age 9 y. as of 1850 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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Benjamin T. Atherton
   (son of Benjamin Atherton and Rachel [...])
   b. age 63 y., 9 m., 3 d. at death   Maine
   m. Emily E. [...]
            b. age 77 y., 10 m., 23 d. at death
            d. 22 October 1913
                  bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   d. 4 May 1894
         bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine

children:
   Vandelia T. Atherton [male]   b. age 14 y., 2 m. at death   -   d. 12 September 1872   -   bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   infant son Atherton   -   [b. and?] d. 8 May 1861   -   bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Sumner S. Atherton   b. age 5 y., 10 m. at death   -   d. 3 October 1872   -   bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Paul R. Atherton   b. age 3 y. as of 1880 census   Maine   -   m. 9 July 1899   Mary F. Hill

documentation and notes

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Fisher Atherton
   (son of [...])
   b. age 28 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   m. Nancy [...]
            b. age 19 y. as of 1850 census   Maine

child:
   George [S.?] Atherton   b. age 11 m. as of 1850 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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Israel Atherton
   (son of Benjamin Atherton and Nancy Wasgatt)
   b. 12 August 1802
   m. Judith Freeman (née Somes)
            b. 27 October 1804   Maine
            d. 23 August 1865
                  bur. Pretty Marsh Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   d. 3 June 1845
         bur. Pretty Marsh Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine

children:
   Benjamin F. Atherton   b. age 23 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Israel Atherton   b. age 21 y. as of 1850 census   Maine   -   m. Jane [...]
   David H. Atherton   b. age 19 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   William W. M. Atherton   b. age 3 y. at death   -   d. 7 March 1836   -   bur. Pretty Marsh Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Andrew Jackson Atherton   b. age 1 y., 6 m. at death   -   d. 16 March 1836   -   bur. Pretty Marsh Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   William A. Atherton   b. age 14 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Edward P. Atherton   b. age 6 y. as of 1850 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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Israel Atherton
   (son of Israel Atherton and Judith Freeman (née Somes))
   b. age 21 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   m. Jane [...]
            b. age 27 y. as of 1860 census   Nova Scotia, Canada

children:
   Judith S. Atherton   b. age 3 y. as of 1860 census   Maine
   Benjamin L. Atherton   b. age 1 y. as of 1860 census   Maine
   Everett [J.?] Atherton   b. age 10 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   Lillian A. Atherton   b. age 8 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   William A. Atherton   b. age 7 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   Melvin J. Atherton   b. age 2 y. as of 1870 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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Onslow A. Atherton
   (son of William Wasgatt Atherton and Mary "Polly" Raines)
   b. age 4 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   m. Alice [...]
            b. age 27 y. as of 1880 census   Maine

children:
   Charles Atherton   b. age 7 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
   Lulu Atherton   b. age 3 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
   Eugene Atherton   b. age 2 m. as of 1880 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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Thomas Wasgatt Atherton
   (son of Benjamin Atherton and Nancy Wasgatt)
   b. 15 July 1790
   m. 11 November 1811
         Tryphosa Day [see note below]
               b. 11 December 1794
   d. 22 January 1823

children:
   Almira Atherton   b. 18 September 1812
   Julian Somes Atherton   b. 25 March 1815
   Adeline Atherton   b. 21 June 1817
   Dorcas Foster Atherton   b. 13 March 1819   -   m. James Kelley   -   d. 1898   -   bur. Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Peter Atherton   b. 10 March 1821
   Tryphosa Thomas Atherton   b. 22 June 1823   -   m. William S. Richardson   -   d. 7 September 1862   -   bur. Richardson Burying Ground   Mount Desert, Maine

note: Tryphosa (Day) Atherton m. (2) 7 November 1825 to Isaac Gott.

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Tileston Atherton
   (son of William Wasgatt Atherton and Mary "Polly" Raines)
   b. age 10 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   m. Clara [...]
            b. age 25 y. as of 1870 census   Maine

children:
   George Atherton   b. age 4 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   Leonora Atherton   b. age 3 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   Annie Atherton   b. age 1 y. as of 1870 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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William Wasgatt Atherton
   (son of Benjamin Atherton and Nancy Wasgatt)
   b. 30 October 1799   Maine
   m. bans published 25 September 1820; certificate issued October 1820
         Mary "Polly" Raines
               b. age 80 y., 3 m. at death   Maine
               d. 25 July 1883
                     bur. Atherton and Mikhalapov Graves   Mount Desert, Maine
   d. 4 July 1876
         bur. Atherton and Mikhalapov Graves   Mount Desert, Maine

children:
   Louisa Atherton   b. age 26 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Catharine Atherton   b. age 24 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   William R Atherton   b. age 22 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   John T. Atherton   b. age 20 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Lafayette Atherton   b. age 18 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Mary Ann Atherton   b. age 16 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Lorenzo Atherton   b. age 2 w. at death   -   d. 23 April 1836   -   bur. Richardson Burying Ground   Mount Desert, Maine
   Julia Ann Atherton   b. age 13 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Tileston Atherton   b. age 10 y. as of 1850 census   Maine   -   m. Clara [...]
   Onslow A. Atherton   b. age 4 y. as of 1850 census   Maine   -   m. Alice [...]
   George Delorin Atherton   b. 1848   Maine   -   m. Mary J. Gray (1856–1941)   -   d. 1935   -   bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine

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