Galen Atherton

Brief Life History of Galen

When Galen Atherton was born on 27 August 1816, in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Philemon Atherton, was 45 and his mother, Elizabeth Patterson, was 40. He married Eliza Hubbard on 24 July 1849, in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870 and Worcester, Massachusetts, United States in 1900. He died on 26 September 1900, in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

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Galen Atherton
Eliza Hubbard
Marriage: 24 July 1849
Adeliza Atherton
Edward Patterson Atherton
Herbert Warren Atherton

Sources (35)

  • Galen Atherton in household of Oliver H Atherton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Galen Atherton, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Galen Atherton, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

World Events (7)

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1820 · Making States Equal

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.


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Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place near Manchester named Atherton, from the Old English personal name Æthelhere + Old English tūn ‘settlement’.

English: habitational name from Hatherton, Staffordshire, from Old English haguthorn + dūn ‘the hill where hawthorn grows’.

English (East Anglia): topographic name from Middle English at ther doune ‘(dweller) on the hill’ (Old English æt thǣre dūne). Through confusion of -don and -ton, Attherdoune was altered to Atherton, Adderton, and Atterton.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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