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Charles Humphrey Atherton
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Birth: Aug. 14, 1773
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1853
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA

HON. CHARLES HUMPHREY ATHERTON occupied a prominent place in the Hillsborough county bar for nearly fifty years. He was a prudent and judicious counselor, and a faithful advocate. As a probate lawyer he had few equals, and no superiors in the state. He represented the town in the general court in 1823, 1838, and 1839, and served many years on the superintending school committee of the town, ever manifesting a deep interest in the prosperity of its common schools. He was one of the founders of the Hillsborough County Agricultural Society, in 1819, and exerted himself in the efforts made for the advancement of the agricultural and manufacturing interests of the county. Mr. Atherton was one of the directors of the ill-fated Hillsborough Bank, and upon the organization of the Farmers' Bank, in 1825, he was chosen one of its directors. Subsequently he was elected president of the board of directors, and held the office during the whole period of the existence of the corporation. He became a Master Mason 20 Feb, 1798, and was afterward, for three years Master of Benevolent Lodge No. 7. In his religious belief he was a Unitarian, of the Channing school. He took an active part in the local Unitarian controversy, in the establishment of the "Christian Society" and the settlement of Mr. Sewall as its pastor, in 1825. Politically he was a Federalist, of the school of Washington and Hamilton. After the breaking up of the old political parties he acted with the "National Republican" and "Whig" parties, of which last he was a somewhat prominent member. In historical and antiquarian researches he took a great interest. He became a member of the New Hampshire Historical Society soon after its formation, and subsequently served two years as its president, contributing several valuable papers to its collections. By industry and economy he accumulated one of the largest estates ever left in Amherst. [Secomb 860-861]

Family links: 
  Joshua Atherton (1737 - 1809)
  Abigail Goss Atherton (1749 - 1801)
  Mary Ann Toppan Atherton (1780 - 1817)*
  (5 children) Atherton*
  Frances Atherton West (1766 - 1838)*
  Charles Humphrey Atherton (1773 - 1853)
  Rebecca Wentworth Atherton Spalding (1778 - 1862)*
  Catherine Atherton Means (1784 - 1838)*
*Calculated relationship

Joshua Atherton died 1809 aged 73 years / Abigail Atherton died 1801 aged 52 years / Charles Humphrey Atherton died 1853 aged 79 years / Mary Ann Atherton died 1817 aged 37 years / Here also rest the remains of five of their children. / "In thee Oh! Lord do I put my trust." //
Amherst Town Hall Burying Ground
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Plot: 281 south
Created by: Jackie Marshall
Record added: Nov 02, 2008
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Charles Humphrey Atherton
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Prominent citizen Atherton was a Master Mason and a key player in the local Unitarian movement, later establishing The Christian Society in Amherst. He helped found the Hillsborough County Agricultural Society and the N.H. Historical Society, and, accordi...(Read more)
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