|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1815|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 1881|
Biographical Sketch: Richard Aten settled in Fulton Co. nearly forty years ago and is therefore a pioneer. He was born in Hancock Co. WV., June 2 1815 and was the son of William and Jane Anderson-Aten and was the third of a family of 7 children. Growing to manhood in Virginia, he was there married to Miss Ann Peterson In 1840. He set out for Illinois and in due time arrived at Astoria. In 1838, previous to his marriage he had purchased land here, and 2 years later moved into a rough log house without windows and a fire place, partly built, occupied one corner of the cabin. Mr A., who had been used to civilization, necessarily had to put up with many inconveniences in his Western home for a number of years. His nearest neighbors, it might be said, were snakes and salamanders which crept beneath the cabin over around and in it. On one occasion, Mrs A. was greatly frightened by the dropping of a huge rattle snake upon the floor, narrowly missing her head in its descent. Long years have passed since then, but those early cabin days are fresh in the memory of these pioneers. They have 4 children: Henry J, who resides at Quincy, John lives in Astoria township, Cornelius and Lucinda.
SOURCE: History of Fulton County, Illinois; together with Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History; Portraits of Prominent Persons and Biographies of Representative Citizens. Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Peoria, Illinois, 1879, page 419-420, Astoria Township.
William T Aten (1779 - 1859)
Jane Anderson Aten (1785 - 1835)
Ann Peterson Aten (1816 - 1892)
Henry J Aten (1841 - 1913)*
John Aten (1843 - 1906)*
Cornelius L Aten (1845 - 1909)*
Created by: Robert Kuhmann
Record added: Jul 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54575616
Rest in peace, Grandpa Richard|
Added: Jan. 20, 2013