Feb. 3, 1803 New Paltz Ulster County New York, USA
Jul. 30, 1866 Arcadia Morgan County Illinois, USA
A son of the Reverend Theophilus Atherton, and grandson of the Reverend Jonathan Atherton, Jonathan Atherton was a native of Ulster County, New York. Jonathan and his wife were early settlers of Morgan County.
They settled along the banks of Indian Creek near Arcadia where he later became the town's first schoolteacher. Jonathan was also a very successful farmer and was able to provide his son a medical school education.
Jonathan died suddenly in 1866. No will was ever filed in the probate records.