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Charles N Atherton
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Birth: Sep. 4, 1828
New Brunswick, Canada
Death: Mar. 17, 1890
Tuolumne County
California, USA

Age 61

The following was written by Charles' niece:

In Memory of C. N. Atherton

The Angel of Death has entered into the peaceful home of Isaac Atherton and took from him his brother, C. N. Atherton, who, for the past two years, has been out from Maine on a visit. He left his home June 13, 1887, and started for California for the purpose of spending a short time with his brother.

He was a man of good principle and always greeted everyone with a smile and had a pleasant word for all. He has left a wife and eight children in that far off State who will sadly regret to hear of his sudden death. When he left his home he started with the intention of returning in a year or two. But as it was God's will to take him from us, we hope that we shall meet him in heaven. It is the Lord that giveth and the Lord that taketh away.

As a man his life has been rarely and radiantly beautiful. To his relations and friends he was always kind and ready to lend a helping hand. He was always distiguished by a sweet courtesy, by a beautiful unselfishness, by great kindliness of spirit and magnanimity of heart. He adorned the doctrine of God, his Saviour, in all things. He has gone from us and we shall see sweet face no more, but his memory will be cherished by us all in time to come.

To his beloved family we extend our heartfelt sympathy. We weep with them in their sorrow, which is our sorrow, too. Casting loving looks behind, he gently passed away where the greeting is tearless and the reunion is unbroken.

Farewell, our loved one, farewell, forever,
The voice we loved is hushed and still;
A space is vacant in our hearts,
Which we can never fill.
How can I think thou art indeed no more,
When looking at thee so well, so bright,
That thou hast crossed the golden shore,
Where all is joy and light.
Would I call him back from heaven;
I, who have known life's pain?
When I think of home and happiness,
Where the dear Saviour reigns.
No, in the beautiful Eden above,
He is so safe from care,
and I shall go to those realms of love
Someday and meet him there.
--A Niece
Jeffersonville, March 23.

Charles N. Atherton was born to parents Joshua Atherton and Phoebe Hall on September 4, 1828 in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. He passed away in California, and his body was handled by Burden Mortuary in Sonora, California. He was interned in the Columbia cemetery in Columbia, California. He was visiting his siblings in the Rawhide/Jeffersonville area when he passed away. His wife, Margaret, is listed in the 1900 and 1910 census as widowed and still living in Hodgdon, Aroostock County, Maine. She had come to the United States from New Brunswick, Canada. She gave birth to nine children. Five were alive in 1900 and in 1910.

1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Charles Atherton
Age: 22
Estimated Birth Year: 1828
Birth Place: New Brunswick
Gender: Male
Home in 1850: Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine

The household members in 1850 were all born in New Brunswick, Canada except for Elbridge and Benjamin, the two youngest, who were born in Maine.

Household Members:
Joshua Atherton, Age 45 Occupation: Farmer
Phoebe Atherton, Age 42
Charles Atherton, Age 22 Occupation: Farmer
Mary N Atherton, Age 20
Isaac Atherton, Age 19 Occupation: Farmer
Phoebe Atherton, Age 15
Elizabeth Atherton, Age 14
William Atherton, Age 11
Catherine Atherton, Age 8
Elbridge H Atherton, Age 4
Benjamin B Atherton, Age 1

ON DECEMBER 25, 1852, Charles N. Atherton married Harriet Joanne Drew in Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine. The following children were born to them:
Charles M Atherton 1853 1880
Preston Atherton 1856 1860
Harriet Atherton 1858
Baby Atherton 1859

1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Charles N Atherton
Age in 1860: 31
Birth Year: 1828
Birthplace: New Brunswick
Home in 1860: Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine
Post Office: Hodgdon
Occupation: Farmer
Household Members:
Charles N Atherton, Age 31
Harriet Joanne Drew Atherton, Age 27, his wife, was born in Maine.
Charles L Atherton, Age 6
Harriet E Atherton, Age 2
Baby Atherton, Age 5 months
Arther Mccanner, Age 62, was a laborer who was born in Ireland. He lived with the Atherton family. His relationship to the family is not noted.

Charles was also listed as living with his parents in 1860. It is more likely he was there when the census taker arrived at his parents' home but that he didn't actually live there.

Apparently Harriet passed away young because Charles married Margaret J. Weade (Wade) December 26, 1863, in Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine. Like her husband, Margaret was born in New Brunswick. Charles and Margaret had the following children:
Joshua Atherton 1865 1945
Preston C Atherton 1868
William W Atherton 1871 1880
Angelina P Atherton 1873 1880
Phoebe M Atherton 1875
Maggie Atherton 1875
Margaret Atherton 1878
Isaac Benjamin Atherton 1880
Ira Roderick Atherton 1883 1968

1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Charles Atherton
Birth Year: 1828
Age in 1870: 41
Birthplace: New Brunswick
Home in 1870: Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine
Value of real estate: $1500
Occupation: Farmer
Household Members:
Chas W Atherton, Age 41
Margaret H Atherton, Age 29
Charles L Atherton, Age 16
Hattie (Harriet) E Atherton, Age 12
Joshua W Atherton, Age 4
Preston C Atherton, Age 1

1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Charles Atherton
Home in 1880: Littleton, Aroostook County, Maine
Age: 56
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1824
Birthplace: Nb
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Margaret Atherton
Occupation: Laborer
Marital Status: Married
Household Members:
Charles Atherton, Age 56,
Margaret Atherton, Age 48
Josh Atherton, Age 15
Preston Atherton, Age 13
Phoebe Atherton, Age 9
Maggie Atherton, Age 5

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Margaret Atherton
Home in 1900: Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine
Age: 59
Birth Date: Nov 1840
Birthplace: New Brunswick, Canada
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1863
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: Canada
Mother's Birthplace: Canada
Mother: number of living children: 5
Mother: How many children: 9
Marital Status: Widowed
Household Members:
Margaret Atherton, age 59
Preston C Atherton, age 32, was a farmer.
Ira R Atherton, age 18, was a farmer.
Margaret Henderson, age 23, was a married daughter of Charles and Margaret. She had been married five years and had three children but lost one.
Joseph N Henderson, age 1
Baby Boy Henderson, was a newborn, not even a month old. He had not been named yet.

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Margaret Atherton
Age in 1910: 69
Birth Year: 1840
Birthplace: New Brunswick, Canada
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Canada
Mother's Birth Place: Canada
Home in 1910: Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine
Marital Status: Widowed
Year of immigration: 1865
Occupation: Odd Jobs, Laborer
Household Members included her daughter Maggie's family and a boarder.
Margaret Atherton, age 69
Charles Henderson, age 47, Son-in-law, Occupation: Farm Laborer
Maggie Henderson, age 33, Daughter
Joseph M Henderson, age 11
Charles G Henderson, age 9
Clarence H Henderson, age 7
Margaret I Henderson, age 5
Harry H Henderson, age 4
Martha H Henderson, age 2
Sherbon Ivetory, age 39, was boarding with the family.

About 1915, a daughter, Helen, was born to the Hendersons.

The following is the story of some of the Atherton family members who lived in Tuolumne County.

About Charles N. Atherton's Brother's Family:
Isaac Atherton was born in 1834 in New Brunswick. Both of his parents were born in New Brunswick, Canada.

Sarah Atherton was the wife of Isaac Atherton. She was born in Pennsylvania, and her parents were born in England. She was born in February 1840.

Isaac came to California, and in 1860, lived in Shaws Flat area, located between Sonora and Columbia. He lived as a single man boarding with two others from Maine, T. A. and J. A. Hale. The three men were miners.

Isaac and Sarah married in 1862. They had been married for 38 years when Isaac passed away.

By 1870, Isaac and Sarah had begun to raise their family, and were living in Chinese Camp where Isaac was a miner. Their children were S. J. (daughter), Charles A. who was born May 1865, Rachel A. who was born March 1867, George, and by 1880, Emma and Frank, who was born January 1880. All their children were born in California. They had a total of seven children, but they lost one.

Issac passed away in early 1900. Charles, Rachel and Frank remained living with their mother, all being single, and Charles and Frank worked as miners.

Frank married a lady named Jesse, and they had a daughter, Verna. They lived in Jamestown.

Charles remained single, lived alone in the Rawhide area (near Jamestown), and continued his career as a gold miner.

Charles Atherton passed away in Tuolumne County on May 2, 1937 at the age of 71.
Columbia Public Cemetery
Tuolumne County
California, USA
Created by: P. L. Mohr
Record added: Feb 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65653822
Charles N Atherton
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How quietly you left Maine, and you didn't come back.
- P. L. Mohr
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