The Atherton family were from Preston. William was a wealthy woollen draper and Mayor of Preston on several occasions. An indication of his wealth and status is given in this painting of 1774.
He and his wife Lucy had five children.
Richard 1738 ... 1804
He married Mary Griffiths in 1764. They had 6 children.
Henry 1740 ... 1816
He married Ann Byrom in 1780. The had 2 children.
John 1740 ... 1820
He did not marry and died without issue.
Lucy 1745 ... NK
She married Thomas Makin in 1772. They had 4 children.
William 1750 ... 1803
He married twice. Firstly to Sarah Brenton, a widow, in 1784, in Newport Rhode Island. Secondly he married Elizabeth Sephton, in 1789, in Prescot.