William & Lucy Atherton : c1744
Arthur Devis: Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

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.