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Atherton, Charles

 Collection — Container: C. Atherton Folder
Identifier: KUMA-02-520

Scope and Contents

Folder 1. Photograph, oval, sepia, mounted on cardboard, name "C Atherton" handwritten on reverse (undated, probably mid-late 1860s)


  • Existence: 1840-1924


Biographical or Historical Information

Charles W. Atherton was born 1845 (according to his memoir) or 1840 (according to his gravestone) (1840 is the more likely date, given his war record). He was educated in Illinois. After serving in the military for three years of the Civil War, he was admitted on trial to the Central Illinois Conference (year unknown, but probably around 1868). He spent ten years in the Central Illinois Conference, with appointments in the Illinois churches of Secor, Pennington Point, Pleasant Mound, Elvaston, and Preemption. He came to Kansas in 1878 and was admitted to the Kansas Conference. For the next 36 years he served the churches of Troy, Richland, Overbrook, Admire, Parkdale, Topeka, Hollenberg, White City, and Haddam. He is listed as having supernumerary status after 1900. Rev. Atherton married Sarah Abigail Floyd (1838-1914) of Hopedale, Ill, in 1867. They had five children. Rev. Atherton died on December 30, 1924, at age 85, at the home of his daughter in Baldwin, Kansas. His obituary stated that he was also survived by two sons, James (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and Charles (Cherryvale, Kan.). Another son, Joseph M. Atherton (1868-1916) had preceded him in death. Rev. O. E. Allison of Baldwin presided over the funeral service. Rev. Atherton was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas. Rev. Atherton's memoir can be found in the Kansas Conference Journal for 1925, page: 62. His wife Sarah's memoir is in the Kansas Conference Journal for 1915, page: 62.

Note written by Sarah St. John


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This collection contains one photograph of Rev. Charles Atherton, who served the Methodist Episcopal Church during the latter half of the 1800s. Thirty-six of those years were in the Kansas Conference.

Related Materials

Rev. Charles Atherton's daughter, Mary Abigail Atherton, married her distant relation, Rev. Gilbert Atherton, whose information is also in this collection.

Stephen Harmon, Sarah St. John
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

518 8th Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006 US