Atherton One Name Study

Faxon Dean ATHERTON

Male 1815 - 1877  (62 years)


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  • Name Faxon Dean ATHERTON 
    Born 29 Jan 1815  Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 about Faxon Dean Atherton
      Name: Faxon Dean Atherton
      Event Type: Birth
      Birth Date: 29 Jan 1815
      Birth Place: Dedham, Massachusetts
      Father Name: Abner Atherton
      Mother Name: Betsey Atherton
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Jul 1877  San Mateo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I27390  Atherton One Name Study
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2016 

    Father Abner ATHERTON,   b. 31 Jan 1776, Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1845, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Betsey DEAN,   b. 6 Sep 1778, Mansfield, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 20 Mar 1812  Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8623  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dominga de GOñI,   b. 1823, Chile Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1890, San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 7 Jul 1843  Valparaiso, Chile Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Maria Alejandra ATHERTON,   b. 7 May 1844, Valparaiso, Chile Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1913, San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Elena Amanda ATHERTON,   b. 1845, Valparaiso, Chile Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Anacleto Francisco ATHERTON,   b. 1849, Valparaiso, Chile Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1891, Madrid, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     4. Jorge H. Bowen ATHERTON,   b. 1851, Valparaiso, Chile Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1887, San Mateo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     5. Eulogia Isabel ATHERTON,   b. 1853, Valparaiso, Chile Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Francisco Fascon ATHERTON,   b. 1857, Valparaiso, Chile Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Florence A ATHERTON,   b. 1861, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F1376  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Jan 1815 - Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Jul 1843 - Valparaiso, Chile Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Jul 1877 - San Mateo, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Faxon D Atherton 1815-1877
    Faxon D Atherton 1815-1877
    with wife Dominga de (Goni) Atherton 1823-1890 and Son Frank A Atherton 1849-1891

  • Notes 
    • Atherton`s greatest legacy was his family name given to the town of Atherton, previously known as `Fair Oaks`. On the town`s incorporation in 1923, it was found that the name was already in use, so Atherton was chosen. As early as 1912, it was already being referred to by that name. Some of his children`s names appear on West Atherton street signs: Isabella, Alejandra and Elena.
      Faxon Dean Atherton married Dominga de Goñi (from Valparaíso, Chile) in 1843 and had they had seven children:
      Maria Alejandra Atherton (b. 1844), married Jared Lawrence Rathbone.
      Elena Amanda Atherton (b. 1845), married Frederick William Macondray, Jr of Boston, Massachusetts, son of one of the first merchants of San Francisco and large land owner.
      Anacleto Francisco Atherton (b. 1849)
      Jorge H. Bowen Atherton (1851-1887), eloped with Gertrude Franklin Horn in 1876.
      Eulogia Isabel Atherton (b. 1853), married Enrique Edwards, of Valparaíso, Chile. Their great-grandson, Dr. Carlos Lopez, became president of Menlo College in 2004.
      Francisco Fascon Atherton (b. 1857), married Jane Selby, daughter of Thomas Henry Selby, 13th mayor of San Francisco, California, who built the Selby Shot Tower in San Francisco and founded the Selby Smelting Works.
      Florence Atherton (b. 1861), married Edward Lilburn Eyre, first mayor of Atherton in 1886. [NOTE: She has sometimes been confused with Florence Atherton Faxon Spalding, a Boston music teacher, who married, also in 1886, George Frederick Spalding of Newton, Massachusetts, father of John Varnum Spalding, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1944-1971).]
      A native of Massachusetts, Atherton was born of an established New England family with roots in the colonial period of the USA. He was educated in his native state and went into the shipping and merchant business at the age of 15. He was charged with the operation of vessels plying between Boston - Valparaíso, Chile and Monterey, California, gaining him wide and varied experience.
      In 1834 Atherton traveled to Valparaíso, Chile where he would later establish a ship chandler`s store, trading in tallow, hides and merchandise. Nine years later in 1843 Atherton wed Dominiga de Goñi in Valparaíso.
      Atherton first visited San Francisco, California in 1836, when the city was in its infancy. His friend and business associate, Thomas Larkin urged Atherton to move to California. Larkin wrote, `... [T]here is education available for your children and a dignity of living on landed estates down the San Francisco peninsula (that is) convenient and accessible ... [Y]ou and I were of that country. Our eyes were turned towards it in admiration and in my part in gratitude. My children were from there. They and yours will soon be.` During the California gold rush, Atherton amassed a great fortune with his shipping business and the import and export of goods.
      In 1860, Atherton bought 640 acres (2.6 km2) at ten dollars an acre of land on the San Francisco peninsula in what was then known as Fair Oaks, becoming one of the first residents of the area. He built his home, Valparaíso Park, approximately where the Circus Club, a private country club, is now located.
      Atherton was a land speculator purchasing tracts in Hayward, Watsonville and other places. Atherton purchased Rancho Milpitas in the area of Fort Hunter Liggett from Ygnacio Pastor immediately upon its title clearance by the US Land Claims commission in 1875.
      During the conversion of land, records under the Land Commission were changed and Ygnacio`s small ranch grew from several thousand acres to 42,000 acres (170 km2). Owners of plots dating back to the Hispanic period, including Indians, Mexicans and Spaniards, on land not originally owned by Pastor became squatters overnight. Atherton then sent notice to evict them. Many were settlers on improved lands awaiting pre-emption, including George Dutton and others who had believed they owned property in the town of Jolon.
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    • In the 1870 US Census living at Township 3, San Mateo, California was Faxon D Atherton Head 35 b. Mass, Rosarie D Atherton Keeps House b. Chile, Mary A Atherton 26 Absent Travelling b. Chile, Frank A Atherton 21 b. Chile, George H Atherton 18 b. Chile, Isabel E Atherton 16 b. Chile, Faxon D Atherton Jr 14 b. Chile, Florence A Atherton 9 b. Cal. Also at home was Irvin George 40 Steward b. England.
    • From Find a Grave:
      Faxon D. Atherton
      Birth: 1815
      Death: 1877

      Gold rush merchant and a successful California landholder whom the town of Atherton, California was named in 1923. (bio by: mel)

      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Dominga Goni de Atherton (1823 - 1890)*

      Children:
      Maria Alejandra Atherton Rathbone (1844 - 1913)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Burial:
      Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
      Colma
      San Mateo County
      California, USA

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      Created by: mel
      Record added: Jun 26, 2003
      Find A Grave Memorial# 7623321

      Also (A re-interrment):
      Faxon D Atherton
      Birth: unknown
      Death: May 3, 1931


      Note: Date May Be Interment or Re-interment

      Burial:
      Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
      Colma
      San Mateo County
      California, USA
      Plot: MSM D PS-19 PS-19 g4TH REMOVED FROM CALVARY CEMETERY, S.F., CA

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      Created by: AlbqFirefly
      Record added: Mar 28, 2013
      Find A Grave Memorial# 107437182

  • Sources 
    1. [S14500173] Wikipedia.