The WISE family came to Woodland Twp. about 1853, the ATHERTONs to Vermont Twp. a little earlier. My grandfather, John ATHERTON b.1853, d. 1915 in Pleasant Twp., Fulton Co., IL. In 1876, he married Mary Magdelene WISE, b. 1859 to John WISE (form. WEISS) and Margaret HAINLINE (form. HEULEIN) from Manchester, Carroll Co., MD. John and Margaret immigrated from Bavaria, Germany about 1845, changing the spelling of their names soon after.
The ATHERTON family came to Vermont Twp., Fulton Co., IL from Harrison Co., OH. John's father was Reuben Ross ATHERTON and mother was Jane McClure HILTON. Besides John, they had children named Mary Elizabeth, m Charles H. Nichols; William Robert; Kester W., m Amelia WISE; Ella, m Henry Aten; Boaz II, m Sarah E. Brown; Richard Elsworth, m Mary Belle Lybarger and Laura Belle, m Clarence Hickle. I have ten generations of ATHERTONs, and would like to share with other researchers. Am still looking for John and Margaret Heulein Weiss in Bavaria and for Jane McClure HILTON in Ohio.