Atkinson Family History & Genealogy
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- George 1.7%
- Charles 1.5%
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Atkinson Last Name History & Origin
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Atkinson Death Records & Life Expectancy
According to our database of 22,505 people with the last name Atkinson that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the longest-lived members of the Atkinson family on AncientFaces.
- Madeline Atkinson lived 117 years
- Annie J Atkinson lived 107 years
- Betty M Atkinson lived 108 years
- Hattie E Atkinson lived 107 years
- Anna A Atkinson lived 105 years
- Mabel B Atkinson lived 104 years
- Samuel Atkinson lived 104 years
- Pauline P Atkinson lived 104 years
- Lena Atkinson lived 103 years
- Gladys M Atkinson lived 103 years
interment following in the Glen Ewen cemetery.
The following is the obituary of Alice Atkinson:
There passed away on Friday, August 26, a respected pioneer, resident of the Glen Ewen district in the person of Mrs. Alice Jane Atkinson-Barker, beloved wife of Thomas James Barker, whose death took place at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Wood, following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Barker was born in Halton County, Ontario, April 16, 1865. She came west with her parents in 1879, the family settling at Clearwater, Manitoba. In 1886 she moved to Coulter, Manitoba, where she met Mr. Barker and was happily married. Following their marriage, they moved to the Glen Ewen district, where the deceased resided up to the time of her death.
The late Mrs. Barker was numbered among the estimable residents of the district. A lady of quiet, unassuming manner, of sterling worth and character-ever ready to help in time of need and distress, she made many friends who will deeply mourn her passing.
Besides a sorrowing husband, she leaves to mourn her death five daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Dunn of Spruce Lake, Saskatchewan; Mrs. Joseph Hill, Mrs. Walter Wood, Mrs. John Best, Mrs. Herb Atkinson, all of Glen Ewen, Saskatchewan and one son, Percy of Carievale. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Frank Elliott of Vancouver, B.C. One daughter, Mrs. Clara (Arthur) Best predeceased her in 1926.
The funeral service was held from the Glen Ewen United Church on Sunday, August 28, Reverend J. Hamilton officiating. His message was one of comfort to the bereaved. Mr. Alex Paton sang very feelingly, "The Lord Is My Shepherd." Following the service, the remains were conveyed to the Glen Ewen cemetery where interment was made. The pallbearers, old friends of the deceased, were Messrs, E. McIlmoyl, J. W. Hill, W. J. Dawson, Chas Hull, J. H. Good and Alex Walker.
Many floral tributes covered the casket, testifying to the esteem in which the departed one was held in the community.
The story of Stephen Atkinson and Anne Wilton
Stephen Atkinson @1680-1739 was probably English and may have arrived in America aboard the Elizabeth and Judith out of Liverpool in 1700. He was obviously a man of means. His name, along with the designation, "occupation clothier", appeared 5/27/1717 on a list of persons admitted to the status of "freemen" in Philadelphia. To obtain this status, a man had to be "a free denizen over 21 years of age, owning 50 acres of land for two years or more and be a resident in the province." Aspirants paid for the privilege of becoming freemen, a social and political rank that allowed them to vote and hold office.
Stephen Atkinson maintained a clothing business in Philadelphia, but he had other plans as well. In 1716 he began acquiring land along the Conestoga Creek in Lampeter Twp. in Lancaster where he owned 300 acres, according to tax records. By 1728 he had settled there and built a dam and a fulling mill which was the first water works in Lancaster. Fulling mills were used to bleach fabric as part of the process of making clothes, and this mill may have been connected to Stephen's clothing business in Philadelphia.
His neighbors lacked enthusiasm for the project and let him know it. According to a contemporaneous account:
"After Mr Atkinson built his dam, it proved to be a complete barrier against the ascent of shad and other fish to the upper part of that stream. The citizens residing along the water course above the dam came down in the night-time and tore the dam away. The legislature then compelled Mr. Atkinson to construct a passage way in his dam to allow the fish to ascend the stream."
Stephen's wife was Anne Wilton @1690-1750. There were some Quaker Wiltons in eastern Pennsylvania in the early 1700s, and she may have been related to them. Although there is no evidence of Stephen and Anne having membership in a Quaker meeting, there is documentation that they attended Quaker weddings, so they may have been close to the Quaker community.