Atherton, John a minister of 'the Methodist New Connection, was born at Liverpool near the close of the 18th century; was converted in 1809, and devoted all his time to acquiring religious knowledge and to useful Christian labor. He entered the ministry in 1814, and for six years earnestly preached the Gospel in five circuits. In December, 1818, he took cold, which led to his death, at Chester, Aug. 3, 1819. He was a sincere Christian, and zealous in the service of God. See Minutes of the Conference.