Edward Green of Atherton was born in about 1633 of Leigh, Lancashire, the son of Giles Green and Isabel Pendleberie.

There are two christening records for Edward Green in Leigh, but no parents are listed in the christening register during this time period:

Either could be Edward's christening record - Edward's parents married in 1630.

Edward married in April 1663 in Leigh, but the bride's name was not recorded. She was listed as being of Deane parish. In a history of Atherton, Edward and his wife are mentioned: "John Withington, nailor died in 1665. His wife was Elizabeth, and a daughter of the same name, who had married Edward Green." (History of Atherton)

"Leigh was the name of a district embracing 13,793 acres, bounded on the north, east, and partly on the south by the hundred of Salford, on the west by the parish of Wigan, and on the south-west by the parish of Winwick. As its name denotes it was a district rich in meadow and pasture land, and the produce of its dairies—the Leigh cheese—was formerly noted for its excellence...Silk-weaving is a considerable industry in the town. Nail-making, linen-weaving, and the manufacture of fustian were largely conducted here in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries" (British History Online)



Edward Green of Atherton died and was buried 2 February 1684/5 in Leigh. There is a will for Edward Green, yeoman of Atherton Leigh probated 10 April 1689 in the Archdeaconry of Chester.

Edward Green burial

Burial record for Edward Green in Leigh: "Edward Green of Atherton - 02"

Information about Edward's will is found in a history of Atherton: "Giles Green, a faithful member of minister Wood's chapel congregation owned a book; it was a religious work by Mr. Perkins, the learned divine. This and his Bible he so treasured that he left them by will to his eldest son, Edward Green. When he came to die in 1685 he in turn bequeathed them to his heir, Giles, who still had them carefully preserved in 1701, when he died.  The grandson had to raise £80 out of the profits of Green's house to pay for the legacies to the younger children. In the farmstead were bedstocks so huge and cumbersome that they were regarded as part of the permanent structure. The son heir had thus to buy them at an agreed price of 30s. and a meal ark as well at 40s. The father left £63 12 s. 0d. which included a piece of land sown with winter wheat. In the house was a clock and buffet stools."  (History of Atherton)



Edward and his wife had the following children:

1. Giles, christened 28 October 1665 in Leigh.

2. Elizabeth, christened 26 February 1667 in Leigh.

3. Anne, christened 12 January 1669 in Leigh.

*4. Lydia, christened 19 January 1671/2 of Leigh; married Raphe Rothwell 25 May 1697 in Deane; married George Seddon 9 February 1713 in Deane; married Edmund Clegg 2 January 1721/2 in Deane; married Jeremiah Aynsworth 30 December 1726 in Bolton.

Lydia Green baptism

Baptism record for Lydia Green in Leigh: "Lydia dau: of Edward Green of Atherton"

5. Edward, christened 24 March 1674 in Leigh.

SOURCES: Leigh parish register,


Giles Green was born in about 1605 of Atherton in the parish of Leigh, the son of Gyles Greene. He married Isabel Pendleberie in 4 June 1630 in Leigh.

Gyles Green marriage

Marriage record for Giles Green and Isabel Pendelberie in Leigh:
"Gyles Green Izabell Pendleberie - 4"

Giles is mentioned in a history of Atherton: "An early stalwart worshipper in the old Bent chapel was Giles Green, the great friend of the elder James Wood, who, ejected by the Act of Uniformity in 1662, was hospitably received in the house of this faithful servant of the cause. Green died in April 1661 and was buried at Leigh on the 27th. By his will he gave £10 to Lawrence Rawsthorne, Edward Green, the testator's son, John Rigby, William Smith, and Nicholas Withington, and this sum taken out of the profits of Hope Mollynew's house in Atherton was to maintain a preaching minister at Chowbent chapel for ever. Later Green caused the direction of this money to be diverted to Lawrence Rawsthourne, who wa to improve it and at 21 to make Mr. Richard Atherton responsible for it. Giles gave the poor of Atherton and Westhoughton 20s. for the distribution and 6s. 8d. to the indigent of the other five townships of the parish. Gile's wife was Isabel, and sons Edward and Richard. His daughter Rebecca had married William Yonge. John Tildesley of Deane church was asked to help the executors as overseer. Green lived at the Green Hall, a home of Puritan sentiment and piety, where the ejected minister of the old chapel found asylum in the turbulence of the intolerant times in which he lived. All told Green left £423; there were many books in his house, the Bible and one by Mr. Perkins, besides 4 spinning wheels, 2 stone of flax, a peel for drawing loaves from the oven, a silver spoon and a hand sieve." (History of Atherton)

Giles died and was buried 27 April 1661 in Leigh.

        Green burial

Burial record for Giles Green in Leigh:
"Giles Greene of Athertone 27"

Giles and Isabel had the following children:

*1. Edward, born in about 1633; married Elizabeth Withington; buried 2 February 1684/5 in Leigh.

2. Richard

3. Rebecca; married William Yonge.

SOURCES: Leigh parish register,; History of Atherton, by John Lunn.

Earlier Greens in Atherton:

Protestation Oath of 1642
"In May 1641 the House of Commons acted to defend the Protestant Religion, Parliament, and the Crown against a perceived threat of 'Popery and Popish Innovations'. They prepared an oath of loyalty to be taken by all males of 18 years and over. Duly passed by the Protestant Peers in the House of Lords, the Protestation Oath was put in force in January 1642 (modern calendar) when the Speaker of the House of Commons instructed county sheriffs to take action. In February, 217 men from Atherton assembled at Leigh Parish Church and took the oath before John Atherton, the High Sheriff of Lancashire. One man refused the oath.

The protestation returns can be used to estimate the population of Atherton at the time. One formula (W.B. Stephens 'Sources for English Local History') doubles the number to include adult women, and adds 40% for those under 18. Others suggest multiplying the number by 4. Thus, Atherton in 1642 would probably have had between 600 and 900 inhabitants.

These Greens are listed in Atherton in 1642:

Anthony Greene
Charles Greene
Edward Greene
George Greene
Gyles Greene
Gyles Greene, senr
Henry Greene
John Greene
Peeter Greene
Richard Greene
Thomas Greene"

Giles Green (born about 1605), Edward's father, was alive in 1642. The Gyles Greene, senior in the same Protestation list is likely his father.

SOURCES: Leigh parish register,; History of Atherton, by John Lunn; Protestation Oath of 1642, Atherton.


Gyles Greene was born in about 1580 of Leigh. Gyles was mentioned in a history of Atherton as an appraiser for the inventory of George Withington in 1614: "Sober and religious friends Giles Green, Roger Rigby, John Hatton and Gilbert Aldred by their combined advice valued his goods". (History of Atherton)

Gyles and his wife had the following children:

*1. Giles; born in about 1605; married Isabel Pendleberie 4 June 1630 in Leigh.

SOURCES: History of Atherton, by John Lunn; Protestation Oath of 1642, Atherton.