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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Virginia, Sept. 14, 1798. Little is known of his early life. In 1827 he was admitted into the Pittsburgh Conference; in 1868 was smitten with paralysis, and remained in a helpless condition until his death, Oct. 24, 1874. 'Mr. Athey was a plain, earnest preacher, thoroughly versed in Methodism and one of her most powerful defenders. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1875, p. 34.
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Athey, Walter'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/a/athey-walter.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.