Abraham Kershaw (1815-aft1850)

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Abraham Kershaw
Sex: Male
Birth: 1815
Glen Cove, New York
Father: Possibly
Rem Cashow (1768-1816)
Mother: Possibly
Maratye Bennet (1774-1830)
Spouse/Partner: Sarah Oldrin (1816-1894)
Marriage: circa 1836 (age 21)
Children: Mary E. Kershaw (1837-aft1872)
Isaac Kershaw (1840-?)
Anna Augusta Kershaw (1841-1931)
Sarah Kershaw (1843-1922)
Amy Kershaw (1847-aft1872)
Peter Kershaw (1849-bef1872)

Abraham Kershaw (1815-?) may be the same person as Abraham Cashow (1814-?), who died on his way to California during the California Gold Rush in 1850-1851.


His ancestors were from Holland.

Potential name variationsEdit

  • Abraham Kershaw
  • Abraham Kashaw
  • Abraham Cassou
  • Abraham Cashow
  • Abraham Kashow
  • Abraham Kashou


If he is the same person as Abraham Cashow (1814-?), then his father is Rem Cashow (1768-1816). This is speculation until documentation is found to confirm or dispute the fact.


He was born in 1814 or 1815. The year came from his age in the 1850 United States Census. The census was taken on October 15, 1850. (Abraham Cashow (1814-?) was baptized on February 13, 1814). If we calculated his age from his baptism until the 1850 census he would have been 36 years and 8 months but our "Abraham Kershaw (1815-?)" listed his age as 35. He was most likely born in the Glen Cove, New York or the Oyster Bay area, and most likely attended the church at Wolver Hollow in Upper Brookville, New York where other Kershaws are listed.


He married Sarah Oldrin (1816-1894) around 1835.


New YorkEdit

Abraham and Sarah lived in Glen Cove, New York and moved to Manhattan by 1850.


He died after 1850. His last child was born in 1849 and in 1850 he appeared in the 1850 United States Census living in Manhattan. He died before 1872 where his wife was a widow named in the bank account of his daughter. Our Abraham may be the same person as Abraham Cashow (1814-?) who died on his way to California presumably in 1848-1850 during the California Gold Rush.


His widow went on to live in the Bridgewater, New Jersey and Somerville, New Jersey area.


Research Edit

  • Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) writes in 2012: "It was originally assumed that they married at the Dutch reformed Church in Wolver Hollow but now that we know that the father of Sarah Oldrin (1816-1894) was from Britain and most likely was Anglican, they were probably married in an Anglican church. It was thought that Trinity Church in Manhattan was a good candidate but the marriage does not appear in their online records. It may be worth the time to order the records on microfilm to see if it was performed there but not transcribed legibly"
  • Here is an "A. Kershow dead" in Manhattan on 9 Jan 1854

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