Kershner, Mrs. E. L., is the widow of the late B. F. Kershner, who was born in Dansville, N. Y., Septemher 15,
1829, and died March 14, 1887. He was a representative citizen of Dansville and respected by all who knew him.
He represented the town of Dansyule on the Board of Supervisors two terms, and highway commissioner two terms.
He was a member of Phoenix Lodge No. 116, F. & A. M., and was buried with the Masonic ceremony. In 1834 he
moved with his parents to the place now occupied by his widow, at the time when the cholera was raging in that
locality Mr. Kershner was educated at the old academy of Dansville, and was a great reader. His father, Philip
Kershner, was born in Washington county, Md., and in 1812, when 28 years of age, he came to Genesee county when
it was a wilderness, in company with Nathaniel Rochester and Leonard Coon. He was one of the first settlers of
Dansville, and purchased the place now occnpied by his son's wife, which was at that time occupied by an Indian
encampment. He died October 12, 1850. His wife. Mary Knappenberg, was born in Northumberland county, Pa., and died
in 1879, aged eighty five years. They had six children: Elizabeth M., born October 13, 1815; Nathaniel D., born
May 8, 1817; Henry A., born March 26, 1820; Joseph, born June 22, 1822; Mary C., born January 3, 1825; and Benjamin
F., born September 15, 1829, and on December 4, 1854, he married Eliza L. Southmayd, who was born in Ossian, N.
Y., in 1831, by whom he had three children: Rosa A., born September 27, 1856, and died Febrnary 8, 1864; Lilla
Clare, born April 6, 1867, married, August 27, 1895, Charles S. Browning of Bay City, Mich., born in 1866; and
Mamie Peck, born November 9, 1869, and married George E. Walter, who was born December 21, 1857.
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896
Steuben County, NY
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