Anna Augusta Kershaw (1841-1931) bank account at the U.S. Freedmen Bank in New York City from March 4, 1872.
Up until February 19, 2009 I had believed one story that I found on the Internet, that an Abraham Kershaw took his family to California and they all died along the way. I thought this might be my Abraham since he disappeared from the written records after the 1850 census . On February 19, 2009 he was listed as dead on the bank account of Anna Augusta Kershaw (1841-1931) at ancestry.com. His wife was not listed as dead, and Anna's siblings were listed as living in Somerville, New Jersey. It is ironic that moving to New Jersey is the same as being dead in a family history. New Jersey's birth, marriage, and death records aren't in any electronic index, and the birth and death records that used to public and free to search were put behind a pay wall after September 11, 2001 citing National Security. They used to be free, now you have to pay $8 for each search of a record.