Peter aka John Kershaw and his wife, Margaret Kershaw, nee Osswell, arrived in Philadelphia, PA in July of 1818.Peter and Margaret were both thought to have been from Manchester, Lancashire, England.Margaret was born in 1760 and Peter in 1755.They settled in the French Creek Prairie area near Grayville.Peter died within the first three years of their arrival and was buried at the cemetery in Calvin.The Illinois Public Domain Land Trust Sales Database shows that they had purchased land as early as April 18, 1819.
Their children were:Peter 1797 to 1858, Edward 1802-1879, James b. 1784, George b. 1795, Charles b.1799, Elizabeth b. 1781 in Manchester (married John Jackariah Spencer) d. 1854, Margaret b. 1792 and Mary b. 1794.
Edwards County, Illinois, Kershaw Marriages: Boone Kershaw to Margaret Jane Dunlap 02-04-1861, Edward Kershaw, Jr. to Marie Curtis 10-06-1870, Edward S. Kershaw to Emma Cross 04-14-1870, James Kershaw to Barbara Tait 03-12-1829, John C. Kershaw to Sue Rotramel 11-15-1882, Peter Kershaw to Alice Spencer 05-03-1868, Ann Kershaw to Thomas K. Miller 03-26-1857, Camilla May to Charles W. Levye 07-15-1897, Emily Kershaw to Frederick A. Blackford 02-10-1897, Hannah Kershaw to James T. Bradshaw 04-06-92, Hannah Kershaw to Jeria F. Sherman 09-22-1872, Jane (Meredith) Kershaw to Benjamin H. Divore 07-30-1834, Margaret Kershaw to William Wilkinson 05-31-1821, Martha Kershaw to William Curtis 08-04-1869, Mary Kershaw to Albert Hoting 09-20-1900,Mary Ann Kershaw to William Bircket 01-08-1829, Sarah Kershaw to Edward Cowling 04-13-1851, Thomasina Kershaw to Mark Shaw 03-02-1873.
White County Kershaw Marriages Charles Kershaw to Jane Meredith 04-03-1823,Edward to Hannah Willis 03-20-1828, Edward Kershaw to Frances Whiffen, 04-06 1873,Franklin Kershaw to Nancy Hanks 01-17-1858,George Kershaw to Sarah E. Fearn 03-29-1863, Jake Kershaw to Harrietta Clower 09-12-1888, Joseph Kershaw to Mrs, Mary A. Writ ?Wright? (Clements) 07-12-1881, Joseph Kershaw to Mattie J. Hudson, 08-04-1892, Meredith Kershaw to Virginia Stone 11-28-1844, Peter Kershaw to Polly Meredith 10-19-1820, Peter Kershaw to Susannah Browning 10-10-1836, William Kershaw to Kate Clifford 07-20-1879, Bertha Kershaw to Simon Davenport 03-31-1881, Doritha Kershaw to Davidson Brown 12-06-1838, Margaret Kershaw to George Miller 02-07-1861, Nancy Kershaw to Henry Roulinson (Rawlinson) 01-17-1845, Nancy Ann Kershaw to Samuel Long 01-24-69.