Some releatives who are desendants of Kersting's in the Fort Madison, Iowa area. Hired a German genealogy researcher this past summer. He uncovered a Johann Bernard Henrich Kersting, the son of Jost Hermann Kersting & Anna Maria Hover. He was born March 16, 1796 in Westenholz Germany.
Jost Herman & Anna Maria had seven other children, Franz Arnold, Anna Maria, Johann Martin, Johann Phillip, Johann Theodor, Margaretha and Anna Maria.