John Martin Kershner was born 03 Dec 1722 in Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany and died Dec 1769 in Washington Co., MD. His wife was named Margaretha. He had sons Martin Jr, David E., and George. He had daughters Margaretta and Magdalena. He may have had more children but these are the ones I know of. David E. Kershner was my anscestor. David borrowed money from his brother Martin Jr and put up his share of the Kershners Tavern as part of his collateral. I don't know if he paid back the loan or gave up the Tavern. Not long after this he left Washington Co., MD and went to Augusta Co., VA. He had a brother George who also owned a share of the Tavern. There are a couple of Georges in Washington Co., MD about this time and I'm not sure which one is the son of John Martin. My understanding is that they inherited the Tavern from their father John Martin. Supposedly at some point George Washington used the Tavern as a headquarters, I assume during the French and Indian War. The Tavern sat 4 miles south of Hagerstown (Jonathan Hager was married to John Martin's sister Elizabeth, and Hagerstown was originally named Elizabeth Town) on the main road between Hagerstown and Swearingen's Ferry on the Potomac at the crossroads of the main road to Baltimore. A mighty good location in those days. In the tax records several of the Kershners in Washington Co., MD owned stills. My anscestor John H. Kershner, oldest son of David's son Jacob, went to Hawkins Co., TN with his grandfather David. Sometime after David's death (don't know what year he died) in 1841 John H. Kershner came to Greene Co., MO (where I now live). John H. was a commercial whiskey distiller and was the employer and future father-in-law of my gg-grandfather John C. Bench. John Kershner's property in MO also produced several lead mines one of which my gg-grandfather John Bench was half owner after John Kershner's death. John Bench went to work for John Kershner after his father died when he was 15. At age 18 John Bench was the overseer of 21 males slaves. At 27 he married John Kershner's 3rd daughter Sarah Haines Kershner.