Manx Genealogy Archive 2

Inheritance of Ballacregga

Hi Nigel

Just saw your post from 14 October. Are you aware of the deed of settlement of Jane Kaighin (als Cannell) to her son Charles Kaighin in 1705?

If not, please download from:

I have been exploring why Charles received Ballacregga for a few years now, and I still havn't nailed it down. Charles was the third son of John Kaighin and Jane Cannell. Eldest son John became a Quaker, emigrated and is assumed to have defaulted. Until a couple of years ago, I just assumed second son William died as a child, and Charles was just the next in line.

However, I have been discussing this over the last few years with Margaret Miles (see below), and together we have come to believe that William indeed survived to adulthood, but we're still uncertain what became of him. There are two possibilities:

1. He emigrated to America and eventually settled in Rhode Island.

2. He married firstly Elizabeth Barry, and was willed her father's former estate on her death. Then he married Catherine Quayle and had several children with her.

I contend that if either is the correct William, his mother might have seen fit to skip him in favor of Charles, because Charles was already living at Ballacregga - while William was either in America, or already had a considerable estate of his own by the time of Jane's death.

Rather than attempting to synthesize the discussion Margaret and I have had about this, I am pasting the entire conversation below. It's a long read and covers almost 4 years of back and forth, but may explain why the contention. Please read from the bottom up.

Please let me know your thoughts.



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From: "Greg Kaighin" email address not disclosed
Hi Margaret,

I'm certain that William must have intended to contest the heirship - or Charles wouldn't have gone to such lengths to secure it.

I believe John was the son of John Kaighin and Margaret UNKNOWN, but this generation and any previous generation is still unproven due to a lack of records. I still have many wills to go through that are still on film (which someday I hope the LDS will digitize), but I hope to someday to have these early families sorted out. On my next visit to the island I will also be researching the land records associated with Ballacregga and a few other estates. These for the most part are not available online or on any films available to view. Most of the land records in the Isle of Man are still on paper and controlled by the General Registry. So the easiest way to study this is to actually go there. There are other various rent rolls and such, the most important being the Liber Vastarum which covered land transactions on the island between 1511 and 1916. (See www.lawsons.ca/isleoman/iom_005.html) The group sheet you mention was sent to me along with the letter from Henry Leece. There are a few errors, omissions, etc in there and his letter. His mention of Charles being in America was incorrect. The source I'm sure he was thinking of was David Craine's writings about immigrant John Kaighin.



-----Original Message-----
From: email address not disclosed [mailto: email address not disclosed]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 6:26 PM
To: Greg Kaighin
Subject: Re: Heirship of Ballacregga

Hi again Greg,

Thanks for this interesting tidbit. I too wondered why William, being the second-born son, was passed over in favor of Charles. Your explanation does make sense. Charles may also simply have been his mother's favored son....and obviously there is no record that we know of which implies that William contested being "passed over." As you've conjectured, he may have already had land and money from his two marriages, since his first wife died quite young and he married fairly shortly again after her death. So I think your reasoning is very sound. William had all that he needed and was content with what he had so had no problem with Charles inheriting Ballacregga.

How far back beyond John Kaighin (1638-ca 1701) have you been able to go? I noticed the group sheet (LDS) you included in the files you sent that stated
his father was William Kaighin; I found elsewhere online that William was the son of Thomas Kaighin, but I don't know how accurate that is. I did find the wills of Thomas Christian and wife Catherine Harrison, the latter's proves that her daughter Mary was indeed the wife of Charles Kaighin and I noted that Charles Kaighin was one of the executors of Thomas Christian's will. I feel pretty certain that the Kaighins in all of these will records are related, but how the different family groups discerned from their wills connect to each other I'm still not at all certain.

Now if only I can definitively prove my Rebecca Kaighn of Newport was the daughter of Charles Kaighn of Newport. She could not have been a child by his 1768 marriage to Abigail Turner in Newport, even if my Newport aunt's 1766 birthdate for her is incorrect, as Rebecca's first child was born in 1786. I suppose it's possible she was born in 1769, but she would've then had her first child at age 17, which was certainly earlier than the norm for that time period.
The fact that her birth record appears nowhere in Newport records, tells me she was born elsewhere...likely New Jersey or enroute somewhere else before
Charles reached Newport. That both he and she appear so suddenly in Newport records tells me she is his daughter but I still cannot substantiate it by any record.

Persistence pays off (most of the time), so I'll keep plugging away.


-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Greg Kaighin" email address not disclosed
Hi Margaret,

Yes, everything you've written I've already concluded. This William subsequently married Catherine Quayle about 1700 and had seven children with her between about 1703 and 1712, all christened or born in K. Michael. The great mystery of this family that I and others have been contending with, is why Charles, the 3rd surviving son of John Kaighin and Jane Cannell inherited Ballacregga. The documents relating to the deed of settlement paint a picture of some kind of family contention. The dying declaration of Jane's house servant William Cannon is particularly telling. Why would Charles go to such pains to secure his heirship? We already know about immigrant John and why he disinherited, but what about William? William, husband of Elizabeth Barry and Catherine Quayle was son #2 and should have inherited Ballacregga due to the default of his brother John. It's possible that he was a Quaker as well, but I doubt it. The Quakers, even in relatively tolerant Isle of Man, were subject to persecution from the rest of the community who were members of the Established Church, and many Quakers found this condition too intolerable to stay. I doubt the contention for heirship came from immigrant John, as by the time of the death of Jane Kaighin als Cannell in 1715, John had been in America for 35 years and was quite successful, and would not have been expected to return to the island.

So my theory is this; Charles and his wife Mary were known to have lived with his parents at Ballacregga until after his father's death in 1701 (as mentioned in Jane's letter to her son John). Jane then moved up to Andreas to live with her daughter Joney (on account of her self-described "melloncolly and troublesom burden of greife"), leaving Charles and Mary alone at Ballacregga. I think that Charles earned the heirship as a reward for the care he showed his mother in her declining years. As well, brother William by 1715 had an established family of his own and presumably had built up his own estate. The will you sent describes in some vague detail of the accumulation of wealth and presumably land which William managed through his marriage to Elizabeth. He received from her the dowry from the marriage, plus ten pounds sterling (a considerable amount at that time), plus what her father left her, etc. Since she assigns her uncles as Execs to the will, and she only mentions sisters, she may have had no brothers and may in fact have been the lawful heir to her father's estate.

All of this in turn she willed to William. Add to this whatever dowry brought to the marriage with Catherine Quayle and whatever wealth they accumulated between then and 1715, and you can see why Jane may have felt it appropriate to bypass William and defer heirship to Charles. You have to keep in mind that the laws of inheritance in the Isle of Man provided a strict and proper delineation of heirship in the event that such was not stipulated in a will. And at that time, wills were not typically written down until after death. They were given orally to at least two witnesses who were then called before the court to relay the will to the parish captain, who then wrote it down and submitted it to the parish records. This was done for practical purposes. Sometimes the only literate person in the parish was the parish captain, so it may have been difficult to find some to write down a will. So two witnesses would have been called for when someone was near death. With Jane's servant William Cannon on his deathbed, Charles had his dying declaration written down. He wouldn't have done this unless someone else could have made a claim on the estate as stipulated by Manx law. So it's my contention that William indeed was the second surviving son of John and Jane Kaighin, and that it was William that was bypassed for the heirship of Ballacregga. I don't believe he was bypassed due to default, I believe he was bypassed because Jane felt that Charles deserved or needed it more. Had she given Ballacregga to William who already had a place of his own, this would have likely left Charles and his already large family with no place to live.

Regarding any child of William Kaighin and Elizabeth Berry. There are no Kaighin children in the record born or buried between 10 Dec 1691 (date of her will) and 20 Jan 1691/2 (date of her burial), so it was very possible she died still bearing her child.



-----Original Message-----
From: email address not disclosed [mailto: email address not disclosed]
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 6:16 AM
To: Greg Kaighin
Subject: William Kaighin's wife

Hello again, Greg,

Thought I'd pass this on to you; found it on the IOM website via the link you'd given me. I did not see this will in the files you sent me. It would appear Elizabeth Kaighin alias Barry must've been fairly young and quite ill, as she mentions only her husband and sisters, and it appears (and I may be wrong on my interpretation of her statement "child now on my bearing") she was with child? since she does not mention girl or boy. She mentions her sister Joan Lace alias Kaighin...so I think this identifies the (first?) wife of John Kaighin and Jane Cannell's son, William Kaighin, whose sister was Joan Lace alias Kaighin who married Daniel Lace. At least we know William survived to adulthood and married.

Archdeacon Will 1691/2 #22 Michael, of Elizabeth Kaighin als Barry, made 10 Dec 1691:

"Michael: In the name of God, amen; the 10th of December 1691.
I ELIZABETH KAIGHIN ALS BARRY being of perfect memory praised be God, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First, I bequeath my soul to God and my body to be buried in Christian burial at the discretion of my HUSBAND WILLIAM KAIGHIN and what he shall disburse upon my funeral to be allowed to him by my Executor hereafter nominated.
Item, I leave to my said HUSBAND ten pounds of lawful moneys, And that my Executors shall allow it to him out of the money or part of portion that he himself hath already received; and no pretend to demand from him any attempt of the 10 pounds which my FATHER xxxx to me to have received before our marriage whereof my said husband never received a penny or penny worth.
I leave also to my said husband the cow that was given me by Mr JOHN PACKY, And the legacy my FATHER left me.
Item, I leave to my SISTER JONY LACE ALS KAIGHIN my best mant and petticoat and my best suite of linen and best silken hood and band.
Item, I leave to my said husband all the rest of my clothes silks and linens he paying xx value pence apiece legacy to my SISTERS to wit, MARGRETT, ELLIN, JUDITH AND JANE BARRY.
I constitute and appoint my CHILD NOW ON MY BEARING my true and lawful Executor of all the rest of my goods moveable and unmoveable if my said CHILD do live to enjoy the same; if not I constitute and appoint my UNCLES ON MY MOTHER SIDE and whom else it may fall due to by my Contract Bargain my lawful Executors of all the rest of my goods moveable and unmoveable.
And to affix in this to be my last will I have subscribed here unto in the presents of these witnesses whose names ensue. [signed] ELIZABETH KAIGHIN ALS BARRY.
Witnesses John Teare, William Caine.

SILVESTER HUDDLESTONE ONE OF THE EXECUTORS in behalf of himself and the rest of the executors with Mrs. Barry widow & Executor of Mr. Barry are sworn according to Law and to the purport of the testator marriage contract and her mother's will. Probatum et Solvit 1s. The Inventory included in the foresaid Contract, and the goods in Mrs. Barry's hands who hath given pledges in form of Law Mr. Hen: Norris & Capt. Thomas Christian."

-----Original Message-----
From: email address not disclosed [mailto: email address not disclosed]
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:11 PM
To: Greg Kaighin
Subject: New Find: William of Gloucester did have a son Charles

Hi Margaret,

I'm thinking there are beginning to be too many coincidences to call this just a probability.



-----Original Message-----
From: email address not disclosed [mailto: email address not disclosed]
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:11 PM
To: Greg Kaighin
Subject: New Find: William of Gloucester did have a son Charles


Just found something in the files you sent which is very promising:

Name: Charles Kaighin

Description: Son

Date: 31 8 1758

Prove Date: 8 3 1758

BookPage: L:200

Remarks: Abigail Kaighin. Co. of Gloucester, N. Jersey. Widow. Aug. 31, 1758. March 8, 1758. L.200.

Children: Charles and three others. Sister: Hannah Cooper. Exec: William Mode.

If I'm reading this correctly, it would appear to be in reference to the death of Abigail Cooper who was wife of William Kaighn (he died 1748) of Gloucester...the one we cannot connect to immigrant John's line and the one I think might be my Charles' father.

Also note that Abigail's sister was Hannah Cooper; one of Charles' two children by his marriage to Abigail Turner (Newport) was Hannah Kaighn.

What do you think? At least we know William and Abigail (Cooper) Kaighin did have a son named Charles. Another son was William Jr. and I did run across a daughter several years ago but did not write it down and have been unable to find that source again...it was in reference to another family into which this daughter married. I'll keep looking...

-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Greg Kaighin" email address not disclosed
Hello Margaret,

Regarding your question of what "abroad" meant, I actually posted a message to the Manx Genealogy bulletin board with the same question: www.isle-of-man.com/cgi-bin/interests/genealogy/bulletin/index.pl?noframes;read=524141

And regarding the naming conventions of Manx children. There was an quasi-standard order during that time how children were named, e.g. father's father, then mother's father, then father for boys, and similar for girls. So if William's son was named Charles, then good chance his father was too.



-----Original Message-----
From: email address not disclosed [mailto: email address not disclosed]
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:26 PM
To: Greg Kaighin
Subject: Kaighin/Kaighn


Thought I'd send this along, as I feel it may indicate that the Newport, RI Kaighn branch may have been Quakers:

COLLINS, Barry, of Ne, man of color, laborer, far advanced in life. will dated 11 June 1807, proved 2 Sep 1816, pg 305. Mentions family members and also "Friend Peleg Kaighn."

Peleg Kaighn (he predeceased his wife, Eliza, who died "abt Jun 1847") was the son of my Charles Kaighn.

After going through all the materials you've sent me, the following appears to be the most promising family configuration I can come up with at this

John Kaighin (abt 1648-1701) and Jane Cannell
Charles Kaighin (abt 1673-1731) and Mary Christian
William Kaighin (1704-1748) and Abigail Cooper
Charles Kaighn (abt 1743-abt 1792) and Abigail Turner

The first Charles Kaighin you pointed out was born in 1714...I doubt he's my Charles Kaighn as he did not marry much before 1763-65 (Rebecca was born in 1766).

The second Charles Kaighin (son of John Kaighin and Eleanor Kaighin) is a better fit chronologically, being born in 1736, but we have little evidence that he emigrated...no specific mention in his parents' wills that he went anywhere.

Since we suspect that several of Charles Kaighin's (md Mary Christian) children left the Island (and as his wife's will states were "abroad")
and William is one of those children who disappears from Isle of Man records, I feel he may be the William Kaighn who left an inventory in 1748 in Gloucester, NJ..he's certainly of the right chronology to be the same man...and to have followed his uncle, John Kaighin, to New Jersey. Whether or not my Charles is his son remains to be proven (IF provable that is). I also note that my Charles' only son, Peleg Kaighn, named a son William and this name does not appear in the ancestry of Peleg's wife Eliza Coggeshall. I'm pretty familiar with the Coggeshall line as my father also traces to immigrant John Coggeshall, so I have a pretty complete pedigree for the Coggeshalls of Rhode Island, including many of the collateral lines.

This is a feeble first attempt, I admit. But it does make some sense. Have you ever wondered who this William Kaighin of Gloucester was? I'm certain he's related to John Kaighin and the fact that William settled in the same area tells me he's closely related to immigrant John. Too bad Mary Kaighin alias Christian wasn't more specific as to several of her children being "abroad." I would take "abroad" to mean farther away than England, but I could be wrong on this.

I also saw the letter from Mr. Leece, which I found interesting in that he mentioned he'd heard that Charles Kaighin supposedly was in America when his daughter married back in Isle of Man, but that he'd not been able to prove it.


-----Original Message-----
From: email address not disclosed [mailto: email address not disclosed]
Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2008 4:48 PM
To: Greg Kaighin
Subject: Kaighn records of RI

Thanks Greg! It will take me some time to go through this wealth of information.

From the little I've been able to look at thus far, I do see that it's likely several other members of this Isle of Man family migrated to the Americas and we may've discovered at least one line that ended up in RI. I totally agree with you that my Rebecca (and Charles, however she is related to him) are of the same family...Kaighin/Kaighn is a very unique surname.


-----Original Message-----
From: email address not disclosed [mailto: email address not disclosed]
Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2008 6:40 AM
To: Greg Kaighin
Subject: RE: Kaighn of Newport, RI

Thank you SO much for all of this information; it's very generous of you to take the time to answer my reply, and I sincerely appreciate it.

Indeed, what you've explained of this line does now tend to clear things up a bit for me. You're correct in that the New Jersey Kaighins/Kaighns being Quakers, that William is not mentioned anywhere in the births would strongly indicate he was not John's son. Although I'm still curious as to who you think William Kaighn (who md Abigail Cooper) was. He may be one of those other later sons of the Isle of Man branch that emigrated and settled near his "cousins" in Gloucester.

I haven't yet had the chance to look at the records you've attached..thanks very much for these also. Rebecca Kaighn has been such a big mystery to me for over 10 years, and she and Charles literally appear in Newport from seemingly nowhere. I'd checked all the birth, marriage and death records throughout all the New England states on the NEHGS database, using all variations of the name, and come up with no other individuals. With the information you've given me, it does mesh with Charles being a later immigrant who followed his Kaighn cousins to America...unless the oddball William might be his connection. Charles is definitely of a generation earlier to my Rebecca, which is why I'd toyed with the idea she might be his daughter by an earlier wife, she being born just two years before he married Abigail Turner in Newport. I will also add that those few records on Charles and Rebecca spell the name Kaighn.

Many thanks again. You've provided some wonderful leads.



Hi Margaret,

It's good to hear from you again. Since we last corresponded, I have done virtually no further research on the Kaighn branch. And as I mentioned previously, since there are a few others researching this line already (and quite extensively), I have to defer to them any questions regarding the Kaighn branch. It is my goal, that when I am satisfied that I have exhausted all resources and completely documented the larger Kaighin family, then I will work with the Kaighn researchers to consolidate their research and incorporate their branch into my database. I believe this is still at least another three to four years away before I can begin that process.

All that being said - without proof that Charles was a descendant of John Kaighin, immigrant, we have to consider all possibilities. So for the sake of argument, let's assume that he wasn't. You may be correct in saying that there were no other Kaighins who emigrated to the US prior to the mid 1800s. I have found none prior to 1827, but that doesn't mean one or more hasn't slipped through so far undetected. So following this line of reasoning, let's say that this Charles was in fact a Manx born Kaighin. In my database, there are several Charles Kaighins who would be marrying age by 1768. Several I'm able to rule out via existing records (wills, burials in the IOM, etc). That leaves three Charles Kaighins, they are:

1. Charles Kaighin, son of Charles Kaighin and Mary Christian, christened 30 Nov 1714, Kirk Michael, Isle of Man
2. Charles Kaighin, son of John Kaighin and Eleanor Kaighin, christened 9 May 1736, Kirk Michael, Isle of Man
3. Charles Kaighin, son of John Kaighin and Isabel Quay, christened 14 May 1739, Kirk Michael, Isle of Man

1. Charles' father Charles Kaighin, heir to the Ballacregga estate was the brother of immigrant Quaker John Kaighin, progenitor of the New Jersey Kaighns, so there is a close relationship and therefore one could assume, a reason to emigrate. The father Charles died in 1731 and his will contains this curious statement "to each of his children a crown, that is to say as many of them as would come and demand the same from his Extr." This to me would indicate that some of his several children were off island. Typically, if the children were on island, a will would state something to the effect of "I leave to..." with no stipulation for the child to come and get it, but the words "would come and demand" again implies "would come to the island". A check of Mary Kaighin als Christian's will in 1742 further adds to this: "To her children which were abroad one shilling each". The children of Charles Kaighin and Mary Christian were (according to the IGI and other records):

John, 1703 - 1784, married Isabel Quay

William, 1704 - ?

Lenora, 1705-1786, married William Kewish

Jane, 1707 - ?

Eleanor, 1709 - ?, married another John Kaighin (parents of Charles Kaighin #2 above)

Thomas, 1710 - ?

Charles, 1714 - ?

James, 1716 - ?

Mary, 1719 - 1802, married John Quayle
Specifically mentioned in the wills of Charles and Mary as being on the island were John, Lenora, Eleanor and Mary. That leaves at least three (since Mary's will says "children", and Charles' will says "as many of them") who were off island among William, Jane, Thomas, Charles and James. I have scoured the Manx records for these five, but can come up with nothing for marriages, burials or wills. As an aside it is worth noting that Manx law provided for the heir, typically the oldest son if he was available, to receive the landed property and so oftentimes the heir was not specifically mentioned in the will. The property would have been handed down through a deed of settlement. So this is why it was not uncommon for the oldest son to remain on the island while the other son or sons went abroad.

For son William - no burials between 1704 and 1731 for a William Kaighin not already accounted for.
For daughter Jane, no burials between 1707 and 1731 for a Jane Kaighin not already accounted for; there is a marriage of a Jane Kaighin and Thomas Key, 4 Jun 1726, which could account for her whereabouts - but again neither she nor a Thomas Key are mentioned in her parents' wills.
For son Thomas, no burials between 1710 and 1731 for a Thomas Kaighin not already accounted for.
For son Charles, no burials between Nov 1714 and 1731 for any Charles Kaighin For son James, no burials between 1716 and 1731 for any James Kaighin

2. As mentioned, Charles #2 was the son of John Kaighin and Eleanor Kaighin (daughter of Charles Kaighin and Mary Christian). His situation is no less curious than the first. His mother, being the niece of immigrant John Kaighin of New Jersey, also has a close relationship and again, there is reason to emigrate. The wills of John Kaighin (1784) and Eleanor Kaighin als Kaighin (1793) do not mention Charles, which could mean a number of things. It could mean that he is deceased, but no record exists on the island for that. It could mean he died elsewhere off island prior to his parents. It could mean he was simply left out of the will due to a disinheritance (on religious grounds for example, like Quaker John disinherited Ballacregga), or it could mean he emigrated and therefore wasn't expected to return to claim his inheritance. John's will also mentions son William (brother of Charles) "if he comes for it", again implying that William is off island. Eleanor's will makes no mention of either Charles or William.

3. The third Charles was the son of John Kaighin (son of Charles Kaighin and Mary Christian) and Isabel Quay. Except for the entries in the IGI for his christening, Charles shows up nowhere. No burial record, no marriage record, no mention in any other wills. Nothing. His parents' wills mention all of his siblings, but not him. I suspect he died as an infant, but his burial either never made it into the record, or the record was lost. I can find nothing to indicate that he may have emigrated.

Regarding your mention of William Kaighn being the son of Quaker immigrant John Kaighn. The Quakers were copious record keepers, and I would find it extremely unusual if John had had a son and it weren't recorded. There is nothing I have in my sources that show him having had a son with Elizabeth, only two sons John and Joseph.

My conclusion then, is that there is an excellent possibility that the Charles you are looking for is either #1 or #2 above and that some of the siblings from these two families may have come over as well. Wouldn't it be something if after all this time, we've actually found more Kaighin immigrants?

It should also be considered significant that the spelling of the name in New Jersey (Kaighn), which we have determined seems to have occurred in the first half of the 18th century, changed for all descendants of John Kaighin, and it is unique to only this branch. So I would think it highly improbable that these Rhode Island Kaighns were not related somehow to immigrant John Kaighin.

The wills mentioned above are below for your reference.

I hope this gives you something new to chase, and as I mentioned it will be a few more years before I can take a good hard look at the New Jersey Kaighns. But it will be interesting to see if we'll be able to tease these other Kaighns out of the records.


Greg Kaighin,
Honolulu, Hawaii

Will of Charles Kaighin, 1731

Kirk Michael, Nov. 3, 1731
The last Will and Testament of Charles Kaighin of KK Michael who departed this life the 15th of October. He was sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory. And, first, committed his soul to God and his body to Christian Burial.
Item, he left to his grandson, Jon Kaighin of Scarsdale, a Heifer.
Item, he left to each of his children a crown, that is to say as many of them as would come and demand the same from his Extr.
Item, he left to his son Jon his riding coat.
Lastly he constituted and appointed his Loving wife Mary Kaighin sole Executr. Of all the rest of his goods and effects moveable and immoveable whatsoever.
Tho: Cain

} Jurati
Jon Cannan

The Extr. sworn in Court, in
form of Law, & gave Pledges,
Capt. Wm. Christian, & Thomas Caine
Probatum est, & Solvit

Will of Mary Kaighin als Christian 1742

This is affirmed to be the last will and testament of Mary Kaighin als Christian who departed this life on the 3d of March 1742. Having committed her soul to almighty God and body to Christian burial. She disposed of her worldly effects as follows:
She bequeathed to her son and heir John Kaighin all the wooden barrels baskets beams troughs and the griddle.
To her children which were abroad one shilling each.
To her daughter Mary Quayle als Kaighin all her unshaped linnen and so much of the same linnen for her grandson Silvester Kewish being then sick as would suffice to serve for his burial in case he will dye.
To her daughter in law Isabel Kaighin a hive of bees To her sister Christian Brew a swarm of the bees which were in Gilbert Clark's garden again this summer next and the rest to the said Gilbert Clark's wife.
To her grandchild Jane Kaighin and Christian Kewish a suit of head cloaths each.
To her son in law John Kaighin an heiffer in what she and to said Jon Kaighin's wife as much blue lamlet as would make a petticoat Item she left the price of a cow wiche in her son John Kaighin's hand to be disburse on her funeral.
To her daughter Mary Quayle als Kaighin what she had for her in contract.
To Wm Crain one witnesses hereof one shilling and to Joney Quayle the other witness a chequed apron.
And lastly she nominated and constituted her loving daughter Leonora Kewish als Kaighin sole and whole executrix of all the rest of her goods and effects moveable and immoveable whatsoever.
Item she declared that her foresaid son and heir John Kaighin owed her one pound Nine Shillings
Willm Crain his x mark
Joney Quayle her x mark jurati

At KK Michael Mar 19th 1742
Leonora Kewish als Kaighin daughter of the testatrix is sworn for the payment of debts and legacies according to law and has given pledges namely Mr Robt Corlett and Wm Craine one of the witnesses.

Probatum est Edv: Moore

Will of John Kaighin, 1784

90 Kirk Michael 1784
In the name of God Amen. I John Kaighin of Scaristal in the parish of KK Michael being at present in a moderate state of health yet considering the uncertainty of this mortal life do therefore make this my last will and testament being by Gods blessing of sound and perfect mind and memory at the making thereof which are as followeth:
FIRST - I commit my soul to Almighty God and my body to Christian burial.
SECONDLY - I leave and bequeath to my son William Kaighin the sum of twenty pounds if he comes for it but in case he does not come for the same I leave and bequeath the said twenty pounds to my two other sons James and Hugh Kaighin.
ITEM - I leave and bequeath to my son James Kaighin all that whole part or particle of land of the tenement of Corvalley and Ballakaighin lately purchased by us but not to posses by hill till after my wifes decease. ITEM
- I leave and bequeath to my son Hugh Kaighin the just sum of forty pounds to be paid after my decease.
ITEM - I leave and bequeath to my living wife Ellinor Kaighin als Kaighin the just sum of twelve pounds.
LASTLY - I do nominate and appoint my two sons namely James and Hugh Kaighin to be whole and sole executors of all the rest of my goods and effects moveable and imoveable whatso ever and excluding any other person or persons that might pretend to claim any further right to my goods with six pence legacy a piece. In witness whereof I here unto added or signed my mark to my name this 24 May 1777. John Kaighin. Witnesses present at the signing
hereof: Robert Corlett my mark X and John Mylchreest.

Will of Elinor Kaighin als Kaighin, 1793

58 Kirk German 1793
The last will and testament of Elinor Kaighin als Kaighin of Skarristal of the parish of Isle of Man being now in my declining years yet being in a moderate state of health and of perfect memory blessed be God and considering the uncertainty and shortness of this natural life and unwilling that any dispute should arise after my decease do make my last will and testament as on manner following:
FIRST - I committ my soul to God and body to Christain burial.
ITEM - I leave and bequeath to my son James Kaighin all my right and title to the purchased lands situated in the quarter land of Balla Kaighin and the Corvolley to be possessed by him after my decease likewise I leave and bequeath to said son James all the money that he owes me or whatever remains in his houses as legacy.
ITEM - I leave and bequeath to my grandson son of said James Kaighin and ewe and a lamb as legacy.
ITEM - I leave and bequeath to my son Hugh Kaighin the sum of five pounds as legacy. Likewise I leave and bequeath to my said son Hugh Kaighin whatever money he owes me or the money which belongseth to me in his hands likewise I leave and bequeath to my said son Hugh Kaighin a part of White _____ as legacy.
ITEM 5thly - I leave and bequeath to my daughter in law wife of said Hugh Kaighin a check gown and a green peticoat as legacy.
6thly - I leave and bequeath to my daughter Mary Corlett a cotton bed gown as legacy.
7thly - I leave to the witnesses the sum of one shilling and six pence each as legacy.
8thly and Lastly - I nominate and appoint my two sons namely James and Hugh Kaighin to be whole and sole joint executors of all the rest of my goods moveable and imoveable of what kind or nature soever to equally between them excluding all other person or persons that will claim any right or title in this my last will with once shilling legacy this the 24th of July 1789.
Witnesses present: Thos Caine my X and John Corjeag.

Elinor Kaighin my X.

Will of John Kaighin Senior, 1784

March 17th
Anno Dom. 1784

This is affirmed to be the Last Will and Testament of John Kaighin Sen. of Balnecregga in the Parish of K. K. Michael, who was weak in Body, but of a sound and perfect … mind and memory at the Time of declaring his will in the following manner.

Primis. He commended his Soul to God and his body to Christian Burial.
Item. He Bequeathed and left unto his Son William a Bed and Bed-clothes requisite thereunto which the Testator Lies upon together with all his Shap’d Apparel and also the sum of Twenty Pounds including the Legacy left him by his Mother in the said Sum.
Item. He Bequeathed and Left unto his Son-in-law Danl Caine the Sum of Forty Shillings.
Item. He Left unto his Son-in-law Patrick Caley the sum of Forty Shillings.
Item. He Left unto his Son-in-law Hugh Shimin the sum of Two Guineas.
Item. He Bequeathed and Left unto his Six Grand Children Namely John, Cath., Anne, Charles, Jane & Esther Kaighin a sheep each.
Finally, He Nominated, Constituted and Appointed his eldest Son John to the Whole and Sole Executor of all the Rest of his Goods Chattles and Effects moveable and Immovable of what kind of Nature … He left a Shilling ^ Legacy each to every Claimer
John Kaighin
Witnesses Prest
Thomas Cottier
William Caine
Jur […]

(Much of the following to the right is cut off in the binding) At a Chapter Court holden at K. K. Michael the 17th day of Jund 1784 ____ John Kaighin the Execor having departed this life … His widow and the Executrix of the last … and testament is sworn in Court in form of Law for payment of Debts and Legacies and hath given pledges, namely, Daniel … of Jurby, and Patrick Caley of Ballaugh

Probatum Est

Joh Moc…

Ev. Christian
May 13th 1783 Hugh Shimmin enters a claim against the … of John Kaighin Senr for the Sum of ₤10 .0 ….
May 26th 1785. Patrick Caley enters a claim against … ₤5 0 0

Will of Isabel Kaighen als Quay, 1769
June 15 1769

The last will & testament of Mrs. Isable Kaighen als. Quay who departed this life about the 27th of May last being of perfect mind and sound memory at the making thereof first she committed he soul to God & body to Christian burial. She left & bequeathed unto her xx Eldest son John Kaighin her part of the husbandry Gears & her part of the tables & frames and also her part of a Cubbert & press with three of the largest pewter dishes as legacy. Item she left to her daughter Cathrine a piece of poplin she had for a Gown with ten Pound legacy. Item she left to her son William a Heifer & three sheep with three lambs and Seven Pounds legacy.
Item she left to her daughter Jane a Drabb Gown she left to her daughter Ann also a Drabb Gown she left to her daughter Christian a poplin Gown, with blue yarn she had for a Gown a Scarlet Cloke & a new bonnet and also two pewter dishes.
Item she left to her Grand-daughter Anne Shimmin a Heifer two sheep & two lambs and also some yarn she had in the house for a gown together with a blue Cloke also she left her part of houses and gardens viz. William Cannon's houses and gardens unto her son William Kaighin, the same being situated ?? the town of Kirk Michael.
And lastly she nominated and appointed her loving husband Jo Captain John Kaighin solo Execr. all the rest of her goods moveable and immoveable whatsoever in the presence of John Caine my mk. X
John Sayle my mk. X Jurati

At a chapter Court holden at Kirk Michael June 15th 1769 The Execr. is sworn in Court in Form of Law and has given Pledges for payment of Debts and Legacies namely John Caine & John Sayle the witnesses of the will.
Probatum est
Solv: 12d

July 20 17?4
Danil Cain husband of Jane Kaighin one of the legatees and daughter of the testatrix and Patrick Caley husband of Anne another daughter of the testatrix and a legatee also Hugh Shimmin husband of Catherine a third daughter of the testatrix also Philip Clague husband to Anne Shimmin the grand daughter of the testatrix have this day all acknowledged to have received the legacies bequests their respective wives in this will, and exonerate and discharge the Executor above named and every other person of the same - before me John Crellin Epl. Regr.

May 25 Patr. Caley enters a claim ?? ?? of Isab. Kaighin for œ11-0-0


-----Original Message-----
From: email address not disclosed [mailto: email address not disclosed]
Sent: Saturday, May 24, 2008 5:22 PM
To: email address not disclosed
Subject: Kaighn of Newport, RI

I thought I would contact you as I see you have much information online about the Kaighn/Kaighin family.

I have had a mystery that remains unsolved for many years. My ancestor is one Rebecca Kaighn. All I know of her for certain is that she was born in 1766, location unknown. That she married Brenton Chapman of Newport, Newport, RI. He died there in 1813, and Rebecca died there also 16 Jan 1818. My information comes from an aunt who is a Newport native and did extensive research for over 10 years on two of my father's New England lines (Scott and Tew), which she published privately and gave to family members. I've followed up on her research (she gives extensive sources) and have been able to verify all of her information as 100% correct. She did all her research the traditional way, foot to ground, through primary and secondary sources in New England.

There is one Charles Kaighn who "suddenly" appears in Newport, RI, the first time via his marriage record in Newport when he married Abigail Turner in 1768. Charles and Abigail had two known children, Hannah and Peleg Kaighn. Charles died "bef 2 Jul 1792" in Newport. I have searched the NEHGS' website for any further Kaighn records, and this is all there is. From whence Charles came is a mystery, although another Kaighn researcher (a woman whose name I cannot now recall) feels certain Charles and my Rebecca are from the New Jersey Kaighn family. Since there is no other known Kaighn/Kaighin immigrant prior to the mid-1800s (so I've been told), it would appear that my Rebecca and Charles Kaighn of Newport, must connect to this family?

Since Charles Kaighn married Abigail Turner just two years after the birth of my Rebecca, I think it's possible that she was Charles' daughter by a previous marriage. These are the ONLY two Kaighns in all of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts records on the NEHGS website...other than the two known children born to Charles and Abigail. Obviously, Rebecca was not born in Newport or anywhere else in Rhode Island (or Mass. or CT).

I've seen an index of Kaighn wills and notice a William Kaighn also in Gloucester (will dtd 1748), but I've been unable to find anymore information about this man. He married Abigail Cooper 16 Feb 1737 in Gloucester. I do wonder if he might be the father of Charles who shows up in Newport, since this William appears to be somewhat of a mystery also. The chronology would certainly support this. I've seen two online print sources, one states William was immigrant John Kaighin's son by his third marriage (Elizabeth Hill), but the other source states John had no children by Elizabeth.

Brenton Chapman and Rebecca Kaighn had four children: Peleg, Elizabeth R., Rebecca, and Mary Chapman. I also note that Peleg Chapman, Jr. (next in my direct ancestry) named a daughter Rebecca Kaighn Chapman, so I doubt there's any question as to Rebecca Kaighn's identity as a Kaighn.

I thought, at the least, you'd like to add this mystery group of Kaighns to your geographical listing of Kaighns on your website, and hoped you might have some additional insight as to William Kaighn and any descendants he may've left...or where he might fit into the line of immigrant John Kaighn/Kaighin.

Margaret Miles


On Saturday, January 1, 2005, at 05:44 AM, Greg Kaighin wrote:

Hello Margaret,

I also just finished going through the manuscript and came to the same conclusion. There is also the possibility that Mr. Boyer missed your William altogether. I need to tell you though, I haven't done any work of this branch of Kaighins as there are several others who have done the work already and I feel it would be a duplicity of effort. As it is, I'll have my hands full for the next several years documenting the rest of the family. The person that would be of most help to you as I mentioned before would be Bob Christine. There are some others you could try as well. Derek Johnston has a website, www.kaighn.org that lists researchers of the Kaighin family. I don't know how successful you'll be there as he has never responded to my emails, but you could try the others listed.

I'm sorry I can't be of more help.

Greg Kaighin

----- Original Message -----
From: "Margaret Miles" email address not disclosed
To: "Greg Kaighin" email address not disclosed
Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2004 6:59 AM
Subject: Re: Kaighn of Rhode Island

Hello again, Greg

I've gone through the Boyer book you have posted on your site. The only possible candidate I can find as to my Rebecca Kaighn's origin is one William Kaighn who married in 1737 to Abigail Cooper...that he left no will, only an inventory (1748). He is the son of immigrant John Kaighn/Kaighin by his third wife Elizabeth Hill. I found his entry difficult to read (it appears at the bottom of the page), but from what I can decipher, nothing further is shown for him. It seems that every other male Kaighn is accounted for; marriage dates basically eliminate any as a possible father of my Rebecca. I believe it also states that William was born after immigrant John's death (i.e., 1724-25), but I believe this must be an error, as this would have William marrying at the age of 12 or 13; also John married William's mother in 1710, so it seems unlikely they would had only one child born 14-15 years later. If Elizabeth was roughly 18 when they married, say born 1792, she could have had a child born that late, but I would wonder if there were additional children in that 14-15 year gap. Do you have any ideas on this? It would "appear" that William and Abigail may have had several children and the lack of any further record in New Jersey is tempting to surmise they may have migrated elsewhere. I also note that a couple of siblings of immigrant John Kaighn are known, one being Charles Kaighn, so there is ample evidence of precedence for the use of this given name.

My current thinking, after scouring all the Rhode Island records to which I have access, is that the Charles Kaighn who "suddenly" appears in the Newport area, may be Rebecca's father by an earlier wife. This Charles Kaighn married Abigail Turner in 1768, and only three children are shown for them. My Rebecca was born two years prior to this marriage. I also note that Charles' son, Peleg Kaighn (Peleg was a very popular name during this time period in Newport)
had a son, William Kaighn, and I can find no evidence that this name came from William's mother, Elizabeth Coggeshall (she was the daughter of Billings Coggeshall). I have now positively identified 7 children for Peleg Kaighn and Elizabeth Coggeshall. I know that Charles Kaighn was deceased sometime prior to the marriage of his daughter Hannah, "of Charles, deceased" which marriage occurred 28 Jul 1792 at Newport.

I note that you are collecting Kaighn families for your website, and I would offer my information to you, along with all source citations and records...hopefully someone else who traces to these RI Kaighns might find a match. I can tell you that the Newport records always spell this surname as Kaighn.

Many thanks for your help and insight.

Margaret Miles


Hi Greg

Thanks very much for your message. Rebecca has been one of the more difficult of my father's all-New England ancestors..a very stubborn holdout. The Charles Kaighn I mentioned was likely Rebecca's brother, given the dates and the location of Newport, and the paucity of that name in all of Rhode Island. I had considered perhaps she was the daughter of a later immigrant, although I could not find any evidence to support this. Thanks very much also for the link to Boyer's book; I will go through it carefully to see what I can find, and will certainly let you know if and when I find anything that connects Rebecca to immigrant John Kaighn.



On Sunday, December 26, 2004, at 08:02 AM, Greg Kaighin wrote:

Hello Margaret,

Just saw your post on RootsWeb re Kaighn of Rhode Island. Your assumption is probably correct. I have found no evidence of any Kaighins immigrating to America prior to 1827 with the exception of the John Kaighin you mentioned who immigrated about 1670. So all Kaighns, including the group in R.I. are most likely descended from him. On my website I have posted "John Kaighn and His Descendants" by Charles Boyer in 1920 which you can find here:
www.kaighin.com/FamilyHistory/Boyer/Boyer.htm. I can find no mention of a Charles that would fit the date range you give in your post, although I can't vouch that Mr. Boyer's research is comprehensive to the entire Kaighn family. His emphasis was on the Kaighns as part of his research into Camden history and may have omitted any Kaighns in R.I. I did a quick check of the manuscript and also could not find a Rebecca that would fit that date range either, but you might have better luck than me. Please let me know if you come up with anything. If this is a new Kaighin branch that I hadn't
known about I'll have to research it and find out where they came from.

Merry Christmas and best of luck,

Greg Kaighin