Dear Pat and Laura,

    Please forgive me for the delay in replying to your emails.  It took some time to transcribe Paradise Restored in it's entirety for the benefit of this discussion.  For the nearly full transcript, please see  Can I bother you to read the entire piece and see if you can pick up clues I might have missed, since I'm ignorant of both your area and your mission?  And before continuing, I wanted to thank you both for being gracious enough to assist me with this research.

    After studying this piece thoroughly, and comparing it against the facts I already have gathered on Charles Kaighin and his family, I hesitate to conclude that he is referring to himself when he speaks of Pacific Garden.  I say this because this piece is the only source I have that makes any mention of Chicago.  Charles was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1863 and moved with his family to Cleveland at the age of five.  He died at 87 in Cleveland in 1950. I also cannot conclude that wasn't in Chicago at some point in his life as I have gaps in his life where I can't account for his whereabouts.  But I believe it is more likely that he took some literary latitude by describing someone else's experience (Billy Sunday perhaps?)  Also for the benefit of this discussion, I've created a timeline of events of his life from the records I have:


1863 Feb 06  Born Brooklyn, NY, Christened All Saints Church s/o Charles Wesley Kaighin Sr.

                        and Margaret (Christian) Kaighin, both born Isle of Man

Father was a Primitive Methodist Minister, ordained in England, Minister in

                        BrooklynNY and Cleveland, Ohio.  They immigrated in 1852.

1868               Residing at Schott St., Cleveland with his family (from Cleveland City Directory)

1872/3           Residing at Schott St., Cleveland with his family (from Cleveland City Directory)

1880               Residing at Schott St., Cleveland with his family (from US Federal Census),

                        Apprentice Blacksmith, age 17

1882 (apprx) Marries Anna L. Winkler in Cleveland, age 19

1883 Jul 21    His father, Rev. Charles Wesley Kaighin Sr. dies in Cleveland

1883 Sep 19   Oldest daughter Catherine born, Cleveland

1889 (apprx) Second daughter Pearl born, Cleveland

1892 (apprx) Oldest son, Charles E. born Cleveland

1892               Witness to a naturalization in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) probate court.

1894 Oct 8     Third daughter Helen born Cleveland

1898 (apprx) Fourth daughter Loretta born Cleveland

1900               Residing 16 Schott, Cleveland, and owns horseshoe business on S. Water St.

Cleveland (from Cleveland City Directory)

1903 Apr 04  Second son George Cletus (my grandfather) born Cleveland

1904               Mother Margaret (Christian) Kaighin dies Cleveland.

1905 (apprx) Third son Elroy Charles born Cleveland

1910               Residing 6901 Hague St., Cleveland (from US Federal Census) Horseshoer,

                        owns shop.  Living with wife Anna and 6 children.

1920               Residing 2135 W. 65th St., Cleveland (from US Federal Census) with sister

Mona (divorced from wife, who is still at 6901 Hague with 3 of her children),

Songwriter, 56

1925 Oct 18   Brother Ebenezer dies of pneumonia in Cleveland, age 75 (obit mentions Charles

"of Cleveland")

1925 Oct 23   Sister Mona dies of pneumonia in Cleveland, age 73 (obit mentions Charles "of


1929 Jul 16    Oldest son, Charles E. dies Cleveland, age 37 (obit mentions father "of


1930               Ex-Wife, now Anna Waddell, residing 1625 Waterbury Rd., Lakewood, OH (she

                        remarried) (from US federal Census) with son George.

1930 Sep 09  Sister Margaret Christian (Kaighin) Cubbon dies in Cleveland, age 75 (obit

                        mentions brother "of Cleveland")

1939 May 16 Second son George Cletus (my grandfather) dies Cleveland, age 36 (obit

                        mentions father "of Cleveland")

1939 Nov 5    Grandson Daniel George (my father) born Cleveland.  My father never meets any

                        of his Kaighin family as his father died prior to his birth.  But my grandmother

                        (George's wife) told me that Charles lived in Cleveland when she married my

                        grandfather in Feb 1939.

1948 May 31 Fourth Daughter Loretta dies Cleveland, age 50 (obit mentions father "of


1950 Apr 28  Died Cleveland, Ohio, Buried Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland


Also please see for an article written about him in 1935 in the Cleveland Plain Dealer


    I believe Paradise Restored was published prior to 1929.  Please see my discussion at This would mean that we would have to look for gaps in the above timeline prior to 1929 to narrow down a period that he potentially could have been residing in Chicago on Washington St. Since he married at 19, and began having children shortly thereafter, I find it unlikely that he moved the entire family from Cleveland to Chicago and back to Cleveland.  So based on the above information, if I had to give a period with the highest probability or possibility that he could have been in Chicago, it would have to have been between 1910 and 1920.  Since he also divorced during this time, he may be away from Cleveland avoiding a bad situation.

    So if there are any records from Pacific Garden that survive from that period, is it possible to check to see if you can find his name somewhere?  Also, would you have anything in your records that would list Billy Sunday's residences prior to and during his time with Pacific Garden Mission?  If he ever resided on Washington St., then an assumption could be made that this was written about him.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to help me.





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