Text Box: John Richard Kaighin (JRK) would have been able to trace his family back  eight generations  he might have been interested in the forename of his paternal grandmother, Christian. It was a common name on the  Isle of Man, family rumour linked the name with  Fletcher Christian who served on the HMS Bounty.  His maternal grandmother, Corkhill, was also born at Kirk German IOM.
The story starts  in the parishes of Kirk German and Kirk Michael on the Isle of Man where generations of Kaighins lived. (See diagram) James Kaighin married Jane but it ended tragically with his death less than 3 years later.  He saw his first born William but died  seven months before second son Philip was born. This seems to have broken the chain of stability for the families on the IOM.
This second son, Philip, married Christian he and his wife moved about the Isle of Man having children. Eleanor was born in the town of Peel. Thomas’s birth was on Douglas, which straddles the parishes of Kirk Bradden and Kirk Onchan. They list Kirk Onchan as their residence in the 1841 census. 
 Philip and Christian left their older children, John and Ann with their spouses on the IOM and moved to Liverpool. His son William also moved to Liverpool with his wife and daughter. The movements of  these families are charted on another JRK page.
JRK was born in Liverpool but was soon working as a cooper with his father in Birkenhead. Being the eldest by then, he took over the family business when  his father died, employing his brothers . He married Emily Margaret and moved into Borough Road to start his own family.
While working as a Cooper, JRK was a Wesleyan local preacher  and found time to write and  move  premises and to branch out into brushes too.
He remained a cooper and for nearly half a century he carried on business from a premises on the corner of Henry Street, over looking the  Hay Market. ( page 6  from Olive)  His daughters did not carry on the family business  Florrie married Thomas Corlett , while Emily Margaret and Dorothy married brothers called Jevons.    JRK’s  grandson, Norman Angus Jevons, charted their Jevons links in 1991.
Text Box: John Richard Kaighin’s 
‘Family Story’
Text Box: John Kaighin 
Text Box: Margaret Unknown
Text Box: Patrick Kaighin was christened 6 Nov 1637 
Text Box: Joney Corkan   
Text Box: John Kaighin was born 21 Mar 1668 
Text Box: Bahee (Manx for 
Judith) Corjeage
Text Box: Philip Kaighin  
2 Oct 1707
Text Box: Mary Mylrea
Text Box: James Kaighin was 
christened 20 Oct 1771 
Text Box:  Jane Irvin
Text Box: William Kaighin was born 8 Aug 1742 
Text Box: Eleanor Cowell
Text Box: Text Box: Text Box: Text Box: Text Box: Text Box: Text Box: HMS Bounty sailed from England on December 23, 1787 with Captain William Bligh and a crew of 45 men bound for Tahiti.  Their mission was to collect breadfruit plants to be transplanted in the West Indies as cheap food for the slaves.  After collecting those plants, Bounty was underway toward home, when, on the morning of April 28, 1789, Fletcher Christian and part of the crew mutinied, took over the ship, and set the Captain and 18 members of the crew adrift in the ship’s 23-foot launch. The Captain sailed the launch and 17 of the crew 3618 miles back to civilization. The mutineers took HMS Bounty back to Tahiti, and, with 6 Polynesian men and 12 women, took the ship to the isolated site at Pitcairn Island. After burning the ship and a violent beginning, they established a settlement and colony on Pitcairn Island that still exists.  Greg Kaighin says “My GG Grandmother Margaret Kaighin (nee Christian), born in 1824 IOM , claimed she was either descended directly from or had the same lineage as Fletcher Christian. If she passed down that she is a direct descendant of Fletcher, then this would be a very significant historical fact. It remains unproven that Fletcher Christian returned to the civilized world after the mutiny, and this subject has been written about extensively. Peter Haywood, one of the mutineers, and the only one acquitted, claimed in his 60's to have been walking down a street (in London? Douglas?) when he turned a corner and found himself staring into the face of Fletcher Christian. This man, startled, turned and ran away. There were rumours that Fletcher had saved some Spanish coins off the Bounty and some years after arriving on Pitcairn Island a Spanish Galleon discovered the island and its inhabitants. Fletcher paid passage to Chile and he eventually found his way back to England. If any of this is true, it has never been proven. I'm considering DNA testing myself and a resident of Pitcairn Island to see if there's any merit to this. If it were true, new chapters would have to be written to the Bounty story.
Text Box: JRK wrote a column on ‘Highways and Byways of the Wirral’ for the ‘Birkenhead Advertiser. He also had 2 books published.
KAIGHIN, J. R.  The Bible: the Jew: and the War. 1918 Jewish and the first world war and the Zionist movement.
KAIGHIN, J. R.  Bygone Birkenhead. 1925 Sketches round and about the sixties.                          
He was well respected ~  was he a Wirral worthy too? 
Text Box: ‘Bygone Birkenhead’ by JR Kaighin. 
The book is very old fashioned!  He describes his aunt and uncle, who had lived with him at the age of 26. They were, Eleanor and Thomas Kaighin and he describes the position of their shop which they ran after their parents Philip and Christian Kaighin had died.
 "What a couple they were, both unmarried! She, a little body, oval faced, smooth skinned, dark eyed, dark haired- a brunette: he, of medium height, pointed firm nose and features, small light blue eyes, dark hair worn rather long, deaf, slow in all his movements; great at reading and philosophising on religious matters "  page 84. Bygone Birkenhead.
Text Box:  continues on a JRK page
Text Box: The remains of Ballahimmin farm house, Kirk 
German.  This was a long time residence of a family of Kaighins.